Mason Dixon Dragway hosts VW Nationals
BOONSBORO — Revving a car’s engine to its fullest speed is an act that makes some people travel from all over the world to witness.
Now, racers and spectators can get their need for speed fulfilled as the largest Volkswagen car show makes it way to one local area.
The 4th annual VW Nationals, presented by Gelair, will take place Saturday, Aug. 11, at Mason Dixon Dragway in Boonsboro.
Gates will open at 8 a.m. for the VW drag race, car show, and swap meet.
On Friday, Aug. 10, the track will be open at 5 p.m. for their regular test and tune.
A 55-and-older VW-only bracket class will be offered in which the car must be VW or Audi powered.
Racers with any model of Volkswagen are invited to participate.
Scott Pocaro, one of VW Nationals’ coordinator said there will be an array of Volkswagen models at the event.
“Expect to see a 1952 Volkswagen bug all the way up to a 2018 (Volkswagen) Jetta, it’s everywhere in between,” Preston said.
There are seven classes in the competition for the drag race with the top prizes being in the “Pro Mod” class as being one of the fastest cars.
The winner will win $1,500 and the runner-up in the Pro Mod class will receive $500.
These cars can reach incredible speed, according to Pocaro. He said that some Volkswagen motors can get from 800 to 900 horsepower.
People come from far distances to see these “bugs” perform in action.
The event attracts racers from places such as Texas, South Carolina and Massachusetts.
“So it actually draws people not just from Maryland, but a pretty large area to come to Mason Dixon,” Pocaro said.
A chance to reminisce about a car’s influence in one’s family also brings people out to the event.
“Most people that are involved, it’s some sort of nostalgia whether there parents had one growing up or they go into because someone in their family was into it. Most of the time it’s kind of passed down. Most people are second generation of Volkswagen enthusiast because of somebody in their lives. Nobody expects, you know, an old Volkswagen bug to go 125 or 130 miles an hour. It just, it surprises people,” Pocaro said.
Only in its fourth year, the success from previous years gives Pocaro a positive prediction that the VW Nationals will continue to grow.
“Last year, we had 76 race cars and 40 or so cars in our third year, so it’s grown every year since (and) we fully expect to increase that number this year,” Pocaro said.
For now, his team is working to grow the event and helping people get to their desired destination.
“We try to focus on making the racing and the car show grow and get people to the gate and we can worry about other activities,” Pocaro said.
Top photo: A Volkswagen Woody is one of several autos that will be seen at VW Nationals. (Photo courtesy of Andrew Ridgeway)