19th Annual YOKOHAMA Hot Rod Custom Show 2010 turned out a new record in attendance this year with the number of people that walked through the gate with a ticket increased over a thousand compared to last year. Putting it into a little more perspective, this is probably a very high percentage of the actual hot rod and custom crowd in Japan. That being said, it was an incredible turnout for a one day show and it was packed with people all day long with so much to see. Lets recap the topics and total of the show.

Show Cars (automobiles)= 250
Show Bikes (motorcycles) = 650
Vendor Booths = 250 & Collectivities Alley Booths = 20
Pinstripers (invite) 40
Scale Models, Die Casts, Pedal Cars = 50
Paint Content Entries (Motorcycle Fuel Tank Paint Contest) = 50

Attendance (visitors) = 13,000
Thank you for taking part in the 19th Annual Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show 2010. We truly are grateful for your participation.
MOONEYES Staff gathered in the event hall by 6AM on Sunday, December 5, 2010. By 8AM we were told to stand by and by 8:30AM the staff and help crew were ready to begin. Meanwhile, outside the gate was a thriving crowd of people and we opened early.

08:30 - Gate Opens into the Pacific Yokohama Exhibition Hall


09:00 - All of the guests were brought out to the back as the crowd pour in.

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The "Ride In" is a major part of the show and has been the official way of starting every show. The guests physically drive their ride into the show, down the center isle to the front gate which is where they have a display sectioned off. Once they drive up to the front, they get out and come on a small pedestal, have an introduction and then proceed to the next guest. Up first this year, special guests Robert Williams and Suzanne Williams, both with their beloved Fords. Robert's '32 Ford Roadster and Suzanne's '34 Sedan.


Following the pair of Williams, none other than the ace custom builder of Salinas Boys, Cole Foster behind the wheel of one of his instant legendary masterpieces, the '36 Ford "Metallicoupe". This car was such an immaculate build it made the cover of the Rodder's Journal (periodical magazine) without even having a painted body to display every curve and precession touch. By itself, one might think, "Meh, thirties Ford, chopped, dropped, custom." On the contrary. Place it next to any thirties Ford and you are blown away.
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HCS2010 Photo GalleryBehind the Metallicoupe came Green Inspiration, a Chevy S10 custom truch by Steve Wilk of NR (No Regrets) So. Cal. Mini Truckin' magazine's editor Mike Alexander stood by this truck as it seemed to have the magic to bridge the gap between customs and mini trucks. Could be timing, could be magic, either way, it worked and there were many Japan chapter mini truck clubs there to show support and curious custom enthusiasts as well.
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HCS2010 Photo GalleryFollowing the cars and guest introductions, the motorcycles were called to the Ride In. Beginning with Falcon Motorcycles Ian Barry and his beautiful Kestrel Falcon Triumph based custom. Based on a '70 Trumpet Bonneville, he literally rebuilt it from the ground up. We'd like to extend our thanks to Ian Barry and his wife Amaryllis Knight for being so helful and willing to come to Japan. Ian broke his wrist but it didn't detour his plans. Thank you.

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Riding behind was not one, but two long bikes based on Honda CB750 motors. Duane Ballard of DB Custom Leather makes hand-stamped leather seats and other accessories full time but manages to stitch up two very wicked chopper diggers right out of the 70s.
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Mark Drews came through the big doors next in a superb '57 Triumph Pre-Unit show bike. Slender, shiny, no frills yet breath taking. This is the essence of 60s show bike, pure ingenious. Acrylic primary cover and tank? I'd say more but my jaw just fell to the floor...

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HCS2010 Photo GalleryRight up next and always the show stopper, show pleaser, like the Fireman that you now will come through and rescue in any situation, Jeff "Hippodrome Studio" Decker. He recently built this mild custom HRD Vincent with this uncle. It's a race spec Black Shadow, called Black Lighting to let the bystander know to stand back. When this bike came out in 1952, it blew away just about everything. Fast was fast, but it wasn't lightning. Second gear on this machine pulls to no end reaching past 60mph, and top speed was a buck and a quarter. Jeff's bike was slightly different as anything he does is eloquently so but bad ass indeed. Taped header pipes, right handed jockey, when the bike kicks over it's already spinning the rear tire, it want to go! These bikes are rare. Jeff Decker's bike is one of a kind, beyond rare.

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HCS2010 Photo GalleryDean Micetich. Dice Magazine "other half". His old school chopper Panhead is so period, he really matches perfectly with it. So much so, he should just, I dunno, hand over the keys to his deuce... call me Dean. Last year, Matt Davis, Dice magzine's other "other half" brought his HD which initially they were going to both bring the bikes together but things happen as they do and Dean made it this year. The white outline classic flames on black is the only way to go.

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Grant Peterson, you may remember from the MIM article with Harpoon, his roommate, just completed a stunning solid colored Shovelhead. It was featured on the cover of Street Chopper magazine in the US and was striking the hammer to bring back the solid-colors in choppers. Although nothing wrong with flashy crazy paint jobs, the orange sits right on this bike. Grant was stoked the entire trip and had a grin ear to ear evertime I saw him.

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Celebrating 40 years this year was Custom Chrome, popular aftermarket parts catalog for H-Ds. CCI made two anniversary bikes one for the beginning days when their company jumped on the scene in 1970 and one to celelbrate the 2010 year with today's more popular styles. Cole Foster has been selected to design and build the 70s chopper and pictured above is the dresser which are called Baggers now. CCI Vice President did the honors of riding in.
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After the Ride In, the show is officially on the way!


11:00 the first session for live music is by The SECRETS, a tripple female vocal group dishing out some soul funk grooves.
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HCS2010 Photo Gallery12:00 Live Interview & Talk Show at Tribute to Robert Williams and Suzanne Williams
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The two of them were a delight and even though there was a language barrier (of course there was live translations going on) the audience could feel the vibe. They are both kind and warm it was a pleasure for us to have them there.


14:00 Second live music session was by a 70s style rock band called Sukima-Sangyo
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14:30 The Yokohama Show wouldn't be complete with everyone's favorite band JACKIE AND THE CEDRICS! They rocked the show and had the crowd pumped!
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17:30 The show came to an end but MOON Garage Goshu pulled out a first for HCS, a RIDE OUT! Robert and Suzanne were so thrilled with driving, they drove their cars out of the show!
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Thank you for making the show a great success! Next year will be the 20th Annual Show and since that's an anniversary, we will have to come up with something big! Stayed tuned!

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