FOR a one day, purely static car show, the Yokohama Hot Rod and Custom Show packs a hell of a wallop. There are some 300 cars on display and a mind-bending 600 bikes. Hot rods and customs predominate, but there are also plenty of muscle cars, lowriders, mini trucks and everything else from slammed VW Beetles to a couple of mental De Tomaso Panteras.
There is a lot to take in over just one day, so it is lucky we got a sneak peek during bump in. Each year, the show has a theme, and this time around the crew are celebrating the Chevrolet Camaro and ’49 to ’59 customs. If you’ve ever wanted to build a shoebox Chev or Ford, you can see almost every possible permutation here in the flesh.
While the cars and bikes are amazing, what really blows most Aussies away is the attention to detail given to the displays. Each signboard is a work of art and the set ups work to compliment the cars, rather than distract from them. They are also immaculately clean, with any carpeted areas detailed with lint rollers! Thanks to the crew from Mooneyes for putting on such an amazing event.
Have a click through the gallery to see our highlights from our first day at the show and check back in for our full coverage shortly.