Stance Magic: Wekfest Japan 2024


Nagoya at the beginning of May can only mean one thing in the Speedhunting world – Wekfest Japan.

Since its introduction in Japan, Wekfest has best represented the latest styling trends in real-world Japanese car culture, with a heavy bias to stance.

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The show has become the place for many car builders to debut their latest projects, and because of this, the assortment is always fresh.

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Sure, there are always previously-seen builds, but often these cars have been updated with new modifications or refined and perfected.

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But there is so much new stuff that it is almost overwhelming.

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Here’s a good example. Car Shop Glow showed off this ultra-wide Super GT race car for the street, complete with a highly modified engine and sequential transmission.

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As I always do with big shows, I’ve gone photo-heavy with my Wekfest Japan 2024 coverage. I had to though; there was just so much to see.

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That included a 25-car-strong showing from Moontech.

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They brought out the Live To Offend BMW E36 build along with…

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…a GT3 R35 Nissan GT-R and this well-known BCNR33 Skyline GT-R sporting Air Lift Performance suspension and new RAYS Volk Racing 21Cs with bronze centers.

Not too far away, I found the Trust BNR34 Skyline GT-R on bronze-centered Volk Racing 21As.

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It was JDM overload – in the best possible way.

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The best thing about Wekfest Japan is the variety.

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You have it all, VIP to kyusha, imports and SUVs, gems from the ’80s and ’90s, modified Hondas, ridiculously powerful GT-Rs, drift cars and more.

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Everything at Wekfest is brought together by stance – unless you are going off-roading.

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I have tried to bring some order to my coverage so you have a better understanding of the selections on display at the Port Messe Nagoya venue.

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Like the VW component.

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There was so much to see from the ’90s and early 2000s JDM golden era.

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There should be plenty to inspire you.

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Especially for the Honda fans.

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Saying the selection was vast would be an understatement.

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And on top of some older stuff…

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…there was an overload of DC2s and EGs of every body type.

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I love how people continuously innovate and try to bring new looks that may not have been tried in Japan before.

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Most sub-cultures were represented, including a couple of killer VIP builds. Doesn’t this Crown Athlete remind you of a Bee Dragon build?

While brands like Liberty Walk strive to create the most visually aggressive cars…

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…you have to love more simple takes, too. Custom-built BBS wheels are the go-to choice for many of the cars in this 964 lineup.

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But over at Madlane, there was something else attracting attention. Well, several things.

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First, their new white-on-white 964, which features Madlane’s own wheel design. While the interior has been half-stripped and treated to a seat upgrade, the exterior is OEM+ at its best. In this case, the ‘+’ refers to the RS front bumper intakes, the only alteration.

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Secondly, they had their drool-worthy Ferrari 512TR at the show. But it was Madlane’s other 911 build that brought the crowds in.

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Riding on center-lock BBS race wheels, the exterior of this 930 Turbo flatnose is pretty untouched. It’s the interior that Madlane has gone to town on.

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Just eight Tommykaira M19s were ever built, so it was amazing to see two of them together.

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TE37s on a Lancia Delta Integrale? Yes please!

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The Low Brain E46 M3 was looking sharp on a set of TE37 Sagas.

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I hope this gallery post has given you a good taste of what Wekfest Japan 2024 was all about. Let us know of any cars from the show that you’d like to see featured in the future.

Dino Dalle Carbonare
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