Everybody has a tradition or ritual they look forward to. Maybe it's a family gathering around Christmas or a reunion with old classmates. For us, we look forward to Waterfest every year. Not just for the big show but, eurotuner has enjoyed the tradition of Kreuzerfest ever since '01. It's a fun cruise to bring VW and Audi enthusiasts together from different regions and backgrounds.
This year proved to be exceptional, attracting nearly 70 cars at Volkswagen and Audi's North American headquarters in Herndon,VA.
For the third straight year, VWoA has accommodated and sponsored Kreuzerfest, allowing participants to get a look at its facilities plus a sneak peak at its project cars and new vehicle offerings.
This year, we got a preview of the new Mk6 Jetta both in stock form and equipped with a VW accessory package. Another highlight was a Passat wagon police car built for the local Herndon PD. There were also former SEMA show favorites present such as the R GTI (et 12/06) and Rockford Fosgate Tiguan (et 4/09).
Upon arrival at VW's building, every registered participant received a door placard and T-shirt free of charge. A complimentary breakfast was also offered in VW's cafeteria to prepare drivers for the drive. After a short welcoming speech from VWoA's COO and acting VP Mark Barnes, we were off to Englishtown, NJ.
We discovered in previous years that getting to the freeway can be a little tricky. With several stoplights en route, it's nearly impossible to keep the group together. This year we had a police escort of five motorcycle officers who stopped traffic at every intersection so we could enter the freeway together - VWoA even took control of the tollbooth, paying everybody's fee and ensuring no car was left behind.
We'd always wanted to be in a high-speed police escort, and blowing through red lights in a convoy of modified VWs and Audis was all we hoped it would be! Thanks to the men in blue for their expert assistance.
Apart from some traffic jams along the way, the drive went smoothly. Fortunately, everybody was accounted for when we regrouped at the Maryland House Rest Stop on I-95 halfway into the cruise.
We finally arrived at Englishtown Raceway ahead of schedule, and while many of the participants decided to check into their hotels early, those who remained behind were once again treated to more driving action on the Raceway's road course for our infamous "parade laps".
Typically, these have been a free-for-all with the dangers that presents. However, this year we had VWoA assign its Tiguan and Passat police car as pace cars to keep a lid on things. Nonetheless, everybody seemed to have fun and the day ended with smiles all round.
With another memorable Kreuzerfest in the books, don't worry if you missed out because we'll keep this awesome Waterfest tradition alive. See you in '11!