Volume 54 Number 9 March 2009
All the action from Portland â€˘ Bug-In Victoria 2009 â€˘ The New Golf and more...
Bug-In 2009 Issue
The Official Magazine of the Volkswagen Club of Victoria Inc.
April 10th - 13th 2009
Programme of events in side this issue
Calendar of Events MARCH
March 22nd 8th Volkswagen Jamboree Caribbean Gardens, Scoresby. See Ad on page 2 for details.
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VWCV General Meetings Melbourne Club meetings are held every fourth Tuesday of every month at 8pm at Bell’s Hotel, 157 Moray St, South Melbourne, unless advised of an alternative venue in the Club Newsletter.
WVCV Annual Membership Fees • Single One Year Full Membership $55 • Single 3 Year Full Membership $150 • Additional Family Membership $20 (per extra member). • Membership Joining Fee $10 (first year members only). To join the Club, please complete the membership form inside this Newsletter and forward together with cheque for payment to the Club’s postal address as quoted on the form.
APRIL April 10th - 13th Bug-In 2009 Bendigo Victoria. See programme on page 4 or visit www.vwclub.com.au. April 28th VWCV General Meeting Bell’s Hotel at 8pm. 157 Moray St, South Melbourne. CTEK Presentation. Maximise the service life of your battery and say ‘Goodbye’ to flat batteries. See editorial on page 11 for details.
MAY May 5th Autumn 2009 Swap Meet Organised by Veteran Car Club of Aust (Tas) Inc. Northern section.
NOTE NEW VENUE Willis Street Council Car Park Launceston Tasmania. Start time - 9am $10 per site Further information contact - Ken Watts Phone 0411 404 560 After hours. May (Last Weekend) VWCV Concourse See April issue for full details.
MOTORSPORT EVENTS For information on Motorsports Events contact Michael Clark VWCV Motorsports Co ordinator on 9878 1554
VWCV membership also available on line www.vwclub.com.au 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:
VWCV Editor GPO Box 1215 Melbourne VIC 3001 Email email@example.com DEADLINE FOR NEXT ISSUE March 27th 2009
2 Presidents Report. 2 The New Golf from Volkswagen 4 Victorian Bug-In 2009 9 Portland Drags 10 Member Profile, John Stevens
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4 Bug-In 2009 All you need to know about the Victorian 2009 Bug-In hosted by the Volkswagen Club of Victoria.
2 The New Golf The New Golf’s high customer value and comfort defy class distinctions.
President Dean Holden 0412 500 588 Vice-President Brian Reed 9481 5673 firstname.lastname@example.org Secretary Michael Cronin 0419 684 181 Treasurer John Farlow 0418 357 416 email@example.com Additional Committee Members John Stevens & Richard Graham Public Officer John Stevens firstname.lastname@example.org Motorsports Co-ordinator Michael Clark 9878 1554 email@example.com Social Secretary Richard Graham 0418 527 862 firstname.lastname@example.org Membership Secretary Andrew Mengyel 0420 967 948 email@example.com Technical Officer Bill Malkoutzis & Andrew Ermel Editor Tony Albers 0408 330 894 firstname.lastname@example.org Assistant Editor Andrew Ermel 03 9369 1360 AndrewE@brimbank.vic.gov.au Web Master David Holinger email@example.com Advertising Manager Dean Holden 0412 500 588 Club Historian Chris Scane 0417 593 573 firstname.lastname@example.org
March 24th VWCV General Meeting Bell’s Hotel at 8pm. 157 Moray St, South Melbourne.
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11 CTEK Presentation 11 VWCV Classifieds. 12 VWCV Membership.
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They are easier to adjust from the inside, since the power mirror adjustment control is now located higher and further forward on the door trim. The new Golf is characterized by first-class acoustic properties. A special sound-damping film in the windshield reduces driving noises, as does the newly developed seal design on the doors and side window guides. Significantly less wind noise is generated by the outside mirrors due to their new shape. Furthermore, special modifications were made to better isolate the engine and passenger compartments from one another acoustically. Quiet rolling tyres and new engine bearings round out the noise reduction program.
President’s Report Dean Holden, VWCV President Hi and welcome to the March Wagensville Deluxe. This bumper edition of the club magazine is doing double duty this month as a Deluxe edition and a program for the 2009 Bun In. I am sure we don’t need to remind you that we have the 2009 Bug In happening in Bendigo at Easter. So if you haven’t already done it, please get on the VW Club of Victoria web site and register for what will be a fantastic weekend of VW fun.
And if you get tired if looking at VW’s (as if) you can head over the market and shop for a bargain. VW JAMBOREE 2009 (Victoria) 22nd March. Show and Swap Meet starts from 9am. 12 midday is the cut off for the judging. Presentation is between 1.30-2pm. Caribbean Gardens- Mel Ref 72 G10 Scoresby.
