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BIG SocalEuro Gathering 2009: The Euro Trucks & SUVs runs strong on the West Coast

Melissa Spiering
Jul 17, 2009
Photographers: Melissa Spiering
When most people talk about European vehicles, the first thing that pops into your head might be a Volkswagen Jetta or even a BMW M3. European automakers are known for their sports cars, but did you know Volkswagen was known for its pickup trucks in the 80s?
Photo 2/47   |   socaleuro Meet 2009 Volkswagen Bus And Bug
Thanks to one of the biggest West Coast European car meets of the year, vehicles such as the Volkswagen Caddy truck and the BMW X5 got the chance to shine at the seventh-annual BIG SocalEuro Gathering on June 27 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif. With more than 1600 vehicles on display, it wasn't hard to spot the rare trucks and tuned SUVs. Word of this event has spread far over the years--people from Nevada, Arizona, and one of the biggest groups of retro-first-gen and second-gen water-cooled Volkswagen clubs from Tijuana, Mexico made the trip.
Photo 3/47   |   socaleuro Meet 2009 ferrari On A Tow Truck
This is the seventh year that the guys and gals at SocalEuro.com (SCE) hosted the free event presented by Falken Tires. They got key sponsors to donate prizes for a raffle that featured amazing giveaways from companies like Toyo Tires, GIAC USA, K1 Speed, Nitto Tires, B&G Suspensions, Eibach, Falken, and Sparco. Altogether, the event raised nearly $2500 for the American Chinese Culture and Education Foundation. It doesn't seem like much coming from an event as big as this one, but everyone scraped together to give what they could in these tough times. SCE has always held the philosophy that the people come first; the cars just bring them together.
Photo 4/47   |   socaleuro Meet 2009 Ed And His BBQ
Everything from air-cooled Volkswagens busses, modified Porsche Cayennes, grocery-getting Audi wagons, and a Ferrari on a tow truck were in attendance, not to mention Volvos, Minis, Smarts, Mercedes-Benzes, and a few supercars. Little villages of E-Z Up tents and the smell of BBQ filled the air around the vehicles. Members of the crowd could sign up for the BMW Car Club of America Driving Clinic and car control exhibition featuring lots of smoke and screeching tires. The BMW CCA teaches drivers how to handle their vehicles for track racing and everyday situations with evasive handling techniques. We spotted a BMW X3, an X5, and a minivan getting a workout on the driving course and, needless to say, the minivan was a crowd favorite.
The team at SCE deserves a huge Thank You for their efforts in bringing a car meet of this magnitude together for the Euro car enthusiasts who made the trip. Stay tuned to SocalEuro.com as next year's meet is already being planned.
Photo 5/47   |   socaleuro Meet 2009 Volkswagen Caddy Pickup Front View
About SocalEuro.com
Started as Socalaudi.com and Socalivw.com with the motto "4 rings + 1," SCE quickly diverged into other makes to include BMW, Volvo, and Mercedes-Benz, ultimately creating a universal portal called SocalEuro.com. SCE has become the largest European car community in Southern California.

Photo 6/47   |   socaleuro Meet 2009 Volkswagen Type 183 Front View
Photo 7/47   |   socaleuro Meet 2009 Volkswagen Type 183 Rear View
Photo 8/47   |   socaleuro Meet 2009 Volkswagen Type 183 Engine View

Photo 9/47   |   socaleuro Meet 2009 Volkswagen Caddy Pickup Rear View
Photo 10/47   |   socaleuro Meet 2009 Volkswagen Caddy Pickup Engine View
Photo 11/47   |   socaleuro Meet 2009 Volkswagen Caddy Pickup Front View

Photo 12/47   |   socaleuro Meet 2009 brembo Booth With A Mercedes Sprinter Van
Photo 13/47   |   socaleuro Meet 2009 open Shoot
Photo 14/47   |   socaleuro Meet 2009 BMW Driving Clinic
Photo 15/47   |   socaleuro Meet 2009 Volkswagen Caddy Pickup Front View
Photo 16/47   |   socaleuro Meet 2009 Volkswagen Caddy Pickup Front View
Photo 17/47   |   socaleuro Meet 2009 Volkswagen Caddy Pickup Front View

Photo 18/47   |   socaleuro Meet 2009 Volkswagen Caddy Pickup Front View
Photo 19/47   |   socaleuro Meet 2009 Volkswagen Bus Front View
Photo 20/47   |   socaleuro Meet 2009 Porsche Cayenne Front View

Photo 21/47   |   socaleuro Meet 2009 Porsche Cayenne Rear View
Photo 22/47   |   socaleuro Meet 2009 2010 Audi Q5 TDI
Photo 23/47   |   socaleuro Meet 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan Front View

Photo 24/47   |   socaleuro Meet 2009 Volkswagen Thing Front View
Photo 25/47   |   socaleuro Meet 2009 Volkswagen Thing Front View
Photo 26/47   |   socaleuro Meet 2009 Volkswagen Bus Front View

Photo 27/47   |   socaleuro Meet 2009 Porsche Cayenne Front View
Photo 28/47   |   socaleuro Meet 2009 Volkswagen Touareg Front View
Photo 29/47   |   socaleuro Meet 2009 Volvo XC90 Front View

Photo 30/47   |   socaleuro Meet 2009 Volkswagen Utility Bus Rear View
Photo 31/47   |   socaleuro Meet 2009 Volkswagen Bus Front View
Photo 32/47   |   socaleuro Meet 2009 land Rover Front View

Photo 33/47   |   socaleuro Meet 2009 land Rover Front View
Photo 34/47   |   socaleuro Meet 2009 Audi Wagon Rear View
Photo 35/47   |   socaleuro Meet 2009 BMW X5 Rear View

Photo 36/47   |   socaleuro Meet 2009 Volkswagen Baja Off Road Vehicles
Photo 37/47   |   socaleuro Meet 2009 Audi Wagon Rear View
Photo 38/47   |   socaleuro Meet 2009 Volkswagen Eurovan

Photo 39/47   |   socaleuro Meet 2009 dodge Truck
Photo 40/47   |   socaleuro Meet 2009 dodge Truck
Photo 41/47   |   socaleuro Meet 2009 toyo Tires Truck

OK, so the three trucks above are far from being European. But they where still at the event that welcomed any one who wanted to hang out in the sea of Volkswagen and Audi emblems.
Photo 42/47   |   socaleuro Meet 2009 BMW Driving Clinic
Photo 43/47   |   socaleuro Meet 2009 ya Its A BMW
Photo 44/47   |   socaleuro Meet 2009 open Shoot

Photo 45/47   |   socaleuro Meet 2009 Volkswagen Baja Bug
Photo 46/47   |   socaleuro Meet 2009 BMW X3 Front View
Photo 47/47   |   socaleuro Meet 2009 BMW X3 Rear View

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