Day 3, Yokohama & Mooneyes HRCS, here we come!
Saturday, Waking Saturday morning I was full of anticipation, today we were leaving Tokyo for Yokohama and one of the best Custom Car and Bike Events in the world, it’s a big statement I know however Mooneyes Hot Rod and Custom Show, (HRCS) is one show Custom Car & Bike lovers should see before they hang up the cue, not only for the vehicles on display nor the incredible depth of workmanship and imagination they exude but for the fact that these guys and girls live the culture, and do it in a completely Japanese way.
After Checking out we hoofed it to Shinjuku station where we boarded the train for Yokohama arriving at Kanai station We walked the last couple of hundred metres to the Isezakicho Washington Hotel our home for the next three days, the location was quiet, the hotel a little old but comfortable, another plus was the laundry located next to the hotel, the view of Mt Fuji from some rooms was an unexpected treat also.
Once checked in Ashley and Tony headed off in a taxi looking for camera stores, meanwhile Dave, Togga and myself went for a walk to the nearby Strip Mall a great place to get a quick meal and do a bit of shopping for gifts, there is a Kimono store there selling new and used Kimono and Obi also a fabulous french bakery, Vie De France, serving great value breakfasts, if yo walk further along the mall you will come to small up stairs coffee shop serving the best coffee in Yokohama, it is a little difficult o find but well worth the effort.
Later that afternoon we jumped into taxi’s and headed for the “Pacifico” the venue for Mooneyes HRCS, you can wander around while they set up for the show, a great opportunity to get some photos before the crowds get in the way, as usual the cars and bikes where stunning, even Tony who is not really a custom fan was grinning like a rat with a gold tooth, I picked up our tickets at the Mooneyes stand while the boys looked around, at 5.30 on the Saturday the kick you out while they set up for the “Little Get Together Party” which is a chance for the overseas visitors to get together have some food and beers while listening to some local bands, it is also the perfect opportunity to meet the celebrity guests, and catch up with friends before the show, later in the evening Dice magazine throw a party at a local venue I have been to the dice parties before but this one was very dissapointing the sound was attrocious which was a shame the bands seemed pretty good, and it is sad to say that there were a lot of guys full of Alcohol and bad manners, can’t see myself going to that one this year.
You need an early start as the show proper is a one day event, with 850 cars and bikes on display and God knows how many artists, bands and vendors you can’t hang around if you want to see it all, at this point I will shut up and let the pictures describe the scene.
Was devoted to sight seeing around Yokohama, first stop Was Yokohama Harley Davidson to check out the showroom, then across the way to the Yellow Hat Accessories mart these huge barn like stores house a bewildering array of accessories for your car, Togga finally found a subway car grab handle for hi A86 a must have for drift enthusiasts, from there we checked out the Triumph and Suzuki dealer who just happened to have the new Norton in the showroom, MMM mouthwateringly nice!
From there we walked a Kilometer to Motomachi an exclusive shopping strip, a great place to get gifts for that special someone at home, this time around I bought a beautiful wooden bowl and tray, prices are good if you look for the sales, we dropped into the Boulangerie for afternoon tea (coffee and cake) then walked over to China Town for a look around the many shops, by now dinner time was upon us and finding a suitably cramped little Chinese restaraunt we sat down to dinner, and it was delicious, time was marching on and we had to be at Mooneyes Area 1 for the farewell party.
So it was back into taxis’s and off to the hotel to change then take a trip over to Honamoku for the party, there are just too many temptations in the Mooneyes shop so the first hour is spent buying more goodies for us and presents for friends and family, once you have parted with more of your hard earned, it is time to mingle again catching up with friends, drinking Shige’s beer and hitting the BBQ, it is always a great end to the Mooneyes experience, we caught up with the Malaysian crew and sat chewing the fat until it was time for the annual group photo, everyone is jostled and grouped until the photographer is happy with the photo then once that is done it is time for us all to disperse back to our hotels, and for us we needed to get some sleep for tomorrow we would be taking the Shinkansen to Odaiba and getting up close with Mt Fuji.