The final note from me is in relation to the terrible bush fires effecting Victoria during the past month. February was a busy month for the club, with Many of us have been directly effected or know much happening including the VW Magazine someone who has been effected in some way by Australia VW Drags at Portland. This was an this terrible tragedy. The VW Club of Victoria has excellent couple of days of drag racing. The been keen to provide some support to the Bush Chicago Shoot out with the local Portland drag racers was an eye opener with some seriously fast Fire Relief and at the February general meeting we proposed that the Volkswagen Club machines. The tappet cover races was a hoot on of Victoria make a $4,500 donation to the Red the Saturday night. The VW only drag day on the Cross Bush Fire Relief Fund. This donation Sunday came down to a Victorian only final. Due equates to approximately a $10.00 per current to break outs, busted axles and trans axles, the fastest 8 air-cooled battle was between yours truly member drawn from our current club funds. Thank you to all club members who voted and the Grey Drag Oval of our very own Andrew unanimously to donate to this very worthy cause. Ermel.
Still on Bush Fire Relief, I am also very happy to report that on Sunday the 22nd of March the Melburg Luft hosted a Bush fire Relief Show and The Kennett River camp out is coming up as I write Shine at Autocoupe in Eltham. This event was this report, with many looking forward to a nice bit organised at very short notice to support a great of camping, surfing and no doubt a few lemonades cause, was very well attended, and raised in around the camp. excess of $1500 from Raffles and Sausage Into March and we have the Philip Island Classic Sizzles plus a growing tally of pledges. on the 14th & 15th of March. We have a 10 car Congratulations to Mark, Josh & Phil who display area on the Shannons Walk again this year. organised this event and I am sure they won’t Then on the 22nd of March we have one of the mind me extending heart felt thanks on their biggest events on the Victorian VW calendar, the behalf to all in the VW and Porsche car VW Jamboree at Caribbean Gardens. This is a enthusiast’s community who very generously fantastic show, with a people’s choice car show supported this worthy cause. and swap meet. See you all at the Jamboree. Look out for the full report on the VWMA drag day else where in this Deluxe magazine.
The New Golf The New Golf’s high customer value and comfort defy class distinctions. The New Golf design points the way to Volkswagen’s future with TDI, TSI and DSG systems to reduce fuel consumption and is the first Golf with Adaptive Chassis Control. Volkswagen is sending its sixth generation of Golf out into the world. The Golf is a phenomenon, regardless of its particular generation. This style icon defies all automotive and social class distinctions and has come to represent the benchmark in its segment. The Golf is the only one that always fits right, and the new one is even better fitting. The team headed up by the Group’s chief designer, the Italian Walter de Silva, has succeeded in giving the Golf a presence, a sharpness, a power that generates even more fun. Data such as an average fuel consumption of 5.3 litres per 100 kilometres for a 103kW TDI with the manual transmission put fuel prices in their place. Upon request, the Golf can park itself nearly automatically in the city thanks to the optional “Park Assist”, and at the push of a button it can transform itself from a cruiser to a sports car when the new optional “Adaptive Chassis Control” system is fitted.
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8th VW Jamboree Swap Meet
Show & Shine Sunday 22nd March 2009 Caribbean Gardens Scoresby. (Mel. Ref. 72 G10) Starts 9am (Car entrant cutoff 12pm) Presentation 1.30pm - 2.00pm Entry $2.50 Adult, $1 for kids. Sorry No Dogs.
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Making a significant contribution to the pioneering acoustic properties of the Golf is the exceptionally quiet common rail TDI engine being implemented on the Golf for the first time. Two balancer shafts eliminate undesirable vibrations. At its Australian market launch Volkswagen will be offering a 2.0 litre TDI engine in the Diesel range; it delivers 103 kW and is fitted with a diesel particulate filter (DPF). The new TDI is exceptionally fuel efficient. The manual 103 kW diesel is satisfied with just 5.3 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres (139 g/km CO2). Above all, the car exhibits a standard of quality never before attained in this price class. Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board at Volkswagen AG, sums it up: “This sixth generation of Golf cars will completely redefine the quality and comfort level of its class over broad categories, offering more customer value than ever before”. The clear and powerful styling of the Golf being offered in the “Trendline” and “Comfortline” equipment lines is showing the entire brand the way to the future. The Volkswagen’s acoustic properties and overall comfort tear down class distinctions. Innovative engine and transmission technologies reduce fuel consumption. Assistance systems such as “Adaptive Chassis Control” and “Park Assist” – bring additional top technologies to the Golf class. A new ESP system, with finer response over its control range, further optimised crash properties, seven airbags including a knee airbag, the safety optimised head restraints (WOKS) that work to counteract whiplash trauma and daytime running lights provide for a maximum level of safety. The exceptionally high value of the new Golf is reflected par excellence in its stylish design; all key body elements were redesigned: “We have cast the Golf’s core components in a precise new mould”, explains Walter de Silva. He emphasizes this: “The Golf is the global icon of car making. So the architecture and styling of this new model are also absolutely clear and unique.” At the same time, the sixth Golf has a sportier and more distinctive image than any previous generation of the model series. “It is more accentuated, more three-dimensional than its predecessor; with precisely defined lines and edges, and with finely proportioned flared surfaces and recesses,” said De Silva. And Klaus Bischoff, Chief Designer for the brand, adds: “Every detail is uncompromisingly aimed at improving value.”
