If you've been following us for some time now, you probably remember our coverage of the Osaka Kyusha Expo last year. After 2 years of scarcity, Oda-san, the man behind Hello Special, came back with a vengeance, and put together a trouble free "boso event" near Osaka city. When you gather some of the wildest folks around, it's not an easy task at all! And it was a huge success!
Back then, most people didn't really realized it.. but it was just an appetizer! Oda-san had already something bigger in mind... The 10th anniversary of Hello Special! The date and details of the big party were announced earlier this year and it quickly became the most anticipated event of 2017.
The boss himself, in his KenMeri, ready to join the parade.
Hello Special is a small shop located in the Kyoto area, specialized in Kei Trucks (small trucks widely used in Japan to move small stuff around) and Gurachan (decorated vintage Japanese cars. More info > here <). 86 Special (pronounce "halo supeshalu". In Japanese, 8 is hachi and 6 is loku, so "HA", for 8 and "LO", for 6 > halo = hello... You got it!) is "only" 10 years old, but Oda-san has been around for a while. After retiring from the bosozoku life (he was the most respected member in the Kansai aera) he created a club dedicated to cars and bikes called Car Club Hello. The family grew rapidly and after few years, he naturally decided to launch his own shop and brand. Hello Special was born!
Toyota Cresta 70 on SSR Mark II
More than 500 cars, trucks and bikes (mainly cars though) showed up to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Hello Special. The event was huge! Bigger than mass market events organized at the same location! We're not gonna lie, it felt good! Teams from all over Japan came to Maishima Island (west part of Osaka, near Universal Studios). Some even drove all the way from Nagasaki, 800km down south! Now this is dedication!
Liberty Walk KenMeri and Savanna
Few month ago, Liberty Walk organized a really cool event in Mie (J-Nation). Oda-san was their and LB returned the favor. Kato-san brought his Mazda Savanna, which was, hands down, the nosiest car around. Probably the nosiest car ever!
Nissan Skyline Japan with a cool takeyari coming out of the bonnet!
What's better than a tsurikawa? Two tsurikawas! ٩( ᐛ )و
Nice deppa (long lip spoiler) on those 2 Skyline Japan!
An other C210 Japan, narrow body this time.
Rear passengers are welcomed by a pair or Bad Romance tsurikawas.
And handful of dekotura (decorated trucks) joined the party.
And those share the road with their civilized friends!
A Hello Special party wouldn't complete without a bunch of modified Kei trucks!
Hello Special original Suzuki Carry with complete wide body kit.
Digging the Fanta livery on this little one!
Clean Suzuki GS400
The day is organized around the parades. Oda-san opened the first one on his scooter!
Can you believe they drove this "thing" from Nagasaki (the Toyota Crown was transported by ferry, but still!).
Takeyari experts from Nagoya.
Kato-san (Liberty Walk) reeving his Sexy Savanna is something you'll never forget! (((o(*ﾟ▽ﾟ*)o)))♡
The LB Team brought some serious machines!
Nissan Laurel C130
Nissan Laurel C130 Butaketsu
Toyota Celica XX 61
"No camera"? This Suzuki Alto (yes!) was probably the must photographed car of the show!
Nice work Body Make, nice work...
The famous Dai Candy and his "Yonmeri".
Agotan Racing from Nagasaki and their Agobana V3 (Savanna)
Still Agotan Racing, but with the Agosuka Go! Go! Go! (Hakosuka)
Need those Marshall home made tail lights!
Costumes on point for the fellows riding this Cedric Y30!
Nissan Skyline Japan
If only the real ones had cool MarkII like this...
The Celica is not a common base but surely works perfectly!
Hakosuka 4 door
Nissan Skyline Yonmeri blasting thought the crowd
Rotary powered KenMeri!
Same Yonmeri, perfect! The name "Yonmeri" is usually used for the 4 door version of the KenMeri Skyline (yon = 4 in Japanese)
Nissan Laurel Benz Wannabe
Best Nissan KenMeri of the show, by Liberty Walk
Toyota Crown Athlete (left) and Cresta 50 (right)
Nissan Leopard 30 (left) and Toyota Cresta 60 (right)
Toyota Soarer 20
Beautiful MarkII 30 Grande!
Pair of original Mikami tsurikawas ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ
Toyota Soarer 10
And the award of best takeyari goes to...
Those shapes (*ﾟ∀ﾟ*)
Agotan Racing Team
Hello Special campaign girl wearing a tokkoufuku.
One more shot of the Body Make Butaketsu (Pig butt in Japanese).
Nissan Laurel C230 4 door
Nissan Laurel C130 4 door
Have a safe trip back to Nagasaki! (*ﾟ▽ﾟ)ﾉ
See you next year!