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Coming Events...

 7th July - CRUISE TO THE VEES  14th July - SOUTH WEST MONTHLY GATHERING WE VISIT THE USA...

 19th July - CMC QUIZ NITE

 17-18th August - DWELLINGUP CAMPING TRIP 1953 - 2013...Volkswagen commemorates 60 years in Australia


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PRESIDENT

VICE-PRESIDENT

Jamie Barrett 0408 183 396

Graham Tibbs 0412 002 738

executive@vwclubwa.com

CONCESSION LICENCE

EDITOR

SECRETARY

TREASURER

Ray Willis 0407 347 340

Justin Bayley 0438 819 443

administration@vwclubwa.com

finance@vwclubwa.com

COUNCIL OF MOTORING CLUBS

PROPERTY

(MEMBERSHIPS)

See PROPERTY

See SECRETARY

Ray Willis 0407 347 340

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Rod McSwain (08) 9332 6919

Richard Hines (08) 9342 8703

Richard Hines (08) 9342 8703

WEBMASTER

EVENT COORDINATOR

SOUTH WEST

viawest@vwclubwa.com

MERCHANDISE

See CONCESSION LICENCE

Rod McSwain (08) 9332 6919

See PRESIDENT

Tina Moore

Jamie Barrett 0408 183 396

webmaster@vwclubwa.com

executive@vwclubwa.com

Kim Muste 0408 914 400

GENERAL COMMITTEE...

Patrick Spiteri

Dave Moore

Karen Fyfe

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VIAWEST MAGAZINE

CONTACT US

Member Advertising: Please send your ‘for sale’ or ‘wanted’ adverts by mail or email to the Editor before the publication deadline. Fees: Members - 1/4 page adverts are free. Non-Members - 1/4 page adverts are $5.00 Commercial Advertising: Please contact the Editor to find out about placing adverts in the magazine, inserting flyers etc. for one of more issues. Publication Deadline: The deadline July 26 for articles for the next issue is. Disclaimer: The views expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the Volkswagen Club of WA (Inc), its Committee or members.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at John Hughes Volkswagen in Victoria Park, starting at 6:30pm. Committee meetings are open to all members and invited guests.

Volkswagen Club of WA (Inc) Mail:

Western Australia 6979 ABN:

31 610 140 537

Telephone:

(08) 9342 8703

E-mail:

info@vwclubwa.com

Website:

www.vwclubwa.com

Welcome to our new members... Bruce Cooper Darrell Williams Natalie Morris Noel Whittle Paul Green

Happy Birthday for June...              

Andrew Mill Anne Peterson Anthony Avice Du Buisson Carl Guntrip Christophe Mannon-Savage Doug Watts Erin Muste Greg Gaunt Harry Faulkner Jamie Barrett Jaqueline Martinson Jenine Cameron Joel Beaver Melanie Fowler

            

Merrick Paget Michael Levissianos Michael Stevenson Miles Green Oleanna Evans Paul Traub Russell Lunn Samantha Lewin Shaun Lawrence Sonja Barber Thomas Reilly Tommy Grainger Tracy Brown

PO Box 175 Victoria Park

NEW MEMBERSHIPS AND BIRTHDAYS

The club now has 176 active memberships

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IN THIS ISSUE

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The Committee ......................... 4 Club Page ................................. 5 Club Event Calendar ............... 6 President’s Spot ....................... 7 Aussie in Alaska ....................... 8 Club Run July ...........................11 Up! Road Test...........................13 South West Gathering ..............14 Member Profile .........................15 Wildflower Tour 2013 ................16 The Tampa Bay Volky Club ......17 CMC Quiz Night ........................20 Member Profile .........................21 Club Run September ................22 The Travel Bug .........................23 Member Profile .........................26 Club Run August ......................27 Club Run June - photos ............28 Volkswagen News  The Up! ..............................32  Australia Shines .................32  Passat TDI .........................33 Volkswagen Motorsport  WRC win in Greece ...........34  WRC win in Italy ................36  Newsletters ........................38 2003 ViaWest extracts..............40 CMC Event Calendar ................42 44 Page Bumper Issue

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July 2013 # indicates a club run

Wednesday 3rd

ALFRED’S of GUILDFORD 7pm cnr of Meadow & James St Guildford

Sunday 7th #

CRUISE TO THE VEES Contact: Ross Campbell 0450 921 733 See page 11 for information...also see the VW Club Forum

Wednesday 10th

MONTHLY COMMITTEE MEETING 6:30pm @ John Hughes Volkswagen, Victoria Park

Contact: Ray Willis 0407 347 340

Sunday 14th

SOUTH WEST MONTHLY GATHERING BUSSELTON See page 14 for information

Contact: Kim 0408 914 400 Contact: Mark 0449 947 782

Friday 19th

COUNCIL OF MOTORING CLUBS (CMC) QUIZ NIGHT See page 20 for information

Contact: Richard Hines (08) 9342 8703

Wednesday 22nd EVENTS COORDINATION MEETING 6:30pm @ John Hughes Volkswagen, Victoria Park

Contact: Jamie Barrett 0408 183 396

August 2013 Wednesday 7th

ALFRED’S of GUILDFORD 7pm cnr of Meadow & James St Guildford

Sunday 11th

SOUTH WEST MONTHLY GATHERING BUSSELTON See page 14 for information

Contact: Kim 0408 914 400 Contact: Mark 0449 947 782

Wednesday 14th

MONTHLY COMMITTEE MEETING 6:30pm @ John Hughes Volkswagen, Victoria Park

Contact: Ray Willis 0407 347 340

Saturday 17th to Sunday 18th #

DWELLINGUP VW CLUB CAMPING TRIP See page 27 for information...also see the VW Club Forum

Contact: Jamie Barrett 0408 183 396

Wednesday 28th

EVENTS COORDINATION MEETING 6:30pm @ John Hughes Volkswagen, Victoria Park

Contact: Jamie Barrett 0408 183 396

Thursday 29th to Sunday 1st Sept.

