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

Well, this is it. Today is the final portion of the four-part Wekfest Texas 2013 Coverage. My hope is that you guys have had a good idea of what WFTX was like and many of the cars that made the show great. I had an incredible time and am already looking forward to the Wekfest Tour next year. As some of you may have heard by now, Wekfest is starting their Worldwide Tour next year by traveling to Japan for the first-ever Wekfest Japan event. That in itself should be incredible but I am also looking forward to exploring Japan once again as well as sharing a booth with the Tactical Art guys. They should have some new projects completed by that time and they will be on display at The Chronicles Japan booth. Pretty crazy to even say that or think that it is possible but I’m happy to be along for the ride…

I’d like to thank everyone in Texas right now for all the kindness and courtesy that was passed along to both I and Rywire Ryan at Wekfest. Everyone was incredibly kind and respectful and it was a pleasure meeting everyone that approached us to chat. I know at times it seems like we are incredibly busy with the show but I try to always have some spare time to chat with people. It’s pretty interesting out there as I had a lot of people wanting to take photos with me and had me signing things. It was a little odd to be honest because I am not used to that kind of attention, but I am flattered and humbled that people really care that much that I am there at the show. I really want to put forth a good effort in both the judging as well as in covering the event and I think I came home satisfied knowing that I accomplished my goals in Texas. All in all, I couldn’t have asked for much more. It’s always a pleasure hanging out with the Wekfest family and just being able to relax during the moments when we aren’t busy with the actual show itself. Next year they plan to head to Miami as well so that will be new and interesting….

Today we are taking a look at the end of the show. Well, not so much so because the coverage still documents what happens during the morning but the second half of the coverage takes place after I finished judging the Honda Class and was just hanging out. I wanted to walk around and make sure I captured whatever I missed in the morning but still, I missed out on some good cars that I will be sure to get photos of next year. Anyways, enjoy the rest of the coverage and let’s shut the door on the 2013 WFTX event…

There were three other portions of coverage included in the four-part WFTX Coverage. If you missed any of them, please go back and complete the series now before moving forward with the finale, thanks…

Wekfest Texas 2013 Coverage…Part 1…

Wekfest Texas 2013 Coverage…Part 2…

Wekfest Texas 2013 Coverage…Part 3…

Here’s the final set of photos below…

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C-West widebody S15 Silvia that you saw in Part 2… I really wish they would have spent some time cleaning up the engine bay, at least for the show, haha. All the polished stuff in the bay was all stained and spotted. Would have just been a good look if they actually cleaned it up. Obviously, it’s not like a “race car” or anything that is just cool being raw. If you got that much polish under the hood, at least maintain it, right?…

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Dante Bui’s Top Secret turbocharged CR-Z once again with full C-West aero kit and bronze Mugen MF10…

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One more of Tom Syhachack’s Honda S2000 after it was all cleaned-up for the show…

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Also one more of Joe Clark-Molina’s Spoon/Kaminari BB4 Prelude…Interesting that he chose to go with those headlights and the polished headlight bezels…

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K-swapped Integra that you also saw in one of the earlier posts on custom refinished Advan Racing RG. Just needs to get some paintwork so that everything matches and it’ll be a really nice build…

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VIP Styled Honda Accord on WED’s Kranze Bazreia…

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Lexus SC430 roadster on silver Work Rezax II….

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The Acura NSX on bronze Mugen MF10s that you may remember from yesterday’s post switched over to custom Floss Design Mugen M7s once it was parked inside the show…Many may have preferred it with the most classic (and original) MF10s but I have to admit, it looks pretty good on these 18-inch custom M7s, especially with the brushed face…

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Jose Quiroga’s UCF30 once again since I have a couple friends who are interested in seeing modded LS430s…

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Turbocharged ASM-themed Honda S2000 making pretty good power. I forget the actual numbers since I judged so many cars that weekend but I remember being pretty impressed with his set-up…

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Parked directly next to the boosted ASM S2 was this AP2 on CCW Classics that was also turbocharged. Set-up is pretty similar and I think his power numbers were relatively close…

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A couple shots of Roy from Annihilator Customs’ widebody Lexus IS300. I remember this car looking completely different just a year ago and he came out strong for WFTX ’13 with this wild look. I believe he did all the custom body work himself which is pretty cool. I think he even took home an award at the end of the day…nice job…

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Loved the color on this 2nd gen. IS. I can’t say I’ve seen very many sets of Leon Hardiritt Adels either and they flow very well with this build…

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The new Wekfest Texas “King of the South” award went to Gio from Refined Elegance and his Super Futura Lexus LS430. Thomas Pinai’s GS was retired from the Wekfest series so it’s cool, and I guess fitting, that another member of RE claimed the torch for top honors at WFTX. In terms of being well-rounded with quality and detail in mind, it doesn’t get any better than Gio’s UCF30 build. He’s touched upon every area on his LS and in a subculture where engine mods aren’t often done on luxury vehicles, he went and acquired a rare GReddy supercharger kit… Amazing build and highly deserving of the “Kind of the South” title…

