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January 2005 Volume 50 • Number 9


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Inside > this issue Paul’s Ramblings Calendar of Events Club Clothing U-Turn to Germany For Sale Membership Mumbo Sound of Nostalgia on Disc Motorsport News Xmas Party Action Membership Discounts Membership Application

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Wagensville News is the monthly newsletter of the Volkswagen Club of Victoria Inc. Correspondence, articles and items of news are invited and should be sent to: The Editor 27 Scotia Street, West Preston, VIC 3072 Email: Phone: 9484 8953 Deadline for the next issue: Friday 7th February 2005


Volkswagen Club of Victoria Inc ABN 73 091 008 987 Address: GPO Box 1215K MELBOURNE VIC 3001 Web Site: Phone: 0401 310 704

General Meetings Melbourne Club meetings held every third Tuesday of the month at 8pm at the RACV Clubrooms (Henty Room), corner of Queen and Little Collins Streets, Melbourne, unless advised of an alternative venue in the Club magazine. Albury Wodonga members meet the first Tuesday of every month at the Biralee Tavern, Melrose Drive, Wodonga.

Annual Membership Fees • Full Membership: $40 • Additional Family Membership: $20 • Joining Fee: $10 To join the club, please complete the membership form in this newsletter and forward together with cheque for payment to the Club’s postal address as quoted on the form.

Disclaimer All material in this newsletter 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 it’s members. Could members please bear this in mind when contacting Club Committee Members.

O R D E R Celebrating 50 years since full assembly in Australia, the book uncovers aspects of Volkswagen in Australia ALL VW enthusiasts should know.

The book will retail for $77 incl GST. The club will generate $10 per book on orders received from THIS flyer & Club meetings. Allow an extra $10 for those requiring postage & handling and 10-14 days for delivery.

Orders and cheques/ money orders made out to 'AF Publications' PO Box 685 Heathmont Victoria 3135.

Note! Books are now available!

The attractive hard-cover book is in full colour throughout the 168 pages. Advanced copies will come with a protective sleeve made in the appearance of a VW parts box. The book will have a dust jacket & marker ribbon.

In early 2005, a limited edition will be available, however, no orders will be taken for this special edition just yet.

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President - Paul Kinsey 03 9876 1463 •

Vice - President - Richard Graham 0418 527 862

Secretary - Andrew Ermel 03 9369 1360 •

Treasurer - Andrew Donnelly 0417 506 766 •

Additional Committee Members - Eric Roberts 03 5367 2757

Public Officer - Jon Edsell 03 9844 3420 •

Restoration & Technical Sessions - Paul Blacker

After a couple of months break, I’m pleased to announce that you can all enjoy the magazine via the magic of email again. Many thanks to Kim Whittles who has kindly offered to email the magazine each month.

Membership Secretary - Ross Woolley 0401 310 704 •

Pointscore Officer - Matt Kinsey 03 9484 8953 •

Technical Officers - Bill Malkoutzis • 03 9439 5904 Gary Collis • 03 9370 3100



Motorsport & Group 5 - Jon Edsell 03 9844 3420 •

Club Clothing - Mercedes Woolley 03 9735 9386 •

VW Cruises - Nathan Leversha 0419 340 250 •

Wagensville News Editor - Matt Kinsey 03 9484 8953 •

Social Secretary - Jen Littlechild 0431 160 097 •

Club Historian - Dave Evans 03 9808 6044

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Paul’s Ramblings > Paul Kinsey - VWCV Club President Welcome folks to another exciting year at the Volkswagen Club of Victoria. It doesn't feel like another year has slipped by but with 2005 already moving on well into January, it won't be long until another Day of the Volkswagen. But wait, there are many events between now and then! The first major event is the RACV Great Australian Rally on the 23rd January 2005. Our Club's participation is being organised by Jen Littlechild, so if you are interested, please contact her as soon as possible. Our drive will commence at Brandon Park Shopping Centre. We will then cruise to Mornington RaceCourse. Proceeds of this event will go to the MacCallum Cancer Clinic. Our next event is the Picnic at Hanging Rock cruise on the 13th of February. Please be early for this one because there is a free BBQ at the end provided by the Club, which is being arranged by our Club organiser extrordonaire, Cheryl Ermel. Thanks Cheryl! For all who have not ordered the book, "Volkswagen in Australia" it's not too late. Forms to order are in this month’s magazine, so please order quickly as this book will be a

collectors item. Also remember that $10 from each purchase via the Wagensville News will go the our Club. This book is really a great read, so you need to be quick. For those of you who received a VW Book for Christmas, like me, the learning continues and it seems that each book presents another slant on the wonderful history of the Volkswagen marque. What we read in books is great, but we don't appreciate the knowledge of many of our Club members into the history of Volkswagen, especially those who have been around the Club for many years. I encourage you all to discuss any questions you may have with one of our Club members at any of our general meetings or during one of our events. I've been a member of our Club for approximately 6 years, but some of these people have been members for 30 to 50 years. We must continue to learn. I'll see you all at the general meeting on Tuesday 18th January at the RACV Club so please come along.

