Sep 9, 2014
Photography By: Taylor Menezes
Words By: Preston Klemm
The following car needs no introduction. What began life as your average montego blue E92 has undergone some not-so-subtle modifications, which has rocketed it into magazines and car blogs around the world. Yes, this is Bag Riders’ famous 335i X-Drive, a car that took niche sections of the Internet and social media by storm. Take notes, kids, our Vermont neighbors know a thing or two about air-ride and car customization, and this BMW certainly does not disappoint.
This was my third year covering Wekfest’s East Coast event held in Edison, New Jersey. Heading out a little after sunrise to my first car show since coming back from studying abroad in Italy for a month was such an amazing feeling. Passing other enthusiasts on the highway knowing they were going to same show was well welcomed. On top of all that, being able to see all my friends that I hadn’t seen since way before I left or SOWO was the cherry on top. Wekfest always hosts only high caliber cars and this year was no different. There did, however, seem to be less cars than last year and a little too much open space at some points. Team Emotion, as usual, took home most of the awards at the show, well deserved at that too. After the show wrapped up I left with my friend, Harold, who you might know as Dat3voX, to do a photoshoot of his new setup. So look out for that soon. I definitely plan on attending next year’s event as well so I can say, one day, I’ve been to every one.
“On July 19, 2014, Pier 70 in SF, CA was transformed into the West Coast’s largest car show. With over 500-vehicles and 60-vendors, Evolution has forever changed the face of car show and lifestyles events. Evolution is the only event to award a Championship Belt and cash award for Overall Best of Show and to have an OEM – SCION – provide cash awards for 1st-3rd place owners.
Some call Wekfest the Super Bowl of car shows. Regardless of what you call it, none can argue the fact that the best in the West and beyond show case here, and it truly makes this show one of a kind. Cars travel from all over just to show here at Wekfest San Jose, and some travel even farther just to be in attendance and see the high caliber of cars Wekfest always delivers. Located in beautiful Downtown San Jose the show takes place in the San Jose Convention center. With hotels and restaurants near by this location is extremely convenient for everyone in attendance. With the show being held indoors it made for a fantastic environment. The giant show area came alive with energy, music echoed from every corner of the hall and amazing high quality cars everywhere you turned… Wekfest San Jose truly makes for an awesome show. Canibeat co founders Roy Jang and Cristian Loza traveled to the show from Washington DC to vend the event and had a blast! I hope you enjoy part one of our coverage brought to you by Dj Murdok (photography), James Baxter and Josh Davis (words).
Last weekend we ventured on a journey out to Northern California for Wekfest San Jose. Usually we travel in large groups, but for this trip it was just Roy and myself (both co-founders of Canibeat for those not familiar). What made this adventure different from past trips is we had absolutely no set plans except for, of course, the Super Bowl of cars shows–Wekfest San Jose. In 2012 Canibeat collaborated with our friends from Fatlace to do a show in Southern California called INFAMOUS. Since then I have personally stayed in close contact with Mark Arcenal just to talk about cars, technology, cycling, our businesses and all things cool. When I had told him we were going to be in town for the show we made plans to grab lunch right after we landed at SFO. Mark had mentioned to me they were taking their Illest Shaved Ice Bus (Volkswagen Bus) to the show and their RC Drift Car track was almost done at the shop and invited us to come check it out. I documented our tour of the Paddock with some traveling photos thrown in there… I hope you enjoy it!
We went back to Formula Drift Round 4 at Wall Speedway for the second time… my have things changed. More horsepower, fiercer competition, and plenty of upsets and surprises. All around good time. This time we were filming solo, but since we’d been before we had an idea of how things would unfold.
Back in June I was invited to hangout in Baltimore for the weekend to shoot Jose Chong and several of his friend’s cars. The weekend began with washing the cars in the Baltimore suburbs, followed by a trip to West Virginia for a photo shoot with More Than More photographer Anna Taylor. Anna has had her eye on this industrial factory spot for a while and it ended up being the perfect location.
Many of you may have seen Jose’s wagon before. In the last two years it has undergone countless changes, most currently the red wrap and prima donna RS’s. Jose’s other build, his MKI cabrio, boasts flawless original paint and drives as smooth as ever (I would know, most of the rollers are from the Cabby). Several of Jose’s local friends joined in, including Matt Wiese with his beautiful Passat and Erik Holloway with his MKIV R32 on those awesome Hartmann Twists. Perfect weather and gorgeous scenery was the cherry on top. Thanks for an awesome weekend guys! Hope you enjoy the video.
On Saturday July 12th our good friends over at BlockstarCars are opening the doors to their premier shop for professional automotive services, aftermarket products, and accessories. We’ve setup our first ever pop-up shop inside and will be opening that up as well. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. come by 7401 Fullerton Rd Unit E Springfield, VA 22153 and enjoy live music, dope cars, and food from Pho Wheels DC.
Wekfest LA came and went, but let me just say the quality of cars out there was beyond amazing. We made the trip with a handful of local friends and made the best of it! Right now we are just waiting till August. If you follow myself, Roy or the brand (@Canibeat_Crew) on Instagram you probably heard we opened up a little pop-up shop inside Blockstar in Springfield, VA. We are planning a grand opening event soon, so stay tuned for details. As always I hope you guys enjoy this weeks Web Picks. Keep submitting photos into our Flick Group and you could have your work featured on here. Until next time everyone… enjoy!