Updated: Dec 19, 2019
The Wekfest tour is a force to be reckoned with. No matter the city it stops in, it's always a halo show for the region. One people build their cars for the sole purpose of showing them in Wekfest's halls. At Wekfest's events, you'll find many of the older generation's builds that exemplify what a truly thorough and timeless build really is. Some of these cars only come out for shows of this caliber and are otherwise hidden away to be refined and enjoyed away from the spotlight. Wekfest has been around for a long time, and its organizers and contributors have been around for even longer. Their events and many of the participating cars carry an aura about them that can only exist as a result of years of effort and dedication to cars and the community that surrounds them. As it stands now, there aren't many, if any, events that could fill the place of some of these few remaining event series that hold such a high place in the community and such a high level of respect. Hopefully they stick around for years to come.
I forgot to take a picture so I stole one from Jared's Instagram story. We met up at his new place in Providence and before heading out, we had to make a stop at this bicycle shop/coffee shop near by because we like coffee a little too much. They make their own poptarts...I will be back. I've day tripped Wekfest before and while doable, two four hour drives added to being at the venue for roughly 12 hours is a lot in a day. For the sake of our sanity, and to see our NYC resident Tough Club members, we made the trip down the afternoon before.
The drive down to New Jersey took us about 4 hours and is starting to become second nature with how often we make the trip. The only real complaint is horrendous traffic and inhaling Jared's catless rotary fumes. Besides Jared running his heat to keep temps down and my clutch getting a little hot, the cars performed perfectly too! Although, I wouldn't mind a more forgiving clutch in New York City traffic. Some time together and a couple of NYC's best pizzas later, we were ready for the show
Start time was rough. After driving down in a loud car that's older than me, and spending the night in NYC eating pizza, the last thing I wanted to do was wake up at 6am. The payoff was worth it though for the early roll in time and the opportunity to photograph everyone getting their labors of love ready to showcase to the world.
Something I've always loved about media outlets like Joey Lee's The Chronicles is covering roll in before the show starts. With cars starting to roll into the venue as early as 8, there were great lighting, as well as the opportunity to see the show cars running and driving. This year I was participating in the event so it was a bit difficult to cover but I snapped what I could.
Wekfest and Hondas seem to go hand in hand, wether its "golden era" Hondas like this DC2 generation Integra or new models like the FK8 Type R. I took a lot more pictures of this DC2 once inside the hall.
A perfect embodiment of 90s/00s drift car styling; a Sexy Style kitted 180 and Nismo LMGT2s.
Korean luxury entering into the world of VIP is still in its infancy, but there's some cool builds out there.
A different kind of yacht! These two SRTs sounded like a couple power boats idling in line.
Watching the festivities from afar was a seemly stock BNR32. I wonder how many unmolested GTRs exist in the world...and how much money they'll be worth in the future.
Super Advans are so old news in the tri-spoke world, this static Celica on narrowed first generation Dodge Viper wheels was insane! A sentence you wouldn't be able to imagine if you tried...
Tfw they ask you what management you run but you're static...
This was my first time seeing a MK5 Supra in person and I've decided I definitely love it. The proportions are a little off compared to the previous 3 generations but at its core, it's definitely a Supra. Crown Speed Lab brought this red one as part of their booth. It was stock for now, but I doubt it will stay that way for long.
A bigger surprise than the MK5 Supra was this incredible MK2 Supra I caught waiting for roll in. It was simple in design and immaculate! It's crazy seeing the contrast between this MK2 and the majority of MK4s on the show circuit.
Am I the only one that thinks Y32 Cimas kind of look like late 80s/early 90s Jaguar XJs?
I lose sleep over my want for an Evo 8/9 and @PinoFreshh is not helping. Adorned in Voltex street aero with Chargespeed side skirts and Volk CE28s, it was beyond perfect. What isn't pictured is the incredible sound it emits! A Tomei ti exhaust partnered with an aggressive set of cams, it's chop at idle was intoxicating.
I really couldn't care less about Tesla but it was cool seeing a Model S at an event like this and I'll admit it looked good.
It's impossible to build a better E90/92 M3 base than this, and we're graced with two of them. First and foremost, Japanese wheels and beefy tires are the best possible combination for this platform ever, do not @ me. Secondly it'll need to be brought a couple inches closer to the ground, and lastly it needs some form of lip because BMWs always leave the factory looking like they forgot to install one. From there garnish to taste. These two were magnificent, more of this, please.
I'm surprised there aren't more early Evos imported into the states. I swear there's more illegally imported Evo 6s than there are 1s and 2s.
The jeweled headlights in later model Acuras are one of the coolest looking on the market and one of the hardest to pull off in a retrofit. They look right at home on this TL with its rivetless over fenders and tight fitment.
It really is a feat seeing the organizers filter such an immense amount of cars through one entrance in a timely fashion.
Black might be the coolest looking color for the FK8. White new Regamasters are a great contrast to the dark colors and match the red accents well.
I used the rest of load in time to try and grab as many pictures as I could before the crowds flooded in to make sure I could grab photos of cars that I knew would be covered in people. Something always drawing a crowd is the Japanese Classics booth. Every year they bring the heat! Front and center was Kevin Legaspi's HR31 Skyline sitting on SSR MK IIs with a vintage SSR livery covering its flanks.
