Wekfest III has come and gone. Going into this event, I was unsure what to expect of this show due to the announcement that it would not be held in J-Town, San Francisco as previous years. I attended last years Wekfest and loved every aspect of the show (minus nearly dying during roll in with all the exhaust fumes). The whole parking lot car meet type of feel mixed in with the sheer masses of people that attended. I heard that last year it took an hour to two hours just to enter the venue.
A few weeks prior to the event I came across pictures of where Wekfest III would be held and it was a completely different style of venue. The location looked similar to the berths that could be found in Ken Block’s Gymkhana 2 video. I was quite weary of this new look to the Wekfest venue because I always felt the garage scene in J-Town was what defined this show.
The day of the show has come and I am still in Southern California. After the long drive with Johnfob and a couple of his buddies, we are finally ready to see what Wekfest had in store for us. Upon roll in, it seemed a bit hectic compared to last year, but I think that was mostly because they didn’t have that extra lot to stage the cars like last year. After getting the car parked and wiped down, I took a quick look around to see who else has came to the show. As expected, the quality of most of the cars were top notch.
Continuing where Billy left off in the previous Wekfest post, the large line did not seem to be as long as last years, but I heard that it took nearly 2 hours to get in. Someone did really well in promoting this event.
While walking around the show, I noticed that there were only a couple categories of cars that stood out the most.
For the Lexus/VIP section, there were lots of familiar faces.
Abe’s custom widebody Lexus LS430 done by Platinum VIP. I absolutely love this car and I’m not being biased just because he is a local. This car has a perfect stance. I actually saw this car come together for SEMA.
Kennedy’s Aristo also done by Platinum VIP. I remember when I saw this for the first time at last year’s Wekfest. This car is definitely one of a kind.
Solomon’s LS430. I remember working the days before last year’s Wekfest to help him adjust his coilovers to the perfect stance. The car has undergone a facelift with the Job Design kit that made its debut at SEMA this past year.
Glen’s Job Design / Rod Millen Supercharged GS400. This car also had gone under the knife in preparations with the previous SEMA. I have to say the Job Design kit does give the ride more of a presence.
Johnny’s IS250. I guess you could say “newly” supercharged. I have seen this car with so many different paint jobs and so many different rims, I can’t even count it on both hands. His IS250 has always been up top of the ISx50 scene and probably one of the easily noticed.
If I remember correctly this is a GS400h. Yes a hybrid. I remember seeing this car over at Evasive getting a custom diffuser fitted. I had never seen the final product of this car, but my oh my what a sight.
So guess which car I think has too much rubber showing? LOL
This LUIGI Edition ISF (or at least thats what I’m calling it) definitely stuck out amongst all the other cars.
This matte ISx50 really caught my attention. The finish on the rims was something I have never seen before. It was like a magnesium blue from one angle, but from another almost an electric blue. I wish I had a chance to talk to the owner about his set up.
Well this is it for part 1, I will definitely be updating the next part very soon.
Here is a picture of Mr Shea putting in some work for LocalCarMotion.com
Also a slight preview of other cars to expect in the next post.