Written & Photographed by Ramzi Estephan
Every year thousands of people from all across Canada and the USA gather for one of the largest European car shows in North America. This is Eurokracy and it has something for all types of petrolheads. Whether it’s catching some drag races, watching cars battle around a track, or simply just vibing with the live DJ and plethora of modified cars this event never fails to amuse. The event takes place on the former runways of Mirabel Airport at a race track called iCar (International Center for Advanced Racing). This facility features a 3.4km, 16-turn road course, a quarter-mile (0.4 km) drag strip, two kart tracks, a driftpark and an offroad course.
The first day began with what seemed to be an endless lineup to enter the event grounds. This gave us a nice chance to see all of the cars that were not competing in the Show n’ Shine.
Upon arriving on the first day I promptly lined up with my car to partake in some lapping. It was such an incredible experience to be able to put all my hard work to the test and push the limits of my car.
After settling down from the track we proceeded to explore the Show n’ Shine area of the event. This area consisted of a top 100 cars selected by the judges prior to the show. Within this group there are several categories for awards to be presented. Cars are judged based on many aspects and are divided into categories such as Finest Air Ride, Finest Wheels, Finest Interior or just being the finest one amongst all the other vehicles of the same make, model, and generation. The amount of incredible vehicles that are chosen to be in the judged area is immense. You will see anything from an engine bay cleaner than your dinner table, to custom interiors, to fully restored old-school Volkswagens.
Wheels are arguably the most important aspect to any car and, when fitted properly can completely change its appearance. While strolling through the judged area it is amazing to see some of the wheel setups present. The ones that really catch my eye are the custom multi-piece wheels because of the level of detail and care that is required to have them looking like this.
A man by the name of Jason Bos took home the award for Finest Wheels. He is a very skilled machinist who converted a set of Enkei RPF1 wheels to a custom 3-piece wheel. Tucked under the wheels are Mitsubishi Evo-8 4-piston Brembos with custom brackets to mount them to the car.
Throughout the day there are few events that take place. There is a limbo contest for the really low cars, burnout contest, and quarter mile drag racing. Here you can see a BMW warming up its tires to run down the strip.
The burnout contest is my personal favorite event because there is just something awesome about a car spinning its wheels until the tires explode. Contestants are ranked based on how well they are able to please the crowd.
A team of two friends by the name of ‘Burnout Slut’ have dominated the burnout contest for the past five years. These guys know how to do a proper burnout. This MK2 Jetta coupe has a MK4 1.8t motor and an eBay turbo kit mounted outside of the hood with a flamethrower attached to the up-pipe. There also lies a radiator fan on the hood to blast tire smoke up into the air.
After burning one set of tires, the team came back and shredded another set right down to the rim and kept digging into the ground. It is pretty easy to see why these guys are the reigning champions.
I have been attending Eurokracy for the last three years and will continue to attend for as long as I live within a few hours’ drive away. The level of detail and amount of work that goes into building many of the vehicles seen at the show is incredible. People from all over unite over the same passion and that is what makes the car community such a special place to be. This weekend not only provides entertainment but it also gives such a great inspiration for people wanting to work hard on their own cars in hopes of one day winning an award or dominating the racetrack.Hats off to the organizers of this event, I am certain that every person who has attended has not been disappointed. Until next year, Eurokracy.
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