一つ残念なのは、Trevelenが製作したIndian Crazy Horseが来れない可能性が高くなってきました。最後まで交渉を続けていますが、ここ2-3日で解決出来ないとShipmentをミスしてしまいます。諦めず交渉を続けるつもりです。 Super Co. Customs Trevelen’s KIWI Indian “CRAZY HORSE”は、諸事情により展示不可能となりました。ご了承下さい。 Please note that Super Co. Customs Trevelen’s KIWI Indian “CRAZY HORSE” will not be able to attend the show due to the circumstances.
YOKOHAMA HOT ROD Custom Show 2007 Information.
Finally its one month until YOKOHAMA HOT ROD Custom Show 2007(HCS). In ware house in Long Beach, California, the bikes and cars are gathering to be shipped to Japan for the show. One thing that I am disappointed with is that “Crazy Horse” Indian build by Trevelen may not make it to the show. We will negotiate until last day but if we don’t have it solved with in these 2-3days it will miss the shipment. We are not giving up yet and will continue to negotiate.
On the Cruisin’ Magazine Issue #51 released on Oct 26th, the special issue introduce people coming to the show and guest invited to the HCS. [US Trip Report]
Its best to read this and know who you will be meeting so you can enjoy more at the show! If you haven’t looked through it, please head to the book store. Of course you can purchase through Mail Order Division by MOONEYES. The advance ticket is on sale too. So, How are you going to spend this month before the show.
BMW B7, M6 and Old American Cars in Hawaii
I went with map in hand to see the Drag Strip in Big Island, Hilo but it was closed, so I asked the shop near by with ’55 Chevy and they told me it was held in night, Very understandable and realized it was my fault to go on 2pm. Plus tonight Race was mainly for import like Hondas, a son of the shop was going to the Race with this Honda which runs in about 10 seconds, that’s fast. They showed me inside shop and there was a Datsun 620 with V8, VW Buggy, ’68 Nova, Nova! in Big island too, ’68 Camaro and this Pick Up. The shop owners own ’55 Chevy had this old MOON tachometer. This tachometer is really hard to find one, its rare and high price when it is out for sale so I set back and still don’t have one, I haven’t had chance to buy for 20 years and it gets more harder to find and price is getting more higher and Not easy to buy. Its difficult, I know I have to buy sometime but I can’t buy.
Anyway the Big Island still has Drag Strip so its appreciated by Drag Racers and funs. But it was extraordinary place. Through industrial waste facility through the woods the Drag Strip appears. There are no lights between and night race may be too scarily To go to. It rains a lot in Hilo. That day they were all saying “If it doesn’t rain” which
is much like in “Sendai” Drag strip in Japan. They were coming to SEMA show next week so we made promise to see them again at “MOONEYES” booth in SEMA and left there.
Next day I went to see friend Tad in Honolulu, went to his friends warehouse to see his cars which he is proud of. The car he drove to see was also his proud car, it was BMW B7 which only 68 of them are in whole world, the only BMW equipped with “supercharger” and amazing to hear that it is all hand build, the pin holes in seat fabrics are there to have cool air conditioned air to flow out from seat. Asked Wildman about the BMW B7, “Alpina brands Flagship model , 7 series equipped with Supercharger and car is about USD 260,000 equivalent to buying average condominium apartment in Japan. Didn’t think there was such a high end model in Hawaii.” At the warehouse we reached on this very precious car was his latest project Willis, others were Anglia, Willis Pick Up, which were both X-Drag Race Car but as Drag Strip in Oahu island was closed, they were made in to street machine, the street machine which may have been a race cars are increasing in Oahu Island according to them.