Thank You The VWCV would like to thank the following businesses for their support of the 2004 Day of the Volkswagen: • Camberwell Volkswagen • Australian VW Performance Centre • Wolfsburg Automotive • Vintage Vee Dub Supplies • KDF Werks • Mercwreck and Volksparts


• Shannons Insurance • Volkshome Automotive • Classic Vee Dub Supplies • Volkscare • MIB Global (Models) • Technical Bookshop

The Professional Automotive People Parts • Servicing • Reconditioning • Full Workshop Facilities Complete diagnostic service using VW scanner and latest SUN 400 Engine Analyser.

John Goodison 16 Commercial Drive Thomastown VIC 3074 • PH 03 9464 0366 • FAX 03 9464 0856






> February Saturday 12th February*

what’s on


Sunday 16th January

Portarlington Summer Festival Historic Vehicle Display Venue: Portarlington foreshore. Contact: Arthur Sweetman on 03 5259 2876 for information.

Sunday 16th January All Makes Sandown Swapmeet Venue: Sandown Racecourse, Noble Park. Contact: Iain Ross on 03 9890 0467 for information.

Tuesday 18th January*

VWCV General Meeting - Trivia Night Venue: RACV Club, corner Queen and Little Collins Street, Melbourne Time: Meeting begins 8pm

Sunday 23rd January*

RACV Great Australian Rally - Melbourne to Mornington Venue: All VWs are advised to leave from Brandon Park and then proceed to Mornington Racecourse. Contact: All enquiries should be directed to rally organiser Frank Douglas on 03 8704 2533 or email or

Tech Day - 101 things you have always wanted to know, but were afraid to ask, about RUST! At Volkscare (Michael Clark) Boronia, 4 Macquarie Place commences 12pm. Phone Jen Littlechild on 0431 160 097 for more information. Sunday 13th February* Picnic at Hanging Rock - 18th Annual Car Rally. See advertisement on page 9. Meet at Calder Park by 9am, then depart as a group to Hanging Rock. Free BBQ provided at Hanging Rock for VWCV members. Entry to Hanging Rock - $15. Please phone Jen Littlechild ASAP on 0431 160 097 for further information and to confirm attendance. Tuesday 15th February* General Meeting - RACV Club, 123 Queen Street, Melbourne. Special presentation of Club Trophies and motorsport round up. Free finger food, tea and coffee! Sunday 20th February* Round 1 of the Group 5 Motorkhana Series will be held by the HAC at a ground to be advised Contact Jon Edsell ( or 03 9844 3420 AH) for any information. Starting time will be about 10am, but if you want to compete you will need to be there before 9am to enter and to have your car scrutineered. Sunday 20th February Veteran Car Club of Aust (Tas) Inc Northern Section. Summer Swap Meet - 9am Start. Venue: Cimitiere Street/Cameron Street Council Car Park, Launceston, Tasmania. Entrance via Cameron Street. Enquiries phone 0411 404 560.










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FRIDAY 18 MARCH Starting Friday for those who can’t do the Saturday & Sunday... or those who’d like three days of Volkswagen fun! Those going Friday make own way down & self cater.

SATURDAY 19 TO SUNDAY 20 MARCH Meet and cruise down the Great Ocean Road to Kennett River. More details next issue... Club will provide catering over weekend.

PHONE 5289 0272 to reserve your camping spot at the Kennett River Caravan Park • 1-13 Great Ocean Rd, Kennett River 3221 Please book ASAP as places fill fast!


Sunday 27th February* Round 1 of the Group 5 Speed Event series to be held by HSCCV at the Morwell Hillclimb Track. Contact Jon Edsell ( or 03 9844 3420 AH) for any information. Supp. Regs. and entry forms available from the HSCCV website, about 3 weeks before the event. The event will start at about 10am; but you will need to be there by about 8:30am, or before, to get your car scrutineered, and to get your licence checked and number allocated. You will definitely have to enter before the event to ensure that you will be able to run in the event.

