これからも音声の無い８mm時代のBonnevilleや、Ed Big Daddy Rothが発売していたビデオを、ＤＶＤ化し発売予定です。
New Product Introduction
An old video tape that Dean Moon used to sell called, "Land Speed Record,"is
now available in DVD format.
The original video was made by Dean himself and the finish quality was quite
homemade (amateur video).
However, correcting the production and finish would take away the nostalgic
homemade charm that this video has.
Therefore, the DVD version is a direct copy of the original.
The first several minutes shows video (visual) but no sound (audio).
This is just how the original video was too (not a defect).
During this portion of the video, scenes include the MOONBeam (you can see Dean
momentarily too) and inside the MOON Equipment Co.
where the MOONEYES Dragster is displayed.
Then, TV CF footage and appearances of the MOONLiner with several commercial
companies are shown including
KIRIN METS CF（Japanese Beverage Co.), "555"(Tobacco) and Budweiser
Other footage includes the Streamliner built by the Summers Brothers called
"Golden Rod" that used four 392 Hemi engines.
the build process of Golden Rod, to the scene of its land speed record run.
Spirit of America 1 is also shown.
There are a lot of rare clips and valuable scenes shown.
The KIRIN METS CF was also shown on Japanese TV back in 80’s.
Although the quality is crude by today’s standards, it is the exact way that
Dean Moon originally put it together and offered it for sale.
From a historical standpoint you can say, "So, this is what video tapes
were like back then."
You can imagine the claims if this was produced and marketed today.
Images that are out of focus, blurred, high contrast, low light, cut off, white
washed, sound loss, sound fragmented, flooded by background noise, and you can
go on and on…
but again, it is by Dean Moon. Please think of it as "Period Correct".
In an attempt to keep that same period feeling, the DVD packaging uses the same
content as the original video tape release and includes the original caption
created by Dean on the back.
(Dean originally sold this in VHS and BETA!)
And then there’s this video that I purchased from Dean.
This is a soundless 8mm generation shot video of 50’s & 60’s Bonneville
by Fred Larsen.
Also, "How to Fiberglas" by Ed "Big Daddy" Roth and more
will be available soon.
Plans are in the works for it to be sold in DVD format.
This one will not be edited either.
The smashed one is peanut butter mochi (Japanese rice cake) sold in Hawaii.
Peanut butter and mochi? Since it was smashed you can see the inside contents
I wonder if this can be called Daifuku (a type of rice cake stuffed with bean
In any case, it’s renown as a mismatch combination, but it isn’t something that
I would want to taste.
A friend of mine in Hawaii said just one taste and you’ll be convinced that it’s
"PAN" of MOONEYES will eat it.
The green one is Melon and there’s an orange one that’s Mango too.
Consumption of Mochi has actually dropped in Japan.
Instead of the traditional inside contents of red bean jam (Anko), perhaps making
variants such as Curry will boost sales? Sounds good!
Chapter 11（U.S. bankruptcy code）Aloha Air stopped flying completely last month.
At one time, this period-correct paint scheme was known as the Funbird.
I admire this design.
Hawaii to me is seeing both Aloha Air and Hawaiian Air, so let’s hope that Aloha
Air is revived someday.
The car I’ve been working on for last year and a half is finally finished.
Modified roadster for land speed record.
Ever since I met Fred Larsen, and started to go to Bonneville, I fell in love with land speed racing, but never had chance to do anything other than being part of crew for Fred’s streamliner.
Last 2 years, I was fortunate enough to get a ride in Tim Cunha’s 32 Deuce Coupe. What a feeling. I was hooked. As soon as I came back from Bonneville in ’06, I decided to build modified roadster.
Reason for building modified roadster is fairly inexpensive to build and if I can use Fred’s motor out of his streamliner, there’s very good chance of setting record in class and maybe even get me into 200mph club.
September ’06, I called up Dick at Poli Form and picked up ’27 T body and track nose.
As soon as I came back, I started laying chassis out of 2×4 steel tubing. I know exactly how I wanted to build this car, so things went quite well. Ordered some rectangular tubing bent by Art Morrison, 1-5/8″ Chromoly tubing bent by Horsepower Engineering.
Mocked up chassis and roll cage. With help of good friends, things came together pretty well, but working on it after hours made progress slower than I wanted. I’ve set my goal for the car to be completed and ready for may El Mirage in 2008.
I had Shige’s blessing to use Fred’s motor.
as time goes on people come by the shop and didn’t think we would get it ready for May meet.
At some point I had little doubt myself, but I wanted it to get it done so bad, I kept on working on it whenever I had chance to work on it. Without help form good friends, this wouldn’t to been done.
When it finally came together, I was pleasantly surprised of outcome. Car looked good. Motor sound even better. 183cubic inch small block Chevy sleeved and destroked to get in F class which is 3liter limit with help of 471 blower mounted in front of engine running on Alky.
This front mount blower is another reason why I wanted to build this car. We still make front mount blower kit for small block Chevy engines.