WILDFLOWER TOUR 2013 A 4 day tour of the Mid West region of WA. See page 16 for information

Contact: Ray Willis 0407 347 340 Register your interest by SMS to above or email viawest@vwclubwa.com

SPECIAL EVENT

September 2013 Wednesday 4th

ALFRED’S of GUILDFORD 7pm cnr of Meadow & James St Guildford

Sunday 8th

SOUTH WEST MONTHLY GATHERING BUSSELTON See page 14 for information

Contact: Kim 0408 914 400 Contact: Mark 0449 947 782

Saturday 7th to Sunday 8th #

WAROONA VINTAGE MACHINERY RALLY (CAMPING) See page 22 for information

Contact: Dave Moore 0402 607 552

Wednesday 11th

MONTHLY COMMITTEE MEETING 6:30pm @ John Hughes Volkswagen, Victoria Park

Contact: Ray Willis 0407 347 340

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Hi... I am writing this fresh off the back of a great day of Volkswagen cruising. Yesterday (16th June) was our Dubs by the Pub Event. We had over 30 vehicles cruise the Great Eastern Highway from Burswood to Mundaring where we were given a lovely patch of privately owned grass right next to the pub to line up and display the Dubs. The weather couldn’t have been better for us. A big thanks goes out to Dannyel from the Hotel for allowing us to have this space. There were mechanical problems for an unlucky few but I understand all got home ok. Who else would put up old vehicles and their niggles but us VW lovers. On that note I want to make it clear that we are the Volkswagen Club – supporting all aged vehicles not just air-cooled, it would be great to see some newer marks on our events. Perhaps next time my wife and I will bring our Golf and Passat along! I hope you enjoyed lasts months issue of ViaWest the more people focused edition has been a hit! I thoroughly enjoyed it along with many other readers it seems, as the feedback has been rewarding – our Editor Ray Willis does a stellar job! We will continue this theme with the help and support of people contributing to the stories, so keep them coming… I tend to say this each month but while the chips are up I will continue to do so – we are at record membership numbers 179...an all time high. Having you join and pay your membership allows us to invest in our club’s future and do some exciting things, watch this space…

Jamie Barrett Club President Reminder...membership renewals will be posted to you in July for the 2013/14 year, hopefully your postal and email addresses are up to date with the club...if not please let us now of any changes ASAP.

VW Club of WA - Annual Charity for 2013/14 DuchenneFoundation DuchenneFoundation Australia Your Volkswagen Club of WA has embarked on supporting charities or appeals either directly from the club funds or by assisting the charity or appeal in their goal to publicise their fundraising.

Visit their website for more information. How you can help:  Organise a DuchenneFoundation fundraiser

In the past, the Club has support-  Make a donation ed the Kids Cancer Support  Buy DuchenneFoundation merGroup, from ward 3b at Princess chandise Margaret Hospital and also the Toodyay Bushfire Appeal.  Support DuchenneFoundation events In 2012/13 it was Telethon and in the coming year it will be the  Contribute to the VW Club’s DuchenneFoundation Australia. fundraising efforts

So if you see a club member rattling a tin or two in the next twelve months at any of our events please drop in your loose change...it all goes to a very good cause. In addition the Club will again be charging a gold coin donation for judging at the 2013 Shannons Day of the Volkswagen and all money raised this year will go to the DuchenneFoundation Australia. The Committee

Duchenne Foundation's MISSION Using National and international collaboration to improve the quality and quantity of life for those living with Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy and their families, through research, education and advocacy.

Website: www.duchennefoundation.org.au

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Aussie in Alaska turns Fifty!

Fast-forward to 2000. After 20 years of just sitting there the car had sunk up to its pan in the dirt.

In May 2003 Clayton was back on-the-road. Clayton had many parts stamped with the original Australia VW symbol — the tire rims, Yes Clayton is turning 50 and inside the door handles — but since no one could see this year…and you ask them I had decals made with who is Clayton? the distinctive VW and two In 2010 we ran an article kangaroos symbol and put

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one on the engine (along side my VB covered coil) and one in the trunk. You can only imagine the looks I get driving a righthand drive 1963 VW Bug in Alaska. First, people notice the bright red bug…then suddenly realize I’m driving it on the “wrong” side (or, as I so often correct them, “NO, it’s the RIGHT side!”)”

in the Via West about Clayton, the Australian built 1963 VW Beetle that now resides in Alaska and his rescuer and owner Greg Wilkinson. Extracts from 2010…

“Clayton” (named after the Clayton Manufacturing Plant in Victoria) was shipped to Alaska in 1980 when a US Navy man returned home from service in Western Australia. The sailor had brought Clayton home with plans to restore him. The bug was parked in his dad’s backyard in Anchorage, Alaska, covered with a blue tarp, and left there to rot away for the next 20 years. You can read the whole story in the May-June 2010 Via West… look under the Club Magazine 2010 Archives. http://vwclubwa.com/ club-magazine-archive2010

The year 2000...pre-restoration

I have recently been in contract with Greg and he has shared a couple of more stories & some more photos with us…

2013 Clayton, who turns 50 this year, is on his 10th year of patrolling the streets of Anchorage this summer. We still get so many smiles, thumbsups, and double-takes when people realize that he’s RHD. Pulled out the front beam this spring and in-

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Only during the winter of stalled new leaf springs 2011-2012 (one of our and adjusters. Dropped heaviest snow years on the front end down just a record) a moose decided bit more than it was. he would take a short cut Otherwise, he’s runnin’ OVER THE TOP OF MY great. A proud example CAR! Fortunately, the of an Australian VW! dents were all on the removable parts (front It’s summer here – so it fenders and hood – or as must be winter there. you would say, bonnet). Hope you’re having a good one! I pulled them off, and took off the two rear 2011-2012 fenders and deck lid for Being of hearty Australi- good measure, and conan stock, Clayton spends tracted with some friends his winters under a car to repair and paint them cover outside. Usually in their home paint shop. this is not a problem, The results are fabulous, and it allows me to park color is spot on, and my truck in the garage Clayton looks as good as during our frigid Alaska new. winters. Greg Wilkinson

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Moose

Looking good for its age...50

Maybe cold storage is the answer...

damage

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CRUISE TO THE VEES

onwards. Hopefully I can organise for us to leave as we wish. There is full access to the pits so you can walk around the cars.

Page 11 High, low, rusty, too shiny or too rare. Basically any car your ego or wallet cant afford to drive.

3) Get out more - Dude, get out the Main purpose of the day is a good old house and go meet some people. fashioned cruise. There will be three Stop sitting home with a tin of Brasinitial routes; North, South and Hills so giving yourself carpel tunnel that will meet up at a central location syndrome. Get a Hobby. towards the track. I will confirm the Barbagallo Raceway Wanneroo One lucky winner will get the opporcentral meet at a later date. I'm looking tunity to drive the current State ChamThe WA Historics Association are run- for a big car park with coffee, Innaloo, pion 1600 Formula Vee at an upcomJoondalup or somewhere similar. ning their annual event on the weeking family day. Full tilt, in anger, at end of July 6 and 7th. I am looking for people willing to lead 180kph. the sub cruises, please submit your Classes racing over these days inWell I think that's it for now... I will upinterest to me and I will update as clude Formula Vee, Formula Junior, date the forum post as details are conNb, Nc, front engine historics and road needed. firmed. regularity series We will arrive at the track as a group Please register your interest via the The FORMULA VEE boys are keen for and park up en mass. I will make arclub forum... us to come up and are always keen to rangements for latecomers. http://vwclubwa.com/EVENTS/7535http://vwclubwa.com/EVENTS/7535show of their cars to whoever will lisAs I am required to organise entry I CruiseCruise-toto-thethe-VEEsVEEs-SundaySunday-7th7th-July ten. need your YES no later than or you can advise by phone... I have organised an opportunity for us ALFREDS on JULY 3! to park up trackside for a show and Mobile: 0450 921 733 Once at the track we will be running 3 shine during the Sunday. This is a full and you will be added to the list. competitions. These are ; days racing to finish up the weekend. ROSS CAMPBELL Hopefully I will be getting us free entry 1) Public vote - obvious selection (or discounted) into the day. FVAWA 2) I cant believe you drive that - seriAt present time at the track will be 9am ously, you take that on the road? -

