For all the great stuff I got to experience in Japan this time, one event I wasn’t able to make was the Hot Rod Razzle Dazzle in Yokohama. While I sit here and kick myself for not staying a few extra days and going for myself, my friend Hiroaki Kageyama from The KAGE Blog volunteered to share a few photos from this laid back Japanese hot rod and custom meet. Enjoy!
9:00 am, Honmoku Hilltop Park parking lot. The moment the venue opens – still empty and quiet.
午前９時 本牧山頂公園駐車場 – 開始予定時刻の会場は、まだガランとして静かです。
Waiting are members of CHOP STICKS Car Club, the organizers of the Razzle Dazzle.
At this point there are just a few early birds hanging around.
As usual, it’s a slow start for the Razzle Dazzle.
Pre-registration is not required for this casual meeting, so traffic jams and long lines are of no worry.
A little after 9:30, a steady flow of cars begins to roll in.
Because this is a kick off event after the new year, the crowd is big. Many types of vehicles cruise into the lot, from original classics to hardcore hot rods.
With a very loud and distinct sound, a blown Willys Coupe (which is very rare in Japan) makes its way into the parking lot.
The 2011 Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show winner, “Suger Spot” makes an appearance. As with all the other entrants, there is no trailer to be found.
The chopped Mercury from SQUARE CUSTOMS has come out, far from its home in Aichi Prefecture.
A big attraction of the Razzle Dazzle is the variety of vehicles. Of course there are Bomb style lowriders.
Aircooled Volkswagens also arrive!
Kustom rodders come crawling into the parking lot, carefully trying to clear any bumps.
Here we have a super clean ’34 Ford with Flathead power.
The 2012 Hot Rod Custom Show Winner, “Merc 9″ can also be found hanging out here.
By the time 10:00 passes, parking spaces are becoming hard to find. The Forever Classics Olds joins the fun after its long journey from Shizuoka.
Although their numbers were few, the Muscle Cars also showed their faces (or behinds).
This is the coldest time of the year in Japan, but that doesn’t stop topless roadster from joining in!
Mixed in with the giant American cars is this cute little kustom Nash Metropolitan.
Beautiful roof graphics help this ’58 Chevy make a big impact.
Cannot forget about Japanese domestic cars. A selection of kustom Mitsubishi Debonairs were also gathered.
Before noon arrives, the parking lot is completely full!
After lunch, people begin to depart.
But the day is also warming up, and some people lose track of time as they chat with friends and fellow enthusiasts.
After 1:00pm the clouds have completely disappeared and the sun highlights the beautiful paint jobs.
During the peak time, there were also many cars gathered outside the main lot, either alone or in groups…
…they head out for a pleasant Sunday afternoon cruise.
We woke up early and enjoyed the cars, and we still half a Sunday left for fun.
As you can see, by 2:00 the meet has concluded and the parking lot once again looks like this. Next year at the same place you may be able to experience the relaxed fun of the Razzle Dazzle.
A real Willy's is expensive enough in the US, I imagine that guy could have a Veyron instead of the Willy's in Japan.
This article really makes me want to go see the Japanese hot rod culture! Well done.
I never get tired of the attention-to-detail, character, and style of cars like these.
A brilliant post Mr Kageyama. Thank you. I for one have been missing this kind of coverage on SH, and every one of those cars looked feature worthy to me... Mr Garrett: back to Japan with you!
I especially liked the fourth photo. I've said it before, but it would be great to see more late 30s & 40s customs here.
Also, please could somebody tell me what the yellow muscle car is in the fourth-to-last photo? Thank you. with you
Regardless of current fads, a 20s or 30s de-fendered rod should have FAT rear wheels & tyres! Like the ones here. My 10p worth...
Oh man the Autorama was in texas and there was nothing but these there. Even some in the parking lot before the entrance.
've been interested in hot rods for years. Once magazines like Rod & Custom and Custom Rodder started publishing coverage of shows like Mooneyes Japan, I was blown away. The appreciation for American hot rod culture apparently flourishes in Japan, yet it also has a very unique flavor. The most simplified expression I can apply is that the modern American street rods are being chopped down into real drivers by the Japanese; the way all cars should be. Even though a lot of these cars have imperfect or outright raw finishes, the attention to detail is striking. This particularly applies to the carefully chosen stances and silhouettes, and the choice of wheel/tire combos to really set things off. Not to mention the soft, but not-quite-primer paint finishes. Thank you for your coverage of this off-beat event, Mike! It reaffirms my prior beliefs vividly.
gliebau Thanks man! I'm glad you enjoyed Kageyama-san's post. If you like the Japanese take on rods and customs, I think you will love the feature I have in store for next month :)
I've been following Hiroaki on facebook, and he always posts really nice pictures of the hot rod events in Japan. They look like so much fun.
SVT_Bryan Indeed! The scene over there isn't as big as the US obviously, but it easily rivals it in terms of quality and passion.
That 69 RS Camaro almost makes me miss mine, almost. Fun meet, very quick though, blink and you'll miss it.
Looks like it was well attended, plenty of diversity too. Whats the model/name of the yellow american car posted up next to the orange 4th pic from the bottom?? - Always nice to see some VW's repesenting too.
NuggetG60YorkshireUK Yeah in Japan the VW guys seem to roll pretty tight with the hot rod and custom guys.
I really enjoying this post because the pictures very sharp so I can enjoy the detail of the cars, why not other Speedhunters Crew snap photos like this so we can enjoy it more...