The Chronicles Wekfest Seattle 2019 Pre-Meet Coverage…


This doesn’t need to be said anymore because it is very obvious to my general audience but….I really do love the Pacific Northwest. I always say that I would never even think about leaving California because we have it so great out here, but if there was a place that I absolutely had to move to if I was forced out of California, I’d definitely choose somewhere in Seattle, Washington. It’s just a beautiful place. I say that because I only visit when the weather is nice but hey, I can imagine, right? The rest of the 360 days when I’m not there is probably miserable as fuck with perpetual rainfall and just utter gray lighting up the sky but hey, if I had to move somewhere, I’d settle here. I don’t even mind the rain. I’m inside most of the time any way. That just means I can wear hoodies and joggers all day and I’m sweating my ass off just thinking about that right now while it’s 102-degrees outside of my office…

Throughout my years with Wekfest, we’ve had plenty of hits and some misses, but adding Seattle to the nationwide tour was most certainly NOT a miss. In the time we have been here to host a car show, things have been fantastic. I’ll get more into that whole thing when we dive deep into my Wekfest Seattle ’19 content, but today we’re going to get a glimpse of what happened before the show. We flew in late Thursday night, did the usual touristy shit since we had some newcomers to the PNW, and then we got right to the shits. And by ‘shits’, I mean car stuff…


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As per all my trips to Washington, I always make an effort to try to find some time to stop by my boy Terry’s house. We only see one another maybe once a year now so it’s important for me to chill with him. Sometimes we’ll chat online but we’re all older and busier now with every day life so it is good to just hang-out in his garage and chop it up. I honestly didn’t even know he was doing so much to his Integra again so I was pleasantly surprised when he started sending me teaser photos as he was working on it…

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For those that aren’t aware, Terry is one of those rare breed of enthusiasts that still owns a project that he bought brand new from the dealership. Yeah, the guy has owned this Integra since 2001. He’s been tinkering with this car since then and has become one of the staple guys in the Pacific Northwest holding it down for Seattle and surrounding areas. His engine bay has always been spectacular (SEE HERE FOR REFERENCE) so when he told me he was redoing most of it, I was interested to see what he was gonna do. I know he wasn’t going to swap his motor out for a K-series but other than that, I really didn’t know what he had up his sleeve. The main thing I saw from the photos that he sent me was a Frontline Fabrication billet valve cover. When I showed-up to his house that late evening, I was finally able to get a better look…

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Some high-quality goods you just never get rid of, no matter how times have changed. The Hytech header he has owned for years now remained on the car still looking great as ever. How many of you guys still rock Hytech or even know about the company? Not too many I would imagine. Everyone just knows PLM these days…

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Terry mentioned that the trumpets on his Jenvey individual throttle bodies were starting to get pretty dull so he had them sent-out to get repolished…

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Besides the new valve cover and repolished horns, Terry was also able to acquire a matching set of carbon fiber Cusco strut tower bars for the front and rear of his Integra…

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Another angle of the mirror-like ITBs. If you looked at previous photos of his bay, you’ll probably notice now that he’s switched over to black -AN fittings throughout his bay with the signature Jiffy-Tite fittings still in-use…

There was still about a day and a half before the car had to show-up to Wekfest Seattle so there was much to be done. I’ll give you guys some updated photos when we get to the Wekfest Seattle coverage. Let’s just say that he spared no time in getting the car finished and just had it wrapped-up in the nick of time. Luckily for Terry, he only lives about 5 miles away from the venue…

After I left his house on Friday evening, I spent much of Saturday hanging out with the rest of the Wekfest guys in the city. Back when I used to visit Seattle by myself or with Der, I always planned a car meet or something similar to get the enthusiasts from that area together. The weather is so nice around this time that it would be a shame to not bring all the car people together for some late afternoon hangs. 2018 was a little too hectic for me so I was unable to host a gathering, but since we did have some free time in Washington this year, I decided to once again host a small meet at Triple XXX Drive-In and we threw-in the “Wekfest Pre-Meet” title to make it more official. I didn’t want it to get too big because a massive crowd would typically result in it getting broken-up by the local authorities, so I made a flyer and only distributed to my friends from that area. I trusted that they would only invite people they knew and instructed that they not post the flyer publicly until a day before the gathering. This provided us with just enough notice to get people out there without the whole thing blowing-up in our faces. If people didn’t show up, that’d be all good too because we’d still be eating there regardless and could just enjoy the late sunset in a pretty beautiful part of Washington…

We left our hotel at around 6:45 PM and when we arrived there were already some cars parked in the Triple XXX lot. It was also important that not too many people show up to the meet because the parking lot is relatively small…

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One of the first cars I spotted when we hopped out of our rentals was this New Formula Red S2000 wearing Spoon Sports aero, a Mugen hard top, J’s Racing wing, and bronze Volk CE28Ns…