Sunday 7th July

July Club Run - Sunday 7th

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by Graham Tibbs

Up! Up! and Away

out including a very spacious cabin, I was actually surprised by the size of the cabin considering it is described as a city car and it looks small. cup holders and colAfter spending the week with the our coordination throughout the new 2013 Volkswagen UP I am a cab was another way this superb car is showcasing that it is a real small car fan! It suited me perfectly to test drive as my Dad was contender in the current small car over from the UK on holidays and market. I certainly felt like I was this little beauty got the two of us sitting in a larger car when I got behind the wheel. around very comfortably. I found the style and interior This is certainly not just a city were very impressive and quality car..... It got us up and down Greenmount Hill with ease and an of a high standard. Boot space is also surprising with its hidden exafternoon of cruising around the tra space under the removable swan valley without skipping a floor. I have since learnt that beat. It had a positively unexpected way of accelerating and is there is an impressive 251 litres very comfortable with corners and of space available and with the backseats folded down, it turns stopping. I found the breaking into 951 litres. The boot is easy to system including ABS with brake assist impeccable in such a small access and wide enough to load heavier items such as Baxter. I car. found the short bonnet a huge In the first instance I was very benefit to parking. impressed with the look and overOverall I found the Volkswagen all style of the UP. It displays Up to be modern, efficient and many modern features through-

great little run-a-round. Easy to drive, with a quiet engine sound, smooth gear change and light & easy steering and extremely fuel efficient ©2013 Thank you goes once again to Volkswagen Group Australia for the use of this Press Car to ‘Road Test’. Disclaimer: Press Cars are driven by road users like you and they express their personal view point. This may differ from yours, that of the Club and of Volkswagen Australia.

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Busselton & Margaret Vee Dub Event 2013 Following on the success of the first Busselton Drive-in Weekend in November last year we are proposing another weekend but more interesting for 2013. This year we are looking at a 3 day event from Friday to Sunday.

The proposals for the 3 days are: Friday 1st; Drive from home (Perth and other locations) to a meeting point in Bunbury. Then on to a second meeting point in Busselton to get everybody together before driving along the back roads to Margaret River via a local Brewery.

WATCH THIS SPACE

Cruise the main street of Margaret River before retiring to your accommodation for Friday night. Run designated stopover is planned to be Prevelly Caravan Some great ideas flowed from Park on the coast last year’s event so we are Saturday 2nd; happy to any suggestions (contact numbers on monthly A mid-morning start for a cruise up Caves Road to Meelup beach gatherings advert)

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for a BBQ/picnic, stopping for photos at Canal Rocks. Book into your Busselton accommodation. Run designated stopover is planned to be Kookaburra Caravan Park. Cruise to the Drive-in (to open for us at 5:00pm) to park, chat, eat and present the door prize before the movies start. Sunday 3rd; 10am-12:30pm free entry for your Vee Dub in a Show n Shine at Signal Park at the Busselton waterfront before heading home...or stay the extra night in Busselton for a 4 day weekend Final details of dates and accommodation etc will be posted here and on the forums soon. Cheers Kim and Mark

When:

Next Gathering is on Sunday - 14th July

Location:

Meet adjacent to the Busselton Beach‌end of Queen St at the Signal Park car park at 11:00am...then a cruise to a popular location!

Contacts:

Kim 0408 914 400 Mark 0449 947 782

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Forum User Name: 65 Birch Current Vehicle(s): Rough 67 beetle with cow patches bought around 6 years ago to restore but never got around to it; 65 beetle bought just over 2 years ago so didn't have to restore the 67; Original 71 lowlight Kombi Campmobile bought recently from a friend. First VW: 67 stock custom beetle that was also my first car in Launceston, Tasmania Earliest VW Memory: I spent 6 years as a kid from the age of 3 to 9 on Flinders Island where I remember seeing a blue beetle with a white flash. Best place to cruise: Anywhere on a vee dub cruise....and Caves Road on a sunny day. Best club event you attended: I'm fairly new to events and my favourite so far was the Busselton Drive-in weekend - November 2012. Ultimate VW(s): Pretty happy with the 65 and 71 but sometimes dream of other classics like an early type 3 wagon, a 181/thing, splitty, Myers Manx buggy, Karman Ghia, etc etc with some stock and some not...what's not to like! I am currently the VW Club’s South West ‘committee member’ based in Margaret River. You will catch me at most South West Monthly Gatherings in Busselton and of course at the Busselton Drive-In Weekend...another being organised for this year.

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Wildflower Tour 2013 29th August to 1st September A 4 day tour of the Mid West region of WA. Proposed itinerary…

Day 0 Home to Gingin

(28th August)

Optional stay overnight ready to depart on tour from Gingin the next morning.

Day 1 Home to Gingin to Dalwallinu

(29th August)

Start with a morning departure from Gingin...via Moora, Wildflowers Interpretative Education Centre (Western Wildflower Farm) at Watheroo & Dalwallinu Discovery Centre

Day 2 Dalwallinu to Mingenew

(30th August)

...includes Wubin’s Heritage Wheatbin and Machinery Museums, the Perenjori Tourist Centre and Pioneer Museum, and Coalseam Conservation Park

Day 3 Mingenew to Jurien Bay

(31st August)

...includes Dongara, travel the Indian Ocean Drive and Mt Leuseur National Park

Day 4 Jurien Bay to Home

(1st September)

...includes Nambung National Park (Pinnacles), Cervantes and Lancelin [tour ends with everybody making their own way home]

Day 5 Jurien Bay to Home

(2nd September)

Optional stay overnight in Jurien Bay (or similar) on night 4 and travel home on day 5.   

Accommodation will be at Caravan Parks (tour base), but it is OK if you want to stay at other accommodation in each town. Easy travelling with an average of around 250-300 kms per day. Some planned meals and of course drinks at the end of the day. To register your interest (or if you have a question of two), please SMS me on 0407347340 or email me at viawest@vwclubwa.com with your contact details. More information will become available after you have registered and also as numbers become known. Organiser: Ray Willis Disclaimer...this trip is timetabled for the height of a regular Wildflower Season...we have no control over the weather, the road conditions or the wildflowers...you come along at your own risk of having a good time.

