Wekfest SF 2012 Weekend Coverage…Part 2…

Back with part 2 of our ongoing Wekfest SF 2012 mini-series of coverage. When we last left off yesterday, I had just started to walk around the event after helping May, Tony from It’s JDM Yo!!, and Big Abe set-up The Chronicles booth. I decided to ask Tony if he wanted half my booth space at Wekfest because I knew that he had really wanted to go but couldn’t get a booth space. May is usually swamped from all the people trying to purchase merchandise and I can’t always be there since I’m trying to cover the event, so I thought that having Tony there would be a big help. He would man the booth with May, and usually other friends step in to help out, so we would have the traffic covered. In return for having Tony at the booth, he could also sell some of his own merchandise from It’s JDM Yo!! so it all worked out. While May was busy working her ass off and organizing everything for the onslaught that would occur after the doors opened, I was running around trying to capture whatever I could. I really wanted to get as much coverage as I could before the spectators come in because 10,000+ people make it virtually impossible to get a photo without someone stepping into the shot. It’s bad enough at shows normally, so at an event of this size, it’s very frustrating to not be interfered with while taking pictures. That and everybody seems to have a camera nowadays so you also have those people who are trying to take the photos standing in front of my shot and they take longer trying to take the pictures than spectators passing through. Watching Rodrez do the same thing throughout the years has taught me to follow suit and it’s become a habit now just to do coverage before the event starts…

By this point, a chunk of the cars had started to line-up outside and many were starting to come in and park in their designated spots. One of the best things about Wek’Sos giving me such a prime booth spot is that I can capture a lot of the cars coming in since my booth was located by the gate…

An old school Toyota Corolla 2-door wagon from ATS Garage alongside a DA Integra built-by Junior from Wekfest for his son…

A first-look at Ryan Der aka Airbagclub’s new set-up for his Civic…he went with red/blue accents this time around and it was a good look. He’s always changing things up all the time and the car continues to evolve…

A better shot of Junior’s DA…

Chris Sakai’s EK is also another car that is constantly changing…for SF Wekfest, ATS Cre18 took his Rando Sports kit off and installed a Chargespeed lip… I liked the kit because of the rarity of it but the Chargespeed lip is one of my favorites all time for this chassis so I’m a big fan of this new look…

Nick Caster aka NickRPS is also another guy that debuted an entirely new look for his car. His CR-X retained a mostly OEM-type of appearance throughout the years but for Wekfest, he debuted his J’s Racing theme…

Being that there were so many cars trying to move around and get situated inside, it made it hard to get clear photos so I stepped outside to check out some of the cars that were still making their way in…

Junction Produce-themed 2nd generation Lexus GS…

Brian Nguyen’s white-on-white Mugen CR-Z on MF10 wheels w/blue caps…

Salem from Phaze2 rolled-out of the hotel bed and got his TSX to the event early…

Here he is applying some Honda Tuning decals on his fenders…

I walked back to the booth to see if May needed anything, sat down for a bit to chill, took this photo of a new Rays Gram Light wheel on display at the Mackin Industries booth, and headed out again to get some more shots…

….ran into Yee Vang who was smiling at something funny on his phone while one of his baby hairs was tickling his forehead…

Spotted this yellow Infiniti G35 coupe on black Volk GT7s…

S2K representing TNT Autobody on Work VS-XX wheels…

Walked into the other hall to see how it was looking and saw that Loreto’s Civic was settled in. He was busy wiping down the outside of the car so all i got was this crappy photo of his engine bay…

Really simple white Acura NSX on aggressive BBS LMs…

Since there was nothing going on in that building either, I walked back outside where I saw Sheepey and Bobby 8 o Ate walking by…Bobby was happily doing his early morning Shake Weight routine…

Lexus LS600 getting cleaned-up before heading inside…

Bert and the “Dripset” Ruckus…

Onlookers checking out Big Mike’s engine bay as he cleans it up…

ATS Phil looked like he was working hard that day…

PlusOne Randy’s old EG, now owned by Albert Yeah…

Saw this Z at one of our gas station stops on the way up… Work S1 wheels are like TE37s, they look great on practically every kind of car…

This was one of my favorites from the SF Wekfest event…I always loved how the Japanese Toyota Altezzas looked  so it’s cool to see this owner retain the front grill, even though he has a T&E Vertex kit on it…

