There Is No Rival, Because There Is No Equal.
Happy Labor Day all!! Just because you guys get the day off doesn’t mean we’re gonna stop the content-flow here on the site. Today, we’re gonna take a look at some more great builds from the Wekfest East 2014 event. By this time, the show was almost under way and I only had a little bit of time left to do coverage before I had to start walking around to do the judging of both the Honda and Acura competition classes at Wekfest. All the cars were parked inside by this time so I just ran through it real quick to get what I could. I didn’t do much shooting at all during the show because foot traffic was just way too heavy and people were everywhere. Judging usually takes a lot of time at Wekfest NJ since it seems like everyone wants to tell you about their builds in detail so I wanted to make sure I dedicated my time to hearing what they had to say…
The next section that follows this one will be the final, epic, conclusion to this great event. It’ll document the end of the show as well as our adventures in NYC the day after. Make sure to check out all the older posts too if you haven’t already, otherwise you’ll have missed-out on some really, really, good cars….
To go back and look at the previous three sections of coverage, click the links below….
…and here’s Part 4 of 5….
Full Voltex-equipped Mitsu Evo from Team EMOTION with one of the nicer Evo engine bays I’ve seen….
I wish I had found the time to take more photos of this J’s-themed DC5 RSX. This was the build that ended up winning the overall Acura class at Wekfest NJ. It’s not difficult to build a full catalog car but its the work that was done in the engine bay and all the little details that made it great. The craziest thing I noticed about the East Coast is how much they care about this chassis. You see a lot of them modded and many of them even have RHD conversions like the one you see above. it’s pretty wild since out here in the West, the DC5 is still very much an after thought when it comes to building Hondas….
Tae Min Chang’s Vortech supercharged AP2 S2000 from EMOTION…
Lester Bracero’s J’s Racing-styled Acura TSX on Volk Racing TE37. You probably wouldn’t notice by looking at this build but his TSX is also on air suspension….
Alex Witkin’s multiple “Best of Show” winning Subaru WRX STI build. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better or more thoroughly-built Subaru in this country. Was hoping to possibly see some changes for this year but I mean, honestly, you can’t really do much else to this car….
His custom shaved and tubbed engine bay is possibly the cleanest Subaru bay that I can recall ever seeing in person. Incredible work overall….
Chris Rios’ RHD Mugen Integra build that you saw plenty of in the previous post. One of my favorite Integra builds of all-time and I was stoked to finally see it in person after all these years….
Kiet Hong’s turbocharged and Mugen-themed DC5 RSX. Loving the red Endless big brakes behind the bronze Mugen MF10 wheels….
Nice and simple Evo X from EMOTION on polished Work Meister S1R…
Coming in at a very, VERY, close 2nd place in the Acura Class was this supercharged DC5 RSX. It was so close that you could probably very easily have swapped the two spots any day of the week. I loved this build and really liked the fact that the owner was rocking an incredibly rare Max Racing front bumper. Everyone always runs the Mugen kit but there are just so many options out there if people would just take the time to look. Everything just flows really well on this car and the engine bay is very well done, along with the RHD conversion. Great build….
Widebody S15 Silvia also from EMOTION on Work S1. Nice touch keeping the widebody subtle by running OEM bumpers and skirts….
SSR Professor SP3 on this 2IS…..
I can honestly say that I never get tired of seeing R33 Skylines. One of my favorite cars of all-time and I’m glad someone gets to enjoy them out here in the U.S. because you so rarely see them here on the west coast….
AP2 S2000 looking good on CCW D11L wheels….
A look under the hood of Dave Marino’s K-swapped Mugen EK Civic….
The overall “Best of Show” winner at Wekfest New Jersey this year was Will Wang and his incredibly well thought-out Mugen del Sol build. In the end, it came down to his build or Alex Witkins and it was an incredibly tight competition. What set Wang’s build apart in the end was that he continued the changes on his build, making it better than the previous year, while Witkin’s Subaru remained basically unchanged. I think all the judges appreciated the fact that Will was still hungry to make his car better and he was rewarded for it….
Excellent execution of a Honda engine bay, perhaps one of the best in the country at the moment….
Nice addition with the color-matched roll bar and Mugen S1 seats. Some of the best things about this build are the pieces that are unseen and unnoticed like the brand new Honda OEM door panels…
Better look at what is going on under the hood of Raza’s Civic coupe….
Kyle Crawford’s EF hatchback on Almight Grey Regas….
Subtle and well-kept Civic hatchback on Spoon SW388….
2JZ-GTE powered Lexus IS300 Global Time Attack competitor from Zen Motors….
BMW E30 M3 coupe on HRE wheels….
Infiniti G sedan dumped on gold-faced custom 3-piece MAE Crown Jewel wheels….
