Whaleyville, MD – For many in the car scene, ourselves included, much of the year is spent anticipating the H2O International weekend in Ocean City, MD – which is capped off at the end of the week/end by the official H2O International VW/Audi event a short drive across the bay at Fort Whaley Campground. This event has always been super influential and important to VW/Audi enthusiasts across the whole nation. In recent years, the weekend has also become a favorite to pretty much everyone else in the automotive scene as well. Over crowded Ocean City streets full of over-zealous “import racers” and amateur drifters has made the first weekend in October quite an interesting one. We were lucky enough this year to receive an invite from our good friends at the JunkStyles x LowLifeStyle brand to a cool meet/GTG that they had planned. The Big Easy Meet took place on Coastal Highway and 60th Street – at an amazing bar and restaurant called The Big Easy. The meet was open to “all OG’s and Outcasts” and the one and only rule was to come and act like an adult. Be a part of the solution instead of part of the chaos. We’re happy to say that we were on hand all afternoon and evening and there was not a single incident that occured during the meet, not even a visit from the police… and we might add that the front porch/deck of the Big Easy provided a great grandstand to watch all the cars cruise past.
Onto Sunday and the actual H2O event. We’ve got to say that this was one of the biggest and most surprising yet. Now, this event survived a hurricane weekend in 2015, so it’s tough to come up with any surprises. But when we arrived for a brief operations meeting on Saturday – over half of the showfield was under water. It had rained for days in advance – and in fact the rain never stopped until Saturday evening’s Big Easy Meet was scheduled to kick off. More show cars turned up for the show that we can remember in recent years, and the event staff had to improvise and find new cool spots to put rows of cars. While it was a mud fest, it made for a pretty cool and different event than we normally experience. We even ended up having our booth set up right in the vendor midway, mainly because finding safe ground to keep our Ford Transit Battle Wagon afloat was quite tricky and we had a judging session to operate! We’ve got to give it up to Jay Shoup and the rest of his amazing crew for adapting and improvising – and at the end of the weekend another job well done. And speaking of well done, we’d also like to thank the group of judges that we worked with this year. This was truly an historic H2Oi event for eJudged as the process was smoother, quicker, and more accurate than we can ever remember. We see a lot of the same faces turning up year after year to be a part of the judging, and we are grateful to work with people so passionate and helpful in the community.
After another year for the record books, we cannot wait to see what H2O International 2017 has to offer. We’re about to book our vacation house now and start counting down the months, weeks, and days already!
Boston, MA – The eJudged “Dream Team” made the trip to Boston, MA for a weekend to see what the city had to offer. We had the opportunity to work with Javier (AKA Electro) of Import Evolution with his event at the Seaport World Trade Center. The eJudged crew was on site with their Ford Transit Battle Wagon to promote its brand and also to provide some general assistance for the judging staff. The Battle Wagon was parked in the perfect location, situated between the main stage and model lounge keeping the team entertained all day long with non-stop events, which included the team tug of war, a bikini contest, bands and rappers.
The event exceeded our expectations as one of the most anticipated events of the year, providing some of the top cars in the northeast ranging from Pennsylvania to Toronto. There was some fierce competition in Boston, but it was Drew Evans G37 that stood out above and beyond the rest to Import Evolution judges winning Best of Show. We have seen this car at a number of events this year and we still continue to find new modifications week after week. Great to see a dedicated builder like Drew reaching new milestones with this car at events all over the east coast.
Thanks to Electro and the crew – and the great city of Boston – for the hospitality and look forward to returning to Import Evolution next year.
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!