It’s now my last day at Worthersee . I haven’t been keeping up with the videos because we’ve been staying out late and enjoying the time here with good company/cars of course. The good news is that and I’ve probably got enough car content until next year from this one event alone! Tons of photos and videos of amazing cars and landscapes of this lovely place in Austria! Most of the content was grabbed yesterday when the event officially started on the 9th of May.
I finally understand the 3 stages of Wortherseetreffen.
1. The Pre-event – A lot of people show up around 2 weeks before the event. I’m told many people come before the “Main Event” in the Reifnitz area of Worthersee because they want to avoid the more strict law enforcement and to avoid the rowdy visitors who come to just drink etc. Nobody wants drunk people around their pride and joy.
2. The Main Event (when I arrived) – The main stage is held in Reifnitz where Volkswagen themselves put up a well curated stage with announcements and updates showcasing their latest technology.
This is when it is more packed and most people that are new to the event, like myself, show up. It is a 3 day long affair with tons of rare European cars show up both privately owned and company built cars show up. There are tons of booths from big companies like BBS, H&R, Reiger, Borbet, and Sachs setup.
3. The Post-event – I assume this is very similar to the crowd that comes to the pre-event but maybe were not able to make it to the earlier dates. You would probably need to stay around 7 weeks if you wanted to see “all” the cars.
Surprisingly the main event is NOT the only place to see amazing cars and meet amazing like-minded euro tuners. Heck, some of the side spots may have even more interesting cars depending on your taste! There are around 10 major spots where people get together with their cars around the Lake. Aside from Reifnitz in Maria Worth, there are other very popular areas like Faak am See(funny name), Turbokurve, and Pyramidkogel (where the famous twisted tower is that overlooks the lake is) to name a few.
It is definitely an experience that can’t be put into words and is a must for a gearhead’s bucket-list, especially if you’re into European cars. It started as an event over 30 years ago by a couple of dudes with GTis and now it has evolved into a meet for basically all cars, although Volkswagen Auto Group cars make up a good 90% if not more.
LINK TO 20 Minute YouTube Video Coverage by Rubadub Media:
Unlike anything else!
After the 6hr drive from Regensburg to Austria's Worthersee lake we finally arrived to our little hotel, which is actually a big property with 3 huge houses and two were converted to places where people could stay and the third property is where the lady who owned the property lived.
It was still days before the "Main Event" which many people do not attend. I am told it is the pre-event and post-event where most of the "CRAZY" cars show up. With that being said Nico, Kaller, DC, and I went to Refinitz where the main event was to take place. They were still setting up the stages, but nonetheless there were already tons of amazing cars there. I am including a little gallery below of the photos I took there.
I have never experienced anything remotely close to this experience! It is such a massive and beautiful place as it is! To top it off it's filled with modified European cars of all generations! You can't go a minute on the road without passing a beautiful German car and if you don't see a beautiful car, no problem! - Enjoy the scenery of the Austrian Alps and fresh air! I have also included a link below to the Rubadub Media YouTube channel where I have been uploading a video every day I am here.
LA - Munich - Regensburg
The first thing we did was grab some petrol at the nearest gas station then headed over to Nico's place in Regensburg along with Kaller and Danielle. The whole drive I was staring in awe at all the cars we don't get in the states, like Skoda, Seat, Citreon.. and all the different European market only VWs! I saw my first new gen Scirocco in person when we pulled up to Nico's apartment, I had to take a picture with it and the rubadub euro plate. I've attached a couple photos below of the first day in Germany. It was fairly mellow and a great start to my first time in Europe. Next stop Austria! Brace yourself for loads of VAG goodness.
I saw one of these in person recently in Granada Hills, CA. I was blown away when I saw such a massive Volkswagen SUV. Apparently Volkswagen has made a big move in the SUV game. They start at around the $30K range and go up to the 50s (with an R-line available).
I was a bit disappointed to see it only came equipped with a 3.6L V6 engine at it's top line and a 2.0T available as well. I look forward to seeing how it does in the US market. I'm guessing this move was partially made because of their emissions scandal. I can't help but notice it's resemblance to the new Volvo XC90.
THIS THING IS HUGE!