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Wekfest L.A. 2019 Pt. 3

One last look at a few of the more high-profile builds from the tour's SoCal stop

Bob Hernandez
Aug 19, 2019
Photographer: Renz Dimaandal

Few car shows are known for being as selective as Wekfest—this is pretty well documented. You can cruise the aisles of entries at any of the show series' stops in the US or Japan and the bar for quality is generally pretty high. You can witness it in the builds that rarely see the light of day, or the longtime restorations that only just got to a point good enough to display, as much as you can see it in the show cars that are current flavors of the month or year. In fact, the events are also often forums for some of the higher profile builds we've all seen: magazine cover and feature cars, SEMA Show projects, and other rarefied machines.

Wekfest LA 2019 Button Built Ferrari 328 01 Photo 140/140   |   Wekfest L.A. 2019 Pt. 3

We have not seen much of this Mitch Button-built, slammed, widebody Ferrari 328 GTS since its debut at SEMA last year, but it still looks as striking as ever. Button saved the abandoned project and assembled what you see today, which features a carbon Kevlar body kit and original carbon side mirrors from a newer 458 GT3, the mods tied together with Ferrari PPG Grigio Medio paint. JRZ struts combined with an AccuAir e-level air ride system lower the car over 18x9.5-in. front and 19x12.5-in. rear Rotiform DNO wheels finished in Matte Death Bronze and using satin black hardware.

Wekfest LA 2019 Varis front fender Photo 140/140   |   Wekfest L.A. 2019 Pt. 3
Wekfest LA 2019 Varis FR S 01 Photo 140/140   |   Wekfest L.A. 2019 Pt. 3
Wekfest LA 2019 TRD FR S 01 Photo 140/140   |   Wekfest L.A. 2019 Pt. 3
Wekfest LA 2019 TRD FR S 05 Photo 140/140   |   Wekfest L.A. 2019 Pt. 3

Is Brian Yeung's FR-S at every SoCal event? Maybe, but the SS and SEMA featured vehicle deserves the attention, considering it rocked the first Varis Kamikaze aero for the FR-S/86/BRZ, if pressed probably our favorite widebody for the platform (sorry, Pandem). If you prefer the lines on your RWD Scion a little less aggressive, a little less vented, our dude Young Tea's TRD Edition machine is our vision of the perfect street machine—supercharged and rolling on Advan GTs.

Wekfest LA 2019 911 Photo 140/140   |   Wekfest L.A. 2019 Pt. 3
Wekfest LA 2019 widebody Porsche Photo 140/140   |   Wekfest L.A. 2019 Pt. 3

We can't tell where the popularity needle lies in reading sentiment on Old & New-converted 911, but you know we've always been pro. We had two examples that we came across in the LA Convention Center, with two very different approaches to livery and appearance but both doing justice to the unique widebody setup, our favorite being the bonkers 996 in white with Polaroid sponsorship (really?) and forward Aerodiscs—so nice.

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