As unusual a month has passed since we closed the gate 8/29 on yet another impossibly amazing //SFest and I've found mesself reflecting back on all things Awesome. Eight Augusts ago I assembled 20+ urS cars and ~ 30+ 'other' cars in my unassuming yard here in sunny CT, delivering //SFest unto the world - and it was Awesome. Seven successive successful events later and //SFest grew and evolved and adapted and impressed - but - one constant remained: Awesome!
'You all' are sobeyond Awesome for making //SFest what it is. Yeah sure I 'made' it I 'make' it. Sure. But you folks come from here and far - 20 states in all and 3 Canadian provinces to date - to Coventry Motorcar for the 3rd time now hosting //SFest. And this year, you came despite an apocalyptic forecast of doom and gloom of galactic proportions, yet we persevered and proved Awesomeness can overcome perceived adversity. Now, we've always promised we would forever strive to provide you all with something 'new' each year. Welp we've not yet done rain so we figured what the hey and gave that a whirl. The 20x40 Big Top provided shelter, yet out in the midst of the mist //SFest was in top gear hitting full stride despite steady 9-2 rain. Smiles and laughter permeated and resonated and infected, //SFesters know how to //Fest regardless and the sky lifted early afternoon allowing the rest of the event to thaw unfettered. Awesome!
"Rain be damned!" denounced the owners of the Aston Martin DBS, GT3MkII, Cayenne TT, 500E, and one of the 30 black interior'd e28 ///M5s imported - why not?
And the white '78 Carrera 3.0 Martini Targa failed to go undrooled upon, being one of well ONE Targa made of 8 total Carreras with 'that' disco crazed LSD induced Fuhrmann seated interior.
Being an Audi gig afterall, hard to miss the dozens upon dozens (squared) of urS4/6s outlining the scene with many new faces behind the wheels joining the stalwart eight-timers. More D2 //S8s than I've ever seen assembled, then pairs of RS6s and V8s, an //S5, some B5 //S4s, and heck a black B7 //S4 cabby with the top down flashing it's taunting red gut in mockery of the cloudcover. Rainbegone! Awesome! And privileged we are to honor all //Sdom mit some urQs, 200tqa20v's, oh and an um er 10sec eS2, lions and tigers and bears - oh my!
Multiple rounds firing up the 6' grille throughout the day and apparent miles of banquet tables of eats ensured major mangia for all. Raffle conclusion featured an uberRoast of Chicagoan //Fester Bill Mahoney for having driven as many //SFest miles as, um, 5 LeMans races/32 Indy 500s… heck in 5more //Fests he'll have *circumferenced the Earth*.
Dusk saw our staple //SFest Outdoor Theater projected up under the ceiling of the tent, warmed by the glow of a serene fire. Rows and rows of longtime internet friends co-mingled, strengthening the bonds that are honed daily on the Lists and Forums. Awesome!
*None* of this - mind you - would be at all possible... without the continued support of a wide array of most generous sponsors. These kind folks ensured our raffle was overflowed to the hilt allowing winner winner chicken dinner to be exclamated among many-a-Fester. The bounty was surreal, with gift certificates, parts kits, mods, Audi corporate schwag, clothes, tuning sessions, you name it our sponsors provided it YOU WON IT. Considering such, please take the time to acknowledge this generosity and go out of your way to purchase your wares from those who make it all possible: Coventry Motorcar, EFI Express, Apikol, Custom Auto Craft, Foreign Autopart, Quattrroworld, German Auto Parts, Detailers Domain, iBiquity Digital, The Original California Car Duster, Swift Performance Automotive, Audi of America, 034 Motorsport, Kryptonite Locks, Hamburg Technic, McBoost.com, Sports Car Workshop, Skydogs Kites, Danbury Audi Parts, Hoffman Audi New London, Where's Weldo, and SPEC.
//SFest is the bestfest and there is only one. Those Who Have Fested - Know. Full event pics can be found at http://www.sfest.com/gallery.html.
From the staffers that organize 'this' all, we are all looking forward to //SFest'10 (already rumored to be //SFest2010 an Enthusinut Odyssey)… stay tooned to www.sfest.com for further word, and prepare to brace yourselfs for once again Awesomeness.
-Paul Krasusky and the //SFest //Staff