The Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show returned in 2021

Hot Rod Custom Show Greasy Kids Ford Fairlane
Greasy Kids Ford Fairlane.

The Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show returned for its pre-30th time in 2021. Pre-30th? Yes, with the event canceled in 2020, it seemed like the best name. No one likes to see great car events wasted. I was very happy to be back there.

But it meant I was up at 4 am to get on the train to Pacifico Yokohama. That was quite hard, especially as it was a cold morning.  And getting a local train all the way there was a little taxing. Maybe one year, I’ll go a little later!

What can I say about the show? The hotrods were mind-blowing. So much time and effort went into them. Many were true classics. Of course, there were modern designs as well.

This year, with restrictions still in place on visitors to Japan, no foreign cars were there. That was a real pity. I was hoping to catch up with some of them who I hadn’t seen since the 2019 show. Hopefully, I’ll do that in the future. It would be nice to see the new works they have created.

And the best car? Like every show, that is a tricky question to answer. I saw a lot I liked. There were some awesome motorbikes and caravans too. But if you twisted my arm and forced an answer, I’d probably say the 1950 Buick. The lines and color of the car captivated me. The owner must be very proud of it.

As always, it was one cool hot rod among many! I’m guessing there were a few I didn’t see on the day. That couldn’t be helped as there were so many cars and bikes at the Pan Pacifico convention/exhibit center. I hope the event can get more exposure, as it will also help Tokyo/Japan tourism.

The Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show started thirty years ago, in 1991. At that time, they started with only thirty cars. Only a tiny part of the exhibit center was used. Now there isn’t any space left! How much more can it grow?

I’d like to thank the organizers, Mooneyes Japan, for inviting me to the event. It was much appreciated! Next year’s 30th-anniversary event should be a blast. We’ll see what happens! I hope I have the time to go.

Camera gear used for this Hot Rod Custom Show event:

  • Body: Fujifilm X-T3
  • Lens: Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8

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