words: George Achorn, photos: Lenny Piedmont
Editor’s Note: This article originally ran in the Q3_2021 issue of quattro Magazine. If you would like to subscribe to quattro Magazine, please join Audi Club here.
There’s something special about the arrival of a new performance offering like the RS 6 Avant. One-part pent-up demand and one-part the high level at which enthusiasts engage with such a car (sampled and compared on pp. 22-24), the result is inspirational to those who take part. Take for example the tight-knit RS 6 community and a recent gathering devised by RS 6 owner (and quattro Magazine contributor – ed.) Ray Reyes.
Start-to-finish, the rapid planning of the first-ever Northeast RS 6 Treffen (NERS6T) is befitting of the speeds of which the RS 6 Avant can attain. Roughly six weeks passed between Ray’s epiphany to hold a gathering and the arrival of ultimately 19 RS 6 owners to Virginia’s Dominion Raceway for a weekend of ogling, admiration, and sharing of experiences.
The event began as a rally of sorts, meeting first outside of New York City, caravanning down to Audi of America in the Washington DC suburbs, then on to Dominion Raceway further south. The heartiest, or at least those with the most flexible schedules, met Friday for the main drive, delivering a group of nine cars to Audi headquarters where they chatted with product planners before grabbing a bite at a nearby Irish pub – and local watering hole for Audi staff – then hitting the Friday evening snarl south out of Washington. Lucky adaptive cruise control is common in a car like the RS 6.
RS 6 Avants from the Friday trip arrived at Dominion first thing Saturday morning. Over the course of the day, ten more RS 6 Avants filtered in. Car-by-car, the row of assembled RS-cars grew more and more. Cars ranged from two of the limited RS Tribute Edition models in Nogaro Blue to more standard models. As you might expect, Audi exclusive was also well represented with Goodwood Green, Piedmont Red, Ara Blue, Merlin Purple, and Daytona Grey Matte examples.
While 19 cars may not seem like a lot under normal circumstances, the sight of 19 RS 6 Avants assembled in one place is something to behold. That’s not lost on companies supporting the community with 034Motorsport, PartsbyTopher, and New German Performance all on hand for the event – NGP even brought Audi USA’s C5 RS 6 World Challenge racer to make an even 20 assembled RS 6 specimens on hand.
No doubt RS 6 owners are a sought-after group and that was obvious by the show of support from sponsors. Beyond the assembled companies in attendance, the event boasted a rich mix of prizes for attendees. It seemed everyone walked away with something, ranging from Alcantara steering wheels to trick workshop seating embroidered with the NERS6T logo.
Other parts of the country? Other RS cars a focus? With a name like Northeast RS 6 Treffen, it’s easy to see how this model may expand. Thanks to Ray for planning such a great specialty gathering and here’s to more of the same at a future date and place.