Editor’s Note: Since we live on the right coast and are prepping for our departure for Le Mans on Saturday, we missed out on the fun from this year’s Las Vegas-based Wuste show and a 2012 addition by Audizine.com dubbed AudiFest. Fortunately for those who weren’t able to attend, Nick Roshon of Nick’s Car Blog and LeMons team AudiStyleRacing fame was there to capture the event. We’d like to thank Nick for acting as a guest contributor and sharing his work with our readers. Below is a reprint of Roshon’s original story run on his blog and bolstered with a bit more information about Wuste and about AudiFest.
2012 Marked the sixth year of the event now simply known as “Wuste” – German for desert. Now a solid anchor on the enthusiast’s summer show season, Wuste returned to the Palace Station Hotel in Las Vegas for a solid weekend of events that included an In-N-Out gathering, cart racing, cruises including nearby Hoover Dam, Saturday evening show and Sunday awards and hotel pool party.
Hundreds of modified Audi and Volkswagens attended, as well as a nice collection of other modified European cars sprinkled in for good measure. It was also a hot event, with temperatures reaching over 110 degrees!
Going to Wuste, it’s worth stepping up for premiere parking. The extra cost gets you an event T-shirt, and more importantly a good spot in the crowded show field’s premiere lot. Doing so allowed for easy access to the entire field, which was good because the place was packed to the brim with modified cars.
Here are a few Audi highlights. Let’s start with this bagged B5 S4 on BBS RS wheels.
The Rotiform C5 allroad (at top in header) was very unique, definitely worth a closer look. So too was the AWOL creator JJ Larson’s B5 RS 4 Avant now sporting its third paint scheme of matte black.
This B8 S4 was specially painted by Audi Exclusive in Porsche Signal Green and looks fantastic in person.
Ken from 034′s B5 Audi S4 on Rotiform wheels was looking and sounding mean.
Nick from OEMPLUS brought their B7 S4 in matte black on iForged wheels, with Brembo brakes and a carbon fiber vented hood.
One of several TT RS spotted. They looked great and were a welcome addition.
Sporting a different look was this B5 S4 Avant with a camouflage hood and blue wheels.
A notable addition to the show this year was the growing group of non Audi, non Volkswagen offerings. RWB showed up with a blue Porsche 993 and Mike Burrough’s bagged BMW 2800CS E9 was also there. Cars like this were just two of many that enjoy healthy fame on the internet but are even better to see in person. Equally fun is the meeting up with people you’ve met on the various discussion forums with whom you may have chatted with a lot online but have never met.
Following the main show at Wuste, the Audi crowd headed over to AudiFest hosted by Audizine. That event started off with a fitting Bavarian dinner at the Hofbraauhaus Las Vegas and then headed over to the top of the parking garage at the Hard Rock Casino. The event included a great view and even better Audis.
If you haven’t gone to Wuste before, you should definitely consider it. The event is quickly becoming one of the most popular on the west coast circuit and the addition of AudiZine’s support event certainly adds to draw.