The roots of the Wekfest car show tour can be traced back to 2009, when the upstart made its debut in a rather unflattering parking garage in the heart of San Francisco. But that was eight years ago, and since then the brand has experienced monumental growth, honed their organizational and self advertising skills, and have shown absolutely no signs of slowing.
Whether you've experienced the show firsthand in SoCal, Texas, New Jersey, Japan, or any of their other stops, there's just something special about Wekfest making its way home to the Bay Area. Once held on the docks of San Francisco, the event has since moved a little south, to San Jose, finding a home at the SJ Convention Center.
Like any Wekfest tour stop, the staff takes weeks to sift through countless vehicle entries in order to curate exhibits to just over 400 vehicles. According to Ernesto Sarmiento, one of the main forces behind the success of Wekfest, the number of Honda/Acuras registering has actually dropped. Surprising when you consider that until recently, the Honda community swarmed the registration process and easily outnumbered every other make.
Regardless of the drop in hopefuls, there were still plenty of Honda builds to pore over during the show, combined with plenty of aftermarket and lifestyle vendors on hand. One of the things that really stood out this year is the incredible number of Hondas sporting Mugen MF10 wheels. Some were refinished, some originals, and others recently acquired through a re-release buy. Here's a look at what we came across.
Of the entire sixth generation U.S. Civic lineup, the white EJ hatchback has proven to be the most sought after. This version — complete with Mugen MF10s on an ITR 5-lug conversion, Endless brake upgrade, and Walker Japan front bumper — make a strong case why this model is so popular.
Chuy Navarro left his white, JDM ITR at home and brought out his yellow version on newly acquired 16x8 MF10s and fitted with a Mode Parfume front lip. We recently saw his DC2 featured in Super Street's annual Honda Issue prior to these changes
A number of early model NSXs made their way to San Jose for Wekfest this year. This black NA1 sported Volk Racing CE28SL rollers — a step away from the much more common TE37.
This gray RSX had everything you could possibly want for a DC5, including Mugen aero and wheels, Ganador mirrors, and a super clean, turbocharged bay.
Nemo's Garage brought out the FA5 that they've been working on. The car's been spotted at a few different shows this year as it steadily progresses and is on course to hit the track shortly.
You don't see too many Aztec Green DB2s roaming the streets, especially in this condition. Boosted and sitting on Mugen M7s, this GS-R has been well maintained over the years.
Pulling double duty, this purpose-built drag car is clean enough to be a show car.
More incredibly clean NSXs and more Mugen ... well, you know.