In the hierarchy of best car shows, there's really no arguing Wekfest sits in the upper echelon. Specifically, the tour's Northern California stop is unreal, where the event originated years ago and where you'll find people representing hard year after year. It's also where you're likely to have to wait in line for a good two hours before you finally make your way into the San Jose Convention center. Unlike other car shows where any car under the sun is allowed to participate, Wekfest curates their exhibitors, which means your missile 240SX might have a tough time making the cut. In turn, guests are left with a top-notch experience showcasing incredible car builds.
If you're thinking Wekfest is all about hard-parked garage queens, you're sadly mistaken. And if you have any sort of interest in the sport compact car scene, whether it's tuned streetcars, slammed VIP, or even cars ready for motorsport, Wekfest had something for you to stop, stare, and appreciate.
One of our favorite cars of this year's SJ show had to be Dino's SR20DET-powered AE86 coupe. It doesn't have the requisite immaculate paint that you might expect at a car show, but that's simply because the car spends its weekends being abused at the track. Phil Blottie brought out his ridiculously low '72 Datsun 510. A Bay Area Datsun dealer Group and F.A.R. Performance applied the paint scheme to emulate a car they were campaigning in the SCCA 2.5 Trans Am Championships back in '71. The firewall, floor, and trunk were all rebuilt from 18-gauge steel that was later formed and bead-rolled to fit the custom frame, while under the hood you'll find a'91 RX-7 rotary. Although it's not everyone's cup of tea, SSWorxs brought out a pair of KRC Modified Mazda RX-7s. You might recognize the black racecar version that we brought out on the streets of Osaka, Japan—the yellow car is driven on the streets of California and has a LS1 under the bonnet.
According to one of Wekfest's head honchos, Ernesto "Jr." Sarmiento, this year's San Jose show foot traffic easily rivaled the numbers they experienced at Fort Mason in San Francisco a few years ago (they stopped counting at 12,000 visitors). "This year we saw more and more Euro builds registering and what seems like less Hondas and Acuras. The heaviest import registering is definitely the Lexus owners. It was a very competitive race with awards, as judging deliberations also took a record two hours in the judges meeting. There were so many nice, complete builds. It seems like full builds are making a comeback."
Wekfest has been on a roll for years and continues to be the authority in car shows. Let's bring back Fort Mason, Wekfest!