Wekfest SF 2012 Weekend Coverage…Part 5…The Finale…

…and now, it’s finally time to close out The Chronicles’ coverage of the 2012 SF Wekfest  event. I hope you all have enjoyed my take on Wekfest and taken the time to read my thoughts on the show. My only regret from the weekend is that I didn’t get a chance to cover a very small portion of cars that were parked outside by the roll-in area. I didn’t even know there were cars parked out there until the end of the show. I saw barricades surrounding the roll-in area and it didn’t look like people were allowed to go over there so I didn’t take a chance to walk out there with the strict security walking around. It turns out that there were some very nice builds out there that I missed and I apologize to everyone as well as the owners of those cars for missing them….

Today we will take a look at the rest of the event from the late afternoon into the evening when the awards ceremony took place. I didn’t cover the awards that much this year because I was busy cleaning up and tearing down my booth with May and others. I did capture some photos of the winners with their awards though. One of the cool things about this year’s awards was that the winners of first place also received a keychain along with their plaques. Before I get started, I’d like to thank a couple of individuals who made this event great for me…

Maybelyn for operating my booth and making sure everything was organized and went out in a timely matter, thank you very much and it means the world to me that you continue to support The Chronicles and everything involved with it…

Tony Lee for carrying all my booth stuff up to Norcal in his car. May and I went up in a Toyota Yaris so it didn’t leave much room for the canopy and what not. Tony came through and helped big time for bringing everything…

Salem, Murdock, Keith *Keychain” Cheng, Holly Lee, Jay Mayuga and his girl for the caravan up to Norcal. Rolling together as a group made the drive so much easier…

Rodrez, Tes, the baby, Ryan “Rywire” Basseri, OldManJames, Big Mike for the caravan on the way home…good times as usual fellas…

Dougie, J.P. BonB, and all others that stopped by and helped out at the booth throughout the day. I know it was a little overwhelming for May at times with all the people that came by and I’m happy to know that I have friends that are always down to help out…

The ATS Garage family for always being so kind and courteous and taking time out of their busy schedules to come hang out and show us around San Francisco….

Last but not least, I have to thank Adam, Ken, and Junior from Wekfest for accommodating me and always giving me such an amazing spot to have my booth at. I’m proud to see the growth of this series of shows and I wish you guys nothing but success in the future. It’s been a fun ride so far and it’s only going to get better…

With that said, let us close out this coverage with the final batch of photos…

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Sam Ip’s supercharged FA5 Civic SI…

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Loreto Garcia’s beautifully done EK…

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Loreto’s bay with the Chinese woman’s foot binding header…

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The interior of Loreto’s EK…

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Volk TE37V with Wilwood big brake kit…

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Purple Kouki S14 with aggressive aero…

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Datsun 510 sedan on Work Equip 03…

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Always been a huge fan of this Nimbus Grey BMW 3-series sedan on BBS LM…

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Pretty sure this Evo won an award at the end of the day…I personally think that the brown Evo with the teal Work Meisters deserved a nod but this one is pretty sick. The Voltex aero alone puts him right up there to win… The only thing I don’t really like about the aggressive Voltex front end is that it’s not really meant for street driving, which means that people have to keep the front end pretty high off the ground to prevent them from hitting the front and blowing all kinds of money. For guys to be able to drive it there is usually a considerable amount of front wheel gap and it makes the Evos look a little odd… On race cars running this front end, they are literally millimeters off the ground…

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Lexus LS430 from Endless Projects…

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Love this NSX just for the pure reason that it has Advan AVS Model 5 wheels… One of my favorite wheels of all time…

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This S2000 was probably one of the most slept-on cars at Wekfest IV… People probably didn’t notice it because it was in the back of the Herbst Pavilion and it was somewhat understated in nature with it’s OEM white paint. This S2000 is actually turbocharge, has a very rare and expensive Amuse hardtop, Ohlins coilovers, Advan wheels, just to name a few…very well done build and I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of it very soon…

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Civic posted up in the Blox booth… purests will probably not be very fond of the combination of the Spoon front lip and Mugen sideskirts… why? Well, it’s common knowledge that it’s a no-no to ever combine Mugen and Spoon products together…It doesn’t bother me as much as the painted sides and carbon lip combo though, just looks a little odd…

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I liked this MR-2 with gold Work Meister S1s…Haven’t seen one of those rear air ducts in awhile and the carbon fiber fan shroud is a nice touch…

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G35 coupe slammed on Volk GT-S wheels…

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SR-swapped 510 sedan aka Bluebird SSS on Panasport wheels… Bay is looking really good…

