Big-time car shows that take place inside of convention center halls are usually considered the upper echelon of the genre. At this point, at least in Southern California, the number of indoor events of this scale is increasing, and what was once a single yearly occurrence is now happening four or five times. And while you might question the long-term effects as various car show tours jockey for position, you can't deny the amount of fan interest being generated and what seems to be a resurgence of import-centric events taking place throughout the country.
For the past decade, the Wekfest name has not only established itself and led a charge to climb up the organized event ranks, but it's also managed to create its own ecosystem that includes competitors, vendors, and a rabid fan base that's proven itself extremely loyal. Their tour that includes regions like Northern and Southern California, Houston, New Jersey, Seattle and more, has no issues bringing in the cars or the people. Is it the curated display cars? Perhaps the look and feel of the event? The organization? We're going to guess it's all of the above. The years of bringing shows to the masses have paid off, and at this point it's really a question of just how much bigger the series can get.
In part II of our Wekfest L.A. coverage we bring another huge gallery and take a closer look at a few of the cars in attendance.
Known as @mugen_rebel on IG, Hanzel's NSX doesn't stray far from the car's original lines and instead maintains a clean and classic look. Mugen MF10s and a Backyard Special wing insert are as subtle as they are timeless. Inside you'll find a pair of Mugen MS-Z seats, FG-360 steering wheel, and carbon fiber spherical shift knob.
Just above the C-series bay sits a Mugen Lexan window with integrated air scoop.
A pair of sedans from AutoFashion's huge booth
Cross-platform swaps used to be frowned upon by many, but in recent years have become not only more accepted, but almost expected. The 2JZ-power sitting in side the bay of this S-chassis looks right at home with a host of custom work and off-the-shelf GReddy goods that make for a functional, very impressive bay.
This S-chassis also relies on power from another chassis, but keeps it in the family with an RB26 swap. A tucked and shaved bay with "tubbed" inner fenders puts the spotlight on the GT-R heart.
ATS*Garage recently won big at Wekfest San Jose, then made the trip to SoCal to do the same, taking home Acura of the Festival honors. You've seen the car previously in the pages of SS and since then, Fred of Chapman Concepts has changed some minute details that make a big difference.
Portions of the K20 power plant were disassembled so that Chapman could apply Certakote coating - something he's studied diligently and recently become certified for. The dry, ultra-tough, heat-resistant coating typically used on firearms gives the bay a whole new look.
There's never a shortage of classic, old-school builds at Wekfest, and the L.A. stop was no different. These two Z-cars are shining examples of just how good these icons can get.
Though predominately occupied by Japanese vehicles, European cars have always found a home at Wekfest. The number of Porsche on hand has increased, some of that due in part to the modern-day 911 uprising that includes the RWB craze.
The Ferrari and BMW crowd is also welcome.