Do you feel it? The crisp breeze of fall. The changing of the seasons. Too bad Florida is unaware that any of this is happening across the rest of the country. Then again the day was quite beautiful none the less. A less humid version of our normal 85°F swept across Destination Daytona, along with a less humid breeze. Ah yes, there couldn’t have been a more perfect day to be at the event that keeps on giving, Simply Clean 7. An event where there are no trophies, no best of anything, no winners in general. Simply Clean is the Thanksgiving of the show season, because it brings out the best that any and everyone has to offer. And let me tell you there was a plethora of cleanly built vehicles. From the MK3 line up in the main parking area, to the WeDrift machines under the pavilion. Now we do have a strong hankering for exquisitely built machines from Japan and America, but c’mon you know what we came for.
This is my third Staggered to date and I have to say personally it was my favorite one yet. My day began at 7:15 A.M., pulled into the grounds of the Eastern States Expositions and got inside where I found the staff preparing for the day. I remember walking through the doors just in awe of what this team of individuals have put together. So I hit the ground running taking pictures of everything that was being parked and everything that was parked from overnight. From seven in the morning till about 10:30-10:45 was all spent inside. I was completely unaware of how full it had gotten outside and I was stunned at how many cars turned out.
While this event might be considered one of the last shows of the season for many northerners, this is a reminder to us Floridians that our show season continues. H2O International (H2Oi) has been an event that Jay Shoup has been putting together for nearly 18 years. Yet many people do not know this event started as, and still is, VAG only event.
Now how do I sum this event up in under 1000 words? No, this isn’t a school assignment, but Players 9 felt like an educational show! And how do I find a way to begin this one?
As you may have noticed with the previous two car features, the European/VW community is alive and well in Puerto Rico. The community is what we aspire ours to be, a family full of characters willing to lend a helping hand no matter the situation. The island is filled with like minded people and enthusiasts. Maybe it’s because its such a small island or maybe its that Caribbean mentality that out of many people, we are one (yes I know that’s Jamaica’s slogan but its so true for the rest of the islands and its people. With that said how about we get into our final installment of our articles originating out of Puerto Rico. This final article will be no different from the other two, praising an enthusiast who has dedicated his time (not to mention money) into rebuilding a MKIII. Everyone, please meet Eric Rojas (@ericmrojas) and his MKIII Cabrio.
Does anyone remember how shows use to be; what do I mean by that? What I mean, is do you remember when a VAG car event used to be all about the community, all about the family, where you felt relaxed, everyone was friendly, and you could talk to everyone without caring about how many followers you have on your Instagram. Well Treffen South was just that, an event where the make/model is strictly VAG (including vendors) and it was all about OUR community.
As promised, we have a few features coming to you folks from the fine people down in Puerto Rico. As we stated before, these articles will praise those who have poured their hearts and passion into the cars they have built or are in the progress of building. This next article is sure to not disappoint. As you guys have seen we are huge fans of MKIII VW’s. But that doesn’t mean that it’s strictly what we write about or want to feature. We love any and all European makes/models. And with the right personality, any one of these cars can make for a great article. Point in case, Gabriel Gonzalez and his 89′ MKII GTI. This is a guy whose entire back round has been that of VAG cars. He knows truly what it means to care and want to make a difference within the community. In this article we will open your eyes to who he is, and the car that has put a smile on his face since the day it was purchased.