The roof section now rests on a prominently contoured shoulder section. Responsible for this is a dominant curved line that extends from the headlights back to the taillights. This side profile line – which Volkswagen Design calls the “character line” – also gives the Golf a fuller, lower stance on the road from a lateral perspective. All body surfaces are more relaxed, more athletic. In front, the new car adopts the radiator grille of the first Golf generation that is horizontally aligned between the headlights; the grille itself is in highgloss black. The lines of the bumper match those
Initially, two variants of the petrol engines will be offered; a turbocharged 90kW TSI and a turbo and supercharged 118kW TSI. Both petrol engines are pioneers in economy. The optimized 90 kW entrylevel engine with DSG transmission consumes just 6.2 litres of premium unleaded petrol per hundred kilometres (143 g/km CO2). The turbo and supercharged engine once again makes its appearance as a prime example of efficiency, with the 118 kW manual transmission, the new Golf 1.4 TSI consumes just 6.2 litres of premium unleaded petrol per hundred kilometres (150 g/km CO2).
of the radiator grille. Beneath this is a section with another air scoop. Also presented over a black background are the chrome light housings of the dynamically styled headlamps.
All petrol and diesel engines may be paired with Volkswagen’s dual clutch transmission (DSG). The two petrol engines use a new 7-speed DSG transmission while the high-torque diesel is The rear too is characterized by a predominance of available with a 6-speed DSG. horizontal lines. The taillights – now very wide – are Pricing for the Golf remains unchanged from the marked among other things by an unmistakably previous generation which starts at $25,990 for unique night design. Overall, the new Golf – in the the 1.4 TSI 90kW manual and rises to $35,690 interplay of all of its design characteristics – gives for the 2.0-litre TDI with a six-speed DSG the appearance of a significantly wider, flatter and transmission. higher end car. The car’s exceptionally high value also applies to the newly designed interior, whose refined surfaces and features completely transform class distinctions, both to the touch and visually, especially in the cockpit area. The appearance and layout of materials – as well as details such as brushed chrome accents and round instruments and steering wheels – leave the impression that one is actually sitting in a car of the next higher segment. Ergonomic properties of the car’s interior were also developed further. For example, all controls are even easier to use. They include controls for the automatic climate control system, the RNS 510 satellite navigation system with touch screen and the power window controls that are now located further forward in the door trim, making them easier to access.
There is a common thread here: Volkswagen’s typical attention to perfection of every detail in Especially in a direct comparison of generations V the car. Take the example of the optional leather and VI, it becomes evident just how much the new seats: a new, more robust leather is being used for Golf has changed. The design team – headed up the first time on the Golf. Or the outside mirrors: by Walter de Silva, Klaus Bischoff and the Group’s thanks to their aerodynamically optimized shape director for creative design, Flavio Manzoni they get significantly less dirty. – crystallized out the Golf’s essential DNA and sent it on a trip to the future. Style features include the clarity of the first generation’s front end and the C-pillar that was perfected in the fourth generation.
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Perfectly placed and conveniently located in the centre of Victoria and only 95 minutes drive from Melbourne Airport. Bendigo is one of Australia’s major regional cities serviced by excellent road, rail and air links.
The 1st Bug-In was organised by the then Volkswagen Australasia Pty Ltd in Albury, NSW, on the Australia Day Weekend, 1970. The Bug-In consisted of a race meeting at Hume Weir race circuit, a grass motorkhana on the banks of the Murray River, a car trial and a social trip to Falls Creek snowfields in northern Victoria. This has been the one and only Bug-In, (so far) which has featured snow. The Bug-In has been hosted by the relevant state based VW Clubs over the Easter weekend ever since, moving from State to State in an anti-clockwise direction.
