Wekfest Texas 2014 Coverage…Part 3…

Every year, I don’t think that I’ll be involved with any SEMA builds but somehow they just manage to seek me out. I apologize for the lack of updates the last couple days, especially when we are right in the middle of a series of show coverage, but honestly, there just hasn’t been much time. I’ve been fully-focused on putting stuff together for my YearSIX event this weekend and when I’m not doing that, I’m driving around covering some really cool builds for the 2014 SEMA event. I’ll get more into it when I get the time and permission to, but most of you guys who follow me on Instagram (@stickydiljoe) already know what I’m up to. If that wasn’t enough on my plate already, I also have a bunch of visitors coming from all over to attend YearSIX and SEMA, so I’m also trying to be a gracious host. These people are dear friends of mine so it is important that I spend time with them, especially considering how I probably only get to see them once or twice a year. Things are busy but these photos need to get out so here they are….

Wekfest Texas was a great event and as stated previously, is probably my favorite stop annually on the tour. The people are great and they have a very solid car community down there. Some of the builds that they churn out are incredibly well-built and are definitely worth a look. More often than not, it seems like Texas almost has their own style and their community is very different from the East or West. I want to say that it is almost a mix of both coasts but it wouldn’t be fair to the enthusiasts from Texas. These guys have a great grasp of how to put a car together and it just keeps getting better every year. Their growth has been so exponential that I can’t even imagine what their cars will be like in 2015. It would be cool to see a meshing of all regions where people bring their cars out to compete in different parts of the country just to see how they are side-by-side. You got to see a little glimpse of that when Tom brought his S2000 out from Texas to compete at Wekfest LA and vice versa in Texas this year when RCG decided to make the trek out with their Integra. I think it is a great thing. If all goes as planned next year, you may even see some US cars competing over in Japan. It sounds far-fetched but it really isn’t that difficult to pull off. Until then however, enjoy some more coverage from Texas. A huge round of applause to everyone out there for the hospitality and for investing so much time into your cars to make the show that much better. The level of quality has most certainly jumped. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed. Keep it up!…

Make sure not to miss out on the previous two posts. Click the links below to check them out….

Wekfest Texas 2014 Coverage…Part 1…

Wekfest Texas 2014 Coverage…Part 2…

Here’s some more great builds…

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Chea’s twin NSXs, shot from the bronze Mugen MF10 side this time around….

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This full Ridox widebody JZA80 Supra ended the day by winning the award dedicated specifically to a car that the Wekfest owners selected as their choice. Very nicely executed build that just needs some motor work to complete the package…

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One of, if not the first, Liberty Walk widebody BMW E92 M3 in Texas. They were still busy putting this car back together when the show was setting-up. I think I stood there for a good 20 minutes and watched them drill the holes into the trunk to mount the rear spoiler…

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The double NSXs one more time. Here you can see how the NA1 has the smaller MF10s while the NA2 has the big boy sizes…

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This TSX looked interesting with the bottom portion of its Mugen (or Mugen style) front bumper painted in black…

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One of the builds that I was interested in seeing again was Rudy Garza’s Integra. It was around back when I first started doing the Wekfest Tour but he’s been rebuilding it ever since then, missing the last two WFTX events. He’s always posting photos of it online so I wanted to see if it lived up to the hype. More photos of it later in this post….

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Much like Rudy, Ricky’s EF has been making the rounds on social media as well. He decided to continue to improve on his build from last year so it was also a build I wanted to see in person….

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Jay’s Integra and Bradley’s S2000 set-up and ready for the gates to open up for the crowd outside…

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The RCG Integra really needs zero introduction by now….

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The gold plated pieces really help to set-off the build but you really have to understand and appreciate the finer details of this car to grasp the concept of why it is held in such high regard. I was judging later that day and I actually over heard a guy talking to his friend about the RCG DC2. He said that it was nice but he “just didn’t get it” as far as why it was a two-time “Best of Show” winner. It was “nice and all but it just didn’t do anything for him”. That’s all fine and good too but again, maybe he just didn’t “get it” because he doesn’t really know what he’s looking at or looking for….

