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.
Supremacy saturated the New Jersey Expo Center at this year’s Wekfest New Jersey. What could be expected was indeed delivered—a huge room full of exquisite taste. Wekfest never fails to feature the East Coast’s highest caliber builds in order to provide to all perceptions of style. Last year’s show set the bar pretty high for the upcoming years, but the elites of the east were up for the challenge and executed beautifully.
When it comes to cars we all have our favorites. For some of us we knew right away where our loyalty was, and for Ping that started when he was a kid growing up in Thailand. “All my cousins had JDM cars, so I knew that’s what I wanted,” Ping explained. The day he turned 16 was the day he became a 240 owner, and his allegiance to the JDM world became official.
Most people claim that growing up sucks, and the simple fact that nothing can be done about it can be quite frustrating. Albeit the claims are true, but it’s not bad when you keep your passions within the current instead of letting them fade like a trend. Especially when you have a family and a wife that supports your lifestyle and work it’s that much easier to over come any type of growing pain.
With just under two months until the 5th Annual First Class Fitment we are happy to announce that registration is now open on the new FirstClassFitment.com! Registration will be open until Monday, October 6th and ALL cars that wish to be in the designated show area must pre-register! Whether you plan on showing your car or just coming out to spectate be sure to RSVP on our Facebook event page!
“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!