THE SHOW OF SHOWS
THE 25TH MOONEYES YOKOHAMA HOT ROD CUSTOM SHOW
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