Last February, the largest VW/Audi show in the Pacific Northwest was cancelled for unspecified reasons. Unfazed by the announcement, local enthusiasts banded together to organize a new event that would allow European car owners a place to show their rides and have summer fun.
Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, WA was the selected venue and it proved to be both accommodating and memorable. Even while a minor league baseball game was being played in the stadium, the real attraction was WaterWerksNW in the parking lots. Over 380 VWs and Audis graced the showground, plus a notable display of air-cooled VWs and exotics which included cars from Lotus, Ferrari and Porsche.
Organizers claim more than 2500 attendees came to witness the gathering of cars and the 16 vendors that included Techtonics, Speedware Motorsports, Achtuning, TKO Motorwerks, Fine Tuning and Meister Gauge Faces.
There were plenty of activities to occupy your time - watching 18 cars compete in a challenging autocross and 16 spin the mobile dyno meant there was always something to see.
It wasn't only about cars though since the European scene in this region is a tight-knit group of enthusiasts. They had the opportunity to drop local enthusiasts in a dunk tank for charity at $2 a throw, raising more than $680 for the American Diabetes Association. There was also a Spam-eating contest and spark plug-changing challenge adding to the festivities.
Next year's event is scheduled for August 23, 2009, but check out our Events Calendar (elsewhere in this issue) or www.eurotuner.com for more info.
From novice to expert, 18 cars took to the autocross and put on a good show for the crowd
Wow! Wyman Washington debuted his rebuilt '01 Jetta with pulled fenders, molded Oettinger
Looking sexy was Travis Vanausdal's 20AE GTI on 18x7.5/10" Image wheels, with Bonrath gril
Clean Mk2 Jetta Coupe owned by Jason Patton