It’s the home town people that we share some of the biggest bonds with. People that we met when we first got into the game. It’s those folks that are the most common thing to family that we have. No matter how much time passes, the day we see one another again its as if not a day has passed by. One of our home town hero’s, Marc Beramsingh, decided it was time to put his own spin on a Volkswagen event. The location was set at Napelton Volkswagen of Orlando, deep in the heart of East Orlando, our original stomping grounds and boy did the locals show out with top notch cars, along with many personality’s that are hard to forget. Here’s our rundown of the Air 2 Water Show.
Mecca, the name of the land in which masses of Islamic followers go to and pray to their deity. A pilgrimage is made twice a year to this holy land by the masses. Now within our community, our holy land could be considered as Germany or Europe on whole for that matter. But for those of us who don’t live on that side of the pond, we are limited to a few other locations that can fit the bill. The most famous of which would be Southern Worthersee in Helen, GA, H2Oi in Atlantic City, MD, and Wuste in Las Vegas, NV. However, one event that has grown leaps and bounds in the southern Gulf Coast of Florida is Euro Tripper. An event specifically catered to European cars and their owners. We’ve been making our own pilgrimage to the event since it’s start in 2013. The event is ran by Paul Barney and his eager group of volunteers. After attending the event last weekend, we can safely say that Paul and his group have brought over a complete European experience. But not only that, somehow this event has brought back what we all missed. It’s brought back the community. So here it is, our review of Euro Tripper 4 in Fort Myers, FL.
As you get older you begin to notice, time really does fly by. I’m sure we can all agree that 2015 has flown by similar to the speed of a F-22 Raptor at full after burner. I feel as though Euro Tripper and SoWo just happened, yet already both of those events will be here in a matter of months. Hell Simply Clean 7 felt like it was last weekend, meanwhile in reality its happened over a month ago. But even though time seems to be speeding by like a wormhole, we at least get to hold on to the memories the year has brought us. Today we’ll be going over the highs and lows of 2015, the most memorable moments, and some we may not want to remember. We’ll pay respect to those that we have lost, but will never forget, and look onto the future. Lastly, instead of having someone else give you there thoughts on things, we’re gonna give you our thoughts. We hope you all enjoy the multitude of work produced by our photographers, the faces and cars of those we’ve met along the way, and the products we’ve produced throughout the year.
We don’t know what it is folks, but something about the Caribbean just keeps on pulling us back. Hell the scenery alone is enough to captivate the heart and minds of many across the globe. But we think its something else, another element that simply makes it feel like home. For us there’s one island in particular that coincides with this feeling, Puerto Rico. Where else can you have nice view of crystal blue waters boarded with white sandy beaches and some eye pleasing dubs in the background? Did we mention the food is literally to die for and the women, ah a topic for another time I suppose. But for today’s topic, we’re gonna have a chat with another Puerto Rico local whose MKIV Jetta is equally as stunning as the women. As always we’ll pick and prod to see what goes on in the mind of this fellow enthusiast, to see where the passion began, and what the future may hold. So all aboard on our trip to Puerto Rico to further inspect Vince and his MKIV Jetta.
Seldom do we meet people who can see things on a larger scale than what we can see ourselves. Even more rare to meet people who tell things as they are without a care of how people will perceive them afterwards. We crave those people. Those who have an open mindset and see things as they are. I have met very few people who have this outlook on things outside of the car community. But when its someone who is within the community, someone you share a common bond with, it becomes an interesting friendship. It’s knowing that no matter what questions you have, there’s someone to give you an outside perspective on the way things are. For us, that go to person is none other than Matt Greene (@mattgreenevw). Matt is a U.S. Army Veteran who has served for our country over seas in the middle east. He is also probably one of the most knowledgeable people in the community, bar none. These attributes aside, Matt has seen what our community started out as and what it has become today. Some of you may read this solely to gaze upon the beauty that is Matt’s MKIII Jetta. While others may not agree with what we will discuss. But we aren’t here to please the masses, nor is Matt here for the “scene points.” Without further a due, here is our feature on Matt Greene and his 94′ Volkswagen Jetta.
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.
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.