This post would have been beefier and more dynamic about 48 hours ago, but then that would have been an hour or so before anything worth writing would have happened. Confused? No worries, I’ll sort it all out for you in due course.
Saturday, I met up with another VW enthusiast we’ll call “Garry” from our local VW-Audi group, Maryland MQB and drove up to Waterfest 24. We met up, and proceeded to drive to the new location for this year’s installment of the annual festival held for the first time at Atco Dragway.
The ride up Saturday was a mixed bag, due to an over abundance of T.O.O.L.’s on 1-95, and one ginormous low pressure system that covered the trip back through NJ-DE-MD dropping buckets of water and slowing an otherwise delightful interstate. One other highlight on the drive up, I went of my factory warranty, crossed over the 60K threshold. It feels a little strange, if I’m honest. Good in another.
Once we made it off the interstate, I immediately began to remember what I like about South Jersey, the route we traveled was country interspersed with small towns that looked very comfortable with a cool small town vibe. Oh, and the diners and Italian restaurants all looked so inviting. The roads, however, were not as charming or inviting. The description of the local roads would charitably be described as vertebrae rattling and wheel tormenting. The quality of the roads from the interstate to the festival would be graded a “C-” at best if I were their teacher, and mandatory summer school would be required. My thoughts go out to those who have static rides/suspensions because you will probably have some residual issues later in life due to roads like that, and lesser extent of having no suspension travel.
Waterfest in general is an excellent festival! This year’s installment the weather cooperated to the extent that when I was ready to leave, the rain came on. The overflow parking was on grass, so not a fan of that, but beyond that a little disorganization it was a good experience. I’m romanticizing a bit due to the weather being sooooo nice for me; no sweating, low to reasonable humidity topped off with photo friendly cloud cover! The concessions were good, and not pricey. Facilities were numerous and located in many areas. At least one ATM was available that I know of. And there were great exhibitors, demo cars, and awesome enthusiast’s rides. I narrowly escaped the sincere efforts of a wonderfully enthusiastic and delightfully knowledgeable APR rep who’d almost convinced me to flash my R. If I’d gone back to their display, they would have had one more customer. Damn it was a close call, but next time APR I’ll be there for you!
I met up with friends who were working the show (Zach – Country Dubs), checking out the festival (Dominic) and demoing their rides (Mark’s Golf R) as well as folks from other clubs (Adam – VA Beach). I also met some enthusiasts and found out about their vee-dubs. Took many pictures, and came away feeling that this is a pretty cool community. That honeymoon feeling was rohambeau’d away quickly with the slow rain soaked beach traffic clogging the interstates.
Sunday I was rewarded with a rain free morning to compete in my second WDCR SOLO Autocross (SCCA) event of the season at FedEx Field. There have been more, I’ve just been unable to attend due to travel, moving, repairs, and travel. I arrived early, worked my assigned job, took part in the course walk, and attended the driver’s meeting. My runs were not record setting in a good way, went OC on the first run, but each of the three remaining runs my time drop successively. That in itself was a success. The other perk was getting to see a lot of cool cars run, and talk to a lot of enthusiasts who have a passion for cars and driving. I was sad to leave after my fourth run, but fulfilled, for the time being until the next points event.
TIME-SPACE CONTINUUM THING
Now I told you at the beginning I would fill you in on that time-space continuum riddle, and here it goes; when I returned home on Sunday I found that my internet/tv service had died while I was at Waterfest on Saturday, and the service may not be restored until Friday. So I could have posted video and pictures from the event that occurred later if I had gone back in time to post them before my internet service became extinct at home. As a result no cool videos or pictures of enthusiast’s rides, and no pics from the festival or autocross can be provided on my site until I make it back into the 21st century. Check back next week!
Funny story, where I grew up, dial-up service was still the norm until about 5 years ago. Just saying, be grateful for the connectivity and entertainment options you do get unless it’s only one channel and then you really ought to consider moving.