For the third year in a row the crew from the German tuner outlet XS World made the trip across the pond to host XS Car Night in Long Beach, California. Since XS World is one of the biggest outlets in Germany, it is no surprise that the event was absolutely swarmed with some of the best German and European builds in California. In fact, as soon as attendees entered the venue, the first sight they were greeted with was an entire row of Porsche RWB builds! While RWB Porsches on their own are quite the sight to behold in person, one particular 964 turned heads when its owner opened the rear engine bay to reveal a wickedly blasphemous Chevy LS motor swap!
While the RWB corral was certainly impressive, there was another that was just as captivating. Towards the back of the event just along the edge of the water was a full row of VW Beetles with beautifully done patina. If you're unfamiliar with the trend, patina is essentially "aging" a car on purpose with rust and paint blemishes and then clear coating over them to virtually "freeze" the look. It is definitely not for everyone, but I can certainly appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into it.
Checking out widebody Porsches and vintage VWs was awesome, but XS Car Night had much more than that on hand. There were more than a few stunning BMWs, including a widebody F80 M3 sedan with an M-Power inspired metallic livery that captured the California sun nicely. The Rolloface E92 M3 also made an appearance sporting their RF GT3 wide-body kit with a fresh coat of "highlighter" style paint. Normally that kind of thing isn't my cup of boba tea, but the Rolloface M3 grew on me.
While most of the cars on hand fell into the "sport luxury" range, there were a few exotics on hand as well, including a smattering of Lamborghinis comprised of a few Aventadors, a Vorsteiner Novara Edizione-equipped Huracan from Boden Autohaus, and even a late-model Gallardo that was precariously parked on a muddy incline. There was only one Ferrari on hand, a white 488 GTB from Ghost Motorsports with a very unique rear wing which seemed to rest on the rear taillights. It was definitely the first time I've ever seen a wing done in that matter but it worked nicely with the 488's lines — though, I wonder how much downforce a wing like that would actually produce ...
While XS Car Night was mostly a German and European car affair, the Japanese cars definitely were not left out. There were plenty of EVOs, WRXs, and 86s to gawk at, not to mention the obligatory Liberty Walk Nissan GT-R's and even an Acura NSX or two.
While it might seem weird that there were many non-German cars at a German-themed car show, it's what made the show great. It is always nice when a car show can be eclectic in spite of its theme. It really is an analog for the current car culture when you think about it. We may all have our type or make and model we hold in high regard, but we can also appreciate cars from all walks of life. XS Car Night did a pretty good job of demonstrating that!