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This was the last shot of the morning before I started judging. It wasn’t until later when I picked up the camera again to cover the rest of the event. The crowd formed around the Wekfest booth for announcements and a “driver’s meeting” where Junior explains to the competitors what we look for in an award-winning build…

I want to say that I took a good 4 hours doing all the judging for the Honda Class and helping out wherever I could with the other classes, then I picked up the camera to continue shooting. Below are the photos from the late afternoon…

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Rauh Welt Begriff “Catalina” that you have probably seen a lot of in the last two months here on The Chronicles…

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Total Car Produce Magic widebody FD RX-7 on ISS Forged wheels. I was a little surprised to see that this build didn’t have any engine bay work or major mods because it was the only thing that kept it from being competitive at Wekfest. That and I was shocked to see that the owner had to spend quite some time under the car during the morning to lower the car to this height. You figure with all that money invested into the overall appearance of the car, you’d have an easier suspension system to get around in or maybe even bags if the car needed to be lowered only at shows… Cool car nonetheless though and I love the execution of the exterior…

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Super clean Porsche 964 911….

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This Accord coupe looked pretty good on Work VS-XX wheels…

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Slammed Subaru BRZ on Work VS-KF wheels…

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One of the cars that I was surprised to see at WFTX was this Pontiac G8 GT on aggressive Work VS-KFs. You don’t see these cars modded and participating at import car shows very often so it was really cool to see one on Japanese aftermarket wheels. It’s actually a really good look too…

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Lexus 2IS from SQUARE1 sitting on custom 19-inch Work Ryver wheels…

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This Sorcery widebody NA2 NSX would have been amazing if it didn’t look like it was on stock suspension… I know the kit is expensive and what not but the car has got to get closer to the ground for the kit to really flow correctly…

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Here’s a shot of Tiny’s purple Civic coupe from Team IKON with the hood off the car. Crazy K-turbo set-up with some good fab work. After looking over this car, I had to find a way to get it into the Honda Class or Civic Class award-winners because it was definitely deserving of something. Some of the color accent choices are a little odd throughout the build but as a whole, it’s a cool build. It also makes like 400whp from what I hear too so that doesn’t hurt its chances of winning an award at WFTX, haha…

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Jud Lagunas’ EF Civic sedan saw some major changes since last year’s Wekfest Texas event. I remember him being sort of upset because he didn’t win anything and then sort of ranted about it afterwards online and it caused some uproar. After some time, I think he understood why he didn’t win and who he was competing against and decided to step his game up instead of just complaining about it. I liked the improvements and the car definitely got better, he just came up a little short in the end. Execution is still key when it comes to putting a great award-winning car together and there are still some things that need work. Unfortunately, I think it was Junior from Wekfest that notified me that Jud’s car caught on fire after the show and the engine bay got burned up. Hopefully he is okay and comes back stronger next year…

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Dumped Infiniti G35 coupe on step-lipped Work VS-XX wheels and running a Kuruma Z front bumper. This thing was so low that the guy next to it passed the hell out, haha…

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One more shot of the Rando-equipped Integra from Sunworks. I believe the owner is running a rare FEEL’s Twin Cam rear wing too. Also can’t forget the Ganadors which are my favorite mirrors of all-time…

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As I was getting a shot of the Sunworks DC2, I gotta called into the private war room inside the convention center to figure out the awards with the rest of the judges. As always, it takes some time to really go through everything since the competition is so close at times but we managed to get it together…

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After we tallied up all the winners, we made our way over to the Wekfest booth to present the awards….

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Junior from Wekfest doing his usual intro and thank you’s before handing out the awards…

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Aaron, head of Wekfest judging, hiding from the massive crowd that had formed to enjoy some candy…

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Award winners posed with the Wekfest Texas Model Contest winners as well as Elissa Alva…

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Junior handed the mic over to Ryan from Rywire who awkwardly announced the Acura Class award winners that weekend…

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Steph from Wekfest was kind enough to lay out this nice little display of the three “King of the South” awards (Best of Show 1st – 3rd) for me so I could capture them…

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And a behind-the-booth view of the best car crew of WFTX ’13, Team 16Niss…

That’s a wrap everyone. Thanks to all of you for taking the time to go through all four-parts and everyone who I encountered that entire weekend in Houston. I had an amazing time and most importantly, thank you to the Wekfest family for allowing me to be a part of their incredible event. I can’t wait to do it all over again next year. Peace!…

2 thoughts

  1. Joey..Great coverage! I’m the guy that had the VIP-Inspired 8th Gen White Accord Sedan that showed last year (with the flat tire lol). Just curious, but what is your camera setup? (camera, lens, and flash?) Much appreciated for the info.

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