Louisville’s European vehicle fanatics are in for a treat this weekend. Grossman Tuning’s, 8th annual car show, “Water by the Bridge” is scheduled for Sunday, March 25 at Louisville’s Waterfront Park from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The show, aimed at Volkswagen/Audi enthusiasts, is free and open to the public.
Featuring classic and performance enhanced European vehicles from the 1950s through present-day, this family friendly event will also include a dyno contest (measuring horsepower), trophy presentation, music by DJ Louis Toro, food by Frankfort Avenue Beer Depot and a vendor marketplace featuring discounted products.
New additions in 2012 include the Louisville Vintage Motorcycle Club and a display of modern exotics ranging from the Audi R8 to the Spyker C8. Some of the modified VWs are so low to the ground you will marvel at how well they navigate Louisville’s bumpy streets. (As they like to say, “If you ain’t rubbin’, you ain’t Dubbin’”)
According to John Grossman, show founder and owner of Grossman Tuning LLC, “Water by the Bridge” is the first car show of the season and has grown from a small 30-car show to a solid, midsized, regional show that necessitated the move to the waterfront three years ago.
The event features over 300 vehicles and attracts entrants from as far away Washington State and Canada, competing in eight categories from "Best in Show" to "Best Beater."
"We created ‘Water by the Bridge’ as a way to bring together enthusiasts and celebrate our collective passion for performance modifications. We have been pleasantly surprised at how quickly the show has grown and our ultimate goal is to make Louisville a true destination for all enthusiasts.” said Grossman.
This regional show is unique among VW/Audi enthusiasts because it is open to everyone who wants to participate. The word “Water” in the show’s title is a sly reference to the air vs. water-cooled enthusiast groups, both of which are welcomed.
Show entrants enjoy a Pre-Show Bash at Fourth Street Live, the Saturday evening before the main event and traditionally a public swap meet is held during the day.
Grossman Tuning, located at 830 South 1st Street, in Louisville, is an import service and performance headquarters; specializing in total VW/Audi performance modification. They advertise that they have grown through the eras of technology into one of the premier automotive service and performance shops in Kentucky. They proudly state that the goal of the business has not changed since the company’s inception in 1996: To do honest work with quality parts at a competitive price. The owner, John Grossman, has deep ties to the foundation of the local racing scene.
Grossman Tuning has evolved from a 2-bay, 2,000 square-feet gas-station style shop to a 10-bay, 11,000 square-feet facility; specializing in import service and performance. With its roots running deep in the racing scene, Grossman Tuning has become one of the most prominent Volkswagen/Audi performance shops in Kentucky and Indiana with exclusive distributing in C2 Motorsports and Revo Technik products. The shop is also a distributor of a majority of the performance companies on the market.
Water By the Bridge affiliates and sponsors include: C2 Motorsports, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Acudent, Bluegrass MOTORSPORT, Carter & Anderson Motorsports, Revo Technik, 502 Auto Club, Frankfort Avenue Beer Depot, EuroMedian,CaddyPan.com, Double Take Signs & Graphics, LLC, Image Auto Detail, MF Automotive, NEUSPEED, Autotech, EuroTrash, The Drive Life, LouisvilleVW.org and many more.
For more information visit www.Waterbythebridge.net or call 502-592-6471.
Photo credits: Grossman Tuning, and Tom McAdam, IV, who contributed to this article.