The livery accentuates the boxiness of the R31 chassis while adding a lot of dimension to it's design. I love seeing this car at events and seeing him drive it to all of them.
Flanking the HR31 on both sides were these two Y32 Glorias. This is a great example of a VIP platform that's also enjoyable to drive and tune with its twin turbo V6 VG30DET. The purple Y32 also featured a pretty impressive widebody, all in metal.
On the other side of their display sat my favorite...vehicle in their display, a Hino car hauler! Nothing in this company is stock, and the Hino is no exception. Featuring a few rare OEM options, it also sports a custom chin spoiler, tons of dekotora lighting, a custom airfoil, and more, all dressed in the R34 GTR V-Spec's Sonic Silver and propped up on Alcoa wheels. The coolest thing in the world!
The Hino's job wasn't just to look cool, it was also hauling/displaying an R32 GTR on color matched BBS LMs.
By far one of the most impressive builds of the event was this S2000 built and shown by Crown Speed Lab. This build is incredibly special as its the second of three S2000s globally fitted with this Voltex Time Attack kit and it was fitted by Voltex's own Nakajima-san himself in their Queens, NY shop. With its slew of chassis modifications accompanying the insane aero, Crown says the car will see significant track time to put their work to good use.
It's amazing just how much more width the Voltex aero adds to the S2000's rather small body.
In contrast to Crown's time attack machine is this stock bodied S2000 on CE28s. I love the plethora of wide body and over fender options for the AP1/2 chassis, but the stock body lines are classic, especially in black. Hidden behind those bronze CE28s are a set of AP Racing brakes.
With that being said, it is hard not to drool over something as good looking as a Spoon Sports S Tai equipped S2K in an ever so classic shade of white. The spoon theme continued to the spoon aero mirrors, only being broken up by the wheel choice, CE28s.
One of my favorites of the event was this perfect EG Civic hatch. The exterior was kept as simple as possible with the most notable addition being the Spoon front lip. Hood off, you could see the cleanliest home for its B series power plant. The bay work featured enough smoothing to simplify well beyond factory and draw attention to the engine while still looking like an actual functioning engine bay. Most exciting of all was the wheel choice! Seeing Barramundi wheels on stateside cars is rare and I'm excited to see them being run on a US build. Barramundi tailors their brand to most cars on the market with their wide selection of sizing, but Honda owners in Japan have taken a special liking to them.
Tough Club brought the heat as usual. The Tough collection of cars was my favorite of the event... I may be biased though. One car that pushes me to do more with my own is Daniel's BNR32. Making well into the 500s with room to go, his single turbo monster is a fast machine. Tons of rare and desirable goods lurk around the car, most notably those Nismo LMGT1s. Those wheels alone could put his son through college.
Danny's 350Z is quite a departure from the typical Z33 build. Nismo and Amuse parts adorn the exterior but most notably, the widened fenders are Do Luck items. This is probably the only Do Luck equipped Z33 I've ever seen in my whole life. Making use of the wider bodywork is a set of SSR Koenigs, a rarity outside of VIP circles but suiting his car well.
Listen, zenki S14s are the best S14s, but I do love Nainglin's kouki. GP Sports aero, JDM kouki additions, and a black rose vinyl wrap make for a perfect exterior while ZE40s and a CTS-V BBK make things roll and stop. Under the hood is the proper engine choice for this chassis, an SR20DET.
Shrugging off the majority of ZN6/ZC6 "show cars" featuring either a Rocket Bunny kit, -20 degrees of camber, or both, Kevin painted a much more stylish picture of an FRS. Originally running a more aggressive fitment on RS Watanabes with a TRD body kit, he's completely revised the look for this year with a full Varis kit while maintaining the stock fenders that house a set of TE37s wrapped in R888s.
I definitely wasn't up to par, but I was glad to be a part of the event.
Also representing Tough Club and holding down the Rays booth was Jared's magnificent FD. He's managed to stuff some enormous OG TE37s under his fenders, supplemented by a plethora of rare and obscure parts to set his car apart from the typical stance or RE Amemiya look.
Minivans are becoming a bit more of a presence around car shows, usually tailoring more towards stance and VIP styling for the family haulers. Other motorists may get a bit of a surprise with this RA1 Odyssey though. Besides the Work RSZ-Rs and the carbon fiber lip, it was very unassuming on the outside. Under the hood hid a K24.
Hondas have by far the strongest presence of all the manufacturers at Wekfest and I think I spent the most amount of time looking at this one. A JDM front end conversion, Spoon lip, and ITR wing all come together bathed in that beautiful blue hue. Something I never see much is the wheel choice of high offset Work VS-XX. I feel like every time someone runs them its with huge lips and they get posted on Instagram with sad boy lyrics. With their higher offset, they tucked nicely into the fenders, leaving enough room to cut around without buckling a fender. Even more rare is they're 4 lug. Nestled in the perfectly shaved bay is god's engine, the B18.
I'm unsure if there were more FK8s or Nissan R chassis. This BNR32 was an exercise in cleanliness and usability. The monochromatic color scheme kept a discrete look while preventing your eye from focusing too much on one facet. Its stock exterior, besides the Nismo N1 bumper ducts, stat high over Advan RZF2s wrapped in fat tires. Under the hood gave purpose to its battle ready stance with a big single turbo in its factory fresh quality bay.