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Volume 56 Number 3 August 2010

New Golf GTD, 1949 Split Window Beetle, From the Archives and more...

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The Official Newsletter of the Volkswagen Club of Victoria


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Calender of Events

The Official Newsletter of the Volkswagen Club of Victoria

VWCV Committee Line-Up 2010 President Dean Holden Vice-President Brian Reed 9481 5673 breed@bigpond.net.au Secretary Lyn Davis Treasurer John Farlow 0418 357 416 farlowj@internex.net.au Additional Committee Members John Stevens, Andrew Ermel, Chris Scane and Tony Albers Public Officer John Stevens john.stevens@justice.vic.gov.au Motorsports Co-ordinator Bill Malkoutzis 03 9439 2334 Cruise & Events Coordinator John Stevens Membership Secretary Andrew Mengyel 0420 967 948 vwcvmembership@yahoo.com.au Technical Officer Bill Malkoutzis & Andrew Ermel Editor Lawrence Lee wagensville@hotmail.com Assistant Editors Andrew Ermel 03 9369 1360 AndrewE@brimbank.vic.gov.au, Michael Cronin 0419 684 181 Web Master Richard Graham Advertising Manager Dean Holden Club Historian Chris Scane 0417 593 573 historian@vwclub.com.au

Features

AUGUST

VOLKSWAGEN AUSTRALIA

August 24th VWCV General Meeting See Ad on page 3 for more details August 29th VWCV Annual Teddy Bears Picnic See Ad on page 9 for more details

2 New VW Golf GTD

SEPTEMBER

A diesel that is not only economical but exceedingly sporty too.

September 11th & 12th Shepparton Swap Meet Weekend

6 1949 Split Window Beetle

September 18th & 19th Deniliquin Collectors Club Annual Spring Rally Theme is VW & German Tractors, including display in Memorial Park, Deniliquin, Bendigo. Further details please contact: John Farlow @ 0418 357 416

A restoration story from John Goodison

September 26th VWCV Swap Meet Williamstown Maritime Association See Ad on page 4 for more details

VWCV General Meetings Melbourne Club meetings are held every fourth Tuesday of every month at 8pm at Bellʼs Hotel, 157 Moray St, South Melbourne, unless advised of an alternative venue in the Club Newsletter.

September 28th VWCV Annual General Meeting Bellʼs Hotel at 8pm. 157 Moray St, South Melbourne.

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OCTOBER October 2nd & 3rd Warwick Drag Racing Weekend See Ad on back cover for more details

VWCV Annual Membership Fees • Single One Year Full Membership $55

• Membership Joining Fee $10 (first year members only).

October 9th & 10th ReVolks Cruise and Show See Ad on page 8 for more details

To join the Club, please complete the membership form inside this Newsletter and forward together with cheque for payment to the Clubʼs postal address as quoted on the form.

October 26th Bellʼs Hotel at 8pm. 157 Moray St, South Melbourne.

VWCV membership also available on line www.vwclub.com.au

NOVEMBER

Wagensville News is a monthly Newsletter of the Volkswagen Club of Victoria Inc. Correspondence, articles and items of news are invited and should be sent to:

November 21st Day of the Volkswagen See Ad on page 2 for more details

• Single 3 Year Full Membership $150 • Additional Family Membership $20 (per extra member).

VWCV Editor GPO Box 1215 Melbourne VIC 3001 Email: wagensville@hotmail.com

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DEADLINE FOR NEXT ISSUE September 9th 2010

Contents 2 President’s Report 2 New Golf GTD 4 Valla 2010 Event Report 6 John Goodison & Victoria’s Oldest Beetle

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8 ‘Move Over Herbie’ Story 10 Member profile - Dean Holden 11 From the Archives

DISCLAIMER All material in this magazine represents the opinions of the author(s) and does not carry any endorsement by the Editors of Committee unless otherwise stated. Any material advertised for sale does not carry any endorsement by the Club and the onus is on the purchaser to ensure the purchased goods meet their requirements. Each VWCV Committee Member is a volunteer, carrying out Club duties in their own leisure time. The Club has no paid officials, only enthusiasts dedicated in furthering the interests of the club and itʼs members. Could members please bear this in mind when contacting Club Committee Members. 1 wagensville Deluxe August 2010


