SoCal residents are still scratching their heads in regards to the unseasonably cool weather that blanketed the Queen Mary Events Park during Wek'fest L.A. on May 27th. Just a few weeks prior the annual Eibach Meet saw morning and late afternoon rain, as well as a thunderstorm threat — both of which are almost unheard of. Both events take place in May of each year and they usually cause a steady stream of sweat from attendees, but for whatever reason 2017's weather has been kind to fans and competitors alike.
Whenever Wek'fest rolls through any of their tour stops, including L.A. (actually, Long Beach), Texas, Chicago, even Japan, one thing is certain: there will be Hondas. So many Hondas, in fact, organizers have stated many times they're almost overwhelmed by the number of Honda build hopefuls. In order to put on what they feel is the best possible show, the staff sifts through entries and picks what they think are the nicest builds and the best representation of the region.
As with previous years, once you enter Wek'fest's front gates you're immediately greeted by rows of cars with vendors peppered in between. Snake your way through the parking lot displays and onto the grassy waterfront area and every inch of real estate is covered by some sort of custom build, along with more vendors. The Honda builds can be spotted in just about every row, and if you were there early enough, you could have avoided some of the crowds and snapped some pics without interruption, like we did.
Here's a look at the Hondas we spotted at Wek'fest L.A. '17, with a few of our favorites highlighted.
Big deal, it's lowered with wheels. Well, that's true, but there's something inherently sexy about an NSX this clean and simple. Deep blue paint and a respectable stance on classic bronze MF10s made us stop and stare for quite a while.
This AP1 certainly checks off all of the boxes in terms of a well-rounded build. Voltex aero accompanied by bronze TE37s, Bride seats, and a Vortech supercharged F20 round out what many would refer to as a dream build.
If you weren't "wowed" by the bright red paint and Mugen MF10L rollers, then the ominous K-swap, complete with ITBs that stick out well beyond any possible hood options, definitely pulled you in.
Controversy? There's always a little bit of that at any Wek'fest show. This LS-swapped S2000 will either have viewers raising an eyebrow or perhaps shaking their head. In terms of grabbing people's attention — mission accomplished.
It's rare to see a Honda Beat on U.S. soil, being that they were never available here and since there isn't a huge enthusiast following for the low-powered kei car, even grey market imported versions are few and far between. This version of Honda's RWD, mid-engine people mover sits on Work Wheels and looks to be in excellent condition.
Yet another S2000 build on display, this one sporting a Sheepey Built turbo kit and hood exit exhaust set up surrounded by a shaved and tucked bay complete with Downstar hardware and re-routed A/C lines.
In the midst of all of the Civics and Integras, as well as the NSX and S2000 builds that seemed to outnumber almost everything else, this 4th and 5th gen Prelude combo was a welcome addition.