LAST YEAR WAS MY FIRST TIME AT­TEND­ING EUROKRACY IN PER­SON, AND IT WAS AN EX­PE­RI­ENCE THAT MADE ME VOW THAT I’D MAKE THE TREK OUT TO THE SHOW YEAR AF­TER YEAR, IF POS­SI­BLE. Due to some car re­li­a­bil­ity is­sues this year, how­ever, it looked like I might not be able to make it – that is, un­til friends of mine who were cruis­ing up with the BMW True North club said they’d have an ex­tra seat with my name on it if I was still down to go. Not pass­ing up on the chance to do a club cruise, roughly seven hours later, our cruise group of Bim­mers had made the drive from Toronto to Mon­treal.

Day one of Eurokracy is al­ways a lot to take in. As you roll through the se­cu­rity lines and right onto a por­tion of the track at ICAR Mirabel, it’s cars, tents, and flags as far as the eye can see, ac­cented by mu­sic and en­gine noise in the dis­tance. It’s a lit­tle au­to­mo­tive par­adise away from the buzz of the city.

Af­ter get­ting or­ga­nized at the BMW True North tent, we took a lit­tle stroll through the ven­dor dis­plays. Porsche and BMW were side-by-side, of­fer­ing some great ex­am­ples of the clas­sics en­thu­si­asts know and love, with Porsche cel­e­brat­ing 70 years and lin­ing up dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tions of the 911 to­gether, while BMW showed off a near-per­fect ex­am­ple of a 3.0 CS. Other high­lights in­clude Bag Rid­ers’ stand­out S-chas­sis cars – one with ridicu­lous wheel tilt and the other with one of the clean­est LS swaps I’ve ever seen – as well as John Lud­wick’s im­pec­ca­ble 7 Se­ries at the FLGN TLT booth.

The show and shine area is where the best of the best show off what they’ve crafted, and there are al­ways pleas­ant sur­prises. Be­sides the shock­ing yel­low paintjob, Gabriel Laforce’s Audi TT with a Porsche V6 up front, plus cus­tom tube work all over was a def­i­nite high­light, as was Con­nor Hof­ford’s V8-swapped Mk1 Golf and Remi Laflamme’s back-to-back Best of Show win­ning mas­ter­piece.

The track is also a busy place at Eurokracy, as ICAR’s fa­cil­i­ties al­low driv­ers a place to push their rides. If you want to test your met­tle, you can take your car on the track cir­cuit that’s been setup, rent an ex­otic to take around for a fee, or line up on the drag strip to see who’s fastest in the quar­ter mile.

Day two of the show is shorter, but much more chaotic. On the drag strip, the burnout pit is opened and tire slay­ers go at it un­til no one can see past the smoke and ei­ther their rub­ber or en­gine gives out. The mas­ter of the pit is “Burnout Slut,” a Jetta cre­ation from Alex Te­o­lis and Max Boileau. A Jetta shoot­ing flames out of its hood-exit dump-pipe is one thing, but the duo de­cided to up the ante this year by ex­e­cut­ing a “rodeo burnout,” which con­sists of a crazy per­son grab­bing ropes at­tached to the car while sit­ting on the roof and hang­ing on for dear life. It’s no won­der they walk away with burnout awards ev­ery year.

Que­bec is al­ready Canada’s slice of Europe, but Eurokracy is Canada’s slice of Euro­pean car cul­ture. If you’re at all cu­ri­ous about be­ing cul­tur­ally en­riched, you need to get out to this show. High qual­ity cars on a race­track, plus pou­tine; how can you say no?

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