English Edition Event Information – HCS2013

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UPDATE: March 29, 2014
From MOONEYES Express Blog by Shige Suganuma

We had a late start this year because of all the negotiations with the convention hall but the 23rd Annual Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show 2014 (HCS2014) Spotlight has been decided.

1. First, the Main Theme this year is “Enchanted World of Color” Custom Paint. The target for this spotlight is magnificent paint jobs on cars & bikes. If we get a lot of entries for this category, we might group like cars/bikes together.

2. This year is the 25th Anniversary of Crown Picnic, which is an annual outdoor event focused on 1st gen “Kannon” Crowns through 4th gen “Kujira” Crowns. This year, to commemorate the 25th Anniversary we will have the event inside the show at HCS as “The Crown of Crown”. We will select up to a maximum of 25 (1st – 4th gen) Crowns.

3. The bike theme for this year is “The Digger Beat”. Yes, Diggers. Domestic or foreign, it does not matter. As long as it’s a low and long Digger, that’s the Spotlight.

4. Last year’s theme was toilet seats. This year’s Custom Paint Contest is “Sign of the Times” featuring wall-mounted clocks as a base. It can be a homemade clock or one purchased at a store so long as it fits within the display (max) space. (display space/size will be announced later)

5. Japan’s very own pioneer Pinstriper, Wildman, is celebrating his 25th Anniversary in 2014. We will hold a “Quarter Century of Wildman” Tribute Show this year with the cooperation of Kustom Kulture missionary The Nash.

And of course, Pinstriping Gathering, Collectivities Alley, Live Bands and much more will also be features at this year’s show.

Roughly, I think this is the overall theme for this year.

by Shige Suganuma
Be Calm Not Loud
#mooneyes #hcs2014 #becalmnotloud

The above image is the area surrounding the Pacifico Yokohama.
This should have been shown earlier as it gives a good idea of what kind of building structures are in the area.
It puts it more into perspective of the residential area.

Previous Updates:

We finally received an “approval with conditions” (details below) from the convention hall side (Pacifico Yokohama) for the date of December 7, 2014 (Sunday). Now we can officially announce the date along with the conditions we need to meet. The conditions we have to meet for holding the event seem more like high school regulations. However, the convention hall has been dealing with complaints from around the area for a long time and we were told it has reached its limit. The question now is how much longer it can go on and this year they gave us the ultimatum, “If there are complaints this year, next year will not be possible” which is our final warning.

We have made every effort to make things happen but the final result is that “motorcycles will not be allowed to drive to the convention hall on that day and there will not be any parking available for bikes”. We checked with other parking lots nearby and none of them are available. Perhaps we planted this seed and over time the results is “If this year’s show is too loud, it’s over” but it still feels like returning to high school.
It’s now up to us, as the organizer of this event, whether we are able to continue next year or not. The decision also hangs on the spectators that will attend the show.
The continuation (after this year) of our show is on the line and we are all standing on this edge together.
MOONEYES can only to so much to make it happen but in reality it will come down to how conscious participants and spectators are about the situation and about the future of the show. We ask that everyone spread the word and hope we can all make it happen together. Thank you for all your support.

Consider the general public for a moment that don’t know about this custom culture and lifestyle we live in. To them, modifying or customizing cars and bikes is illegal. Therefore it’s related to outlaw behavior. They most likely don’t want the show/event to take place. For us, these shows and events are mandatory. This is part of our culture and lifestyle. If there is something fun (for one group), there will always be outside pressure (from another group) to shut it down. We must look for the right way to continue our fun and what we believe in.
Shige Suganuma

This is not an isolated incident in Japan. It happens all over the world. Let’s do our part to handle the situation.

#mooneyes #hcs2014 #becalmnotloud

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What’s New
  • Vendor Booth & Collectivities Alley Entries are CLOSED.
  • General Admission Advance Ticket – ON SALE NOW


    HCS2013 Event Information
    Date : December 1, 2013 (Sunday) 9:00 am ~ 5:00 pm
    Location : Pacifico Yokohama (1-1-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Japan)


    22nd Annual YOKOHAMA HOT ROD Custom Show 2013
    The date has been changed for the 22nd Annual Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show 2013 (HCS2013).

    DATE: Sunday December 1, 2013.

    It will be held at Pacifico Yokohama, the same location as previous years. Please update your calendar. Initially scheduled for the second week of December, the date has been move up to the Dec. 1 due to scheduling conflicts with the convention center. We apologize for the trouble and any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions, please let us know.

    Thank you for your time and understanding.

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    Jack Fields – Starlite Rod & Kustom
    1960 Ford Starliner “Agent Orange”
    Chopper Dave
    2006 HD Turbo Sportster "Steel Shoe"
    Erik Hernandez – Starlite Rod & Kustom
    1960 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 “Electric Lemonade”
    Dynamite Joe
    1942 HD Knucklehead “White Powder”
    Born Free #5 “MQQNEYES Pick” Award
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    Old Crow Belly Tank
    Jeff Leighton
    1947 HD Panhead “Longclaw”
    Joey Cano
    1947 HD Knucklehead EL
    Scott “T-bone” Jones – Noise Cycles
    1952 HD Panhead EL "Sneak Attack"
    Born Free #5 “Best in Show” Winner
    Todd Asin – Small City Cycles
    1950 Triumph Thunderbird
    Big Scott Stopnik – Cycle Zombies
    HD Knucklehead
    Yaniv “Neevo” Evan – Powerplant
    HD Panhead
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    ’60s Mild Customs, “Mild & Wild”. The spotlight will be focused on ’60s Mild Customs.
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    HCS2013 Motorcycle Spotlight:
    “Timeless Chopper Spectacular, Domestic Models” focused on Japanese makes/models choppers.
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    Paint Contest Theme: Throne Lid Custom Paint Contest

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    2013 Hot Wheels Japan Collectors Convention will be held at HCS2013
    View the official limited edition die cast available at the event only!

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    Posted on MOONEYES EXPRESS, one of the main features for this year’s show will be ’60s Mild Customs, “Mild & Wild”. The spotlight will be focused on ’60s Mild Customs. Special guest from Southern California will be Starlite Rod & Kustom with their dazzling Ford & Olds customs. (http://www.starlitegarage.com/)

    Focusing on Japanese makes and models that have been chopped with a timeless style. This section will target the hottest domestic models around! Check out Shige Suganuma’s blog MOONEYES EXPRESS for some example photos.

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    22nd Annual YOKOHAMA HOT ROD Custom Show 2013 Update:
    Show Spotlight >>> Custom Paint Contest.

    The title of this year’s custom paint contest is “Throne Lid Custom Paint Contest” which can only mean one thing, get your toilet covers ready because this December inside Pacifico Yokohama at #HCS2013 the paint contest will be focused on throne lids (toilet covers)!


    View last year’s event coverage