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New England Dustoff - Event

Kicking off 2011 in style on the East Coast.

Greg Emmerson
Jul 22, 2011 SHARE
Eurp 1108 01+new england dustoff+venue Photo 1/30   |   New England Dustoff - Event

With the East Coast suffering a particularly hard winter through 2010/11, it must have seemed as if the new show season would never arrive. In fact, we're sure Tom Whitaker and his Ocean State Dubs crew must have wondered whether their mid-April date was going to happen.

Even as the organizers rolled out of bed at 5am to prepare the venue, they were greeted by some of New England’s worst – a monsoon was the best description for it!

Expectations for the show were dwindling but at 7:30am the sun appeared. Tom described it “As if God himself made a divine intervention and decided this was the year Dustoff would be rain-free.”

As it got closer to gate time, the cars started lining up at Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk, MA. This is easily one of our favorite show venues because the banked oval speedway track creates the perfect amphitheater setting for Dustoff, with cars lining both sides of the track, allowing spectators to wander at their leisure.

Vendors from as far as NYC had arrived, including Euromedian, Swift Motorsports, Bag Riders and Banchwerks. Once the gates opened, they greeted the nonstop flow of some of the best cars the East Coast had to offer. Every generation and model was represented. Cars that were only rumors all winter were now a reality.

Eurp 1108 02+new england dustoff+red 2006 gti Photo 2/30   |   Mike Ferreira’s ’06 GTI had substantially pulled fenders and maroon metallic respray to highlight its OZ wheel and air suspension

Now in its seventh year, the growth of this show has meant it was getting tight inside the track. But the hangout vibe was important to its success. So for 2011, Dustoff had taken over the entire track. But the crew was concerned the new layout might destroy what had taken years to accomplish.

A walk around the venue dispelled any fears, since the extra space worked out better than anybody had imagined. With attendance of more than 500 show cars from up to 150 club cars and with hundreds more in the parking lot, it was clear this was going to be a great success.

As with most shows, you can pre-register to enter, or simply pay at the gate and park with your clubmates. Interestingly, Grim Reapers were awarded Best Club for the second year running, suggesting some of the other car clubs need to raise their game a little!

Eurp 1108 03+new england dustoff+2004 r32 Photo 3/30   |   Kevin Stefaniak’s ’04 R32 turbo boasted a white engine cover, intake manifold, fuel rail and even the turbo in a very tidy bay

We hope everybody will continue to support this excellent event that allows VW/Audi owners in the North-East to thaw-out, dust-off their cars and greet the year with friends and fellow enthusiasts.

For details about Dustoff ’12, which is already being planned with yet more improvements, visit nedustoff.com

2011 Dustoff Winners

Chassis First Second
Mk1/Caddy Lou Rebello Greg Loughlin
Mk2 Andy Dixon Chris Reis
Mk3 Chris Rego Seth Jubinville
Mk4 Mike Gimley Jazmin Mattei
Mk5 Rich Fogarty Jason Seandurra
Mk6 Stanley Jackson Frank Ewing
Convertible Juan Hernandez Molly Hebert
Corrado/Scirocco Dave Ferreira Mike Giossi
New Beetle Jeremy Pease Robert Blanchett
Passat B5/5.5 Nathan Lomnicky Kevin Kutz
Passat B6/B7/CC Jason Lomnicky
VW other Juan(Quantum VRT) Bryan Viveiros
Audi B5/6 David Currin Nuno Estevens
Audi B7/8 Megan Fenn Shane Hamel
Audi other Josh Garcia TJ Ribero
Air-cooled Chris Freda Matt Lacarin
Best of Show Andy Dixon
Alexi’s Trendsetter award Seth Jubinville
Best Club Grim Water

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