Harrisburg, PA – This past weekend we attended one of the most laid back, positive atmosphere shows that we’ve been to yet. Yeah, we’re in the business of helping events that do professional judging with serious competitions where accurate results are key. But even for us some of those stuffy elitist events get a bit boring. So were stoked to set up a booth on the Susquehanna River front right in our hometown at a show hosted by our close friends and occasional partners-in-crime, JunkStyles x Lowlifestyle. The event was called The JunkFood Meet and it was a car show + food truck festival. The vibes were good and the scenery was awesome, as they transformed our local Riverfront Park into a surprisingly perfect venue for cars. The event did feature Top 20 Awards as well as a handul of cool specialties – and of course Best of Show. And don’t be fooled by the relaxed atmosphere, this event featured quite a few heavy hitters from both the euro and tuning show scenes. Overall the show itself featured a great mix of all styles of builds, which is reflective of the JSxLLS brand’s influential reach in the car community. We were glad to enjoy a nice day on the river with a ton of our car friends… and we can’t wait to see what is in store for The JunkFood Meet 2.
Ocean City, MD – On June 11-12 we were in the house in OCMD for the OC Car Show. After a transitional year, B-Rad and his behind the scenes crew got hard to work at transforming this event back to the east coast power house that it has been know to be over the past decade. We saw a lot of big changes and we have to say that the show is heading in a positive direction. The show integrated the OC AWD Meet outside on Saturday, which had long been a major draw to the area and often overlapped the OC Show dates. It seemed like a no-brainer for the two organizations to team up and help each other out. As always, the indoor show featured some of the top quality cars on the east coast, and some of the most unique builds you’ll see all year. The show judges used our eJudged iOS app to help streamline their process and we had our Transit Connect Battle Wagon on display in the social media lounge all weekend. Big thanks to Brad and the OC team for always showing us love and listening to our input. We think that OC Car & Truck Show 2017 is going to amazing! In the meantime, watch out for something of a different flavor coming from this camp – as the Southern Fried Festival (the outdoor version of the VA Hot Rod Show) is just around the corner.
Selinsgrove, PA – This past weekend we had the opportunity to be a part of a very special event not too far away from our home base. The Austin Miller Memorial Car Show was held at Best Bowl in Selinsgrove, PA. The event raised money in memory of their dear friend Austin Miller, raffled off some cool prizes, gave away a scholarship to one lucky student, and gave out some cool custom painted bowling pin awards. We traveled up to the event to show our support, and to train their staff on how to operate their event with our iOS app. They saved a prime location for our Mobile Command Center Ford Transit Wagon as we were surrounded by a good mix of current tuner builds and timeless classics and hot rods. It was a great turnout for a great cause… and it was a scorcher in the 90+ degree heat. We want to say thank you and congratulations to Chris and the rest of his staff for putting a cool event like this together.
Carlisle, PA – This year our friends at Carlisle Events decided to take a small leap of faith in combining two of their event formats into one mega-show. The idea was to integrate the Import/Replicar show with the Performance & Style Show. It seemed like a no brainer to us, as the showfield would now play host to the entire variety of import and domestic compacts and sports cars from current models all the way back to the vintage models. As always, we put the old band back together to operate the drive-thru judging lanes all day on Saturday. We gotta say the old gang really pulled it together for this one, adapting to the new format well. We can’t thank them enough for what they do. We’ve been judging the Performance & Style Show since it’s beginnings, and it is a big part of the reason we developed this time saving and streamlining app. Despite the fact that it rained heavily all weekend long – after a beautiful warm and sunny teaser on the day’s opening day on Friday – there were nearly 2,000 cars on the fairgrounds throughout the weekend. We were lucky enough to have shelter under our gigantic judging tents, where we stashed our Ford Transit Connect Wagon – sporting a fresh clean look.
As we expected, we saw all sorts of cool stuff drive through the judging lanes… a little something for everybody. And we felt it was an important connection for the younger kids in the car scene to be able to look back at some rare cars from all over the world. We’ve got a few more events to attend this summer at the Carlisle Fairgrounds, but we’re already praying for sunny days in May next year so that we can see the true potential of this unique mega-event come to realization!
Campbelltown, PA – The fellas from JunkStyles x LowLifeStyle and CounterKultur lifestyle apparel brands are at it again. This time teaming up to bring a cool, laid back, grass roots style event back to the Hershey area. The Campbelltown Fire Co Grounds have been home to a varoiety of VW specific events over the past several years. But in recent years old show promoters have moved on and left the grounds vacant for what had become the annual season kick-off event. This year, however, we attended the first event Spring Breakdown at Campbelltown and we’ve got to say… they certainly outdid themselves and every other event that had been held there in the past. While it was marketed strictly to the VW/Euro car communities, they also saved a pretty decent sized showfield for their friends and supporters who drive those “outcast” cars as well. We were blown away by the attendance as every showfield was filled just minutes after the show had officially opened. And the lines of traffic kept coming, as the event staff kept finding new areas to put more and more display vehicles. We were on hand and parked on the vendor midway with our Ford Transit Connect Mobile Command Center – we’re no stranger to invading euro only showfields. Cheers to our friends for coming up with a great idea and killing it. We can see this event quickly becoming a fan favorite. Also, stay tuned at the JSxLLS crew go solo for their next event – The JunkFood Meet – a combination car show + food truck festival on the riverfront in downtown Harrisburg on June 18… and then the brand teams up with CounterKultur once again on Sept 11 for their annual Knoedown event at Knoebels Amusement Park.