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The Tampa Bay Volky Club

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rything in relation to Volkswagen's, Unfortunately he is no longer with us. He was taken from us by cancer, but his legend continues on.

The Tampa Bay Volky Club is composed of 30 members, men and women. The club features many different types of Volkswagen's, like The Manx, Beetle, Split Window, Crew Cab and many We recently received an email from the Tampa more. The majority of the Volkswagen's have been Bay Volky Club about how they could get into our restored and painted by Wilmer and Edwin magazine...so here is their club history and some Madera. of their rides. We reunite once a month, before we are going to Tampa Bay Volky Club History events, and when it is necessary. The club particiMany thanks to Carlos Machicote from Elba, Alapates in events all around the state of Florida. All bama. The Tampa Bay Volky Club is our club. We of the activities in which we participate in we capbegan as a group of enthusiasts for the ones who ture with photography and video on our web page love Volkswagen's, and in October 2007 we finwww.TampaBayVolkyClub.com and on our Faceished forming what is now The Tampa Bay Volky book www.Facebook.com/TBVolkyClub Club. Thank you for this opportunity, The Tampa Bay Mr Machicote was our teacher, he showed us eve- Volky Club.

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Forum User Name: mcsrod

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With cruise control off...Nannup / Balingup Road especially when it’s raining; Caves Road (south from Dunsborough) anytime.

Current Vehicle(s): 76 Bay Window Camper – SMURF76; 97 Seat Cordoba GTi – for sale; 07 Jetta TDi – chip, DSG, bi-xenons & leather

Best club event you attended: 2011 National Bug-In in Toodyay.

Best place to cruise: With cruise control on… Highway 1 anywhere between Norseman and Ceduna (1181km including a 146km straight section of road); Indian Ocean Drive – north of Lancelin.

sive time.

Ultimate VW(s): From a common sense point of view, I think I own it. My 07 chipped First VW: Driven: 1956 Oval 2.0TDi DSG Jetta. Honest, reliawindow (mum’s) and Owned: ble, clean lines and economical to 1980 MK1 Scirocco run. 1 fault in 100,000 klm (1 rear number plate globe), a best Earliest VW Memory: Mum & distance on the 55 litre tank of Dad bought a new 56 Oval for £995 ($1990). I am the 2nd of 3 1035 km, best consumption children. I have 2 sisters – 1 old- of 4.7l/100klm over 400klm er, 1 younger. Dad had a compa- from Mildura to Bendigo, 5 out of ny car, so Mum drove the Beetle. the last 7 Australian COTY class awards, average running cost of When we went to the drive-in, I less than 15c per klm over the used to get the spot behind the back seat – no dolls allowed. On- 1st100,000 klm (including dealer servicing, licence and fuel). ly my teddy bear and cars. We all learned to drive using the Wish List: Audi RS4 Avanti. You Beetle, then Mum & Dad sold it in can take the kids to school or 1976 still in original condition load it up on the weekend, tow with 85,000 miles on it for $400, just about anything, or take it to the year before I joined the club. the track and put in an impresPress vehicle driven: Touareg R50 – V10 TDi. It’s more than just looks and no, I didn’t get the chance to tow a jumbo. I joined in 1975 as a result of a bet. My first series of cars were Mitsubishis. First there was a 1975 4 door Galant with a vinyl roof, then a 1977 2 door Galant followed by a Scorpion (2 door).

Every guy has to own a V8 sometime.

I bought my first VW – the 1980 Mk1 Scirocco in 1988, a 1990 Audi 90 (a 2.3 5cyl north / south mounted front wheel drive) in When I met Janet in 1993, a 95 Seat Cordoba in 2002 1980, she had a and the 1997 Seat on gumtree tweaked Lancer and from Sydney in 2005, the Jetta in in 1989 I bought a 2007 and finally Smurf, the 76 318 V8 Valiant SE Bay window camper in 2010. Regal.

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September Club Run - Waroona

http://www.waroonavintagemachineryrally.com.au/

7th & 8th September 2013 This is planned to be a Cruise and Camping weekend based on the Vintage Machinery Rally in Waroona. Waroona is 121 kms from Perth, 84 kms from Armadale, 43 kms from Mandurah, or 65 kms from Bunbury...not far at all. Saturday 7th September Cruise to Waroona with a number of meeting points if required. Saturday night will be FREE unpowered camping at the Waroona Showgrounds (toilets and showers are available). Sunday 8th September If the cruise and camping do not suit your arrangements, you can still drive to Waroona to make the show’s opening time of 9:00am. The morning could be to enjoy the show and in the afternoon it’s a ‘Steam Day’ at the YARLOOP WORKSHOPS AND STEAM MUSEUM just down the road. Please provide any feedback… questions or suggestions...that you may have. More details to follow... Event Coordinator: Dave Moore Mobile: 0402 607 552 Details also on the club forum.

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With the article on the Tampa Bay Volky Club I thought some info on Tampa Bay might be of interest. So here goes‌ feedback welcome.

the bleachers; catch some rays on the nearby beaches. This central Florida location offers easy access to the rest of the state, but you're bound to stay for all the the editor excitement Tampa Bay has to offer.

TAMPA BAY, FLORIDA USA

Tampa Bay, originally the name of the body of water on the west coast of Florida, has now come to represent the region made up of the many distinct communities connected by the Bay waters.

Ybor (E-bore) City to the Greek history of Tarpon Springs; from the thrills of Busch Gardens to the culture of our museums, visitors have plenty of genuine, exciting attracThe New York Times tions and communities to says, "Now, in fact, if not explore. A red-hot destination, law, it's one big metroTampa Bay is a vibrant waterfront area on Flori- politan area, laced toda's beautiful West Coast gether with bridges and freeways - everyone calls An Indian Settlement and offers a unique it Tampa Bay, and it is a Settlement in Tampa beblend of urban exciteprototypical example of gan with an Indian fishment in a natural surthe Sun Belt's explosive ing village. Native tribes rounding. growth."Tampa Bay is called the village by the Start your day off by not only the most popu- bay "Tanpa," which roaring down roller lous and affluent metro- meant "sticks of fire." On coasters in the morning; politan statistical area in maps made by the early then take a slow row Florida; it is also the explorers, the spelling down the scenic Hillslargest television market became "Tampa." The borough River in the af- in the state. area has certainly come ternoon. a long way since 1521, From the distinct Latin Catch a ball game from roots of Tampa's historic when the search for the fountain of youth began just south of Tampa Bay with Ponce de Leon. Then in the spring of 1539 Hernando de Soto sailed into the Tampa Bay area to search for gold. After that, the area was left largely untouched for 200 years.

