Wekfest Florida 2018 Coverage… Part 2…

2019 is upon us folks! With just two days left before the new year, it feels like the right time to upload the rest of these photos from the final major car show of the calendar year. Wekfest Florida was a good time. Most of it was spent walking around Miami, I don’t think we ate anything but Cuban food, and the weather, though humid even into the evenings, was totally bearable. In terms of the show itself, things have been progressing. There were some solid builds this year, improving the quality overall of the cars at this particular stop, and we’ve been on such a good trajectory all year that the show itself just flowed very well from start to finish. It’s about 3:28 AM now and I spent most of the day catching up on merchandise orders, so I’ll keep it brief…

2018 has been a crazy, fucked-up, year. Man, I swear it felt like we lost so many great people this year. Just a few hours ago, I was perusing my Facebook feed and saw my buddy Thomas Pinai from Texas make a post that a fellow car enthusiast, Kelley Orange, had just passed away. I literally just saw this man a few months ago at the Wekfest Houston event. He was always so kind and such a pleasure to chat with. I remember him asking me how my friends and I were doing and now he’s just…gone. Fucking wild. For those who don’t remember, Kelley drove the silver Sorcery widebody NSX from Endless Projects Texas. Click Here if you want a refresher. We had a lot of mutual friends and they are all feeling the loss of a good dude right now, and I feel for them. I myself have lost some family members and some friends as well. Rest in Peace Kelley, you will be dearly missed…

I guess this is all just a constant reminder to just appreciate the time that we have on this Earth with our friends and loved ones. With the New Year coming up, I just want everyone to be safe and to have a good time. Celebrate responsibly and let’s bring in the new year on a bright note. 2018 has been educational but man, I am ready to get the fuck out of this one. Happy New Year folks!! Here’s to a much better 2019 filled with good health and prosperity…

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I remember seeing this orange S2000 on Work Wheels a few months ago at the Wekfest East show up in New Jersey. Crazy that the owner made the trek all the way down to West Palm Beach, Florida for the final Wekfest show of 2018…

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The Gooichi Motors LSx turbo FD3S RX-7 arrived bright and early for staging. I hadn’t seen this car since SEMA last year, where it was met with much acclaim, so it was cool to see it compete at a Wekfest event a year later…

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Derek from Team Sunworks came through with his S15 Silvia now wearing some new aero pieces from Garage Mak…

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Xul Colon’s Honda Domani, which was at plenty of events this year, including Eibach Philly and Wekfest East…

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The familiar engine bay of Xul’s K-swapped Domani, installed with a slight lean with the ever-interesting custom header. Cool to see he added all the finishing touches to his set-up this year with the custom air intake box and custom air conditioning plumbing…

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Front view of Derek’s Silvia with the Garage Mak front end…

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The dark interior of the Palm Beach Convention Center contrasted with the bright Florida sun to create some pretty interesting images that morning…

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The front face of the Honda Domani, the XMP-prepped engine bay, and 16-inch Desmond Regamaster EVOs…

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Xul’s son Ayden all smiles as they rolled-in to the venue…

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The Gooichi Motors “PistachioFD” RX-7, which notably won Super Street magazine’s Best of Show award during SEMA 2017…

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After hanging around the roll-in entrance, I decided to go walk the parking lot again to see what other cars were lining-up for staging and spotted this really clean silver RHD FD3S wearing a C-West front bumper and an aggressive set of 3-piece Work Meister S1 wheels…

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Kenny’s beautifully executed Honda Civic hatchback in red, running a Mugen SS front lip, J’s Racing Type-S hood, J’s +20mm front fenders, OEM CTR sides, rear lip, and what looks to be a Mugen rear wing. Unfortunately I think I missed out on getting an engine bay shot but this Civic is also K-swapped and the bay is on point. I believe I got it on video though so check out the Vlog if you haven’t already…

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Ahkeim’s K20-powered Civic hatchback was looking great with a BackYard Special front lip and 15-inch bronze Volk TE37…

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As noted, under the hood of Keim the Designer’s Civic was a K20 swap and a tidied-up bay….

