Wekfest Long Beach pt. 1

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Wefest Long Beach is easily the biggest, most crowded, and most popular car show that I regularly attend every year.  The line to get in is massive, the traffic trying to park borders on Costco-parking-lot levels of congestion, and the sun never fails to chase every cloud away to scorch down on everyone and punish the un-sunscreened.  Why bother to wade through all this you might ask? Wekfest Long Beach is simply the best car show of its type in Southern California hands down in terms of quality and quantity of vehicles in attendance. If you’ve been drooling over a car that’s plastered all over facebook, instagram, or what have you, Wekfest is the place to see it in person. It is truly the holy gathering of all the most internet-famous cars into one physical location to display themselves and peacock for those willing to wait an hour or more to hand over their $20 (cash-only) to pop new cell-phone lock screens and tweets about their favorite heavily modified ride.

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Just at the end of the crucible that was the entry line, attendees were greeted by this GTR silently preforming air-ride assisted squats for entertainment.  Here it is at fully dropped park height.

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Right next door was the RWB 993 I have previously spotted at Cars & Coffee in Irvine.

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The predominant style of the meet was bags, extreme wheel and tire fitment, and flashy colors.  This WRX on bright gold re-barreled BBS’s was right on message.

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Joey Lee of The Chronicles fame brought out his bagged Y33 Cima on MS3R’s to demonstrate proper bippu style.

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No doubt he lost a ton of sleep helping out with this particular integra build, check out his site for extensive and detailed shots of what this thing is bringing to the table, you will not be disappointed.

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Love the color combo on this Rocket Bunny BRZ.

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There were a couple of these big, super wide CL’s this year.  This one looked like it would barely fit in a lane!

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This S14 is a local show staple and like most else at the show, low enough that you could hardly slid a sheet of paper under the front lip.

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Royal Origin showing how it’s done with three slightly different flavors of fitment.

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It’s always good to run into Chris and his bagged 9th gen Accord.  Sadly I didn’t have enough time to get all the details on his new Avant Garde F131 wheels, but I think it’s pretty apparent a LOT of effort went into getting them to sit like that!

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Kyoei USA gave this XW30 Prius the full treatment, really enjoy the addition of pinstripes to a VIP build.

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One of the few cars at the show that went for a more simple approach.

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Job Design brought out these three Lexi (plural of Lexus, right?) with a more aggressive approach to VIP styling straight from Japan.

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This TSX is going to signal the end of part one of my Wekfest coverage. Part two will cover the remainder of the show itself and I’ve also got two more posts worth of shots from the parking lot alone! Stay tuned!

Wekfest Long Beach 2014 by Max Montague

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