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20 August 2012


Perhaps our title is a bit incorrect. This past weekend we attended Dubs on the Delaware in the Pennsylvania Poconos. Much like the East Coast show scene, Dubs on the Delaware reflects a strong trend of growth and an even stronger move toward European brand diversification. One of our favorite summer enthusiast events, DotD isn’t just about ‘dubs’ or Volkswagens. Audi is a an ever-growing component… and so too are others like BMW and Porsche.

Located at the picturesque Shawnee Inn, the event is literally feet from the edge of the Delaware river. It is the river that inspired the name for the event, not the similarly named state that is about an hour’s drive away. The location is in Pennsylvania, and as the boat rows New Jersey is a stone’s throw.

 

Dubs on the Delaware has been producing the same winning formula for a few years now. Cars parked in an upscale setting on the front lawn of a local golf course with the lazy river meandering by in the background makes for a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Organizers have not changed important components such as placement on the busy show season calendar or the aforementioned location, and this all has combined to attract enthusiasts back in record numbers. We don’t remember a year when there were as many rows of cars on the lawn. We also don’t remember so much automotive diversity.

In truth, part of this diversity likely comes from the stance scene. There are other names for this growing style of automotive modification, some that may be more trendy, but we’ll default to ‘stance’ or ‘stanced’ since it is the moniker that is most widely known.

The formula for stance is simple. The main tenet is style, which centers around the way the car sits on its suspension and the positioning of the wheels in relation to the arches… thus the name stance. The way a car looks sitting at a show or in a photograph is important, often the lower the better. Witness the cars at Dubs on the Delaware and in our photo gallery, with rolled tires parting from the outer lips of wheels and seemingly split by the sheetmetal. Done right, one can drop a car like a first-generation TT as low or lower than a hyper exotic like a Lamborghini or Ferrari. Still, you wouldn’t want to drive the car that way and that’s why they employ the air suspension that can be readily raised.

 

For detractors, we’ve just explained everything to hate about the much debated stance scene. Aficionados will disagree as dropping the car to them is what it’s all about, but we’re guessing most won’t argue with the remaining aesthetic of the look. Many cars in the scene, including several shown here, are cleanly built with masterfully refinished vintage wheels and custom tailored interiors. Lesser specimens, and these exist in any modifying genre, rub like hell, with ┬árippled or blistered bodywork at the tops of fender arches.

Of course Dubs on the Delaware wasn’t just about stance, though reaction to photos we posted on Instagram and Facebook of BBS wheel edges pinching out from the fenders of a first-generation TT sort of suggest otherwise. There were plenty of Audis on the green at the Shawnee Inn, stanced or otherwise.

Particularly numerous for a show of this size were first-generation TTs. TTs are design icons, so cars that show up at these types of events are often extensions of their owner’s own style. They inspire plenty of discussion. One first-generation TT that caught our attention was this Mk 1 coupe wearing a new body kit from Regula – the first time we’ve seen this in the States. The kit itself uses a lot of elements inspired by Audi, from the new hexagonal shield grille to the frowning face of the RS 3. Yes, there are a lot of factory design cues implemented into the Regula look… but the final product is a lot more busy than an Audi design.

On the opposite end of the spectrum but wearing a similar face was a factory-fresh TT RS coupe. The car showed few outward modifications, but with gloss black paint and Audi’s optional matte black and red rotor wheel option, the car looked menacing. Matte black finished wheel caps completed the look ever-so-subtly.

The rest of the Audi field at DotD was equally diverse. As with other events we’ve attended this summer, B8-generation Audis are becoming increasingly more common, specifically A5/S5 coupes. B7s, B6s and B5s of all manner aren’t uncommon, though a V10-powered S8 on the show field was a pleasant surprise. So was a factory available but still quite rare A3 2.0T quattro.

 

Another plus to DotD is the family friendly atmosphere of the event. A nearby playground and sand volleyball pit on the property of the Inn, food available on premises and the lazy Delaware river next to the field all offer something to do for those who may ride along but don’t have the attention span to look at modded cars for hours on end. Making a weekend of this event is also a viable choice, with plenty of nearby Pocono amenities and even a few tertiary activities planned by show organizers.

If you live in the North East and are considering events of this ilk, we highly suggests Dubs on the Delaware. And if you’re not so into Volkswagens, don’t let the name fool you. Audi is a major part of the attendance.

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