This was our first year heading up to EuroHangar as one of the title sponsors of the event. The show takes place at the end of June in the gorgeous little town of Holland, MI. Normally famous for their tulip displays, we were witness to a fresh, colorful display of a different sort. The show attracts well over 500 cars to the lakeshore town and continues to grow year after year. Coming in between two major summer events - Southern Worthersee in May and Waterfest 20 in July – Eurohangar is a lively event that fills the gap for the Midwest European car enthusiast.
The HS Tuning exodus started Friday morning with a group of our customers arriving at the shop to help load up all the inventory and supplies we would need for the weekend. (Unfortunately, this did not include beef jerky, which was a major oversight that will need to be rectified in the future. Beef jerky and Bawls. Essential. -JT) With the cars loaded, and some of the suspensions dangerously low, we hit the highway for the four and a half hour drive into Michigan… also to be considered the land of Minivan-Passing-At-95MI. The weather could not have been better and traffic was light – so the cameras were out in full force.
Our Sales Manager Nate just recently made the move to the new 2015 Mk7 VW GTI. His previous ride was a Mk5 VW GTI modified to Stage 2. Although his new car was bone stock for this trip, we cannot wait to dig into the new MQB platform with the release of the APR Stage One, which will produce 381 ft-lbs of torque and 316 horsepower. Supposedly, that tune will be available to us on Monday, July 21st. We also have a number of parts ready to help prep the Mk7, including lowering springs, cold air intake, and wheels.
One of the cars along with us for the trip was a loyal customer’s ride – Eric Baun’s purpose built Mk4 #becauseracecar. Still in the final stages of its winter overhaul, it was nice to see his ever evolving project roll out of the garage for the first time this show season. This car rolled out of the factory as a TDI Mk4 and has served as Baun’s training ground through several engine swaps, a stripped out interior, and the removal of almost all automated systems like AC, ABS, and other unnecessary items in a race car. The sound of his straight piped VR is always appreciated.
After getting settled into the hotels, exploring Downtown Holland and grabbing a drink at New Holland Brewing (another one of the show’s sponsoring organizations) we headed over to the show Pre-Meet.
The next morning was an early start to set the booth up and get all the cars cleaned up before the show opened. With all of the products we brought with us from APR, VW Racing, P3cars, and Bilt Hamber Laboratories, we had to figure out exactly what to bring. This year we brought a lot of Mk6 2.0T TSI stock – seems like there was a lot of interest from the TDI and 2.0T FSI owners though, so we’ll see what we bring next year! We were tuning APR software and meeting tons of awesome show goers. If anyone calls up or emails email@example.com, let us know if we met you at EuroHangar and we’ll send out something special!
Another one of our customers Ben, brought out his project Mk5 TDI Cup Edition. After taking some front end damage on his trip to SoWo last year decided it was time for something new. HS Tuning sourced all the parts he needed to convert his front end to a Mk6 Golf R bumper, including Sportwagon fenders, Mk6 core support, bumper, grills and headlights. If you ask us the new look came out awesome. Those powder coated BBS wheels were show stoppers as well.
The Guys from MWorks Garage brought up a couple of their projects including this Hellrot Red LS swapped E36 M3 sedan sitting nicely on a set of all black CCW LM20’s.
One of the other vendors, Orchid Euro, had some unique cars they brought in from overseas like a bagged polo belonging to the company owner Jamie Orr and this RHD Mk3 panel van Golf they brought over for Kole Grove.
For being one of the sponsors of the show we were proud to present a full detailing kit from Bilt Hamber Laboratories as the award for Best Paint. Although there were a couple solid choices for this award, in the end we had to go with Tan Gunes and his beautiful pre-facelift Sprint Blue Audi B8 S4.
Among our top picks for best paint was Aaron Stuk’s Glacier Grey Audi B6 A4 Wagon. Although he didn’t take home our pick for best paint, he was able to win Airlift Performance’s Best Air award.
Also in the winner’s circle for the weekend was Andrew Farkas and his perfect Amethyst Purple Porsche 911 sitting nicely on H&R coilovers and BBS E26 magnesium Motorsport wheels, both sourced by Rotiform. Appropriately Andrew took home the award for Best Static car.
This was our first outing to EuroHangar and we loved it. Let us know in the comments if you stopped by to say hi! We had several customers talking about the RSR clutch and many people inquiring about APR software tunes for everything from VWs to Porsches. If you are interested in getting tuned, July is the best month of the year to do it – everything from APR is currently on sale, plus we’re running service and install deals. We’re looking to come by next year and we’re excited to see the progress people make on the new Mk7 platforms.
Lastly, if you want to try some Bilt-Hamber detailing supplies for free, hit us on our Instagram or Twitter @hstuning or Facebook page and let us know why you need to try this amazing European-imported detailing equipment.