History lesson: Wekfest had humble beginnings; starting as Jay’s Gathering, it was organized by a small shop called JDM Theory. But enthusiasm for the wild builds the event attracted soon made it difficult for the organizers to cope. So Weksos grabbed the wheel and took it across the US, with stops in Hawaii, Chicago, Texas, Los Angeles and here in San Francisco.
Originating as a Honda meet, the Euro turnout was inevitably small but bigger than last year, which was a good sign. With a handful of E46 BMW M3s built to debut at the show, and several GTIs, Jettas and Audis in attendance, it provided a turnout to everybody’s taste.
With a large crowd gathered for the 1pm opening, we ran around early to snap photos of the 200 invite-only show cars. Situated on the Fort Mason piers, Wekfest had an intimate indoor setting, with additional cars placed along the walkways, and food trucks tucked around back.
The show’s popularity created a four-hour line that ran through the fort, the park next door and around the block. Unfortunately, only small groups were allowed to shuffle before reaching maximum capacity dictated by the Fire Marshal. But AWOL had a tee-shirt cannon rifling off new threads to the people in line, until they too were shut down by Fire and Safety, which appeared to almost cause a riot!
Despite the long line, many poeple got to enjoy the slammed cars decorating the surrounding streets before having the chance to peek inside the event floor. Hopefully, next year will yield a bigger arena for show cars and, of course, we vote to see even more Euros.