Car Shows & Meets

Big SoCal Euro 2014 Event Coverage

Vollkomen Design Porsche GT3

The Big SoCal Euro Gathering has been my favorite car show for the last two years (see 2013 coverage & 2012 coverage) and this year was no exception – another incredible event of all makes and models set at the massive Qualcomm Stadium parking lot here in sunny San Diego, California. The show had something for everyone, ranging from full-on race cars like the GMG LMS R8 to wild show cars like the Vollkomen Design Porsche above, as well as plenty in-between.

White Audi R8 on HRE Wheels

Like previous years this “Euro Gathering” had many of the pros of a good car show without any of the cons; there is no judging, no politics, and no drama…just a bunch of cars all showing up in one place and a bunch of owners with a common interest in European cars.

2014 Audi A3 on Fifteen 52 Wheels

I parked with the San Diego Audi Club once again, and the Audi brand had another great showing; one Audi that particularly caught my eye was this brand new A3 above sporting a prototype set of Solowerks Coilovers, custom Fifteen 52 Wheels, TTRS brakes and a handful of other goodies, owned by my good friend Brian McCauley back in Arizona.

Vorsteiner McLaren MP4-12C

The show had vendors from all over Southern California and beyond, such as Vorsteiner with this beautiful McLaren MP4-12C you see above. Other local heavyweights like TAG Motorsports, Eurocode, Pure Motorsports, GMG Racing, HGMS, HRE Wheels, VMR Wheels, GIAC, Avant Garde Wheels, ACG Automotive, Mod Bargains, Elite Finish Detailing and many others also had exhibitor booths setup, and each vendor booth was crazier than the next.

Audi R8 Twin Turbo by GMG Racing

Like past years, the GMG Racing crew was a must-see. This twin turbo R8 was particularly amazing, and I love that they left the rear bumper off so everyone could admire the fabrication work that went into this. Also of note was the B5 S4 you’ll see later on in this post, which is probably my favorite of the show (I’m a man of particular tastes).

Avus Silver B7 RS4 on Red AG Wheels

Another car I was particularly excited to see was Jeremy Serra’s B7 RS4 on a fresh set of AG Wheels in a crazy red color. The finish on these wheels was incredible, something my pictures cannot fully capture but it’s stunning. Red wheels seemed to be a trend at SoCal Euro this year, and I have to say I’m quite cool with that.

Blue M4 on White HRE Wheels

The new M3 and M4 were both out in full force too, and these cars are super rad. This particular car done up by TAG Motorsports and sporting forged HRE wheels was particularly jaw dropping, as were a few others in attendance. The rear fenders on these cars would make Kim Kardashian blush.

White E63 AMG Wagon

Another favorite was this E63 AMG by TAG Motorsports. Audi if you are listening, Mercedes is killing it with the high performance wagon game, while you’re not even bringing them here anymore 🙁

B8 RS4 Conversion on HRE Wheels

Dennis Tang’s B8 RS4 conversion was out and looking hot as ever. The lighting was perfect to catch the great fender lines, so I’m happy to have caught a decent photo of it above…


Speaking of factory widebodies, this WTCC BMW was nothing short of stunning. This car is tracked all over Southern California, so don’t mistake it for another show scene wannabe 😉

GMG Racing Sophie B5 S4

Speaking of legit track stars – perhaps my favorite car however was the GMG Racing B5 S4 known as “Sophie” built by Quattro GmbH. What an incredible machine, even after all of these years…this car is no ordinary B5 S4, it was custom built from the ground up as a race car and has very little in common with the street version you see so frequently.

Blue Audi 50 on Gold Wheels

This Audi 50 was also a really cool find, looking as if it were brand new just yesterday, yet made between 1974-78 making it almost 40 years old…

Liberty Walk Ferrari 458

Last but not least, the Liberty Walk 458 was neat to check out in person; I had seen tons of pictures of it before, but I liked it way better in person – the color combination works, although not many cars can pull this off (don’t try this at home, kids).

Check out the rest of the gallery on my Flickr gallery for the event, over 150 photos posted!

Big SoCal Euro 2014

Nick Roshon

Nick has been an Audi owner and fanatic for the last 10 years, and started Nick's Car Blog in 2009 to share DIYs and pictures of his A4. Currently he drives a 2012 Audi TT-RS, and has previously owned a B7 S4, B7 A4, and an 82 Audi Coupe (GT) LeMons race car. In his day job, Nick is a digital marketer and lives in San Diego, CA, USA.


  1. Great photos! I stopped by for about an hour or so (took that long just to get in the parking lot). I think my favorite cars were all in the public lot as opposed to inside. I’m sad you didn’t post any Abarths!

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