For my last take a look at Wekfest Japan 2022, I needed to provide you a complete really feel for what this present is all about.
It’s exhausting to totally perceive simply how huge it’s except I present you as a lot as I can, so I’ve collated 111 further photographs, making my Wekfest protection as massive as that of this yr’s Tokyo Auto Salon. That ought to say lots about this occasion.
On prime of that, it appears to be like as if – after a decade of listening to that Nagoya’s iconic Port Messe exhibition dome can be demolished – the venue’s time is now truly up.
Wekfest Japan’s organizers now have the duty of discovering one other spot for the occasion, one massive sufficient to suit quite a lot of vehicles, and in addition centrally positioned in Japan in order that it’s accessible to individuals from everywhere in the nation. Having it held in Nagoya has been a key facet of the present, and one of many explanation why there’s at all times a giant turnout.
Anyway, let’s dive proper in with a take a look at a few of the standout German vehicles…
I’ve been following Coutner Japan’s newest E24 BMW 635CSi construct on Instagram and was so joyful to see it in individual. This factor is likely one of the most aggressive and in-your-face expressions of the tried and examined black-on-black strategy, proving that in the event you get it proper the end result can be spectacular. Like 99% of the vehicles at Wekfest Japan, this deserves its personal characteristic.
There was loads of air-cooled Porsche goodness, and it was good to see that these vehicles are slowly however steadily falling into the fingers of youthful house owners who wish to modify them.
It’s so cool to see 911s being constructed as much as these ranges, from all-out restomods to replicas of uncommon iterations, and naturally slammed examples on customized wheels.
There was positively quite a lot of inspiration for Undertaking 964…
After all, no German automotive choice can be full with some VWs. This wild, widened Mk1 Golf is from Voomerang.
If air-cooled VWs are extra your factor, I’ll have a pleasant number of these in my forthcoming protection from the Mooneyes Avenue Automobile Nationals.
The Greatest Of Japan
As you’d anticipate, Japanese vehicles make up the majority of this occasion, and you may at all times rely on an enormous Honda turnout, from old style to new college and loads of USDM inspiration.
Tactical Artwork builds at all times seize my consideration.
RS Watanabe wheels on a DC2 Integra is one thing I don’t assume I’d ever ponder, however look how effectively they work.
You don’t see many Nissan Pulsar GTi-Rs round anymore, not to mention modified as cool as this one.
Who doesn’t love slightly little bit of VIP…
The AT141 Toyota Corona GT Coupe appears to be like so good slammed, and this instance, owned by a member of the Lowbrain crew, ticks all the suitable packing containers. I actually wish to shoot it correctly, and on condition that it’s native to me I ought to be capable of make it occur.
Miyoshi Racing Paddock Okayama is well-known for its circuit racing exploits, so you realize the result’s going to be good once they flip their fingers to road automotive builds.
However their fundamental showpiece at Wekfest this yr was a trustworthy reproduction of Keiichi Tsuchiya’s FC3S Mazda RX-7 from the 1991 JSS Fuji Speedway race.
Miyoshi-san was eager to point out me simply how near the unique automotive this tribute is, so pulled up a video of the race to point out me. Proper now, the one factor completely different are the wheels, all the things else is strictly accurately, proper all the way down to the worn race bucket and kinked shift lever. However better of all, it’s a 100% purposeful race automotive.
All that actually stays is for Dorikin to have drive, and even perhaps don the legendary reproduction inexperienced helmet that was ready alongside the automotive.
Stance in Japan extends to scooters, and there’s a complete subculture round these two-wheeled creations. Who’d prefer to see extra from this scene?
A small a part of the occasion was held outdoors, and there have been no scarcity of fascinating machines right here too.
I misplaced rely of what number of Nissan Zs I noticed this yr, however there have been a lot. Subsequent yr, we’ll little question see some slammed new-gen vehicles too.
This beautiful VW Scirocco hits quite a lot of reveals in Japan, and I at all times need to seize one other look; it’s so clear.
Heading again inside, there have been a number of Mazda Roadsters – AKA Miatas and MX-5s – that I wanted to take a look at.
The instance instantly above is a Roadster that thinks it’s a Corvette Stingray, all due to Mitsuoka and their oh-so-Japanese conversions.
Bear in mind S&A Auto Create, the blokes that constructed the K20C1-swapped NSX? Effectively, additionally they introduced alongside a pair of customer-owned S30 Fairlady Zs.
Which one would you go for? The fantastic-sounding white automotive with the OS Giken TC24 head, or the mustard one thats retains it single cam however options just about each different mod you may make to a naturally aspirated L31? Two completely different routes, two beautiful outcomes.
This EP82 Starlet GT was on one other degree.
Wekfest at all times dishes up the odd shock, and this dumped Subaru Legacy was one in every of them this yr. It type of jogged my memory of the wild creations that Bee Dragon constructed again within the day. Their Presidents, Crowns and Centuries on static drops at all times featured pumped wheel arches like this.
The Legacy is most positively not working a static suspension setup although. Two weeks on, I’m nonetheless making an attempt to comprehend precisely what’s happening with this loopy air journey set up.
James Bond would certainly approve of this Lotus Esprit.
Right here’s Masaru Ishikawa’s newest creation, which he accomplished the night time earlier than the present. The Silvia options customized fender work and Ishikawa Physique’s signature OEM S13 teardrop wheels become works of customized 3-piece artwork.
It’s not all present at Wekfest Japan; who doesn’t love a big-power R32 Skyline GT-R?!
And you’ll at all times rely on one thing to remind you that you just don’t have to go huge to have enjoyable. In reality, you may keep fairly rattling small and finesse the main points for an superior end result.
That basically does summarise Wekfest Japan 2022 properly. I hope you’ve loved our protection from this occasion.