Wekfest San Jose 2013 Coverage…Part 2…

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Welcome back to Part 2 of many of the ongoing Wekfest San Jose coverage. Yesterday we got a good look at the start of my trip, including a lot of more personal photos from before the show itself, but today will be solely dedicated to the event itself. Since I missed a majority of the roll-in the day before, I wanted to make sure that I got back to the venue on the day of the show extra early so that I could not only set up my booth, but also do a majority of my coverage before the gates opened. In year’s past, I’ve always tried to do this but since roll-in was such a hectic event that coincided with my own set-up time, it just wasn’t possible to get the shots I wanted. With the staging happening a day early, most of the cars were already in the building so it made it much easier for me to do coverage. I was telling everyone at the show this year that this Wekfest event was probably the most laid back for me personally since I was able to get all my work out of the way early. By the time the gates opened to the public, I was just sitting down at the booth and hanging out. More of this free time also allowed me to chat with people and to simple relax….that is, until I was asked to help out with judging the Acura Class. I don’t normally judge at the Wekfest events in California. I normally have a booth to manage to push my own merchandise so I just don’t have time to do any judging. When I am doing Wekfest shows outside of Cali, like Texas for example, they bring me out there strictly to judge so that is my main objective. Being that I was able to get so much done so early that day, I decided to give them a hand with judging one of the most difficult vehicle make classes of the Wekfest series. The Honda/Acura classes are perhaps the most difficult to judge, since competition is so incredibly high, so I spent a majority of my afternoon at the show looking over some of the best Acura builds in the world and trying to decided who was worthy of taking home an award. It was certainly my hardest task that day but I’m happy to be a part of the process…

I get more into the judging and who won what towards the end of the show coverage. Today, we’re going to be looking at the first batch of show coverage from the Saturday of the Wekfest San Jose show. I covered a big chunk of the event the day before so you won’t be seeing some of those cars again in my coverage. Many I wanted to go back to because they had their hoods and what not open for spectators so I made sure to go back for more photos. I tried to cover the event in sections so I wasn’t just running around aimlessly. I would cover a section, go back to the booth to see if May needed help, and then go back out and do another section, and so on. I really enjoyed the quality of the vehicles at this show, being that it is the “Super Bowl” of car shows, so I took a ton of photos…

If you missed Part 1, please head back now in the link below to read through my write-up of my trip and everything else concerning Wekfest San Jose….

Wekfest San Jose 2013 Coverage…Part 1…

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That morning, I made sure to stop by the ICB Motorsport booth to get a capture of the trio of Hondas parked within. They were still setting up all their merchandise so I wanted to get a clean shot before it got cluttered up with everything. Matt has done a great job of bringing some of the best Japanese aftermarket products for Hondas over to the states and it was cool to see him put up such a big booth at a car show. I don’t normally see him push his brand this hard but I really enjoyed the entire display he put together…

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I don’t know how many people actually looked at this S2000 at the show, but it was another car that I was looking forward to seeing at Wekfest San Jose. Efren Zapata’s S2000 is actually a Texas build that was brought over to Norcal to compete at WFSJ. I first spotted it in some random build photos through my friend Alex Zhao and was intrigued by all the custom body work. While I still feel that it is pretty ridiculous to turn a S2000 into a VIP-styled car, I really dig all the custom body work, from the one-off front bumper, to the custom fenders, and everything that is going on in the rear of the car. The paint is also really unique and pretty hard to capture on camera. It also has 18×10.5/18×12 WED’s Kranze Vishunu wheels on it, which is fucking nuts for this particular chassis. Love it or hate it, I dig all the work that is involved in getting this car together and it certainly stands out in a sea of S2000s at the show. I’m not 100% sure, but I think this car is also on an Umbrella Auto Design Cup Kit suspension system that utilizes both a coilover and small air bag…

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FD3S RX-7 on bronze 3-piece Work Meister S1…

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Ditus DeLa Cruz’s Integra GS-R from MEKAN1ZM. I don’t think I’ve seen this car around since last year’s Norcal Wekfest event but it’s good to see that it has some new upgrades like the Voltex rear wing and the lens-less ITR headlight with the center cut-out as an air duct. Always liked how this car looked and dig the matte black Volk Racing CE28Ns…

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S13 coupe also from MEKAN1ZM with JDM Silvia front end and Blitz Type 03s…

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Love the simplicity of this Lexus IS from Royal Origin on Work VS-KFs… Interesting how VS-KFs are all of a sudden popular after being ignored for so many years. They were like the girls in high school that you didn’t really pay attention to until they got older. You learned to appreciate them after you yourself got older and expanded your horizons, haha. They still aren’t like, the universally hot females that everyone drooled over but there is something about them that attracts you to them…

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Gerald Reyes’ Trindad James-approved Acura Integra with cream bay and gold accents. Dig the new Work Meister CR-01s…

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Lexus LS400 bagged on VeilSide Andrews Racing V 3-piece wheels…

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John Nguyen’s (Not SuperTwinz John because he doesn’t care about cars anymore) Oak Creek Vintage bagged VW bug…

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Lexus 2IS on white CCW Classics…

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3GS Lexus planted on copper metallic Rotiform wheels…

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Subaru WRX wagon on really aggressive custom BBS RS wheels with copper faces…

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Big body Benz on K3 Projekt One wheels…

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MK6 VW Golf from Europrojektz with Volk Racing TE37SLs and Stoptech big brakes…

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Really cool to see this bagged Audi 100 coupe at Wekfest SJ. Not every day you see older Audis like this at a car show…