> March Sunday 13th March* VWCV Motorsport “Have a Go Day!!!”. Tuesday 15th March* General Meeting - RACV Club, 123 Queen Street, Melbourne. Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March* VWCV Weekend Away Kennett River Cruise and Campout. Starting Friday for those who can’t do the Saturday and Sunday... or those who’d like three days of Volkswagen fun! Those going down Friday, make own way down and provide own catering. Saturday morning meet up and group cruise - time and location to be announced. More information in coming issues. Contact the Kennett River Caravn Park on 03 5289 0272 to book a site. See advertisement on page 10. Sunday 20th March* AOMC Presents the RACV British & European Motoring Show. Venue Dandenong Showgrounds. Contact

Frank Douglas on 03 8704 2533 for information. Sunday 20th March* Round 1 of the Group 5 Speed Event Series will be held by HSCCV. Contact Jon Edsell ( or 03 9844 3420 AH) for any information. Saturday 26th March to Sunday 27th March* Australia's Premier VW and Audi event for all the family. Easter Weekend March 26th and 27th, 2005, SYDNEY AUSTRALIA See the biggest variety of VW's and Audi's in Australia. Now in its 18th great year, the VW Nationals has become the event for all VW and Audi Owners. See the most immaculate array of models from just about every production year. Enter your car in one of the categories below or just come and look. It’s the event for the enthusiast and all the family. Heaps of events all weekend with Sunday the big ‘Show and Shine' day. Easter Saturday 26th March 1/4 mile Drag Racing Saturday Grudge & Bracket Racing will be open for all makes and models of cars both street and racing. Grudge, Bracket, King of the Hill. Gene Berg Trophy for the fastest street registered VW will be awarded. Racing from 10am. Bracket racing is a test of endurance and skill, not how powerful your car is. The drag racing this year will be at the new 1/4 mile track, Western Sydney International Dragway. More information soon.

Easter Sunday 27th March Show and Shine Sunday - To be held at Fairfield City Showgrounds, Smithfield Road, Prairiewood. Huge undercover area for Show & Shine, Dealer Displays swapmeet. Gates open a 8 am. Please note, if want a good position get there early, if want to park with your mate, get there early. Car show entries close at 11am, presentation is around 3pm. Entry fee is again $10, children under 16 free. Swapmeet sites are $20 each and are under cover. Car show entry is $10 per category, maximum of 3 categories per car. On site catering available with plenty of everything. VW Nationals Enquires: David Birchall (02) 9534 4825 (ah) or or Thursday 24th March to Monday 28th March* 2005 Bugin - Perth WA. Thursday Night 24th March For the early arrivals in Perth and those interested we are planning a night out at Gloucester Park. We have secured a limited number of FREE ENTRY tickets for the night. Friday 25th March For those that want to see more of Perth environs and a little bit of sightseeing, the club is arranging a car cruise / tour on the Friday. This will not be too long or strenuous and will break for participants to be able to have a welcome lunch break. Friday Night 25th March The traditional start of the Bug-In weekend is the 'Welcome BBQ'. Planning is well under way and as in previous years, fish will be on the menu. Come along in your best BugIn gear with some of your treasured memorabilia. It promises to be a good night for all. We are looking to secure a venue in walking distance of the caravan park. Saturday Morning 26th March The VW show and shine is being planned for 9:00am to 12:00pm.


We are investigating a different location to that indicated in the Bulletins first issue - the new location hopefully will also be within walking distance of the caravan park. Saturday Evening 26th March We are organising a river/sunset cruise on one of Perth's specialty boats - The Decoy. It will not be a late night, as Sunday will probably be an early (by Bug-In standards) start. Sunday 27th March A motorkhana is planned for this traditional 'motoring' part of the Bug-In weekend. Sunday Night 27th March We are planning to have the presentation night as usual as there maybe participants that require to return home on the Monday. We all look forward to the trophies, the raffle draw, good food and of course time for you to reflect on the weekend.



Monday 28th March We are arranging a day in the Port City for you to play tourist. We can visit the Fremantle Motor Museum (home of the 1946 Beetle), The Fremantle Maritime Museum (home of Australia II), The Fremantle Gaol, both Fremantle and E-Shed markets, the micro breweries, the famous "Cappuccino Strip" and then maybe some traditional "fish and chips" with the seagulls at the Fremantle Boating Harbour. Monday night will be left free for many of you to prepare your return home. Peter Summerfield - phone: (08) 9454 5761 Rod McSwain phone: (08) 9332 6919 Ray Willis phone: (08) 9434 6595 mobile: 0407347340 E-mail Address: (use subject line - Bug-In 2005)

> April Sunday 10th April* Round 2 of the Group 5 Speed Event Series will be held by PIARC at Phillip Island. Contact Jon Edsell ( or 03 9844 3420 AH) for any information.

