VW’s tip Spring Break Destination: 2011 Southern Wörthersee

Posted on 02. Jun, 2011 by in Volkswagen Canada

Peace. Tranquility. The smell of cold weed in a morning air. Its rarely doubtful that we would have gifted any of this during a fun that was Southern Wrthersee, a fastest-growing annual entertainment of VW enthusiasts in a U.S.

Now in a fifth year, Southern Wrthersee is reason in a same suggestion as Europes strange and largest VW fanfest, Wrthersee. The organizers have even found their possess singular cut of Bavaria to reason it inthe old-fashioned city of Helen, Georgia. Back in a late 60s, this good place motionless to indication itself after a lifelike villages in a German countryside.

We were propitious adequate to spend some time with Matt Bounds, cofounder of Southern Wrthersee, and speak about what creates this eventuality so special:

Q1: How did Southern Wrthersee come about? How did a initial eventuality go?

Matt:
It started a integrate years ago. We have a bar called H20 Tuning-just a internal organisation of enthusiasts here who suffer modifying cars out of a VAG line. Wed found a new bar member who had only changed to a area. We had monthly bar meetings, and he showed adult during a assembly one day and we went by a whole list of cruises we were going to do and what large projects we were going to do next, and he said, we have an suspicion for this automobile uncover in Helena, GA.

Were all from Alabama, so a initial suspicion was, What is this Helena, GA, place?. He pronounced it was an Alpine-themed town, and we hadto go check it out.

So a integrate of us hopped in a automobile and gathering over to Helen, and once we saw a town, we said, Oh man, we have to find a approach to make this work. We started job internal businesses, observant Hey, can we use your parking lot? Can we take over this apportionment of town? Can we steal this for a day? So once a city got word that we were perplexing to put together something, some of a internal owners came together and pronounced they had some skill they wanted us to demeanour at. They pronounced if we could make it something considerable any year, they would give us a small bit more.

The initial year we shot ourselves in a foot. We designed this good large weekend and, not meditative about a approach it landed, finished adult being on Mothers Day. So we get there and we have this whole eventuality laid out, only a large parking lot hangout. Mothers Day weekend rolls around and we uncover adult meditative this is going to be a disaster, that were going to have 5 cars uncover adult to this eventuality for Mothers Day weekendyet we had 250 cars uncover adult a initial weekend. And we suspicion if we can lift 250 cars for a first-time show, weve got something. So any year we only build and build on this eventuality to what it is today.

So we get there and we have this whole eventuality laid out, only like a large get-together only a large parking lot hangout. Mothers Day weekend rolls around and we uncover adult meditative this is going to be a disaster were going to have 5 cars uncover adult to this eventuality for Mothers Day weekendwe had 250 cars uncover adult a initial weekend and we suspicion if we can lift 250 cars for a first-time show, weve got something. So any year we only build and build on this eventuality to what it is currently were entrance adult on a fifth year.

Q2: How does that review to final years event?

Matt:
In year 4 we purebred only over 1,300 people. We are tender as to how many people uncover adult to a eventuality any year. Again, were only this small organisation of enthusiasts out of Alabama, so we never approaching for this to get as large as it is. We unequivocally never approaching for a form of appearance weve seen from other clubs, from sponsors, and generally from a city of Helen. Every year a city of Helen does above and over what we could ever imagine.

Q3: Generally how distant do people transport to attend Southern Wrthersee?

Matt:
One thing thats unequivocally vehement us a final integrate of years is a people who have come from abroad. This lady [Matt Ryder] who Performance Volkswagen wrote about a integrate years ago, and who weve spin good friends with, comes over from a U.K. for a event. Last year he brought 5 guys from a U.K. with him [from] South Hampton, we believe.

Weve always given divided a prize for a farthest stretch driven, and now weve begun giving divided a prize called a Furthest Distance Traveled. Weve had someone from Shanghai, China and someone who came on their troops leave from Afghanistan during RR.

Weve also had a organisation of 3 from Reifnitz, Austria, where a strange Wrthersee is held. They came over to a eventuality to check it out, and afterwards trafficked home for their eventuality in Austria. So were super vehement about that since theyll get to see how a eventuality is modeled after theirs and then, in turn, myself and about 10 other people are travelingafter we leave a city of Helenwe will be roving over to Austria to go check out their eventuality since a their 30th anniversary and a fifth anniversary.

Stateside, people come from Ohio, Maryland, even Canada. We also had someone who gathering from Washington final year entrance opposite nation in a U.S. and started out a week in allege and only gathering on over. We get vehement when we see how distant people drive, we know. They come to this small bitty city in a center of nowhere-in a nestled crater of a plateau here-just to come to a show. So we unequivocally try to go above and over to let them know how most we conclude their support.

Q4: Talk about a Sunday Cruise and a Helenring.

Matt:
In year three, we stretched a eventuality a bit to embody a towering cruise. Its a journey track we combined and call a Helenring, that on a map looks identical to a Nrburgring. It is only a 40-mile expostulate by some intensely twisty towering roads we have to take to get to a famous Tail of a Dragon. If youve ever been on a Tail, this is what they call a backside of a dragon.

Q5: Whats your wish for a eventuality in a future?

Matt:
We wish that we can remonstrate VW, in years to come, to provide a eventuality identical to how VW of Europe treats GTI Treffen Wrthersee, that is to use it as a matter to move new vehicles. They (VW) use that eventuality to unequivocally denote some of a new ideas and artistic things that are out there. And Im hoping, Im pulling genuine tough for them to be means to use this height (Southern Wrthersee) as something like that for a U.S. And that might be years down a road, though a something Im unequivocally anticipating to see.

So there we have it. Car builds, torpedo German food, a Helenring cruise, and tons of VW-inspired fun. What some-more could we ask for in celebrating springs arrival?

Related Links:
http://southernworthersee.com/
http://www.facebook.com/southern.worthersee
http://www.helenga.org/events/southern-worthersee-vw-audi-show-presented-h20-tuning



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