Fresh from last weekend’s wildly successful Hot Rod Custom Show in Yokohama, Japan, our friends at Mooneyes are gearing up for another Mooneyes Xmas Party this Saturday, December 8th at Irwindale Speedway. And we’ll be broadcasting the party on Facebook Live all day long! We’ve included a few photos from this year’s HCRS and last year’s Xmas Party too.

Kendra Fleharty’s ’29 Ford roadster has a ton of cool details, like the early Chris Craft windshield and E&J headlights. Smokey burnouts made possible by a four-two-equipped 390 Cadillac punched out to 401cid.

To watch our live videos, hosted by veteran journalist and designer Thom Taylor, just visit on Saturday. Thom will be interviewing participants and covering the action, from nostalgia drags and a Cacklefest to live music, a pinup contest, and rods, customs, choppers and lowriders as far as the eye can see. Irwindale is the place to be this Saturday if you’re in Southern California. And if you aren’t, our live video stream will make you feel like you are!

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Paul Soliz’s “High and Mighty” ’50 Plymouth runs an tunnel ram-equipped 427 with Winters aluminum heads that’s good for mid-10-second blasts down the quarter mile. The ’57 Pontiac rear and ladder bars were originally installed by Blair’s Speed Shop in the late-’60s.

The Penrose Machine Shop ’34/’35 Chevy seen in the staging lanes at Irwindale looks like an early-’50s shop truck survivor.

The Mooneyes Xmas Party is a throwback event in every sense, from the early dragsters, hot rods and altered wheelbase racecars storming the track to the officials’ vintage-style Mooneyes coveralls.

What Mooneyes Xmas Party would be complete without the Moon digger. The signature yellow dragster is a staple at every Moon event, and the Potvin-blown smallblock Chevy always attracts a crowd.

With its molded lakes pipes, Packard taillights, shaved trim and brilliant two-tone paint, this ’55/’56 Ford looks like one of the hundreds of mild customs that rolled out of Larry Watson’s shop in the mid-’50s.

The restored Ike Iacono dragster is no stranger to TRJ readers. Pat Ganahl restored the Hilborn-injected, Wayne 12-port-equipped Jimmy and it was featured back in issues 44 and 57.

In addition to hot rods and customs, lowriders and choppers are a big part of the show. But entrants have to get there early, because the track fills up fast.

2018 Hot Rod Custom Show in Yokohama

No matter where you are in the world, there’s nothing quite as timeless as a laser-straight ’32 Ford hot rod. This rake on this full-fendered pickup was spot-on.

Osaka-based Lavish Speed Shop is known for turning out period-style early Ford hot rods, like this Model A highboy. Chopped top, Deuce grille shell, flathead power and root beer paint make for one timeless coupe.

One of the recent projects to roll out of Japan’s Good Fellows Custom Motors is this ’49 Chevy Fleetline. Heavily chopped top, shaved everything, flush skirts and slammed stance contribute to the slippery profile.

There’s definitely some Hollenbeck influence on this Deuce roadster. We like the heavily laid-back windshield, and dirt trackers and rib runners on painted steel wheels are always a winning combination.

“Full-Size Pickup Spectacular” was one of the themes of the 27th Annual Hot Rod Custom Show. These trucks do a great job of combining early lowrider and custom styling.

Moon owner Shige Suganuma completed this ’61 Buick custom, the “Moon Blessing,” just in time for this year’s HRCS.