By Danny Baggott @Dan_Baggie
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Videographer / Director: Steve’s POV
Producer: Danny Baggott, Ruby Coote
Editor: Marcus Cooper
Earlier this year, car enthusiast Steve Feldman managed to track down the whacky vehicle that took more than 10 years and 100 LED lights to perfect.
In the heart of Kisarazu, Japan, Steve hitched a ride in the Sandaimei Bireijo – a former dump truck converted into a well-respected model of the prevalent Japanese dekotora trend.
Dekotora, which literally translates as ‘decoration truck’, can often see owners spending up to $100,000 pimping out their rides.
Steve said: “I have never seen a dekotora like this before!
“There are hundreds of lights outside this truck and hundreds of thousands of dollars in custom chrome work, bumpers and decoration.
“The entire inside is all Louis Vuitton material.
“I’m sure this thing looks pretty scary to people in their rear view mirror.
“It’s cool looking, but it’s so big.”
Described as drivable works of art, dekotora vehicles usually remain street legal and display neon or ultraviolet lights, extravagant paints and a stainless or golden exterior.
Like many others, the Sandaimei model is inspired by the 1975 movie Torakku Yaro – a Japanese film that featured a trucker who decorated his rig and drove it all around the country.
Steve said: “This truck is very famous in Japan."
Dekotora trucks are now used more prominently for special events and as a hobby for owners – rather than a practical vehicle for work.
But they remain popular in Japanese films, TV shows and video games, at the very forefront of their culture.
Steve added: “Dekotora are really part of the Japanese culture.
“So this experience was awesome.”