This weekend, more than 300 traditional hot rods and customs will make their way to Yokohama, Japan, for the 2015 Hot Rod Custom Show. Now in its 24th year, Shige Suganuma and the Mooneyes team will be hosting a collection of some of the best cars and motorcycles from around the world.

This weekend, more than 300 traditional hot rods and customs will make their way to Yokohama, Japan, for the 2015 Hot Rod Custom Show. Now in its 24th year, Shige Suganuma and the Mooneyes team will be hosting a collection of some of the best cars and motorcycles from around the world.

The show, which will be held on Sunday, December 6th, is slated to bring in over 16,000 spectators to the five-acre Pacifico Yokohama convention center. This year, the spotlight category is “1949-1954 Reflections & Expressions,” which highlights American hot rods and customs of any style from this time frame.

 

Beatniks car club member Tom Foster's '52 Chevy Styleline Deluxe has been treated to a wealth of custom touches, including a tastefully chopped top, full shave and a custom-made grille.

Beatniks car club member Tom Foster’s ’52 Chevy Styleline Deluxe has been treated to a wealth of custom touches, including a tastefully chopped top, full shave and a custom-made grille.

Included in this group are a pair of cars that may be familiar to TRJ readers. The first is Tom Foster’s “Crackerbox” ’52 Chevy that was featured in TRJ #21 wearing purple primer and owned by artist Dennis McPhail. The other is Ashley Cunningham’s ’50 Ford shoebox that was built by Pat Ganahl and graced the cover of TRJ #56.

We shot Ashley Cunningham's '50 shoebox when it was owned by Pat Ganahl. With Pat's son Bill in the Ford and Pat in his Deuce roadster, the two made the trip from Lost Angeles to the TRJ studio for a double feature.

We shot Ashley Cunningham’s ’50 shoebox when it was owned by Pat Ganahl. With Pat’s son Bill in the Ford and Pat in his Deuce roadster, the two made the trip from Lost Angeles to the TRJ studio for a double feature.

Although not as popular as the '63-'65 Rivieras, the '68s can be attractive customs when given the right treatment. Dubbed "Pantheon," D'Agostino's Riviera was named Best Radical '61-'69 Hardtop at the 66th Grand National Roadster Show held in Pomona, California.

Although not as popular as the ’63-’65 Rivieras, the ’68s can be attractive customs when given the right treatment. Dubbed “Pantheon,” D’Agostino’s Riviera was named Best Radical ’61-’69 Hardtop at the 66th Grand National Roadster Show held in Pomona, California.

Additionally, John D’Agostino’s full-custom ’68 Riviera will be on display. Earlier this year, the chopped and slammed Buick took home the World’s Most Beautiful Custom award at the Sacramento Autorama in California’s capital city.

But there are more than just rods, customs and motorcycles at the Hot Rod Custom Show. There will be a huge gallery of custom painted skateboards for the “Sidewalk Surfing Bonanza” paint contest and bands keeping the party going all day in Yokohama.

If you’re not able to make it to Japan, you can celebrate with Moon at the Mooneyes Xmas Party Show & Drags at Irwindale Speedway next weekend. For more information about the Yokohama event, click here and for a video click here. For more on the Xmas Party, click here.

24th Annual Yokahama Hot Rod Custom Show 2015 Mooneyes