Saturday 16th April* Tech Day with Andrew Ermel. More information in coming issues... Sunday 17th April* Round 2 of the Group 5 Motorkhana will be held by CRBCC (TBC).. Contact Jon Edsell ( or 03 9844 3420 AH) for any information. Tuesday 19th April* General Meeting - RACV Club, 123 Queen Street, Melbourne. Sunday 24th April* Observation Run. More information in coming issues...

> May Sunday 1st May* Round 3 of the Group 5 Motorkhana will be held by FFCC at BP Truck Stop, Somerton. Contact Jon Edsell ( or 03 9844 3420 AH) for any information.


Tuesday 17th May* Tech Day at Volkshome with John Goodison. More information in coming issues... Saturday 21st May* VWCV Group 5 Autocross. More information in coming issues... Sunday 22nd May* VWCV Group 5 Autocross. Contact Jon Edsell ( or 03 9844 3420 AH) for any information.

> July Sunday 3rd July* NCCA John Mott Sprint, Sandown (TBC). Contact Jon Edsell ( or 03 9844 3420 AH) for any information. Sunday 10th July*

Dinner Dance at the new RACV Club. More information in coming issues...

VWCV Motorkhana, Geelong Motorsport Complex, Princes Hwy, Avalon. Contact Jon Edsell ( or 03 9844 3420 AH) for any information.

Sunday 29th May*

Sunday 17th July*

VWCV Club Concourse. More information in coming issues...

VMCi Morwell Hill Climb. Contact Jon Edsell ( or 03 9844 3420 AH) for any information.

Saturday 28th May*

Sunday 29th May* Round 4 of the Group 5 Motorkhana will be held by HSCCV Toyota Club Grounds, McGrath Rd, Werribee. (TBC). Contact Jon Edsell ( or 03 9844 3420 AH) for any information.

> June Thursday 9th June* Herbie Fully Loaded to be released! Sunday 19th June* Round 4 of the Group 5 Speed Event Series will be held by PIARC at Phillip Island. Contact Jon Edsell ( or 03 9844 3420 AH) for any information. Sunday 26th June* Round 5 of the Group 5


Motorkhana will be held by TCCA, Toyota Club Grounds, McGrath Rd, Werribee Contact Jon Edsell ( or 03 9844 3420 AH) for any information.

> August Sunday 14th August* VWCV Group 5 Motorkhana. More information in coming issues...

> November Sunday 27th November* VWCV presents the 2005 Day of the Volkswagen. More information in coming issues... Please note: *These events marked attract club points.

Club Clothing 2005 The VWCV has a great range of quality clothing and other merchandise. All clothing items are in stock and most sizes available. These can be purchased at club meetings and major VWCV events, or by using the club order form below. Garment









Cap - brushed cotton

Blue or Black


Bucket Hat

Navy or Black


Mens/Ladies Polo Shirt



Ladies Collared Shirt

Light Blue, Red, Navy or Black


Mens Twill Shirt

Black or Navy


Ladies Fine Chambray Shirt



Ladies Sleeve Polo

Lime or Scarlet


Mens Long Sleeve T-Shirt

Black or Navy


Pit Crew Shirt

Blue/Red or Black/Blue


Mens/Ladies Reversible Vest



Anorak Coat






• All items are embroided with a VW logo and the words “Club of Victoria”. Name(s): ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Address: ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________Post Code: ___________Telephone: ______________________ I have enclosed my cheque/money order for $________

Please make cheque/money order payable to the VWCV.

• Mail coupon to - VWCV Merchandise Officer: GPO Box 1215K Melbourne VIC 3001 Please enclose your cheque, name, address and phone number. Telephone: 0401 310 704 • Email:

Order your 50th Anniversary T-Shirts NOW! $30 - all sizes. Phone 0401 310 704 to order. Hurry - limited number available!


U-Turn to Germany

Zwickau > Cheryl Ermel on the VWCV’s lunch at Zwickau

> Mikhal Surie being chaffered by Andrew Ermelkof – August Horch Museum. Photo courtesy of Cheryl Ermel.

Dateline: Sunday 19th September Location: Zwickau Peter-Breuer Str As you may have heard, by accident we stumbled across the recently opened August Horch museum. This world-class museum has some of the best displays of Horch, DKW, Audi, VW and Trabant cars, and memorabilia. Again we were in a rush and could only spend an hour looking around the museum. From here it was decided to get some lunch at a local pub before our drive to Nurnberg. Our intrepid bus driver Leonard then proceeded to drive the bus right into


the centre of Zwickau to find our authentic lunch. What better place than opposite the famous Dom St Marien. The Domgarten/Bruabaus was a quaint beer garden with plenty of space to accommodate 28 hungry tourists and one German bus fahren (bus driver). We were all happy in the sunshine eating local cuisine and drinking the local beer. After lunch, Joy G decided to explore the Dom and get some photos of the lovely square. It was a surprise when Joy bought back her newly discovered friend, an elderly towns-woman.

