Wekfest Texas 2014 Coverage…Part 3…

Every year, I don’t think that I’ll be involved with any SEMA builds but somehow they just manage to seek me out. I apologize for the lack of updates the last couple days, especially when we are right in the middle of a series of show coverage, but honestly, there just hasn’t been much time. I’ve been fully-focused on putting stuff together for my YearSIX event this weekend and when I’m not doing that, I’m driving around covering some really cool builds for the 2014 SEMA event. I’ll get more into it when I get the time and permission to, but most of you guys who follow me on Instagram (@stickydiljoe) already know what I’m up to. If that wasn’t enough on my plate already, I also have a bunch of visitors coming from all over to attend YearSIX and SEMA, so I’m also trying to be a gracious host. These people are dear friends of mine so it is important that I spend time with them, especially considering how I probably only get to see them once or twice a year. Things are busy but these photos need to get out so here they are….

Wekfest Texas was a great event and as stated previously, is probably my favorite stop annually on the tour. The people are great and they have a very solid car community down there. Some of the builds that they churn out are incredibly well-built and are definitely worth a look. More often than not, it seems like Texas almost has their own style and their community is very different from the East or West. I want to say that it is almost a mix of both coasts but it wouldn’t be fair to the enthusiasts from Texas. These guys have a great grasp of how to put a car together and it just keeps getting better every year. Their growth has been so exponential that I can’t even imagine what their cars will be like in 2015. It would be cool to see a meshing of all regions where people bring their cars out to compete in different parts of the country just to see how they are side-by-side. You got to see a little glimpse of that when Tom brought his S2000 out from Texas to compete at Wekfest LA and vice versa in Texas this year when RCG decided to make the trek out with their Integra. I think it is a great thing. If all goes as planned next year, you may even see some US cars competing over in Japan. It sounds far-fetched but it really isn’t that difficult to pull off. Until then however, enjoy some more coverage from Texas. A huge round of applause to everyone out there for the hospitality and for investing so much time into your cars to make the show that much better. The level of quality has most certainly jumped. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed. Keep it up!…

Make sure not to miss out on the previous two posts. Click the links below to check them out….

Wekfest Texas 2014 Coverage…Part 1…

Wekfest Texas 2014 Coverage…Part 2…

Here’s some more great builds…


Chea’s twin NSXs, shot from the bronze Mugen MF10 side this time around….



This full Ridox widebody JZA80 Supra ended the day by winning the award dedicated specifically to a car that the Wekfest owners selected as their choice. Very nicely executed build that just needs some motor work to complete the package…


One of, if not the first, Liberty Walk widebody BMW E92 M3 in Texas. They were still busy putting this car back together when the show was setting-up. I think I stood there for a good 20 minutes and watched them drill the holes into the trunk to mount the rear spoiler…


The double NSXs one more time. Here you can see how the NA1 has the smaller MF10s while the NA2 has the big boy sizes…


This TSX looked interesting with the bottom portion of its Mugen (or Mugen style) front bumper painted in black…


One of the builds that I was interested in seeing again was Rudy Garza’s Integra. It was around back when I first started doing the Wekfest Tour but he’s been rebuilding it ever since then, missing the last two WFTX events. He’s always posting photos of it online so I wanted to see if it lived up to the hype. More photos of it later in this post….


Much like Rudy, Ricky’s EF has been making the rounds on social media as well. He decided to continue to improve on his build from last year so it was also a build I wanted to see in person….



Jay’s Integra and Bradley’s S2000 set-up and ready for the gates to open up for the crowd outside…


The RCG Integra really needs zero introduction by now….


The gold plated pieces really help to set-off the build but you really have to understand and appreciate the finer details of this car to grasp the concept of why it is held in such high regard. I was judging later that day and I actually over heard a guy talking to his friend about the RCG DC2. He said that it was nice but he “just didn’t get it” as far as why it was a two-time “Best of Show” winner. It was “nice and all but it just didn’t do anything for him”. That’s all fine and good too but again, maybe he just didn’t “get it” because he doesn’t really know what he’s looking at or looking for….


Really liked how this rear quarter shot of Lafayette’s J’s S2000 came out. The wheels with the thick tire make these wheels look huge at this angle….


Much like having two NSXs (Okay, not nearly as awesome), the best thing about owning an Odyssey is having TWO of them. Above is Mike Nguyen’s custom Odyssey build which also has a full custom sound system and all…


…while this Odyssey on ADV.1 wheels serves as his “work van” and he just throws all kinds of random stuff in there….