Presidentʼs Report VOLKSWAGEN AUSTRALIA Welcome to your August Deluxe Wagensville. It seems like there are too many travellers in the club at the moment, as both Dean and I are away, but given that Dean is actually O/S, he has the better excuse, and it falls to me to write the Presidentʼs report. The main activity for many members this month has been the big trek to Valla, for the VW Spectacular. For some it was a flying trip for the weekend, while others (including myself) took a few extra days/weeks to make a holiday of it. As usual, it was a huge event drawing attendees nationally. Reports were that about 500 VWʼs filled the main street of Nambucca Heads for the display on Saturday morning. Itʼs the only event I know of where the police close Highway 1 for the parade from Valla to Nambucca (10Km). There was a second display on the Sunday, in the Valla Park grounds, a main dinner, and a couple of other nights out, a fireworks display, and a river cruise to choose from, as well as the usual swap meets and auctions. The main VWCV contingent numbered about 15, but there were other members with groups such as Melburg Luft, and Docʼs mainly DSK crowd. Altogether, I estimated about 70 Victorians (including a few from the Bendigo club) made the trip. The weather was generally kind, to very good, although it was a bit cold and wet on the way up, including a reading of -6 degrees on my outside temperature guage overnight near Yass on my first night out. The calender is already filling up towards the end of the year (see elsewhere), and the next major event is our August GM, which will be held at Bayfordʼs VWʼs new showroom at Epping. The Bayfordʼs people, including General Manager David Blackwood, are very keen, and in talking with him, I detect that heʼs a bit of a petrol head himself, which is unfortunately a bit unusual in such positions. Note that the formal meeting is at the usual time of 8pm., but the extra activities, including test rides, and a tour of the new facility occur before the meeting, starting at 6.30. Then the following weekend is our fabulous Teddy Bears Picnic. (see ad). Remember also, that the AGM is coming up soon. With some committee members retiring, there will be positions needing to be filled, so give some thought to how you can contribute. Itʼs not difficult, and is a pleasantly sociable thing to be involved with.

NEW VW Golf GTD The Golf model lineup has been growing in leaps and bounds: At the end of 2008, the sixth generation of the bestseller was launched in Europe. Shortly thereafter, in early 2009, the new Golf arrived in Australia. Then, the current Golf GTI was vaulted to centre stage, closely followed by the new Golf Wagon. And now the lineup continues: with the new Golf GTD. Its 125 kW power level makes it the highest-performance production Golf with a diesel engine today. The code letters GTD have revolutionized the diesel market with its turbocharged diesel engine; a diesel that is not only economical but exceedingly sporty too. GTD key performance data: The new Golf GTD is powered by a highly advanced common rail TDI engine with a torque of 350 Newton-metre, fuel efficiency of 5.5 litres and CO2 emissions of 145 g/km. The GTD sprints from 0km/h to 100 km/h in just 8.1 seconds. GTD high tech: The carʼs technical ingredients are among the most advanced that the market has to offer. Naturally, the focal point of this high-tech composition is the TDI engine. Its specific torque is 176.4 Newton-metre per litre engine displacement. In practically any driving situation, the 16-valve four-cylinder engine offers the power of a sports car engine with six cylinders. Just as pioneering is the six-speed DSG gearbox from Volkswagen: Just as on the Golf GTI, on the Golf GTD too there will be an optional dual clutch transmission in place. The Golf GTD with DSG also accelerates to 100 km/h in 8.1 seconds and consumes just 5.8 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres on average (152/km CO2). GTD is fully equipped: Furthermore, Golf GTD features include details such as chrome bezels for various switches, a black roofliner and black roof pillar trim, automatic climate control, Multi-Functional Display (MFD Plus) trip computer, centre armrests and the RCD 510 radio system. Standard features also include ESP with braking assistant, as well as seven airbags, including a knee airbag on the driverʼs side.

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Brian Reed - VWCV Vice President

Alternate Location for August General Meeting Volkswagen Club of Victoria will be holding our August General Meeting: Venue: Bayford Volkswagen Dealership Date: August 24th, 2010 Time: 8pm (start with an introduction from David Blackwood) Address: 350 Cooper St, Epping. (Corner of Cooper St. & Gateway Blvd.) *Entrance from Gateway Blvd.

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✓Tour of the Dealership, including Workshop available at 7:30pm. ✓Several cars available for short demo ride between 6:30pm & 7:15pm. *Model possibly includes the New Mk6 Golf R, Golf GTD, Passat R36, Polo TSI, and Multivan.

