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Wuste European Car Festival 2013 - Lucky #7

VAG fans invade Sin City

Ezekiel Wheeler
Jun 4, 2013

An invitation to Las Vegas is a hard thing to pass up. Especially if it's laced with the promise of seeing some of the best modified VW / Audis on the West Coast. Wuste (pronounced 'woo-stah') European Car Festival 2013, Lucky #7 was just that invitation - which we happily accepted.

Wuste european car festival 2013 las vegas motor speedway 01 Photo 2/27   |   Packing in the LVMS Neon Oasis infield

The Palace Station Hotel and Casino graciously offered their multi-level parking garage to the swarms of Wuste attendees. Who occupied nearly every parking space from the 4th floor to the rooftop. Music echoed throughout the concrete corridors while each club, owner and fan became reacquainted with long lost Wuste show friends or just made new ones while walking around and sharing a brew. This was our small slice of West Coast Euro show scene that most plan there years around. With the Las Vegas Strip as the backdrop you couldn't ask for anything more. Except for the triple digit heat to take a break. It truly was ungodly hot and it didn't matter if it was Midnight or Noon. You can see our Night One Wuste 7 coverage on our eurotuner blog post, simply CLICK HERE.


Utilizing a new venue for Wuste 7, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, an estimated 1300 cars and 3500 people filled every conceivable in the pit garages and parking grounds around the Neon Garage infield. The unbearable heat couldn't keep away fans even if it was 105?. The Neon Garage courtyard was filled wall to wall with the best full custom cars of the entire show field. Even the garages surrounding the Neon Garage were occupied with fine examples, including our friends at Janky Garage with Grant Kellers MkIV R32 and Jeff Lockhart's Jetta (featured in the upcoming european car 09/13 issue).

Wuste european car festival 2013 audi wagon 02 Photo 3/27   |   Wuste European Car Festival 2013

We met Joshua Zetnia, who drove in from the Los Angeles Valley to unveil his latest work. A 2000 GTI VR6 complete with a turbo and full engine build. If that weren't enough, the car received a new coat of Rave Green metallic paint to highlight the cars extensive bodywork - like the R32 bumpers and straight-razor shave. Inside, nearly every surface was covered in peanut butter leather with a white top-stitch.

Wuste european car festival 2013 VW golf 03 Photo 4/27   |   Joshua Zetina's 2000 GTI VR6 Turbo

The Audi A3 was a wild success amongst Americans looking to jump into the German luxury brand without breaking their bank accounts. Since then the used car's value has finally reached an acceptable price point for VW tuners to jump in and modify them to our expected standards. Jason Maglinao turned his 2007 A3 to a new level when he decided to outfit it with an S-Line aero kit, shaved trunk and custom rear bumper to allow for a quad-tip exhaust system. Thank to the cars AccuAir suspension set up the 19" BBS LM three-piece wheels tuck nicely behind messaged fender flares. Inside a tasteful leather and suede upgrade was applied to the seats and headliner brining this entry-level luxury hatch into a proper state of lush surroundings and stanced good looks.

Wuste european car festival 2013 audi a3 04 Photo 5/27   |   Jason Maglinao Audi A3 with a designer's eye to detail and presentation

Wuste 7 proved that the West Coast VAG enthusiasts have been busy in their garages building exceptional show cars. Having attended three consecutive weekends of the nations top euro shows to dates, we can't help but get excited for household shows like Waterfest and h2o. Our VW and Audi brothers and sisters are ready for a wild summer to hit the road to their favorite shows in their cars. And we certainly plan on being there side-by-side to take in all the crazy antics and biblical takeovers of small towns across America. See you at Waterfest!

Wuste european car festival 2013 BBS wheel 05 Photo 6/27   |   Wuste European Car Festival 2013
Wuste european car festival 2013 BMW M3 07 Photo 10/27   |  
SEKA Motorsports pulled this green M3 E46 fresh out of the paint booth for Wuste
Wuste european car festival 2013 volkswagen beetle 09 Photo 17/27   |  
All forms of VWs were invited and these classics were some of the best.
Wuste european car festival 2013 volkswagen CC 10 Photo 24/27   |  
Memory Fab VW CC bagged and sitting on rare M Technica wheels
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