Prior to the onset of the global pandemic, car show happenings in Southern California were becoming a bit crowded. Multiple show tours, including Wekfest Los Angeles, ripped through the southland, sometimes within a week of another event, and mixed in with the cars and coffee morning meet-ups, impromptu meets, and assorted gatherings. Socal was bursting at the seams with weekend car activities. And if you’re anything like us, you’re looking back and realizing just how good we had it before the world almost came to a complete stop. But hey, Wekfest is back, so don’t dwell too much on now vs. then.
With the Wekfest name, a few things are always expected by fans. The first is a packed house. Registrations for all Wekfest events are typically filled quickly and there has never been a situation where the organizers were caught scrambling, hunting around for cars to satisfy capacity. Wekfest makes the announcement, and car owners line up to be part of the event. The other two expected ingredients are quality and variety. The group has long been vocal about showcasing complete builds with an eye for quality, and often the show is used as a stage for vehicle debuts. Oh, and you’re guaranteed to see European and even domestic cars mixed in with the import-centric affair.
Inside the halls, there wasn’t shoulder-to-shoulder foot traffic, but that’s to be expected, given the current state of the nation. Pre-Covid attendance felt quite a bit heavier at the L.A. tour stop, but upon arrival at this year’s show, a solid line of ticket holders snaked through the Convention Center lobby. A handful of vendors were also on hand with produce displays and demo cars to pore over.
With a successful Japan tour stop back in May and Seattle just a few weeks ago, this L.A. visit will be followed up with San Jose next month, and Texas to close out the year. For a year that began with a rather bleak outlook, Wekfest has managed to push through and assembled a series of events that are bringing back the pre-pandemic vibes that everyone is hopeful for. The next 12 months will be telling in that they’ll forecast which of the large-scale car show series will kick or stick, and there’s no doubt this group has already positioned themselves for the long haul. Here’s a peek into the L.A. Wekfest stop, 2021:
This MkV Supra owned by Marc Tcham was a “can’t miss” attraction on the show floor. The manual transmission that most feel the latest Supra revamp should have received is in fact at play here; will Toyota go ahead and do a factory install? We’re still waiting.
That Supra’s six-speed manual is connected to this single-turbo converted 2JZ swap. Yes, it’s been done before, relax, it hasn’t happened often at this point and the execution on this example is excellent.
With no oversized fender extensions or towering rear wing, like his NSX that we featured back in February, this Supra maintains its factory lines, though augmented with a carbon fiber splitter and side diffusers. At all four corners are black Work rollers with hits of teal to play off of the roll cage and valve cover. We know, you want to hear it crackle and pop, we get it – here’s a sound clip for you.
You just don’t see enough of 300ZX floating around and if you do, they’re usually not as clean and well maintained as @2k_autogallery’s project. The wheels carry some interesting history as Koenig Specials, known for their tuning work with Lamborghini, Ferrari, BMW, etc. The faces of these wheels were designed by Modia-Modex. The barrels and hardware should look familiar to JDM wheel aficionados as those were supplied and the wheels assembled by SSR for a Euro/JDM mash-up from decades ago.
More than just clean paint and wheels, the engine bay carries some intricate detail along with some performance updates.
And you used to get annoyed when that guy with the CD hanging from his rearview mirror was behind you on a sunny day…
Everyone told Andrew Horn his race car was clean enough to be a show car, so he took a break from the track to display it at Wekfest and went home with “Best Engineered” honors.
This car has quite a bit of history and was actually retired for a number of years before Andrew refreshed it, adding a number of modern touches before putting it back into service. You can read about the entire build in his feature from May.
In “the one you never saw coming” category, this Mercedes sedan looked all-original from the outside, other than the extreme suspension drop.
Behind the huge factory grille, however, is a different story entirely, with a custom turbo setup lurking over the engine.
If you’re a fan of FD-chassis RX-7 builds, then Wekfest L.A. was the place to be.
Always fan favorites, there were quite a few RX-7s on display, both in wide and original factory body line variety.
Most importantly, the rotary wasn’t left out of the mix on many of those in attendance.
The old-school Honda movement has never been stronger and, as a result, the used market has been viciously unforgiving in terms of OEM parts pricing. As supply continues to dwindle, restoring these older chassis has become increasingly difficult.
Enrique Guerra’s ’92 Integra is a prime example of restoring, maintaining, and tastefully modifying Acura’s second-generation, entry-level sporty coupe. He made the trip to Socal from the Bay Area, a drive he does multiple times per year in order to take part in various gatherings.
Many will remember this ’86 GT-S featured way back in 2010. There have been a few changes to the exterior since then, including the unique front fender treatment that ties into the front splitter, side diffusers, and rear bumper additions.
And that same S2000 heart still beats underhood, though these days motivation comes by way of a custom turbo kit and a bay that’s been outfitted with polished and titanium bits throughout.
These SSR EX-C NEO rims hold a special place in the hearts of JDM wheel stans worldwide. The owner of this particular set has quite a few other gems in his collection and tells us he rebuilt these wheels in his backyard. Choosing the exact width and offset he wanted by purchasing another set of SSR wheels to “borrow” the barrels from, the found the look and fit he was after.
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