It’s not often that an auto show series comes around to the Northeast region as big and respected as Wekfest. Its usual venues are up and down the West Coast, but as of last year, they’ve been touring the United States—something many enthusiasts had been anticipating since the first Wekfest was birthed a couple of years back in California. Wekfest has a history of top-notch street and show cars, bringing in thousands of spectators, and providing an all-around well-organized car show environment to its attendees. This stop at Edison, NJ, was no different.
The sun is rising, and it’s almost 4 o’clock in the morning as cars exit the New Jersey turnpike and begin to roll in. Many, if not most, have been getting their cars ready in preparation for this end of the summer show since its announcement in the spring. The news traveled far and wide; car enthusiasts from Illinois, Massachusetts, the Tristate region, and as far as Florida and Ontario, Canada, have come to the event center to show their cars, their teams, and reconnect with friends.
As the cars finished rolling in around noon, the line of antsy and excited spectators grew rapidly. Hundreds of people stood outside the venue waiting to pass through the metal detectors in single file (odd to say the least).
Those who have been active in the show series circuit on the East Coast over the past decade and a half (HIN, NOPI, XDC/Remix) could surely recognize a good amount of faces and their cars. Some moved on to new cars and some got new paintjobs or wheels, while some went all-out with bigger turbochargers, shaved/filled bays, wire-tucks, widebody kits, motor swaps, and more. Regardless, the mixture of cars from different regions of the eastern half of America and Canada was refreshing to see.
JDM Chicago, Auto Concept Elite - East, and Team Emotion definitely brought their A-game. JDM Chicago had a heavy fleet of tastefully modified cars, including a full Varis widebody-kitted blue Mitsubishi Evo X and a Root Beer second-gen Toyota MR2 amongst other builds. Auto Concept Elite - East brought some variety with a VIP-themed Lexus IS, track-ready Evo VIII and Honda S2000, Veilside Nissan 350Z, and others. However, the team who really had the crowds in awe, without a doubt, was Team Emotion. They featured a wide variety of builds from two jaw-dropping Subarus (Joy Abdalla - Best Subaru; Alex Witkin - Best of Show), a stunning Evo X on purple TE37’s, to a completely insane race-inspired Acura NSX.
Surprisingly enough, there were also plenty of JDM/righthand-drive cars in attendance includling a Midnight Purple Nissan Skyline R34, a few more Skylines, and two white Nissan Silvia S14s. Liberty VIP’s beautiful gold Lexus SC430 on Weds Kranze Bazreias drew in crowds the whole day, and rightfully so. Other honorable mentions include TMW/Najeeb’s White Evo VIII, Team Emotion’s Pearl White fender-flared Lexus IS, and AMS Autowerks’ Gray Evo VIII.
Keep on the lookout for the next WekFest event near you by visiting www.wekfest.com. It surely lives up to the hype!