Event: Wekfest 2012 – Fort Mason, San Francisco v.1

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According to the internet, there are currently around 800,000 or so people living in San Francisco; I think roughly half of them were at Fort Mason this past Sunday to attend Wekfest.  Yes, that is a gross exaggeration, but the Weksos crew did manage to more than oversell the show.  The massive following the show has garnered over the years resulted in an attendance number much larger than what was expected; so large in fact that the police and fire departments had to refuse entry to some people due to fire code regulations – which was obviously out of the hands of the organizers.  Other than that, from the eyes of a photographer, this show was unbelievable.  The venue is by far the coolest I’ve been to, the lighting is great, the people are all awesome, and the selection of cars was really well thought out.  Before I start the coverage I’d like to say thank you to the guys at Weksos and everyone one else involved in the organization of this show – something as large as this isn’t easy to pull off, and the hard work is appreciated.  Click past the break to kick this off.

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We showed up around to the show a little late due to the Bay Bridge being closed for construction all weekend.  I was up north already near Albany picking up a friend, so we decided to take the Richmond bridge through San Rafael and pass over the Golden Gate for kicks.  Just my luck, there was an accident on the Richmond bridge – so we were stuck in traffic for a little bit.  We eventually arrived a little past noon, and the line was already wrapped around the grounds of Fort Mason.

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I’ve never really seen the curvature of the 20mm prime, but for some reason it’s really apparent in this shot.  I think it’s the painted line…

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Right away it was apparent that roll-in was taking a little longer than expected as there were still cars waiting to be directed to park.  I snapped a few quick pictures, but didn’t want to spend too much time outside because I knew once they opened it up for general public it would be impossible to get a clean shot of the cars.  How did I know this?

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Because of this crowd.  The pool of people tapered to a line in the back that eventually wrapped around the grounds all the way up to the park you can see in the background.  Crazy right?  OK, no more of this crowd talk.  Let’s get inside.

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In the entry way of the first building there were a few booths set-up.  Among them was the Skunk2 booth with their CR-Z car on display.

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This matte red Z33 was at the front of the first building.  The entire thing is wrapped in vinyl.

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The IMPRM booth had this candy EK at their booth.

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This two-door Subaru was pretty cool.  Reminded me a little of Bunta’s car.

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Horrible picture of the Fatlace booth.

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A few months ago the Illest/Fatlace guys unveiled their RAUH-Welt equipped Porsche.  It’s made it’s appearance at quite a few shows already – glad I got to see it in person.  Nakai-san and his RWB brand has exploded worldwide in the last few years.  His kits are quite impressive.

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I thought this was one great Evo…kkkkk

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Root beer flavored Altezza.  I really liked this color – it looked like a dirty penny. Excellent wheel choice as well.

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So glad that this car was here.  I remember seeing it last year at Wekfest LA and falling in love.  Everything about it is right on in my book.

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A couple interior shots of the Vertex S14.

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Really clean Evo from FFTec display.  Normally I enjoy winged Evos, but this one looked great with a clean trunk.

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They managed to mix in a little old school flavor with this Datsun.

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The world’s most difficult to photograph S2000.  This car just sucks all the light in around it.  TNT had some really nice cars on display.

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I think this might have been the only Subaru wagon there, which is cool, because you don’t see them too often.   The Volk SL’s have really been catching on.

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This super clean SW20 rounded up the back of the middle row – I saw a lot of Work wheels this weekend!

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The VS-XX was most definitely a popular choice – it’s got that good styling mix of sport and luxury.

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This was one of my favorite S2000’s at the show.  The parts selection was spot on, and the owner didn’t go overboard with aesthetics.  Just a really clean look.

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As it turns out, Advan RS’ look fantastic on S2000’s.
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One more shot for good luck – the NSX next to it was also really well done.

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The Advan AVS Model 5’s looked awesome as well.

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The presence of VIP cars was very well noticed.  This is a segment of the market that is growing very quickly.  As the builders of the last generation are starting to grow out of the ‘tuning’ phase, and into something more adult oriented.

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Vip’d Out was one display that garnered a lot of attention.  Some really clean builds here.

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I really enjoyed all the sporty IS builds.  Toyota/Lexus did really well in designing this car and marketing it the way they did.  It’s really opening up a new look for the sporty VIP route – it’s really quite mature.

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A look down one of the aisles.

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Stylish NSX – very simple, very clean.

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LS7 equipped Mazda FD.  The RX-7 guys go crazy with these swaps.  This one is very well executed.  I can’t imagine what it’s like to drive this thing!

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Evo 9 on Enkei NT-01’s.  Another example of the good builds at this show.  Quality over quantity.  I didn’t see too many over the top cars, which is awesome.

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LS460.  This car is so freaking big!

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Z32 on what appear to be Advan VS5’s in black. OK, I think I’ll leave off there for today.  I gotta get to the airport and catch a flight home, I should probably get back to work haha!  Like usual, any trip to the bay area for me is a good one.  I love this city and I love my friends that I know here.  It was great to see everyone again – especially the guys who made the trip from down south.  Stay tuned for more Wekfest SF – I took like 700 pictures, so expect a few more posts.  I promise they all won’t be as cookie cutter as this either – thanks for visiting!

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