I sat here... > Pictures were sourced from the internet, as I was too busy eating a very nice schnitzel and drinking beer to take photos.

Well the elderly lady made herself welcomed by squeezing in on the table and started nattered away to us in German. When we asked Joy where she met the woman, her reply was “She just followed me!” The conversation was of course about where we were from and other bits and pieces. Bernd had now finished his meal tried to translate her broken English and German nattering to the rest of the group. What a mistake! Her gaze had obviously moved to the men in the group. She must have thought all her Christmas’ had come at once as she saw there were more men than women. She quickly asked which males were single and available. Poor Andrew was asked to remove his cap so that she could admire his long ponytail. Bernd who could speak German was also thought to be a suitable catch. Each single guy in the group then was pointed out and she then proceeded to natter away to them asking questions. By then Bernd stopped translating and we were left to our imagination as to questions being asked and her intentions. It was decided that it would not be a good idea to encourage her any further as she was making herself far too comfortable for our liking. She must have gotten the message, as after some persuasion (and time) she said auf Wiedersehen and

wandered off still talking (probably about the lovely Aussie boys who got away). Well it was an interesting experience meeting the locals in Zwickau. And in case anyone is interested in Zwickau (or Joy’s friend), I have added a couple of websites with all the details and the places to visit. To really get the feeling of sitting opposite the Dom St Marien, go to this website. It is minus the umbrellas and seats, but it gives you a panoramic view of what we experienced on the trip. To see the local sites and our own watering hole in Zwickau visit

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• All additions to this section must be accompanied by either registration number, chassis number or VIN number.

• Advertisements will be limited to a period of two months only. If you wish to continue your advertisement beyond the initial two month period, please contact the Editor(s). Send your for sales and wanted ads to the Editor: 27 Scotia Street, West Preston, VIC 3072 Email:

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>For Sale: Kombi split window steering box and shaft. The ideal Christmas gift! Never used and at a fraction of the price of reconditioning. Price: All this for only $200. Contact: Bill on 03 9848 1421

>For Sale: 1973 Kombi 8 seater Microbus, rego SAW311 (Jan 05), chassis no. 2332136514, British racing green with white roof, 4 speed manual, air conditioner, tinted windows, CD player, carpet throughout, 2 litre reco engine, webber carby, mag wheels, serviced at Australian VW Performance Centre, Croydon, RWC. Price: $6,800 ONO Contact: Danny Parkinson on 03 9752 3613, Ferntree Gully

>For Sale: Volkswagen Type 3 1970 Sedan, orange exterior/black interior, 1600 4 speed manual, 188000kms, KMJ853, RWC, rego, full service history, VGC. Price: $4200 ONO Contact: 0422 149 063 Richmond, Melbourne


> For Sale >For Sale: 1976 Mark I 3 door Golf LS used as “Wheels 1976 Car of the Year. Good body (German), requires replacement engine (Passat engine supplied), various new parts included in car, used to drive very well. Just out of rego. Martini olive colour. Vin: 173060240 Price: $500 Contact: Nick Coker on 0425 863 935

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>For Sale: VW Bug, 1973, excellent pale green body, high back seats, original condition, VG mechanically, RWC available, registration no ONQ677 (with 12 mths reg). Price: $5,200 Contact: Deborah on 0416 270 786 or 03 9579 0261

>For Sale: New Beetle Cabrio 2003, burnt orange, auto, black leather seats, 9,000 kms, sensor parking, paint protection, tinted windows, with RWC Price: $42,500 ONO >For Sale: registration number VWCRUZ Price: $650 ONO Contact: Tito on 0412 343 634

> For Sale >For Sale: 4 x 14” x 6” rims complete with tyres, early wide stud pattern (run original hub caps) in good condition. Price: $100 Contact: Vince on 0418 137 855 (West Preston)

Membership Mumbo > Ross Woolley Total VWCV Memberships Single Memberships 280 Family memberships 65

Total Memberships 415

New Members To be advertised in the next edition of Wagensville News. Rejoining Members The following members rejoined the Volkswagen Club of Victoria in December 2004: Laurence Petschack Graham Maley Adam Florence Geoffrey Lloyd B. Wilson David Weston John Goodison Joy Goodison Oscar Trujillo Neville Thomas Kunnel Rowena Philipps Frances Oliver Thank you on behalf of the Volkswagen Club of Victoria.

