Introducing The Wekfest Five
Old school stanced

In yesterday’s post from Wekfest Nagoya I purposely left out five pretty important cars from the inaugural Japanese event. These were cars that I felt best represented – with a variety of different approaches – what Japan has to offer within this style movement. And what better way to present them to you than all tucked into a neat little Spotlight-o-rama post.

There’s no particular order to how I’m showing the cars – it’s pretty much the order in which I came across them. So let’s begin with this BMW 2002…


My initial thought might have been something along the lines of ‘Oh, here we go again – the old semi-abandoned look redone in a different flavour’, but not wanting to fall into that terrible trap of dismissing a car based on a fleeting glance (something nobody should ever do), it quickly became obvious that there were many cool touches that truly made it different. To begin with, it was a US import, and therefore automatically super cool in Japan. Nothing will win you more props than starting off with a hard-to-source import. Second of all, the rust runs and the patina really seemed to be authentic, and I guess if you are going for that look it’s far better than having to fake it, right?


Then there was the wheels. Like I mentioned in the first post, I don’t think any car can look bad when lowered on a set of nicely-fitted BBS rims. That is very much true here – especially when the wheels in question are beautifully restored and have been treated to a modern touch of color.


Further emphasis that this is not your usual Euro or Japan-spec 2002 are the laughable bumper-car-like front and rear bumpers. What on earth were the US authorities thinking by making all car manufacturers equip cars with these monstrosities? I guess not much was understood about crash testing, crumple zones and other such things back in those days…


To finish it all – and in true show car style – the wheels were painted a different color on the driver’s side. Add lots of tuck for good measure and the BMW was a real standout in a sea of slammed goodness on the Port Messe floor.


Okay, so I’ve seen some of the comments from the first post calling us Stancehunters. Now while I can understand where some of you are going with this, would you rather have us not cover these events all together? What you have to understand is – in Japan at least – a ‘stanced’ car isn’t necessarily an show car that sits so low it becomes completely unusable. So why do cars that sit well need to be categorised in the same group? Do you think that this Kanjo EF Civic built by Rhythm Motors can’t be driven? Race cars have a nice and tight fitment, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not functional. Makes sense, right?


The reason the Honda sits on chunky Advan A050s is because it gets thrashed on both the road and the track. Everything you see on this car is there to allow it to function its best.


In total Kanjo style the exhaust pops out on the driver’s side where there isn’t even a recess for it. But that’s the way you keep it as straight as possible.


Can you spot the other must-have Kanjo racing essentials?


The best way to describe the interior is semi-stripped. All carpeting and much of the trim has been removed, while a pretty simple and straightforward bolt-in rollcage adds a bit of stiffness and safety to the ageing chassis. There are only two seats as well, and they’re both fixed-back buckets. Trust me, Japan is different. If people build cars for Kanjo they do it because they race there – not because they simply like the look. It’s all about the lifestyle and most of these guys embrace it all the way to the Osaka Loop.


It was bit sad that there weren’t that many RX-7s at the show. In fact, this FC3S was actually the only one, but my word did it make up for it with an indescribably amount of presence. The older these old 7s get, the weaker they make me go at the knees when I spot one that’s been looked after as well as this gleaming example.


The mostly stock body, which was only spiced up with a few little aero touches like the front lip and mirrors, was highlighted with a set of Rotiforms. The offsets weren’t extreme, but I liked that aspect. It almost reminded me of old school ’80s wheel fitment, which is perhaps what the owner was going for.


There really isn’t any need for an FC to warrant the use of additional aero enhancements – the stock body just does such a great job. I love how all the factory badges were retained at the rear too.


A nice touch to add to the flowing clean profile was the naturally aspirated FC3S bonnet which came minus the air intake.


I was impressed at how well looked after the interior was. Obviously this car has spent much of its life garaged or covered, as all the trim was really clean. A nice and chunky OMP deeply-cupped steering wheel and modern seats all add a touch of class to what was, without doubt, one of the best cars at Wekfest Japan.


There was much lowness going on with this 84 Base Motor Works-built Golf thanks to a complete Air Lift Performance suspension system. If you look closely, that big intercooler peaking its shiny core through the grille is a little clue that the engine hasn’t exactly been forgotten either.


Of course, what everyone was taking about was the sheer size of the custom flared fenders, which were all fabricated in metal and nicely integrated into the bodywork. The old school Lorinser wheels (made by BBS) are also a very nice touch.


