Welcome to the home of the Vintage Volkswagen Club of America. We're an association of individuals who largely own air-cooled Volkswagens of all shapes and sizes. Though our focus is primarily the air-cooled Volkswagen, we invite any Volkswagen owner of any year to join our club. If you own a Vintage Volkswagen and believe in driving your VW as we do, we're sure you'll find something of interest here for you.
Welcome 1991 VWs
Would you believe that this year we welcome the 1991 Volkswagen line up to the Vintage Volkswagen Club of America! That's right, which is why you may see a few articles about VW's problem with this diesel ordeal. It's news and should be reported after all, VW has been using diesel engines a long time, it hasn't been a big issue until recently when demands for cleaner running engines have been made a big deal by our governments and they needed to pass certain restrictions. VW has already paid out about 16.5 Billion dollars on this but it doesn't end there, more on that to come as well.
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I was fortunate enough to attend two very nice gatherings of Volkswagen heavy metal. The first was the 28th Annual Kubel Korps Reunion in Pioneer, Ohio where I got to drive shotgun all day with Randy Smith, Obercommander of the group, in his 1943 Schwimmwagen and every and any question I had about the WWII vehicle was answered in detail plus a few questions answered I didn't ask, he's also quite educated about the Kubelwagen. You'll hear more on this reunion in the November/December issue with lots of photos.
I just got back from a trip to the Southern California are where I attended the show in Solvang, California put on by the Golden Gate Chapter of the Vintage Volkswagen Club of America. This is a bi-annual show and has been in this quaint little Danish town since 1992 I think. I hadn't seen these folks in 16 years and it was a blast, I even got to drive a 1944 Kubelwagen owned by Kimbel Ritch, thanks Kimbel! I'll be doing a very nice write up on this show as well with lots of photos. Some of the highlights were 3 of the 4 VWs brought out by Mark Merril, his 1950 Beetle convertible, originally owned at one point by Robert Wharton, sold to Bruce Braun and then picked up by Mark a number of years ago. I remember taking a drive in this car when it was living in Seattle, Wa when I met Robert Wharton for the first time back in about '89, still looks beautiful. Then he had his Dannehauer & Stauss and his Rometsch 4-Door taxi there, all three took home awards.
Another new feature is a 5 part series that starts in the September/October newsletter called Travels with Rico. Rico was a split window VW bought used by some students who attended Stanford in Germany from 68-71 and all the stories surrounding this little 1953 Beetle as it was handed down from upper classmen to the next class and its final demise. There are 5 parts, so don't let your membership lapse or miss some very good material, these students really know how to write with a lot of humor mixed in, and when you add what can happen in a 1953 Beetle in Germany or Europe year round full of students, stories ensue!
Lots of good stories and material coming in future issues so don't miss out, there are tips and regalia from the VVWCA like our sweatshirts, you'll need one this winter so get it now before I have to reorder and you're without one.
Regalia is available for purchase in the Regalia Online Shop, if you are a member please log into the Members Only Area with your password from the latest newsletter and visit the Members Regalia Shop to receive your member's discount.
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