Borders Kustom | Nagoya Japan

While in Japan we had a chance to catch up with the fellas from Borders Kustom in Nagoya Japan. Hideki and his crew have become the premier custom Mercury builders in Japan. Colorful describes the shop itself and the cars that come out of the shop.

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Fit Kustom Tokyo Japan

El Classico is a shop based in Tokyo Japan, better know by their car club name "Fit Kustoms". They build top notch American custom cars. One of their most notable builds is the candy red 1957 Chevy Nomad know as "Acid 57". We visited the shop on our latest trip to Japan. We have been there in the past but we are still blown away every time we see the latest projects and their parts collection.

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Custom Hill 2018

Last month we visited Japan to attend the Custom Hill Reunion. We were fortunate enough to ride with our homies from Pharaohs Car Club. The Pharaohs all drive very traditional styled lowriders with hydraulics and bias ply tires. We rolled with them on a five hour drive from Nagoya to the car show. The drive was a lot of fun and a great experience, the car show did not disappoint. There was a good mix of customs and lowriders and even some cool hot rods, surrounded by beautiful nature. Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Deadend Magazine booth.

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The Road to Custom Hill Reunion 2018 w/Pharaohs Car Club

We have been fortunate enough to travel to Japan numerous times, and every time is a different and great experience. The best part of being in Japan is making memories with old and new friends, having the opportunity to become friends with the people we meet and interact with.

A couple of weeks ago we went back to Japan to attend the Custom Hill car show, we really didn’t know much about the event but we had heard good things about it. We were lucky enough to ride from Nagoya to the show area with our homies from Pharaohs Car Club and a couple of rides from Primera Car Club. Junichi and the rest of the crew let us ride with them in their bad ass low riders. It took us about five hours with a couple of stops in between. I noticed that every car in the caravan was riding on bias ply 5.20 tires and hydraulics, and a half of them had candy paint. It was impressive to see that they were willing to drive so far in such traditional cars even driving thru some rain. It was a great experience and we hope to do it again next time we visit Japan.

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Deadend Magazine Weekend Report - Mooneyes Hot Rod Custom Show

This past weekend we made our way back to Yokohama Japan for the Mooneyes' Hot Rod Custom Show. You've probably heard from many people that this is THE show to go to. You heard right. This show is hard to put into words. If you've never gone you need to do yourself a favor and get yourself to Yokohama the first weekend of December one year. Arigato to everyone who stopped by the booth!

Congrats to our good friend Coby for having his Econoline 'Van Go' as a special guest.

Congrats to our good friend Coby for having his Econoline 'Van Go' as a special guest.

For the first time Deadend Magazine was given the opportunity to choose a car to give an award to. We picked Cholo's Custom's killer 1954 Chevy ' Sphinx' you can see why. Although Sphinx is clean enough to be a show car. Cholo drove this Chevy 4 hours (each way) to the show! Respect.

For the first time Deadend Magazine was given the opportunity to choose a car to give an award to. We picked Cholo's Custom's killer 1954 Chevy ' Sphinx' you can see why. Although Sphinx is clean enough to be a show car. Cholo drove this Chevy 4 hours (each way) to the show! Respect.

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Thanks to Syrarium Studios (Phil Leonard) and Ken the Flat Top for collaborating on the board we gifted to Cholo along his award.

Thanks to Syrarium Studios (Phil Leonard) and Ken the Flat Top for collaborating on the board we gifted to Cholo along his award.

Sphinx looks good from every angle.

Sphinx looks good from every angle.

Sphinx & Next Movie (both built by Cholo's Custom)

Sphinx & Next Movie (both built by Cholo's Custom)

Van Go making it's grand entrance.

Van Go making it's grand entrance.

The fellas from Wheels Unlimited brought out their beautiful Buick.

The fellas from Wheels Unlimited brought out their beautiful Buick.

Neat Mooneyes buggy.

Neat Mooneyes buggy.

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I don't think there is a better ride in at any car show.

I don't think there is a better ride in at any car show.

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Thanks to Nana for helping at the Deadend Magazine booth all day!

Thanks to Nana for helping at the Deadend Magazine booth all day!

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There were a lot of cool deuces on display.

There were a lot of cool deuces on display.

So many details to freak out on 'Next Movie.'

So many details to freak out on 'Next Movie.'

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Art's Body had some nice rides on display. Including the Kozera '38 tribute.

Art's Body had some nice rides on display. Including the Kozera '38 tribute.

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Square Customs brought out this cool mild custom.

Square Customs brought out this cool mild custom.

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Next Movie in 1/24 scale.

Next Movie in 1/24 scale.

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Junichi (Paradise Road) always brings out something cool.

Junichi (Paradise Road) always brings out something cool.

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Strongers Car Club brought out this cool custom '60 Buick.

Strongers Car Club brought out this cool custom '60 Buick.

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Cpuple Japanese models reppin' Deadend.

Cpuple Japanese models reppin' Deadend.

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This thing isn't very traditional but too cool not to post.

This thing isn't very traditional but too cool not to post.

