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Preview: Cross Country – Wekfest New Jersey 2012

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So, yeah, I’m on the East Coast right now, finally relaxing in my hotel room after an incredibly long day.  It’s a one man show here at NDF (well, in the States anyway), so if I want to get you guys coverage of something, I have to physically go do it.  Planes, trains, cars and all.  I’ve always said I’m not huge on shows, but there’s something different about Wekfest to me.  Maybe it’s the people backing it, or perhaps the quality and smoothness of each show on the tour.  Whatever the case, it’s a show I actually look forward too.  In particular I was looking forward to seeing new cars.  Every show I’ve attended has been on the West coast; and at a good half dozen or so shows this Summer, saying that things get repetitive would be an understatement.  So when Geoffrey convinced me to come out to New Jersey for the Wekfest East show, I started to get curious as to what I might see.  The mecca of all Japanese import tuning in the US is, without argument, in California – whether it be Northern or Southern.  With this in mind I went into the show expecting less than what I’m used to; which was probably the wrong mindset but I couldn’t help it.  I’ve never been to New Jersey, and…probably will not come back, but that’s got nothing to do with the state.  It’s just a random place for me to be.  Anyway, the show turned out to be surprisingly good.  I can’t say it was California good, but it did exceed my expectations.  I have to give props to the guys who drove up from Florida and Chicago; insanity.  Well, I mean we all came from California, but we didn’t drive.  I met some really nice people, and got to hang out at the Weksos booth all day; it was great to have a place to put all my crap.  I need to eat now, but since I’m not doing much tonight I’ll get started on the edits.  I took over 600 photos so it might take a while to sort through, but trust me, it will be worth it.  I plan on waking up early tomorrow and going into Liberty Park to shoot the New York skyline, then hopping on a plane back to California.  I’ll also be flying out of town for work later in the week as well, so don’t expect the coverage to come fast.  I’d like to thank Geoffrey and Kenneth for their hospitality, even on the other side of the country.  I didn’t get to talk to Adam much, but that’s OK, he was in the same travel situation I was and I’m sure he was extremely busy.  Check back soon for the roll-in and start of part 1.

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Event: Wekfest 2012 – Fort Mason, San Francisco v.5 – Final

Automotive, Event, JDM

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It’s now been over a week since Wekfest SF and I’m still finding myself pouring over pictures from the event! I think I’ll just combine the few pictures I have left in this post to wrap up the coverage.  Typically people start losing interest in shows after the first couple days, but I gotta say, Wekfest traffic hasn’t slowed at all!  In fact, I’m still getting almost as many hits per day as when the first part of our coverage dropped.  That’s some bay area love right there.  Click past the break to see what everyone has been talking about.

Event: Wekfest 2012 – Fort Mason, San Francisco v.4 – Honda Time

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As I wind down the Wekfest SF 2012 coverage, I was debating throwing everything I had into one final post.  As I was going through the shots though, I realized I had a little too many for one post.  So, in the sake of saving some time, I decided to split them up in to two posts.  I saw though, that the majority of what I had left were photos of Honda’s!  Which is actually pretty cool because now I have enough for a Honda specific post.  If you’re a fan, then this will be a must to check out.  There were so many nice Honda builds at the show and I hope I got to see most of them.  Click past the break for a good sample of what was there.

Event: Wekfest 2012 – Fort Mason, San Francisco v.2 – back story

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So I had my first chance to look at my opening post on Wekfest SF, and it looks as if all the pics are grossly under-saturated. I think this might be a result of the monitor I processed them on. I was staying at my friends place in East Bay, so I took advantage of my time there to throw together that first post. I wanted to get the first post out because I wasn’t sure about how much time I’d have when I got back home.  In hindsight it looks like I should have held off! His monitor settings may have had the saturation and contrast way up, so I tried to compensate.  Oh well, it’s a little too late to change them now, but this next round of pics should look much crispier.  Anyway, like I said in the first post, this second round of coverage will be much less cookie cutter.  Shooting car shows can get a little boring – so if there’s no story, it’s just a photo dump.  I found my ‘lost’ CF card that had my shots around the city on it, including all the great places I ate at this weekend.  I’m no stranger to San Francisco; as I used to fly there every week for about a solid 6 months in a row.  This post will include some shots of the day before Wekfest.  My coverage will probably end up being around 4 or 5 posts worth – so there is still plenty more!  Click past the break to check out my view.