As it has been written before “MFEST is a journey all US based BMW owners should take at least once in their life”. People travel from all over the country to participate in this spectacular event that goes down every year in Sin City. MFEST is not only an event to showcase your M-Series BMW, it is a trifecta of events that encompasses several acts of car related hedonism. The weekend starts in various staging areas in California and throughout the Southwest, which merge into a single file caravan all the way to Las Vegas for some Friday night drag racing. Saturday is the car show and track day held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This year, there was also drifting in back of the Toyo Tires trailer, and tracking throughout the day. The track day also gives shops and manufacturers the opportunity to compete in a Time Attack style MFest Tuner Shootout. MFEST concludes with the ultimate lifestyle party at TAO Beach at the Venetian Hotel. This was not our first trip behind the MFEST curtain, and organizer Chris Naguit has proven once again that he is the man with the M-plan!
Seeing that Projekt Cars has participated in MFest four times prior, there really was nothing that would surprise the crew. Especially after witnessing the multitude of Jaimie’s vehicles tearing up the dragstip followed by a Maybach the year before (the Maybach did 13’s with two passengers sipping champagne in the back seat). Nothing that is, except meeting the infamous Wataru Kato of Liberty Walk, a business venture he created in 1993. Based out of Aichi, Japan Liberty Walk (LB Performance) is synonymous with Exotic car modifications. From the Ferrari F40 to the Lamborghini Aventador, no exotic is left untouched. This business venture has created several customized conversions of vehicles such as Skylines, Aventadors, and even 300C’s. He (Kato-San) was extremely friendly to our group, and very kind to young Eddie Castro, sporting a Projekt Cars polo during the event. Mr Kato took several pics with the crew, and even took pics of his own with us. We were very happy to enjoy his company and discuss his latest creation on the BMW e92 M3 platform through his translator.
There were several iterations of the Liberty Walk M3 throughout the event. The Liberty Walk Performance booth displayed both a black and aircraft grey version, while the MFest booth featured an interesting version with combination of beige and bronze. The very aggressive over the fender kits were the talk of many of the M3 enthusiasts looking to match their supercharged engines with an adequate body augmentation. There are two versions of the Liberty Walk M3 Conversion, and request a price tag of up to $15K, depending on the version a customer selects. After purchasing another body kit for the Projekt Cars 335i, a couple of years ago, we were left wondering if we should have waited for Kato-San’s version.
M-Fest was an exceptional showcase of modified BMWs, but the Projekt Cars crew was more impressed with the class and enthusiasm of Mr. Wataru Kato.
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