About...

History...

Yoga in the Park

named Bernard Romans, gave the name "Hillsborough" to the local river, county and upper arm of Tampa Bay in 1772. This was done in honor of Lord Hillsborough, secretary ofHB Plant Museum

state for the Colonies.The United States purchased Florida from Spain in 1821. Three years later, Fort Brooke attracted traders to what is now downtown Tampa and enabled the settlement to become the town of Tampa in 1855. Meanwhile, in 1834 HillsHillsborough County is borough was organized Formed as Florida's 19th county and was a sprawling area A Dutch cartographer

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With the opening of the Henry B. Plant's Tampa Bay Hotel, the city's attention was turned to a (Continued from page 23) sparsely populated area that included what is west of the Hillsborough now Pinellas, Polk, ManRiver. In 1886, O.H. atee, Sarasota, CharPlatt purchased 20 acres lotte, DeSoto, Hardee of land across the Hillsand Hilghlands counties borough River creating - but despite the size, its Tampa's first subdivipopulation only numsion, Hyde Park. Platt bered 836. named the area after his Henry B. Plant Comes hometown Hyde Park, to Town Illinois. During the land boom between 1910 and Then a man named Hen1925, this residential ry B. Plant came to area became home to town. He extended the many prominent citirailroad to Tampa in zens. 1884 and started a steamship line from Don Vicente and CuTampa to Key West to ban Cigars Havana, Cuba. In 1891, Don Vicente Martinez Plant further boosted the Ybor, an influential cigar area with the opening of manufacturer and Cuban the Tampa Bay Hotel. exile, moved his cigar The hotel cost $3 million business from Key West to build and furnish and to a palmetto-covered attracted entertainers, area east of Tampa in sports figures and digni1885. The following year taries from around the the first cigar factory world. opened and more SpanWhen the United States ish cigar manufacturers declared war on Spain in began moving their fac1898, Tampa was the tories and workers to port of embarkation for Tampa. The Spanish, troops headed to Cuba. Italian, German and CuA colorful colonel named ban workers who settled Theodore (Teddy) Roohere to work in the cigar sevelt organized his industry created a "Rough Riders" at the

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Cigar Rolling - Ybor City

The Tampa Riverwalk

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U.S. Operations command. Tampa Bay Today Today, Tampa is as much a multi-cultural city as ever with a thrivstrong, vivacious Latin ing and powerful Hispancommunity known as ic population that repreYbor City (pronounced EE-bore). Nearly 12,000 sents all different Latin American countries. In people worked in more than 200 factories mak- all, approximately 10% of Tampa's population ing Ybor City the "Cigar are Latino and one reCapital of the World." That reputation endured cent study reported that one out of every three until the emergence of Fidel Castro and the em- people in Tampa bears a bargo on Cuban tobacco. Hispanic surname. Tampa Bay is such a multiNow designated as one of three National Historic cultural hotbed that the area was named one of Landmark districts in the five most diverse, Florida, Ybor City is a mixture of historic build- integrated urban areas in the country by the U.S. ings, artisan galleries, Census Bureau. shops and nightclubs. (Continued from page 24)

The Early 1900s

Weather...

The airline industry was born in the Tampa Bay area when Tony Jannus piloted the world's first regularly scheduled commercial flight from St. Petersburg to Tampa in 1914. During World Wars I and II, Tampa became a shipbuilding center. World War II also brought the opening of a major military post, MacDill Air Force Base, which today headquarters the

Tampa's weather is a combination of bright sunny days tempered by gentle bay breezes. In the spring and fall, the days are pleasantly warm, while the evenings can be a bit cooler. The summer months are characterized by warmer temperatures and quick afternoon showers. The average annual temperature in Tampa is a comfortable 73 degrees.

Florida Aquarium

Thank you to Leah Saunders (Visit Tampa Bay Public Relations Coordinator)

Tampa Convention Center

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Aerial of Davis Islands

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Forum User Name: Sethanie Current Vehicle: 1973 Kombi First VW: This one - bought in 2000 Earliest VW Memory: Camping in my grandads

VW transporter around the ring of Kerry in Ireland Best place to cruise: Mostly anywhere down south Best club event you attended: Fairbridge (love love loved it) Ultimate VW: I know it sounds funny but mine is everything I have ever wanted in a Kombi.

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Forum User Name: Humpty Current Vehicle(s): POS Drag 1960 Bug, 1968 (67 build) Low Light Bay Window Microbus, 1964 T34 Karmann Ghia, 1964 Type 3 Notchback, 1960 Ragtop, 1964 Vrod project First VW: 1964 Type 3 Squareback Earliest VW Memory: Helping my dad deliver newspapers in his 1968 Fastback Best place to cruise: The Freo Strip Best club event you attended: Alfreds Ultimate VW(s): All the cars in my shed You can catch all the NoH20 news and views from Humpty on their forum at http://www.noh2o.org/

Member’s, get to know each other a little by contributing your profile. Just use the bold subject matters and send in one, two or lots of photos. You can even add freehand comments as well.

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August Club Run - Dwellingup Dwellingup VW Club Camping Trip 17-18th August 2013 A few of us in the club are keen campers and have often frequented the beautiful national park in Dwellingup. The pine plantations, rivers, flora and fauna in this part of WA of just so tranquil it calls you back time after time. So its planned to revisit Dwellingup on the weekend of 17 18th August.

Bring your tent, your Kombi or whatever you like to camp in, as well as your bike, hiking boots or just a comfy chair to relax in.

Please provide any feedback‌ questions or suggestions...that you may have.

Event Coordinator: You can choose to travel on the Jamie Barrett Friday night after work or on the Mobile: 0402 607 552 Saturday...either way, there will probably be others that may want Details will also be posted on the to cruise in a group. club forum. According to the... http://www.dwellingupwa.com.au website the Dwellingup Community Markets are on Sunday, August 18, from 9am – 1pm at the RSL Hall. Check out the website for any other information that you would like on Dwellingup. After a great weekend you can look forward to an enjoyable cruise in convoy back to Perth or where ever your home happens to be.

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June Club Run - Dubs by the PUB Well it was a great success in my opinion, the weather, the people, the awesome cruise along the the refurbished Great Eastern Highway taking up all 3 lanes must have been a site for passers by! A big thanks to everyone that made the trip, we had a couple of casualties coming up the hill (it does that sometimes) but all made it to the Hotel. I trust that everyone made it back safe and sound! I had a bit of a count up = 32 Volkswagens and 1 lovely Audi Quartro. Jamie Barrett Great day had at the Mundaring pub. Good to see so many VW's out in force and such a variety, my favs would have to be the orange manx and the nice & shiny black 057 beetle. Really nice rides with a heap of work & $$$$ put into them. Hope everyone got home ok (green kombi with the fan rubbing on the housing)?? Well organised Jamie, can't wait for the next run Cheers Bruce

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Still on the up! Volkswagen City Car Claims Fleet World Honour After 18 months and over 15,000 UK sales, the Volkswagen up! continues to win plaudits, having been named Best City Car in the Fleet World Honours for the second year in a row. The Fleet World Honours are presented annually, and the judging process combines the expert opinion of the Fleet World editorial team with the objective values provided by a number of leading leasing companies and fleet data providers.

