THE SHOW OF SHOWS

THE 25TH MOONEYES YOKOHAMA HOT ROD CUS­TOM SHOW

Street Chopper - - Contents - WORDS: JEFF G. HOLT PHO­TOS: JEFF G. HOLT AND ED SUBIAS

The 25th Mooneyes Yokohama Hot Rod Cus­tom Show

Every year when I board the biker-filled big-ass jet plane from LAX to Tokyo I feel a level of ex­cite­ment that no other bike show riles up in me. Is it that the Mooneyes Hot Rod Cus­tom Show is sit­u­ated in the Far East in a non-english-speak­ing for­eign land? Is it that every year the bikes seem to top new lev­els in cus­tomiza­tion and color? Is it that Shige and the staff from Mooneyes are the most gra­cious hosts one could ever wish for? I think it’s for sure a com­bi­na­tion of the afore­men­tioned and a whole lot more.

Sure, Born-free and Mama Tried are re­ally cool events in their own rights, but sorry to say both of them pale in com­par­i­son with the Mooneyes Yokohama show. This sin­gle- day show brings out some of the best clas­sic, chopped, and cus­tom Har­ley-david­son mo­tor­cy­cles the world has to of­fer. There are also hun­dreds of ma­ni­a­cal Bri­tish and met­ric ma­chines that us Amer­i­cans have never had the good graces to lay our eyes on. Then there are the rows and rows of hun­dreds of artists and ar­ti­sans hock­ing their Kus­tom Kul­ture wares, goods, and ser­vices. And to top it off if you have even the small­est affin­ity for cus­tom cars, there are Kus­toms, Sleds, lowrid­ers, mini trucks, and a ton of clas­sic VWS scat­tered through­out the cav­ernous Paci­fico Yokohama Con­ven­tion Cen­ter hall.

Every year the folks from Mooneyes in­vite builders from the USA, and there was quite the vari­ance of Amer­i­can builders and bikes. Skate­board­ing leg­end Steve Ca­ballero shipped over his Street Chop­per- cover BSA. Jeff Leighton from The Wretched Hive brought his Flat­head H-D. Ryan Gross­man of Vin­tage Dreams came with his wild “Alien’s Poi­son” Knuck­le­head chop­per. Kyo of Kyo’s Garage brought a twin-en­gine Honda that sounded like no other bike there. Yaniv Evan of Pow­er­plant Mo­tor­cy­cles had his FXR on hand. Max Schaaf of 4Q brought his ’60s-style Pan­head. And Arie of VEE Mfg. had his stel­lar 103ci Knuck­le­head chop­per fer­ried over as well.

I can tell you that this 25th an­niver­sary Mooneyes show was not to be missed, but if you did miss it, put the 26th Hot Rod and Cus­tom Show on your list and book your tick­ets now! Trust us— you won’t be sorry you did. For more info, check out mooneyes. com or yoko­hama­hotrod­cus­tomshow.com. SC

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