It was another first Saturday of the month, which meant cars were gathering in the parking lot at the Peninsula Shopping Center. However this Saturday had a theme… as Shelby Cobra, after Shelby Cobra pulled in, it was clear that this month’s gathering was in tribute to the late Carroll Shelby. Eventually the lot was full of Cobras, GT350s and GT500s.
What started life out in Detroit as an iconic Ford Model A, got a distinctly Japanese touch when it ended up in Nagoya, Japan, in a custom hot rod shop called Paradise Road. Builder Junichi “Jun” Shimodaira started Paradise Road 25 years ago and started importing American cars and parts for his full-service rod and custom shop. Inspired by American designers George Barris and Ed Roth, Shimodaira went to work on this one-off, all-steel show stopper. The result was a ’60s style hot rod like no other.