Wekfest LA: Showin’ Off In The LBC

Let’s return now to the sun-drenched shores of Long Beach harbor for the second volume of my coverage from Wekfest LA 2013. Based on the reaction to my first post, these events will always bring out a lot of reaction – whether it’s from those that admire the style and attention to detail these cars have, or those that can’t imagine a car being built to do anything but go as fast as possible. Whatever your thoughts on the matter, it sure makes for some interesting conversation! Let’s get to it…

Then again, it would be a huge misconception to say that all the cars at Wekfest LA were built for function over form. Among the Hondas in particular it seemed there were lots of aesthetically pleasing vehicles that had also been built with the track in mind. It’s a direction I see more and more cars going in lately.

Another one of my personal favorites from the VIP selection was this blue and pinstriped LS400, dumped low on SSR Professor MS1 wheels. I just like seeing these cars done in what you might consider non-traditional colors.

On the other hand, I also really liked this LS which is still proudly rocking its factory two-tone champagne gold coloring. Pure 1990s gangster status.

For the real kyusha experience in Long Beach we’ll have to wait until JCCS in September, but there were still a few proper classics sprinkled in among the later model cars at Wekfest. This bad ass RB-powered Hakosuka sedan from San Diego for example.

Here’s a car that just seems like it was designed to start flame wars on the internet – an Evo 9 absolutely slammed over a set of Rotiform NUEs.

Just as the white Evo will likely ruffle the feathers of the Mitsubishi purists, this dumped STI on Fifteen52 Tarmacs will probably do the same for the hardcore Subaru fans.

Here’s another one of those classic Southern California-style EF Civics from the Akebono Crew, wearing a set of old school SSR McLaren finned wheels.

I honestly can’t remember the last time I’ve seen a customized Acura CL. Pretty cool to see one of these USDM luxury coupes modified in a Japanese-influenced VIP style.

Although not quite as rare as the CL, it’s certainly not common to see a Z32 at a show like Wekfest. This Z from the Low ‘N Slow Crew was looking just right on a set of five-spoke Work Equips.

The Equips really are the perfect wheel choice to accentuate the Z32’s aggressive, angular design. Just another reminder of just how cool these cars can be when modified right…

Taking the angular theme to an even more extreme level is this 1JZ-swapped Celica Notchback, also representing the Low ‘N Slow Crew. Always one of my favorite cars to see at events in LA.

I know when the factory wheel specs for the new 86 were announced, many were concerned over the car’s high offsets and 5×100 bolt pattern. It seems, however, that owners have had little problem squeezing aggressively sized wheels under the stock fenders – as modeled by this Hot Lava-colored FR-S.

Would you agree with me when I say that the BMW E36 is a car that has aged extremely well. They were cool when they were new, and they’ve only gotten better as they’ve grown older.

Another car that I think has aged well is the first generation Toyota bB/Scion xB. Although the simple boxy design is well over a decade old now, these things still look quite modern in my eye.

When I saw this gold-wheeled AP2, I immediately thought of it as an S2000 version of Mike Mao’s NSX build. There’s just something about that bright red and gold combo…

If you ask around, a lot of people will say that matte black finishes went out a while ago, but cars like this G37 Coupe show that it can still have a big impact under the right circumstances.

Nope, that’s not another G37. That’s a Hyundai Genesis Coupe that’s been dropped over a very aggressive set of Rotiform BLQs.

‘]White car, red interior, green wheels’ might not sound too appealing when you hear it, but then you see car like this NSX and it all comes together. Who wouldn’t want to drive something that looks like a Super GT car on the street?

Perhaps the ‘friendliest’ looking car at the event was this Miata equipped with a set of Revolution wheels, a Project G top and a whole lot more.

Clever!

I’ve become so accustomed to seeing Hondas with K-swaps and shaved bays at car shows that it almost feels unnatural to look under the hood of a Civic and see a factory D or B series motor in there.

While it was clear that a lot of the cars at Wekfest were dedicated show cars, it seemed that plenty of others like this BMW E39 were daily drivers that just happened to be damn cool.

Of course the show wouldn’t be complete without an assortment of S-chassis cars, including this classy looking Zenki S14 that’s been popping up at events all around SoCal recently.

