Event: Wekfest LA 2012 – Long Beach, California V.2

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Let’s continue the Wekfest LA 2012 coverage, shall we?  I left off somewhere around early afternoon just before the gates opened to the public.  By this time a line had formed at the entrance that wrapped around quite a ways towards the Queen Mary.  I don’t think it was as profound as the San Francisco show, but it was still pretty large.  The good thing about it being an outdoor venue was the amount of people that could come in wasn’t limited because of fire law restrictions.  Although Fort Mason is a cool location to have a show in the city, it limits the capacity in several different ways.  After I made my first round through the cars, I was getting pretty hungry.  My buddy Jon had ordered a pizza, so I took a break with him and some other guys and ate a little bit.  Sitting in the grass, under the cover of the mornings marine layer was extremely relaxing.  After a good 30 minutes though I decided it would be best to do another walk through before the crowds arrived.  Check the second round of coverage past the break.

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This shot gives you a little perspective of part of the event park.  The park lies on the West side of Rainbow Harbor, and you can see downtown Long Beach and Rainbow Bridge from just about anywhere in the park – one of the reasons I like this place so much.

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I made my way back towards the entrance where the majority of the vendors were, as well as many more cars.  There were many familiar Honda’s in this area, but this white hatchback I don’t think I’ve seen before.  It’s from ATS so maybe I saw it in San Francisco, but then again I don’t have the best memory.  Anyway, I really enjoyed the build.  Not only was the color combination and parts selection very mature, the interior and bay matched the whole car.  This was easily one of my favorite Civic’s at the show.

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Here’s another Civic that I see quite often around shows in California.  I think I saw it in Super Street once too; on a different set of wheels though.  That might have been awhile ago.

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This car I remember for sure.  It’s got a super hero vibe around it.  Pretty stoked that it’s got a B-series in it too, in a day and age where the K is supreme.

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I just realized that this post is going to have a massive amount of Honda’s in it haha.  The whole end portion of the paved lot was full of incredibly well thought out Honda builds; and this Integra is always among them.  Another really well thought out, mature build, with a cool color combination.  I really like the teal against the black.  The owner had placed a Go Pro camera on his windshield just like in Wekfest SF; he makes a time lapse video of the event.  Very clever idea and the results are cool – be sure to check You Tube soon.

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Some vendors lined the perimeter of the grounds; here is a shot of the Weds booth and all the wheels they brought out.  Weds has really grown in popularity the past few years, as their wheel designs get more and more diverse.

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Another shot of Mike’s Prelude as I made my way back to the grass area.  Actually, now that I think about it, this must have been earlier in the morning because there is a Mercedes next to it….I don’t remember that there for the show haha.

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A couple shots of his new engine goodies.  AEM supplied the newly released 4-channel wideband UEGO controller to aid in the engine management; this thing is pretty crazy.  It’s actually technology that’s been used for a while, but to see it on an application like this is way cool.  It’s actually a reasonably priced way to get the most accurate and safe tuning if you’re using it in a race application.  I think the controller is a little under $600.  Mike and I both agree it makes his bay a little more busy, but at least it’s busy for a reason.  I’m sure he’ll find a way to clean it up a bit though.

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I’m gonna get real scarce with the comments for the rest of this post because I have to wake up at 4am and go to work.  I thought this shot was pretty cool  – CCW vs. BBS, hardtop vs. soft top, black vs. silver.  Take your pick.

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It’s crazy the different types of looks you can achieve with the same wheel and same application, just depending on what tire size, offset, and how low the car sits.  A 350Z like this get’s the ‘flush’ look, but if it was a bit higher, and with a bit chunkier tire, it would give off a very sporty, almost track like appearance.

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Another shot from the front.

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Another Z33 example from Royal Flush – although, there is no way to make Euroline’s look sporty!  I really liked the grey color on this car.

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I’m not sure that I saw any other RX-8’s at the event.  I haven’t gotten through all my photos yet though.  This one was very…white.  I think those are Varrstoen wheels.

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A much more subdued NSX than the red one on gold wheels, but a NSX nonetheless.  The Enkei RPF-1’s almost look like they could be an OEM offering from Honda.  As much as I’d like to keep going with this post, I’m gonna have to cut it off here.  I’ll have much more time tomorrow afternoon to sort out the third round of coverage – it’ll be much better I promise haha.  Anyway, thanks for visiting and have a good night!

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