Wekfest LA 2013 Coverage…Part 4 of 4…The Finale…

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Well, it’s time to officially put a wrap on the Wekfest LA 2013 coverage. It’s been a blast detailing the event for you guys and as always, the Wekfest series never fails to impress. The WFLA continues to grow and get better each and every year and I look forward to its continued growth. The LA show has always been the more laid back of the Cali Wekfest shows and I dig the overall vibe compared to the hectic nature of the Norcal show. Wekfest SF (Now SJ for ‘San Jose’) continues to be the mecca of import automotive events of this generation and I embrace the madness that comes with it. The LA version on the other hand is almost the polar opposite. The crowd is still huge but no where near the level of its Norcal brethren. I am thoroughly behind the Wekfest series and its been great seeing the success that they have garnered over the past 5 years. Now that WFLA is over, I’m looking forward to the trip in July to the brand new venue in San Jose, CA.

Thanks to all of you for looking and to the Wekfest organizers and staff for always being so hospitable. If you missed any of the previous three parts, I’ve provided the links for you below…

Wekfest LA 2013 Coverage…Part 1…

Wekfest LA 2013 Coverage…Part 2…

Wekfest LA 2013 Coverage…Part 3…

Today we will detail the end of the day and the awards ceremony that followed. Enjoy…

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The Lexus IS-F has long been a dream car of mine… This one is looking particularly good on Work Meister S1Rs…

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WFLA brought out a nice duo of SW20 MR-2s. This red one sat nicely on white-faced Work VS-XX…

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While the other looked pretty wild on Dunlop Formula Hart wheels…

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White-on-white second generation IS with a really aggressive front bumper and SSR Professor SP1s. The Neo Chrome Endless brakes are the same brakes that were once on JonJon’s supercharged IS350…

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Work Meister S1 wheels look great on just about any car, much like the classic Volk TE37. Here are some S1s in different finish combinations on two different Porsches…

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Bryant Nguyen’s CT Engineering supercharged TSX with Mugen grille, Mugen front lip, Volk CE28 wheels, and refinished Acura RL brakes up front. It’s been cool seeing the progression of this TSX build and I love this version much better than when he had the car on air suspension and SSR wheels…

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Lexus IS dumped on WED’s Kranze LXZ…

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Not a bad-looking 7th gen Accord coupe…

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Purple/black two-toned AE86 Corolla on some Hayashi Street replicas (Rotas)…

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Always been a huge fan of this Nimbus Grey BMW 3-series sedan…I think I liked the BBS LMs when they were a darker color but this is nice change….

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My buddy Billy Shea’s S2000 representing his site, Bob’s Your Uncle

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The last car that I took a close look at before the awards ceremony was this completely Spoon’d-out Civic hatchback. This build probably had everything you could think of for this chassis that was made by Spoon Sports. Wheels, brakes, aero, interior, I’m talking EVERYTHING….

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Beautifully-executed engine bay that, obviously, is also Spoon-themed…

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Spoon Sports front brakes and Desmond-produced Spoon SW388 wheels…

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Spoon steering wheel and bucket seats in the interior. You won’t find any Spoon/Mugen crossover here. There is a theme and the owner sticks to it loyally…

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…and now, onto the awards…

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A look at the crowd of show participants anticipating the announcement of each awards class….

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I hung out behind the Its JDM Yo!! lounge where the awards were being announced to see if the Wekfest staff needed help with anything. I didn’t do shit all day so I wanted to take some time to offer my help, haha…

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Brian Filoteo rented these BBQ fries that would later violently be returned to a toilet near him…

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Junior from Wekfest preparing to announce the awards…

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Big Mike, Small Head….

