Holland, MI – We always look forward to our annual road trip to the shores of Lake Michigan for Euro Hangar. It’s quite a long journey for us, but the town is so chill, the event is so good, and the guys behind the event are great to work with. Euro Hangar always offers a huge turnout of well built VWs and Audi’s – but unlike most similar shows they embrace all things euro – so there is also a strong representation of BMW, Benz, Mini, etc. This year there was even a point where Ferrari after Ferrari came cruising onto the show field. As you may have guessed from the event’s name, it takes place at a local airport. People can go for a ride in a vintage airplane throughout the day. And we get the honor of being able to select the 5 featured “hangar cars”. This takes place on Friday night at the Pre-Show GTG in downtown Holland. The Euro Hangar guys hand us 5 golden tickets and we get to wander around the show and scout for the best cars in attendance that night. We also like to make sure we get a good variety of builds to display in the hangar and be a good representation of what the show is about. This year we selected 2 awesome aircooled VW’s, a current standards VW build, an Audi, and a performance themed Mini… a little bit of everything. We get excited when we see how happy this honor to park in the hangar makes the 5 lucky car owners. The show on Saturday always has a great vibe – and a great BBQ food vendor we might add! The Top 25 cars overall are selected, as well as a Best of Show car and a Best Corrado to represent the “Corrado Rush” display portion of the event. All of the award winners get to come and park up near the hangar and right by the main stage for the awards ceremony. It’s such a great idea, to let all of the spectators and competitors get up close and personal with the award winning cars. We can’t wait to hear what is in store for Euro Hangar 6!
Harrisburg, PA – This past weekend we attended one of the most laid back, positive atmosphere shows that we’ve been to yet. Yeah, we’re in the business of helping events that do professional judging with serious competitions where accurate results are key. But even for us some of those stuffy elitist events get a bit boring. So were stoked to set up a booth on the Susquehanna River front right in our hometown at a show hosted by our close friends and occasional partners-in-crime, JunkStyles x Lowlifestyle. The event was called The JunkFood Meet and it was a car show + food truck festival. The vibes were good and the scenery was awesome, as they transformed our local Riverfront Park into a surprisingly perfect venue for cars. The event did feature Top 20 Awards as well as a handul of cool specialties – and of course Best of Show. And don’t be fooled by the relaxed atmosphere, this event featured quite a few heavy hitters from both the euro and tuning show scenes. Overall the show itself featured a great mix of all styles of builds, which is reflective of the JSxLLS brand’s influential reach in the car community. We were glad to enjoy a nice day on the river with a ton of our car friends… and we can’t wait to see what is in store for The JunkFood Meet 2.
Ocean City, MD – On June 11-12 we were in the house in OCMD for the OC Car Show. After a transitional year, B-Rad and his behind the scenes crew got hard to work at transforming this event back to the east coast power house that it has been know to be over the past decade. We saw a lot of big changes and we have to say that the show is heading in a positive direction. The show integrated the OC AWD Meet outside on Saturday, which had long been a major draw to the area and often overlapped the OC Show dates. It seemed like a no-brainer for the two organizations to team up and help each other out. As always, the indoor show featured some of the top quality cars on the east coast, and some of the most unique builds you’ll see all year. The show judges used our eJudged iOS app to help streamline their process and we had our Transit Connect Battle Wagon on display in the social media lounge all weekend. Big thanks to Brad and the OC team for always showing us love and listening to our input. We think that OC Car & Truck Show 2017 is going to amazing! In the meantime, watch out for something of a different flavor coming from this camp – as the Southern Fried Festival (the outdoor version of the VA Hot Rod Show) is just around the corner.
Selinsgrove, PA – This past weekend we had the opportunity to be a part of a very special event not too far away from our home base. The Austin Miller Memorial Car Show was held at Best Bowl in Selinsgrove, PA. The event raised money in memory of their dear friend Austin Miller, raffled off some cool prizes, gave away a scholarship to one lucky student, and gave out some cool custom painted bowling pin awards. We traveled up to the event to show our support, and to train their staff on how to operate their event with our iOS app. They saved a prime location for our Mobile Command Center Ford Transit Wagon as we were surrounded by a good mix of current tuner builds and timeless classics and hot rods. It was a great turnout for a great cause… and it was a scorcher in the 90+ degree heat. We want to say thank you and congratulations to Chris and the rest of his staff for putting a cool event like this together.
Carlisle, PA – This year our friends at Carlisle Events decided to take a small leap of faith in combining two of their event formats into one mega-show. The idea was to integrate the Import/Replicar show with the Performance & Style Show. It seemed like a no brainer to us, as the showfield would now play host to the entire variety of import and domestic compacts and sports cars from current models all the way back to the vintage models. As always, we put the old band back together to operate the drive-thru judging lanes all day on Saturday. We gotta say the old gang really pulled it together for this one, adapting to the new format well. We can’t thank them enough for what they do. We’ve been judging the Performance & Style Show since it’s beginnings, and it is a big part of the reason we developed this time saving and streamlining app. Despite the fact that it rained heavily all weekend long – after a beautiful warm and sunny teaser on the day’s opening day on Friday – there were nearly 2,000 cars on the fairgrounds throughout the weekend. We were lucky enough to have shelter under our gigantic judging tents, where we stashed our Ford Transit Connect Wagon – sporting a fresh clean look.
As we expected, we saw all sorts of cool stuff drive through the judging lanes… a little something for everybody. And we felt it was an important connection for the younger kids in the car scene to be able to look back at some rare cars from all over the world. We’ve got a few more events to attend this summer at the Carlisle Fairgrounds, but we’re already praying for sunny days in May next year so that we can see the true potential of this unique mega-event come to realization!