Event: Wekfest LA 2012 – Long Beach, California V.3

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I’m running out of ways to start these posts, as usual, so I’ll just start off by saying…here is part 3 of NDF’s Wekfest LB (A) coverage.  I even had trouble coming up with that.  I think from now on, literally this second, for the rest of the show coverage, I will highlight a handful of shots and then post a slide gallery of some cookie cutter coverage of the show towards the bottom of the post.  There are really way too many cars to try and put them into this format.  This will allow you guys to see the show in a more timely manner as well.  As a side benefit, it will also allow me to concentrate my commentary on just a few memorable shots.  After previewing the new layout, I think you’ll like it as it allows you to briefly preview a lower sized picture, as opposed to loading an entire page worth of pictures.  Once you click a thumbnail, a slide feature will pop up allowing you to view each shot in the gallery in succession. Typically, towards the end of posts my comments turn from semi-informational to just blatant observations (e.g. here is a civic on Volks).  You’re probably reading that type of stuff and saying, “Well, no shit”.  I think I left off around early afternoon, just before the gates opened and the flood of show goers rushed the grounds.  I think it was right about this time I decided to break off from the guys I was hanging out with and start taking photos again.  Click past the break for continued coverage.

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I think after owning (partially) and driving a Suzuka Blue S2000 for so many years, I’ve grown extremely fond of the color.  Not only is it one of the more rare colors, but it is quite unique as well.  Plus it’s named after one of the greatest race tracks in Japan (*cough* the world *cough*).  This one was parked in the back corner of the grassy area under the shade of a Pine tree.  This thing was lower than current mortgage rates, and sat atop some extremely aggressive sized Work Meister S1’s.  Look for a full shot in the gallery.

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I’m sure by now I needn’t explain this picture.  A close up of the 24k gold dipped, NSX-specm Mugen MF-10’s that adorned the four corners of the red Honda.  I’m glad I got plenty of pictures of this when I did because it was parked right next to It’s JDM Yo’s model booth.  Later in the day, there were so many people crowded around both the booth and the car I would have never been able to get a clear shot.

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I was happy to see that at least one Scion FR-S made it out to the show, although my surprise was dampened a bit by the fact I had just seen about 2 dozen in Japan a few weeks ago.  Seeing a Subaru BRZ at Bee-R in Japan is a little more exciting than seeing a Scion FR-S in America.  Although I will admit, this one looked quite nice on the grey SSR Competitions.  I can’t believe how well the worldwide tuning community is taking to this platform – Toyota really nailed it…or should I say Subaru?  It’s great to have another Toyota sports car aside from the Celica; which in recent years has paled in comparison to it’s competitors.

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Another EK that we see quite often at shows in both parts of California.  The white Regamaster’s match the blue-ish grey exterior very nicely, and the Chargespeed lip and K-swap round out the great build.  Never get tired of seeing this one.

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Not all of the vehicles on display had 4 wheels though.  There were a few people that brought out their custom built Honda Ruckus’ for display.  It’s really awesome to see people take these to the extreme.  The scooter scene in Japan is something you really have to see for yourself, and although I don’t think the US has it in them to create and ride around on things like this, or taking the time to look this cool, I’m stoked to to see that there are people putting a lot of time and effort into them nonetheless.  Taking it past the bolt on stage to doing more extreme stuff like stretching the chassis and custom bars.

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Like I mentioned before, the show was flooded with VIP builds.  One thing I’ve noticed in the past year or so is the return of pin-striping.  Not pin-striping in the hot rod, lowrider sense, but the thicker custom pin stripe you see here on the side of the car.  I’m sure it’s nothing new, but the first time I can recall seeing it recently was at the 2010 Tokyo Auto Salon.  Both of the cars K-Break and Bee Dragon had on display were rocking the pin-stripe.  You can see what I mean here. I saw several cars at Wekfest that had the stripe and it looked great.  It really helps break up what would normally be a somewhat mundane side of a car.  This Aristo looked just perfect sitting on the giant Weds KRANZE series wheels.

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This would probably fall into the category of my second favorite EK at the show.  It’s a spot on replica of an EK-9 and it looks drop dead gorgeous on the mag blue Volk CE-28’s.  I’m running out of things to say about all these Honda’s because they are all just so spot on.  I really enjoy the quality over quantity approach to vehicle builds.

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Man, I love Long Beach.  Here’s a look across the harbor towards downtown and the convention center with giant whales painted on it.  Parker’s Lighthouse is the building in the front in Shoreline Village – it’s a pretty nice restaurant, but I would imagine old people like to eat there often.  It was about this time that we all started to get a little hungry…and thirsty if you know what I mean.  I had mentioned earlier that I was hanging out with some friends from S2Ki pretty much through the whole show.  There is a nice restaurant and bar directly behind the Queen Mary park, so we decided to go check it out and relax a little.  We already had stamps so getting back into the show wouldn’t be an issue.

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Well, grabbing a bite to eat turned into relaxing on couches at the bar for an hour.  It was actually a great break from walking around and taking pictures.  We had a few drinks and apparently a shot to celebrate the show before heading back for more Wek action.

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I had asked the bartender to get a group shot, but it came out shitty, so I just set the timer and put my camera on the couch.  That’s me on the far left, Nahn with the S2000 on NT-03’s, Jonathan also with S2000, Michelle and Ryan, again with S2000, and Geoffrey who owns a somewhat stock S2000 on Gram Lights.  I suppose I was the only one without a S2000.  This could possibly be the only time you’ll see me on my own blog.  Now that we were all nice and toasty, it was time to head back to Wekfest.

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