Australia shines

Commenting on the up!, Fleet World Editor, Steve Moody, said: “Volkswagen’s up! continues to set the benchmark for quality in a segment that is often more to do with cheapness. As a result, it The judging panel is chaired by at Volkswagen’s Retail is hugely desirable, and yet ecoSteve Moody, Editor of Fleet Qualification World World, and includes John Kendall, nomical to run thanks to its effiChampionship 2012cient engines. It’s pretty spaAlex Grant, Natalie Wallis, Dan cious too, for such a compact car, 2013 Gilkes and Ross Durkin from the illustrating clever design and Fleet World editorial team. ResidUnder the motto ‘One brand, one ual value, maintenance and relia- packaging.” team, one challenge’, the finals bility data is provided by ALD Au- Adding to an already impressive of this year’s Volkswagen Retail tomotive, Hitachi Capital Vehicle package, like all new Qualifications World ChampionSolutions, Lex Autolease, Lease- Volkswagens the up! comes with ship (RQWC) took place in WolfsPlan and Arval. Market value da- a three-year/ unlimited kilometre burg. Approximately 300 particita is provided by EurotaxGlass warranty which includes roadside pants from a total of 80 countries and VIPDATA. assist, and benefits from six took part in the finals. Australia years of capped price servicing. performed strongly across the board being ranked among the top two in the Asia Pacific region in all four RQWC categories, and in the top 10 of the world in three categories. Over the two-day event, competitors demonstrated skills in a number of practical and theorybased assessment categories. In addition, a teamwork-based group task was also put forth to challenge the team. (Continued on page 33)

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An important aspect of the RQWC is to determine the current state of knowledge in the Volkswagen dealership and service organisations in the participating countries. With the aid of this information, country-specific training programmes can then be devised and implemented. The World Championship therefore has a key role to play in a targeted improvement in the level of training among Volkswagen sales and service employees around the world.

Volkswagen Passat TDI Guinness World Record for fuel economy around the 48 U.S. States A TDI-powered Volkswagen Passat has conquered a drive

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across all US States, excluding Alaska and Hawaii, in one piece. The Passat covered a distance of 13,071 kilometers with record low fuel consumption and within 16 days. The record drive was witnessed by officials of the Guinness World Record Organization.

77.99 mpg is really impressive and a testament to the potential of Volkswagen’s TDI vehicles. It shows how much the fuel consumption depends on the driver.” The previous world record was set at 67.9 mpg (3.46 litres per 100km).

The driver team, blogger Wayne Gerdes and engineer Bob Winger, achieved a fuel consumption of only 3.02 litres per 100 kilometres, which means a range of 78 miles per gallon. “We felt we had a good chance of beating the existing record with a series production Passat TDI,” Gerdes said, “but to smash it by averaging

The record-breaking Volkswagen Passat, produced at the Volkswagen Chattanooga (Tennessee) plant, offers an official highway fuel economy of 43 miles per gallon (EPA) equipped with the six-speed manual transmission (5.5 litres per 100 km).

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It was the 28-year-old’s eighth race win in the World Championship and his third podium finish, having claimed third place in Portugal and Argentina. Latvala won four of the 14 stages in Greece. So far, the Finn has achieved 276 SS best times. Latvala succeeded Everything falls into place – in adapting the Polo R WRC to his Jari-Matti Latvala’s firsts and style of driving by changing the successes. set-up of the differential at the Jari-Matti Latvala first took on the Rally Argentina and making a “Acropolis” at the age of 18 and number of minor adjustments in achieved his first win ten years Greece. This paved the way for Victory for the boys in blue: later, claiming victory in one of his success. Consistency, speed Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka the classic events of the FIA and perfectly calculated riskAnttila (FIN/FIN) won the World Rally Championship (WRC) taking enabled Latvala to bag his Acropolis Rally in Greece in – the Rally Greece. And he stood first win at the “Acropolis”. the Polo R WRC. at the top of the podium for the The ultimate acid test – clouds Volkswagen’s fourth win this sea- first time in Volkswagen’s racing of dust and melon-sized rocks. colours. son in the sixth round of the FIA The Rally Greece is World Rally Championship (WRC) considered the ultimarked the duo’s first triumph for mate acid test in Volkswagen. Two other points finthe World Rally ishes gave the factory team from Championship. Wolfsburg further reason to celeThick dust, soaring brate: Andreas Mikkelsen/Mikko temperatures, no Markkula (N/FIN) claimed fourth end of coarse gravplace with an impressive final el and melon-sized spurt – in just their third event as rocks all put the the crew of a Polo R WRC. Meanthree Volkswagen while, Sébastien Ogier/Julien InPolo R WRCs and the Volkswagen crews to the test. Although this season’s Rally Greece was shorter than in previous years, it remained just as punishing from start to finish for the cars in 2013. Deep grooves in soft sand alternated with rougher sections. Given the difficult conditions, the drivers’ starting positions on the three days of rallying played a crucial role in determining their chances.

Scaling Mount Olympus in Greece: victory for Latvala and Volkswagen

grassia defended their lead in the WRC Drivers’ and Co-Drivers’ Championship by coming from behind to snatch tenth place. On top of all that, Volkswagen is still leading in the Manufacturer’s Championship.