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Elissa Alva preparing to present the awards to the winners with the big crowd looking on…

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Salem took home an award in the TSX/Integra class for his J’s Racing-themed TSX…

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Rywire Ryan’s E-AT Civic build earned him 1st Place honors in the Honda Class…

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Jared not only won 1st place in the S2000 class, he also picked-up another award unique to the WFLA series. This plaque he is holding up is presented to the builds specifically chosen by our friends from Japan. In this case, Takeshi Kobayashi from Type_K Autosource selected Jared’s S2000…

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Ryan Der and Hiro Ueda from Japan sharing some laughs alongside Ron from ATS Garage…

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Takeshi under the sun…

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Group shot with Hiro, Tetsuya from USDM Jam, Ryan Der, and Ronald Ibay…Our Japanese friends presented awards while Der and Ron didn’t do much of anything that day, haha…

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Phaze2 camo shorts brothers, Mizzark and HeyMikeyyyy…

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I was delightfully surprised when they announced the winner of 2nd place in the Infiniti Class, your’s truly for my VIP Infiniti Q45…Pretty awesome feeling to have my car recognized even though I rarely bring it out and am usually on the opposite side of the car show spectrum these days, documenting events and sometimes doing the judging itself…

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Jared’s 1st Place S2000 award, my 2nd Place Infiniti award held up by Ryan Der’s Dhalsim-like arm, and Jared’s 3rd Place award, which is larger than the other two because it is considered a more specialized honor…

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ATS Mike Jones and Loreto from Darkside Racing posing for a photo for Takeshi…

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Thanks to Freddie from Autofashion USA for rocking a Chronicles tee that day. All he ever wears normally are Autofashion shirts so it was cool of him to switch it up in support of the site…

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Phaze2 Noel Barnum won the 3rd Place Overall Best of Show award for his Vertex/Rocket Bunny Scion FR-S…

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DSR Loreto throwing up the double shaka, why? I don’t know. Dude ain’t even Hawaiian…

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This was totally random but I captured this photo of Ken from Wekfest and HeyMikeyyyy together and I couldn’t help but think of this old photo that I got of them together back in 2009….

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It’s crazy how these photos were both completely unplanned and how they are both posed exactly the same way, haha. Crazy to think that it has been over 4 years now and how much things have changed. Back then there was no such thing as an LA Wekfest event and Wekfest SF was just “Wekfest” and held inside a parking garage in J-Town San Francisco. Now the show has grown tenfold, Wekfest has a nationwide tour (soon to be worldwide), and both these guys are still good friends. Also obvious is how much my photography has changed over the years, they weren’t even in focus in the ’09 photo haha… and how dark Mikeyyyy used to be…the fuck is going on there? Haha… Anyays, it makes me really proud to see how much we have all grown over the years and how the Wekfest event has been such a big part of our lives…

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Had to get a shot of my award next to one of my favorite decals from VIPCAR magazine…

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Not bad for a car that I’ve had since late 2007. I’ve just gradually done stuff to it over time and haven’t really tried to keep up with the growing VIP culture that is now big here in the U.S….

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After the awards ceremony wrapped, most of the spectators left and it was time to clean-up…

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A couple of closing shots since there weren’t very many people left to get in the way of photos being taken…

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Ken’s Junction Produce LS460 once again, with a beautiful Long Beach back drop….

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The vendors area cleared-out pretty quickly. Here you can see Tony from D2 Racing showing DPK David’s wife Jackie how to twerk…

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ATS Mike Jones leaving the building… I think he actually went home the same day because he had a baptism to go to the next morning….

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Ryan’s drive-by-wire ITB set-up wasn’t quite ready yet in time for Wekfest so he had to trailer his E-AT out to Wekfest. Hopefully by Wekfest San Jose it’ll be fully-operational…

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And that, as they say…is history. Thanks to you all once again for taking the time to look through all the coverage. Up next is Autocon LA 2013 photos so stay tuned!!

4 thoughts

  1. Awesome coverage of the event. I’m bummed I couldn’t make it up from SD! I gotta agree though that nimbus e46 looked much better with the root beer lms…still sick though!

  2. Awesome coverage, as usual. always enjoy the write-up and comments to go with the photos.
    And congrats to all on the awards, including yourself. well deserved.
    You said you don’t follow the VIP trends with the Q45, but that may just be one of it’s strong points: It always looks clean and timeless.

  3. Awesome coverage, as usual. always enjoy the write-up and comments to go with the photos.
    And congrats to all on the awards, including yourself. well deserved.
    You said you don’t follow the VIP trends with the Q45, but that may just be one of it’s strong points: It always looks clean and timeless.

  4. Purple/black two-toned AE86 Corolla on what looks to be (hopefully) legit Hayashi Street wheels…!!!!!! ………….. those really look like rota’s shakotan to me

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