Wookies In The Woods is an annual gathering of Volkswagen .:R32 and Golf R enthusiasts from all over the country at the infamous Dragon, US-129, in Fontana Dam, NC. The Dragon, which is known internationally for its 318 curves in eleven miles, is the United States’ number one motorcycle and sports car road. For the past 16 years this get together of friends from around the nation has been organized, promoted, and run by members of our active and growing community.
The term “Wookie” began as a reference to the sweet rumble of the R32 exhaust note echoing through the Great Smoky Mountains on a dark, desolate night. A mysterious man from Ohio named HotDog came out early to attend our event and left before it started.. but forever changed the world that day. What had started in 2007 by an enthusiast group from the North East ( NorEast R ) originally as a two day event centered around the 2004 Volkswagen R32 and attended by less than two dozen Golf R32′s, has now grown to over 250+ cars and 600+ attendees. With the addition of the best and fastest version of the R32, the Mk5 in 2008. Then the progression to the Golf R models with the MK6 Golf R in 2012, MK7 Golf R in 2015 and the Mk8 Golf R in 2022 the numbers will only continue to gRow. 2024 will be the 17th year for the event.
Thanks to Deutsche Auto Parts and Grant for putting this together.
Each year we hold a Raffle fundraiser where our goal is to raise a few $ and do a few good deeds. Thanks to our attendees and sponsors we have been able to raise thousands of dollars for local and national charities – totaling over $195,000 since April 2012.
In 2023 we raised $50,420.69 for: Blount County Rescue Squad, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and The Middle Path Mental Health Facility in Knoxville TN
This year we will be raising money for the Blount County Rescue Squad, St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital and Middle Path Mental Health Therapy
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