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because he had to open the route. With this performance, Ogier defended his lead in the WRC. Now, almost halfway (Continued from page 34) through the seaOgier’s setback and fightback. son, he is 52 It started out as a small problem points ahead of his but it had a big impact: on the team-mate Jarivery first day, fuel pressure isMatti Latvala, who sues cost Sébastien Ogier/Julien edged up to secIngrassia their chance of securing ond position by another top finish. A cable conwinning in Greece. nection came loose, interrupting A steep learning curve – Anthe supply of power to the fuel dreas Mikkelsen develops pump. The Volkswagen team repositively and puts in a final placed the wiring loom in the Polo spurt. R WRC #8 just to be on the safe side. Having achieved five podiAndreas Mikkelsen/Mikko Markum finishes in the first five rallies kula (N/FIN) also contributed to– including three wins – this set- wards Volkswagen’s success at back in the very first stage of the the Rally Greece. Fourth place “Acropolis” earned the pairing a overall is not just Mikkelsen’s bigten-minute time penalty. gest success in his career to date, it is also indicative of a new level Sébastien Ogier restarted under of maturity. The “Acropolis” was the Rally 2 regulations and fought only Mikkelsen’s third rally behind his way into tenth place in the the wheel of the Polo R WRC. Special Stages on Saturday and From tyre damage and brake Sunday, thereby winning one problems to SS best times and point for the overall standings in playing catch-up – the Rally the Drivers’ Championship. Ogier Greece proved a real emotional also managed to secure three roller coaster for Andreas Mikkelpoints by achieving the best time sen and Mikko Markkula. The in the so-called Power Stage – highlight came right at the end when additional points are awardfor the Norwegian/Finnish duo. ed for first, second and third – After having to pay tribute to the despite being at a disadvantage

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toughness of the “Acropolis” on Saturday – an air hose came loose and punched through a brake pipe on the front righthand side of the car, then a puncture cost them more valuable time – Volkswagen’s junior driver could do no wrong on Sunday. With three best times in the Special Stages – his first solo in the WRC – Mikkelsen fought his way from fifth place to fourth and bagged an extra point in the final Power Stage. Mikkelsen secured his place in the WRC record books at the Rally Germany back in 2008 at the same time as record-breaking World Champion Sébastien Loeb and Petter Solberg (SS 19, “Circus Maximus”) when he became the youngest driver ever to win a Special Stage. Quoted following day three of the Rally Greece. Jari-Matti Latvala, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #7 “I’m absolutely thrilled and I’d like to dedicate this win to the whole Volkswagen team. The new season got off to a very difficult start for me, but the team always believed in me and supported me really well. I’m delighted to see so many happy faces now. Winning the Rally Acropolis also means a lot to me because it’s extremely tough and it’s a real classic. Ever since I entered the event for the first time here at (Continued on page 36)

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the age of 18, I’ve dreamed of winning it one day. The last stage felt like the longest and hardest for a some time – I felt every single stone and jolt in the car and couldn’t wait for the finishing line to come into sight. Today is a day for celebrating!”

High five – triumph for Volkswagen and Ogier at Rally Italy

lead in the driver/co-driver rankings to 64 points. Their Volkswagen team colleagues JariMatti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/ FIN) demonstrated an impressive final spurt to likewise make it onto the podium, finishing in third place, in spite of having dropped back to twelfth place due to a flat At the halfway point of the tyre during the first stage. This FIA World Rally Championship puts the two Finns in second (WRC), Volkswagen domiplace in the driver/co-driver nates the proceedings with its world championship rankings. fifth win in seven rallies. They also played a major part in enabling Volkswagen’s 315 hp The Volkswagen team has also four-wheel drives to further excomfortably extended its lead in this, the most prestigious motor- tend the car make’s lead in the Manufacturers’ Championship. sport world championship after Formula 1. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Andreas Mikkelsen, who celebratIngrassia (F/F) won the rally in ed his 24th birthday on the SatSardinia in their Polo R WRC with urday of the rally in Sardinia, a lead of 1m 16.8s over their again missed out on a good result closest competitor, Thierry Neutogether with his co-driver Mikko ville (Ford). The two Frenchmen Markkula (N/FIN) – on the third have therefore extended their from last stage of the rally, they were instructed by the team to take all available risks in order to secure fourth place overall, but a slip-up then cost them this ranking. Mikkelsen/Markkula veered off the track on a slow corner and caused

only light damage to the suspension – but then had to retire from the rally early. Volkswagen put on a strong team performance in the seventh of 13 events in the WRC season, in front of Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, the member of the Board of Management for the Volkswagen brand who is responsible for development. “It was a great success for the whole of the team and being there to see it was a fantastic experience,” said Dr Hackenberg. “This was actually my last rally as the head of development at Volkswagen, but I will no doubt visit a few more rallies some time. I have put a lot of heart and soul into this project and that doesn’t simply evaporate when you move to pastures new.” The driver factor: outstanding performances from Ogier and Latvala. 13 fastest times in 16 special stages, seven of which were scored by Sébastien Ogier and six by Jari-Matti Latvala – once again, Volkswagen was able to put its faith in strong drivers in Rally Italy. One of them was in the lead right from the start, while the other one compellingly continued to gain ground – Ogier and Latvala acclimatised perfectly

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to the tough conditions in Sardinia. Consistency and speed were also the order of the day, with the overall leader Ogier dominating the front position in the WRC pack from the very first stage on Friday and refusing to forfeit it all the way to the finishing line on Saturday.

the whole team needed to put in a good performance. The Volkswagen team provided the three pairs of drivers with major support during the rally’s six services, with their meticulous and reliable work meaning that Ogier, Latvala und Mikkelsen were working with the perfect materials at all times. On the Saturday, Sébastien Ogier’s mechanics sent the Polo R WRC out on the final four special stages with a subframe that had been replaced just to be on the safe side together with power steering. This involved some incredible work, with two mechanics replacing the component in just eight minutes.

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For the fifth time out of six occasions so far, ‘Mr Power Stage’ Sébastien Ogier and Volkswagen achieved the fastest time in the Power Stage, during which bonus points are awarded to the top three drivers. His team colleague Jari-Matti Latvala likewise picked key to the 29-year-old Frenchup some bonus points by finishing man’s fourth win of the season third in the 22.25-kilometre was his clever driving style that Intense heat: challenging constage. This means a unique run of went easy on his tyres, which ditions in Sardinia success for Volkswagen continplaced him among the top three Rally Italy once again made huge ues, with the brand having drivers no less than 14 times in demands of the drivers, with the achieved all of the fastest times in the 16 special stages. His team extreme temperatures on the one the Power Stages contested in colleague Jari-Matti Latvala was hand and very narrow tracks lined 2013. absolutely on a par with him, with natural rocks on the other. A Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ himself achieving 14 recorded combination of gravel and a loose Championships: Ogier, Intimes that were among the top layer of sand on top made the grassia and Volkswagen in the three. Incidentally, even with his first time of driving the eight spelead damaged tyre, which cost him 1m cial stages, each of which was 56.4s, Latvala was still only 1m Volkswagen picked up a maxidriven twice, a highly slippery af48.0s behind Ogier after driving mum amount of points in Sardinfair. These conditions meant the 304.50 timed kilometres. ia, while the current overall leader drivers had to use all their conSébastien Ogier Unfailing teamwork: mechanextended his lead ics a huge support to Ogier, in the drivers’ Latvala and Mikkelsen. rankings, with his With just two days of rallying in co-driver Julien Sardinia, making this the most Ingrassia doing the compact WRC event of the year, same in the corresponding co-driver rankings. The pair now have a lead of 64 points over their team colleagues Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila, who are ranked second. Volkswagen is also at the top of the Manufacturers’ Championship thanks to its two strong duos and was able to extend its lead over the defending champions Citroën to 46 points as a result of Rally Italy.

