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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