Top 5 Cars of Wekfest Japan 2019

Wekfest Japan 2019 packed Port Messe, Nagoya with quality cars from every make, including quite a few European builds. Row after row, fans were treated to extensive builds that often incorporated custom fabrication, engine swaps, boost, or a combination of all of the above. That fact alone makes it a difficult task to choose just a handful to highlight, but that’s exactly what we managed to do. In no particular order, here are our five favorites from WF JP 2019.

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In our latest issue (July 2019), we featured Hitomi Ishikawa’s 180SX, which featured some outstanding bodywork by none other than her husband, Masaru. Keeping tabs on @masaru2236 we knew he was hard at work on a new S-chassis build which was, of all things, a convertible—something we don’t see done very often. The series of posts documented some heavy bodywork being done and the finished product, as expected, raises the bar considerably. Like his wife’s build, the metal bodywork is next level and the deep red paint is offset by polished, deep dish BBS rollers that tuck into the reworked fenders with some help from its air suspension.

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The interior looks to be mostly stock with upgraded materials, but if you look a little closer you’ll notice black coated door bars, while under the hood Masaru’s signature bay work mimics his wife’s car and you’re all but forced to turn your attention to the engine itself, which is surrounded by sculpted, seamless panel work. This car’s been making the rounds on social media as it neared completion, and in person it definitely brought in a crowd—it’s not hard to see why.

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@Exceed_Japan was tasked with building this EK9 Civic Type R and things came down to the wire with the job completed just in time to make the event, though you’d never know it based on the finished product. The engine bay steals the spotlight and has been relieved of anything deemed unnecessary or able to be relocated—like the brake booster and clutch master cylinders that once sat on the now shaved firewall.

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Like many modern Japanese-built Hondas, the CTR relies on some U.S.-built goods like the @sheepeyrace turbo comoponents, @downstar hardware, @vibrant_performance Vanjen clamps and @rywire_motorsport_electronics engine harness and coil-on-plug conversion.

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Inside the stripped and painted interior is a custom roll cage complete with dimple die gusseting at both the A and B pillars and blood red Bride buckets. Though the car isn’t fully complete yet, it’s very close and we’re looking forward to seeing it hit the road.

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We featured Eiji Daito’s AE86 a few years ago and even today, we still can’t get enough. As the owner of Total Create E. PRIME (@e.prime_daito), Daito has access to plenty of parts and he’s certainly put together a long list of upgrades, but it’s the execution and the details that really tie his one-of-a-kind ’86 together.

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The turbocharged 4AG, which transfers power through a Skyline 71C transmission, gets a workout as this immaculate Corolla sees track and show time—a true “do-it-all” build that we place as one of the best we’ve ever encountered.

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Also from Total Create E. PRIME was this RB-swapped S13 coupe, draped in a color similar to the 86 seen above. More than just a basic swap, the tubbed front fenders, along with the rest of the bay are smoothed and free of any holes or unneeded bits of metal. Attached to the custom intake manifold is a titanium velocity stack while on the other side of the mill sits a custom exhaust manifold.

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Subtle aero additions and gunmetal Advan Racing TC4 make up the outside, with custom covered Bride buckets, a complete alcantara surface makeover and steering wheel all re-stitched with orange thread to tie it all together and add up to a slick, timeless S-chassis build.

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When you hear about the Wekfest tour’s stop in Japan, you automatically expect a bunch of S-chassis, Z-cars, GT-Rs, RX-7s and Civics, but what you probably don’t expect to see perched under the natural and artificial lights of Port Messe, Nagoya’s sky-high dome is a pristine restomod BMW 2002.

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Start anywhere you’d like, but this 2002 cuts absolutely no corners, and every aspect of the build has been addressed. Flared fenders that house tastefully wide Frontline FLM02 mesh wheels sit at a dead perfect stance and the flawless paintwork oozes over the car’s exterior. Under the hood, the original turbo engine has been heavily reworked and highly detailed, then lowered back into a bay that’s been painted white for some eye-catching contrast.

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