After a week into our Japan trip, we found ourselves traveling to the Pacific Coast city of Nagoya. The city is home to over 2.17 million people and it is also one of Japan’s major port cities, making it a must-see destination for any and all tourists lucky enough to visit the area. Nagoya is also a hub on Japan’s Lowrider map, as it is home to the Japan chapter of Viejitos Car Club, and a shop called Cruise Custom Classics. This shop’s knowledgeable staff graciously opened their doors to us while we were in town. Of course, we are always happy to check in with our overseas brethren, so we happily accepted the invitation and made our way down to this bustling shop. Kiyo Nishikawa, President of the Viejitos Japan chapter and owner of Cruise Custom Classics, organized an amazing nighttime Lowrider show, which we were also lucky enough to attend during our trip.
Eager to check out this highly anticipated show, we camped out at the shop and met up with the entire Viejitos chapter, knocked back a few Kirins, and discussed all things Lowrider. After a while, we jumped into a couple of the club members’ Bombs and made our way to the event.
As we pulled up to the show parking lot, we were greeted by rows of Lowriders that were already parked and ready to bring it. In comparison to most Cali Lowrider events, this show was on a smaller scale, with about sixty cars in attendance. When rating a show, quality is always more important than quantity; and this show certainly didn’t disappoint, especially due to the fact that we had never seen the majority of these cars at any prior events!
Among the strongest showings in attendance were both Viejitos and Old Memories, with each of the clubs bringing their fair share of high quality Bombs. Thee Originals Car Club also wowed the crowd with several clean drop-top Impalas, but it was their red ’59 that really captured the attendees that the evening. The Majestics brought out some great rides too, in addition to some battle-tested hoppers, a favorite among their onlookers. Speaking of hopping, the Japan Dream Team pulled out all the stops in the form of three back bumper-hitting hoppers, putting on quite a show for all the spectators and enthusiasts. Other notable clubs on hand for the event were Upper Class, Varrio Suite, Junky Drop, Pachucos, King of Kings, Delfonics, Sleeping Sheep, and Top Crime, all bringing their collective “A-game” to the scene.
I would like to thank Kiyo Nishikawa and the rest of the Japan Viejitos members for opening up theirs doors and showing us around in Nagoya, Japan. Great work guys, and keep representing the Lowrider culture with all the heart and respect it deserves!