Love the root beer tone and the bronze Work S1R wheels…Simple and straight to the point. If I ever had an IS, I’d build it in a similar matter…

This Hyundai Genesis didn’t look bad either…

I stopped whatever I was doing when this older Porsche 911 rolled up, slammed to the floor…

Looking great on 18-inch BBS RS wheels…I liked this shot with the older Porsche next to the newer VW on Rotiform wheels. You can also see the huge crowd waiting in the back…

One more shot after it founds its parking spot outside…

An S13 coupe on Work Lead Sleds from MEKAN1ZM….This car was featured in Import Tuner not too long ago…

…as was this Integra, also from MEKAN1ZM… Haven’t really seen a hood like that before, I wonder what it is or if it’s a custom scoop…

Custom widebody FD3S RX-7 on HRE wheels with a GM LSx engine swap…

R35 GTR on BBS LMs…

This Supra was one of the more shocking arrivals at SF Wekfest…Dressed in a unmistakable AB Flug aero kit while bearing the resemblance of a California Highway Patrol vehicle. Pretty wild stuff. The kit makes the Supra look like something that a Power Ranger would drive but the styling of AB Flug has always been very off the wall, so it’s almost kind of cool to see someone fork out all those dollars for it. The CHP theme just puts it that much more over the top. It even has lights inside the vents so it must be quite a sight to see when the sirens and all the lights are blaring…

PlusOne Danny pulled into the roll-in area sans front lip probably because he didn’t want to risk the chance of breaking it while going up and down the streets of downtown San Francisco…

Liked this Mugen-themed 4-door DB Integra…The color of the body itself on the mag bluish Mugen MF10s give it a really one-off look…

Pristine 1st generation Acura Integra on Mugen CF48 wheels…

Acura NSX from Rising Sun Motorsports…

For those who were wondering, this is what the crowd outside looked like by around noon….crowded but not too bad right?…well…

…not bad until you look further back and see the rest of the crowd…holy shit…the line reached all the way out across the street into the Safeway supermarket parking lot as well…

Meanwhile back inside, set-up was looking close to completion…here you can see Big Mike’s Prelude with his newly made metal cowl…Nick and Salem were crouching down next to the car for no particular reason…

Keychain’s Accord, looking like it never made a 7 hour drive to Norcal with no blue tape…

Mauricio from Phaze2’s JDM right-hand drive EF Civic hatchback on Mugen M7 wheels…

Sunny from Franklin Autobody brought out his wild Honda Insight on Airrex suspension…

Nick Caster’s J’s Racing-equipped Honda CR-X… This current look is way more aggressive than his old set-up and he will be putting all these parts to use because his CR-X was a weekend track toy long before he started popping up at shows…

ATS J*Blood aka Jay Powers’ Honda CR-X, which was the number 3 Honda on The Chronicles 2011 Top Ten Hondas list…

The engine bay is looking as clean as ever…

Good to know that his CR-X is wearing the Top Ten 2011 sticker proudly…

Lisa Powers’ Integra…I apologize for the darkness of the photos, error in settings on my part…

ATS Anh’s Integra and its new look…no more BYS front and Mugen Gen. II wing. It’s looking a little more similar to Circuit Hero Gil’s DC2R now…

Engine bay looks untouched since the Norm Reeves Honda Show last December…

ATS Dina’s S2000 was just looking absolutely amazing with the new rear quarter panels…One of the air bags on her suspension busted awhile back and damaged parts of the car since it airred-out while she was driving. They brought the car back to Sunny from Franklin Autobody and he took on the task of repairing everything. To fit the more aggressive black Volk Ce28s, Sunny also flared the rear of the S2000. I love how the rear flare lines up with the original lines of the body and flows perfectly. If you look closely, you can see the cut-off on the bottom and how well it flows. The cut-off not only works with the body lines, it also matches the front fenders in a way as well… VERY well-done and the execution couldn’t have been any better in my opinion…

Nick is just popping up every in my photos, haha…here he is talking to Ryan Der about his updated look…I told them to get out of the way and all Ryan did was wave at the camera…

No more bass boat green valve cover…it is now powdercoated to match the red Volk TEs….

Here’s a better shot of it minus the weirdos…

I liked Dina’s S2000 so much that I’m just going to close out the coverage for today with another shot of it…

Check back tomorrow for more coverage from the 2012 Wekfest San Francisco event… Thanks for looking…

 

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