While we've seen VWs cross the Mexican border for Euro shows in CA and TX for many years, one of our earliest encounters with the Mexican tuning scene was in et 6/07 when we featured Max Chinolla's immaculate '90 VW Jetta turbo. It was an outstanding Mk2 with a classic look and was a small taste of what the scene had to offer.
More recently, our friends south of the border in the Westside Mexico car club invited us to attend their first car show - the Old West GTG.
Taking place in Morelia, Mexico, we would fly into Guadalajara and drive 2.5 hours to reach the city. Unfortunately, the show overlapped with H2O International, so we had to miss it but Max kindly reported back for us.
For a first event, the show was a huge success, uniting car clubs from regions across Mexico. Nearly 400 cars turned up, including water- and aircooled VWs along with the occasional Seat, Audi and Porsche.
The brains behind the show were the renowned Westside Mexico, to whom our good friend Max belongs. With several chapters across the country, each member supported the Old West GTG. In fact, the Morelia chapter designed the trophies fabricated from aircooled and BBS wheels. They also secured the location that overlooked the city.
Like most shows, trophies were awarded to the best of each chassis. The treasured Best of Show went to a '98 VW Lupo - a rare spectacle for enthusiasts since the Lupo was never sold in Mexico (although the Polo was.)
According to Max, his favorite was Alfredo Samano's Cappuccino brown Mk1 Jetta. Since Alfredo was an organizer, he couldn't compete in the show, but the sedan featured a shaved 16v bay, Weitec coilovers, Euro bumpers and plenty of details. A true work of art; we bow our heads in silent prayer because the owner passed away a week later in a collision. Max and the Westside Mexico crew would like to dedicate the show to their friend Alfredo.
Overall, the event passed smoothly for its first year. There was perfect weather, good attendance and incredible memories. We look forward to next year.
Westside Mexico would also like to thank Club VAG from Mexico City, Club Sema from Pachuca Hidalgo, Volksgdl from Guadalajara, Uberwerks from Morelia, Grupo VAG from Guadalajara, Rvag from Mexico City, Club TRC from Toluca, Everybody Volks from Salamanca, VWStyle from Puebla and VW Generation from Morelia.