MOONEYES STAFF Hiro's
USA TRIP REPORT & Demo Reel
気が付けばあっという間に９月になり。今年も 12月1日(日) 開催する YOKOHAMA HOT ROD CUSTOM SHOW (以下 HCS) にゲストとして来日する皆さんの撮影をする為に California に Trip してきました。昨年大丈夫だったから今年も大丈夫でしょうと言う事で、また一人で行ってこいよと BOSS より指令がくだり、動画の撮影と写真撮影を超過密スケジュールの中なんとかこなし、先日無事に日本へと帰ってきました。今回撮影した写真はと今年も HOT ROD CUSTOM SHOW のゲストをはじめ、ショーの内容を１冊の冊子に詰め込んだ MOON CALL に掲載致します。１１月上旬にはお披露目できるよう現在鋭意制作中！今しばらくお待ちください。
HCS2019 Demo Reel も無事完成しましたので、Report と合わせてお楽しみください。
When I noticed it was already September. I Trip to California to take the photo & film of Guest coming for YOKOHAMA HOT ROD CUSTOM SHOW(HCS) that will be held on December 1st (Sun), again this year. Last year I managed it by myself so, this year will be okay too, Boss command it to me. In the hard tight schedule of photo & film shooting, I managed to do it and safely came back to Japan. The photos taken in this trip will be in the MOON CALL that is full of contents of HCS and the invited guest. We are working hard to release around early November! Please look forward to it.
HCS 2019 Demo Reel is now launch so, please enjoy with the Trip Report.
今年はこれで３度目の USA出張となり、一人で海外に行くのも慣れてきたので、何事もなく MOONEYES USA に到着！と思ったら、MOONEYES USA の Boss Chico-san が 「スーツケースの足が一つないじゃない」 。え！？ そんなまさか！空港で荷物をピックアップしてからはカートに乗せていたので、全然気が付きませんでした....。幸先不安な状態ですが、そんな事を気にしている余裕もなく、到着１時間後には、撮影の予定が入っていたので、時差ボケの頭をフル回転しながら、１件目の撮影に向かいました。
This is the 3rd USA trip for this year and I started to get use to going overseas by myself. When I thought that I safely arrived at MOONEYES USA, MOONEYES USA Boss Chico-san said “Suitcase doesn’t have one foot”. Really!? At the airport I had all my belongings on the cart so, I didn’t realize…… It is bit worry from the beginning but, I don’t have spare time so after an hour from arriving at MOONEYES USA, I had to go for photo shooting so, having some jet lag, I went to the first photo shooting.
Tom Heavey’s 1953 Triumph TR6 “Righteous” that was awarded for Born Free 11 Best Pre-Unit. He is living far away from California so, to put in the container to ship to Japan, the motorcycle was already arrived at California. The motorcycle was at Damin Lujan’s house who came to Japan as the guest for HCS2017. Damin was out so, I couldn’t meet him so, his father helped me and able to finish the photo & film shooting.
After leaving Damin’s house I went to Long Beach. Long Beach reminds me Oliver Jones of THE Cut-Rate. Unfortunately, he was at a vacation so, didn’t able to meet him but I got some support from his friend and manage to do it. 1937 H-D UL / Knucklehead "Sweet Berry Wine" that won the Born Free 11 Best in Show. There are several parts that has engraving and it was a wonderful motorcycle. I’m excited to see it at the Ride-In Show for December Yokohama!
Long day finally ended. I check-in for the hotel and for this year I will be taking many photos and films.
Next day I went to Galpin Auto Sports in Van Nuys. The Bathtub that is decided as the Guest Car was work in progress in a fast pitch and this day it was all apart. About a month to ship to Japan and Dave Shuten was saying that he will make in time so please look forward to it. Anyway, Dave’s factory become bigger and there were many collections everywhere and it was like a museum.
Another one is also coming from Galpin Auto Sports which is Ed Roth's "Tweedy Pie”. Half a century ago it was built by Ed “Big Daddy” Roth. There are his pinstripe everywhere and it is one of the popular T-Buckets in the history. It can start the engine and run so, don’t miss the Ride-In Show!