Of course, super-wide wheels were a must as there’s a hell of a lot of space under those ginormous guards.


The owner didn’t want to divulge too much information on the engine as it’s far from finished, but this is one car I’ll definitely be keeping my eyes on!


Houston, we are ready for take off.

The art of tactical

We all know that when Tactical Arts build a car, nothing gets overlooked. This bronze Civic was not only testament to the fact – for me it was by far the most impressive EF at the event.


No matter where you look, the attention to detail is amazing. Not one surface hasn’t been prepped and painted,  altered, or smoothed. Everything is neatly and cleanly laid out and at no point do you get the idea that anything has been sacrificed, or modified purely for looks.


The stripped cabin is just the same – there’s only one seat in there, along with a custom welded-in rollcage gusseted to the front pillars in a totally unobtrusive way. I loved the adjustable billet shifter assembly and how the centre console has been stripped of the audio and ventilation controls, and simply covered with a few sheets of carbon.


Much stiffness. Lots of safety.


It also serves as the best possible car to end this second post from the Port Messe with. And once again a very obvious reminder of how the Japanese scene just keeps on evolving and improving.

Next up it’s the car park, so stay tuned for a nice dose of variety under the sun!

Dino Dalle Carbonare
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That RX-7 is awesome. Perfect wheel spec choice, tire width is good, dish is good, and camber is consistent front/rear. Well played.


Normally I'm a hot-mess of love and understanding, but I draw the line at cheesily painting a 2002 black plastic grill to make it look chrome/anodized.  No sir, that I cannot accept.

Diggin the original AFRC sticker though.


Oh my that RX-7 is amazing. And I never realized that CCVs fit old civic that well, they look great!


Love the White EF Civic, one of my favs. 
Not to step on any toes, but the green it a track car or show car?


That Golf!!! You can never have too many gauges...


Really glad you highlighted that 2002. There are so many "rat" style cars, but there's something about that one I really like only I'm not sure what it is yet.


I think its just a threebox really low with a centre exit exhaust hanging low, always reminds me of my dads old mini's, when ever he got a new one he'd always transfer his centre exit onto the new car. Kinda rubbed off onto my choice of car, here is someone's photo-shopped lowering of my car.


Why somebody would take such a beautifully handling and driving car like the 2002 and completely rob it of both those attributes totally and utterly perplexes me.


I dig the 2002.  I don't care for the wheels but I like it.  I'd drive the crap out of that thing.  What perplexes me is the fact that some people just don't get styling.....Here's a car that is flat out kool.  It's not perfect yet in some way is totally kool.  It may never be a show car and who cares.  Trailers and garage queens never are that kool.  There's just something fun and real about it.  At least it's not over done and done again.


donkyyyyyy  Why are you so perplexed people don't like the styling? It's been modified by the owner for his own personal tastes. Nobody else HAS to get it or like it. I personally think it looks like warmed up garbage. There is nothing on it that is innovative, original, or creative. But that's okay, because it's not my car. 

Stance is an EXTREMELY controversial modification style. Don't expect people to like it.


Love the Civics and the FC RX-7. Great post.


KiwiMotoring  Thanks!


@Jake Laird donkyyyyyy  I get what both you guys are saying. Owners do it for their own personal satisfaction, that's obviously not always going to get universal thumbs up


Taryn Croucher  Indeed!!


kphillips9936  I think they are going for both


AxelFoley  They sure do!


You covered both coasts in that feature with some of my favorite cars...Very nice Dino!


Less hektik camber, more kanjo Civics. Much better. Please continue in this fashion, it would be most appreciated.


Nice Honda! - & Speaking of Hondas...Speedhunter_Dino Are you aware of this Turbo Bulldog lurking in NZ? Finally nearing completion...*begging* the owner to upload pics/vids...


Anthraxxx NZ????


Spaghetti Anthraxxx New Zealand Bro ;)


@Jake Laird"There is nothing on it that is innovative, ORIGINAL, or creative."
The fact that it is original and unmessed with(for the most part) is what makes it cool. An unmolestered car, dumped on some nice wheels is hardly new and certainly didn't come about recently to fit in with "stance". What perplexes me is that people think the word stance can be used to describe a modification style. It's simply a word(that has been around forever) that describes, more or less, how a car sits.

Maybe it did nor handle before the owner got their hands on it. Perhaps he's done a good thing by putting it back on the road. It certainly wouldn't take much to remove the suspension and wheels and get it back to how someone else might like to be.


