Wekfest SF 2012 Weekend Coverage…Part 4…

Happy Monday everyone and welcome to part 4 of the 2012 Wekfest IV coverage… This is a 5-part series so tomorrow will mark the conclusion of The Chronicles’ trip to San Francisco. When we last left off, the people were hovering around the front doors in anticipation for the gates of Wekfest to finally open. There was an hour delay due thanks to the Fire Marshall but after moving some cars around, the show was finally able to begin. The spectators outside were getting anxious and those who had been waiting at the venue since 1am in the morning just wanted the wait to be over with. One of the many things that I’ve noticed in regards to people that attend the SF Wekfest event is that many of them don’t even seem to care about the cars that are there. This event has gained so much momentum and hype that people sometimes just want to be there to say that they were a part of Wekfest IV. You can almost sort of relate it to hype beast kids that wait hours in line for Jordan’s or any other kind of shoe, but have never even sat down to watch a game of basketball. Hype is huge and kids will literally do anything to be a part of something. If there’s anything that has gained any sort of notoriety, you better believe that there is a hoard of people chasing after the band wagon. There are people that have been fans of cars and fans of this show in general for a couple years now and it’s almost a shame to think that some of those people didn’t even get a chance to go into the show because all these crazy ass kids wanted to walk inside so they could post up on Facebook or Twitter that they were at Wekfest. It’s wild but fuck it, I’m happy that the Wekfest staff has been able to get this show to this point where it’s a part of a movement, a nationwide trend… You got people lining up for hours just to walk inside and stare at cars you can probably catch at another, smaller event. That’s nuts…. I’m happy to say that I was able to watch this event grow from a small parking structure into a nationwide tour…

Today, the photos will cover the point in the show when the gates finally opened. You won’t see as many photos of cars without people in the shots because there was simply no possible way to get a clear shot anymore. Everywhere I walked I was shoulder-to-shoulder with someone. There was no such thing as personal space at this event because people were constantly breathing down your neck trying to walk around. I remember at one point I went over to the smaller hall, Herbst Pavilion, and I actually waited almost 15 minutes in line. What was the line for you ask? Merchandise, food, bathroom perhaps? Noooo…it was the line for me to get back outside! I’ve wanted in line to get into places plenty of times…getting in line to get out however, is probably a first for me…

Anh’s Integra Type R with a ghost orb in front of it…There were 10,000 people waiting outside so the ghosts of Fort Mason made sure to make the rounds before it got crowded…

Not sure if this is Laguna Seca Blue or not but it’s a good looking Evo built by a guy named Jay from San Jose…

Mini Cooper from last year’s Wekfest event looking pretty much the same…

Side profile shot of Ryan Der’s EK…

Try taking a picture of anything with this crowd…

It was too busy to take photos of anything so I went to my booth and took a photo of this…

…and these guys…

…and the merchandise I had on display… Somebody actually came up to buy a Rywire.com sticker from me and then proceeded to ask me what Rywire was. I told him it was a refrigeration company and he still bought it…

I attempted to go out and get some more shots of cars and all I got was this Scion xB on Work CR01s before I gave up and went back to the booth…

Stopped by the Seen it! booth across from my booth on the way back and S2kJay was chillin with Nick. Natalie did not look very happy to be there…

BonB drinking some coconut juice and hanging out with Rywire Ryan…

Jimmy from Team Praxis and Norman from AS1 took in the San Francisco air and consented to some San Fran man love…

David Do from Mayday Garage in his obnoxious pink sweater and Dave Tormey from Canibeat…

Dougie helping out May at the Chronicles booth…

ATS AJ and Charize’s baby boy Jace hanging out in his Integra…

By this time, people had started to come by the booth and it got pretty busy. May was knocking out the sales and a couple other’s helped out so the booth was in very capable hands. I took a deep breath, went to go take a piss, and then headed back out to try and get the back half of the Festival Pavilion that I hadn’t seen yet…

Jeremy Duarte’s DB8 Integra…

The new look of his engine bay sans neo-chrome…

Another rear shot of the AB Flug CHP Supra… I never got a shot of the front because 1. it was more unattractive than the rear and 2. there was always someone hovering over it, looking at the engine bay…

TSX from PlusOne wearing some purple 3-piece Work Meister S1…

S13 coupe from MEKAN1ZM and its SR20DET swap…

Integra from MEKAN1ZM with Mugen aero and MF10 wheels…

K-swapped 1st gen. Honda Insight from DNR…

…and another, this one black but also on Racing Hart CP-035s…

Kelvin’s EK9-inspired Civic on Advan RG1… Love how the Endless brakes peek out behind the narrow spokes…

Michelle Yee at the iClique model lounge…

I believe this is Ashley Vee based on going to the iClique Facebook page…I’ve been wrong before so feel free to do more research if you like…scary long nails are scary…

Chris Alzona’s xB on Rotiform NUE wheels…

Custom widebody RX-7 with an LSx swap on HRE wheels… At the end of the show after most of the car show participants left, the vendors had to wait until every single show car had left the building before we could bring our cars in to load up our stuff… We had to wait quite awhile after because this RX-7 apparently had to be jump-started and in the process it lost it’s tune from the ECU so it was stuck there…

DPK JP and Deejay Murdock…

SL55 AMG on HREs…

Harvey Flores’ 4-door Integra with Mugen front bumper and Mugen Gen. II wing on Racing Hart Type-C, representing Tronics…

Never been much of a fan of this Mugen lip and sideskirts because it makes the Civics look so bulky…

Always been a huge fan of Joey Abundiz’s del Sol… it sits perfect just the way it is…

Spotted Junior from Wekfest wearing his new Chronicles tee…

Powerhouse Amuse S2000 on Volk CE38 Genesis wheels…

S2000 on Advan RZ wheels…pardon the shadows, the sun was starting to set and it was the only chance I had to get these cars on camera…

This S2000 ended up taking home 1st place “S2000 of the Festival” aka Best S2000 at Wekfest IV…This is a terrible photo because there is so much going on but it’s a well-built S2K. J’s Racing everything pretty much and turbocharged. My only complaint is the Honda “H” logo on the CE28 caps…fucking kills me! Haha…

Nice clean bay with sharp purple accents…

EJ1 coupe on CCW Classics…

Bagged older BMW 7-series…I see Falken centercaps on the wheels but I don’t believe those are Falken wheels…

Wilson from Stance Lab’s E350 Mercedes on bronze BBS wheels…Again, sorry for the bukkake shadow…

Black Miata on what I hope are polished TE37Vs…

Honda CR-Z from CR-Z specialist, Basis, on Spoon CR93 wheels…

Gonna go ahead and close it out today with a shot of Wheelflip’s custom re-barreled Regamaster Evo wheels… The faces from an original 15-inch Regamaster wheel were cut off, and seamlessly welded to a 16-inch stepped-lip barrel. New specs are now 16×9.5 +19…. It’s not for everyone but it’s definitely unique and interesting to see a step-lipped Rega…

Thanks for looking…check back tomorrow for the final conclusion of Wekfest SF 2012!!!…

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