This day in age the automotive world there are more than a handful of blogs/websites doing show coverage; rather than just tossing up some pics and dropping a few tag lines (don’t worry we will do that too), I wanted to take the opportunity to showcase what Southern Worthersee is to us at Condukt.co. For myself this was my fifth year visiting Helen in mid May. I too started not knowing any better, rolling into town on a Cup Kit and some BLQ’s with the thought process of “hey look at me”. We all know that the “center of attention” mentality is a big part of what we do and why we do it. There will always be a part of us that wants to show off our newest project or fresh wheels. However, with each passing year that idea becomes less and less of the forefront and more of the afterthought. Maybe it comes with age, maybe it’s a level of maturity (I’ll never grow up), but SoWo has slowly morphed itself into an amazing opportunity to spend time with friends both new and old.
This year more than any I found myself taking a step back to appreciate what SoWo has become, taking a moment to recognize the growth of our not so little automotive community. At the same time I also realized we need to not lose focus of why we all travel to Helen. There will always be some form of loosely organized chaos at SoWo. While it comes with the territory, we at Condukt have one simple request… don’t be that guy/gal that screws it up for everyone else. Respect can go a long way, and it’s something very easy to give; so please do just that. Respect the community, respect the hard work that goes into an event like this, respect the others around you (either friend or foe), and lastly respect the town that so graciously welcomes our shenanigans…..
We also wanted to give a big THANK YOU to Matthew Bounds, Chris Cooley, and to everyone at SoWo Partners. We look forward to your expansion and eagerly await what’s next!
Now onto the coverage!!
There was so much to take in this year that I found myself trying to take pictures of everything I could… then I realized I wasn’t the only one in Helen with a camera. To be honest, this was my first “big” show to which I was focusing on actual quality pictures and decent show coverage (I’m a rookie with a camera). Thankfully I have few very good friends who are pro’s behind the lens to lend a hand.
Michael Houck’s PVW featured GTD is more than just a head turner. Next time you get the chance take a minute to look closely at that bay. The complexity and engineering in this beast is mind blowing.
Friday afternoon we held our first inaugural #friendsnotfame gtg. First and foremost we want to thank everyone for the great turnout! We definitely didn’t expect the response we received and we sold out of limited edition shirts rather quickly. We will have more coverage of the actual gtg in the next few weeks.
This is becoming the year of the 964. Andrew Farkas’ C2 is hands down, one of the cleanest and well done you’ll see.
Marc Miller showed up on his freshly bagged B5 A4. If you know Marc, you would know his
B5 was silver…. Long story short, the motor blew and he swapped everything over (air ride and all) to this super clean “fresh start” just days before departing to Helen.
The gtg also gave Marc and I the chance to snap a pic together…. something we have been trying to do for a while now #g1001.
With events as large as SoWo the show itself often loses its allure. The town itself becomes the show grounds on Saturday. There is plenty to look at both inside and out the show field.
Check out @thebrightlight on IG. The details on his 1965 Chevy Corvair are impressive. Especially when you take into consideration this car sat for 41 years.
I fell in love with @dharrellflow’s MK6 (if you couldn’t tell). I don’t care how played RS’ are, a well done set truly separates a car from the competition. You be the judge.
Seth Kuecker’s 20th GTI has come a long way (not to long ago he was rolling around in a MKV Jetta). The dip job is second only to a certain Beetle (also done by a company called Addipted). His feature from SoWo drops very soon.
Allan Shuford also has a story to tell. A long time MKV owner (one of the OG’s) who had his heart broken just a few months before SoWo when his car was totaled. Thankfully he escaped the accident unscathed and was able to put together this gorgeous MK6.
I also wanted to give a shout out to Jason (@duwerke) and Max from Camber Clothing (@camberclothing_max). Some of the highlights of my trip were just hanging out.
Mr. McCue and Mr. Dobbins
Before I photo-dump the rest of what I have; I also wanted to thank everyone who made this year what it was. Without typing a book, much respect to the friends both old and new; you know who you are!
The second and third volume’s to our coverage should be out very soon! Until then, cheers!
Words and Photos by Nate Hale (@ninohale)