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Really liked how this rear quarter shot of Lafayette’s J’s S2000 came out. The wheels with the thick tire make these wheels look huge at this angle….

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Much like having two NSXs (Okay, not nearly as awesome), the best thing about owning an Odyssey is having TWO of them. Above is Mike Nguyen’s custom Odyssey build which also has a full custom sound system and all…

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…while this Odyssey on ADV.1 wheels serves as his “work van” and he just throws all kinds of random stuff in there….

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Chan Le’s Subaru WRX STI representing PROPER GARAGE and Team Apokalypse…

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This widebody 2IS had a very Rocket Bunny-esque appeal to it but executed in a much more classy, subtle fashion. I don’t know if this is a part of a kit that is being produced for this chassis or if it is a one-off thing but it actually fits and flows quite well…

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Flared purple 350Z on some custom-built Work Rezax II wheels with chameleon faces….

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Normally I wouldn’t expect anyone to rock old school Work Ewings on an NSX but for whatever reason, this just “works”. I actually really like this NSX a lot and admire the fact that it is incredibly well-maintained and has all the right pieces on it. You look at this NSX in any era of our import community and this car would fit right in….

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Matte purple Subaru on old Work VS wheels… Seems like the Apokalypse guys have a thing for old school Work wheels….

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This Z33 with C-West aero and fender flares looked pretty wild. I forgot about how long the nose was on the C-West front bumper for these cars….

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Junior from Wekfest always tries to include a variety of builds on the Tour so at WFTX, spectators and showgoers got to check out this custom rat rod which was pretty awesome. You just wouldn’t expect to see a rat rod at a car show like this and it adds contrast to a show filled with great import builds….

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Really dig how the new Accords look, especially the front end and how you can fit aggressive wheels on them….

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Bright red ISS Forged wheels on this Lexus IS. Here’s another car that I like that I’ll probably never own, haha….

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This Lexus GS had a custom front bumper on it which was adapted from a Lexus LS460. At first it looks a bit odd but once you get a better view of the work involved in making it flow with the stock body lines, it doesn’t look too bad….

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Infiniti M on VIP Modular wheels that you saw in my coverage of the Mayday Garage Wekfest Pre-Meet….

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Can’t say I’ve ever seen a Cadillac CTS on WED’S Kranze wheels before until I stepped foot into Texas….

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Nicely done Lexus IS on Superstar Leon Hardiritts. Love the color and the contrast touch with the yellow brakes…

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Lotus Exige on 15-inch Volk Racing CE28s….

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One of the more unique builds was this Toyota Celica which has gone through a full transformation to resemble a Japanese Celica GT-FOUR. Really rare to see these Celicas around these days and this is one of the best I’ve seen. It has the full JDM front-end and 3S-GTE engine to match….

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Garage Built Customs brought out a solid group of Civic builds. The one above has a wrinkle-black theme going on under the hood and even the ARC Induction Box and intake arm have been redone in that finish….

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This Civic had a full candy red engine bay with a boosted B-series and dump pipe coming straight through….

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One of the most disappointing things going into Wekfest was hearing these guys from GBC talk shit about me coming to Wekfest Texas. I try to appreciate all the builds there and judge fairly but the owner of this EF was “joking around” when he found out that there was a possibility of Mikey bringing his Integra to Texas. I believe he said that “Mikey was going to win” because “stickydiljoe and him are ‘butt-buddies’..” not even getting all the facts straight and understanding that Mikey wasn’t even going there to compete. We just wanted to have the car there for people to see and, like it was at Wekfest San Jose, it would not compete. The only time it did was at Wekfest Los Angeles and I pulled myself out of judging duties because I knew it wouldn’t be fair to everyone else. We honestly don’t care to win anyways. We’ve been doing this for over 10 years, winning is fun but we’d rather let other people enjoy it. For us it is just more about going out there and having a good time but you have guys like this insinuating and trying to talk shit. I commented back and these guys said that they were just joking around with Mikey but you don’t really know us like that to try to say anything about it. Despite all that, I still did a thorough job of looking through their cars and they aren’t bad at all. Just a shame that you have owners that insist on putting their own twist on things when they don’t have their facts in order. Ultimately, Mikey’s car didn’t make it out there anyway because he had family stuff to deal with and we didn’t want to rush getting the car out there, but it seemed like it would have been wasted effort in hindsight….