Chan Le’s Subaru WRX STI representing PROPER GARAGE and Team Apokalypse…


This widebody 2IS had a very Rocket Bunny-esque appeal to it but executed in a much more classy, subtle fashion. I don’t know if this is a part of a kit that is being produced for this chassis or if it is a one-off thing but it actually fits and flows quite well…


Flared purple 350Z on some custom-built Work Rezax II wheels with chameleon faces….


Normally I wouldn’t expect anyone to rock old school Work Ewings on an NSX but for whatever reason, this just “works”. I actually really like this NSX a lot and admire the fact that it is incredibly well-maintained and has all the right pieces on it. You look at this NSX in any era of our import community and this car would fit right in….


Matte purple Subaru on old Work VS wheels… Seems like the Apokalypse guys have a thing for old school Work wheels….


This Z33 with C-West aero and fender flares looked pretty wild. I forgot about how long the nose was on the C-West front bumper for these cars….



Junior from Wekfest always tries to include a variety of builds on the Tour so at WFTX, spectators and showgoers got to check out this custom rat rod which was pretty awesome. You just wouldn’t expect to see a rat rod at a car show like this and it adds contrast to a show filled with great import builds….


Really dig how the new Accords look, especially the front end and how you can fit aggressive wheels on them….


Bright red ISS Forged wheels on this Lexus IS. Here’s another car that I like that I’ll probably never own, haha….


This Lexus GS had a custom front bumper on it which was adapted from a Lexus LS460. At first it looks a bit odd but once you get a better view of the work involved in making it flow with the stock body lines, it doesn’t look too bad….


Infiniti M on VIP Modular wheels that you saw in my coverage of the Mayday Garage Wekfest Pre-Meet….


Can’t say I’ve ever seen a Cadillac CTS on WED’S Kranze wheels before until I stepped foot into Texas….


Nicely done Lexus IS on Superstar Leon Hardiritts. Love the color and the contrast touch with the yellow brakes…


Lotus Exige on 15-inch Volk Racing CE28s….


One of the more unique builds was this Toyota Celica which has gone through a full transformation to resemble a Japanese Celica GT-FOUR. Really rare to see these Celicas around these days and this is one of the best I’ve seen. It has the full JDM front-end and 3S-GTE engine to match….



Garage Built Customs brought out a solid group of Civic builds. The one above has a wrinkle-black theme going on under the hood and even the ARC Induction Box and intake arm have been redone in that finish….



This Civic had a full candy red engine bay with a boosted B-series and dump pipe coming straight through….



One of the most disappointing things going into Wekfest was hearing these guys from GBC talk shit about me coming to Wekfest Texas. I try to appreciate all the builds there and judge fairly but the owner of this EF was “joking around” when he found out that there was a possibility of Mikey bringing his Integra to Texas. I believe he said that “Mikey was going to win” because “stickydiljoe and him are ‘butt-buddies’..” not even getting all the facts straight and understanding that Mikey wasn’t even going there to compete. We just wanted to have the car there for people to see and, like it was at Wekfest San Jose, it would not compete. The only time it did was at Wekfest Los Angeles and I pulled myself out of judging duties because I knew it wouldn’t be fair to everyone else. We honestly don’t care to win anyways. We’ve been doing this for over 10 years, winning is fun but we’d rather let other people enjoy it. For us it is just more about going out there and having a good time but you have guys like this insinuating and trying to talk shit. I commented back and these guys said that they were just joking around with Mikey but you don’t really know us like that to try to say anything about it. Despite all that, I still did a thorough job of looking through their cars and they aren’t bad at all. Just a shame that you have owners that insist on putting their own twist on things when they don’t have their facts in order. Ultimately, Mikey’s car didn’t make it out there anyway because he had family stuff to deal with and we didn’t want to rush getting the car out there, but it seemed like it would have been wasted effort in hindsight….



The nicest build out of their grouping was this blue/green Civic hatchback. The engine bay has been smoothed out and resprayed, while the individual throttle bodies and tucked radiator make the bay incredibly clean. This Honda actually had one of the best bays at the show. It was also the most complete out of their group. The others had little things here and there that were missing or could have been executed better but this one was very well-done…


Tricky Ricky’s EF has been going through a myriad of changes and looked the best it ever has since he first started building it. The exterior is simple with the JDM EF9 front end and front lip, and it is nice to see a set of Mugen MF10Ls on there for a more traditional look….



You can tell a lot of time was invested in the engine bay with all the polished components and custom plated accessories. There are little things here and there that could be done better to really finish it off but he’s got the right idea. His car seems to get better every year so I look forward to its continued evolution….



