Photos via Vinny Castrogivanni
For many of us, H2O International has grown to be more than the car show it started as nearly two decades ago. Thousands of people travel from far and wide just to attend this annual event that to many is better than Christmas and New Year’s Eve combined.What started as an event devoted solely to VW/Audi fans, long-time visitors notice the vast diversity in vehicle makes and models that are slowly increasing every year, and frankly I totally love it. Offering an ever-changing variety of rides to look at, H2Oi is the place to be for anyone looking to see most of the killer rides and we all get to know online.Cruising up and down Ocean Boulevard, you often come across both spontaneous and planned meet & greets organized by different segments of the VW/Audi car community.One of my favorite get-togethers is the annual VW Mark V Golf/Jetta G2G. Being a MKV owner myself, the friendships I built over the years at this particular meet-up are the ones that lifetimes. Another killer event that made a comeback this year was Air Affair. Hosted by both AirSociety and StanceWorks, Air Affair brought together air ride fans of all sorts of makes and models for a one night event at the Tap House parking lot.Setting your sights beyond the main strip, the main H2Oi event took place on the Fort Whaley campgrounds on both Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29, 2013.Tens of thousands of traditional VW/Audi fans spread themselves out over acres of grass to show off not only their rides, but months of blood, sweat and tears.Fresh kicks from manufacturers like fifteen52 and CCW saw themselves onto many rides, both new and old at H2Oi 2013.
With another VW/Audi calendar season winding down, it’s great to see that no matter how big and varied H2Oi might become, it still stays true to its core values. I can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store for everyone!