The Volkswagen-Audi scene in Europe, and more specifically Germany, is quite unlike any other scene anywhere in the world. What’s impressive is the sheer size of it; the high quality of the cars and the boundaries that are pushed in trying to create something new. If you take a look at a lot of the trends influencing modified cars around the world, a fair percentage of them originated from the German Volkswagen scene.
Any Given Reason happened to purely stumble upon this show in Goettingen, central Germany. Whilst it was tiny compared to the likes of famous shows such as Edition 38, its approximately 300 cars still provided a good indication as to the trends currently influencing the scene. Given that the Volkswagen/Audi scene is all about trends, this is a perfect chance to take a look at a few of them.
The first trend that’s been around since the dawn of time and doesn’t look to be going anywhere soon is the classic Volkswagen Golf/BBS mesh combination. And why would want to change it? It’s a look that’s been honed to perfection. BBS could be found on everything from Mk1’s right up to the latest Mk6 and 7.
Using the OEM stock wheels from a ‘higher’ manufacturer wowed the scene a few years back when somebody first fitted a set of Bentley Continental rims and this trend has only become more and more popular since then.
Porsche wheels (Porsche badged, at least) have been popular for some time now. The stance on this Bora does look kind of mean, until you remember that Bora’s aren’t rear wheel drive, making both the width and offset of those rear rollers vaguely ridiculous in comparison to the narrower fronts.
… but it also was fitted with that car’s full carbon ceramic brake package, front and rear. I think this RS4 was such a favorite because it effortlessly blends both form and function, seemingly sacrificing neither.
One trend that surprised me in its popularity was trimmed engine bays. I’ve seen this before but it was usually reserved only for dedicated show cars, but there were a number of what looked like street driven cars all sporting this questionable modification.
… especially the ‘sticker’ wrap, where on this occasion the Volkswagen scene is taking influence directly from the JDM scene. You can buy this sticker wrap by the meter, and this guy had obviously bought this one from Australia, of all places. Nissansilvia.com and Hardtuned.net are Australian websites, and Iron Chef Imports is an Adelaide based business! The world is actually quite small, really.
It’s the little details that make these cars, such as the wire drinks basket on the center console. I can’t quite see what those cans are, although I was half expecting them to be Pokari Sweat! Interestingly, this Beetle was the only air cooled car at the show. Same brand, two very different scenes.
But possibly the single biggest trend is attention to detail, and the Volkswagen guys have always been ahead of the game in this department. Just check out these wheels – they had been polished, then masked, and then sandblasted to give a combination matte/gloss effect. Cool.
Because people start with essentially the same blank canvas and there’s so many people doing it, imagination and creativity are king in the Volkswagen world. Some hit and some miss, but I personally can’t wait to see what these guys come up with in the future.
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