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Valla Trip Up by John Stevens We had planned to take our time heading up to, and coming back from, the 2010 Volkswagen Spectacular at Valla Beach Resort at Nambucca Heads (known universally and affectionately as “Valla”) so we allowed 14 days to do the anticipated 3,500kms. On board this adventure we had John and Lorraine Farlow, Julie and Garry Morgan, Eric White, Evan Davies, Michael Cronin and Jan and John Stevens. On Day 1 the seven cars in our cruise, one 1974 Passat and six bay-window Kombies, along with their occupants, met at Albury at 10am. Some had driven up the day before from places as far apart as Branxholme in the Western District and Donvale in outer Melbourne. A small group of insomniacs also left from Craigieburn at 5am that day. The long 675km run to Goulburn was accomplished without any problems and the VWs were really flying. Day 2 saw us cruise past Sydney town on the M7 expressway and arrive at the beautiful township of Nelson Bay just north of Newcastle around 2pm. A few of us had visited this picturesque place many times in the past on SCUBA diving adventures and wanted to show it

off to the first-timers in our group. It did not disappoint anyone! After two days very peaceful R & R we packed up and ventured further north to South West Rocks (SWR), just past Kempsey. We had booked un-powered sites at the Arakoon Camping Ground with uninterrupted ocean views over Trial Bay to the SWR township about 3 kms distant.. Unfortunately, our stay there coincided with the deposit of 3.5 inches of rain on Day 4 and that left the camping area awash which, of course, limited our planned adventure opportunities. Some of us still managed to walk the 4kms along the beach to SWR in the pouring horizontal pelting rain, just to say we had done it. The local op-shop was visited to get replacement dry clothes for the taxi ride back to camp. On Day 6 we again hit the road and headed the 70kms north from SWR to the Valla Beach Resort, our base for the next 4 days of fun filled VW action.

First Time at Valla by John Farlow Valla for the first time … what would it be like. The Valla trip had preoccupied my thoughts more and more as the departure date arrived. The first thing to deal with however was proposed 5am start on Saturday morning. That was overcome by a Friday night drive to Albury which meant a 10.00am meet in Albury with the insomniacs. Plenty of time for a leisurely big breakfast and coffee so that problem was easily solved. My mind then turned to how my Passat would go. Time is a funny thing, back in 1975 I was the proud owner of a brand new TS Passat and I had no hesitation in driving from Sydney to Melbourne and back and of course the car was reliable as any new car would be. Now 36 years later I was doing the trip again so would the car be as reliable …. of course it would but I do carry RACV Total Care just in case. My Passat did go well. As the freeway opened up in the hills around Holbrook and the Kombis started to slow dealing with the inclines, it was time to take the lead. I have a straight through 2” exhaust with a hot dog muffler on board and when you wind the revs out the howl is very intoxicating. My speedo is out 10Ks but I did see the needle edge towards 130 and there was still more in the tank, but you have to keep legal … not too shabby for a 36 year old car. If that wasnʼt enough, on the return trip we did a couple of laps at Mount Panorama and that was very exciting to see the rev counter get to 5.600 (red lines at 6,200) in second going up the first hill. Not so exciting coming down through skyline and the esses … more scary and thatʼs when I was looking for brakes. Saw a lot of Kombis in the revision mirror during the mountain laps. Just share one more story on the trip up, we pulled into a service centre at the end of the Sydney Newcastle freeway and unlike my Kombi mates I didnʼt need fuel so I pulled around the back and headed for the coffee shop. Michael Cronin seeks me out inside with an employee of the garage in tow, turns out he owns a Passat