Rudy’s Integra looked great on Barramundi Design Eleven wheels. A look inside the engine bay reveals a pretty gnarly turbo set-up. Like Ricky’s Civic, there are some things that need to be attended to to make it a true “Best of” competitor in this series but he’s got the right idea….


SW20 looking real good on custom BBS LM wheels…


This Integra from NvUS had a camo-theme going but somehow managed to be the least hidden vehicle in the building…


Female-owned and assembled Scion FR-S with Rocket Bunny Ver. 1 aero kit and Leon Hardiritt Bugels….



Tiny Bui’s K-turbocharged Civic from Team IKON always makes a strong showing every year. He’s one of the top competitors in the Honda Class category because his car is not only well-rounded, it also has the power to match. When I spoke to him I think he said the car was making over 400HP on 11-pounds of boost and he plans to just focus more on driving the car in the near future. Really, there isn’t much more he can do to this car and he’s already placed multiple times at Wekfest, so why not just start smashing on the car and enjoy it?….


FC RX-7 on SSR Professor MS1 wheels and a modded front end that reveals a massive front-mount intercooler…


TRA Kyoto Rocket Bunny S13 coupe from Low-Weezy-Ana on Garson Deep Racing Ryujis….



Always see this Civic every year when I come to WFTX. Looks like he’s made some changes to the engine bay this year. Nice job….



Wesley LeBouef’s K-swapped EK9 Civic Type R on bronze Mugen MF10s. Not many changes to his car this year because he’s been focused on other life duties…


Beautifully-done classic BMW bagged on HRE wheels from Team 16Niss….



Seems like the owner of this 3-series Cab has a different motor set-up every year. Last year I believe he had a Nissan SR-swap in this car and this year, he showed-up with a Ford 5.0 HD Mustang motor….


Paul Morgan’s daily-driven S14 Kouki wearing T&E Vertex aero from 16Niss….



…and Paul Morgan’s multiple award-winning Top Secret S2000 build. This build has it ALL. If you’re looking to compete in the Honda Class at Wekfest Texas, this is the car that you’re going up against. He’s got real aero, custom paint, wheels, brakes, engine upgrades, interior, etc., etc. Paul makes it hard for anyone to compete in the Honda Class because he set the bar very, very high. Only guy I know who’s willing to just leave his authentic Mugen hard top on the floor too with thousands of people walking around and potentially stepping on it…

Well, I gotta get back to work so I’ll cut it off here for today. I think there is just one more set of photos that I’ll release tomorrow. Thanks for looking guys….

Wekfest Texas 2014 Coverage…Part 2…

One-hour of sleep only sounds like a terrible idea after you first wake-up from what seems like more of a shitty nap than a full night’s rest. Still, as I said, spending quality time with friends is worth the sacrifice. I’m not gonna lie, my eyes were burning as I put my contact lenses back in place because of the sleep deprivation but I soon forgot when I arrived to the George R. Brown Center where Wekfest was taking place. My excitement to see all the cars quickly made me forget about any type of sleep and I found the energy to get through the entire day. Okay, I drank coffee and a Red Bull which helped but just seeing the cars and catching up with people was more than what I needed to energize me. The judging process is quite a bit of work but that is why I am out there so I take it seriously. As the competition level rises every year, the judging part of my job just gets more and more difficult. It is the type of difficult that is good and challenging so I fully embraced the role…

I gave you guys a long introduction yesterday so I’ll spare you a ton of reading today. Instead of creating a story for you guys detailing the early morning hours of Wekfest Texas, I’ve instead invested time into putting my thoughts into the captions in the photos below. I took a lot of shots and multiple shots of many of the cars because I really want to show them to you in detail. I understand that it is hard to look at some sites where they just have one shot of a car you really want to see so I really tried to capture the essence of many of these cars so that I can detail them for you. If you have the time, please go through the captions and read through them. Each tell a story of the car or the owner in some form or another. I wish I could remember every little detail about every car that I show you guys but there is just so much to absorb that it is often hard to remember everything. I tried my best and I hope you guys understand and respect that. However it works out, if you even get a little bit of a sense of what it was like to be at Wekfest Texas, than I think I’ve done a good job. Thanks and enjoy the photos, but most of all, enjoy the words today….

If you missed the first part of this coverage, please click the link below to read up on all of it now….

Wekfest Texas 2014 Coverage…Part 1…

Today we start with the morning of Wekfest TX….


