For many of us, there’s just something about nu-wave metal. Whether it’s the modern styling, unexplored territory or just the chance to fit a big set of wheels and bags. It’s an awesome opportunity to get the chance at being unique, but its also trend setting when it comes to being the first to modify a new car. And as Joe (@rampling) found out, that can be quite fun yet a headache of a process.
Personally, I’ve known Rafael, or “Rafa” as everyone calls him, for a short while now. He’s the kind of person any car enthusiast should aspire to be. Rafa might be one of the most humble, friendly, and helpful guys you will ever meet. The first project he had that caught my eye way back in the day was the MK3 Jetta everyone called “El Verdugo” (The Hangman). Probably 5 or 6 years back when the stanced-out/lowered scene was barely starting on the island, Rafa had already been killing it.
Every year for the last five, HRE Performance Wheels has opened up its doors and parking lots to the public for what is one of the most eclectic car gatherings in Southern California. 2015 marked the largest turnout for this event ever, with over 700 vehicles on site (and in the surrounding lots, streets and any imaginable area you could park a car) and nearly 2,000 attendees.
Another year, and yet another excuse for us to leave natures bio dome that is Florida. Do you know what it’s like living in a state where you only have one week of winter and the rest of the seasons are called hell? Not to mention the only nice scenery we have is on the Golf Coast or down south. So when the month of May rolls around, we all start to get a fit of butterflies in our stomachs and a strong hankering for whiskey and or beer. That’s right, this can only mean that Southern Worthersee is approaching. Hell it’s already come and gone. But instead of dwelling on what went wrong this year, we’re gonna share with you guys what went right and what we loved most. We’re not gonna go over what went wrong, simply because there is no one person or multiple people to blame nor should there be. SOWO has gone from being an event that had 180 cars/people, and has now grown into an event with around 28,000 attendants. As much as we love Helen, we all know it couldn’t have gone on forever at the rate it was growing. But fear not, as we have high expectations for what the future will hold for this event. Only time can tell where the new location will be, but as for now lets get into what we loved this year about Southern Worthersee 9.
On the east coast we have SoWo, in Puerto Rico they have this; the biggest VAG only show on the entire island of Puerto Rico. Back on April 26th they had they 16th running of the Volkswagen & Porsche Show in Coamo, Puerto Rico, as small town in the south located east of Ponce. This year they had over 1,500 cars ranging from aircooled to watercooled Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche. Jose Ramos had the pleasure of attending the event and capture some great moments from this great event. If you’re ever in Puerto Rico around this time of year, I would advice to attend this event next year!
We know, it’s been a damn long time since we put out one of these types of articles. A showcase of a quality car and overall great person. Not to mention that we’ve had this article finished for some time now. But due to our feature presentation moving to North Carolina, it took us some time to get some quality shots of his car. But thankfully we were able to see him at SoWo 9 this year, and grab some epic shots.
If you’ve never been to Florida then you need to first understand some things. The more north you go in this state is the more south you get. By the time you hit Central Florida it begins to seem like a cultural hub for all sorts of tropical people. But when you travel more south, it becomes a completely different world. At some point you stop and ask yourself if you’re still within the U.S. I don’t know if its the dragon sized Iguana’s or the vast differences in cultures and people that separates South Florida from the rest of the state. But one thing that does separate it is the car scene that is constantly growing and changing in Miami and Fort Lauderdale. One of the biggest shows that originated in the deep south, and has grown leaps and bounds, is NuroTag. And this year, we had the pleasure of being asked to help cover the European portion of the show called, “Euro Corral”.