It’s safe to say that car modifying in the UK gets a lot of bad press. There are, of course, some amazing looking machines, but for every one of those, there are a dozen with poorly-chosen modifications.

After spending a day at Treffen, Europe’s biggest VW and Audi show, in Worthersee in Austria, it is great to see the art of modifying is alive and well.

And far from the stereotypical image of a bunch of Novas descending on a deserted supermarket car park, Treffen is a well-organised event that takes over the whole of the pretty town of Worthersee. The atmosphere is more like an American spring break than a posturing modified car show or an edgy cruise.