Tony Monley Kevin Kluske Warren Hawkins Kingsley Morrison

Current Membership Renewals To be advertised in the next edition of Wagensville News. Overdue Membership Renewals The following members have not renewed their memberships and are currently overdue: Campbell Winks Liz Stanway David Stanway Alex Dobrogorsky Felix Morales Adam Papageorgiou Joanne McElhinney Frank Smits Zac Smits Lloyd Davies Chris Davies Peter Davies Gerard Twining Robert Knothe Yau-Ming Chiam Dennis J Tiley

Richard Graham Bill Frisina Tito Octavianus Jamie Casha Winfried Moell

Please note, if you renewed your membership after the 8th January 2005, please ignore the above reminder.

> For Sale

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>For Sale: Kombi Utility,1976, 2.0l Pale blue Ute. In great condition especially cab interior. Tow bar, bull bars - front & rear. Recently had over $4,500 worth of work by Dean at Volkspower. Previously spent 15 years in service at a VW dealership in Greensborough so well maintained. Truly reluctant sale. Price: $6,500 ONO Contact: Neil on 0410 479 170

>For Sale: 1958 VW Beetle with rare factory installed GOLDA sliding roof. Vehicle is unregistered and has been kept in excellent mechanical condition by its motor mechanic owner. This car has been in the one family all its life. You could drive this vehicle home. The body is unrusted and generally in good condition. The original paint work could be polished up, if the new owner likes the patina. The upholstery is ok, some stitching needing re-sewing. The original radio (6 valve Astor) is still in the car. Brakes, steering, tyres all good. The original motor is available for overhaul should matching numbers be a criterion. The current

motor runs well. In all, a very good car seeking a caring new owner Price: $3750 ONO >For Sale: 1952 - 1957 VW Workshop Handbook in pristine condition. These books are rare and one in this condition almost unique. Price: $120 Contact: 0411 204 578


s i h t l l i F . e c a p s Feeling creative? Do you have an artistic flair? Then enter our postcard competition... The Volkswagen Club of Victoria is looking to update it’s image, and needs three new designs for our postcards which go on display at VW traders and dealerships around Victoria, advertising the club to prospective members. We are after three images which represent the VWCV today - catering for people with vintage through to modern Volkswagens.

The guidelines are as follows: • The image can be a cartoon, illustration, photo, digital montage - it’s up to you! • The image must fit a card 105 x 148.5mm (A6 size). • If entering digital files, the resolution must be at least 300ppi. • Send your entries to “VWCV Postcard Competition GPO Box 1215K Melbourne 3001”. • Entries close at the VWCV General Meeting Tuesday 19th April 2005.

Winners will receive a copy of Rod and Lloyd Davies’ fantastic book “Volkswagen in Australia”. 20

The Sound of Nostalgia on Disc > The Age, December 2004 THE sound of a 1960s Volkswagen Beetle's 1100 cc engine hard at work was never melodious. The attraction was that the raspy little bugger sounded better than your footsteps as others drove past. But in a high-powered entrepreneurial spirit, two Americans have captured the clatter, the wheeze and the glory on a new compact disc called The Beetles. Greatest Sounds of the '60s and '70s. The reverberations on the disc are the 1960 1100 cc, the 1973 1600 cc, and the 1978 1600 cc fuel-injected engines. There are 30 tracks and they have alluring titles such as Idle with engine revs; 3rd gear at 35 mph; Downshift, 3-2; Turn off, handbrake; and Horn. "You can't beat the sound of an old Volkswagen," says R. Charles Gilfix, who helped create the CD. He argues that the attraction of the disc isn't so much about the sound as the memory. "Nobody has bad memories of a Volkswagen, it always evokes fond memories of a place or a time," he says. If you didn't own one, then you probably knew someone who did, he reasons. Imagine the possibilities. Sitting in a 7-Series at a traffic light, disc on, the super-duper stereo cranked up and BMW's finest luxury car sounding like a 1960 VW engine being revved. Sounds like fun, but how does one hum along to a tune like Downshift, 3-2? The disc costs $US12.99 ($A16.60) and is available at

Coming in June 2005:

Herbie: Fully Loaded

Start your engines! Herbie, the most beloved car star of them all, is back and Lindsay Lohan's got him in Disney's all new revved-up comedy adventure, "Herbie: Fully Loaded." Lohan stars as Maggie Peyton, the new owner of Number 53 - the free-wheelin' Volkswagen bug with a mind of its own - who puts the car through its paces on the road to becoming a NASCAR competitor. Herbie's got some new tricks under his hood as he takes audiences for an action-packed spin in this high-speed comedy. With an all-star cast along for a wild ride, this comedy puts Herbie to the test - on-road, off-road, on the track and into the record books.


