The Wekfest La Spotlight-o-rama

Now that I’ve given you guys a broad look at Wekfest LA 2013, it’s time to close out my coverage with a Spotlight-o-Rama featuring some of the most interesting cars from the show. The result of my hunt has brought a mix of clean street cars, mad stance machines and some cool engine swaps. Let’s begin with the RHD EG Civic pictured above.

With so many high quality Honda builds appearing at events like Wekfest, it can be hard find the cars that really stand out. But there was just something about this particular Civic that I really liked.

The car was in immaculate condition inside and out, and the right-hand-drive cockpit was set off with with a few cool details like a wood-rimmed Nardi steering wheel. I also like the use of the factory seats rather than aftermarket buckets. How can you not like those cool 1990s seat patterns?

The wheels on the EG were also quite special: 16-inch Desmond Regamaster Evos that have been custom-widened into some very aggressive sizes.

All in all, this Civic is a perfect example of the extreme attention to detail you find on so many cars at Wekfest. It was certainly one of my favorite Hondas of the day.

We’ll be sticking with the Honda theme for the next car – a CE1 Accord Wagon from the City Stars Crew. I might be slightly biased because I used to own one of these things, but the I absolutely love the long-roof version of the Accord.

Before I continue on with the Spotlight, just a little piece of trivia on this generation of Accord Wagon. Did you know that even the Japanese market versions of these car were actually assembled in Ohio before being exported to Japan and labeled as the ‘US Wagon’?

Anyway, this particular wagon was really built as a perfect cruiser. A set of old school Volk Racing mesh wheels are a fine choice to go with the 1990s style – although the fitment and stance are something that’s a little more contemporary.

Inside, a simple leather interior was complemented by a few small bits like another wood Nardi wheel and a classic bubble shift knob with Crown Royal boot.

Good style, tons of room for passengers or parts hauling, and bulletproof Honda reliability – it’s not hard to see why the Accord Wagon makes such a good daily driver. I’d love to have another someday.

I know some of you guys have expressed concern over the lack of Toyota MR2s on Speedhunters, so when I saw this Nevada-based SW20 I knew it was the perfect chance to do something about that.

Then again, the car was cool enough on its own merits to warrant a spotlight. In my eye this example seemed to have the perfect balance of aesthetic and performance modifications.

It was also in fantastic cosmetic shape, as evidenced by this view of the cockpit.

As for wheels. the car was equipped with a set of staggered Work Emotion XD9s – a perfect match for the subtle body upgrades and hunkered-down stance.

There you have it – some much needed Speedhunters MR2 love. I suppose the fact that an awesome mid-engined turbo sports car is somewhat ‘overlooked’ really shows just how good Toyota was back in the ’90s.

Next up, we have a car that just might incite some colorful conversation in the comments section. In fact, it almost seems like that may have been the intention with this build.

And whether you love it or hate it, the BMW Z4 from the Low ‘N Slow Crew certainly stops people in its tracks. If there was a negative camber award at Wekfest, this car would have taken it home.

I do have to say that the sweeping body lines of the Z4 are actually a pretty good match for this sort of cartoonish ride height and wheel fitment.

Just look at the way the fenders literally sit on top of the Work Schwert SC2 wheels. Whoa.

Before you go nuts over the nonfunctional suspension setup remember that the car does have “Low ‘N Slow” written down the side of it after all.

Moving in another direction now, we have a car that was clearly built for a little more than just looking pretty on the grass. From a distance it looks like a nice clean example of a first generation RX-7…

… but then you look under the hood and see that the car is powered not by a rotary, but a Honda F20C from an S2000.

To be honest, I’d never really thought about how good of a combination the SA22C and a high revving VTEC powerplant would be. After seeing this car, it all makes sense.

Besides the requisite S2000 instrument cluster, I also really liked how the owner fitted a vintage Mugen steering wheel – just to further throw people off when they peek inside.

So yes, contrary to the beliefs of some commenters there were plenty of cars at Wekfest that were about more than just aesthetics.

Last but not least we have one of the coolest and most unique cars in the entire show. Actually, it’s not even a car but a first generation Honda Odyssey built by Fast Eddie’s Racing.

From certain angles the van looks like your typical cruiser, but the looks are really just scratching the surface of what this minivan is all about.

Sure, there are cool style details like a set of 1990s-era Racing Hart wheels, but you have to look at the engine bay to really see where the magic is.

Under the hood, you’ll find a Honda H22 swap – but not just any H22. This motor has a totally trick reverse head setup based on the Honda Accord touring cars of the 1990s. The front-facing individual throttle bodies really make for a strange response when peo0ple walk by.

