Flintstone, MD – In mid-September we made the short road trip down to the Cumberland, MD area for one of the most laid back events of the year. We had worked with Jonathan and the Dubs at the Gap event in the past. Last year they started using our iOS app to help streamline their judging process. But this year we were both excited to have an open weekend in our busy travel schedule so that we could bring down our Transit Connect Battle Wagon. Rocky Gap State Park creates a perfect atmosphere for a laid back VW event – and the nearby lake provides a great backdrop for the cars as well as a nice place to take a walk or skip some stones across the water. While a lot of the vehicles were impressive, a certain flawless 21 window micro bus caught our eye – and apparently the judges eyes as well, earning Best of Show honors. We had a great day being a part of Dubs at the Gap – great event, great park, and a great little road trip in the wagon. We can’t wait to see what this event has to offer in the years to come!
Elysburg, PA – As the busy summer schedule slows down a bit, we always look forward to one of the most laid back events of the year. Our friends at LowLifeStyle LLC and CounterKultur clothing brands team up each year to organize the Knoedown event at Knoebels Amusement Park. It’s a unique mix of car show, supporter appreciation picnic/cookout, and a fun day at the park with friends, family, and pets. This year’s event brought in over 600 vehicles – ranging from show stoppers to daily drivers – in all makes, models, styles, and eras. This is a rare event, because despite the variety of styles in attendance, everyone gets along and everyone seems to be right at home on the giant showfield. There’s not a hint of that “elitist” attitude that so many events these days feature. We had our Ford Transit Connect Battle Wagon there and the fellas used our iOS digital judging app to help them select the Top 25 cars as well as 6 very cool custom awards. And even though this show is all about having fun… there were some serious builds that battled it out for those awards. Job well done to the JSxLLS & CK crews on another major event. If you haven’t attended one of their collabo events before, you are seriously missing out on what this car scene is all about. We can’t wait to see what they have up their sleeves for 2017.
While at the event, our very own Shawn Baker got a chance to sit down with our friends at The Circuit Podcast. They were under the pavilion, recording a live episode during the event. They talked with Shawn about the event, our upcoming schedule, and the history/future of the eJudged product. Be sure to check it out: https://soundcloud.com/user-390455932/episode-40-we-attend-knowdown-4-and-record-live
Photos by: Josh @ Freshy Entertainment.
Syracuse, NY – In late August, we made the short trip north to Syracuse for the Street Scene event. 2016 has been good to us. We’ve had a number of great new events join the eJudged digital judging revolution. We’ve been able to attend a bunch of new and exciting shows that we had not attended in the past. It’s cool to get some new perspective on the scene, compare different trends in different regions, and to expand our network more and more each year. We’ve got to say that Chris and his crew were a pleasure to hang out and work with. The event was located on the outskirts of town, in a huge park along a lake. It provided a cool laid back atmosphere, as well as shade and scenery. But the car turn out was the real wow factor. The VIP area snaked thru the trees around a windy path, and out front the showfield was filled to max capacity with several hundred cars on display. We don’t know their final car count, but it was huge! Congrats to Chris and the rest of the Street Scene crew for another successful event, and we are proud to have helped them streamline their judging process. We can’t wait to see what they have in store for 2017!
York, PA – It’s great to see good people who work hard and provide a positive example for the car community achieve lasting success. We can’t say enough about Cory Sterling and his VagFair car show. We’ve known him for nearly 20 years as one of the true pioneers in the VW scene. It’s hard to believe that 10 years has passed since the first VagFair was put on in a little tiny corner of the York Fair grounds. Fast forward to 2016 and The VagFair has been one of the biggest and most laid back events in the scene. While some VW/Audi events have become super corporate, and others have become super elitist – being vocal that they do not want to include the general car community into their event… Cory has embraced the change and growth in the scene. He continues to provide a great weekend for Euro enthusiasts to interact, hang out, buy cool gear from some of the top brands in the industry… and the event is welcome to the non-euro crowd as well, as long as they don’t cause trouble on-site or throughout the town doing typical scene boy things. The show completely engulfs the fairgrounds race track, but the highlight each year are the Madness on the Midway builds. On the Midway, attention-to-detail, insane engine swaps, shaved bays, rare parts, and pure custom fabrication are on display. This year’s winner was no surprise to us – as we picked out Steve’s Corrado – built locally by Legacy Innovations – as the odds on favorite to win this competition all the way back at SEMA 2015. The Wishard bros brought home 2nd and 3rd as well – which was not a huge surprise to us either. We had both of their cars in our eJudged display at the PA Auto Show last year in an effort to showcase some of the top builds in our region. While it took us some time a few years back to convince Cory to make the leap of faith to paperless judging, we’re in full swing now throughout the day and we’re happy to be able to relieve some of the stress that he has on his shoulders throughout the event. And as a nice bonus, we were able to have our Transit Connect Wagon on display in the JunkStyles x Lowlifestyle booth along with some of our great friends in the scene. We hope to make it up to his Vacationland VagFair event in Maine soon as well. In the meantime, cheers to another job well done and we are glad to see the community embrace this event year after year as one of their all-time favorites.
Carlisle, PA – We spend a lot of time each spring and summer on the nearby Carlisle Fairgrounds. They do a ton of cool events for car enthusiasts and we’ve been helping them out with the judging process of a few of those events for years – for some even before we developed our digital judging app. So we enjoy watching each event progress, adapt, and grow from year to year. This past weekend was our third consecutive year operating the showfield judging for their Truck Nationals event. We had our Ford Transit Connect Wagon and a large tent for the crew set-up right on the Midway & Show Field for the festivities – posted up right next to our partners at Ford and Magnaflow. As has been the case for a lot of Carlisle’s events recently, the weather forecast called for rain. But there were literally only a few drops late in the morning as the clouds broke and we instead endured 90+ degree heat all day long as our contracted eJudged certified experts combed thru the competition row by row, class by class. It’s a rough job – especially when the competition is tight – but we enjoy getting a chance to see the time, effort, and craftsmanship that are put into these builds. Over the past few years, the trends have progressively changed more and more to the bigger, current model full size trucks – away from the mini-truck scene that we used to see take over the fairgrounds. But we are suckers for a full size dually slammed on gigantic wheels and tires, so we aren’t complaining. We like it all. With that being said, the fairgrounds was covered with thousands of trucks, Jeeps, SUVs, vans, and even big rigs all weekend long – while the judged competition featured nearly 400 vehicles. Another fine event put on by the Carlisle Events crew. We are grateful that they continue to ask our crew and our eJudged app to be a huge part of their summer series of events.