and nearly fell over when he saw my Passat come in the driveway. Like me he thought he was the only person in Oz that drove one of these VWs so he was keen to swap some Passat tales. I assured him that I knew of two other early Passat owners so in fact there are actually 4 people in the club. So with the car now showing itself to be reliable my thoughts turned to Valla itself. You hear so much about the event and it gets talked up so much that I was worried it would be an anti-climax, it wasnʼt. We arrived on Thursday and the Valla Park was scattered with Kombis on the camp sites and beetles parked at the cabins. Not a lot of cars but I knew it was early. We got through registration, straightening out the usual booking errors that seem to occur in these types of events. Perused the VW/Valla memorabilia which was very tempting. Settled for a couple of tee shirts to remember our trip. Friday included a trip into Macksville for a look around. While having a quite cappuccino overlooking the river we were very surprised to see a couple of Dolphins meandering upstream, certainly something you donʼt see every day and complimented our whale watching experience at Port Stevens. I decided to wash the car for the shows over the weekend but to do that we had to go to Coffs Harbour so off we went. After the wash I noticed some coolant on the ground and straight away I thought that wasnʼt good. A quick call to the local NatRad agent and we were soon discussing technical issues on the cooling system. It appeared the thermo fan wasnʼt cutting in earlier enough or staying on long enough so the coolant was boiling and running out the overflow. A bit of dajarvu as I recalled the same problem on my new 75 (albeit 36 years ago), and the fix was the same, simply hard wire the fan so it came on with the ignition and the problem was solved enough to see us safely home.

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When we returned to the camp site the place was packed, Kombis and Beetles everywhere, a handful of type threes and buggies, 3 Golfs but no other Passats. Saturday was a big day. Started with the street parade. We lined up around 9.30 for a drive into Nambucca Heads. The main street gets closed off and we park 4 a breast. Got to be a bit careful with opening doors etc. I donʼt know exactly how many cars were there but the estimate is around 500. It was quite a site when we reached the main road. To allow 500 VWs to turn right onto the highway and keep in convoy, the police had closed the road. So here is a police car blocking the southbound lane and all the VWs were turning in front of him. It did however cross my mind that he might be madly jotting down rego numbers to follow up with some canaries. In Nambucca the main street was chockas and there was a huge crowd of owners and locals wandering up and down the Lines of cars admiring the display. Of course there was the obligatory cappuccino to be had and it gave you the chance to bump into other Melbourne members or some new acquaintances for bit of a chin wag. As 12.00 it was time to leave and as the 500 cars had to now turn right onto the highway to make their way back to Valla our good friends the Police were on hand directing traffic to make it all safe. Saturday afternoon was the swap meet with traders and a charity auction. I always find it a bit hard “discovering” the rare part in amongst a lot of junk but I was taken aback when I found some NOS Passat taillights. It took me two days but I did end up bringing them home for what I hope was a fair price for both parties. Saturday night was the dinner and you were suppost to turn up as something starting with a “P”. There was a plethora of Punks, Painters and Pirates, a very attractive male Princess Fiona, a couple of Pebbles Flinstones, a Patient and a Policewoman but

the one that made us all think was the 6 odd Melbourne members who turned up in army uniforms … well they were a Platoon. We had a pact in out group that what goes on in Valla stays in Valla so I cannot say too much, but what I can say is at the end of the night most people were all in the same state and that started with a “P” too. Sunday was the show and shine so the Kombis assembled the parkland adjacent to the camp area, while the Beetles and the rest were inside. It was easy to chew up a couple of hours viewing all the VWs and there were some really nice cars on display. One good thing is that you got to see a lot of cars that donʼt make it down to the Day Of in Melbourne. While I knew the Passat wouldnʼt be in the running for the Top 10 trophies, there was a trophy for the best Hardship story. I thought that being a lonely Passat travelling 3,600 kms with 6 Kombis was a bit of a hardship but the judges didnʼt agree so I missed out on that trophy too. The swap meet continued Sunday afternoon, and that is when I was able to secure the taillights, just as they were being packed back in the trailer, plus a flower vase for buggsy. There was a genuine factory vase for $270 but I was happy to settle for an aftermarket for a fraction of the cost. Fireworks on Sunday night brought to a close to a very exciting Valla for Lorraine and I. The activities over the weekend did not disappoint and did not fall short of what we were expecting. Besides the planned activities it was great to wonder around the camp area and bump into old friends from Melbourne, Bendigo and even Tasmania and to make some new friends for next time. What was tomorrow going to bring, a 7.00 am departure with the insomniacs Aaaarh!