Motorsport News > Jon Edsell - VWCV Motorsport and Group 5 The Group 5 Motorkhana series continues to provide entry-level motorsport in 2005, with an emphasis on fun and learning.

for those aged 12 to 18 (Juniors). Entry Fees for Group 5 Motorkhanas are $15 or $10 for Juniors.

What is a Motorkhana? A motorkhana is a low speed test of car control, challenging the driver’s ability to accelerate, brake and position a vehicle accurately. Motorkhana events are made up of a number of individual tests, where one car at a time negotiates a course that is marked out by flags, in the aim of completing the fastest correct time. Events can be conducted on sealed (concrete or bitumen) or unsealed surfaces (gravel, dirt, sand, etc) and test layouts can vary greatly from simple slaloms to complicated tests requiring reversing or the determination of the best possible route. Motorkhanas allow persons of all ages to develop and improve their car manoeuvring skills, with opportunity for practice with understeer and ample opposite-lock oversteer. As such teenagers under the age of 16 are able to learn key Car Control skills prior to being let loose on the roads, leaving them with the ability to learn more about road craft.

The 2005 Series The Group 5 Committee has decided on a change to the class structure for 2005, in order to allow for a more even competition. In essence the changes are to separate cars with Engines Over Driven Wheels (EODW), from those with Engines Away from Driven Wheels (EADW). This had previously been done for small cars, due to the abundance of Front Wheel Drive cars in that category. With the increasing numbers of larger Front Wheel and Four Wheel Drive vehicles the inequalities that were seen in the smaller classes were regularly showing up in the larger car classes over the past few years. The classes are outlined below: Class A: Up to 4250mm EODW Class B: Up to 4250mm EADW Class C: Over 4250mm EODW Class D: Over 4250mm EADW Class E: All Specials/ Unregisterable cars

What is required? Competitors can compete in almost any car, provided that it is in a safe and presentable condition. Some competitors elect to build purpose built vehicles, known as Motorkhana Specials, which are generally very light weight and a have short wheelbase, these compete in separate classes to Road Cars. All drivers are required to wear suitable seat belts and suitable clothing and shoes. The only other requirements are a Level 2 Non Speed CAMS licence, $44 or $22


There has been a minor adjustment to the length of the vehicles to accommodate running five classes, instead of splitting both Classes C&D into two they have been combined and split with some of the smaller cars in Class C being placed into the relevant smaller car class. Series trophies will be awarded for the highest point scorer in each class (best 8 results count toward the pointscore). Points will only be awarded to members of the Group 5 Clubs, however events are generally open to all CAMS affiliated club members. Trophies will be awarded to the fastest competitor in each class at

each event. A 6th trophy is to be awarded in 2005, being for the best Junior of the Series. Juniors will continue to compete in the vehicle class (as above) and will be scored in those classes as well as against each other on a handicap system. Handicap factors (outlined below) will be multiplied by the total time (including penalties) for the event. Handicaps Class A: 0.94 Class B: 0.90 Class C: 0.92 Class D: 0.86 Class E: 1 The 2005 series will predominantly be run between 3 venues: Avalon (Dirt & Compacted Sand), Somerton (Concrete) and Werribee (Dirt). Other venues are being sought, especially on the Inner, Eastern and South Eastern areas of Melbourne. Supplementary Regulations and Entry Forms for each event will be available from the promoting club prior to the event, or at the venue on the day of the event.

2005 Group 5 Speed Event Series A new year brings a new Group 5 Speed Event series and the 2005 series sees a slight change in the mix of events. 2005 sees the return of a SuperSprint at Sandown with the John Mott event, run by Nissan Car Club, being added to the series. This event is added to four 95 dBa SuperSprints at Phillip Island throughout the year, three hillclimbs at Morwell and two AutoCross Events at Geelong Motorsports Complex at Avalon. Unfortunately due to a lack of available dates the Winton event that has been conducted previously will not be on the 2005 Calendar. Supplementary Regulations and Entry Forms for each event will be available from the promoting club prior to the event, and generally on the Group 5 section of Classes for 2005 have not changed, with classes for Road Registered Standard Cars, Modified Road Registrable Cars and Racing Cars as outlined below. Series trophies will be awarded for the highest point scorer in each class (best 8 results count toward the pointscore). Points will only be awarded to


Those Memorable Beetle Experiences > The Age, December 2004 Those memorable Beetle experiences: • Favourite VW sound: the chuff-chuff noise they used to make with burnt-out valves. • Favourite VW fire: when a heavy passenger in the back causes the seat springs to short out the battery. • Favourite VW push start: when the six-volt battery goes flat usually on a rainy night. • Favourite VW cattle incident: usually on a country road involving a very surprised driver and a cow/sheep/kangaroo, because of the six-volt headlights having an effective range of less than two metres on high beam. • Favourite VW run out of petrol: no fuel gauge. • Favourite VW burst ear drum: when somebody slammed a door. • Favourite VW turn indicators: using hand signals when the flip-out indicators no longer worked.

