Photography by Matt Petrie
In the tuner world on the East coast, the few days before October are not recognized as the end of September, but rather as H2O weekend. For years, thousands of people have been making the pilgrimage from all over North America to Ocean City, Maryland to be a part of one of the biggest shows in the world. What was once a strictly VAG (Volkswagen Audi Group) show has been transformed over the years into a weekend long event for all makes and models. The show itself is still centered on the VAG community; however the entire weekend, both day and night, is what draws so many people in.
It’s great to see those iconic cars and build threads tangible in one place, but the real reward of the trip is meeting new people and hanging out with friends you haven’t seen since the year before. The simplicity of the weekend is what brings people together so closely. Whether you’re camped out watching cars cruise the strip or hanging out with your feet up on a beach side balcony, it all comes down to that perfect combination of cars and friends. That simple formula is what makes H2o grow in size every year. To describe a city that is consumed by modified cars for a weekend would fall short of words, but don’t be surprised when you hear someone tell you that they went all the way to Ocean City without any intention to see the actual show itself.
Photography by Dan Wagener & Cuong Phan
The second annual Bimmerfest East was held this past weekend in Aberdeen, Maryland. I arrived later than I had planned pulling into the show around noon. This year’s turnout honestly caught me a little off guard. I was in awe when I saw that the entire lot was almost completely filled to the far end, it had to have nearly doubled the amount of last year’s. Being surrounded by nothing but Bimmers and people who share a common interest with you is a sure combination for a good day. Photographers couldn’t have asked for better weather with the overcast skies and it beat walking around on a hot sunny day.
I was quickly reminded of the greatest part of these shows… friends. Running into someone that you haven’t seen for a year, finally putting a face to a name, or becoming friends with a stranger that you struck up a conversation with, it wouldn’t be anything more than a bunch of cars in a parking lot without this. That is what makes us already miss the show on the trip home and gives us the anticipation for the next one.