I was also pleasantly surprised to find a solid group of SW20 Toyota MR2s, one of which I’ll be sharing in my upcoming Wekfest Spotlight-O-Rama.

You might expect someone who does a JDM Type-R front end conversion to their Civic to go for the Time Attack route, but instead this FD2 conversion is sporting custom BBS wheels and tons of negative camber.

One more beautiful VIP machine: an LS430 with a trick red interior and lots of other custom work. A nice sign that the American VIP scene is continuing to evolve in new directions.

More and more, it’s appearing that high-end Japanese wheels are becoming top choice for owners of European cars, as evidenced by cars like this four door M3 on TE37SLs.

Here’s a very similar theme executed on an absolutely mint E34 5 series.

Just because you need one more reason to dream about owning an NSX, here’s another one of the mid-engined beauties that was on display at Wekfest. Simple, but all too effective.

That will do for volume two, but I shall return tomorrow to wrap up my event coverage with a special Wekfest LA Spotlight-O-Rama.

Mike Garrett
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109 comments
apex_DNA
apex_DNA

"The Equips really are the perfect wheel choice to accentuate the Z32′s aggressive, angular design. Just another reminder of just how cool these cars can be when modified right…"

 

These cars are even cooler when they're left stock, unmolested, and in red.

 

"I was also pleasantly surprised to find a solid group of SW20 Toyota MR2s, one of which I’ll be sharing in my upcoming Wekfest Spotlight-O-Rama."

 

Still waiting...

 

"You might expect someone who does a JDM Type-R front end conversion to their Civic to go for the Time Attack route, but instead this FD2 conversion is sporting custom BBS wheels and tons of negative camber."

 

The only two (2) things Type R about it is the lip and the badge...

ylee
ylee

that EF is killer! sweet!

Mahon21
Mahon21

I dont think that the Red BMW E90 is an M3. It doesn't have the side vent.

japanophile25
japanophile25

That white NSX needs those wheels repainted. Also, that Subie hurts my heart.

izzuera123
izzuera123

that super GT looking NSX... Drools....

Chris 'Haffy' Hafner
Chris 'Haffy' Hafner

Dude so much hate, don't like it? Suck it up! We don't need to hear your puny narrow minded opinions. ITS A STYLE! It don't matter if it's flush, bagged, racer, rally, drag racer or streeter it's your own car, don't let anybody make you change if they don't like it! Just tell them in a nice way to go fornicate elsewhere!

Retard Gere famous actor
Retard Gere famous actor

Racing automobiles have minimum ground clearance. As well as this, I remember Jay Leno specifically stating that his problem with his Carrera GT was that there were always places he could not go because it was very low. He was glad that cars like the Pagani Huayra have a lift kit. I am not trying to compare these kind of cars to any of those demonstrated here, but it does not mean that stanced cars cannot perform. There is no reason for Kevin and Jake to respond to everyone in order to convince us that certain cars can be modified in a very specific way. It is their car, their money and thus, their decision to do what they want. There are several nicely modified cars at this post. The day Speedhunters chooses to please exclusively guys like Jake, Kevin and those hypocrites who think that every car needs to be a racecar, I will stop visiting it. I embrace diversity and variety.

KietaPhillips
KietaPhillips

About the only decent rides I've seen so far are the pair of SW20's. Nothing too crazy or "flush" about them.

FunctionFirst
FunctionFirst

Possible spotlight on the Celica Notchback or the Hakosuka? Both look damn nice, but that Celica's a rarity... Very cool. Need to find me a nice E36 or E34 for a daily driver, that red five-series looks damn nice - though I'd definitely want to raise it up, especially in the back.

Anon
Anon

I see jake made it to the party

 

this is hilariously entertaining, keep it up guys

jake Laird
jake Laird

It's getting to the point where I'm thinking about sewing my palm to my face. My arm is getting tired from constantly lifting it up there while reading this coverage.

jbest
jbest

lol you don't have to be a purist to dislike the evo and subie. It just seems more logical to use the econobox versions of those rides for slamming. It goes the same for R32 golfs, bmw M3's, amg benz's, etc. Not that I care and am mad, but the slammed look compliments lifestyle rides, and not so much performance oriented models.  The cars look damn cool, but logic tells us not to "dumb down" a car that has had effort put into it to make it perform better.