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A few steps away was a black S2000, this one with a J’s Racing half-lip that has since been molded to the front bumper to make it one uniform piece. This S2000 also had bronze Volk CEs, but with caps…

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Then I looked around some more and realized that every car had Volk CEs on it. All of them. It’s like everyone in the Pacific Northwest bought every set of bronze Volk CE28N wheels and brought them home in their Subarus, which there are also a shit ton of in this area. We went to dinner the night before and counted how many Subarus we spotted just on the drive back to the hotel. The total drive-time was about 20 minutes. You know how many Subarus we saw? 126!! That’s literally over six Subarus per minute!…

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Huy/Wiiizzer kept his turbocharged DC5 at home and brought out his supercharged Civic hatchback instead. Guess what wheels were on it??….

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Breaking-up the CE28 party was this legit Japanese RHD EF8 CR-X SiR on Desmond/Spoon wheels. The car remains mostly stock as it was imported and just sits lower with wheels…

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Trevor Zerr acquired his Japan-imported EG6 Civic last year and since then, he’s made some pretty significant changes to it…

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Most notably under the hood, or lack thereof, where in the engine bay resides a K-series swap with a huge Garrett turbocharged mounted to it…

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I don’t know how things are in Seattle but apparently you can just drive around like this, lol. Amazing…

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White S13 convertible with a Type-X face and polished Work Emotion XT7 wheels…

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Jackie Law made the trip down from Canada for the third straight year in his turbocharged Voltex S2000, this time running bronze Volk TE37…

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Caspar Hill’s Civic with some new changes for 2019. Gone are the Chargespeed wide fenders for a much more streamlined look. The bronze Volk RE30s still sit nicely as do the Rocket Dancer front lip and Livesports wing…

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I always remember this car being turbocharged but he’s since switched over to a naturally-aspirated B18C swap with color-matched valve cover. Nice touch tying-in the yellow and black theme inside the bay to match the exterior…

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This Subaru WRX wagon was pretty interesting, sitting static on 3-piece SSR Professor SP1 wheels with Ganador mirrors and a custom airbrushed and pinstriped roof…

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Peter Phan’s JDM DC2 ITR-faced Integra with P1 front lip and splitter painted a classic Honda Midori Green hue…

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Austin Hironaka’s turbocharged Comfortable Runabout Vehicle (CR-V) looking great with J-spec CR-V body panels, OEM optional equipment, NSX front brakes, and Volk CEs…

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Great ride height on this Civic hatchback with a First Molding front lip and some wheels you may or may not have heard of before…

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Yasu made the trip back to North America just for the Wekfest Seattle event and seemed to enjoy his fair share of bronze Volk CEs, also seen here on Lowpao’s FK8 Civic Type R from Canada…

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We either had Subarus or Hondas at this meet. I don’t know, it wasn’t under my control. That’s just what people like out there, lol…

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A couple of Midori Green Civic hatchbacks, one Zenki and one Kouki, both on Rays wheels…

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Not long after another RPS13 pulled-up, this one running Origin Labo Streamline aero…

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Jason from Vancouver’s super clean white ’93 Honda Civic hatchback. He’s got a nice collection of parts like a BYS front lip, Spoon brakes, and Mugen MF10 wheels but check-out those custom titanium MF10 caps!…

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“JDMRARI” is a nice vanity plate for this black NA1 NSX…

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Boy am I glad I finally got to see John Zuberek’s BMW E30 M3 on Volk TE37 wheels again. For YEARS I’ve seen this thing in photos always looking so fresh on TEs but the last two years when he’s brought the car out for Wekfest, he’s gone with a different wheel set-up…

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As it turns out, he sold his TEs awhile back but missed the look, either that or he got tired of me bugging him about it, and was in the right place at the right time to acquire another set…

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This all seems dumb because we have an E30 M3 here at the shop on TEs and I can look at it whenever I want to, but hey, I just want to make sure people know they got the right set-up on their car and John’s M3 looks perfect like this…

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All in all, I’d say we had a pretty successful meet. There were plenty of other cars at the meet too but you probably won’t believe me because I didn’t get photos of them, but that’s okay. Trust me, there were at least 12 more sets of bronze Volk CEs on either Hondas or Subarus…

Huge thanks to Triple XXX Drive-In for allowing us to have a meet there, even though I didn’t bother to inform them of my plans beforehand. I’m sure they did spectacular in terms of customers and sales because everybody was drinking their gigantic root beer floats. Massive burgers were consumed and fun was had all the way around…

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Thanks to everybody for coming out! Maybe we’ll do another one next year!! Make sure to come back for the Wekfest Seattle 2019 content because it’s going to be amazing!!…

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