members of the Group 5 Clubs, however events are generally open to all CAMS affiliated club members. Trophies will be awarded to the fastest competitor in each class at each event. Standard Car Classes Class A - Up to 1600 cc Class B - 1601 to 2000 cc Class C - 2001 to 3000 cc Class D - over 3000 cc Modified Car Classes Class E - Up to 1600 cc Class F - 1601 to 2000 cc Class G - 2001 to 3000 cc Class H - over 3000 cc Racing Car Class/Specials Class I - Closed Cars Class J - Open Wheelers

The Group 5 Motorsport events currently planned for 2005 are listed below: 2005 Group 5 Motorkhana Dates: February 20 HAC to be confirmed April 17 CRBCC to be confirmed May 1 FFCC BP Truck stop, Somerton May 29 HSCCV Toyota Club Grounds, McGrath Rd., Werribee June 26 TCCA Toyota Club Grounds, McGrath Rd., Werribee (TBC) July 10 VWCV Geelong Motorsport Complex, Princes Hwy, Avalon, (TBC) August 14 PIARC to be confirmed September 18 VMCi Toyota Club Grounds, McGrath Rd., Werribee October 23 NCCA to be confirmed

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Xmas Party Action... > Scenes from the VWCV December General Meeting, where a slimmer than normal Santa made an unexpected appearance. Photos courtesy of Cheryl Ermel.

> Above: Some VWCV committee members get into the carols, while Dave Evans gets festive with Santa.

2005 Group 5 Sprint Dates: February 27 HSCCV Morwell Hill Climb April 10 PIARC Phillip Island Race Track May 22 VWCV Autocross, Geelong Motorsport Complex, Princes Hwy, Avalon, (TBC) June 19 PIARC Phillip Island Race Track July 3 NCCA John Mott Sprint, Sandown, (TBC) July 17 VMCi Morwell Hill Climb July 31 PIARC Phillip Island Race Track, (TBC) Septmebr 25 PIARC Phillip Island Race Track

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HSCCV Autocross, Geelong Motorsport Complex, Princes Hwy, Avalon November 13 VWCV / HAC Hillclimb (TBC) If you are interested in having a go at motorsport, and want to know more, please contact me and I will explain what is required. If you are interested in any of these events, please contact me and I will forward details when I get them. Don’t forget, if you want to help out as an official at motorsport events, please contact me so I can get you started. I hope to see you on or at the track. •


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Australian VW Performance Centre

10/25 Lusher Road CROYDON • P: 03 9725 5366 Contact Mick for trade pricing typically 10% off retail on most parts and services (up to value of $100). Dyno tuning at $60 per hour.

Camberwell Volkswagen 675 Burwood Road HAWTHORN • P: 03 9811 1888 Contact Dane Kelly and ask for member discount.

Imported Car Wreckers 9 Booloora Road SPRINGVALE • P: 03 9547 2169 Contact Mark for 15% discount.

Technical Bookshop

295 Swanston Street MELBOURNE • P: 03 9663 3951 10% discount - does not apply to lower margin items such as magazines, some videos and sale/discount items.


4 Macquarie Place BORONIA • P: 03 9729 9281 Contact Michael Clark for 10% discount on parts (maximum discount $50). Does not include genuine or special orders.

Volkspower 12 Florence Street BURWOOD • P: 03 9808 6777 Contact Dean for 10% discount on parts and servicing.

Wolfsburg Automotive 966 Mt Alexander Road ESSENDON • P: 03 9370 3100 Contact Gary for club member prices.

U Drive

Mark Pring • P: 9217 8866 U Drive is offering a 10% discount on all courses to all members of car clubs. This applies to all our Formula Ford drive days & gift vouchers -

Volkshome Automotive 16 Commercial Drive THOMASTOWN • P: 03 9464 0366 Contact John for club member prices.


The VW Club of Victoria is authorised by VicRoads to issue Classic and Historic plates to financial club members with VWs over 25 years old. The main objective of the CH permit system is to enable club members a minimal registration fee because of the vehicles limited usage. The club requires all CH vehicles to undertake a safety check every two years. Safety checks are similar to roadworthy checks. A roadworthy certificate can be accepted in lieu of a safety check. The appointed club technical officers conduct safety checks at Tech Days and by appointment. A safety check ensures that the CH plate vehicle is safe to drive on club gazetted events and approved limited usage. It also encourages the maintenance, restoration and preservation of all types of VWs.

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FOR VWCV MEMBERS! January 2005 Volume 50 • Number 9