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ship. The duos Enzo Kuun/ Douglas Judd and Henk Lategan/ Barry White took third and fifth respectively in their Volkswagen Polo S2000s. The two-day rally held near Gauteng was staged Scirocco R-Cup China over ten challenging tests in total. At the end of the first day, The Italian Andrea Reggiani deLategan and White were the fastfended his lead in the overall standings on the second weekend est duo. Yet a driver error on the eighth stage cost them victory in of racing at the Volkswagen Scithe end. Kunn and Judd remained rocco R-Cup China and now has 66 points. Following a disappoint- in and around fifth place for the entirety of the rally, once again ing sixth place in the first race, Reggiani celebrated his third win demonstrating their competitiveness. The South African Rally in the season’s fourth event on Championship's next race will be Sunday in Shanghai. The first up in Eastern Cape on 19 and 20 race was won by the Chinese driver Bao Jin Long, who now has July. 59 points and is second overall. ATS Formula 3 Cup

The Dane Thomas Fjordbach, who did not compete in the first weekend of racing, also put in a strong performance, taking second place twice and only missing out on first by a narrow margin. This year’s Scirocco R-Cup China consists of six weekends of racing. The next stop is Ordos International Circuit on 29 June. South African Rally Championship Volkswagen Sasolracing team produced a strong performance in the third race of the South African Rally Champion-

Marvin Kirchhöfer impressed again in the ATS Formula 3 Cup at the Lausitzring, where he finished first, second and third. The young man from Leipzig ended the race weekend with his seventh win in only the 14th race of the season. Kirchhöfer crossed the finish line first, following a tough battle with runner-up Emil Bernstorff. The roles had been reversed in the first race, with the Brit coming home first ahead of Kirchhöfer. In race two, in which the first eight drivers from

Page 38 the opening race traditionally start in reverse order, Kirchhöfer finished third. Ahead of him, America’s Gustavo Menezes clinched his first win of the season, with Austrian Thomas Jäger finishing runner-up. Kirchhöfer extended his lead in the overall standings. The Nürburgring hosts the next round of the junior series “powered by Volkswagen” from 2nd to 4th August.

Volkswagen Racing Cup Talented junior Ross Wylie was the dominant driver on the fourth race weekend of the British Volkswagen Racing Cup in Snetterton. The 21-year-old triumphed in the second race, finishing 0.7 seconds in front of championship leader Aaron Mason. Wylie also looked odds-on favourite to win the first race, but was overtaken in the final corner by Philip House due to a fuel problem. Wylie did manage to hang on to second place, ahead of Mason, who had started from 16th. Drivers go head to head in different Volkswagen models in the Volkswagen Racing Cup – this time, five of the six podiums went to Cup Sciroccos. Wylie also lines up in this year’s Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup, the next round of which takes place at the Norisring from 12th to 14th July. www.volkswagenmotorsport.com © Volkswagen Motorsport Communications

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V-neck Polo - design for the ladies & girls $30.00 each A name can be added for another $5.00

Polo Shirt - for the men and boys $30.00 each A pocket is an extra $5.00 A name can be added for another $5.00

T-shirt - unique design with the club 3D logo on front and back $25.00 each Stand out in the crowd. 

VW Club stickers $2.00 each  Official club logo  3D club logo  “I’M A VW CLUB MEMBER” 

VW Club Cloth badge $5.00 each 

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Day of the Volkswagen collectors cloth badge and annual stickers (limited numbers) $2.00 each VW Club Peak Cap with the traditional club logo - adjustable velcro band at the rear $15.00 each 2011 Toodyay Bug-In - 42nd National Bug-In Metal car badge (limited number) $25.00 each 

If you have any ideas for merchandise, please let the club know.

Merchandise Officer: Rod McSwain Phone: (08) 9332 6919 Email: info@vwclubwa.com Purchases can be made by cash, cheque or credit card (Visa or MasterCard) - postage charges may be extra.

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Page 40 Being the 60th Anniversary of Volkswagen in Australia I will be reproducing some articles from 2003 - the 50th Anniversary year...the Editor

...from January 2003

Move aside Schumacher…… On Sunday 1st December, I was given an opportunity to drive a “Formula Vee” race car around the track of “Alf Barbagallo” Raceway thanks to Dieter Nack of “Chips Away” Body Repairs and “Advanced Automotive Consultants” Wangara. I jumped at the chance, having been a rev head since toddlerhood. I have to admit though to an attack of butterflies once I got to the track. However not being one to chicken out, I lowered myself into the car and gave the obligatory one thumb salute before heading off for my thrill ride. For the first two laps I chose to keep left to allow the lead footed ones to pass me while I got a feel for the circuit. Then as my confidence increased, so did my speed.

ed that I had hogged the racetrack long enough. The experience was awesome and thoroughly deserved my voluntary two thumbs up as well as my Cheshire cat grin (hidden beneath the helmet) after I came to a stop. Apart from the six-sash belt harness to keep your body in and the cool race helmet to keep your head on, driving a Formula Vee racecar is similar in principle to driving my VW Bug.

Unfortunately though, the Formula Vee does not possess a speedo and I didn’t think to ask anyone to time my laps, so both of these stats will remain a mystery. I completed six laps in all, having decid-

FORMULA VEE SPECIFICATIONS ENGINE

GEARBOX FRONT SUSPENSION WHEELS TYRES TOP SPEED MINIMUM CAR WEIGHT

1200 CC standard Volkswagen engine. No modifications permitted other than polishing/porting of cylinder heads and balancing engine components. Approximately 50 HP produced. Standard Volkswagen (VW 1200, 1300 or 1500 gearboxes permitted). Mounted 180 degree about for better weight distribution. Free, provided standard Volkswagen axle tubes, backing plates/drums are used. Standard Volkswagen rims can be used or 5.5 inch alloy wheels Bridgestone have developed a racing compound tyre. Tyres are all weather, unidirectional. Approximately 210 kph (depending on gearbox used)

Offering reasonable though snug comfort, the main difference with the Formula Vee is that your backside is virtually trackside sitting only two inches above ground with the fuel tank sitting right below your legs. Overall, I highly recommend to all fellow rev heads out there to contact the Formula Vee’s and either get involved in racing one or at least have a go at a test drive like I did. You won’t regret it! Thanks again to Dieter for the opportunity as well as Derek and Sue Burns and crew for their hospitality.

460 kilograms including car and driver.

A rolling chassis without engine starts at $3,500. A fully built ready to racecar starts at approximately $8,000. Information Source: www.fvee.org.au COST

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1953 - 2013...Volkswagen commemorates 60 years in Australia


Via West July 2013