June 30th, 2019 served as a milestone of sorts for arguably the most successful car show series in the U.S., as Wekfest celebrated its 11th anniversary. Having sprouted out of the Bay Area after throwing some successful events on a local scale, the group picked up the pace, refined their operations, and hit the road for a series of shows around the country, eventually making their way across the pond to Japan, to boot.
Having surpassed the decade mark, the series has certainly earned veteran status. And with apparel now a factor in their business moves and their social media reaching new generations, there's no telling just how big the brand might get. One thing is for certain: whenever a Wekfest event rolls into town, you can count on the Honda builds coming out of the woodwork for their chance at the spotlight.
Being that the event took place in the Bay Area's San Jose Convention Cener, Honda activity was certainly heightened with a number of well-known builds expected, a few debuting and some traveling from a few states away to make their presence known. Here's a look at what we found...
The talk of the Honda world at Wekfest SJ was no doubt the "EF" line up that made an impact from the moment these three rolled into the convention center. In our recent event coverage, I'm sure you've seen Kenji's @greddykenji restored and tastefully modded build-up that includes a custom water-to-air intercooler setup and a pristine set of SSR Neo rollers.
And unless you've been completely immune to social media, you've definitely seen pics of Wayne @augustcascade's Khaki CRX redux. A long time coming, the highly anticipated build that debuted in the flesh at Wekfest Seattle last year combines some of the past with some of the present for a universally respected outcome.
The @higginsbuilt Civic ED landed in the pages of Super Street back in 2016 and since then, Nick's taken on a complete revamp that included ditching the ITB B16 for a K-swap, custom-built cage inside of a stripped and race-prepped interior, Tilton pedal setup, and long gone are the OEM fuse boxes, replaced by a Rywire PDM system.
You're used to seeing meaty slicks under aggressive front fenders on Honda drag cars, but they're typically fitted with skinnies in the rear. That's what makes @wicked1racing's AWD 5th gen's aggressive rear setup all the more interesting...
Taking on an older Honda build has its pros and cons. Typically cheaper to start with, which is a good thing, owners will often run into problems when it comes to the restoration portion of the build, especially concerning OEM pieces. @rowellysmael seems to have it figured out, though, his RHD Integra DA looks better than the day it left the sales lot and features a long list of tough to find parts, like the OEM optional aero and pieces that a non-Honda nerd might not notice, like those basically non-existent rubber seals that tuck nicely under the headlights.
As good as the outside is, it's the engine bay that makes the biggest statement. Shaved sheet metal and well-organized components, the B-series uses modern tricks like its tucked radiator and quick-disconnect mil-spec harness. We weren't alone in our "'mirin" as the early '90s chassis earned the Integra/RSX of the Festival honors.
@dsdonejimmy brought out his long-term, H2B-powered EM1 coupe build. The custom paint is offset by bright white Regamaster wheels and the Exceed/Mode Parfume aero lip finishes of a sleek, timeless look.