In part one of our coverage, I just posted a bunch of pictures, cause I was just wanting to throw out a small portion of our pictures before the internet got flooded with others.
So now I’m gonna throw out a LOT more photos so our readers can see what went down.
If you’ve been following us for some time, you know that Andrew has been flying out to Cali to attend multiple Wek’Fest events and even our own JohnP and Mayday Mikey have flown out to Japantown, CA to see what the commotion was all about. When Andrew flew out this last time to Wek’Fest in California, he had heard some rumors that Wek’Fest may take it’s tour out of it’s homebase in Cali and hit up TX. Now it’s true, we are not that big into shows but the guys at Wek’Sos have a different take on “shows” and they consider them mainly to be meets to show off the quality of cars in their area. We like that idea, so when we heard for sure that Wek’Fest would be held in Dallas, TX, we were 100% for it. It’s been a long time since a big nationwide show has rolled through Texas, and it’s high time we show the world what kind of cars Texas has.
One interesting thing happened with the announcement of Wek’Fest however. When Wek’Sos announced that the official date would be October 23rd, a sunday, at the Dallas Convention Center, many local Houston car enthusiasts were left to make a decision between attending the Wek’Fest show that sunday, or attend Import Face-Off in Baytown, TX on that very same day. Some people were torn as to what to do, and many chose a side on local car forums. The guys at Wek’Sos decided to do what was best for all parties involved and a few weeks later, had announced that they would be moving the date to October 15th, a saturday, to Dallas’ sister city, Fort Worth, TX at the Ft. Worth Convention Center. This news took the local community by surprise as most people, including myself, would never think that a large show such as Wek’Fest would even listen to one car forum and make such a drastic change. Many people were grateful for the change of dates, and now we had a venue that everyone could show up to.
For many young and even older tuners, they had never even heard of Wek’Fest since it’s never been around our Texas area, so to introduce themselves, the guys at Wek’Fest decided to host a Pre-Meet event in Texas, sort of a way to kick things off. Kenneth Li from Wek’Sos Industries reached out to both JohnP and Danh for a little help in this department. JohnP looked to the guys at Baker Tuning, a local tuning shop that works on a lot of GT-R’s here in Texas that just so happens to have lots of space for us to have our meet. After things were locked into place, we made the call that we would be having the Wek’Fest Pre-Meet in 6 days. That wasn’t much notice for a lot of people, so we were really relying on our readers and fans to spread the word quickly enough to get some hype going for the meet.
It seemed to work as my phone blew the eff up from texts from people I rarely ever heard from asking for details on this “Mayday Meet”. It looks like we may have made a name for ourselves in hosting meets, but the real heroes of the success of the event goes to Baker Tuning, who generously gave us their backlot, 100lbs of fajita meat, water, sodas, the DJ’s from Kratez Crew, tents, lights and everything else that made the meet flow so well.
But it wasn’t without a few scares. Despite the drought throughout Texas, the ONE day it rained was this particular saturday. From the late morning on, it was raining in all different parts of Houston, and our very own meet was threatened by Mother Nature, which was a mixed blessing. On one hand, we didn’t want the rain for fear that nobody would show up, and on the other, we desperately needed the precipitation. It looks like Mother Nature spared us, cause about an hour before our meet started at 6pm, it had stopped completely raining. With the roads quickly drying up, the cars began to pour in. The spots filled in rather quickly, and before you could blink, 6pm was here, and already we had a full lot.
The mood was very chill, no burnouts, no revving, no riceboy (the negative term) antics, just a lot of human interaction as enthusiasts didn’t just sit by their cars in a fold out chair, they actually were mixing and mingling with others. There were no cliques or groups that were isolating themselves, which to me, was very surprising. The music spun by DJ Tito and the Kratez Crew set the mood with the latest electronic and house mixes. Everyone got a chance to check out the Baker Tuning cars including a RHD Silvia with matching Honda Ruckus, a twin turbo Powerhouse Amuse 370Z, and a gang of newly tuned GT-R’s. Brent Villareal debuted his highly anticipated JGTC inspired widebody NSX by having his car front and center of the meet next to a few PowerFab heavy hitters.
There was also a very strong showing of both Nissan Z’s and Infiniti G’s at the meet, all lined up next to each other and facing each other as if they were about to take part in a civil war. Also in attendance was a small group of Toyota MR2’s and a handful of Acura NSX’s. It was very cool to see so many different makes and models of cars make our little event including a Mazda Protege on RPF1’s, a 2JZGTE Cressida, a 1JZGTE RX-7, and even the brand new 2012 Porsche 911 GT2 RS.
We were also giving out free swag donated by the guys at Wek’Sos including a butt ton of stickers, license plate frames and T-Shirts. Mayday Garage even gave away some swag too including stickers and more importantly, for the first time ever, our never before sold to the public T-Shirts. Since we didn’t have a thousand shirts, we decided the best thing to do was to have a raffle (free, of course), and hand out everything that we had. If you didn’t get a T-Shirt or Sticker, don’t fret, we’ll be selling them soon. We’ll also be selling a few at our booth at the actual Wek’Fest event in Ft. Worth, so make sure to stop by our booth!
We hope everyone had a great time, and from reading the local forum boards, it seems the Pre-Meet was a runaway success! I have yet to read a negative comment about the meet, which is crazy! We also hope that this appetizer gets people hungry and hyped for our main course, the Wek’Fest Event at the Fort Worth Convention Center on October 15th! Big shout out to Brad Baker, Paul Morgan, Jason Langley, and all of the Baker Tuning guys for the venue and food/drinks, DJ Tito and the Kratez Crew, Fatlace, Wek’Sos Industries, and everyone else who made this possible!
Think this is over? Hardly. There’s one more thing… We will be also hosting the Lonestar Run, a mass car caravan from Houston to Ft. Worth on Friday, October 14th, the day before Wek’Fest at 10am! If you’ve ever been to one of our Capital Runs, then you know it’s a blast to drive with your car enthusiast brethren on this 5 hour drive! More details will follow next week as JohnP makes the formal announcement right here on MaydayGarage!
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