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John Goodison & Victoria’s Oldest Beetle (1949 Split Window) “I have an old Beetle for sale that needs a full restoration” said the man. “I think you might be the man for the job” he said as looked over Johnʼs beautifully restored 1954 Beetle. And thatʼs how John Goodison came to be the owner of a 1949 LHD Split Window Deluxe Beetle. John Goodison purchased the Beetle in Melbourne in June 2004 from Peter Barfus, who was the son of the owner of the car, the Late Mr. John Barfus. John Barfus had owned the Beetle since 1976 when he had purchased the car from the previous owner in Mt Eliza another John, Mr. John Olsen who was the owner since late 60ʼs. He had originally got the car with high hopes of fully restoring to original condition, but unfortunately circumstances had not made it possible to make much progress with the restoration. However he had managed to locate many of the rare missing parts for the vehicle over the following years. In 1976 old Beetleʼs were not the Volkswagen that most people wanted to restore. The trend in those days was for “hotting up cars” with fiberglass guards, Torana tail lights, big wide tires and fitted with 1600cc engines. Also at that time Australian production air cooled Beetleʼs were available new but were very soon to be discontinued. It was very uncommon to find and old Beetles suitable for restoration particular an old Split window Beetle as these were not commercially available in Australia and would have had to been privately imported. The Beetleʼs last registration had been here in Victoria in 1966 with black and white plates GTV242. The Beetle had been stored in a back shed at the Barfus home for some 28 plus years. Some of

the parts including the five 16 inch wheels and crash gearbox were soon recovered from an area under the house. The car was winched out of the shed where it had been stored and was loaded onto the Ermel Brothers truck where it was taken to Johnʼs workshop at Thomastown to start its new life. The Beetle was mostly complete with exception of a few items such as the engine shroud, air cleaner, side trims, the bumper bars. This Beetle in 1950ʼs had been converted to right hand drive and was much in need of structural work especially on the rusty floor pan and body shell. Many incorrect parts had been fitted over the years such as a later style front beam and the 15 inch wheels. John managed to find the correct front beam overseas but this end up costing him more than $1000 just for the shipping alone to Australia. Rust had found its way into the rear apron and the area over the front foot wells. For the works to progress much further donor parts from any early Beetle would be required. Lloyd Davies came to the rescue and turned up with a 1954 oval body shell which he had put away many years ago for such a project. From this donor body shell most of the major repair sections were eagerly removed and repaired for replacement in the 1949 Beetle. The original front head frame for the 49 had some serious cracking and required welding around the area where it connected to the pan. This had also led to the sheet metal area behind the spare wheel fracturing away from the upper front beam mounts causing serious damage to the thin well pressings. This would also need many hours of intricate welding and panel beating.

The original ʻhowlerʼ fan John & Joy Goodison outside the workshop with the Beetle in june 2004 (left)

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John with the new production side trims


John Goodison & Victoria’s Oldest Beetle The first major work undertaken was the rebuild of the 25hp engine. John started this work with the help of the late Joe Schwetchuck Johnʼs long time friend and Volkswagen Mechanic. Joe had much experience with the early Volkswagens as he had worked on them since the 1950ʼs and was a very active member of the VW club of Victoria in his early years. The engine was rebuilt from many new old stock parts which John had collected throughout the years in his travels and as the owner of a Volkswagen repair business. Some interesting finds for the engine were an early “non drilled” generator fan which was reputed for giving the early Beetles that “whistling” sound. This fault in the generator fan was later corrected in 1952 by the addition of holes drilled in the back of the fan mounting. Most early motors had the fan changed during the first major service as owners complained of the “howling” noises from the engines under high revs. This made finding an undrilled fan very rare indeed. New pistons & barrels as well as fully reconditioned heads and new main case bearings were installed. However Johnʼs 49 will retain the correct style “noisy fan” that it was originally fitted with in 1949. The rare pancake air cleaner and two piece fan shroud was sourced from the Ermel brothers and were subsequently powder coated to suit the original paint finish. A genuine new old stock exhaust system, star ignition coil and offset distributor cap were fitted and the motor was given a long run on the work bench to test it out fully. This Beetle was original fitted with cable brakes and replacement for these cables was sourced through one of Johnʼs Karmann Ghia friend - Ian Godfrey who managed to find a set of new production cables. Cable brakes were an original feature of Beetles in the early

