When it comes to car shows, there are generally two types: big events like Waterfest and H20i with tens of thousands of people and rows of vendors; or local shows with a more laidback quality to them. And perhaps no event delivers that feeling better than VAG Fair.
The inaugural '07 show brought together less than 200 cars to Central Pennsylvania. Although it didn't have the hustle and bustle of a big event, everybody enjoyed it and saw that VAG Fair hinted at greatness. Four years later, the show is one of the most talked about East of the Mississippi.
It's the brainchild of none other than Cory Sterling, a familiar face in eurotuner who's had two cars featured in the past. "VAG Fair has the most laidback feeling. There's no bitching or moaning and everybody loves to attend," he explained. "Plus, it's my birthday. It's like a big party. It's not all hardcore where you have to get there early to clean your car. You show up at 11am, relax, leave by 5pm and head out to dinner with everybody."
With the help of his close friends and right-hand man Don Garrett, the show took center stage at York Fairgrounds for the fourth consecutive year.
For 2010, around 1100 cars piled in from across the Eastern seaboard. To keep the show field friendlier, the parking staff allow owners to park next to their buddies instead of by make and model. This helped to strengthen the easy-going atmosphere. VAG Fair was open to all Euros, increasing the participation of BMW and air-cooledenthusiasts too.
With escalating numbers of well-built project cars, it's fun to throw in a little competitiveness. So a 'best of show' section was appropriately named 'Madness on the Midway'. The top five cars were honored and the winner got automatic entry into Top Dawg at H2O International.
Added to this year's program was a live charity auction. With Christopher Spagnola as the auctioneer and Brent Barley as the call man, the auction raised almost $2000 that was divided between six charities. Items were donated from many of the sponsors includingRevo, NGP, 8380 Labs and TM Tuning. There was even a set of tires given away by local shop K&W Tire Company.
More VAG Fair activities included a swap meet, dunk tank, fresh food cooked by Bricker's French Fries and an SCCA autocross. H2O's Jay Shoup was even spinning music all day for everybody's enjoyment.
Overall, VAG Fair has proved itself to be a major player on the Euro scene without becoming too extravagant. It's a show designed to give back to the community and bring friends together, which is why we heart VAG.