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Before we jumped on the plane back to the States we snapped a few photos of Nana around Yokohama. Thanks for posing for us Nana!

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New Deadend Magazine snapback.

New Deadend Magazine snapback.

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Deadend Magazine Weekend Report - Santa Maria Cruisin Nationals

This past weekend we headed to Santa Maria, CA for the annual West Coast Kustoms' Cruisin Nationals. We've been going to this event for over 15 years and don't plan on missing it any time soon. Not only is it one of our favorite shows to attend (and vend) but it also marks our anniversary. Back in 2004 Deadend Magazine debuted at Paso Robles. Although the location has changed the Cruisin Nationals still a great event. The cruising Friday night is the hightlight of the event for us and Saturday is a great time at the booth. Thanks to all who stopped by and grabbed some Deadend Magazine gear. Enjoy..

What Friday night on Broadway looked like.

What Friday night on Broadway looked like.

Two beautiful customs cruising.

Two beautiful customs cruising.

Tovars always cruise laid out.

Tovars always cruise laid out.

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Doesn't get much better than the Wenger Merc.

Doesn't get much better than the Wenger Merc.

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The "Winfield Fade"

The "Winfield Fade"

Everywhere you looked some killer customs were cruising Broadway.

Everywhere you looked some killer customs were cruising Broadway.

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Joe brought out his super clean 57 Chevy.

Joe brought out his super clean 57 Chevy.

Not to many Econolines look like this.

Not to many Econolines look like this.

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Lee Pratt's custom 'shoebox' made the trek all the way from Texas.

Lee Pratt's custom 'shoebox' made the trek all the way from Texas.

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Not your average looking '56 Chevy.

Not your average looking '56 Chevy.

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The Kent Kozera custom never gets old.

The Kent Kozera custom never gets old.

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This bomb made it's debut (From San Jose, CA)

This bomb made it's debut (From San Jose, CA)

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Klassics Car Club Riviera with a freshly painted roof by Syrarium Color Studio.

Klassics Car Club Riviera with a freshly painted roof by Syrarium Color Studio.

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Paul's custom Desoto has been hitting the Cruisin' Nationals since the Paso days.

Paul's custom Desoto has been hitting the Cruisin' Nationals since the Paso days.

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Very cool custom Buick.

Very cool custom Buick.

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'62 Impala

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It's a family affair.

It's a family affair.

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Nice Buick sitting low on wires.

Nice Buick sitting low on wires.

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Cool shoebox all the way from Texas.

Cool shoebox all the way from Texas.

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East Bay Speed & Custom built.

East Bay Speed & Custom built.

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In the weeds.

In the weeds.

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Matt Slipich cruising into the awards ceremony.

Matt Slipich cruising into the awards ceremony.

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Cole Foster brought out his custom Chevy.

Cole Foster brought out his custom Chevy.

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Deadend Magazine Weekend Report - 05/15/17

This past Saturday evening we headed to the Capitol Drive-In in San Jose, CA to watch the new movie 'Lowriders' the turn out was great. Here are a few of the photos we captured. Enjoy.

A couple Impalas front & center.

A couple Impalas front & center.

Klassics Car Club rolling in.

Klassics Car Club rolling in.

Cool wagon

Cool wagon

Dan's Riviera from Frisco's Finest Car Club always looks good.

Dan's Riviera from Frisco's Finest Car Club always looks good.

Beautiful bomba.

Beautiful bomba.

Reppin' Deadend Magazine.

Reppin' Deadend Magazine.

Tri-five rag top.

Tri-five rag top.

Truespokes.

Truespokes.

Cool sedan delivery.

Cool sedan delivery.

There were quite a few nice bombs.

There were quite a few nice bombs.

Impalas

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Hood emblem.

Hood emblem.

Puro Estilow Car Club

Puro Estilow Car Club

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Thanks to all those reppin Deadend Magazine.

Thanks to all those reppin Deadend Magazine.

Super clean Chevy bomb.

Super clean Chevy bomb.

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Impalas lined up ready to watch the movie.

Impalas lined up ready to watch the movie.

Sixty four Impala

Sixty four Impala

While we were at the drive-ins Yudai in Japan headed to the 31st annual Mooneyes' Street Car Nationals.

Really cool Willys.

Really cool Willys.

Nice color & wheels on this pick-up.

Nice color & wheels on this pick-up.

A few Impalas lined up.

A few Impalas lined up.

Laid out Cadillac.

Laid out Cadillac.

Nice Impala with a few custom touches.

Nice Impala with a few custom touches.

Killer laid out wagon.

Killer laid out wagon.

Not a color you see everyday on a roadster.

Not a color you see everyday on a roadster.

A few rag tops.

A few rag tops.

Something a little different.

Something a little different.

Really clean Buick.

Really clean Buick.

Chrome & gold.

Chrome & gold.

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2nd Annual Coastline Rod & Kustom Reunion

This past weekend Strongers Kar Klub (one of the premiere kustom clubs in Japan) hosted the 2nd annual Coastline Rod & Kustom Reunion in Central Japan. As you can see the quality of cars that showed up and weather was nothing short of amazing.

