There’s a running gag with the inner New England dub scene that it will ALWAYS rain for the Dustoff. Meant to “Dust Off” your VW or Audi show car after a winter of careful storage, the Dustoff 2017 is meant to be the groan and stretch after a long hibernation, and it’s HUGE! Thousands of devote attendees filled their cooling systems put air in their tires, and put another zip tie on their distributor caps (I kid) and made the hike out to Thompson Speedway this April 29th, and we were there selling eEuroFest packages, giving away site credits, and soaking up the sun rays for the first time in all the Dustoffs we’ve attended. We are exited to have Blake and Tom as the car show managers for OUR show at Lime Rock (we are calling in the bigtime experience), and this year the show ran without a hitch.
If you are looking for some light at the end of the cold rainy tunnel known as April, look no further than Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for the New England Dustoff. This annual event is geared towards the VW/Audi community with show classes for each generation. However, all makes and models are welcome in the exhibition and spectator parking lot. It is a family-friendly event, and the organizers work hard to retain a low key, enjoyable day for car enthusiasts of all ages. Kids 12 and under are even given free admission. If you are looking to check out some of the top names in the industry, make sure to stop by the Paddock area where are all the vendors will be set up. As an Executive Sponsor for the event, eEuroparts will be back to meet and greet everyone, and hand out credits to our website. If you are
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Another exciting 100 Acre Wood Rally (aka Rally in the 100 acre wood) is in the books! For the “Panda” MK3 VW, in the home of Pooh and Christopher Robin, it was mostly smooth and fast both days with only a few minor issues to slow us down on the way to a 3rd place in-class finish on Saturday. The weather was perfect and the gravel allowed for lots of grip. That combined with a weight loss program for the car and the fresh eEuroparts keeping it in great shape made for some of the fastest raw speed we have seen on stage since we started rallying. Some sanctioning body re-alignment during the off-season meant some of the big names that usually attend were missing this year, but there was still a strong entry list, with 53 cars starting the first super special stage on Friday in Potosi. With the
Ah sunshine. It’s something that many of us in the Northeast consider a commodity worth more than precious metals once daylight savings time come into effect. We regretfully turn our clocks back an hour and all take a collective hiatus from the track, while subsequently burrowing into our dens (garages) like bears, where we all hibernate until Punxsutawney Phil decides to break our hearts every year with six more weeks of winter. It’s usually about this point we decide to dust of the car, scour Craigslist for better replacements, and ultimately dream about selling it all for some obscure 1 of 200 AWD diesel wagon that you can’t get parts for anymore. (Or maybe that is just us looking up the weird cars). However, at the Krab Shack, we decided to be proactive this year and spent some quality time going over the poor Jetta during the winter doldrums, ensuring