Event Coverage: H2O International 2013 – Pt. 1

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On the way to Ocean City my co-pilot and I had a lot of time to discuss just how great H2O could actually be. Previous coverage and instragram updates made it sound pretty great but we wanted to keep our expectations fairly realistic so we talked it down a tad to not be disappointed.

Several hours into the drive we figured we had formed reasonable expectations but the second we turned onto the strip said expectations were blown clear out of the water by the sheer number of vehicles in Ocean City MD.

Modified cars of all make and model where everywhere; parking lots, alley’s, garages, and of course the strip itself and it quickly became apparent why several people we spoke to had never actually made their way to the show.

If your goal is simply to see a heck of a lot of amazing cars then you can just pull up a chair strip side and take it all in and while we did do a lot of just that (minus the chairs), travelling all that way and not checking out one of the best VAG shows in North America seemed a little silly.

Starting from the last day of the trip and working in reverse is a bit of a weird way to cover the weekend but it seems to make the most logical sense.

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Being a fan of patina Blair really liked this Beetle
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He was the one that noticed these bottle caps crushed on the rain gutters. Cool idea
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Personally this was probably my favourite air cooled Beetle, it was one of the cleanest cars I’ve ever seen
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This MK1 had the BBS cool fans all around… not sure I’ve seen a full set in person before
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Speaking of seeing things, spotted the Seen It! K powered Caddy
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As similar as these two cars are it’s hard to argue with this approach to the MK1
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Perfect fitment
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I’m hoping someone can explain the story here… but for whatever reason these two trucks were damn near identical
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I think the two bearded guys in the background owned them…
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Didn’t take too many shots of the Unix MK1 only because I took a whole lot at Eurokracy looks like the wheels changed however
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Beauty from the preview a few days ago
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Super stoked to see one of spinfab.net‘s skinny RS spares in person
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This was perhaps my favourite MK1 of the show if I were to pick one out
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Something about the carb set-up was just so rad
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Fantastic looking Scirocco, saw it on the strip a few times as well
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Such a perfect interior for the exterior
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Couple Air Society cars
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I’m not sure the story behind ‘dapper’ but there were a number of cars with their sticker on it this weekend and almost an equal amount of funny knock-offs…
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These wheels really remind me of older Cavalier wheels
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This car had the look of Patina but really it was in great shape
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Spotted this car pulled over on the strip he wound up with a no mirrors ticket which is pretty good considering…
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Epic respray colour choice
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Female owned ride from 2LO crew
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More accustom to seeing heavily shaved boser builds like this coming out of Europe
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Nicely done yellow Golf making me eat my ‘I don’t like yellow cars’ words
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Beautiful Gottis….
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Love the colour of this car and what’s been done to the Bora trunk lid… great touch. As are the RF wheels
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Twin turbo Golf TDI
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There was snail below this one but it was hard to get a great photo of so just take my word…
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Golf dumped at the Air Lift Performance booth
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Also at the Air Lift booth was the new-new Beetle on Boyd Coddington wheels
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As it turns out the Air Lift Performance kit on my car fits C30s perfectly
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Mk6 on what look to be Blonix snowflakes, still never seen a set of these in Canada
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Super clean S4
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TT on Rotiforms new DAI wheels
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Speaking of Rotiforms here’s a familar Porsche on their LHR wheels
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It was incredible how many people had their IG tags as stickers like @jrjamesdean
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Not sure the logistics of getting a Lupo here but there’s one here now
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MF Auto’s 1984 Grumman Kubvan which is one of 500 ever built and apparently 1 of 100 surviving…
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Prior to H2O I didn’t think I was much of a Passat wagon guy… turns out I was very, very wrong
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God damn!
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Going to end with what will be many ‘outcasts’ in the H2O coverage this STI that somehow managed to squeak into the show
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Looks like it can move…

Lots more from Ocean City to come , stay tuned.

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