Nice line-up rolling into the venue.

Nice line-up rolling into the venue.

Strongers Kar Klub always lookin' right.

Strongers Kar Klub always lookin' right.

Amethystar laid out.

Amethystar laid out.

A row of wagons.

A row of wagons.

There were also some nice hot rods in attendance.

There were also some nice hot rods in attendance.

Heavy chop, heavy drop.

Heavy chop, heavy drop.

62 wagons...

62 wagons...

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Laid out Riviera lookin' smooth.

Laid out Riviera lookin' smooth.

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That Seventies Show

This year's theme at the Nagoya Speed & Custom Show was 70's style. So when Toshi (Deadend Magazine Japan) asked us if we were interested in shooting Primera Car Club, Parliament Car Club and a couple other prominent 70's style low rider clubs from Japan we had to say yes.

If you're familiar with Deadend Magazine you know we rarely shoot vehicles this new. However you can see from the following photos there was no way we were going to turn down shooting these amazing 70's inspired low riders.

Parliament Car Club is always well represented .

Parliament Car Club is always well represented .

Primera Car Club's cars aren't only show cars they cruise the streets.

Primera Car Club's cars aren't only show cars they cruise the streets.

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No make or model is safe from a 70's style low rider make-over.

No make or model is safe from a 70's style low rider make-over.

Where Custom & Low Rider lines blur.

Where Custom & Low Rider lines blur.

Parliament Car Club skips no details.

Parliament Car Club skips no details.

Nana & Aieko were kind enough to pose for us.

Nana & Aieko were kind enough to pose for us.

Although wild paint jobs are the most popular amongst Primera Car Club members this 1968 Impala shows that simple and clean also represents the 1970's.

Although wild paint jobs are the most popular amongst Primera Car Club members this 1968 Impala shows that simple and clean also represents the 1970's.

Cholo's Customs' "Sphinx" from Pharaohs Car Club also cruised over.

Cholo's Customs' "Sphinx" from Pharaohs Car Club also cruised over.

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World famous "Next Movie" debuted it's new paint job at our shoot.

World famous "Next Movie" debuted it's new paint job at our shoot.

Boat Tail Parliament Car Club member.

Boat Tail Parliament Car Club member.

These wild paint jobs are the kind of stuff Japan has become known for.

These wild paint jobs are the kind of stuff Japan has become known for.

Details..

Details..

Something a little different.

Something a little different.

Primera Car Club

Primera Car Club

Aieko & Nana

Aieko & Nana

Cruisin'

Cruisin'

Aieko posing with Next Movie.

Aieko posing with Next Movie.

Nana posing with Primera Car Club

Nana posing with Primera Car Club

Infectious x Aieko x Primera

Infectious x Aieko x Primera

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Deadend in Central Japan

While we were in Japan for the Nagoya Speed & Custom show we squeezed in few photo and video shoots.

On our drive from Tokyo to Nagoya we stopped to visit and shoot with a few of our friends. Our first stop was with Tetsuo and a couple other Forever Classics Car Club members in Shizuoka. 

Tetsuo's met us in his stunning wagon to lead the way.

Tetsuo's met us in his stunning wagon to lead the way.

Forever Classics Car Club has some nice bombs including this Fleetline.

Forever Classics Car Club has some nice bombs including this Fleetline.

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Bombs & torii's seem to go together.

Bombs & torii's seem to go together.

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We're glad we stopped by and very grateful to Tetsuo & Forever Classics.

We're glad we stopped by and very grateful to Tetsuo & Forever Classics.

After our visit with Forever Classics we cruised up a mountain on a very narrow road to visit Fatty and his family from Beesknees Car Club.

Sachi's 46 Chevy pick-up definitely has 'estilo'

Sachi's 46 Chevy pick-up definitely has 'estilo'

The amount of detail on so many Japanese customs & low riders is amazing.

The amount of detail on so many Japanese customs & low riders is amazing.

The day after the show Kool Garage Fellows and Strongers Car Club hosted a bar-b-que for us. I was so busy shooting I barely had enough time to eat. Looking at the pics it's hard to believe Fellows garage is located in Central Japan and not America.

Strongers Car Club never disappoint. 

Strongers Car Club never disappoint. 

Square Kustoms brought out a few of their builds. Including this laid out 58.

Square Kustoms brought out a few of their builds. Including this laid out 58.

Strongers Car Club

Strongers Car Club

Square Kustoms also brought out a pair of beautiful pick-ups.

Square Kustoms also brought out a pair of beautiful pick-ups.

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What you can see in the photo is how windy it was that day. Aieko is a trooper.

What you can see in the photo is how windy it was that day. Aieko is a trooper.

UpperClass CCar Club also showed up.

UpperClass CCar Club also showed up.

This Buick Riviera is stunning!

This Buick Riviera is stunning!

A couple mild customs from Strongers Car Club

A couple mild customs from Strongers Car Club

Buick Pontiac

Buick Pontiac

Strongers Car Club

Strongers Car Club

More photos from our trip coming soon!

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