Events Coverage
Event Coverage: CVO Midwest Treffen 2008
By by: Cherise LaPine-Grueninger, photos: Wes Grueninger
Sep 21, 2008, 11:22

By mid-August, the boundless energy of summer starts to dissipate, and the idea of traveling ‘round the country for car shows loses a lot of luster. Fortunately, one of the Midwest’s largest Audi-VW enthusiast shows is right in the backyard of Fourtitude's Chicago office.

Midwest Treffen is hosted by the Chicago Volkswagen Organization, on the picturesque grounds of Oakton Community College in the Chicago suburb of Des Plaines. It’s long been one of our favorite opportunities to meet up with local enthusiast owners, scout out potential feature cars, and even show off some of our own cars from the company fleet. This year was no exception, and we thoroughly enjoyed a relaxing 80-degree and sunny day.

All told, 203 show cars were registered. Attendance was up slightly from 2007 (the weekend was marked by constant rain), but lagged behind 2006's record numbers. CVO committee member Sara Murray said that fuel prices may have been a factor, since 90% of attendees came from Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin; in past years, the show's attracted more participants from outside the Chicago region.

The Dub Club Invitational, which issues forth a friendly challenge to the many clubs in the region, is a long-running and popular component of Treffen. Saturday's events consist of an autocross and a drag strip session; on Sunday, each club selects a car to compete in the show event. All events are scored and points are tallied to determine the winning club. Team Bag Tag came out on top this year, but four other Midwest clubs (CVO, St. Louis, VENOM, and dubnoxious) came together for a solid showing. The Invitational added a healthy dose of competition to the weekend and gave showgoers the opportunity to demonstrate the versatility of their cars.

Given this event started as a Volkswagen-only show years ago, it's no surprise that GTIs and the like dominate the field but, like Waterfest and other prominent formerly VW-only events, Audi has become one of the fastest growing segments of the event and this was exhibited with vigor this year by a wide mix of cars from Ingolstadt.

A lengthy raffle, with prizes donated by Treffen’s sponsors, preceded the show car results. After competing amongst such a unique field of cars, the winners of the classic Euro plate trophies should be proud indeed. Thanks to the work of CVO and the show’s sponsors, Treffen was a success yet again. Make sure to check out our gallery, which showcases some of the most distinctive Audis and Volkswagens in the Midwest.

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