So there you have it – a little sampling of the kind of machines found at Wekfest LA. Some were built to go fast, some were built raise eyebrows and some were built to do both.

Mike Garrett
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Email: mike@speedhunters.com

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49 comments
delirumhappy
delirumhappy

Can we please get all the Z4 shots as wallpaper versions?

otar
otar

People would be surprised on how great some of the newer-tech air bag suspensions handle now. I know there is a slightly popular video of an sti on these new "performance bags" just tearing it up on the track. I think it's a cool car, and a very bold idea. 

 

Also, I love that van! I've always dreamt of a performance oriented van! 

KietaPhillips
KietaPhillips

Who ruined that Z4?! All just to "look cool" by screwing up the frame and overall function of the ride. Lowering a car is one thing but this is just side show circus act.

FunctionFirst
FunctionFirst

So can we officially close the books on the Crown Royal shit boot and bubble shift knob combo? Is it officially played-out now? I know I'm tired of seeing it...

NickTE
NickTE

I think having a wood grain steering wheel greatly increases the chances of having a car featured on here ;)

 

Thanks for the great coverage!

Fast Eddies Racing
Fast Eddies Racing

Speedhunters; thanks for the recognition and the kind words about our Odyssey. And to those of you who posted in response to it; thank you as well. All comments and opinions are appreciated. Our projects won't always make sense, but they'll certainly be different and fun to drive. We just love to experiment and try new things, and sometimes resurrect old ideas that we thought were really cool!

ToyotaSupraMan
ToyotaSupraMan

"Next up, we have a car that just might incite some colorful conversation in the comments section. In fact, it almost seems like that may have been the intention with this build."

 

What's the point of that? I mean, is building a car that starts flame-wars and makes people launch hate at each other something to be proud of?

In my opinion, it would be far better trying to build a car that makes people go "That is most beautiful Z4 on the planet. It is literally perfect in every way you look at it. I can't find any flaw with it."

benji
benji

Yeah! Lets take some forged racing wheels and ruin their structural integrity by stretching them to such an extent that they render any car they are mounted on not drivable.

Robo_No1
Robo_No1

I'm a bit of a closet stance fan myself, but personally I really don't like that Z4. I'd much rather have seen coverage of that tasty looking M Coupé (bread van)  sat in the background...

frangtang
frangtang

I saw the RX-7 at another car show earlier this year.  I talked to the owner about why he put the F20C engine in and one of the reasons was because he wanted to replace the rotary with something else that still able to reach high RPMs.  

Phishy
Phishy

The Z4 is a mess. I could possibly appreciate it if it started life as a POS, and the drop and wheels were mangling the body, but this was likely a nicely put together and fairly expensive car not that long ago. Now I just see a car that needs bodywork, and wheels that at least fit enough to not destroy itself. I'm trying to get it but sometimes I just can't.

Phishy
Phishy

The Odyssey is bananas. That motor would be sick in pretty much any little FWD car, Honda or otherwise. I like the RX-7 in all its coppery goodness, nice to see they didn't just blast it black or red or whatever. IMO thats the best convential motor swap you could do in that car. Would be a blast to drive, and could be easy and reliable day to day.

Phishy
Phishy

Great coverage, variety, and perfect pics as always. Love the EG but the wood wheel jars. Beautiful steering wheel but it just seems completely at odds with most of the build. Those things (relatively) suck to hold onto and it just seems like ramming something in there that doesn't belong for the sake of being different. Great car but the wheel and the mint but otherwise meh factory seats seem at odds with the rest of it.

Fey
Fey

This EG has a interesting spoiler mounting style.

D1RGE EXE
D1RGE EXE

Awesome for featuring the Fast Eddie's Racing Odyssey!!  Those guys are serious evil genius's down at their shop, I mean, to resurrect an old touring car head design, re-fabricate and not just swap into the van, but to MANUAL swap it too! Great work, and fully mental too. Completely out-of-the-box.

Big Pooky
Big Pooky

The Z4 definitely got my attention, but so did its dented rear fender and the big gaps between rear fenders and side skirts. I understand that with fitment that extreme, it ain't always gonna be pretty. But to me, it boils down to lack of attention to detail. Going the extra mile to make everything fit perfectly- and not just the wheels- could definitely take the car up a notch.

robzor
robzor

can someone enlighten me as to the reason for the size of the "tranny tunnel" on the MR2? its mid engine, so no drive shaft but is the gearbox sticking out under there or something? i've never been under one of those MR2's before...

20brx8
20brx8

Wow a vtec in a classic rx7 -_- what a waste 

 

Driftomaniacs
Driftomaniacs

"the car does have “Low ‘N Slow” written down the side of it after all", oh and a #WRECKINGPANTIES on the rear boot and the passenger side front winshield for good measure. Hmm, I wonder how much is it though to custom widen a set of those Regamaster Evo. Is it worth the cost? Could someone here enlighten me please.

