Wekfest Japan does a great job of combining the really nice and the most attractive custom cars this country has to offer.
While this is great, it makes the show really hard to cover because there is so much to choose from. To get things started though, I thought I’d share with you the three cars that resonated with me the most in Nagoya last week. Let’s start with Daiki Tanimoto’s Low Jack 935-inspired 997 Porsche Carrera 4.
I saw this car in a post the night before Wekfest that Takashi Koike – the owner of that 935-inspired Nissan Z33 – posted on Instagram. Purely coincidentally, the Orange 997 was one of the first cars I noticed on my way to the Port Mess venue the next morning.
This thing Wide – Much wider than image relay. In fact, it’s so spacious that it took home the ‘Festive Widebody’ award for a complete one-off custom transformation with the Slantnose front end.
Filling the huge arches is a set of center-lock wheels fitted between a single-log to a five-log adapter.
The Tan interior has a Recaro race seat and a Momo steering wheel, which adds a little motorsport feel to the cabin.
The angular fender and the front cowl were hand-shaped like old school roads that protrude from the expanded foam on which the FRP was then placed to create the final shape. It must have a presence! The rear end, along with that huge rear spoiler, reminds me of RWB Natty Dread Jr.
A true Japanese custom
Another car I couldn’t avoid was the over-flagged Kitten Nissan Fairlade Z. This is probably related to the Z32-loving phase that I’ve been having late (well, for a few years now!) And the fact that I’ve started to find the Abflug Fender conversion rather interesting.
It was amazing, because it was an arrow kit that was hard for me to digest when I came back in the day. It’s interesting how the taste changes over time … In this case, the attraction is involved. This car is exceptionally clean and has no shortage of quality details like the Z34 caliper stuck on the back of the 18-inch RAYS Volk Racing TE37Vs.
There is nothing subtle about the abflug kit. It even adds a square-off nostril to the small grille section in the middle of the headlights – the VG30DETT is one of many front-facing air intakes to keep you cool.
The way the fender tail closes with the highly defined upper swaz line adds such a unique touch to the Z32’s profile. And the created inset section shows about half of the 295-section rear tire trade.
I saw a set of Recaro RCS seats in the cabin, a nice modern touch to spice up the overall feel of the interior.
The rear is tied together with a carbon diffuser and a pair of large bore exhausts on each side.
The added perimeter at the back and that lower deck spoiler really hit this Z32 more than I’ve seen before.
Munden became a showpiece
I like the unexpected, and this 1999 Toyota Tercela stopped me on my track.
What you might call Starlet’s annoying sedan cousin was nothing short of exciting. It was a cheap, spacious and economically small four-door – that’s it. In other words, go a little crazy on a perfect base.
But don’t get me wrong – Tercel’s simple look doesn’t tell the whole story. Although it remains a right-hand drive, the owner has come up with one Otaku– USDM Flare layer in this JDM version. These details include corner and tail lights, antennas, side mirrors and even US coupe wipers.
On the front, the car’s original naturally ambitious engine produces a 1.3L Turbo 4E-FTE (and gearbox) from an EP91 Starlet Glanza V. Due to the custom intercooler, piping and other reasons, the base 140hp engine probably gives out a little more now. Change, and it sits on a shaved and wavy bald spot for the best possible presentation.
At the back, a beam conversion with disc brakes is completed that supports the front woodwood kit.
The interior has some great USDM details including MPH instrumentation, A / C panel and even Visa. A sit-roll cage rendered the rear seat almost useless, while the front seats were replaced with NRG buckets.
The car sits in a tan damper with a 326 power spring that allows the upper part of the Yokohama Advana A050-shod OZ racing wheel to be stuck in a stock fender.
And with that you have implemented exemplary build execution on the most undoubted cars.
Much more to come from Wekfest Japan 2022, so stay tuned for my next round of spotlight.
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