Last year, my shooting schedule consisted so much of shows that I got burnt out and opted to miss some very big events solely because I was just…over shows. But in all that I attended, I always remembered and held the December Beach Meet as one of my favorites. It was massive, but tame, with a very few minority of rowdy owners two-stepping in the distance. But those seemed like such minor offenses to an overall relaxing, refreshing, and respectable meet.
Looking at the above link, I actually felt a little emotional for the reasons I’m about to describe.
I attended the Beach Meet on the 20th of May with high hopes, even after missing the last one in March (which ended pretty poorly, allegedly). However, I had hoped the coordinators and the attendees would have learned a thing or two, and respected the “park and chill” nature of the meet.
I was mistaken, and thus this will be my last Beach Meet (probably THE last Beach Meet).
Without getting into the tired rhetoric of what went wrong and why, I’ll simply say the entire meet devolved into chaos, and was shut down early by law enforcement.
The picture below sums up the scene about 2 hours into the meet.
As disappointed as I am that the once-respectable Beach Meet had to end this way, my coverage is going to avoid this topic entirely.
Rather, I want to celebrate those that contributed positively to the scene, and just enjoyed an afternoon of sea breeze, overcast skies, and automotive beauty.