Australia buddy, New South Wales....


axesent Anthraxxx I'm a Victorian livin' in Perth WA ;)


Anthraxxx axesent  haha badass!


aussieANON  LOL. Variety...gotta have variety!


Phil Robles  Thanks!


JakWhite  Sweet car, don't think I've ever seen on in Japan


speedhunters_dino Anthraxxxaxesent You need to get in touch with this Guy & do a feature hey. Meanwhile - Motocompo - WILL Corp. over there in



speedhunters_dino kphillips9936Ah I see.


Those EFs are The stance on the Tactical Arts one is a bit much for me, but otherwise it's stunning. Loving that exposed gear linkage.


speedhunters_dino aussieANON  We were losing proper variety a little while back, but it's coming back again. I massively appreciate stuff like the Formula D engine bay thing, and that van (you know the one). Stuff that you don't see often at shows at all. 
I'm going to be honest, if I wanted to see stance type stuff I'd go to stanceworks or the million other stance related blogs. I come to Speedhunters to see those crazy 15 year long builds where the owner has poured their heart into the work, not someone who slaps on a set of wheels and dumps the car on the ground (as good as they can be sometimes).
So, if you could, more stuff like that please. Cars that make you just sit there and go "holy shit" they're so perfect.
Bit of an essay, but you know.


where is the orange ek from tactical art ?


That RX7 is just awesome! And that EF hatch is just incredible, specially the engine bay! Love it!


Anthraxxx I know what NZ is......but that car isn't in NZ


axesent Anthraxxx TurboCab's in NSW! I've always thought he was in NZ. That's embarrassing...Well Somebody do a article on his car for God's Sake.


Tactical's Art's EF is simply stunning. Unfortunately, the only thing "modified purely for looks" is one of the most crucial components- the tire setup! All the same, glad to see the goodness coming out of Japan.


speedhunters_dino JakWhite Thanks, it really is a sweet little car, I don't see too many here either as it was the more base spec car compared to the dolomite so everyone bought that. In fact I've only seen one other at all the classic car meets I've been to. It's a blast to drive with dual wishbone front suspension and a live axle at the back, if a little slow on the straight aways. British cars don't really have much of a following for modification, more-so restoration, which in some ways is good, but it would be nice to see a really well engineered s2000 engined spitfire or sprite once in a while.


Didn't see it


Got any more shots of the R8 behind the BMW 2002 in the opening shots? :)

Awesome RX-7 too,  that car is perfect IMO.

Nice pics as well Dino!


I really digg the cabin of the Golf ... and i have not much love for Golfs, but that Golf there, wow!
That looks really hardcore.
Is the screamer pipe comming out over the exhaust? If so thats really mental ^^


"What on earth were the US authorities thinking by making all car
manufacturers equip cars with these monstrosities? I guess not much was
understood about crash testing, crumple zones and other such things back
in those days…"They were called 5MPH bumpers, if I'm not mistaken. They were supposed to protect you from much bigger cars and higher speed collisions (and they did in some cases, like Antonio Alvendia of Motormavens when he kept the USDM bumpers on his Corolla GT-S back in the day and got into a wreck). They were there for a reason, called safety. But I could be wrong.


Anybody know what the actual bronze colour is on that Civic?


aussieANON speedhunters_dinoI agree on the long build thing. You can tell when an individual has spent a lot of time and effort. Dino had a chance to do one of those stories with me and he passed it up. I spent 8 years and $55K on a scratch build of a mid 60's mid engine race car. I mean scratch build of everything except the outer shell and even that is modified.  I suspect Dino doesn't think there's that many talented car builders in America. Oh well.


Chri5 Duncan aussieANON speedhunters_dino  What car? Sounds rad


aussieANON Chri5 Duncanspeedhunters_dinoGT40


Chri5 Duncan aussieANON speedhunters_dino  Damn... Got a link to a build thread, or at least some pictures or something?


aussieANON Chri5 Duncanspeedhunters_dino
what's your email, I'll send you a link to the build page


Chri5 Duncan speedhunters_dino


Taryn Croucher  When your hammering you dont have a chance to look at gauges. On any track in NZ you would be lucky to check the water temp on the main straight let alone monitor all of them. Thats why you should always have a co driver (= You need a big red light to come on when something goes wrong and there is a pretty good chance you wont notice that for one and a half laps.


That white EF. Does nobody understand how roll cages work? That thing adds weight and that's about it.