Yokohama HotRod Custom Show 2015 Part 4: The Oddballs and everything else

As we start to wrap up our coverage of the 2015 Yokohama HotRod Custom show, here are some of the other sights that i’d like to share.

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How’s this for another approach to the pickup? The Mazda Repu, the World’s first and only Wankel-engined pickup truck. Unfortunately, Mazda released it in the middle of the energy crisis and as such, wasn’t a sales success. Which effectively means that today, these little trucks are highly sought after by enthusiasts around the World. This example was beautifully mint with a matching build-year plate! Most are actually still residing in the US, which could be where the owner of this example imported it from (LHD) and explains the plate holder detail.

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A custom Shooting brake-esque build which puts together the best parts of the Bluebird/510 Coupe and Wagon, looks so good you wonder why it never came from the factory like that. Nice touch on the Datsun badge to reflect it’s Cali themed look.

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One of my personal favourites. Old school Toyota/Toyopet Crowns. This here is a RS41, also beautifully rebuilt and looking splendid. Make mine a wagon.

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So so clean. These are smaller in real life than photos suggest, fine by me of course.

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While this might not turn many heads at first glance, this 1981 Honda Accord LX sure has the credentials to back up why it’s on display.  Check out that spec-sheet below!

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Like it says, this is a REAL SURVIVOR!

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Full original interior still looking fresh. Interestingly, this Accord shares the same birth year as me, sadly, i think the car has aged better.

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Check out this unassuming little one in the middle of its build. That is, unassuming until you spot what it’s packing underneath its rear wheel arches!

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We have no idea what the builders have in mind for the car, but we’re guessing with wheels that big, it’s gonna be packing some heat!

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Sure to divide opinion, a USDM/retro take on the Honda Odyssey.

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While the Odyssey might divide opinion, another slammed Honda nearby was sure to start some internet arguments.

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While there were plenty of things to buy when the show starts, they don’t stay on sale for long as show goers snap up these goodies really quick! I was thinking of grabbing something on the way out but big mistake, everything was gone by then. Much sadness ensues.

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There was plenty of memorabilia on sale by various vendors too. I should have picked up a snoopy or Sylvester here too.

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Daruma Power! Celica graphic found on a T-shirt. This booth also had Classic Toyota Crown T-shirts, i wanted to grab one but after walking the entire event hall, i totally forgot. Yes, another regret.

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Wasn’t too keen on Pomade though.

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For those who want the badass look just for the weekend, airbrush tattoo services we readily available.

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I had to take a closer look.

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Mooneyes’ master pin-striper at work. Steady hands.

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For artwork on a more traditional canvas there were some painters on hand displaying their work. Really well done.

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I’ve not much knowledge on bikes but there were many many on display, all built to an amazingly high standard. Even BMW Japan brought along a few to showcase. It’s always great to see a manufacturer pay attention to their fan base.

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Plenty of custom bicycles as well! These i liked alot.

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And yes, there were plenty of air-cooled bugs to go around.

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Beautiful Karmann Ghia, perfect stance.

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Just imagine all the work that goes behind each of these vans.

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One part Mystery Wagon, one part boom-chika-bow-wow. All with top-notch amazing build quality. Insane.

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And i’ll leave you with a Go-kart van!

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Overall, it was a fantabulous show that while no where near the scale of something like the Tokyo Auto Salon, definitely has its own charm and with such a lively and enthusiastic group of participants and show-goers, makes for one of the most interesting automotive events i’ve ever been to. Having it held during Christmas season in Tokyo also made for a very memorable end of year holiday. I’ll love to go back!

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