Although never harsh by regular standards, it's always good to shrug off another SOCAL winter and pull out the car for the new show season. This year, California Car Cover in Chatsworth, CA got the ball rolling with its feature car shows that will be held each month for the remainder of the summer. It kicked off with our favorite choice - European, so we knew what to expect when we arrived.
Local VAG-heads like dub-Nation got in on the action, putting the word out to loyal owners to turn out in force. And turn out they did... Filling every conceivable parking space on the property and turning the front lawn into a mini showcase, with a Ferrari and Maserati to attract passersby.
EcoShine, a local green detailing company came out to demo its products, while our hosts, California Car Cover, raffled off prizes ranging from car covers to dash covers and even an entire detail kit from Golden Shine. Also on-hand was Solo Werks to raffle a set of coilovers. With so much being given away, the day was proving a winner for almost everybody who turned up.
While roaming the show we came across a Mk2 GTI that warranted further investigation. We've seen it at several other meets and owner Webb originally intended it for Time Attack, but realized his limited budget would make a full season infeasible. So the mission changed and with the eight-point rollcage already installed, the car was painted Porsche Grey and a VR6 swapped into the bay. With its motorsport theme intact, Webb's GTI is a real head-turner.
Janky Garage from El Cajon, CA brought a few cars to help put them on the map. This included Jeff Lockhart's 2003 Jetta 1.8T that had our attention from the moment it rolled in. Slammed on 17x9/10" BBS RS wheels, it had some amazing details, such as the front-end with Votex front bumper, three-bar badgeless grille and 1" böser hood extension. Getting the car low was an OCD-installed brass hard-lined Air Lift Super Slam air-ride kit with Koni rear shocks and a five-gallon Air Lift Fat Tank plus V2 management. Jeff also loves to restore the showroom luster to any surface, with his wheels and engine bay prime examples of his hard work.
Grant Keller's R32 caught our eye at the Slammed Society Car show in Long Beach last month. But this was our first chance to speak to him and get into the details of his car. These included a set of 18x8.5" Work Meister S1R wheels with polished lips, tucked nicely under the factory fenders. Inside, Grant ditched the rear seat to display the polished aluminum hard lines he'd installed himself. The motor had a complete rebuild after suffering a catastrophic failure during his move from Boston to SoCal. Luckily, his wonderful friends in Boston shipped the car from the scene of the crime in Ohio, rebuilt the motor and shipped it to Grant in San Diego.
If the European Car Show at California Car Covers was a hint of what's to come, we're in for a special year and can't wait to stretch our legs at the next event.
Fresh from of the showroom and already in the weeds
EuroAddicts keeping their rides pristine as always
Grant Keller's R32 was simplicity personified yet very effective