The 24th Annual Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show 2015 (HCS2015) was held on Sunday December 6, 2015 at Pacifico Yokohama. The weather was perfect and the entire day was amazing both inside the event hall and outside the perimeter of the area. With your support, we were able to successfully keep the outside noise down. The continued Be Calm Not Loud "Shizukani" campaign from last year and this year's "SAVE THE YOKOHAMA HOT ROD CUSTOM SHOW" efforts could only be possible with your cooperation. Thank you very much. We are truly grateful. At this time, we will be here at Pacifico Yokohama on the first Sunday of December next year. We will, of course, officially announce the date once everything is confirmed. Again, thank you to everyone that came to HCS2015 from far and near.
HCS2015 Statistics: There were 15,000 spectators throughout the one-day event including over 1,500 from overseas and 250 media.
Show Cars: 300
Show Bikes: 650
Vendor Booths: 270
Collectivities Alley Booths: 30
Pinstripers (Pinstripe Gathering): 50
Scale Model Entries: 40
Custom Paint Contest "Sidewalk Surfing Bonanza" Entries: 80
Total Awards: 100
Visitors from foreign countries (alphabetical order): AUSTRALIA, CANADA, CHINA, ESTONIA, FINLAND, FRANCE, HONG KONG, INDONESIA, ITALY, JAPAN, KOREA, MALAYSIA, MONGOLIA, NEW ZEALAND, RUSSIA, SINGAPORE, SPAIN, SWITZERLAND, TAIWAN, THAILAND, UNITED KINGDOM, UNITED STATES and OTHERS.
If you were unable to be here in Yokohama or if you want to purchase one for the memories, the official HCS2015 DVD will be released at the beginning of March 2016.
Here you will find photos and event coverage by MOONEYES. From the setup day before the show with the guests, the event on Sunday starting off with the ride-in, the show automobiles and show motorcycles, the award receivers as well as the Little Get Together Party and after party gathering. We look forward to next year and hope to see you all in Yokohama again.
This year we opened the main door to the event at 8AM, one hour earlier than last year. The official ride-in started at 9AM so this gave everyone a full hour to find a place near the center isle. There were people lined up as soon as they walked through the doors and patiently waited until it started.
(Above images) As fans and spectators made their way inside and gathered around the center isle of Pacifico Yokohama, the official guests prepared for the ride-in just outside the huge doors in the rear concourse of the hall. Some have done it before and others didn't know what to expect. The doors stay closed until each group enters.
At 9:00AM, a voice over the speaker makes the announcement as the huge double-doors next to the main stage slide open. The RIDE-IN STARTS! Starting with Best of Show Motorcycle from the year before, HCS2014 Best of Show Motorcycle: Cherry’s Company 1975 HD Shovelhead makes his way down the center isle. Then HCS2015 Official Guests begin to come in starting with the three guest cars.
HCS2015 Show Guest Car: John D’Agostino – 1968 Buick Riviera “PANTHEON”
HCS2015 Show Guest Car: Tom Foster – 1952 Chevrolet Styleline Deluxe “CRACKER BOX”
HCS2015 Show Guest Car: Ashley Cunningham’s 1950 Ford Custom Shoebox
Once the three cars were parked, three groups of motorcycles were set to follow.
HCS2015 Show Guest Motorcycles: (Group 1)
Ryan Grossman – 1948 HD Panhead “QUICKSILVER”
Jason Webber – 1951 HD Panhead “BOOGER SUGAR”
Big Scott Stopnik – 1949 HD Panhead “CYCLE RAY”
HCS2015 Show Guest Motorcycles: (Group 2)
Oliver Jones – 1969 HD Shovelhead “EREBUS”
Arie VanSchyndel – 1950 HD Panhead “VULTURES REVENGE”
Andy Carter – 2015 HD Evo Sportster “BIG BROTHER”
HCS2015 Show Guest Motorcycles: (Group 3)
Jeff Leighton – 1950 Triumph 650 Pre-Unit “ORCRIST”
Mark Drews – 1954 HD Panhead
Aki Sakamoto – 1968 HD XLCH Ironhead “KAU’I”
Last but not least, HCS2015 Show Guest: Professional Skateboarder Steve Caballero made his way down the isle on his skateboard.
Once all of the guests were parked, each said hello on our mini stage for the audience and cameras.
Nice group shot of all the guests together including Gene Winfield and Cycle Zombies
Some of the guests on the mini stage after the ride-in saying hello
This year the MOONEYES BOOTH was packed from the early morning. Everything that was limited to event-only items sold out faster than previous years. The debut of our California Metal Flake Steering Wheel Key Chains sold out as well but don't worry, we'll have more of those coming in soon.
(Above) Live bands played throughout the day. The main stage had performances by the Stompin' Riff Raffs at 11AM, Oh! Sharels at 12-noon then Jackie and the Cedrics at 1:30PM. Over in the Rat Island area, The El Caminos performed at 10AM.