years and as these cars were light compared to other vehicles of the time made the braking quite adequate. The four wheel cable brakes are operated from the brake pedal which pushes a steel rod forward in the centre tunnel activating on a flat steel plate with four holes. The cables ends are fixed through the plate holes and are routed to each wheel along thin steel tubes to the drums and brake shoes. This draws all four cables back at the same time through metal tubes which run to each wheel resulting in the brakes being applied somewhat evenly to all the wheels. It is like having a hand brake connected to all four wheels at the same time. We are assured by John that it will work well when all the cables have settled in and the shoes are adjusted properly! A new pedal cluster in left hand drive has been sourced from overseas which took John almost two years to find as well a set of remanufactured ribbed body trims which are a characteristic of all early Deluxe Beetles. The car still needs much work on the body such as the installation of the rear apron, welding in of the donor heater channels and the repair to the “A” pillars. But no doubt John will be working on those and the rest of the body work in the near future. John is aiming to have the car ready for the Day of The Volkswagen 2011 and always happy to show his project to interested VW enthusiasts. As with all of Johnʼs Volkswagens they are restored to drive and John said that he looking forward to the challenge of driving this car with its cable brakes 25hp engine and the 4 speed crash gear box! We are looking forward to seeing this car on club runs in the next couple of years. Andrew Ermel - VWCV Assistant Editor

The damage to front beam body mounts

The completely assembled 25hp motor, it runs well! Loading the car onto the truck in 2004 with Peter Barfus(left), John Goodison(centre) & Stuart Ermel(right).

Floor pan ready for painting

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Move over Herbie there's a new Love Bug on the block Once upon a time, a little girl dreamt of getting married, well there's nothing new in that dream. The difference is in this dream however the marriage included getting to the Church on time in a VW Beetle. Well the little girl grew up, the marriage came true but there was no VW! In Kylieʼs words .. Ever since I was a young girl I have always wanted a VW Beetle. The closest that I have came to owning one, was a clay Herbie model that my brother made during his VCE art class. When Toby proposed I knew that my perfect car would be a VW Beetle. People laughed, but I persisted in hunting one down. I had been given a one year limit and I think that it took that long after finding out that nobody hires them out any more. Thanks to the Volkswagen Club of Victorian and John, my dreams came true and having that Miami Blue VW was one of the many highlights of the day. Sure we hit some snags on the day, such as room for myself and my dad, but as my dad said in his speech Itʼs lucky we both have little legs! If it was exciting for Kylie is was nerve racking for me. We all know how reliable old Beetles are and now mine had to deliver the bride from Frankston to Sherbrooke in the Dandenong Ranges and this will include hills! Initially Kylie thought we could have the bridal party in the Bug , yes that would be the Bride, Father of the Bride, two bridesmaids, Mother of the Bride plus the driver, for a split second I thought of joining the dark side and borrowing a Kombi but that thought passed quickly enough. The solution was the “other car” to take the Bridesmaids and Mother of the Bride so Lorraine was quickly recruited as a second driver and the Mercedes adorned with white ribbons proved to be an excellent tail end Charlie. When the day arrived all the girls got the make over. While the Bride was doing the hair and makeup, Bugs was enjoying a 3 hour professional car detail. I even saw a toothbrush being applied to the wheels. Bugs performed well, didnʼt miss a beat from Donvale to Franskton and then on to Sherbrooke, and didnʼt she look beautiful and yes the Bride was stunning too. John Farlow - VWCV Treasurer

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Valla Trip Back by John Stevens After the fun and excitement of Valla we found ourselves at Day 10 of our epic adventure. At around 6.30am (early thanks to John and Lorraine) seven of us, in 6 cars, headed inland at and over the Waterfall Way to Mudgee. Julie and Garry left us here and headed south to catch up with family members who live close to Newcastle. For us this was another big driving day of 620kms, with some big hills and magnificent scenery along the way. On arrival at 4pm we found Mudgee to be a nice town but our visit just happened to be on a bank holiday during which the local, and much recommended Mudgee Golf Club Chinese restaurant, remained closed. This was unknown to us and we found this out only after our chartered maxi-cab, full of very hungry VWCV members, pulled up at the darkened premises. Undaunted we immediately sourced another Chinese eatery and had a bonza six-course banquet. The following day it was on to Queanbeyan, very near Canberra. On the way to Queanbeyan we went through Woodstock, and that is the truth. We had planned a full day to look at the sights of Canberra, with most adventurers heading to the re-vamped and now high tec Australian War Memorial. It had been

