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Northern Worthersee 2019

One less local Midwest Euro event means bigger crowd for NoWo 6 in Michigan

Bob Hernandez
Sep 17, 2019
Photographer: Ryan Belville

When organizers of EuroHangar announced earlier this year they would be suspending their airport-based car meet for the foreseeable future, we suspected it would have a ripple effect on the local Euro scene, and you could see it at the 2019 edition of Northern Worthersee. The Midwest gathering known only as "NoWo"—an unaffiliated offshoot of the famous annual summer VW and Audi car show in Austria—was noticeably larger this year, according to our troops on the ground there, and seems to grow from year to year. We wouldn't be surprised if the increase this year was at least partly due to the fact Midwest Euro enthusiasts have one less event to check out, and are indeed hungry for more.

Whatever the reason, NoWo this year was poppin'. For it being billed as primarily a VAG affair, there was a thoroughly diverse mix on hand at Heritage Park in Frankenmuth, Mich., from more run-of-the-mill entries from the big automakers to one-offs, customs, and other limited-edition fare. There seemed to be more Porsche in the mix this year, lots of old-school VW like always, and a fresh crop of enthusiasts jumping into the overlanding craze with both feet, especially with Audi Avants (with all that gear on their roofs, they're kinda like new-age Westfalia Campers!)

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A big chunk of the photo gallery is comprised of coupes and roadsters, including a handful of classics from Porsche, among others, and people also dragged out their dirt toys to NoWo, buggies and rails galore (we had no idea the Meyers Manx came in so many different body styles). You know we're going to gravitate to the racecars, though, and there were a few gems in the crowd, like the Roger's Roost 944 (which we couldn't figure out what kind of racing it does, or who drives it). Our fave, however, was Patrick Waligore's super-clean BMW E30 325is, a vehicle he competes in the SCCA's "Super Touring" STU Class, a designation that is said to be based on World Challenge's Touring Car category.

In last year's NoWo coverage, we tipped our hat to Joey Jacobs's bagged Audi A4 Avant wagon wrapped in Solar Orange vinyl and on Vossen VLE-1 wheels. Joey returned this year, with his A4 looking pretty much the same as last, but now towing a trailer fashioned out of the back two-thirds of another Avant! It pretty obviously isn't quite finished yet, and even Joey admitted on social media it was a thrash to get the tow ready for this year's event—but it looks ridiculously cool, and we can only imagine how sick a finished project might pan out. Joey ended up taking home the NoWo award for Most Unique entry!

The limbo event is always a crowd pleaser, and this year a blue MG Midget scraped past everyone. It was funny to watch him in the beginning rounds as he would drive under the limbo stick without even slowing down. Dip into the gallery to see who else came through at NoWo 2019, and for info on past and future events pay a visit to the NoWo website.

 

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