While impressed with such things, he mentioned he has ’67 Chevelle 2 door post. “The 2 door Post?!” haven’t seen one before and really want to see that and so did, he wanted to show that and went to his home in BMW B7 and there was another BMW M6! in home, this one is rare too and it was his wife’s. Again asked Wildman and said “This car is BMW M6 and is the top end Of BMW Sports type. V10, 5.0 liter engine is straight out from Formula 1 technology and has 506hp. It is priced more than USD 130,000 in Japan and really not many people can afford it.” Wow that’s amazing. Now I Understand how Mr. Dexter was saying he likes fast cars.
Then he showed me the post Chevelle, I haven’t seen this one before. Its far more stylish than a hard top, which was really surprise to me. According to him there were only 6 of ’67 Chevelle Post 2dr Sedan “SS.”made. There are various cars hidden in garage in Hawaii and I suggested Tad that may be good idea to host a car show to bring out hidden cars in this island.
As it get late in night friend Jason and his fiance Tracy came to pick me up in his ’51 Chevy and cruised with window rolled down in downtown Honolulu and spent wonderful time. Had one beer in downtown with his friend Don Ed Hardy. Jason will be hosting his own gallery in Tokyo on end of November, and Mr. Ed Hardy was famous T-shits brand “Ed Hardy”‘s designer which I didn’t know and surprised when I was told that from friend next day.
He was making book on Japanese pinstripers and we talked that we would help on editorial. Also he will have his own gallery in Santa Monica in May 2008 which we will help what we can do and it was very fruit full night in Honolulu. This time I went to Honolulu for couple days and saw many Old American Cars. I haven’t seen that many old American cars before but I saw many times just on today. Old American cars in Honolulu its interesting. Honolulu has many old buildings so it looks good with old American cars. That’s Cool.
NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion – CHRR #2 Funny Cars
In recent years of CHRR, more old Funny Cars of all times are seen. At East Coast there are race for old Funny Car for more than 3 years but It wasn’t that popular in West Coast.
But now in this CHRR they say there are 24 Funny Cars that will run. I have mentioned about ’64 Funny Cars in one race before but it is really lucky to be able to see 24 Funny cars. Of course they are all “AA” Nitro Funny cars. I like to called “AA” double A. They may be running in old spec and speed is like in old days at 6 seconds so its good speed to take picture for me. 4 seconds car, no chance for me. Challenger, Satelite, Charger were already rare to see in my time at last half of 70s and its great to be able to take a good look at them.
The old Funny Cars look good as they are shorter in front but some looked too stretched out and looked Funny? May be because many frames have gas tanks in front of front tire now and its longer.
Among them the Old style Funny Car with Old Balance looks really good. Back then when I admire the funny cars on Hot Rod Magazine and I remember how I was shocked to see the Head lights and Grills were all air brushed on the real Funny Cars. I like to try driving one of those Funny Cars of these years.
NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion – CHRR
I think current Most interesting event is this CHHR. The second one is MOONEYES USA Xmas Party.
In this show, Old Race cars are increasing every time this show is hosted. I don’t know how but they find these old Race cars from some where. And Gasser style is increasing too.
I-5は上下線（と言うかどうか分かりませんが）が通行止めとなり、復旧に5日も掛かるだろうと言われる大事故です。ちょうど我々はその場所を通過しさらに100マイル程先の町で開催されたNHRA Hot Rod Reunionに参加する為、事故の前日の木曜日の夜に現地に入っていました。
普通なら2時間と少々走れば着く200マイル程度の所ですが、帰りは通行止めの為、もの凄い迂回をし5時間近く掛かってShopに戻りました。疲れました。NHRA Hot Rod Reunionは週末に報告します。
This is not commercial for Movie, Last Friday nights accident at west coast major artery I-5 Freeway had been posted on LA Times. The I-5 Freeway had both directions closed and it was a big accident which may need 5 days to fully recover.
We passed this accident area and went about 100 miles on Thursday night to join the NHRA Hot Rod Reunion. It usually takes 2 hours from MOONEYES USA Shop and only about 200 miles, but on the way back, with I-5 closed and taking many detours, It took us 5 hours to get back to our shop. I was really tired when I got back. I will report about NHRA Hot Rod Reunion on weekend.