15 years since I was last there and the changes that have been made are astounding. Eric, Evan and I spent nearly five hours there and we did not see all that was on offer. In my view two days would be necessary to cover all that there is to see. It is truly a memorable and extremely moving place to visit. After two days in Queanbeyan/Canberra, and on Day 13, it was time to move on to Lakes Entrance. We drove south along the Monaro Highway on the edge of the Snowy Mountains and were rewarded with some truly fantastic scenery. Our last night together was spent in good company and high spirits (assisted by some notable single malts) at the Lakes Entrance RSL. We arrived back in Melbourne late on Day 14 after heaps of fun times, great sites, fourteen truly amazing days on the road and having covered 3220kms in around 41 hours driving time. Our beloved VWs performed faultlessly during this truly memorable long distance cruise. Thanks to all who attended, participated and contributed, it was an event that we will all remember forever. John Farlow and John Stevens

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~ the Type 34 Ghia I have now would be my current favourite ~ What is your earliest memory of a Volkswagen? I must have been about 6 years old and one of my Aunties had an early 60ʼs Fontana Grey Beetle. She would take my brother and me on long trips to visit our Grandma from our home in Palmerston North across to Hastings in the North Island of New Zealand. I remember the now familiar sounds and smells of an air cooled VW and being very helpful playing with the heater controls on the floor during those trips. What first got you interested in Volkswagen? Soon after Carol and I got married we were out looking for a replacement for our LC Holden Torana. We looked at, and eventually purchased a 10 year old bright red VW Golf with the David Jones interior and thatʼs when the sickness started. Before long a very beaten up 57 Oval Beetle project car was sitting in the shed beside the Golf. Soon the Golf was gone and there were 2 Oval Beetles in the shed. What do you like most about Volkswagen? The Beetles have a lot of character. The whole mix of the old and new VW product ranges seems to have bit of everything. Beautiful and shapely Karmann Ghiaʼs, solid and rugged commercials and the new products are so well built and technologically advanced. But I think my favourite thing is the very different types of people you meet who share an interest in the VW vehicles. How and why did you become involved with the Volkswagen Club of Victoria?  A move to Melbourne from Auckland meant that VW toys had to be sold and the VW hobby put to one side for a while so I could focus on settling the family into a new life and me into a new job. Joining the VW Club of Victoria was one of the few VW things I could do and signed on very soon after moving to Melbourne. I enjoyed the meetings upstairs in the hotel in North Melbourne. Trivia nights were always a lot of fun. It wasnʼt too long before an Indian Red 57 Oval Window Beetle was sitting in the shed waiting for some love and I was a club member with a VW again. What is your favourite Volkswagen Type you have owned? Oval window Beetles have been my ongoing weakness really. I have had about half a dozen of them over the years. I am still collecting bits and accessories for some 54 Oval window project in the distant future. But I think that the Type 34 Ghia I have now would be my current favourite. If you could have any Volkswagen what would it be?  Buggati Veyron J Itʼs a VW!!  If it has to have a VW badge then I would go for a Spilt Window Dual Cab Ute. It would have to be fully worked over with better brakes and handling and of course Porsche flat 6 powered. Or maybe even diesel powered for the environmental side of me. What has been your most enjoyable experience in a Volkswagen? The road trips to the Valla Beach VW Spectacular are always a lot of fun. Amazes me how these old air cooled relics just take these big road trips in their stride no real problems. Is your unique Volkswagen enthusiasm recognised and supported by family, friends and community? Yes the family comes along to the Day of the VW and check out the wide range of things on display. Carol has enjoyed the Easter activities in Bendigo the past couple of years. Is your daily car a Volkswagen? Carol has our VW Eos as the daily drive. I get to wash it on the weekends. J My daily drive duties are covered by a Ford FG XR6. What is your profession and do your Volkswagen interests and profession cross paths? My profession is Sales and Marketing. This profession certainly comes in handy with my duties on the VW Club Vic committee. On a scale from 1 to 10, how much of Volkswagen nut are you?  Hmmm I would say I am probably a 7. Family and friends would probably say a 9.  

