We're not overstating it when we say that, for those in the know, Worthersee in Austria is a Mecca to European car nuts. For a week or so every May, it really is the place to be to check out some of the coolest metal that the continent has to offer.
In fact, there's just nothing else quite like it and that's what makes it one of our favourite events on the show calendar… but, it has to be said that it's been a while. Yes, what with a certain global pandemic putting a stop to proceedings for the last couple of years, we were absolutely itching to get the team out there for 2022.
You see, Worthersee is less of a single event, and more of a whole collection of meets and other goings on around town. In many ways the big static show they lay on plays just a small part of the whole deal. Whether it's cruising around the mountains or the town, the sights and the sounds of a whole collection of motors on the road are really what it's all about. You never know what you're going to see next.
For us of course, the driving bit is a big part of the appeal, and we don't just mean the 1800-mile round-trip in our faithful MSRT crew van. No, Worthersee is chiefly about getting your cars out on the local roads and showing them off - and suffice to say we have more than a couple on the AF fleet that are Worthersee worthy. So, with that in mind, a decision was made early on take along some of our favourite roadgoing monsters - including our E28 BMW M535i, R32 Skyline GT-R, BMW M2 Competition, long wheelbase T6.1 Transporter and our VW Caddy V2 project - for a proper cruise around the Austrian Alps. The trouble there of course, is that there's almost as many cars on the trip as there are drivers… but that's nothing a massive car transporter can't sort out, right? And it's always nice to have a choice, isn't it?
So, we loaded up at the Detailing Academy, sent the HGV on its way, jumped in the van and rolled out…
As for pulling up and experiencing the week ahead, well in all honesty (and as you'll see from the pictures) it's an unbelievably busy few days of non-stop action in the Austrian mountains. And, although all this manic running around is difficult to fully absorb at the time, in hindsight we can see Worthersee in 2022 was pretty much the same as it's always been - a blur of visits, meets, outings, making sure we're fully prepped at the local jet wash, hooking up with old friends, checking out the famous show, after show, even more meets and, of course, checking out a whole load of the cool cars that have made the trip from all around Europe. In fact, we think it's almost impossible to describe in words… but you know what they say - a picture is worth a thousand of "em! So, with that in mind check out our very own mountain of highlights, something of a chronological picturebook of everything that happened along the way…
Phew, we think you'll agree all that was pretty hectic. As you can see, we had an absolute blast on what's become just about our favourite outing on the car culture calendar, but the big question is, after a huge police clamp down on modified cars and meets all over Europe, and more than a few tickets handed out this week in particular, will this be the last time that Worthersee week is quite so popular for modified car nuts? And more importantly, will we be making the trip in 2023? We guess that only time will tell on that one but we hope so, we certainly had more than a little fun on the way home this time around - after all it would have been almost rude not to put in our MSRT Transit crew van through its paces on the Nurbugring, right?