It had been a few years since we covered the Ikura's Amefes so this year I decided to pay them a visit.
This big event is the occasion for American vehicles enthusiasts, owners and professionals to gather around the track of the Fuji Speedway.
As always, lots and lots of various vehicles are displayed behind the main stage of the track.
Lots of classics of course, with vehicles already a lot older than most of us but restored and customized in the most pristine and beautiful ways.
Low riders still have a solid fan base in Japan and many cars were to be seen, mostly long and wide Cadillac with tons of chrome and gold-plated parts, hydraulic suspensions and crazy paintjobs.
Muscles were there too with modern Mustang, Camaro and Charger, bringing a modern touch to the event.
Crazy vans with wide tyres, chromes exhaust pipes and rims and flashy paintjobs or one of a crazy Dodge Ram, fully equipped for drift racing (you might recall my featuring of a military styled one also being used in such racing).
An American festival screams Harley Davidson and there were many of them. Coboo came to the event with no less than 16 motorcycles and trikes, all fully customized. Among them a yellow touring with a cobra paintjob we will feature soon.
The straight line of the track was reserved for the compulsory drag race contest and boy there were crazy machines, some with way more than 1000 horsepower. Of course most of them were American Muscles but some pumped up Volkswagen and of course, the mighty Godzilla in many forms; R32, R33, R34 and R35, proving that even at an American festival, the Japanese iconic Muscle cars have a also a place to shine.
Some runs were unfortunately cancelled just after lunch as the rain started to poor heavily on the event but we were lucky enough to enjoy most of it during the morning.
For all the American culture, cars and motorcycles fans of Japan, the Ikura's Amefes is like a pilgrimage. A car and bike event miles and miles away from the rest of the scene and a truly refreshing one for sure.