It’s fair to say September isn’t the most exciting of months in the year. There isn’t a whole lot to look forward to with summer wrapping up, other than maybe a cruise to enjoy the fall colors or getting a garage ready for long winter projects. That is unless you plan to take in H20 International. It happens the last weekend of September in Ocean City, Maryland and is one of the largest VW/Audi get together in the North America.
H20i has grown into a weeks’ vacation for many, with head turners showing up as early as Monday night scraping up and down the strip.OceanCityis on one side, one of the most beautiful beach views ever seen and on the other a four lane flat stretch of road that spans as far as the eye can see. This road will soon to be riffled with cars shooting sparks, hitting rev limiters, and busy local authorities getting to know the out of towners a little better. This is just the tip of the iceberg and will easily get any VAG enthusiast bloods pumping.
Spending the week in a resort style city the days leading to H20i, it’s expected that night life will be out in full force, and Ocean City does not disappoint. Each night the Clam Bucket parking lot is littered with most every jaw dropping car you have seen on the net or in person. Secrets’ is Ocean City’s answer to the “downtown”. This place is a maze of bars situated on the beach, with sand floors and tables in the water. Multiple dance floors make this spot a fun place to hang out, you might even run into some people you have from other events. The main strip is bustling with noise and excitement from cars coming and going until the sun comes up, each rented property where the majority of people stay are lavish to ghetto and the occupants inviting anyone around to party. The night life with friends and meeting new people is worth the trip to the OC alone, however the atmosphere only gets better the closer it gets to the weekend.
After nights of being around all the cars it is easy to assume the actual show will be a “saw it already” event. With H20i this is not the case. The show grounds span an innumerable amount of football fields of land, filled with rows upon rows of static dropped to bagged rides, OEM to fully shaved bays, and split or mono-block wheels (the list goes on) and most of these weren’t anywhere to be seen in the week before. In the middle of the event is an extremely busy vendor area, pounding out loud music and carrying anything from shirts to wheels. It’s great to be able to discuss plans or products with any of the companies you may be considering purchasing from for your own future upgrades.
Directly next to the vendor area the Top Dawg contender’s row is found. A row to see creative and high end builds with extreme attention to detail. These cars are all flawless in one way or another, some even have a whole team cleaning and prepping their vehicle for the judge’s review. Top Dawg honors are taken very seriously as this is not just another trophy, it’s more an acknowledgment of respect.
Although H2Oi is not about drag racing, or burnout competitions like some of the other large events, it definitely has a unique feel that lures people back year after year. As long as you’re into a relaxing atmosphere, getting together with friends, beautifully built cars and maybe a little leisure time on the beach then H2Oi is definitely a must do.