2016 New England Dustoff


5:15am:  Alarm won’t stop...

5:20am:  Walk the dog…

5:45am:  Where’s my Waylens hoodie?

5:55am:  Do I have everything?

6:00am:  Cold start...

6:05am:  Large ice, one cream, two Equal and a bacon egg and cheese on a everything bagel please...

6:10am:  Wheels rolling 5 minutes early…

This past weekend the Waylens team ventured down to Thompson Motor Speedway for 2016 New England Dustoff, the largest VW/Audi only automotive event in New England.  Having never attended this show before, I was uncertain as to what to expect. However, after seeing no less than a dozen marked and unmarked police cruisers as I made my way toward Connecticut, I knew it was poised to be a great one.  Uncertain weather on the horizon lead us to setup inside the paddock alongside a number of other vendors and trophy-winning show cars ensuring that we would remain dry should the skies open up.   Thankfully we did. 

Around 11am the rain began and attendees started funneling inside the paddock looking to stay dry until the clouds passed.  Perfect!  Our friend Adam Gray’s yellow 20th Anniversary GTI was looking the part next in our booth and people were starting to notice.  With an early Waylens Beta Unit setup in the windshield, show-goers were drawn to see what the Waylens was all about.  Oh... did I forget to mention we were showing off a few beta units that we received less than 24hrs before the show?  Our CEO flew 14 hours, had a 3 hour layover, flew another 2 hours, slept 4 hours, dropped his kids off at lacrosse, and then drove to Thompson Motor Speedway to deliver the latest in motorsport camera greatness.

We received a lot of interest and feedback, and even met a few of our backers.  Taken by surprise, these backers were given a chance to see first-hand how the Waylens has come along.  A number of attendees were excited to learn that not only does our camera record the highest quality videos possible, but also that our camera displays live performance data.  From Boost and RPM, to G-forces and MAF, people did not realize that our camera can be used in place of an assortment of auxiliary gauges, saving time, money and lot of wiring.  

Dustoff was a great way to kickoff the show season.  While I did not have the chance to see each car at the show, I was really impressed by the amount of detail found in the majority of builds I did see.  From stanced and bagged Dubs, stripped and caged race cars, to VW Buses and Westfalias, Dustoff had every type of VW build you could hope to see.  Maybe I'm getting old, but my two favorite builds were the caged MKIV GTI with a hardwood floor (below), and the Blue Westfalia with camper top, roof box and roof rack (not pictured). 

A big thank you goes out to everyone that stopped by to see what Waylens is all about.  It's safe to say that we will be returning to Dustoff in 2017.