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Sean Dickerson Jr.’s EJ8 Civic coupe rocking an olive hue with a real First Molding carbon kevlar front Flugel Plate and rarely seen WEDS RS-5SS wheels in gold…

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Aisha Christian’s turbocharged B-series Civic hatchback always looking on-point with her JBlood front bumper and front-mount intercooler…

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Nissan 240SX hatchback wearing Japanese 180SX Type-X aero and SSR Professor SP1 wheels…

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Stock-bodied Subaru BRZ riding into the venue on BBS RS…

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Home Team Performance brought-out a nice collection of Hondas again, including this all-motor Civic hatchback with a K24 swap featuring Kinsler individual throttle bodies…

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The built K24 with ITBs also featured parts from Drag Cartel and 4Piston Racing…

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Steven Alami’s faithfully restored JZA80 Supra Turbo on CCW Classic wheels wearing a Top Secret front bumper. Didn’t get a chance to grab a photo of the engine bay but the 2JZ-GTE hosts a bunch of HKS products and a Hypertune intake manifold…

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The rear-end of the Supra featuring a TRD rear spoiler and gold-faced CCW Classic…

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Jason’s VeilSide Fortune Model RHD RX-7 powered by a 13B-REW engine…

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The VeilSide FD was parked right up front by the Wekfest booth on one side while the Gooichi Motors FD build was posted-up on the other side…

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Jason Le’s custom widebody Honda S2000 AP2 on Volk Racing TE37SL…

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Jason’s AP2 and the other Jason’s VeilSide FD…

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Nax Whitmore’s Y32 Cima cleaned-up and airred-out on new Luxury Abstract-produced Junction Produce Scaras…

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Clean, white Rauh Welt Begriff Porsche 993…

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Aimgain GT widebody Lexus LS460 bagged on Luxury Abstract wheels…

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Flyy’s orange S2000 once again, firmly planted to the ground with white Work VS-XX wheels for that ‘orange cream’ look…

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Brian Nguyen’s 1993 EG6 Civic repainted the factory Granada Black Pearl with a Spoon Sports carbon front lip, 15×8 Volk TEs, and AP Racing brake upgrades up front…

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Enrique Perez’s Acura Integra GS-R was once green and had a Advan-inspired livery applied but he has since resprayed the car a factory Honda Dark Amethyst Pearl paired with white Advan Racing RGII wheels…

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DriVa’s turbocharged K-series powered Integra with concave bronze Volk TEs and carbon Spoon Sports front lip mounted to a JDM ITR front face….

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Marlon Mullings’ turbocharged B-series Civic hatchback sitting inside a cleanly-shaved engine bay with the core support modified to provide adequate clearnace for the big turbo…

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The Daihatsu Hijet, better known as “Little Snokyo” was serving-up delicious shave ice to Wekfest attendees all afternoon…

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With it all cleaned-up, it was time to finally get a better look at the Gooichi Motors PistachioFD…

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The GM LQ9 LS engine running Dart LS3 heads, Gooichi valvetrain and cams, direct-port methanol-injection, and Borg Warner S480 turbocharger…

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Shaun’s Custom Alloy billet intake manifold…

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18×15.5 Fifteen52 Bergmeister wheels in the rear with a 335/30 Nitto NT01 tire…

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The interior of the PistachioFD running a custom dashboard with Autometer LCD Competition dash display, STACK gauges, a KEY!S steering wheel, and Technocraft carbon fiber seats…

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The rear of the RWB 993 Porsche as it was getting set to leave the venue after the show ended…

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The Gooichi Motors PistachioFD ultimately won the “Car of the Festival”/Best of Show award while the VeilSide Fortune Model FD took home 2nd place honors…

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Liberty Walk widebody R35 GTR siitting nice and low on Vossen wheels…

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Supra Steve’s A80 Supra Turbo stood alone as cars exited the venue after the show concluded…

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Jason Le chatting with another enthusiast about his S2000 build…

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Little Snokyo, the shave ice Daihatsu Hijet…

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…and we wrap-up 2018 with one final shot of Nax from FortuneMinds’ JDM Y32 Cima on Junction Produce Scara wheels.

I guess I will see you all in 2019. Have a happy new year all, and please be safe out there!!! Thanks for the love!!…

One thought

  1. Happy New Year Joey! thank you for coming back to Florida and bringing the car community under one roof. The speech you gave before the show was really uplifting and very inspiring. Glad someone is using their platform to spread positivity and knowledge among the community. Until next!

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