There were many classics showed up again this year with 320, 520, 521, 620 DATSUN Pick Ups and group of 620 looked nice.
This 620 has quad square head lights, custom grill, wheel, mirror, bubble window, 5 piece flare set traction bar and wide tires but narrow on front, recreation of the true 70s’ trucking style. This style looks good with blue sky and must be California sky.
This 620 has Arizona bumper but it looks good, DATSUN on tail gate and blue sky is appealing the 70s’. One CB450 was left alone. Old Japanese made looks good. 320 may be reading old Japanese custom magazine called “Cal” it has Japanese taste custom. “Cal” magazine is getting popular to these manias in USA.
Japanese cars are now getting attention, especially the old classics and Japanese car customs which cal had been taken for years are now starting to get attention, and in other magazine Flares, oil cooler on grill, Rear tires spread low with faces up (called HACHINOJI in Japanese as it looks the way they write Eight/Hachi) are also getting attention too. In this show NISSAN Laurel and Skyline (both were never imported to USA) which were imported from Japan currently were on display. The original Japanese custom has now gone to overseas which is understandable but it was our “make Japanese cars look like US cars custom” are now seen in US which is pretty nice thing for me.
BRE and SCCS Circuit Race looks are popular way for 510 finish in US but this narrowed 510 is rare way of finishing. Mazda look most like American cars among old cars. May be one of reason is it was called by RX2, RX3 without name and just numbers but RX2 is the most one I like. This rotary truck is interesting to see how it runs. Some how, the Mazda classics in USA seems to have large wheel in style for now. Lastly the MOON Disc pin striped by Wildman went to owner of this TOYOTA Celica. Couple years ago many American cars crossed ocean to Japan but may be Japanese classic cars are crossing ocean to be imported by USA from now. Cars go around the World!
毎週土曜日の朝早く、Huntington Beach近くでMorning Cruiseが開催されています。このクルーズは本当に朝早くて驚きます。朝7時半に行ってもう帰る車があり、そして8時頃には半分くらいは帰ってしまいます。そんな時間帯ですから圧倒的に年齢層は高いですが、中には早起きが苦手なヤングも結構参加しています。朝早く始まる分、一日が有効に使えるので旅行中、車も見たいなって方には最適なクルーズです。場所はOrange County, City of Huntington Beachかな？道はMagnolia とAdamsの交差点です。
Every Saturday in early morning, Morning Cruise is hosted near Huntington Beach. This Cruise is really amazing for how early it starts. Some cars go home after 7:30am and half of them are gone by 8 o’clock. The attendants are usually seniors with that kind of hours but young ones are hanging in there too. As it starts early, it is good if you want to look at cars while you are on Vacation. you can still use rest of the day. Its on between Magnolia and Adams.
On Thursday, October 4th when I got to MOONEYES USA, Fred Larsen’s wife Marylou was there, I was wondering why she was there and Wildman was drawing signs on her car. To be accurate Marylou knew Wildman was coming so she came here. Good to see you Marylou!
At Machine shop 1972 Chevy Nova had rear end changed to Ford 9″ with 4.10 and Posi. Even these work scene looks 70s’ Southern California.
I will send the message from USA participant of the “16th Annual YOKOHAMA HOT ROD Custom Show 2007” on Sunday December 2nd. It is already less than two months away. As always the what we will do in the Show is still not fixed.
Last week prior to the show, we went to California and did cover on all participant With “Cruisin’ Magazine” Japan chief editor. The cover will be on Cruisin’ Magazine out on October 26th but before that I like to send the short demonstration reel for Show DVD which we made this time.
This year’s Show DVD will be taken by the Garage Production who made last years Xmas Party hosted by MOONEYES USA in California and this year we are taking before the participant leave to Japan, so DVD content will be different from past. It’s just a little bit but please check it out, it looks good.