Bangkok is one of my favorite cities in the world and the Bangkok HRCS is one of the best Kustom Kulture events in Asia, the Custom scene in Thailand is epic and covers all genres of the Custom Car and Motorcycle scene, the vehicles on display are of a very high standard of workmanship and deliver plenty of eye candy for jaded western enthusiasts, because anything goes here, do want you want and do it well seems to be the motto.
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England has some of the finest Motor Museums in the world, offering fabulous collections of Cars and Motorcycles as well as incredibly eclectic collections of ephemera, curiosities and collectables, the scope of their displays boggles the mind, if you cannot find something to interest you, you are very hard to please! also the location of the Cotswolds Motor and Toy museum in Burton on the Water is magnificent.
in 2014, I made this movie of the Geelong Classic Truck and Vintage Engine Show for Vintage Trucks and Commercials Magazine, we had a great day at Geelong, I took along some Girls I knew for a photo shoot using dresses from my mate Lenny who has a tailoring and dressmaking business, the girls were a big hit on the day, they had quite a contingent of farm boys accompanying them.
I hope you enjoy this movie , there is some fabulous machinery on display, including the replica steam truck built and driven to the show by its owner,
There is such an incredible range of steam powered vehicles and machinery at GDSF that it will excite and amuse even those who though steam was boring, these Amusements are either directly powered by steam or driven by Electricity generated by the Showmans Engines and of course they are all available for you to ride on.
GDSF is one of the greatest Steam and Vintage machinery show on earth and thats no exaggeration hundreds of steam powered Tractors, Stationary engines, Trucks and cars all in the one place for a 4 day event, some enthusiast plan the holidays around GDSF and drive the Engines across Britain to get there, the atmosphere is of a county fair, with entertainment, bars, food stalls and displays of all things Vintage and Steam.
The Play Pen is an area set aside for Steam powered vehicle owners to let off some Steam and have some fun, you can sit and watch them for hours.
I apologise for the lack of content over the last few weeks, I started a new job and it is keeping me very busy, I hope this makes up for it in some small part, AOSM is one of my favourite events full of great bikes, fabulous people and rockin good times!
Reminiscences and Laughs with Gene Winfield was filmed at a dinner hosted by the late LeRoi Texas Smith for members and friends of the Castlemaine Hot Rod Club when Gene came to Castlemaine Victoria to visit Tex, it was a blast to see these to old friends and Hot Rodding legends wise cracking and sharing insights into people and events, Gene and Tex are both true Gentleman, we have lost Tex but he is not forgotten.
MotorEx is an annual show held at the Royal Melbourne Show Grounds in Victoria Australia, MotorEx brings together Hot Rods, Customs, JDM and Euro Cars with a few Custom Bikes thrown in, there is also a few artists and plenty of trade displays, they usualy have a high profile Custom Legend in attendance to promote and sign autographs, there are bands a Dyno shootout and maybe and a Drift display.
MotorEx is great for checking out some high quality Customs and to catch up on the latest Custom parts and service providers it is a great weekend show.
The Photos in this slide show where taken over to visits to Liberty Walk Performance in Nagoya Japan, the Nagoya Garage is the company headquarters, the garage occupies to buildings diagonally opposite each other at 1 Chome-178 Setogawacho, Owariasahi, Aichi 488-0023, Japan, here they design, sell and fit their signature style body kits and accessories as well as undertaking Custom builds for their clients, they also garage clients car and have a lot with numerous cars for sale.
Most people are familiar with the Euro super cars they build for well heeled clients, the Saudis are very fond of Liberty Walk cars accounting for many of their commissions however the Liberty walk crew have worked their Magic on a wide variety of cars from Europe, America, England and of course Japan, I myself love The JDM Cars, I find them more interesting than the Super Cars.
If you are traveling to Japan and are into High Spec Customs and JDM be sure to make the trip to Nagoya and visit Liberty walk Garage and once you are done exploring the cars on site visit the Cafe for a burger, fries and a milk shake and then hit the merchandise store.
Oh and I include some photos from a used JDM car dealer we stopped at in Nagoya, last photos before the end slide.
Towards the end of the night partying with friends from the War Pigs MC while listening to some fabulous music at the Hard Rock Cafe in Kuala Lumpur, this bloke joins the band on stage, none other than Joe Branko, Malaysia's primo Guitarist, Wow what a special night, love Malaysia, Love the City and it's People.
You gotta wait for the solo!
I have been traveling to Yokohama for the Annual MOONEYES Hot Rod and Custom Show since 2011and have never been disappointed, Shige Suganuma and his MOONEYES crew do a fabulous job of putting the show together, not only do they have some of the finest Custom Cars and Motorcycles from around the world, they have Bands playing during the day and into the evening, a themed Art competition which is open to anyone and a who's who of the worlds finest Kustom Kulture Artist come Yokohama to show their show their Art work, If money is burning a hole in your pocket there are dozens of Vendors selling every thing from clothing to collectables and custom parts, you can even get Tattooed.
MOONEYES HRCS Yokohama is a one day show, with so much to see you need to get there early and be prepared for a big day of Custom Goodness, I have taken many people to the show and they all say the same thing "I had no idea that the Custom scene in Japan and Asia was so big" it is also very diverse there are no constraints on your imagination here, the standard of design and fabrication is sky, I will be making a separate Video for all you Custom Motorcycle fans.
The Great Dorset Steam Fair is renowned for the Steam powered Vehicles and the number of Steam enthusiasts who make the pilgrimage each year, not just to see the vehicles but to see them doing what they were built to do, one such display was a Steam powered timber milling exhibition, kinda makes you realise how difficult it would of been for men working in the timber milling industry 100 years ago, but they would have gladly thrown away their pit saws, axes and wedges to work with these machines.
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Kustom Asia is about the best of Asian Custom Cars, Motorcycles, Art and Culture, I have been writing about it, Photographing and making Videos of it as well as Judging at shows and making friends from all around the world all through my love of Asia and its Custom Culture.
I have been facinated by Asia and nurtured a love of Cars and Motorcycles for as long as I can remember, then in 2011 i had the oportunity to travel to Japan for the MOONEYES Hot Rod and Custom Show held in Yokohama, I had been researching and communicating with Custom Car and Motorcycle builders in Japan, my neighbour, the owner of Australian Street Rod Magazine asked me to write and photograph a feature article for him while I was there and that would change my life for ever.
Since then I have traveled extensively in Asia attending Custom Car, Motorcycle and Custom Culture events in Japan, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia and have come to love the people and their cultures as well as the way they look at Custom Culture, the innovation and individuality they apply to the Cars and Bikes they build, they are not constrained by peer pressure or fads, they build what they want, how they want, from world class Professional built Customs to Homebuilt Rats.
I will also include Custom Car, Motorcycle and Machinery content from Australia and elsewhere, with some Travel and Tour stories thrown in for fun.