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Yokohama Custom Hot Rod Show 2019 – Prep day

In late November 2019, I attended my first Mooneyes Yokohama Custom Hot Rod Show.  It was a long way from home, and I got up very early to go there.  And people from across the world were at Pacifico Yokohama Exhibition Halls for it.  We had come for the colorful, amazing, incredible and crazy custom cars and bikes.

Japan Kustom Mercury
orange classic hot rod

The event was on Sunday, but I got access to the Saturday preparation day.  It was interesting watching all the cars and bikes being hauled/pushed/carried into the halls.  The exhibitors had only one day to get ready.  It was an education to see how it all was all done.

American muscle car at Yokohama Custom Hot Rod Show 2019
black hot rod at Yokohama Custom Hot Rod Show 2019

The exhibit halls looked a little bland in the morning.  But as hours passed, we got to see how things would take shape.  Without the public, I didn’t have to wait for photographs.  My only problem was dodging the equipment staff brought in.


One issue I had with the event was lighting.  It wasn’t optimal for hot rod photography.  To be honest, it was a struggle shooting the cars.  It would have been great to have had a light source with me.

blue american car at Yokohama Custom Hot Rod Show 2019
American yellow muscle car

Looking back, I now realize I made some elementary mistakes with my photos.  The biggest problem was timing.  In many shots, heads, bags, legs etc., are visible behind cars.  They wouldn’t have been if I had waited for them to go.  Maybe I could have moved a little left or right slightly.  In my excitement, I snapped wildly.

classic American hot rod

The main day, Sunday was terrific.  It was one of the best car events I have ever attended.  Those photos will be in an article in the near future.  Yokohama Custom Hot Rod Show 2019 was a big success.

American hot rod with flames at Yokohama Custom Hot Rod Show 2019
Zeitgeist motorbike at Yokohama Custom Hot Rod Show 2019

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