Turbocharged Civic coupe with GReddy front lip and bronze Volk TEs….
Z33 with a Nismo front bumper and 3-piece Rotiform TMB wheels….
Faiz Rahman’s IS after it was finally all set-up at Wekfest NJ with a light touch of vinyl. Here you can see the 2JZ-GTE swap under the hood….
One of the great things about going to the East is the solid number of Euro builds out there with really well-done engine bays. This GTI being one of them. You see a couple here and there out here but they rarely have anything done to the engine bay which is kind of a shame considering how good they look once you put some time into them….
MK4 GTI on some custom JSUTAI created BBS RS wheels. Nice detail touches with the blue/gold cap and the pinstriping on the inner lip….
Bagged Subaru STI track car?….hmmm….
Leo Garcia’s Accord sedan on red VIP Modular wheels. This build also features a full custom red interior as well….
Rob from Vracework’s turbocharged Civic coupe on JSUTAI-created gold step-lipped Mugen M7 wheels….
NA1 NSX tucked away in the corner looking really good on gunmetal Work Meister wheels….
Bagged 2nd gen TSX with a JDP front lip and copper AG wheels….
Closing out this section with a couple of photos of the EF that we all once knew as “ATS*Rusty”. The car is now in good hands on the other side of the country and it is awesome to see that it still remains intact with the rare EC Works mirrors and all. Just a couple things have changed aesthetically since it changed ownership but for the most part, it is still very much the car that Mike and the guys from ATS Garage put together….
That’s a wrap for today. Have a great day and make sure to come back to see the final concluding portion of the Wekfest East coverage. Thanks for looking….
Feeling a big under the weather today and busy working on a ton of other stuff so here are some more photos from Wekfest East. Like the other two parts so far, this photos cover mostly the roll-in portion of the show where I walked in and out of the building to catch the cars as they set-up for the show. A bulk of the photos will cover the many great builds from Team EMOTION, which has long been one of the top car clubs out on the right coast. Anyways, thanks for looking and enjoy….
Links to the previous to posts provided below just in case you missed any of it…
Here’s more coverage inside and out from Wekfest East….
I was really impressed with the recent updates to Sammy’s CR-X. I remember seeing it last year at Wekfest and the engine bay looked completely different. I overheard him talking to another enthusiast about how he tore the whole car down and redid most of it himself. Now he has individual throttle bodies and a coil-over-plug set-up. Love how the bay has been cleaned up and smoothed out….
This Fairlady roadster is always impressive with its SR20DET set-up. Not much has changed since last year but it is a great build as it stands….
The Varis Arising widebody Subaru BRZ that you’ve seen quite a bit of by now….
Custom VIP-styled Lexus SC430 on WED’s Kranze Bazreia…
Adam Holt’s ITR all cleaned-up and with the hood popped….
An R30 Skyline on display at a Japanese importer’s booth….
This del Sol was pretty crazy. It had custom front fenders, a RHD motorized Transtop conversion, S2000 taillight conversion, and more importantly….
….this supercharged J32 V6 engine swap. I asked the owner if he ever gets hassled by the cops and he says that they pull him over sometimes just to check out the car and then send him on his way. With a huge blower sticking out, there’s no wonder why he attracts a lot of attention….
FD RX-7 that you saw outside in my earlier posts on gold VIP Modular wheels….
Loved the execution on this VW wagon. The cream white flows really well with the bright red SSR Professor MS3 wheels and I love how the interior and graphic on the side was done to match….
Rocket Bunny Version II Scion FR-S on concave Enkei RS05RR wheels….
Dodge Charger SRT with custom widebody and Work Gnosis wheels….
Some better shots of the Honda F20C-powered Hachi-Roku….
Starting to see more sets of Work Seeker FX wheels pop up everywhere….
Love the color shift on the purple paint on this widebody GC Subaru Impreza….
Bagged Subarus continue to be a popular choice of vehicle for many enthusiasts on the East….
Oh, here are some more detailed shots of the 2014 Accord. This thing was fucking crazy! The Mugen front bumper is the first I’ve seen here in the States, along with the jewel-eye headlights…
…and under the hood was a Precision turbocharged J35 engine!! What?! This thing was literally brand new and had everything you could ever do to an Accord already. I remember peeking inside to get a better look at the interior and the car smelled brand new still….
The custom trunk and air set-up on the ’14 Accord. This build was definitely one of, if not the biggest, surprise of the entire event and I couldn’t stop looking at it… Great job….
Bagged Acura TSX Sportwagon with JDM Accord Wagon front end and bronze Vossen wheels. This also had big brakes front and back. Crazy…
Gorgeous BMW E92 M3 coupe….
