Event Coverage: MIVE Motorstadt V

Auburn Hills, Mich. &mdash Volkswagen of America may be in the process of relocating to Virginia, but that didn’t dampen the spirit at Michigan Volkswagen Enthusiasts’ Motorstadt V, again held on the grounds of VW’s Detroit-area facility.

Crowds gathered under an overcast sky on Saturday, June 7, but as cars continued to arrive, the day brightened. Although the club had hoped for a turnout of 200 cars, over 180 gathered and it was quite a diverse collection.

Volkswagen’s R GTI was situated across from the registration booth and steadily drew a crowd all day as spectators checked out the carbon fiber body panels and custom roll bar and harness interior setup. John Balousek’s ’03 W8 Passat wagon blended form and function with BBS Motorsport wheels and a roof rack loaded up with bikes. Eurovans are a somewhat rare sight at shows, but Darren Lastfogel’s ’93 Eurovan on HK springs and Audi A6 wheels was a cool addition.

The MKII section was impressive as usual. Tony Cressey’s ’92 1.8T GTI is a frequent crowd favorite, and Felix Folster’s ’86 Golf rally car made an appearance. We were relieved to see that it had survived May’s BABE Rally, an event covering 1500 miles over four days.

The MKIV classes were the most popular by far; competition was stiff, especially amongst the R32s and Jetta GLIs. We spotted a few modified Jetta wagons throughout the lineup, which always make us smile. Although not a single MKV Jetta turned out to show, Paul Carlon entertained the MKV section with his ’07 Rabbit boasting air-ride.

The show boasts a considerable air-cooled turnout as well; John Thurwachter’s yellow ’72 Beetle, featuring a power seat conversion, was just one of the super-clean heritage cars present. We also spotted a black ragtop Beetle and an impeccable cream Karmann Ghia convertible.

Audi was well-represented; super-clean heritage cars gathered amongst the B-platform cars, TTs and even a black R8. Francois Faloppa brought his collection of classics: the red 1973 Audi coupe S we spotted last year, accompanied by a blue ’73 Audi 100 LS and a blue ’64 Auto Union F12 Roadster. Other notable vintage Audis included two UrQuattros in Helios Blue and Tornado Red.

MIVE proudly continued its tradition of a tight, well-run, friendly gathering, characterized by good music and an unbeatable location. A sense of humor helps, too: among the many awards given for picture-perfect show cars, the “No Go” trophy acknowledges the effort and heartache involved with building an imperfect daily driver. All in all, Motorstadt has personality in spades.

MIVE would like to thank their sponsors and associates: Steve’s European Automotive, The Suburban Collection, Bissell, Volkswagen of America, Spec Clutches and Flywheels, Kart 2 Kart, CarQuest Auto Parts, VR Performance, Hawk Performance, NOS Energy Drink, Arc Audio, 00 Photo, HS Tuning, Valeo Sylvania, Henkel, German Auto Service, LTD., The Tire Rack, Meguiar’s, VWvortex, Bentley Publishers, dubdojo.com, FBK Finishing, and Illicit Dubs.

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