Take the laid-back Oregon attitude, combine it with some of the Northwest's finest VWs and Audis, and you get Pacific Waterland. Held at Woodburn Drag Strip, 30 minutes south of Portland, this is its fifth year and it's growing exponentially, thanks to supporters like title sponsor Double J Motorwerks.
The forecast threatened rain, but the clouds held out and a slightly overcast day with 70° temps was the perfect mix.
This year's event featured a car show, drag racing and show-n-shine, but also offered something for spectators. Every year, it's traditional to perform the Vanagon Cram. The goal is to see how many people can be shoved into an old VW Vanagon.
Another event that's become a crowd favorite is the Honda Bash and Motor Blow. Organizers purchased an old Honda and outfit it with some of the wildest and craziest hardware they can find, including a giant wooden spoiler, decals and tons of spray paint. Visitors were able to bet into a pool to see how long the motor would last before it blew once all fluid was drained. After the motor expired, spectators then had the opportunity to release steam by taking swings at the car with sledgehammers and baseball bats!
As for the cars, VWs and Audis were out in full force, from daily drivers to showstoppers. Vendors from along the West Coast were also present, selling everything from apparel to engine internals.
With another successful year under their belts and new ideas in the works, Pacific Waterland 2011 will be an event not to miss. More info can be found at pacificwaterland.com