Spoon Sports-themed Honda S2000 on silver Advan Racing RGII wheels at the Canibeat booth….
Since the staging came in different groups at different times during the morning, I made sure to walk back outside to see what other cars were coming in….
Muller Porsche 997 GT3 on gold Work Meister S1 wheels….
The legendary Acura Integra owned by Chris Rios. This is a build that I have long looked up to over the years and I was stoked to finally see it in person for the first time. If you guys don’t know this history of this car, boy are you missing out. This Mugen-themed Integra has stood in this condition probably for over a decade now. If you remember, Chris brought out his Mugen SS S2000 last year but decided to pull this car out of hibernation for the 2014 Wekfest event. If you want to read more about it, CLICK HERE to read it’s Import Tuner feature back in 2008. You can see in that feature how much it hasn’t changed over time….
The only thing that has changed over the last few years has been under the hood. He’s made some minor changes to it including the install of this individual coil packs which he said was quite the task. The car still runs great and is probably one of the quietest turbo B-series motors you’ll ever find. I absolutely love this car. Chris mentioned that he even thought about parting it out and building another Integra because he’s already had this car so long and wants to start with a fresh chassis. I asked him why he would want to since this car is such an important part of the U.S. Honda community and he told me that he could build a better one. He even has two authentic complete Mugen aero kits if he were to build another…..
Kiet Hong’s Libery Walk widebody E92 M3. This is one of the first LB-kitted cars that I’ve seen out East and it is a good one. Sometimes I think we take Liberty Walk stuff for granted out here since we see so much of it but going to the East Coast is a reminder that this is a pretty rare sight for most….
Kiet, of course, is more recognized for his turbocharged Mugen RSX build. This is the same car that was once a candy magenta color but other than the color change, not much has changed on it either. Great to see that he still has it and can bring it out alongside his BMW project….
Marc Ducrow’s Mugen-EVERYTHING ZF1 CR-Z. I had a chance to speak with Marc briefly and he mentioned that he even tracks this car occasionally. The lack of power has been making him itch to install a supercharger on it but he doesn’t have any definitive plans yet since the HPD kit isn’t a reality…
This S2000 from Team EMOTION featured Spoon Sports rear over fenders, front fenders, and a Mugen front add-on lip….
Alex Witkin’s multiple “Best of Show” winning Subaru WRX STI…. this thing is a fucking monster that you really have to see in person to really appreciate its intricacies….
RHD Jon’s Voltex Evolution on bronze Volk Racing SE37K….
Absolutely loved this DC5 RSX build with super rare Max Racing front bumper….
Lester Bracero’s CL9 TSX with J’s aero rolling into the venue….
Full J’s Racing DC5 build with custom turbocharged K-series set-up from EMOTION….
The owner of this DC5 actually has the last two remaining Max Racing front bumpers left in the world and it all happened as a bit of a misunderstanding. He has ordered the front bumper and sides one day and when the shipment arrived, two front bumpers came in. Instead of opting to give up the other one, he decided to keep the other as a spare….
EMOTION brought out three of the best RSXs I had ever seen. All three of them with right hand-drive conversions and forced induction set-ups with some authentic aero on it….
S15 Silvia rocking rear blister fenders and Work Meister S1 3-piece wheels…
Classic white-on-white R33 Skyline GTR….
Phoenix Yellow JDM Integra Type R on Spoon SW388 wheels…
I liked the dark blue hue on this IS that was parked in the spectator area….
RE Amemiya FD from Team Regiment Zero….
S15 Silvia on aggressive Enkei RS05RR….
Neat touch with the “THNXMUM” vanity plate on this BMW M3….
Midnight Purple R34 Skyline GTR….
White R34 GTR V-Spec on Magnesium Blue TE37SL….
Subaru WRX STI hammered on Work wheels….
Beautifully executed VW Scirocco that you rarely ever get to see in Cali…..
Cool to see a “WEKFEST” New Jersey vanity plate….
R33 Skyline GTR on 19-inch Volk TE37….
R33 Skylines have to be one of my favorites of all-time. They seem impossible to find now out West so it is always a pleasure running into one at a show….
Another build that I was happy to finally see in person was Izzy Montanez’s H22-swapped Accord Wagon. I think he was supposed to make the show last year but didn’t get the car done in time. This is one of the better wagons in the country and I love how clean the engine bay is. You can tell he invested quite a bit of time into this Accord and I think it looks great….
JZA80 Supra rocking the ever-popular Ridox front bumper….
This A80 had gold Blitz Technospeed Z1 wheels and a Stillen front fascia which wasn’t always the most popular piece for Supra owners. Glad to see it has survived the times though….
Well that’s all for today. Hope you guys enjoyed Part 3…still much more to come!!….