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26th Annual Mooneyes Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show

Car culture in Japan goes way beyond Skylines and Supras

Apr 2, 2018
Photographer: David Ishikawa

When referring to Japanese automotive culture, hot rods, drag cars, lowriders, and Harley-Davidsons aren't the first things that come to mind. But with around 300 cars and 350 bikes on display at last year's Mooneyes Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show, and more than 16,000 enthusiasts in attendance, all manner of doubt tends to dissipate rather quickly. The Yokohama Mooneyes Show is an event where classic American hot rod rockers and vintage JDM visionaries stand side by side as equals, and in true Japanese fashion, the entire event continues to be flawlessly executed year after year.

  |   26Th Annual Mooneyes Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show 79 Chevy P10
  |   '79 Chevrolet P10

With last year's ironically appropriate motto of "Grow Together — 育てよう — Sodateyou" bringing in more than 1,000 enthusiasts from overseas, interest in hot rods remains an underground powerhouse in Japan. Builds aren't just limited to Mercury coupes here, but all manner of old-school machine, something we wish more shows in America would adopt. A few four-wheeled faves included a dragstrip-ready '69 Nissan Cedric, a duo of white-walled '30 Fords, as well as an insane '62 Mazda Carol rocking more one-off work than a Wynwood art opening in Miami.

  |   26Th Annual Mooneyes Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show 69 Nissan Cedric
  |   '69 Nissan Cedric

So, if you dig rockabilly riffs, girls in pinup garb, and glorious globs of retro automotive magnificence, then be sure to check out the Mooneyes show in Yokohama. It's where classic JDM automobiles meet lead-sled American metalwork, and is a must for vintage enthusiasts from both sides of the aisle.

  |   '49 Mercury
  |   26Th Annual Mooneyes Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show Citroen
  |   Citroen x Air Ride Suspension
  |   26Th Annual Mooneyes Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show 35 Ford Pickup
  |   '35 Ford Pickup
  |   26Th Annual Mooneyes Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show 27 Ford Pickup
  |   '27 Ford Pickup
  |   26Th Annual Mooneyes Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show 63 Chevy Impala
  |   '63 Chevrolet Impala
  |   26Th Annual Mooneyes Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show 67 Dodge A108
  |   '67 Dodge A108
  |   26Th Annual Mooneyes Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show 63 Ford Econoline
  |   '63 Ford Econoline Van-owner: Coby Gewertz
  |   26Th Annual Mooneyes Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show 50 Chevy Two Door Hardtop
  |   '50 Chevrolet Two Door Hardtop @old052
  |   26Th Annual Mooneyes Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show 59 Chevy El Camino
  |   '59 Chevrolet El Camino

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