We cover a ton of events, but let's be honest, Wekfest is still the undisputed champion when it comes to car quality and the latest trends.The people who display at Wekfest are the equivalent to the fashion industry's Hypebeasts. You won't find Joe Shmoe's basic-ass car there since all cars are pre-screened and personally curated by the Wekfest staff.
According to Wekfest's head honcho, Ernesto "Jr." Sarmiento, the '16 L.A. event hosted at the Queen Mary Events Park was one of the largest shows in its seven-year history (8,000+ attendees strong). And they managed to draw the crowds despite Queen Mary being their smallest venue, limited to only 430 cars. But change is coming... With the growing number of quality cars in SoCal, Wekfest plans to host its L.A. event at a new venue for '17. But for now, we've highlighted 10 vehicles that stood out to us out of all the vehicles on hand at one of the nation's most premier shows.
1. JULIA DUONG'S NISSAN 240SX
As much as we love seeing S14s drifting, Julia's looks perfect stationary. Only then can you appreciate all the work that's been done, such as the Kouki conversion, Vertex aero, and the baller Project Mu brake kit. Ask nicely and she'll probably let you see under the hood that features a host of top-shelf JDM parts.
2. GIOVANNI ALCALA'S MAZDA RX-8
Sure, the RX-8 didn't make the same impact as its older brother, the RX-7, but that's why Giovanni went ahead and swapped in a 13B powerplant. On E70, the rotary made 703 whp at 7,000 rpm, but due to the vacuum lines blowing off and a few boost leaks, it couldn't reach redline at 8,5000 rpm. He estimates power to be 790 whp when it's fully operational.
3. NILO MIRANDA'S ACURA NSX
It doesn't take much to make an NSX sexy, but to improve on the USDM variant, Nilo sourced a few Type R parts, including the wing, hood, and diffuser. In true SoCal show style, the NSX is dropped on AirRex suspension and rolling on powdercoated Work VS-XX wheels.
4. KEVIN MAGTOTO'S LEXUS IS300
We've always loved Lexus IS300s, and this one is no different as it uses all authentic parts, including a Vertex S-Endurance front bumper, JP Vizage side skirts, Ganador super mirrors, and Wald fenders. Kevin also flosses some Volk Racing Magnesium Blue CE28Ns.
5. ALEXANDER ESPIRITU'S MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION
White on white looks so right! Alexander's Evo X GSR rocks Varis' version 1 aero, also known as the '09 version. The engine bay includes quintessential Evo goodies such as an ARC super induction box, blow-off valve pipe, and Monster Sport titanium heat shields.
6. KEVIN NICOLAS' SCION FR-S
If you're a fan of carbon-Kevlar, you'll love Kevin's engine bay as it's littered with all sorts of Password:JDM engine covers. He's also twinning with our very own "Ratchet Bunny" via an HKS supercharger.
7. VICTOR RODRIGUEZ'S NISSAN SKYLINE GT-R
Seeing an R34 in Long Beach is as rare as seeing snow in Southern California. Victor's GT-R has a Trial rear wing, plus NISMO signals, lens, and lamps. Under the hood is an HKS GT-SS Sport turbo as well as a Trust blow-off valve.
8. NEMO'S GARAGE HONDA CIVIC SI
Nemo's Garage made waves last year after winning our FF Battle; however, at Wekfest the company switched gears and unveiled a spotless turbo, K-powered EM1. The shaved bay left most scratching their heads while the rest pored over the custom-wrapped interior and CE28/Endless wheel and brake combo.
9. ALFONSO AYALA'S HONDA CIVIC
All the way from Texas, this EH hatchback caught plenty of attention as it made its rounds on Instagram leading up to Wekfest L.A. The gold-plated valve cover on the naturally aspirated B-series nestled in the shaved and tucked bay seems somewhat tame compared to the wild exterior. J's Racing front lip, fenders, and rear wing complement the rear over fenders and aggressive Work wheels.
10. KEVIN MELQUIADES' HONDA CIVIC SI
We haven't seen many heavily modified 9th-gen Civic Si sedans, but Kevin Melquiades is looking to make his mark with custom flares and extremely deep dish Work Rezax rollers on the outside, and a complete Password:JDM carbon-Kevlar setup surrounding the K24 powerplant.