February 28, 2010 • San Francisco, Japantown
Wek'Fest has undoubtedly become the most anticipated automotive event in Northern California. Some may even say that it's taken the crown as the best import car show in the country. With former heavyweights like Hot Import Nights and Import Showoff on the way out the door, car show fiends throughout the nation have seemingly found a new home. The goal is simple; provide a true car show environment of years past, where the main focus is not the nightclub or concert environment, but rather what's really important: the cars.
This year's event proved to be the official coming out party for the Wek'Fest series. Lines started forming just outside the Japantown parking structure as early as 10am-three hours before gates actually opened to the public! Once the flood gates were swung opened, the crowd poured in to see some of the nations best built Hondas. Though the show was only four hours long, people waited outside of the parking garage in lines that lasted as long as two and half hours! For most, the thought of standing in line that long would be insane, especially for a car show, but the event was definitely worth all of the hype.
ATS Garage, a staple of the NorCal Honda community, brought out their Sunday best and had show-goers drooling over their elite lineup. The debut of their newest member, Anh Truong and his DC2 Integra, definitely left a lasting impression at Wek'Fest 2010. Truong's build was kept a secret up until the show, and the Backyard Special-equipped K20-powered Integra ended up with a much-deserving "Best Integra of Show" award. Memoryfab displayed their finest selection of used JDM wheels as well as an impressive ASM-armored S2000, and a freshly painted Civic hatchback on massive16x10 Chevlon WRD wheels.
The RedZone Performance lineup had a special guest in SoCal native Big Mike and his long-term Prelude build. The wildly-colored BB4, featuring custom Bisimoto-designed Kinsler individual throttle bodies and an impossibly clean engine bay, drew large crowds of onlookers throughout the day. The much talked-about build and ingenuity was praised by all, even non-Honda enthusiasts. Even the judges were thoroughly impressed and Big Mike took home top honors in the Honda category.
Dedicated enthusiasts from Southern California made the trek and accounted for almost half of the entire event. Even the heavy downpour from the weekend storm couldn't stop Honda owners from making the seven hour trek. Honda heads from Phaze2, DPK, and AS1 represented for SoCal and brought their heaters to compete with the best of the north. In the end, regional separation and sibling rivalry proved to be a moot point. Honda/Acura owners from all over rejoiced when Tony Khamly and the Phaze2, Sorcery-equipped NSX took top honors as Wek'Fest 2010's "Car of the Festival".
The 2010 edition of the Wek'Fest event left everyone wanting more and this series is destined for a bright future. Ernesto "JR" Sarmiento and the Wek'Sos crew worked tirelessly day and night to make sure the event went off without a hitch. The hard work proved to be worthwhile as attendance numbers jumped from an already impressive 8,000 in 2009, to an astounding 12,000+ in 2010. With a turnout like this and a waiting list of over a hundred cars that didn't actually make it into the show, it will be interesting to see if the staff will consider possible expansion with a larger venue for 2011 and on.