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For 25 years now, the heart of the Japanese wrencher scene has been beating in Yokohama. For the latest edition of the Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show had everything essential of a true legend. Starting with the sheer number of bikes present, imagine 650 breathtaking bikes, and just one day to see them all, not counting the 300 custom cars, over 300 vendors’ stalls, 30 booths crammed with collectors’ items, 50 pinstripers at work, 40 scale model enthusiasts, 80 entrants for the paint shop competition. Enough to get slightly weak at the knee. Did we mention the pre-party, the pre-pre-party, and live bands such as Jackie and the Cedrics, The Minnesota VOODOOMEN, Lulufin the Woohoo and The Elcaminos?

To make the thing even more noggin-boggling, they give away 101 trophies and prizes during the day. No wonder people start to queue early in the morning. To get all this done, they invented this time-saving tradition at YHRCS: selected builders have to ride in on their creations, no matter if bike or car. The constant rattle and roar gives a good vibe to the place from the start. We leave the talking about the scope and quality of the bikes to the pictures and the list of awards further below. No, not all 101 of them, just the bike awards. Just to give you an idea what’s parked on and off the stage. Our very own W&W Cycles award went to Custom Works Zon’s 2016 Knucklehead Turbo.

Our tip for the Hot Rod Custom Show 2017: don’t miss it, be early, bring comfortable shoes.

Best Motorcycle American:

1973 Harley-Davidson Sportster, Suicide Customs

Best Motorcycle Domestic:

1983 Yamaha SR400, Candy Motorcycle Laboratory, Mr. Yokoyama

Best Motorcycle European:

2017 BMW G310R, Wedge Motorcycle, Mr. Nihira

Chopper Journal Magazine's Pick:

2015 Harley-Davidson Dyna, Ken's Factory, Mr. Nagai

Hot Bike Japan Magazine's Pick, Art of Speed Malaysia's Pick:

1975 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead, Hide Motorcycle, Mr. Togashi

Street Bikers Magazine's Pick:

2016 Harley-Davidson Street750, Shiun Craft Works, Mr. Matsumura

Vibes Magazine's Pick, Chopper Dave's Pick:

1977 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead, Swallow Tail, Mr. Sakurai

Roller Magazine's Pick:

1936 Harley-Davidson EL, Hawgholic, Mr. Yokomizo

Ripper Magazine's Pick:

1978 Harley-Davidson FXS, Crib Motorcycle, Mr. Ogawa

Dice Magazine's Pick

1951 Triumph T100, ARROGANT-LUNGE, Ms. Chiru

Low Ride Magazine's Pick, Free Kustom Cycle, Spain's Pick:

1983 Harley-Davidson FLH, Cherry's Company , Mr. Yoshiyasu

Chop and Roll Magazine's Pick

2016 S&S Knucklehead, Fatboy Design

Jeff Holt's Pick, Yaniv Evan's Pick

1992 Harley-Davidson FXR, Bootleg , Mr.Sekiya

Jeff Leighton's Pick

1947 Harley-Davidson WL, Freewheelers and Co. Sushi Atsushi

Arie Vee's Pick, Rico Fodrey's Pick

1975 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead, Kustom Paint Rise ., Mr. Sato

Ryan Grossman's Pick, Dynamite Joe's Pick

Harley-Davidson Panhead, The Fever/ Sunrise Cycles, Mr. Takase

Max Schaaf's Pick

1973 Harley-Davidson FX Shovelhead, Haunt Motor Cycle, Mr. Noguchi

Kiyo's Pick

1997 Harley-Davidson Evolution, Custom Works Zon, Mr. Hirose

Oliver Jones' Pick, Born Free's Pick

1961 Harley-Davidson FLH, Cycle West, Mr. Nishiyama

Cycle Zombies' Pick

1946 Harley-Davidson FL, Hawgholic, Mr. Kawasaki

Aki Sakamoto's Pick

1998 Harley-Davidson XLH883, Asterisk, Mr. Okazaki

Michael Lichter's Pick, W&W Germany's Pick

2016 S&S Knucklehead Turbo, Custom Works Zon

Jeff Decker's Pick, Best of Cafe Racer

2009 Buell XB12SCG, Ask Motorcycle supported by Bill Wall Leather, Mr. Tanaka

MB Leathers' Pick

1953 Harley-Davidson FL, Lucifer, Mr. Natsuki

Gabe Griffin's Pick, Retro Classic Cycles' Pick

Harley-Davidson Knucklehead, Brat Style

Harpoon's Pick

1994 Harley-Davidson Evolution, Shiun Craft Works, Mr. Matsumura

Fartco/ATR's Pick

1941 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead, Blue Groove, Mr. Yashiro

MOONEYES Shop BKK, Thailand 's Pick

1974 Harley-Davidson FX, Orange Speed Shop, Mr. Ishida

Coker Tires' Pick

1948 Harley-Davidson FL, Barber-Cycle, Mr. Takata

Dan Collins' Pick

1939 Indian Sport Scout, Brat Style

Andy Carter's Pick

1972 Harley-Davidson FL Shovelhead, Jackrindow, Mr. Okumoto

Early Bird Award

1972 Triumph T120V, Strainer, Mr. Kado