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Wekfest Japan 2019

The veteran car show series returns for its biggest overseas event yet

Rodrez
May 9, 2019
Editor: David Ishikawa
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Becoming the gold standard of organized car show events in a rather saturated market isn't an easy task. It's not something you can buy your way into and regardless of who attends and what cars you have on your roster, it's simply not going to happen overnight. For the Wekfest organization the key factors to their success seem to lie somewhere between a quest for quality and consistency along with a knack for knowing what tour stops will generate the most fanfare.

Wekfest Japan 2019 carbureted s30 Photo 145/145   |   Wekfest Japan 2019

No one can really pinpoint exactly when Wekfest officially hit its stride as real-time wins are seldom celebrated and more often than not tucked away, but at some point, as their resume continued to stack cities and events, the group made its way to the forefront of high-end car shows in the U.S. Of course, getting to that point inevitably means that not everyone will be included. Their selection process is one that they take great pride in as they sift through countless registration forms and pick and choose the vehicles they want for each event. The process maintains a certain level of quality, something fans have come to expect from Wekfest shows, but in its wake you'll find a fair amount of heat from the unofficial social media review board - many feeling their cars or their friend's cars should have been accepted over "car X." It's a natural by-product of any organized event that's based on quality and presentation and one that hasn't slowed the Wekfest movement down by any means.

Wekfest Japan 2019 s14 Photo 145/145   |   Wekfest Japan 2019

Once labeled as an eager up and comer, the Wekfest series has entered veteran status having eclipsed its 10-year anniversary last year and for 2019, is poised on increasing its presence during its jaunt across the U.S. But before that string of stateside happenings take place, the group kicked off their schedule with a return to Port Messe, Nagoya for Wekfest Japan.

Wekfest Japan 2019 gold mesh wheel Photo 145/145   |   Wekfest Japan 2019

What was once noted as a clear example of stark automotive contrast between continents, the look and feel of cars that participate in Japanese car shows is not much different than what's happening in the U.S. At least, that's how it appears on the surface. Widebody conversions, typically of the Pandem/Rocket Bunny variety, clean engine swaps, plenty of custom fabrication and almost all metallic surfaces coated with some sort of color or signature finish to stand out just a little bit more than the next car can be expected in both regions. However, when you drill down a little deeper, much of what Japanese enthusiasts thrive on is an inherent attention to detail. The "nickel here, nickel there until you have a quarter" approach brings this culture's build style alive under the unique lights of Port Messe Nagoya.

Wekfest Japan 2019 nissan 300zx Photo 145/145   |   Wekfest Japan 2019
Wekfest Japan 2019 z31 300zx Photo 145/145   |   Wekfest Japan 2019

Born in an era when endless hood lines and compact, fighter pilot-like cabins were held in high regard, Nissan's original 300zx was a trend-setter.

Wekfest Japan 2019 2nd gen 300zx Photo 145/145   |   Wekfest Japan 2019

And when the 2nd generation 300ZX was unveiled in the early 90s, the nameplate's stock continued to rise even higher.

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During the roll-in procedure, it was obvious the number of European builds had increased.

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This 70s-era Mercedes coupe was a prime example as its restomod body sat just a few inches off the ground when aired-out, dressed in pristine paint and BBS mesh rollers.

Wekfest Japan 2019 racing paddock miyoshi rx7 Photo 145/145   |   Wekfest Japan 2019
Wekfest Japan 2019 trust rx7 Photo 145/145   |   Wekfest Japan 2019

Racing Paddock Miyoshi isn't shy about bringing out the bright colors, wild livery and aggressive styling. The rotary specialist has been churning out intense Mazda builds since the early 80s and we stopped by their garage back in 2016 for a visit.

Wekfest Japan 2019 toyota supra 01 Photo 145/145   |   Wekfest Japan 2019
Wekfest Japan 2019 supra Photo 145/145   |   Wekfest Japan 2019

In terms of the "long game," sometimes the simple approach is the best approach, especially with an iconic chassis like the MKIV Supra.

Wekfest Japan 2019 subaru legacy Photo 145/145   |   Wekfest Japan 2019
Wekfest Japan 2019 volk racing te37saga Photo 145/145   |   Wekfest Japan 2019

If you're not familiar with Subaru's lesser-known Legacy line then this sedan might have thrown you off a bit. I don't know if we've ever come across a BC5 chassis in such outstanding condition. Reworked, ultra-thin fenders partially cover TE37 SAGA and a modern carbon fiber lip adds an updated look to a model you rarely see.

 

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