People are saying Eurowerks '09 was the "Largest Euro Car Show" in the Midwest to date and the event has cemented Minnesota as a hotbed of Euro activity. Held at the historic Grain Belt Brewery in Minneapolis, the show has grown in leaps and bounds. It shares its name with a local car club, which has organized the event for the past three years.
Head organizers Kris and Jessie Clewell, Matthew Slimmer and a throng of volunteers came together with more than 300 cars. And because of the show's open arms, all major European marques were represented. High-horsepowered Saabs, slammed Volkswagens and cool BMWs were all in attendance. Whether you were into stretched tires, smooth bodywork or crazy engine swaps, there was something to make your jaw drop. Even cars from as far as Washington and New York came out to add some coastal spice to the mix.
The wonderful thing about the Midwest scene is the nice combination of backyard engineering and high-dollar cars. There are few places a person can see a pink-fendered E30 BMW with a 3.0 liter S50 spinning the rear wheels next to a slammed Audi A3 with stretched tires on pristine BBS. Or a bagged 'n turboed R32 in the same parking lot as an old-school carbed VW Caddy, for that matter.
With live music provided by local DJs, a cupcake eating contest and other fun activities, Eurowerks has carved a family-friendly atmosphere. While the show was judged, the focus has always been on getting a group of friends together in celebration of all things Euro. Tricycle races returned again with one dragster throwing up a smoke screen and another entrant using an 18-wheeler tire.
As a result of this years turnout, the show organizers are looking at ways to bost the growing interest in this Midwest gathering. Regardless of what happens, clear your calendar in late June '10 for the next show.