Waterfest 2017 Burnout Slut Phil Gruver

With Waterfest now entering its 24th annual event, featuring a VW & Audi car show and motorsport competitions, we celebrate the last 16 years of the event hosted at Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ with these tidbits of info to recap the history of Waterfest, and look forward to the event now being held at Atco Dragway on July 21-2, 2018. www.waterfest.net

History of Waterfest

Most VW shows in 1995 catered primarily to the Air-Cooled Bug crowd. At VW shows the watercooled VWs were in the back of the show, like relatives that most people were embarrassed of. Waterfest was started in 1995 as a ‘show & shine’ and autocross. It was held at the campus of Rockland Community College.

The first show had 1200 spectators, 150 Show cars, and about 50 Autocross competitors. Waterfest spent two more years at Rockland Community College.

The second Waterfest, held in 1996, had an attendance of about 2400 people and had a group shot of 36 Corrados, which one of the Corrado owners said was a record # of Corrados in one place, the previous record was 33 Corrados on the West Coast. The traffic jam getting into the event was massive and the head of security spent time in the back of a police car until a solution could be worked out on how to deal with the traffic.

By the third year, 1997, Volkwagen of America started attending the show. That year, Waterfest had an attendance of about 3500, 220 Show cars and 90 Autocross competitors!

The fourth year of Waterfest, 1998, was held at Purchase College in Westchester County. Once again there was a good turn-out of Autocrossers and Show Cars.

In year 5, 1999, the show moved to Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey. New for that year was the Sound-off event. The show had grown to include 5000 spectators, 300 Show cars, 50 Sound-Off cars, 75 Autocross competitors and 30 Vendors. This was the first year they prominently featured Audis. At the event there was a Rabbit with 800,000 miles. VW was at the show again this time promoting their concert at Jones beach later in the summer.

Waterfest in 2000 was the sixth year of Waterfest. There was heavy rain from 7:00 AM to 9:30 AM. The management of the show figured they would be lucky if 1000 people showed up. By 9:30AM, the rain stopped, and by the end of the day, 5000 spectators showed up. There were 350 Show cars, 60 Sound-Off, 50 Autocross competitors and 40 Vendors.

Waterfest in 2001 was held at Island Dragway in Great Meadows, NJ. This show was affectionately called Dust Fest because of the huge amount of dust kicked up by a large number of cars driving on a dirt road to enter the show and park in the fields. This was the first year that Waterfest was held at a Racetrack. In addition to the Show Car Event, Sound-off and Autocross, Drag racing, a Burn-Out contest, and a Road Rally were added. There was a Chassis Dyno at this show for the first time. Max Power magazine was the title sponsor and they managed the ‘Maryland to New Jersey Tour’ culminating at WaterFest.

WF 2002 was held, for the first time, at Raceway Park, the home for the next 13 shows and counting. This was the first year that APR was the title sponsor. The show was now at a huge racetrack with paved parking lots. Raceway Park allowed the show to grow and expand the Vendor area, Show Car and Exhibition areas and the Autocross area.

WF 9 (2003) was the first 2-day Waterfest event. This allowed participants to make the event into a week-end experience.

Over the next ten years, the show’s attendance grew to over 20,000 people per weekend with over 125 of the top VW & Audi Sponsors & Vendors in attendance occupying over a mile of vendor space, if laid in a straight line.

Waterfest 2013, the inaugural Afterfest, the official Waterfest Afterparty was held, with an attendance of over 3,000.

Stay tuned for more information. www.waterfest.net

World Rally Championships 2014: Trois Rivieres, QC

Written by Jeremy Alan Glover | Photos by Jeremy Alan Glover The Grand Prix Trois Riviers is always a great event to attend! With the diverse forms of racing (NASCAR, Canadian Touring Car Championships, Candian GT Supercar Championships, Porsche GT3, Ultra94 Canada Challenge Cup and the Formula Tour 1600) on the iconic road course it has always been a race weekend not to miss. For the 2014 GP3R, something special was added. For the first time ever, the World Rally Cross Championship held a round in North America. Trois Rivieres Quebec was its destination The track that was designed for…

V2lab Mystery Meat "Zombie Meat" 2014: Orlando, FL

Written by Randi Bentia | Photos by Chad Donohoe Our contributing photographer, Chad Donohoe, was on-site at the 3rd annual Mystery Meat on October 19, 2014 hosted by Versiontwo Laboratory (V2lab). This year, Ravi Angard and the V2lab camp codenamed this meet, The Zombie Meat, more so because the meet was 2 weeks away from Halloween and not to mention, zombies are super cool (along with vampires)! Peep our giant event gallery. More info for the event can be found at www.v2lab.com.…

AAITF Bangkok 2015: Inaugural Trade Show Provides Much Needed Networking Platform To Lucrative Asean Auto Aftermarket

The inaugural Automotive Aftermarket International Trade Fair, AAITF Bangkok 2015, was a success attracting a strong global audience of key industry trade buyers and leading exhibiting brands. The B2B exhibition and conference program, free to attend for trade visitors, took place 9-11 December 2015 at the world class IMPACT Forum Exhibition Centre, Bangkok. AAITF Bangkok was organized by Tarsus Group Ltd, an international media company, and co-located and partnered with the organizers of the Thailand International Motor Expo, which annually attracts over 1.38 million visitors. Thailand is the largest production base in the ASEAN and the nerve centre of the…

Hot Summer Nights 2011

Delayed one week due to Hurricane Irene, September 3rd proved to be the perfect date for eXquisite Car and Truck Club’s show, Hot Summer Nights held at Quaker Steak and Lube in Fredericksburg, VA.  The parking lot was packed full of imports, domestics, mini trucks, lifted trucks, donks, performance, and style.  Nightfall is when everyone really started to shine with their custom lighting. Some of the highlights of the show included a 1000+hp Dodge Magnum whose custom graphics were as fierce as its power; a bagged and wide-bodied Dodge Charger with a suede interior; a bagged Chevy S-10 with a…