お昼休みに MOONEYES USA の STAFF Go-san と、どこ行きましょうか？と話していた所、そういえばこないだ OPEN House で来た時に近くにラーメン Shop が出来ていたことを思い出して今回行ってきました。CRAFT RAMEN "HiroNori" というアメリカでも有名なお店らしく、サンフランシスコにもお店があるそうです。そんな人気店がなぜ Norwalk に....。でも食べてびっくり！日本で食べるラーメンと遜色ない味で、ボリュームも満点。Amrican Food に飽きたら、MOONEYES USA に寄りがてらラーメンでも。MOONEYES USA から徒歩5分です。
Next day I had a work to do at MOONEYES USA so, it was a day off for photo shooting. I had some spare time so, I went to Oceanic Arts which Shige-san recommended me to go when I have a chance. This Shop handles Hawaiian goods and there was a large Tiki sold, when I went to Hawaii trip before I bought a large wood Tiki and, for me it was like a dream shop with many Hawaiian goods.
For lunch time, I was wondering where to go for lunch with MOONEYES USA Staff Go-san and, I remembered that there was a new Ra-men Shop. CRAFT RAMEN "HiroNori" it is popular shop in USA and there is another shop in San Fransisco. Why is that popular shop is Norwalk…… When I ate it, what a surprise! The taste was comparable with the Ra-men in Japan and the amount was perfect. When you fed up with the American Food maybe take a Ra-men and while visiting MOONEYES USA. 5 minutes walk from MOONEYES USA.
Let’s come back to Trip Report for HCS. The next day I went for 1962 Pontiac Grand Prix "Creamsicle" which is exhibited in the Automobile Driving Museum. The current owner is John D'Agostino o Celebrity Kustoms. He prepared for the photo & film shooting. Show Car produced by Richard Zocchi is worth seeing.
Next day I woke up early in the morning and came to Downtown and met with Yaniv Evan of Power Plant at the plate. 1991 Harley Davidson FXR "P16 Wraith” has many parts he committed and it has great power but somewhat has an image like Chopper than Club Style. Don’t miss the evolving USA FXR!
翌日は午前中に Salinas で撮影があるため、この日はサンタマリアまで移動し、終了となりました。
In the afternoon, I went to take the photo that I most interested in the Invited Builder who was participating in this year’s Born Free Show. 1963 H-D Panhead "BLUE Crush". He usually build long fork Chopper but, he changed the style and that is this motorcycle. From the photo I felt that is was an amazing motorcycle but, when I looked at the actual one it was cool. Ben is working as a creator so, he also handles photo and films so, I was nervous doing my work in front of the professional. It was a fun occasion also having conversation about photographing equipment and other things.
Next day morning I had to go to Salinas so, this day I moved to Santa Maria and end the day.
In the early morning I departure Santa Maria and came to Salinas. Nick Busby is only 25 years old. Engine is by Ryan Grossman. Paint is by his uncle Matt Busby who has also painted for Ryan and Jason Jesse. At the Born Free Show the last spot for the Invite Builder, the 1962 H-D Panhead "Double Take" won People's Choice of event sponsored by Biltwell. And got the ticket to Japan and it is story like a dream. He is friendly young man so, if you see him at the venue, feel free to talk to him.
After departure Salinas, I went down to south for about 2 hours and arrived at Arroyo Grande where Bryan Thompson lives. Alp Racing Design also came from Burbank and we were excited talking about the Bonneville that made a record. For Yokohama, they are preparing the engine so, you might able to see the Race Bike running the run way.
HCS2019 まで残り２か月を切りました。今年も素晴らしい Show Car & Motorcycle が横浜にやってきます。今回日程の都合上撮影できなかった Vintage Technologies / Hawke Lawshe' - 1981 H-D Exposed Shovelhead Longbike "AZUREUS " に ROUGH CRAFTS / Winston Yeh H-D STREET BOB CUSTOM "TARMAC RAVEN" も準備万端と連絡が来ています。前売りチケットも好評発売中！今年も熱い一日が過ごせる事をお約束します！ それでは皆さんパシフィコ横浜でお会いしましょう！
In the last some few photo shooting scene. I am always be pressed for time so, when I'm looking back at the photos I realize that I was at USA taking the photos. Anyway, it was really hot....... Except the suitcase trouble on the first day, I didn't have any problem and safely came back tanned.
Less than 2 month until HCS2019. Wonderful Show Car & Motorcycle will come to Japan again this year. Due to the schedule, I did not manage to film Vintage Technologies / Hawke Lawshe' - 1981 H-D Exposed Shovelhead Longbike "AZUREUS " and ROUGH CRAFTS / Winston Yeh H-D STREET BOB CUSTOM "TARMAC RAVEN" but we got contact that they are ready. HCS2019 Advance ticket is now available! We will promise your that this year will also be a HOT day! Let's meet at Pacifico Yokohama!
MOONEYES SPACE AGENCY Hiro.