Friday May 16th, we loaded roadster up on trailer and headed for El Mirage. Once we got there we went straight to inspection.
Being a new car, several inspectors must go over the car with fine tooth comb front to back.
Fuel vent, shifter boot, arm restraints are things I need to change.
Any new car or new driver must perform “bail out”.
This is a test that you can calmly shut system off and bring the car to stop safely and quickly in case of fire. That went OK. After vigorous inspection, it was signed off by 2 inspectors. I’m good to go. Went back to pit and set up and ready for tomorrow.
Saturday morning, we warmed up motor and went to line up for run.
All new cars must go between 125 to 150mph and pull chute for the first run.
It’s time. I suited up and got in car. It’s tight. By the time all seat belts are in place, you’ll not be able to make any move it’s so tight. Starter gave me a go. I fired up motor.
Waved Doug to push off. Most of cars are set up for high speed, so they need help getting up to speed.
I slowly let the clutch out and took off from push truck. First gear, second gear and third gear, car went straight as an arrow. 153mph at the trap in third gear. Just what I’m supposed to do for the very first run. I was so excited and pleased. Car I designed and built drove so good. Very happy. Doug came to pull me and congratulated me.
Marilou (Fred’s Wife) was in the pit. She was so happy to hear and see Fred’s motor run again. Fred’s motor have been out of commission for 7years. Thanks Fred! (by the way, I decided to paint this roadster blue just like Fred’s streamliner in memory of Fred.)
Sunday, I went for another run. This time I had Doug push me longer. I took off and pulled to 7000 rpm. First, second went good. Third gear motor started to lay down. Wouldn’t pull.
Car started to wonder around a little. Maybe not enough fuel, maybe need more timing. We’ll do more test.
When we got back to the shop on Sunday after the meet, we found out that tie rod adjusting nut was loosened. This explains why car was doing what it di at high speed.
It is the feeling I can’t explain by words. Speed has got me hooked.
We’ll make few changes on the car and go back in June for another test.
土曜日に夜はSanta Monicaで、Don Ed Hardy氏が発行した、Kustom Japan Bookの、
発売記念レセプションもありますので、WildmanはEl Mirageへ行ったり、Santa Monicaへ行ったり、大変な一日になりそうです。
Chico’s ’27 T Modified Roadster is finally ready!
There are plans for paint and detail work by the time of Bonneville Speed Week
but for this weekend it will run without it, and instead of freehand lettering,
we’ll use stickers.
This Moon Equipped Eyeball Sticker is a cherished item from the Dean Moon era.
It’s a water-slide decal from the early 1960’s
Just by looking over the entire sticker, you can easily tell it’s from that
With preparation complete and in order, we’ll be heading out for El Mirage at
about noon on Friday.
It really has that MOON Equipment Company feeling and vibe.
Chico says to attempt over 200mph in a car built by your own hands, it is an
incredible feeling. It’s amazing!
Saturday night, in Santa Monica, California is the opening reception for Kustom
Japan (Mike McCabe photographs) and Don Ed Hardy exhibitions at Track 16 Gallery.
They worked together on the excellent hard cover photo book titled, "Kustom
Japan" which focuses on the Hot Rod and Kustom Kulture scene in Japan.
The opening reception is from 6PM and there will be many artists and guests
attending. Wildman will be there. He’ll be at El Mirage and Santa Monica all
in one day – one of the reasons he got the name Wildman in the first place!
Other Japanese pinstripers will be at Track 16 Gallery as well including M&K
Makoto, Mr. G and others. You can bet the reception will be awesome!
The engine was finally fired up. How many years has it been?
This engine is a 183 cubic-inch, 3 liter Chevy V-8. Naturally, it’s not something
Chevrolet put out.
It’s a legendary engine built by Fred Larsen.
It’s the 307 MPH FIA record engine*
*In 1992, Fred Larsen joined the 300 MPH Club with a record run at FIA (307
MPH) in the Larsen-Cummins Streamliner using this 3L engine.
With Fred’s wife Mary Lou standing by, the engine was prepared.
You knew Mary Lou wanted to hear the first crack and cackle of that engine because
it was after 9PM when we called her and she replied with an instant, "I’m
coming over now! "When the engine was fired up, it looked like this.Although
older now, Mary Lou was in very high spirits, even this late.
In the quite of night, the open header, super-charger and alcohol-fed engine
really made some noise!
Fred used to fire this engine up every year at his own house, that’s amazing!
His neighbors must have been amazed!
The engine sound was recorded too but we’ll have to make a video of it and put
it up at a later time.
The hood for the roadster was made the next day.
This is the bender Using the same jig used for the frame, tubes were welded
in position so that the hood could be hammered into shape.
You can see Chico here, steadily making the section where the grille shell meets
In over 30 years that I’ve known this man, Chico still impresses me on his skill
As all this was going on, Tim arrived, to prime the FRP parts.
Oh! What’s this? A Run! Hey Tim!
By the way, isn’t it illegal to be painting outdoors in this area of Southern
California? Well it is Sunday, and well, what ever.