Fearedisx
Fearedisx

The Regamasters on the EG are to DIE for. Absolute perfection. Wish they came that wide from the factory.

Oldshcoolcat
Oldshcoolcat

Even tho im not a honda fan, but that odyssey totally rocks, except for the poor choice in wheels in my opinion.. But still very very cool.

Lastspark
Lastspark

So the first car, the blue one, it appears that the owner forgot to paint the hood, then put it on and was like "well crap, forgot to paint the hood, oh well".

koko san
koko san

RX-7 Vtec must be fun to drive.

Anon
Anon

here comes round 3. I've got my popcorn

ready... set... go!

Luka024
Luka024

 @KietaPhillips

 I love stance. Looking at say, the Bee Dragon cars, they have an extreme amount of body work and suspension engineering done to them. So while the fitment still looks oni, the fit and finish of each body part is immaculate and the car is able to drive properly without destroying itself. I would find this car tremendously appealing had it been executed properly but in this case, the widest wheels were fit without any work or thought and away it went. You can tell just by how conservative the front fitment is. 

ma70jake
ma70jake

 @Fast Eddies Racing 

 

I read the article on this van in Honda Tuning Magazine a little while ago. Still looks pretty awesome. I love the bttc inspired reverse flow h22

FunctionFirst
FunctionFirst

 @jdmfreak1995 I love rotaries, and as much as I disapprove of most V8 swaps into RX-7's I think this particular SA22 is better for it. Carbed rotaries can be a bitch, not to mention old as hell and get poor gas mileage with even poorer emissions. It now has rock-solid Honda reliability, great gas mileage, it's much faster and the owner can run it all day, every day - what a fun daily driver. Think about it this way, he/she traded a 9k RPM redline for a 9k RPM redline... 

jake Laird
jake Laird

 @ToyotaSupraMan It's a lot easier and quicker to build a car that looks like crap and makes people upset than it is to build something beautiful. It's what people who lack creativity and imagination do. If all you want out of life is to make people mad, then here's what you do - Get a sign, write something offensive on it, and stand on a street corner. You get the same result, it only costs a couple of bucks, and you don't have to ruin a perfectly good car to do it!

jake Laird
jake Laird

 @Driftomaniacs You really want some shop to cut apart a forged wheel, stick on a new barrel and glue everything back together again? Okay. I'll just say there's a reason you only see wheels like this used on show cars.

FunctionFirst
FunctionFirst

 @Oldshcoolcat I'm not much of a wheel whore, but I do like racing hart wheels a ton. They fit the van well, they add some flair while not overdoing it and bending over backwards to jump on the stance bandwagon.

 

I still want to own a set of Racing Hart 19-in J5's to put on my R34... If you've been around a while you may know what I'm talkin' 'bout...

goon
goon

 @Lastspark I think it was a carbon fiber hood, continuing the trend from the carbon fiber hatch. Some people also just rock different colored hoods, nothing new at all.

FunctionFirst
FunctionFirst

 @ToyotaSupraMan My issue with that Z4 is I don't understand how it even rolls around. If the fenders are literally sitting on the wheels how does that even work? I have to assume it's not static?

Wildcardfox
Wildcardfox

 @Driftomaniacs they're are some wheel widening methods that are good and have been drag proven. Eric Vaughn for instance. http://www.ericvaughnmachine.com. However, some people want to do it others don't. Sometimes having to have things widened or narrowed is a fact, and the only other option is to replace all four or have a pair altered. 

Lastspark
Lastspark

 @ToyotaSupraMan  @FunctionFirst And it corners like a boat and soaks up everything due to cadilliac suspension. I bet the under part of that car is nothing but scrapes because of that.

ToyotaSupraMan
ToyotaSupraMan

 @FunctionFirst Well, if the plate frame stating "BAG RIDERS" means anything, is that the car has air suspension, which means it should be able to rise and drive on it's own.

Wildcardfox
Wildcardfox

 @robzor  @Driftomaniacs that is always an effect of any welding, but forged wheels that are fixed by welding is a normal thing. For instance, Rays welds some of its 2 piece rims that have a forged barrel with a cast or forged wheel face. The stresses that we are talking about will withstand the pressures and demands that people will place on them.

robzor
robzor

 @Wildcardfox   @Driftomaniacs i'd be pretty impressed if they could do it without killing the strength, but if you weld it, you WILL kill the forging. Forged parts are stressed to death so the minute you weld them they get weaker and a lot of times get all out of shape.


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