If you know anything about large car gatherings, and read enough show coverage pieces on SS, especially of the events geographically close enough the staff can attend and do the work ourselves (vs. hire a freelancer), you will undoubtedly pick up clues about how our job goes on the day of. Yep, we get to the site early—in fact, if we can get the cars rolling into the show hall, that's just one more angle of the vehicle that will be different from all the rest. Additionally, getting to the cars before the crowds allows people-free backgrounds. Here's more behind the scenes: if we're lucky enough to have more than one set of boots on the ground, we actually physically split the show up amongst shooters so there's very little overlap between our galleries.
Photographer logistics and content strategy at a car show are nothing like the challenges of actually putting on the event, but the sometimes 100s of cars don't shoot themselves (and what the heck, all the homies are there). At a Wekfest, that magic number seems to be around 400, which if you happen to be taking pictures will keep you busy for a while. It doesn't get any easier deciding who we pull the trigger for when event organizers are as selective and downright picky as the WF team is, allowing only what are arguably the best of the best. Part 1's overview from the series' LA stop took one route through the show; we humbly offer another.
The dad in us took one look at Rob Pia's 1994 re-badged Honda Legend and fell in love. Kitted out in all kinds of JDM flair (headlamps, tails, side markers, badges, etc.) the C32-powered sedan was one of the first tastefully executed, subtly done, outside-the-box builds we came across, and could not deny its pull. Even for a VIP car, which can sometimes get a little out of control, this thing keeps it classy but restrained, with minimal interior embellishments from Junction Produce and stance courtesy of Ground Control/Koni coilover suspension and 18x8-in. Takechi Project Lowenhart X/Position wheels. Pia's Legend helped Team Sonkei Blue take second in the Best Crew category at Wekfest.
We stopped and chatted with the JDL Auto Design folks for a bit—their stunning ND MX-5 is the first in the States to have the second gen. body kit for the ND from Garage Vary in Japan. To add to the exterior, the guys at JDL fashioned a custom front lip, and also grafted on a rear wing from the Toyota 86, then slapped on some bronze TE37s to tie it all together. Under the hood, the engine bay features a raft of custom work that looks factory Mazda (look at the photo closely to see if you can pick out what's custom) and stuff that obviously isn't, as well as JDL's new turbo upgrade for the platform's Skyactiv-G 2.0L. JDL also has a line of parts for the Toyota 86, in addition to several other platforms.
The (NSX) gang's all here! Nobody does the '90s Honda supercar quite like SoCal, and we're always happy to see guys like Leon Casino and his bar-setting build, or Amir Bentatou's K-swapped FU to the purist world (featured here before the power-plant switcharoo), even if it's only for a brief, passing moment.
At the 2015 SEMA Show, no fewer than four S14 rocked the then-new variation of TRA Kyoto's Rocket Bunny "Boss" body kit, and we thought maybe we were witnessing the beginnings of a sub-trend. Turns out not so much, as while there's no shortage of RB- and Pandem- (what the kit's called now) bodied cars out there, very few are S14, much less rocking the Barracuda-aping look. This particular version at Wekfest had fender mirrors and Weds Kranze LXZ rims to go along with the Boss bits.
We hear "S54 E30" and we think of Eliv Solis's 1982 BMW 323i, which is so friggin' clean you could eat off of it. Aside from the inline-6 heart transplant out of an E46, the coupe also sports an Air Lift Performance suspension, OG Recaro seats re-upholstered with Ferrari 458 leather, Euro lights and bumpers, and BBS RS wheels in flat black.