We all have our favorite car (or truck or bike) events we return to year after year. A big part of why we attend those events is the machines. As gearheads, we love checking out the hardware, don’t we? We put in extra time and energy to make sure our vehicles are at their best because we know our brothers and sisters will be looking to them for ideas just like we’ll be looking at theirs.
The machines bring us together – across the street, across town, across the globe.
These events are always over way too soon, ya know? It’s almost as if they’re over as soon as they begin, right? Next thing you know, you’ve been home for a month, it seems like forever ago, yet you still remember the people and the stories and the machines like it was yesterday.
If you’ve been following along with all our World Tour coverage, you know we’ve had a lot to share. How much? Well, I’ve just had a look back. The grand total comes to 16,917 words and 203 pictures. That’s not counting this installment, which happens to have something like 203 pictures just for itself.
I’m not going to individually crop and scale the pictures from ElbeTreffen 2012 like I’ve done in the other installments. Instead, I’ve made a couple changes to our gallery software, which I’m counting on to deliver a better experience for your image-viewing pleasure.
As you flip through these images, I hope you see something you don’t see every day. I hope you take into consideration how gearheads in other countries not only get different models than you do, but also different laws regarding modification. But most of all, I hope you walk away from these pictures with a desire to add “attend automotive event in another country” to your bucket list.
Our gearhead family keeps us coming back. Gearheads United.
And here’s all the raw video footage I got with the GoPro HD Hero cam.
Getting ready to leave for the Diamantenkette (you can already hear the horns going off in the background). A head’s up, this video is almost entirely people honking their horns. The camera was mounted to the windshield on the outside, so once we’re moving, there’s no dialogue or music to miss. Also, we start moving around the 10 minute mark in the video. If you skip around, you won’t hurt my feelings.
PS: Special thank you to the Iwasaki Yamanouchi crew for not laughing at me too hard Friday night when I almost walked into the wrong hotel door.
If you love going to big automotive events to catch up with online friends, I’m telling you point blank – you will have the time of your life attending a big automotive event on in another country. We at Gearbox Magazine hope that looking through these pictures and watching these videos inspires you to send that guy you know on the other side of the planet a private message or email and start talking about what it’s like to be a gearhead around the world.
You are not just a greasemonkey who plays with cars.
You are part of a worldwide community of excellent people.
And for the price of a turbo or some coilovers or even a beater daily driver, you could have the experience of a lifetime.
The world is yours. Get out there and explore it.