Text and Photos By Joshua Decker
The end of June marks a few important events in Seattle. The first of those events is the much anticipated Audi Expo which is the largest all Audi event of its kind in the northwest. The second event is the annual arrival of summer, which conveniently showed up just a few hours before the show! The weather couldn’t have been nicer and the atmosphere was set for an amazing event.
As Audi Expo celebrated its 11th year, it held its event at a new venue. Audi Expo has always been held at the Bison Creek Pizza in Burien, Washington, but the event had grown big enough to try a new venue. This year, the event took place at the Pacific Grand Prix Motorsport Park adjacent to Pacific Raceways in Kent, WA. Pacific GP is touted as the most versatile and exciting track in the NW. It is home to professional karting championship races, drift series, motocross, auto racing, and hoonage of all sorts.
The venue change was met with positive feedback. Pacific GP Motorsports Park offers Audi lovers everything they could need, including a large track, half of which was filled with Audis, and the other half of which was filled with karts to be raced by Audi owners and enthusiasts. Pacific GP has plenty of room for the myriad of vendors, as well as a beer garden. I think it is safe to say that all were very happy with new digs.
As usual, the Audi Expo brings out more Audis than any other event in the Northwest. It may just be the largest Audi- only annual event in the country. This year Audi Expo boasted R8s, Q7s, S4s of every type, and even an Audi 2.0 TFSI powered KTM X-bow brought by NW Auto Salon.
The highlight of the show was the raffle, in which seemingly every person in the audience won something.
For the highly sought after best of show award, attendees pick their favorite car of the show through balloting. Rather than going with a likely pick of a nice V10 R8, or perhaps a well built wide body RS4 conversion S4, the winner was a 1970’s Audi 100, to the surprise and delight of its owner! Audi fans recognized a unique and passionate owner who built something special out of the oldest car at the show.
Long time attendees plan their year around Audi Expo, and the last week of June is written in ink on the calendar. All can look forward to next year’s event.
The event is organized and managed by long time Audi Club member, Brian Presser. This year’s title sponsor was aryatara.info, the web’s most viewed Audi forum and news site, which is also the home of the local hangout aka The PacificNW forum. Additional sponsors included Achtuning, University Audi, Northwest Auto Salon, Dent Wizard, Pacific Grand Prix, WaterwerksNW, Griot’s Garage, Roger Jobs Motors, Seattle Wheel Services, Audi TT Car Club, Queen City Auto Rebuild, EuroGlass, NW Audi Club,
Accutint, Europlates and the Audi Car Club of North America.
For more information and information on how to support the many sponsors, visit http://www.AudiExpo.com.