I could post a photo of the Space Needle in Seattle, but isn’t this so much cooler!?
Dekotora is slang for “decoration truck,” a term used to describe the artistic flare truck drivers in Japan add to their vehicles. The Dekotora truck drivers who created these works declined to be interviewed, but the glow of their art work can still be seen at night while driving around Japan. Turnstyle News caught up with Yutaro Oyama, a student at Ritsumeikan University who has been studying the Dekotora to see what he thinks of this unexpected art form.
I wouldn’t mind big rigs on the I-5 if they looked like this.
The first photo above was taken with my uncle Cesar (left), friends (middle), and my uncle Enrique (right) in 1969. The car behind them is a 1950 Chevy that’s been in the family for decades.
I’m one of the youngest cousins at 30, but my older cousins have a surplus of stories about the car’s history. Hell, people are still arguing about whose it really is, but by arguing I mean the kind of talk that inspires people to tell more, and better, stories about the car.
I’d only known it to be a rusty thing in my uncle’s garage, always covered in dust, and taking up too much playing space. Talk about restoration in my tio Pancho’s house was like Los Angeles smog: murky with details but always present.
The photos below are the same vehicle, about 75% restored, taken this Labor Day weekend after a birthday celebration for my dad. My tio Pancho — the man leading the restoration charge — is in the driver’s seat, my tio Jose Luis in the passenger’s seat, my tio Cesar (backseat far left), my tio Enrique (backseat middle) and my dad (backseat right). The entire family came out to snap photos of the five driving around in their old friend. You think our kids will be snapping photos of us in our Volkswagon Jettas?
They just don’t make them like they used to.
From La Plaza:
The “narco tank” was seized after a series of deadly shootouts (link in Spanish) between local police and unidentified gunmen over the weekend near the border with Zacatecas state. The central-western region of Mexico has seen an uptick in drug-related violence in recent months due to an internal split in the powerful Sinaloa cartel.
And wasn’t a small, propeller aircraft seized last week? Click on photo for more.