June 9, 2003

2003 New Dimensions 11th Annual Charity Auto Show
Article by: Jyoteen
Photos by: Jyoteen and Neil McGarry

A large number of Audis, VWs, and other European car enthusiasts descended upon Sunnyvale, California for the 11th Annual New Dimensions Charity Auto Show held this year at the Twin Creeks Sports Complex. New Dimensions has been holding this family oriented charity event for 10 years now, benefiting the Second Harvest Food Bank. The show has grown exponentially these past few years and this year it did not disappoint.

Enthusiasts, vendors, and show attendees alike were treated to a wide range of stock, modified, and unique VWs, Audis, and Mini Coopers from all across the United States. Vendors included Neuspeed, Advanced Motorsport Solutions, Supreme Power Parts, Achtuning, TantrumWerks, among the few. Clubs and Media were also out in full force. Among them were ClubB5, SoCalEuro, NorCal VW, AudiWorld, Audizine, VWVortex, and more.

The event was kicked off with its one-day sale at The New Dimensions Store on Saturday. In addition there was a 2 hour Speedring event where enthusiasts went head to head in the Speedring indoor go-carts, separating the "show" people from the "go" people in an intense competition.

On Sunday, the show started with the early birds entering the Twin Creeks Sports Complex to prepare their show vehicles, and vendors beginning to set up their display booths. The venue has the benefit of being very spacious, as well as taking advantage of the natural surroundings. There was local entertainment on hand providing music and a food and beverage clubhouse in addition to several softball fields filled with cars. The weather was cool with threatening rain clouds overhead, but as luck would have it the rain never came. We saw many people come through the gates, including families. This event was not only for the auto enthusiast, but for everyone.

The Audi brand was well represented. Audi Coupes, 90s, A4s, A6s, S4s and TTs were out in force. Some of the notable entries were a Santorin Blue S4 with a full RS4 body conversion, a TT with an out-of-this-world entertainment system, a Silver A4 with an RS4 bumper and other body modifications, and finally an immaculate 90 coupe that showed just how timeless Audi's designs have been.

Some of the other notable vendor cars and displays were Achtuning's Laser Red S4, fully clad in RS4 fascia, engine modifications and interior pieces, DUH Engineering's front mount S4 intercooler shown on an Imola S4 Avant and SPPs cars featuring their beautiful wheels. Many other vendors also exhibited their go fast parts for the Audi community. For example, TantrumWerk kicked off their launch with newly introduced downpipes and DBA brake options, Stoptech's notable braking systems, APR's engine tuning parts, and newly introduced short shifter and tuning parts, CPP (Custom Performance Parts) Adjustable control arms and suspension links, and Fiber Images carbon fiber body panels.

Every entrant was entered in a raffle where prizes were awarded. Audiworld's own Christine Scholl of the NorcCal Quattro Club (quattrogirl) won the Toyo Tire certificate, as well as taking home the Audi A4/B5 platform 2nd place win. She told me that they were up until 5 a.m. that morning preparing the car. Well, it worked! Not only does Christine track her car regularly, but the car looks as good on display as it does on the track.

Other winners were first place winners Teddy Ngo for the B5 platform Audi, Eric Nareshini for the Audi B6 A4 platform, Joey Shu for the best Audi S4 model, and Jay Comendador for the Audi TT model. Jason Lyons won the first place award for his Audi Coupe.

I was glad to see many familiar faces during the day, and it was a fun day for all. As usual we expect an even bigger show next year.

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