WaterFest 21 Englishtown, NJ
WaterFest is the largest VW car show on the East Coast. Many vendors are on hand, selling everything from body parts to performance upgrades to clothing items. Throughout the weekend, there is everything from drag racing, autocross, car show, burnout contest, and more. Heat and WaterFest always go hand in hand. It wouldn’t be normal to have a cool day and this year was no different.
I hit the turnpike around 6am Sunday morning to head to New Jersey with some friends. We ended up getting there a bit early so we grabbed some food at the local gas station and made our way to the racetrack. This year at WaterFest, I decided to show for the first time, and by 9am I was sweating after all the prep was done to the car. By 11am, the showfield was full and all of the events were in action.
Orchid Euro had their display in the vendor area with their project Caddy van on display in its bare metal form. This project looks like it’s going to be a cool piece once it’s finished and of course complete with AirLift products. Walking through the show, you could see there were many older generations this year with builds that were on point. Everything from shaved bays, expensive wheels, performance upgrades, etc. This was nice to see because over the past 4 years the Volkswagen scene has only been about how low you can get and how many parts you can break while being that low.
At WaterFest, it seems like the vendor area is always the biggest part. With dozens of vendors on hand showcasing their latest products, installing performance hardware, and displaying their quality rides, it’s hard not to see something that catches your eye. Volkswagen of America is always a huge supporter of WaterFest and this year they were on hand showcasing their latest Mk7 models along with the SEMA wide-body Beetle designed by Tanner Faust and RAUH-Welt Begriff. APR was tuning cars in their booth, which to my disappointment was downsized this year. It was always an awesome site to see the huge production that they bring to the show. I just hope they don’t skimp on their H2Oi booth…..
The show was coming to an end and the awards were about to start. I made my way over to the stage and waited in the heat to hear my name called for 1st place in the R32 class. I did not see that coming and was quite excited to say the least. After that, I packed up my car and got all the final shots I wanted before heading home. I started up the car to see on the dash that the temperature was 103 degrees. Yea that seemed about right…. We started our 2 hour trip home after another fun year at WaterFest. Go check out our GALLERY page for a full set of our pictures from the weekend. Thanks for reading!!!! Go to the GALLERY page for all of our pictures from the long weekend and give us a LIKE on Facebook!
Written by: Justin May
Photography: Justin May