Paradise Road

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Junichi Shimodaira's 1930 Ford Model A Tudor Sedan of Nagoya, Japan. The car, known as Rod Riguez was built by Junichi at his shop Paradise Road. The first version of Rod Riguez was completed in December of 2002.
The second version of Rod Riguez was completed in 2003.
An early version of Junichi Shimodaira's 1927 Ford Model T Roadster. The car is named the "Galaxian."
A second version of the "Galaxian."
Junichi in front of his latest creation "Ultimatum" at the 2015 Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show. Photo by Howard Gribble.

Paradise Road is a full-service hot rod, custom and lowrider shop in Nagoya, Japan. The shop is owned and run by Junichi Shimodaira. Junichi started his business in February 1987. In addition to importing American cars and parts, Paradise Road became a full-service hot rod, custom, and lowrider shop capable of a variety of construction tasks.[1] Paradise Road is known for customizing less popular American car models and styles, and its reputation attracted a visit from American Kustom Kulture icon Ed "Big Daddy" Roth in 2001.[2]

In 2002 Junich turned a stock 1930 Ford Model A Tudor into a wild show rod called Rod Riguez. Rod Riguez attracted attention and publicity all over the world, and it became one of the cars that paved the way for the Japanese rod and custom scene in the 2000s.[3]

Cars Built or Restyled by Paradise Road

Junichi Shimodaira's 1927 Ford Model T Roadster - The Galaxian
Junichi Shimodaira's 1927 Ford Model T Roadster Pickup - La Cucuaracha
Junichi Shimodaira's 1930 Ford Model A Tudor Sedan - Rod Riguez
Junichi Shimodaira's Ultimatum

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