Event: Wekfest East 2012, New Jersey V. 1 – Roll In

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I had first played with the idea of coming to New Jersey for Wekfest East back in June during the LA show.  Towards the end of the show at the Queen Mary, I had been talking to Geoffrey and Kenneth a little bit about the turn out in comparison to the rest of the tour.  LA had a great turn out, a close second to the Fort Mason show in San Francisco, but the home show is hard to beat.  I had asked him about the general turn out and response to the rest of the stops, and they basically responded with an invitation to come see for myself.  I’m in a pretty unique position compared to most people as far as traveling goes, so the idea wasn’t too farfetched.  I’ve made it to the East coast and back in less than a day, so there was really no reason why I couldn’t make it work with a car show thrown in there somewhere.  I’m not really affected by jet lag or time zones anymore as I fly quite often.  In fact, I’m sitting in an airplane, writing this, right now on the way to Phoenix; on a non-car related trip unfortunately.  As the show date neared, I was able to rearrange some things in my work schedule, so I decided I would make the flight out to Newark.  The show was on a Sunday, so I elected to take a red eye on Saturday night to avoid an additional night in a hotel.  I would land Sunday morning around 5am and shoot straight over to the New Jersey Convention Center in Edison in time to catch the roll-in and setup of the show.  Leaving on Monday would give me a good night’s sleep and an opportunity to cruise into New York for a little bit; and by little bit I mean a good 35 minutes or so – I’ll get to that later though.  Click past the break for part 1 of my exploits in the East.

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After we touched down at Newark airport, I made a b-line straight for Dunkin Donuts.  I was tired and we don’t have Dunkin’ Donuts in the West, and it’s really good coffee.  I flew first class, so I was actually able to catch some sleep in what I dubbed my flying hotel room, but it wasn’t the greatest.  I received a text from Geoffrey asking if I had made it, and letting me know to just head straight to the show.  With coffee in hand, I made my way to the airport NJ Transit station.

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By the time I got on the train headed South towards Edison, it was probably around 7:30am.  The scenery was just what I had expected it to be; older brick buildings and factories mixed in with a rather lush green background due to the high humidity in the Summer.  A little reminiscent of some parts of Japan actually.  Google had kindly told me it would be about an hour long trip by public transit to the convention center.  Google, however, didn’t take into account that some bus lines in New Jersey don’t run on Sundays.  So I ended up taking a taxi from the Perth Amboy station; which wasn’t too bad I guess, but I kind of like to try and get places without taxis.

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When I finally go to the show, they were a couple minutes into getting the cars set up, so I had timed it fairly well.  I ran into Kenneth in front of the building, who was helping with roll-in and setup, and got my stamp and everything.  We walked over to where the Weksos booth would be, and met Geoffrey who was also helping set up.  I wasn’t carrying much, my backpack and camera case, but it was nice to be able to keep my stuff at the booth.

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Geoffrey and I poured ourselves a cup of coffee and took a stroll around the convention center.

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Right away I spotted some really nice cars; and the best part was that I hadn’t seen them a dozen times before!  There were a handful of people who made the drive down from Canada as well.

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Really cool to see some legit Skylines.

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A look down the middle row of the convention center towards the main Weksos booth.  The space was of similar size to the Fort Mason show, but because of fire regulations, the amount of cars was limited to around 350+.  Which, I may add, is still an insane amount of vehicles to organize.

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All the while, cars were still being brought in and lined up in their planned spaces.  This GC8 was really nice – I don’t see too many of these (unless I’m hanging out with KODI CHAN, Charlie or Matt).

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This 5 series was very nice – so nice that I took pictures of it.  If you’re a regular reader you’ll know that I try my hardest to reserve this blog for Japanese cars exclusively.  Every once in awhile I’ll see a Euro I like so much I have to post it though.

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Really cool EVO X that came over with the other’s from Chicago; I’m assuming as part of JDM Chicago.

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Hands down one of my favorite cars at this show – I spotted early on.  I’m a huge fan of the Amuse Vestito kit for the Z34, and I just melt if it’s in a coat of gloss black.   I really like the LED treatment on the headlights as well – a classy touch.  If I had to critique this car, the only negative I would bring up is the door handles – they’re begging to be paint matched.  Despite that small thing, I probably took 50 pictures of this car alone…

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The chick in the passenger seat looked pretty stoked when I was taking the pictures for some reason.  Although, I’d be smiling if I was sitting in that car too.

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Alright, I’ll stop flooding this post with pictures of this Z. In all honesty though, if you get tired of looking at pictures of this car you don’t belong here.

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After about 30 minutes of breathing in carbon monoxide, I decided it was time to step outside for a few minutes.  There were still many cars that had yet to enter and I thought a change of scenery would be good to split the coverage up.  I know car show shots can get repetitive, so I really did my best to make this coverage interesting.  I shot with three different lenses and tried to get various perspectives.  This Z32 was absolutely great.  I’ll admit those wheels aren’t my favorite, but the overall build was too great to ignore – if I remember correctly, this got best Nissan.  I’ll have more shots later…

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Cute little FD making it’s way into the center.

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Which was followed by a chocolate flavored EVO which probably will never see a track day in it’s entire existence.  I’ll have more of this inside…

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Nice LS400 from New York awaiting it’s turn.

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A very special NSX; for a few reasons…

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…this being one of those reasons.  This car sounded soooooo right.

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These two were paired up pretty much throughout the entire day.  I don’t think I could think of a better combination…well, I probably could, but you have to admit these two cars are cool next to each other.

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Back towards the entrance, I ran into this super awesome MR2, that I later learned belongs to Sergey.  Sergey owns a JDM wheel shop in Chicago, and is an all around nice guy.  We chatted for a little bit and I found out that his car has already been shot for Import Tuner – and he mentioned that Big Mike was writing the article!  Cool – small world.

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This was another car I really, really liked seeing.  It reminded me of a high power Wangan car in Japan.  Sergey mentioned that he put these Equips on the day before he drove out here, not knowing what the drive or fitment would be like.  I’ll have more in later posts.

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Having had enough of the already very warm sun and extremely humid air, I made my way back inside to see what was cookin’.

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A couple unique cars met me inside.  A Honda Beagle and a S15 on some refinished fins or ewings or somethings (edit – Work Emitz; thanks Yuta).  Now might be a good time to mention that everyone in New Jersey has tattoos on their arms….everybody…

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There were a few nice S2000’s at the Canubeat booth.

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One more shot of the black NSX with ITBs and GT3 colored headlights.  I’ll hang it up here for the roll-in, although I have more shots, I’ll just end up starting the beginning of the show coverage with a few more roll-ins.  It will be a nice lead in to the next post.   Hope you enjoyed the first part of Wekfest East, and if you did, look forward to the next few days because there will be much more to come.  I’m exhausted, so I’m calling it a night – thanks for visiting and stay tuned!

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