Volkswagen Shows I've Attended

Updated on September 10, 2011

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1999 Big Bug Shootout - Class Winner! My first Volkswagen show was "Bug Out 34" in Dinwiddie, VA in 1996. That was my first taste of VW showcars and VW drag racing. Years passed before I attended another VW show. Eventually, I joined a "local" VW club (closest one to me, anyway) and decided to meet them at a show. I decided to show my car for two reasons: 1) to support the club, and 2) to get a great parking space so I could keep an eye on my pride and joy. I entered my car in the stock show class since it had no noticeable modifications. Little did I know that I was a contender. The name of the game when showing a stock car is to ensure it is clean, CLEAN, CLEAN. Apparently, mine was clean enough to take the win. Not bad for having driven over 700-miles to attend the show. My competitors all had fancy displays. My display was just the car. One of the judges recommended displaying my road kit in the trunk. I eventually took his advice and added displays at subsequent shows.

Eventually I moved on to slightly more elaborate displays. Although my car is modified, I still pursue Mk3 stock classes and accept a points deduction for my mods unless the show is large enough to have a Mk3 "modified mild" class I can enter. Even with the points deductions, I still stand a better chance of placing in "stock" than against all of the wildly-modified cars in the modified classes (those with shaved bodies or engine bays, changed interiors, "home" theaters, crazy stereos, game consoles, and whatever other prohibitively expensive items being tossed into showcars these days...). I've shown and/or placed in the following shows: 1999 Big Bug Shootout in Ennis TX (1st Place), 2000 HotWaterBlast in Clear Lake TX, 2001 Bug-O-Rama #27 in Phoenix AZ, 2004 TDI Fest in Braintree MA (1st Place), 2006 BugOut #59 in Manassas VA (2nd Place), 2006 TDI Fest in Valley Forge PA (1st Place), 2006 H2OInternational in Ocean City MD (3rd Place), 2007 BugOut #61 in Manassas VA (2nd Place), 2009 TDI Fest in Washington DC (1st Place), and 2011 TDI Fest in Lexington KY.

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