There is no denying that California is the de facto epicenter of car culture within the USA. With that being said, for PRIME to focus only on NYC would not only do us a disfavor but also to those who have become our audience and fam.
Norcal is beautiful; the weather is great and the vibe is real. Wekfest has time and time again proven to be able to bring the utter best cars together for a show that leaves spectators and vendors mentally inspired, physically motivated, and more enthusiastic about cars than they first entered the venue. Although neither Edwin nor I personally attended the event, our good friend and talented photographer Mark (@1llest), was there to capture moments as a visitor within the iDL Design USA camp. If the term “stole the show” was used for any instance, it would be for this group of enthusiasts. Building cars are more than throwing wads of cash around and ordering the rarest of rare parts. It involves creativity, a quirky obsession for detail, an understanding of brand history and a robust network of individuals that can help you bring your ideas to life. While it takes a village to raise a child, it also takes a village to build some sick cars.
It is clear that many of those involved with iDL have been lifelong enthusiasts. Fitment, color, execution, detail and rare bits all indicate veterans of import modification. These folks can probably still remember old covers of Turbo, Import Tuner or Sports Compact Car magazines.
Time to unload the trailer.
It’s always cool to see some familiar faces in the crowd.
Two of the cars that really stood out was Mikey’s 997 which debuted at SEMA this past year sporting the Old & New slant nose kit along with the super wide NSX with hints of JGTC.
One of the cars the really deserved some focus was this silver CT9A with the full Voltex Racing kit. For some car enthusiasts, the hunt for rare parts is a hobby in and of itself. Judging by the Abbey Road Company bits, this enthusiast falls into this category.
Once inside, the setup is always on point with the experience of the Wekfest staff.
What a throwback. I haven’t seen a done up late 90’s Accords in a minute.
Love the Euro/JDM mashup
These big bodies are looking perfect.
Junior doing his thang.
If you aren’t familiar with Mark’s work, we’d urge you to grab your phone and check out @1llest on IG for his fashion and portrait work. While starting as a car enthusiast, his bread and butter has shifted towards people as subjects.
The ever lovely Tianna Gregory.
New merch from Stickydiljoe.
VIP modular brought out toys for all ages.
Check out some of the other images below!
I’ve been loving the increase in modded trucks.
And just like that, it was over.
What a beauty!
While we wait for Wekfest to arrive on this side of the coast, it is apparent that Wekfest San Jose was filled with jaw dropping cars. Keep an eye out for our take on Wekfest Seattle! See you soon.
All photos by Mark Enriquez @1llest