The first car in the building that morning was Jay Calderon’s Integra from RCG. No one else was in the building at the time so I was able to get this overlapping images to mesh together to illustrate how the car came together after it was unloaded….



For those who weren’t in Texas that day and didn’t know the story, the guys from RCG had quite a trek from Arizona. During their journey, they ended up being locked up in a holding cell for 5 hours after they went through an inspection area entering the state and the car was actually left outside the entire time while they were being questioned. It wasn’t for anything serious and was more than a waste of time than anything, but they ultimately made it into Houston just fine and the car was unscathed. These guys have been all over the West Coast this year and every time they travel somewhere, they seem to have an interesting story to tell. The decision to Texas was an easy one for them though as they had to defend their two “Best of Show” awards from both Wekfest L.A. and San Jose. It only made sense for the car to be present in Texas for the enthusiasts in this region to see it in person….



Entering shortly after the RCG Integra was the Lafayettes from Tennessee. Seems like I’ve seen this car everywhere this year, including Wekfest New Jersey so it was good to see it once again down in Texas. If there are a dedicated few out there who really make a good showing and try to get out to as many events as possible, Bradley and his girl would be in that group. The two are very quiet, unassuming, and Bradley’s S2000 seems to be a direct opposite of them because of its aggressive appeal. There are a couple things that it needs to really complete the package and make it a true contender at these shows, but in 2014, this S2000 was certainly one of the more memorable builds….


I think people forget sometimes but this S2000 is a legit right-hand drive S2000 VGS from Japan. That whole idea just gets lost now because the carbon aero kit changes the entire look of the car. I still remember a couple years ago when people used to always tell me about this JDM RHD S2000 from Tennessee that I just had to see. Guess they have plenty more to say about it now, haha….


I took a walk outside after grabbing some breakfast and spotted the Mayday Garage guys making their way into the building….



Awesome to see a Hakosuka in Texas. This one came on the behalf of Mayday Garage and had a set of Volk TE37Vs on it…


John’s black NSX on Volk GT-Us…


Here you can get a good look at the massive bulge on the hood of Khiem’s RX-7. With the 2JZ-GTE swap in there, it needs this extra space to clear the motor….


John and David figuring out how to arrange their cars upon entering….



Really like the L.E.D. taillights on both their FDs from Japanese tuner “Car Shop Glow”….


Powerhouse Amuse Superleggera 350Z on 19-inch Volk TE37….


The guys from Team 5Star who are owners of some of the best Honda builds in this region. I still remember seeing their cars from my first Wekfest Texas a couple years ago and man has their builds steadily improved. They brought out a solid group last year but this year was unquestionably their best grouping to date…


Tom Syhachack’s bright red turbocharged S2000 draped in Spoon Sports aero….



The defending “Best Honda” award winner at Wekfest Texas 2013 making a return with some minor new additions. Nice to see the Mugen MF8 wheels on there to match the Mugen front and sides…


This S2000 with CR front lip and rear overfenders had a set of one of my all-time dream wheels on. GTR-faced Advan RG wheels are amazing and one of the first wheels that I remember from back in the day that had a concave face. White ones are pretty difficult to find, even on Yahoo! Auctions Japan. I almost bought a set in December and then decided not too because it wasn’t the smartest financial decision at the time…



Christian Santiago sold his Garage Kite aero kit soon after Wekfest Texas last year and I recently saw it on Ryan Lorenzo’s NSX down in Hawaii. For this year, he debuted his NSX with a brand new look wearing aero from Japanese tuning shop “Advance”. This is a much more streamlined kit compared to the aggressive Garage Kite kit. The Volk TE37 wheels also compliment the car nicely especially with the “Advance” logo on the spokes as you would see it on a TE37SL with its original decals….


Mugen-themed CL9 Acura TSX with Mugen rear wing and all. Love how this generation TSX looks in blue….


Acura Integra Type R with a Special Projects P1 lip/splitter and bronze Volk Racing SE37K…


Nothing like seeing a twin-turbo VQ-powered S30Z to kick start the morning….


K-swapped Civic from 5Star that debuted last year at WFTX.


While I was talking to Fernando from Team 5Star earlier that morning, he mentioned that they still had one more car to unload for the show. They usually bring a lot of cars so I didn’t think anything of it. I was walking back and forth getting photos and then I spotted this EK in the distance, I was thinking to myself, “Is that a Mugen EK4 kit?” Sure enough, I walked over to see for myself and not only was it a Mugen EK4 kit, it turned out to be the most complete one that I have ever seen in person. You see a lot of Civics with the front lip, sometimes you see them with the sideskirts, sometimes not, but it is incredibly rare to see one with the rear lip, hatch wing, and mid-wing. This was ON POINT, like straight out of the Mugen catalog from the ’90s. I don’t think average Honda guys would understand it because of how much of a “’90s look” that it has but true Honda guys know how rare this is to see in complete form….


