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wekfest Chicago 2019

Final Bout and Dark Squad cars, among others, take the spotlight at the Midwest stop for the show series

Bob Hernandez
Jun 5, 2019
Photographer: Ryan Belville

It is now abundantly clear wekfest is one of our reliably happy places. You know, one of those places you drift away to in yer brain when everyday life—or ridiculous car tends—get you blue, a small corner of your imagination where all the stance is perfect, all the mods proper, correct. Our tastes and the tastes of the organizers of the highly curated car show align, shall we say, and the mere expectation of a photo gallery (or two) from one of wekfest's tour stops gets us all nervous with excitement. For this installment, Michigan shooter Ryan Belville submits an album of bangers and an accompanying video to provide a small taste of this year's Chicago outing.

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The event once again took place in one of the halls at Navy Pier (we incorrectly reported it as McCormick Place in last year's coverage), a Chicago landmark on the shore of Lake Michigan, where the show series ended up after stints at the Donald E Stephens Convention Center and McCormick Place. As Ryan tells it, there was an impressive amount of drift cars at wekfest Chicago, something in the order of 15 to 20 percent of the cars on display he figures, helped in part by many of the organizers and drivers on their way to Final Bout the following weekend in Shawano, Wis. In that group, the Sexy Knights crew from Japan brought their distinctive style with a baby blue FC3S RX-7 and a second FC and S13 done up in matching maximum visual impact red and yellow liveries.

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The wekfest formula sets the car count at about 300, with over 60 awards handed out at event's end. This year organizers bestowed Best Crew honors to the Dark Squad team, and it was well deserved according to Belville. They had on tap some of the best S-chassis builds in the region and a murdered-out Nissan Cefiro to boot, which we've seen and gushed about before. Dave Guerra's super clean blue pearl S13 is also a part of the team, a car we featured here last year.

See what else was at wekfest Chicago 2019 in the gallery. Or if you want just a quick sizzle reel, watch the video for highlights, both still and moving images from Ryan Belville.

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