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Rice Bowl Car Show Hits Houston Scene at Anime Matsur

Mayday Garage hosts its first non-underground JDM show in Houston, TX

John Zhang
Jun 17, 2015

Mayday Garage is a band of brothers who grew up in the nineties watching Japanese drifting on VHS and reading JDM mags. The group of friends formed together and began hosting underground events in the Houston area, which in turn, introduced a new whole niche to the Houston car scene.

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Over the years, the Houston scene has evolved with its own style. It's now an amalgamation of high horsepower, Japanese styling, and even has hints of European flavor. Mayday has been a major part of this inspiration and kept the spirit of car culture alive by hosting its first indoor car show - The Rice Bowl. And what better way to do that than to tag team with Japanese culture convention Anime Matsuri. The best thing about this event was that it was not a competition platform as we're so used, but rather, an exhibition to celebrate what we've all come to love in terms of the street tuning scene.

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During the planning stage of this event, they personally sent out invitations to like-minded individuals from all corners of the nation. Surprisingly, a handful of them made their way to Houston just to show support including Car Shop Glow from Japan.

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The exhibition kicked off with a live Japanese drum band to get the energy going, then we got a full dose of high horsepower to full on VIP style builds. Among them were cars such as a very clean Rocket Bunny Nissan S13 from Louisiana and a RE Amemiya Mazda RX-7 with a Porsche conversion and Maziora paint job. A majority of the homegrown vehicles on display were turbocharged and had meaty tires to match. And of course, the best of the best were front and center rocking Car Shop Glow's very own custom LED lights.

It was a very proud moment for the Mayday guys. At the end of the day, they sat back and reflected upon how the Houston tuning scene used to be, and what it's made of today.

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