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YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — More than 80 hot rods of all shapes and sizes will be on display Saturday during the first HyRev Heat Wave car show for the Kanto Plain’s U.S. military community.

The event, believed to be the first of its kind here, unfolds beside Building 316 across from the Yokota Community Center. To run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., it will be in an overflow parking lot arranged with tents, demonstration booths and concession stands selling barbecue, hot dogs, hamburgers, ribs and sodas.

“We’ll have hot cars and hot food out there,” said Paul Castillo, president of the HyRev Car Club, a small, private base organization that’s sponsoring the exhibition. “To my knowledge, it’s the first car show ever on base. I’ve been here since November 2000 and never heard of one before.

“We wanted to bring a car show to the base, for the people, to show the community that this is what’s out there.”

Saturday’s lineup includes dozens of makes and models, he said. Among them: a 2005 Jaguar, Hummer H2, official D1 Grand Prix, full carbon-fiber Honda Prelude, two Ferraris, several Mercedes Benzes, an Italian Pantera and three Volkswagen bugs assembled in 1951, 1953 and 1954.

“Those are show-quality and in immaculate condition. They’re unbelievable,” Castillo said.

A Yokosuka Naval Base sailor is bringing an 800-horsepower Toyota Supra to the exhibition, which also will feature numerous sports-compact cars, a top fuel-alcohol dragster and a Suzuki Hayabusa turbocharged motorcycle.

Many activities are planned, Castillo said. A 730 Air Mobility Squadron member is slated to conduct vehicle safety demonstrations and distribute pamphlets.

Castillo said organizers are hoping for a big turnout and will stage the show rain or shine. Admission is free to all status-of-forces-agreement personnel and their families.

In mapping out Saturday’s event, club members wanted to expose the U.S. military community to the “car culture,” he said.

“A lot of people spend money on alcohol or eating out. But some live paycheck to paycheck, putting money into their cars,” Castillo said. “For many, this is a way of life.

“We plan on making this an annual event. Hopefully next year, more people can see what we’ve done — and we can get even more cars in.”

The HyRev Car Club was formed about two years ago by several Nissan Skyline GTR owners at Yokota, Castillo said. It officially became a private base organization in January.

The group’s 10 members occasionally take trips to area tracks such as Tsukuba. They’d like to hit the Fuji Speedway or Nikko Circuit in the future, Castillo said.

“We’re just a bunch of guys who share the same passion for cars,” he said. “We enjoy going out, putting our cars to the test. But we do it in a safe environment. The real proving ground is on the track, not on the streets.”


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