There Is No Rival, Because There Is No Equal.
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!!….
You’ll notice in this particular post that there are multiple photos of the same cars that were at Wekfest East. During the early morning hours of roll-in, I had a lot of time to explore so I often found myself walking back to the same cars to get a better look at them. The ones that really caught my eye I made a conscious effort to get multiple photos of because I’m only out on the right coast once a year. If I don’t get to see enough of these cars as is, why not grab as many photos of them as I can, right? I’d rather provide multiple angles of these cars instead of just shooting one single photo and leaving you wondering what the car really looks like. I just hate when I’m looking through a photo set and I see a car in the background that peaked my interest but was ultimately not photographed. The thinking is that its better to have too much of what you don’t need than to have too little of what you do want, haha. I don’t know if that makes sense but shit, just enjoy the photos. There is a mixture of a lot of different types of builds in this set but the focus towards the end is mainly on the Hondas that were in the show. I noticed last year that some of the more notable Hondas at the show were already inside the venue by the time I got to see them so I didn’t really get to photograph them outside. With the rain and everything that was going on, along with the sun that peaked through the clouds soon after, it really made for some dynamic photos. I’m really happy with how these shots came out and I think you’ll enjoy them. I did a lot of walking back and forth from the inside of the venue to the roll-in area but I’ve organized them in a way to make it flow better. Otherwise the shots would be scattered in the order in which I shot them….
If you missed Part 1, please click the link below to view it, as it features some of my favorite photos from my entire trip to the East….
Now we got some more shots of the cars from both inside the venue as well as outside where cars were getting prepped to go in….
As you can tell, the rain had come down pretty hard at one point and the cars were drenched by the time they entered the venue. Above is Bradly Lafayette’s J’s carbon S2000 VGS that you also saw in Part 1….
A duo of Hondas getting set to park in the J’s Racing booth….
Always a huge fan of this E30 M3 from JSUTAI. These guys do some of the most interesting things with wheel refinishing that really makes these cars stand-out….
Love the pink/tan accents on this black BMW 1-series….
Really interesting touch with this teal pinstriping on these Enkei NT03 wheels. All the way down to the center hub area. Nice contrast with the red tire lettering too….
RB-swapped Zenki S14 drift car reppin’ SNTRL…..
Mike Yushinsky showed up to Wekfest East last year with a really well-done J’s Racing-themed CR-Z build but I guess he got bored of it pretty quickly. For 2014, he came out with this turbocharged K-swapped Civic build, eliminating all hope that hybrids are way more fun than 90s Hondas….
Adam Holt was busy drying his Integra Type R after he got drenched with rain outside….
Dave Tormey’s S2000 from Canibeat always looking classy with the Amuse front and Advan Racing wheels….
One build that I really wanted to check out in person was Cory Shifflett’s Civic build. I spotted it in some photos at another event and this car was also featured in Honda Tuning magazine not too long ago….
What makes it incredibly unique is the S2000 F20C swap under the hood. The motor is now mounted in a front-wheel drive layout and at a glance, you’d almost think that it was a K-series motor. Cory’s build was really well-done and what made it even cooler was that he pulled up to Wekfest in a full-sized motorhome. Talk about traveling in style….
BMW M3 Cabriolet on gold-faced VIP Modular wheels….
One more of Bradley’s J’s carbon widebody S2K….
…and the other J’s S2000 parked next to him….
Leon Hardiritt Waffes are one of my favorite 3-piece luxury wheels and I really like how they look on this UCF30 from Liberty VIP….
Sebastian Rodriguez’s Imola Yellow Civic once again. Here you can get a better look at the angled OsakaJDM rear spoiler….
Turbocharged Civic with BYS front bumper and custom BBS RS….
Nice color combo on this flat drab S2000 on custom Work Meister S1….
Joe Cheung’s LS430. I don’t know if you guys remember, but Joe used to be the owner of a silver Subaru WRX STI on red Volk TE37SL. I captured a photo of it last year with the silver Evo that you see parked next to it. Actually, click here for the photo….
One more of this yellow Civic hatch on Kosei K1….
I’ve always been a fan of Japanese wheels on Euro builds. This VW looked great on Work wheels…
If any of you ever wondered what ever happened to ATS Mike Jones’ EF, it is now on the East Coast and very well taken care of by its new owner. Not much has changed since it was sold other than the addition of Advan RGII wheels….
Nawshin Basher’s Voltex Evolution on concave white Volk TEs….
Big Ty’s award-winning Mode Parfume Phantom Gamu-Regalia 2GS from Liberty VIP….
VIP-styled KA9 RL from Liberty VIP…
Max’s 3.5 RL features a Mode Parfume aero kit and custom exhaust from a Porsche 997….
Big Ty flyin’ the flag of Liberty VIP….
Accord Crosstour slammed on Avant Garde AG Function wheels….
One of the more unexpected builds from Wekfest East was this 2014 Accord with Mugen front bumper and full VIP treatment. I got more of this later in the coverage. Wait until you see what’s under the hood…
Really liked how this VW GTI sat on its red VIP Modular VXS210 wheels….
Sammy’s yellow CR-X re-emerged this year at Wekfest East fully redone on Volk CE28 wheels…..
Will Wang’s incredibly immaculate Mugen del Sol….
Raza’s coupe and Will’s EG2….
Kyle Crawford’s EF Civic build always looking great….
Raza’s Civic coupe features a very rare FEEL’S Honda Twin Cam front lip, Mugen M7 wheels, and First Molding side mirrors….
Not sure if this was intentional or not but it was cool to see this line-up of Civics parked in their generational order….
Custom Spoon Sports-themed Honda Ruckus….
Bagged TLs were everywhere at Wekfest East. Crazy to see how popular these cars are on that side of the country because people rarely mod them here on the West….
Since the sun was coming out again and the rain had officially stopped, I decided to get some more shots of the Hondas outside as they were getting dried off by their owners….
David Marino’s Civic hatchback with Mugen SS front lip and rare 16×8 Mugen MF10…
Never get tired of seeing white EG Civics on black Spoon SW388 wheels….
Better look at the rear Mugen sideskirts on this coupe. He also has the Mugen rear spats/valences which are also quite uncommon…
One more of Raza’s coupe. Note the Alcon brakes peaking through the 16×8 Mugen M7 wheels….
Will had a set of bronze Mugen MF10s on one side and MF10Ls on the other….
A pair of Integra Type R’s getting cleaned-up…..
Faiz Rahman’s 2JZ-GTE swapped IS300 rolling into the venue….
Shyam’s Spoon/Type One themed Integra Type R….
This 98-up spec Integra also carried a full Spoon Sports theme, down to the SW388 wheels which have all been individually signed by Tatsuru Ichishima…
JDM Integra Type R with Mugen front bumper and custom black Mugen MF10. Also has a Mugen Gen. 1 spoiler…
This AP2 S2000 featured a BackYard Special front lip and Volk CEs. The name of the hood eludes me right now, I believe it is an ASM piece….
It was a pleasure to finally meet Carlos Resto and see his Civic build in person. He’s been putting this car together for quite some time now and the final result is pretty impressive. I know of Carlos because he is one of the few guys in the country running Barramundi Design Eleven wheels. His build is pretty extensive, with a turbocharged B-series motor, tucked engine bay, Spoon front lip, and it even has custom interior to match the blue Status Racing seats up front. Great car….
Well, that’s all for today. That was quite a bit to go through so hopefully you guys got a chance to read through it. Much more to come tomorrow, thanks for looking!!!