Jochem
Jochem

It's a shame to see a lot of Impreza's and Evo's being slammed lately. Why not make it look like a rally car? Isn't that much cooler?

samversionone
samversionone

Why all the hate? I think these cars look great in their own unique way and an extension of their owners unique sense of style. I think some of you forget that some of these cars are set up for show and most don't even give a crap about tracking their cars. If they did, you don't think they would go with a completely different setup? It would be insane to think that most of these owners would even think of tracking their vehicles in "show" setup. I know if it were me, I'd probably have a setup for show and a setup for track.

DJ_Manila
DJ_Manila

 @Mike Garrett correction on the E90 sedan, its only a 335i sedan on the TE37sl. Great coverage as always, makes me want to move to the west coast

daniel
daniel

That four dour "m3" is no M3, its a regular E90! Very easy to say because of the sight turn signals, they are just the regular ones, not the typical M ones! And the hood normally has a scoop as well :) just a little comment, maybe you guys wanna edit it, well, in terms of professionality etc. :D great post tho, lovely shots!

DieterManero
DieterManero

Thats green Zenki S14 with the smoked headlights, why on earth does he have hood clips in the front of his bumper??

Kenny from the Block
Kenny from the Block

Surprisingly, we live in a world where we have to follow rules posted by keyboard warriors. Unless you drive an almost wrecked track-oriented Civic you are not going to get the approval of JDMized and his buddies. Feel free to post a rulebook on how everyone should modify his car with his own money. This is funny. Automotive enthusiasts that pretend to be racing drivers when they drive some cheap FWD cars. I have seen a bagged Subaru from a specific company that can obliterate any of your Civics or Jettas. Please keep us updated on these rules. My contribution to Entertainment Tonight ends here.

ToyotaSupraMan
ToyotaSupraMan

I think the basic problem with "stance" is that it makes a machine more inefficient at it's core task (in this case, going from A to B) for the sake of form/style/looking cool/however you want to call it.

 

Imagine if someone took a food blender and switched the blades with ones that look like dollar signs. Now the blender doesn't work as well anymore (blades' regular shape creates air currents that move the food from under the blades to above them, ensuring the food get properly blended) but IT LOOKS COOL!!1!

R
R

I'm not hardcore subaru fan, nor the mitsubishi one. but these cars with rotiform wheels and hellaflush stance just don't look good! when im looking at them i have that feeling, theres just something wrong with them.

gotwell
gotwell

the beauty of modifying a car, is that its your own damn car. we dont have a cheap hobby here gentlemen (ladies as well). i dont care for extreme camber hellaflush suspension but that doesnt mean that i dont appreciate your flawless engine bayor the fact that you still work hard to make your car look the way that you want. do your thing, and do it well! 

KrazyMike
KrazyMike

I can haz 1440p?

 

kthanxbai

Amirul Adam
Amirul Adam

Sure people are entitle to their own opinion, same goes with what people want to do to their car. Owner pay for his/her car so I would say they can modify it as they please. Who are these people to pass judgement which car can be modified to certain style etc.  

Brad_S
Brad_S

The misconception is to say any cars there were built for function. Sadly hellaflush is taking over

KietaPhillips
KietaPhillips

Nice rides, just couldn't see myself ruining a frame of a car (sport or otherwise).

I shudder to think about those cars on speedhumps or potholes, smh.

dem00n
dem00n

Don't get the BashHunters picture, are they saying SpeedHunters only bash other cars? 

Wildcardfox
Wildcardfox

Keep them coming there are still some awesome cars that I'm sure are coming up in following posts (i.e. RX7 with a supercharged corvette engine, custom widebody, and the GTRs. Looking forward to following posts.

koko san
koko san

Screw the pictures....I just went down to the comment section. hahahaha

Phishy
Phishy

I'd like to see more of that turquise RS4 and the blue 8 series BMW or whatever it is behind it.

Anon
Anon

jake Laird will not approve.

 

cool post, nice pics... LA weather is fantastic!

Frozzy
Frozzy

I really like that E39 M5... 

KevinVetters
KevinVetters

I hate seeing people take performance cars, slam them into the ground and make them completely useless. It was one thing with mini-pickups, bugs and Impalas, but to ruin EVOs, STis, GTis, BMWs and such is simply sad. These cars were designed to haul tail and kick it around corners, not pose in parking lots and grass.


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