The greatest thing about seeing this build is that NO ONE expected to see it. In a day when build threads are popular and social media reigns supreme, it is very hard to keep any new build a secret. I guess it only happens in Texas but no one other than the 5Star guys knew about this car. Amazing feeling when you see a car like this pop up and you don’t have any prior knowledge of it or any predetermined expectations of how it is “supposed to look”….


Now, if you’re just casually looking at these photos, I doubt you’re reading the captions anyway but it is more than just a Civic with a kit bolted on. It is actually a right-hand drive converted Civic with JDM EK4 front and rear bumpers. The aero kit just isn’t complete without the OEM EK4 bumpers, trust me. The body has also been resprayed in an OEM Lexus color. It has a bit of a shift to it that you kinda need to see in person…


Now, for me personally, if I was putting something together that was so era-specific (period correct), I wouldn’t have done such a drastic job of shaving the entire engine bay, but I get it. They were doing a K20 engine swap anyways so it wasn’t going to be exactly era-correct so why not go a little crazy with the bay to contrast the traditional aesthetic of the exterior. It works but it kind of catches you off guard at first. Like you’re already mind-fucked by seeing a complete Mugen EK4-look and then they pop the hood and you’re like “What the fuck is going on here?”. Visual overload to the max, but in a great way….


Peeking into the back, I noticed that it even had the rare, super original, Mugen carbon fuel cell cover. The car doesn’t actually have a fuel system set-up like this but it is just another rare Mugen piece to add to the package. Behind it is a NEXT! Miracle X bar… Everything else is just as you would expect to see in a finely built, resto-modded, show car. If you talk to them the rarest part of the car isn’t anything even Mugen-related. It is actually a brand new OEM Honda right-hand drive wiper cowl cover. They enlisted the help of Matt from ICB and he actually came through and got them this piece and had it air-mailed from Japan in time for the show. Talk about attention-to-detail…


Acura NSX from Team 16niss with a rare Do-Luck kit and Advan Racing wheels….


The owner, Mike, cruising into the venue. The car doesn’t have an exhaust yet so it was rumbling pretty loudly as it drove in….


Tom’s Car Shop Glow L.E.D. tails on his S2000…


Dante’s C-West CR-Z with Top Secret turbo kit…


He decided to bring his ZF1 out to WFTX ’14 on a set of custom rebarreled, refinished Mugen MF10 wheels…



Clay Hundley’s Porsche 911 from Team 16niss looked stunning on Bugatti BBS wheels…


MK4 VW Golf from 16niss….


The rear of Christian Santiago’s NSX featuring a custom center-exit exhaust and Taitex rear diffuser. Also make note of the BackYard Special rear wing…



Some cleaner shots of Tomsiik’s turbo S2000. Love the new look with the Spoon Sports aero but he already told me that he had planned to switch it up again next year….


The rear looks great with the vented over fenders and Car Shop Glow tails. Weird to see the exhaust openings on the rear diffuser as his turbo has a dump pipe which exits through the center of the hood…


Bradley’s S2000 all set-up at the Wekfest booth and ready for the show…


Meanwhile, Jay and RC were busying polishing up the gold pieces in the engine bay of the Integra….


NSX with Taitec aero from Team Apokalypse on 5-spoke Work Ewing wheels….


Custom widebody Lexus IS with Aimgain GT aero, also from Apokalypse….


Giovanni’s Super Futura Lexus LS430 was consistently amazing as usual…


Bagged 280Z with bolt-on fender flares and Avant Garde wheels…


E36 BMW M coupe also rocking some bolt-on flares….


A better look at the Z. Love the bronze lip and flat face color combo on the AG wheels. Perfect contrast to the gloss black body…


Shutting it down for Part 2 with a shot of these twin NSXs both on matching Mugen wheels. One side had Mugen M7s, albeit in different sizes, while the other side had matching bronze MF10s. Best part is that both are owned by the same person. As I said on my post on Instagram, the only thing better than an NSX on Mugen wheels is having TWO of them. Really cool that one is an NA2 NSX with the bigger Mugen wheels while the NA1 has the smaller, more traditional sizing. Simple but very well thought-out…. Another sight that you would only see in Texas….

Much more to come. Stay tuned and have a great weekend!!!…