Where: Englishtown, New Jersey
When: July 16, 2016
The basics for anyone wishing to attend one of these well organized events is quite simple; carve out an entire day for the experience, be open and prepared to see come cool rides and get ideas for your own daily driver or project car, plan ahead if you want to participate in any of the driving events such as autocross or drag race (read: complete waiver, bring safety gear, and come with spare parts), bring money for souvenir goodies such as getting a custom Euro vanity plate (and I did) or an event t-shirt (got one of those too), and finally be ready to experience all the many flavors of the VAG faithful.
What it should not include is occurring on a day when the sun spontaneously ignites any of the said event attendees (I’m still glowing), but more about that later. Helpful tip for anyone from the Emerald Isles, bring sunscreen and reapply frequently.
This was sort of my introduction to the VAG community. What is VAG you ask? I’ll go into that later, but first let me paint the scene. I’m a relative neophyte to the Volkswagen scene, and I wanted to check out a show in another state, and one as successful as the Waterfest franchise. Sure I’d been to meet-ups held locally during a weeknight, and attended local shows on weekends, but I wondered what it’d be like to travel away from my home base, and see what VW’ers in other parts of the country were like, and what kind of events they held. For those of you not already in the know it’s a semi-regularly scheduled show the focuses on all things VAG.
And for those of you who do not know what VAG stands for it’s the Volkswagen Audi Group. This show was awesome! And if hadn’t been for a previous social commitment that evening as well as Apollo repeatedly sending down flame strikes upon me, I could have easily spent the entire day visiting the many vendor booths (spending way too much money), and chatting with other enthusiasts. As it was, I discovered the wide world of options Volkswagen and Audi owners share for aesthetic and functional modifications. There were several tuning companies on hand, and eager to answer questions event goers had, and more than one had a set up to tune attendees’ cars should they decide to pull the trigger and make the first Alice Down the Rabbit Hole purchase (ADRHP) which is a good thing! Heavyweights in the VAG tuning-performance products industry such as APR, NGP, Unitronic, Racing Line, Kerma TDI, and many others. On the whole, my experience was very good.
It was extremely hot, and I was not inclined to doddle. My goal was to experience the event, check. Another goal was to check out the various driving events, unfortunately due to the weather I did not explore either the autocross or drag options, next time though! Next was to check out the cool cars and the people that brought them, check. There were numerous cars that caught my eye, and gave me ideas for things I’d like to do to my R. Last on my list, by some souvenirs, check. Yes, I bought a Euro personalized vanity plate, and you can check it out below. Also check out my photo (amateur) gallery of the event. I must say that the heat definitely limited the amount of time I wanted to patiently compose images, and I think the composition suffered more than once due to the heat.