After the painting was completed, Tim tried to jump into the roadster.
However, he’s too tall and couldn’t fit his legs properly into the cockpit.
As he was unable to sit right, he gave an appropriate gesture signifying his
Seating and proper fit are very important factors when purchasing a completed
race car, kids.
Incidentally, I didn’t get to press the accel pedal.
At last, this weekend is El Mirage. Will Chico’s Modified ’27 T Roadster break
any records? Will he enter the 200 MPH Club?
Land Speed Record Race Car – 27 Modified Tの続報です。
明日、遂にFire Up Motorです。
Land Speed Record Race Car – 27 Modified T Follow-up Report
Finally, the motor will get its first Fire Up tomorrow. There’s less than 10 days until El Mirage. The build has made it this far, it should be done by then.
It’s a photo of Honmoku, Yokohama area sometime around 1975.
The other day while sorting through photographs, a bunch of old pictures taken
around 1975 were found.
At that time, Honmoku, Yokohama was a military facility for the US Armed Forces.
It seemed anyone could freely roam in/out of this area on the base but I don’t
know for sure. Without confirming, I wandered around where this photo was taken.
It was a spacious parking lot, much like those found at Super Markets in USA today.
There were all kinds of cars parked there. Just at that moment, a tandem riding
pair on a Honda CB750 was leaving the lot. Without a second thought, I snapped
this photograph. Check out some of those cars on the street in the background.
The large building in the background, on the left side of the photo is the location
of the current Yamate Police Station. At just about the same position as the Mustang,
on the right side of the photo is where MOONEYES Area-1 now stands. Almost hard
to believe it’s Japan. The sky even seems spacious, like Southern California,
Even that CB750 looks so small!
The film used for this photo was a standard roll of 36 but the camera’s feature,
called Ricoh Auto Half Frame, was used to double the amount of photos to 72. Although
it was called Auto, initial winding was manual… if I recall.
Long Distance Award: 2000 Toyota Hilux Pickup
Mr. Katsume brought his truck from Kagoshima, which is 1,483km (927 miles) far south of Tokyo. Kagoshima is on the southwestern tip of Kyushu and is the most southern prefecture of all Japan.
LQQK Award: 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
Big Block Chevy, Bill Jenks Hand-grinded MOON Cam.
The Chevy motor is quite different when comparing stock cam and high lifted cam. Having a cam with just a slight lift will noticeably create a very strong sound. Although this Chevy is hard pressed against MOPARs,
because MOPAR is very popular now in Japan and US as well, this 1970 Chevelle shined bright at the show.
1970 Chevy Chevelle SS is my favorite too! Go Chevy!
Don’t forget, a MOON Racing Cam is grinded by the hands of MOON’s long term Master Grinder and Craftsman, Bill Jenks. His camshafts are built to specs and still available.
ZQQM Award: 1988 Toyota Hilux Pickup
I used to own a Toyota Hilux like this a long time ago but my truck was a bit older, with round eyes (headlights). But the cab was small because of Japanese spec. I always wanted to have US cab and US bed, but was unable to do it.
In US Spec, the cab is a little longer (like the Japanese spec 4WD cab).
Oh yes, American spec is big!
It was an envious feeling to see such a vehicle. It’s such an old Toyota Hilux but very clean it looks wonderful!
GQQD Award: 2003 Suzuki Lapin (base) ’70 Chevy Suburban-Look
At first glance, it’s really an early 70’s Chevy Suburban. It was given the name of “Lapurban” by Mr. Tokita, owner of Vannuys Automotive SHZ.
CQQL Award: 1959 VW Type I Beetle
This VW T-1 is way too cool! When I first saw this at MOONEYES Area-1 parking lot, it was shocking just how cool it looked. It sits very low to the ground with vintage cal-look wheels and retains stock bumpers and chrome trim. This time, no doubt, the CQQL Award winner.
VQQM Award: 1979 Toyota Chaser
Debuted at HSC 2006 and built by Vannuys Automotive SHZ
Driven from Shimizu, which is about 160km (100 miles) from Tokyo, and without a trailer. But it’s got a Small Block Chevy V-8, and a MOON CAM. Yes, producing that unique sound and exhaust pitch all the way here.
At this point in the awards, the domestic production cars are few and far between. Saluting the Owner’s energy is the VQQM Award.
Camshafters Award was goes to 1974 VW Type I (Volksrod style)
I hope they participate in this year’s HCS.
It’s great to see once they complete.
The Deuce Factory Award: 1932 Ford Roadster Hi-boy
The season is just starting out, we’ll see this one again.
With the morning showers, your participation is greatly appreciated.
There were eight Awards this year. With the morning rain passing and clearing the skies, the temperature gradually rose steady. The result was a wonderful day. It was a memorable and fantastic event.
Thank you everyone for coming.
Next event is Motorcycle Swap Meet, held May 18 (Sunday) at Odaiba, Tokyo.
By all means, if possible, please come with your motorcycle.