Super Street Network

Due to the EU’s Global Data Protection Regulation, our website is currently unavailable to visitors from most European countries. We apologize for this inconvenience and encourage you to visit www.motortrend.com for the latest on new cars, car reviews and news, concept cars and auto show coverage, awards and much more.MOTORTREND.COM
 |   |  Wes Reyes' 2000 Lexus GS300 - SS Top Pick from VIP Fest 12
Subscribe to the Free
Newsletter

Wes Reyes' 2000 Lexus GS300 - SS Top Pick from VIP Fest 12

Details and execution outshine everything at AutoFashion's annual gathering

Rodrez
Nov 9, 2018

Every year we make our way down the coast to San Diego's Green Flash Brewing Co. for the AutoFashion VIP Fest. Celebrating its 12th annual event, the gathering brings together a large number of—you guessed it—VIP-style builds, but has morphed into something a bit more multi-faceted in that other styles are well represented at the gathering. This year, AutoFashion's Freddie Fernandez asked if we could have a look at the cars on hand and choose one that we liked best. A tall order when you consider some of the heavy hitters within the confines of the brewing co.'s lot. Though it wasn't easy, one car that caught our attention the moment we stepped into the show and not only held it, but had us coming back for another visit (or three) as the day continued, was this 2000 Lexus GS 300.

Wes reyes 2000 lexus gs300 k break platinum body kit Photo 2/12   |   Wes Reyes 2000 Lexus Gs300 K Break Platinum Body Kit

Now, if you're of the anti-VIP crowd or perhaps not well versed in what the style entails, you might automatically write this off as nothing more than a sedan with a body kit. That's fair, as it's not everyone's taste, but if you truly appreciate a well-executed build plan and are into the micro details that push a build to stand apart from others that might resemble it, then Squad One's Wes Reyes' GS is the right call.

Wes reyes 2000 lexus gs300 custom carbon fiber lip Photo 3/12   |   Wes Reyes 2000 Lexus Gs300 Custom Carbon Fiber Lip

The aero additions start as bolt-on updates and include a Platinum K-Break body kit, front grill, and trunk spoiler. Zoom in a bit more and the stacked exhaust tips on either end of the rear are also from K-Break. Step around to the front of the car and the slick carbon fiber front lip that's just a few sheets of paper off of the concrete is actually a custom one-off piece that looks more like an original option rather than an afterthought, with no awkward gaps or fitment troubles; it flows with the car's updated front end. Just above that sits a K-Break hood with blacked out vents and a very minor bodyline sculpted into the outer edges near the headlights.

Wes reyes 2000 lexus gs300 headlight Photo 4/12   |   Wes Reyes 2000 Lexus Gs300 Headlight

Borrowing a bit of OEM JDM inspiration, Wes' GS is fitted with Aristo door visors, door handles, trunk trim, and side mirrors with integrated signals. Japanese issue LS 460 fog lights were also included, as were L.E.D. taillights. Allowing the J-spec infused sedan to hunker down at will are Air Runner airbag struts controlled by Accuair e-level management.

Wes reyes 2000 lexus gs300 custom fender Photo 5/12   |   Wes Reyes 2000 Lexus Gs300 Custom Fender

The tire tucking revolves around Ulterior Motives applying some metal fender magic to all four corners and the result is a factory-like appearance with just enough space for the 19x10 front, 19x11 rear Super Star Leon Hardiritt Gemut rollers wrapped in Falken FK453 rubber. At full compression the rear wheels remain almost perfectly parallel while up front, some camber is introduced and avoids any fender to tire collisions but it's just enough, rather than "hey, look at me." And that's the attitude, whether planned or not, that this car seems to convey. It's a delicate balance of mild and wild but subdued enough to quietly pique your interest while laying back and waiting for you to step in for a closer look.

Wes reyes 2000 lexus gs300 k break platinum body kit Photo 6/12   |   Wes Reyes 2000 Lexus Gs300 K Break Platinum Body Kit

Part of the appeal of the GS' exterior comes from the blue paint that feels somewhat familiar but you might not be able to put your finger on it right away. You can find it at the Toyota dealer slathered on their Tacoma, 4-runner, and FJ, dubbed Toyota Cavalry Blue.

Wes reyes 2000 lexus gs300 accurair e level controller Photo 7/12   |   Wes Reyes 2000 Lexus Gs300 Accurair E Level Controller

Inside the cabin, the Lexus feel was maintained and only enhanced with some choice red accent stitching that includes the steering wheel, seats, and center armrest. And while the stitching was in full swing, Wes had the e-level remote integrated so it's in perfect position for quick level changes.

Wes reyes 2000 lexus gs300 custom carbon lip Photo 8/12   |   Wes Reyes 2000 Lexus Gs300 Custom Carbon Lip

Right after SEMA closed out, AutoFashion held a small get together in Las Vegas where this GS 300 made its debut. Just a few days later it was at VIP Fest 12, but don't assume it's complete yet. Currently relying on an untouched factory engine, Wes has plans for an all new turbo 2JZ to make its way into the bay, and if what he's done so far with his build is any indication of what's to come, we expect quality parts, attention to detail, and a seamless combination.

Wes reyes 2000 lexus gs300 super star leon hardiritt gemut wheel Photo 12/12   |   Wes Reyes 2000 Lexus Gs300 Super Star Leon Hardiritt Gemut Wheel
By Rodrez
893 Articles

BROWSE CARS BY MARKET

MORE FEATURES

You read that right—this creation boasts 810hp with over 700 lbs.-ft of torque churned by an electric motor that is placed mid-ship and powers the rear wheels.
RodrezSep 30, 2020
To some, the CR-V was essentially a bloated Civic, but for others, it ushered in an era of crossovers that seemed to pick up steam in later years
Alex StoklosaSep 29, 2020
Vin Anatra's 240SX was originally destined for endless thrashing in the "burnyard" but somehow it ended up becoming one of the sweetest S14 project cars within the last decade
Sam DuSep 29, 2020
Building your dream Honda S2000 might start off as one singular vision a long time ago, but it doesn't mean it has to stay that way.
Bob HernandezSep 28, 2020
If you think the looks of the M3 and M4 need even more fiddling with, BMW will happily sell you a set of performance parts that take the models' looks to a whole new level.
Nick YekikianSep 25, 2020
Sponsored Links

SEARCH ARTICLES BY MAKE/MODEL

Search
CLOSE X
BUYER'S GUIDE
SEE THE ALL NEW
NEWS, REVIEWS & SPECS
TO TOP