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WEKFEST Chicago Part II

May 12, 2016

If you haven’t seen Edwin’s take on Wekfest Chicago, have a look here! He focused primarily on the rides of the Chicago home team while I will look at some of the other cars that caught our attention and resonated with PRIME. Chicago holds a special place for us because of the number of quality builds owned  by some of the greatest people we know. The hospitality that these great people have shown us over the years is unparalleled.  With that being said, thanks! You guys know who you are.

We wanted to do things differently; rather than have a huge photo dump of a blog post, we wanted to give our readers a look at some of the memorable cars that captivated us with their quality of parts or workmanship.

Let’s start off with Nawshin’s show winner. Many “show cars” are not fully done and half-assed while shows accept this half-assness, choosing the quantity of cars over quality. But clearly Nawshin didn’t half-ass this one and Wekfest isn’t that kind of show. I’ve seen the CT9A during its many reiterations but this one tops the rest. I was fortunate enough to get a sneak peak while visiting Hempstead Collisions but seeing it in a show setting makes it all the more surreal. Furthermore, seeing his vision come to fruition is very fulfilling and I have to admit I’m secretly living vicariously through him.





Among the many cars at any Wekfest, you can easily spot a few clean Hondas. Perhaps it has something to do with the show’s roots. I’m alluding to Weksos Industries and when they used to cater to this segment of enthusiasts. Although Weksos isn’t as popular as it once was and honestly I’m not sure if it is still functioning as a parts store but it lives on through Wekfest.

I am really loving this rhd EF in its period correct look. It appears to be an import and if it’s not, the owner did a top notch job with the swap. With its rare bits on Equip 03s, this civic screams for attention from the connoisseur. Park it in a supermarket parking lot and the average person won’t notice a single thing about this ride but to a Honda fan, each part on the car was entirely intentional. That Jackson Racing Supercharger is an equally rare addition to the setup.

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Here are some other well put together Honda machines.







The VIP look is here to stay. As enthusiasts outgrow their speed machines, they want to continue modding on platforms that can double as transport for the family and I think that is why a VIP build is attractive for the refined (aging) enthusiast. Texas’ own Johnel, Mr. Executive showed us an example of a VIP GT LS460 with Aimgain GT kit and updated LS front. The color looks to be Mode Grau or Fashion Grey, a personal favorite from the Porsche color collection. He recently began promoting his Lucky brand big brakes that look really impressive. It’s hard to image this car was blue and outfitted in an elegant Mode Parfume look not too long ago. Really well done!

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Royal Society and Fizz Autosports showed us the meaning of VIP with their wide range of looks from vans to oni-camber all ready for a Yakuza meeting. We were lucky enough to view the crew as they were preparing.








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Speaking of VIP, James from Vip’dout came with his Genesis.


After seeing these RPS13’s and R32’s, I really want one of my own to kill some tires.

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Benji all the way from Manitoba (I bet you don’t even know where that is in Canada), brings his over-the-top TSX which won the 2015 Tuner Battleground. A beautiful color scheme, air suspension, supercharger and a slew of rare bits adorns this ride. We are a huge fan of this build!

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“Track Spec vs. Street Spec” was  all I could think of when I saw these two side by side. While one is from Iowa and the other from NYC, these two are great examples of how individuals using similar parts can still output such different looks.

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Although the ruckus/grom community isn’t as dense as NYC or LA/SF, we saw a few there.



Some of our friends from RavspecSoFresh LifestyleNostalgic Grains and Fly Automotion were vendors or had some of their cars for display. Check them out below!











Overall, we had an amazing trip out to Chicago and we are already looking forward to our next trip out there. Friends, food and fine machines are Chicago is all about. Until next time!



About Pravan
Prav comes from a background in academia and consistently pursues the development of a community both with his work in academia and his interest in all things motor. It is this community which he believes will help preserve automotive history and knowledge, priming a future generation of enthusiasts to expand and improvise on previous builds. Through his lens, he captures fleeting moments as car enthusiasts build, break and rebuild their creations as a means to preserve and express what the enthusiast originally intended. He finds his daily inspiration from the merging of cultures, mainly the transfer of street culture to the front stage of art, food and design. Consequently, nothing is more relevant to this merging than automotive builds meant for the street. You can find his daily life in images IG:@Pravzilla.