On Sunday, December 4th, more than 300 custom cars and 600 motorcycles will take over the Pacifico Yokohama convention center for the 2016 Hot Rod Custom Show. This year marks the 25th anniversary, and Shige Suganuma and the Mooneyes team have put the pieces in place to make sure this milestone event will be the biggest to date.
For this weekend’s show, they’ve returned to their roots with the spotlight category: Hot Rod and Custom Car Cavalcade. They’ve shipped over a few of significant, United States-based hot rods to showcase for the 15,000+ eager spectators in Yokohama.
The cars include Pete Chapouris’ “SIROD 2” ’26 Ford roadster, Ed Roth’s Orbitron and the “Moonliner” built by Jocko Johnson. The Gene Winfield-built “Desert Sunrise” ’52 Chevy, which was customized in the United States, had already made its way across the Pacific earlier this fall.
It’s quite the lineup—and it’s only a small taste of everything the show has to offer. Whether you’re looking for prewar hot rods or far-out showcars, you’re sure to see them at the 25th Hot Rod Custom Show.
There’s more to the HCS than the impressive array of rods, customs and motorcycles. Bands will be playing all day, and custom painters from across the globe will be displaying their work in the Crazy Cut Out Paint Contest.
The invited cars and bikes have arrived in Japan in preparation for Mooneyes’ 2016 Hot Rod Custom Show. Here are Pete Chapouris’ ’26 Ford roadster, Roth’s “Orbitron” and a slew of choppers out on the loading dock in Japan.
The Moonliner has landed in Japan! Originally built by Jocko Johnson for Dean Moon, the bright yellow streamliner has long been a mascot of the Mooneyes brand. Below, we see it in its natural environment on the salt during the 50th annual Bonneville Speed Week.
It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly four decades since Pete Chapouris finished building this ’26 T roadster for his father. The fiberglass-bodied T blends a traditional look with modern components to create a tidy—and very drivable—combination. We photographed the car for our So-Cal Speed Shop article in TRJ #8.
Originally assembled by Ed Roth in 1964, the Orbitron lived a short life on the show circuit before falling out of the limelight. Decades later, it was found in Mexico and restored by Dave Shuten of Galpin Auto Sports.
Customizing legend Gene Winfield built this ’52 Chevy for Wheels Unlimited in Japan. Gene treated the car to a wealth of custom touches and finished it with one of his signature blended paint jobs. Dubbed Desert Sunset, the radical custom made its debut at the 2015 SEMA show in the Eastwood booth.