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Lexus IS representing FAST Autoworks at WFSJ looking good on polished 3-piece Work Meister S1…

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Subaru WRX STI on white Work Emotion XD9…

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Another angle of the Liberty Walk E92 M3 coupe from LTMW…

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…and a couple more of the Laguna Seca Blue LB Performance widebody M3… I appreciate the fact that they chose to use a nice meaty tire on this build instead of stretching some crazy aggressive wheel on it that pushes out past the custom quarter panels. A little bit of poke is cool, I get it, because it helps to add to the aggression of the overall look but wheels that end up chewing up the custom panels is just odd. I never understand why people go widebody and then still find a way to rock wheels that don’t fit on them. What’s the point?… This Liberty Walk car is a good example of how to run a wide wheel while still utilizing a meaty tire correctly…

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Pig-nosed Subaru WRX STI on BBS LM wheels…

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Chris Ortez’s Vortech supercharged Infiniti G sedan looking great as always…

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Mercedes E55 AMG on polished Work Rezax II…

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Once the ATS Garage guys returned to the venue to do final prep for the show, I was able to get a closer look at Ferd Natividad’s DC2 build…

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K20A swap with individual throttle bodies. The valve cover has been done in a splatter paint finish to match the ATS Garage windshield banner…

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Accessories from K-Tuned and R-Crew Racing. I really like the APEX’i coolant reservoir tank with the J’s Racing cap and how they routed the oil breather where the battery tray once stood. Also note the wrinkle black finish on some of the trim pieces and on the brake booster. Great execution overall and classic ATS Garage styling…

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The interior of ATS Kranky is completed gutted with just a single Recaro bucket and roll cage. The cage itself has been refinished in a similar wrinkle finish to the accessories in the bay but I believe it is originally a Cusco piece. Just a great representation of a high-caliber build at Wekfest San Jose. Love the parts selection and how well the car flows together, which is key in putting together a great Honda…

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Next up is the Ziggy Built F20C-swapped, turbocharged, rear-wheel drive Integra. The car is a mind-fuck all the way around because you wouldn’t think that it would all come together and work properly but it definitely does…

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I posted up on Instagram a couple weeks ago asking if anyone ever saw this thing run or drive and the guys from Ziggy Built provided proof that it did. I even got to see this car drive out of Wekfest after the show so it does indeed work. Really cool build overall with the swap, and the AFI Turbo manifold with the Magnus intake manifold and all. Shit is nuts. The engine bay is done really well too. Just wish it had a different set of wheels because these Gram Lights just don’t do the car justice…

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Mark Arcenal’s Hakosuka Skyline on Work Meister CR-01 at the Fatlace booth…

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Matte white BMW M3 sedan on Work VS-TX wheels…

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Yogi’s Airrex bagged T&E Vertex Lexus IS on WED’s Maverick 405S…

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Mark’s Rauh Welt Begriff Porsche 911 on gold Work Brombacher…

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FFTEC Motorsports booth had some Lancer EVO builds on display…

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…Also parked in their booth was this pristine Porsche 911 Carrera…

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Lancer EVO decked out in APR aero on white Volk TE37s…

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White EVO with C-West front bumper on bronze Volk TE37. Nice touch with the black/white splatter paint accents on the calipers and on the top of the C-West bumper by the grille…

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Kenneth Li from Wekfest’s Junction Produce LS460 parked at the Accuair/IMPRM booth…

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Jin Ueno’s LS400 from Kyoei USA. This was prior to the Airrunner booth being set-up so this area was later filled with a whole row of VIP vehicles…

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Arcenal’s Nissan Quest van with JDM Nissan El Grand front end conversion…

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Josh Sherwin’s Audi A4 on gold VIP Modular VX110 wheels. Kinda hard to see in this photo but it also has a carbon Boser hood…

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Lotus Exige S on CCW Classics…

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eGarage’s bagged Cadillac CTS-V Wagon on HRE S101 wheels…

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Sick satin black Buick Riviera coupe on display at the Accuair booth…

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Mazda FD3S RX-7 with JDM Type-A Spirit R front bumper and Desmond Regamaster Marquis Promadas…

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Danny Avina’s turbocharged Mugen RSX… More on this car later with engine bay shots…

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White-on-white S2000 CR on Mugen MF10L…

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Hanzel Tango’s Mugen SS S2000 on Mag Blue Volk CE28… One of my favorite S2K builds ever…

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Suzuka Blue Voltex-kitted AP2 S2000 with bright fluorescent green Enkei RPF1 …

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White AP2 S2K with Spoon Sports S-Tai front bumper, rear fender flares and aggressive Volk CE28N in Mag Blue. Also looks to have wider Downforce front fenders…

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Sam Rahbari’s root beer brown S2000 on Avant Garde Function Series F140 wheels and Mugen front lip…

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AP1 S2000 also with a Mugen front lip re-sprayed in a cranberry red tone with Volk TE37SL…

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One of my favorite builds from last year’s Wekfest Norcal event was this brown Lexus IS on bronze Work Meister S1Rs… Good to see that not much as changed because this is a really good look…

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Yellow Lancer EVO MR on graphite Advan Racing RGIIs…

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Closing out Part 2 for now with a couple shots of Elmer Lee’s widebody S14 that is on the newest issue of Import Tuner magazine. I got a lot more coming your way so make sure to keep current and stay updated. There are so many parts that you may easily get lost if you don’t check back daily!… Thanks for looking…

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