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From the Archives Volkswagen Workshop Manual

Workshop manuals are one of the most useful tools that a VW owner can have when working on their cars. Many types and makes of manuals are available to enthusiast including original workshop manuals, generic aftermarket manuals and on line internet publications. The Scientific Magazines Service Manual was one of the first available in Australia. Characteristically it had a silhouette of a Beetle on the front cover overlaid with the VW Logo and “Volkswagen” in black print. The Scientific Magazine Service Manual was available from 1955 and was approved by Volkswagen (Australia) proprietary limited for publication. These manuals were quite comprehensive and listed specifications and rebuilding details for all repairs including engine rebuilding and parts tolerances. The genuine Volkswagen Workshop manuals were only to workshops and were quite expensive in their day. The more affordable publications were sold to the motorist such as Haynes, Gregoryʼs as well as the famous “How to keep your Volkswagen alive” by John Muir also available from the late 70ʼs. One of the best workshop manuals ever available was the Robert Bentley publications which were printed right up to the late 90ʼs. They were in whole full publications of the original workshop manuals. These also included all the updates for the various years and most important were not separated into part1 and part2 publications as was the original versions. These manuals were easy follow and contained all the changes available for many yearsʼ vehicle production including all the variations of wiring diagrams, a very useful tool! Andrew - VWCV Assistant Editor

GTD DRIVE – TDI TECHNOLOGY IN DETAIL The maximum power of the GTD engine lies at 4,200 rpm. Between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm is where the engine – as sporty as it is economical – develops its maximum torque of 350 Newton- metres. Its specific torque is 176.4 Newton-metre per litre displacement. In practically any driving situation, the 16-valve four-cylinder engine offers the power of a sports car engine with six cylinders! Fuel induction is handled by the latest generation common rail system. Fuel injection pressures of up to 1,800 bar and special eight hole injection nozzles achieve especially fine atomization of the diesel fuel. The injection nozzles are equipped with the piezo in-line injectors. The electrically controlled piezo crystals – boosted by hydraulics – initiate trigger injection in fractions of a second. Compared to conventional solenoid valves, piezo technology enables greater flexibility in injection processes with smaller, more precisely metered fuel quantities and multiple injections with up to seven individual injections per working cycle. The results are a very quiet and pleasantly smooth-running engine, exceptionally quick

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response, excellent fuel economy and low emissions. Naturally, the Golf GTD meets limits of the Euro-5 emissions standard. The conversion to common rail technology and numerous other acoustic measures – such as a damping film in the windshield, an extensive noise attenuation package and aero-acoustic fine tuning of the body – have made the new Golf GTD one of the quietest diesels in its class. Like the new Golf GTI, the GTD also has an innovative engine sound system that acoustically underscores the engineʼs power. In addition, the common rail TDI itself has a positive effect on passive safety: Compared to the pump-nozzle TDI of the previous Golf generation, the new turbo-diesel has a significantly lower vertical profile. This improves pedestrian safety, since the engine hood now exhibits a larger deformation area.

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1976 Volkswagen Scirocco Over 200,000km on the clock, regular serviced, always garaged, daily drive, owned it from new by Geoffʼs father-in-law who is in aged of 90, hasnʼt been used much for last 12- 18 months, would love this vehicle to go to someone who will cherish it. Price: $ 10,000 Contact: Geoff @ 0404 726 259 Email: geoff.hocking@optusnet.com.au Location: South Australia 1971 VW Beetle 1500 Engine in excellent condition, need works on interior and brakes, 1957 VW Oval has a tow bar, new tyres, Genuine 1 owner, purchased new on 6 Sept 1957 from Folley and Mitchell in Geelong, undercover for 7 years still in original registration, original condition with a few few scratches and very little Price: $4,000 rust. no modification except semaphores disconnected and blinkers fitted, engine Chassis Number: 1103079745 running a bit rough. Would love this this vehicle to go to someone who will cherish it. Engine Number: A0632895 Price: Best offer over $5,000 Engine Number: 1873069 Kilometers: 60,783 Contact : John Pohlman @ 0419 366 021 Chassis Number: 1525795 Rego Number: TMY 884 Email: jpohlman@tpg.com.au Registration Number: GSD 292 Contact: Alex @ 0432 515 341 Location: Leopold (Bellarine Peninsula) 03 5727 0455 PLEASE NOTE: All additions to this section MUST be accompanied by either registration number, chassis number or VIN number. Advertisements for vehicles without these details WILL NOT be published. Advertisements will be limited to a period of two months only. If you wish to continue your advertisement beyond the initial two month period or your Ad has been SOLD in the first month of Advertising, please contact the Editor(s) so the Advertising space can be updated for NEW Ads. 11 wagensville Deluxe August 2010


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