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Lloyd Morales’ Vertex Kouki S14 is always on point… Liking the new cage and it’s looking close to completion. Might be time to get this thing in a magazine…

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I’ve had a discussions with a couple different people in regards to what my favorite car was at Wekfest IV…Man, I couldn’t narrow it down to just one but this IS300 is definitely up there on the list. I just plain fucking love this thing. Color and wheels are just money!…

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Tiffany-themed Scion xB…

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E46 BMW M3 on 3-piece Work Meister S1…

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Linda’s TRD supercharged Toyota Matrix is always on point and a consistent award winner at every event it attends…

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Michael Johnson’s TL freshly repainted and now sitting on VIP Modular wheels…I wish I had more time to check this car out…

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Trying to figure out why Downstar Frank was giving me the bedroom eyes but I hope he had success selling his nuts…all homo…

At this point I decided to walk out of the Herbst Pavilion and head back to the booth for a break…

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Make sure you guys pick up your black Chronicles tees when they are back in stock again at the end of the week…

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May and I were hungry so I decided to check out the Norcal food trucks that were present at Wekfest… It was fucking freezing outside but I decided to order some food from the Mogo truck…The other truck had Hawaiian food but since it was their first time at a Wekfest event, they had no idea about the volume of people that would be coming and they ran out of food by the middle of the day…

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I was a fan of this Ruckus in the Good Life Entertainment booth… The Recaro seat was a nice touch…

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Japanese right-hand drive Toyota Hi-Lux pick-up truck… While it was cool to see one there, I spent more time wondering how someone actually got a hold of one of these and decided to build one… Looks to be a fuel-injected 22RE motor in there too, nice touch…

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Sportcar Motion’s “Dirty Hybrid” Honda CR-Z… K-swapped with white TE37s…

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One more crappy shot of Loreto’s EK… Peep the Bomex mirrors… Good luck seeing anything out of them but they do look cool. They actually made power versions of these mirrors too so you can continue to not see anything at the flip of a switch…

That pretty much wraps up the car coverage from that day. It was time to clean up and watch everyone head out so I just walked around in an attempt to capture a photo of the winners and their awards….

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Sunny from Franklin Autobody stopped by to hang out and saw Big Abe’s Vip Modular wheel just chillin so he wanted to try it out and see just how heavy it was… If you must know, he now has Scoliosis…

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Big Abe decided to come by and help Sunny stay upright…

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Nick Caster and his J’s Racing-themed CR-X surprised everyone including himself by winning 3rd place in the Honda class…

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The Sakai family also took him one award each…Dina’s S2000 earned her a 2nd place award in the S2000 class and Chris earned 2nd place as well, but in the overall Honda class…

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Sam was all smiles as he took 2nd place in the model-specific Civic category and stopped for a photo op with his girlfriend Linh…

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Fred Chapman and Anh Truong earned a 1st place nod in the Acura class…

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Big Mike continued his winning ways and earned a 1st place finish in the Honda class with his Prelude…

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Ryan Der from ATS Garage won the 1st place award in the Civic class…

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Salem from Phaze2 took home two award that day for his functional J’s Racing-themed TSX…3rd place “Import of the Festival” and 3rd place in the Acura class…

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Junior from Wekfest didn’t win any awards but he was nice enough to come by so I could get this photo of him in his brand new Chronicles t-shirt…

…and that as they say, is a wrap on Wekfest IV. It took us awhile to leave the venue because we had to wait until all the show cars left to bring our car in to load up the booth stuff. After that a couple of us met up for dinner down in the city at one of our favorite food spots out there. We had some good laughs and then went home and got some rest. I thought I wasn’t tired until I got back to the hotel… I was watching TV and just dozed off and woke up the next morning to grab breakfast before heading out to load up the car with luggage…

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Keychain’s Accord ready to make the trip back to Socal… It had rained during the late evening and we thought we were going to drive into a storm on the way back. Fortunately for us, the sun was shining bright on the way back to Socal…

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While we were hanging out outside after breakfast, I spotted Frank from Bolt Boys loading up his EG…

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A quick shot of Sam and Keith’s cars next to one another in front of the hotel…

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Big Mike’s Prelude eager to head home…

That’s it. A small group of us headed out after we loaded up the cars and made it home early in the evening. The drive wasn’t too bad and we even managed to stop and grab a quick lunch down at Harris Ranch in the middle of nowhere. It was a great trip overall and we look forward to making the trek once again next year…

Thanks for looking and that concludes Wekfest IV…

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