Always keeping a keen eye out for the latest and greatest hotspots for all things Lowrider, we got the chance to travel overseas to Japan so that we could check in with our Far East brothers and sisters. This time, our friends from One Forty Rollerz car club took us to meet the crew from Iwata Body Auto Custom. Located thirty minutes from the town we were staying in, Fukaya, Japan, Iwata Body Auto Custom has a great reputation for being one of the few shops in the area that specializes in customizing Lowriders. While our trip was only thirty minutes to get to this authentic Lowrider shop, customers come from all parts of Japan to get their custom work done. That said, the shop has produced a bevy of high-caliber show cars that regularly hit the shows as well as the streets of Japan, garnering the attention of the local community.
Eager to see what the shop had to offer, a pair of red ’57 Bel Airs immediately caught our attention as we entered the shop. These Chevys were completely decked out with matching paints, spotlights, and continental kits, to the point that they were nearly identical—except for the back window blinds which helped to differentiate one from the other. Impressed with the Bel Airs, we made our way to the garage area, where the crew was in the middle of detailing some of their cars for the upcoming Japan Super Show. The Bel Airs are sure to make an impact at the show, as is the next car we came across, a ’62 owned by Souki, nicknamed “Pride and Joy.” This car is no stranger to accolades, after already earning rave reviews on a previous cover of the Japanese edition of Lowrider Magazine. Souki’s incredible ’62 is certainly the talk of the Japanese Lowrider scene, but his respect among his peers comes primarily from his reputation within the industry for his hard work. A paint expert, Souki is definitely the go-to guy for trunk murals and patterns, having lent his services to a number of prominent Japanese Lowriders.
Our trip to Iwata Body Auto Custom was a great experience and talking with the staff there was definitely educational and enlightening, too. On behalf of Lowrider Magazine, I’d like to thank Yuzo, Yosuke, Kaoru, Souki, and the rest of the Iwata Body Auto Customs crew for their hospitality in the Land of the Rising Sun!