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The nicest build out of their grouping was this blue/green Civic hatchback. The engine bay has been smoothed out and resprayed, while the individual throttle bodies and tucked radiator make the bay incredibly clean. This Honda actually had one of the best bays at the show. It was also the most complete out of their group. The others had little things here and there that were missing or could have been executed better but this one was very well-done…

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Tricky Ricky’s EF has been going through a myriad of changes and looked the best it ever has since he first started building it. The exterior is simple with the JDM EF9 front end and front lip, and it is nice to see a set of Mugen MF10Ls on there for a more traditional look….

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You can tell a lot of time was invested in the engine bay with all the polished components and custom plated accessories. There are little things here and there that could be done better to really finish it off but he’s got the right idea. His car seems to get better every year so I look forward to its continued evolution….

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Rudy’s Integra looked great on Barramundi Design Eleven wheels. A look inside the engine bay reveals a pretty gnarly turbo set-up. Like Ricky’s Civic, there are some things that need to be attended to to make it a true “Best of” competitor in this series but he’s got the right idea….

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SW20 looking real good on custom BBS LM wheels…

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This Integra from NvUS had a camo-theme going but somehow managed to be the least hidden vehicle in the building…

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Female-owned and assembled Scion FR-S with Rocket Bunny Ver. 1 aero kit and Leon Hardiritt Bugels….

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Tiny Bui’s K-turbocharged Civic from Team IKON always makes a strong showing every year. He’s one of the top competitors in the Honda Class category because his car is not only well-rounded, it also has the power to match. When I spoke to him I think he said the car was making over 400HP on 11-pounds of boost and he plans to just focus more on driving the car in the near future. Really, there isn’t much more he can do to this car and he’s already placed multiple times at Wekfest, so why not just start smashing on the car and enjoy it?….

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FC RX-7 on SSR Professor MS1 wheels and a modded front end that reveals a massive front-mount intercooler…

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TRA Kyoto Rocket Bunny S13 coupe from Low-Weezy-Ana on Garson Deep Racing Ryujis….

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Always see this Civic every year when I come to WFTX. Looks like he’s made some changes to the engine bay this year. Nice job….

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Wesley LeBouef’s K-swapped EK9 Civic Type R on bronze Mugen MF10s. Not many changes to his car this year because he’s been focused on other life duties…

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Beautifully-done classic BMW bagged on HRE wheels from Team 16Niss….

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Seems like the owner of this 3-series Cab has a different motor set-up every year. Last year I believe he had a Nissan SR-swap in this car and this year, he showed-up with a Ford 5.0 HD Mustang motor….

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Paul Morgan’s daily-driven S14 Kouki wearing T&E Vertex aero from 16Niss….

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…and Paul Morgan’s multiple award-winning Top Secret S2000 build. This build has it ALL. If you’re looking to compete in the Honda Class at Wekfest Texas, this is the car that you’re going up against. He’s got real aero, custom paint, wheels, brakes, engine upgrades, interior, etc., etc. Paul makes it hard for anyone to compete in the Honda Class because he set the bar very, very high. Only guy I know who’s willing to just leave his authentic Mugen hard top on the floor too with thousands of people walking around and potentially stepping on it…

Well, I gotta get back to work so I’ll cut it off here for today. I think there is just one more set of photos that I’ll release tomorrow. Thanks for looking guys….

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