H2O International 2012

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.