Wekfest Japan 2023: The Similar However Completely Completely different

Wekfest Japan 2023: The Similar However Completely Completely different

If I needed to describe Wekfest Japan 2023 in a number of phrases, it could be ‘a lot of the identical however completely totally different’.

This annual present has at all times introduced out among the very greatest modified and {custom} vehicles that Japan has to supply, and 2023’s occasion on Wednesday stored the custom going, albeit in a brand new venue. The Port Messe Nagoya location is identical, however the authentic exhibition constructing with its iconic dome roof has been changed by a brand new foremost corridor with much more house. Though it felt totally different, it was the vehicles that everybody who attended Wekfest Japan 2023 got here to see, and boy had been we spoilt for alternative.


With 500+ builds on show there was an apparent want for me to be selective, however hopefully you’ll take pleasure in the vehicles I selected for put up and the others I’ve deliberate for spotlights over the approaching days. Let’s get began with this S14 Silvia…


The Nissan caught my consideration right away. I’m guess I’m a sucker for Tremendous GT-inspired bodywork, particularly when it’s mated to a superbly executed stance.


The proprietor designed and constructed this one-off wide-body conversion himself, the objective being to fuse trendy GT traces with some delicate kaido racer cues.


Don’t fear, there’s energy to again up the appears!


The custom-sized Work Meister M1 3-piece wheels and the tires wrapped round them replenish the pumped fenders completely.


In any respect 4 corners, these fenders angle upwards and incorporate vents that match as much as all the opposite {custom} openings alongside the S14’s profile. On the rear an built-in diffuser and gigantic Esprit wing end issues off.


Not too far-off from the S14 was this GX71 Toyota Mark II Grande.


Slammed on air suspension and working a custom-barrelled set of SSR Mark III wheels, there’s rather a lot to like right here.


Below the hood, the unique M-series engine basks in a smoothed, wire-tucked and spotless bay. It’s outfitted with a set of shiny velocity stacks and delightful headers.


These mid-’80s sedans proceed to be very wanted in Japan, one thing mirrored of their ever-increasing values.


Now that’s dish!


The rear finish suspension has been utterly reworked with a {custom} cantilever setup that separates the air baggage from the dampers.


Nonetheless within the Toyota camp, this shiny yellow MA61 Celica XX deserved all the eye it acquired. Apart from the truth that you simply don’t see many of those vehicles on the roads anymore, this one was simply so recent and nicely executed.


Fitment was on level with these Ferrari-style, single-lug wheels.

The simplicity was carried over into the impressively clear cabin the place I noticed a Renown steering wheel and leather-trimmed Recaro SR seats to tie all of it collectively properly.


The rear finish tucked in ever so barely, assuaging any potential tyre or – god forbid – lip rub.


The inventory hatch has been changed with a kaido racer-style rear conversion, the place the huge glass part will get swapped out for a smaller upright piece, to radically alter the rear-end look of the MA61. The one factor that could possibly be improved listed here are some fairly massive hatch panel gaps which are exhausting to overlook with shiny yellow paint.


Confused? Yeah, so was I!


What can we even name this? A Z33 + RZ34 = RZ67?!


Grafting RZ34 headlight and taillights onto this Z33 required a complete reshaping of the entrance and rear ends.


It wasn’t even completely completed, so both the Wekfest crunch bought to the builders or they merely left the rear unpainted to focus on the work that went into this practice conversion.


The selection of wheels and the exaggerated stance categorize the automotive as very show-oriented construct, but it surely’s loopy to see how significantly better the Z33’s awkward and bulbous rear finish appears with some Z34 400Z type.




I’ve at all times had a tender spot for the EF-series Honda CR-X, and this Mugen-kitted instance on RAYS Volk Racing TE37Vs ticks all of the containers for me.


Though the B-series bay hasn’t been shaved or tucked, it’s very clear. And take a look at that carbon fiber GruppeM air field.


We undoubtedly want to speak about this Nissan Y31 Gloria Gran Turismo.


There’s one thing cool about these huge sedans from the late ’80s, however till I noticed this instance I by no means actually realized, that exterior bippu type, how rattling good they are often made to look.


Apart from the non-factory shade, I feel it’s the Work Seeker FX wheels with stepped satin lips that make the automotive stand out.


The best way they tuck into these inventory fender flares actually helps to convey the entire look collectively.


The good facet of the Y31 must be the pillarless entrance and rear doorways. They absolutely received’t assist with structural rigidity, however are nice for cruising.


That listing of dream vehicles that I have to personal in some unspecified time in the future simply elevated by one!


I should have been on an ’80s sedan vibe as I roamed round, as a result of I’ve one other Mark II to indicate you.


Very like the white automotive from earlier on, this GX71 additionally sits on SSR Mark III wheels. However it’s the two-tone paint that does it for me.


Am I the one one that may’t get sufficient of those vehicles? The Celica XX parked subsequent to it was a bonus too.


Time for a little bit of san-yon motion, beginning with this ER34 Skyline GT-T.

This must be the very best RB25DE engine bay I’ve ever seen.


I additionally preferred how the GT-R look was solely utilized to rear fenders, actually setting the automotive aside from all different R-type GT-T conversions you see in Japan.


This was fairly a shock, a legit Tommykaira BNR34 Skyline GT-R.


It’s one in every of 11 high-spec vehicles constructed again in 1999-2000, now fitted with a collaborative Nardi steering wheel that Tommykaira not too long ago launched.


There have been two specs of this automotive supplied, and you may inform that is the extra highly effective variant because it’s bought the inexperienced ‘R’ badge on the proper aspect of the trunk lid.


I bought to shoot the Liberty Stroll Silhouette FD3S RX-7 after Tokyo Auto Salon this yr, however thought it was a pity they selected to launch such a wild conversion with a black automotive. RE Professional Store Miyoshi’s pink and white Coca-Cola-themed construct on the hand actually does this epic package justice.


RAYS Volk Racing 21Cs in white are a spot-on alternative too.


And don’t for a second suppose that Miyoshi would depart the engine inventory.


Liberty Stroll actually nailed this conversion. Similar to the work that Miyoshi does with its rotary creations, it’s very a lot a mixture of outdated and new, of race automotive and kaido racer.


The latter actually comes throughout with the rear hatch conversion.

I’ll cease right here for now, however be sure to verify again quickly as I’ve rather a lot extra to share from Wekfest Japan 2023.

Dino Dalle Carbonare
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