Victoria 2009 Bug-In 2009 celebrates a ruby anniversary being the 40th National Bug-In, and will be staged in and around the Bendigo region of Victoria. The event is held primarily for the benefit of all VW enthusiasts throughout Australia. The host VW Club members stage each of the events on a voluntary basis. The events include a welcome dinner, show and shine, motorsports, presentation dinner, farewell activities and in later years an extended tour that allows members to continue the celebration of the VW by touring in convoy on the much loved Australian pastime of the “road trip”. The 2009 extended tour plans to cross the Australian Alps so after 40 years we may repeat the experience of the inaugural Bug-In and feature snow.
Flash Lube The general public is most welcome to attend the show and shine and the motor sport events, with all proceeds from admissions being donated to “Sanctuary for Kids” an initiative of Bendigo Health.
FRIDAY 10th APRIL (Good Friday)
SATURDAY 11th APRIL (Easter Saturday)
REGISTRATION and AFTERNOON TEA Foundry Hotel in the Sterling Room Corner of High and Shamrock Streets 3.30pm to 5.30pm
CAR SHOW & SHINE Show and Shine, centre of the city Bridge Street 9.00am to 1.00pm
ORGANISED CAR CRUISE 2pm to 5pm
Organiser: Michael Cronin Contact Details: 0419 684181
Organiser: Richard Graham Contact Details: 0418 527 862
Afternoon tea will be self serve tea and coffee, homemade cakes and biscuits and hot cross buns. Beverages other than tea and coffee at own cost.
Charity collection tins will be available at the location and all proceeds will go to support the Bendigo Hospital charity appeal.
Depart in convoy from the Show N Shine location at 1.30pm to visit the Bendigo Pottery for a pot throwing activity and tour, then on to the Central Debora Gold Mine and if time permits a final stop at the Chinese Museum.
Afternoon tea will be provided at no charge to Bug-In registered attendees.
The host state for the 2009 Bug-In is Victoria, and the event is hosted by the Volkswagen Club of Victoria Inc. and Volksclub Bendigo Inc.
Programme of Events
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WELCOME DINNER Foundry Hotel in the Platinum Room 364-366 High St. Golden Square, VIC 3555 (03) 5443-6144 6.00pm to 10.00pm Organiser: Cheryl Ermel, Matt Kinsey and Kingsley Morrison Contact Details: 0408 105214 Set two course menu, garlic bread on tables, self serve tea and coffee, soft drink for children free, other beverages at own cost. Welcome dinner cost per adult $25.00, children under 14 YO - $12.00.
Public viewing entry by gold coin donation.
There will be 6 trophies awarded. The decision of the Judges will be final. Only Bug-In registered vehicles will be eligible for judging and no registrations will be accepted on the day.
Organiser: Kingsley Morrison Contact Details: (03) 9484 8953 (AH)
Afternoon tea will be available at the Bendigo Pottery. BENDIGO POTTERY Bendigo Pottery Interpretative Museum
ALTERNATIVE AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES & EVENING PROGRAM
Group entry - Adults $6.50 - Students $4.00 (entitles attendee to 10% discount on any sales made by the Group.
WINERY TOUR 2pm to 5pm
Wheel Throwing Lessons plus potter’s demonstration - $10 per half hour
Organiser: John Farlow Contact Details: 0418 357416
Afternoon tea at own cost.
Central Victoria Wine Tours operates wine tours throughout the Bendigo and Heathcote wine regions.
CENTRAL DEBRA GOLD MINE 75 minute mine tour, includes 50 minutes underground and 15 minute surface tour.
Tours for small groups use luxury VW mpv van (approx 10 people) but larger groups can be catered for with additional coaches (21 passenger minbus or 48 passenger bus).
Adults $22.00 - Concession $20.00 - Child (5-15 YO) $11.00
Tour costs will be $50 per person, includes pick up and drop off from the nominated motels and caravan parks, stopping at 3 or 4 wineries depending on time and afternoon tea.
CHINESE MUSEUM Adults $8.00 - Concession $6.00 - Child $5.00 Admissions will be paid on the day direct to the venues. SATURDAY EVENING Free time for Bug-In participants to visit one of the many local restaurants of their choice. Once it was gold that bought the crowds to the Bendigo region. Now the food and wine experiences are emerging as the new gold! Glorious Mediterranean-type weather makes alfresco dining a true Bendigo highlight. Enjoy outdoor dining along the grand, historic streets or overlooking the tranquil setting of Lake Weeroona, whilst sampling anything from contemporary modern Australian to exquisite European cuisine. All dining treasures can be found in the Bendigo Dining Guide.
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MONDAY 13th APRIL (Easter Monday) GALA EASTER PARADE Gala Easter Parade through Bendigo streets 11.00am to 2.00pm Organiser: Chris Abley and John Farlow Contact Details: Chris - 0417 470000, John - 0418 357416 The City of Bendigo is hosting the Bendigo Easter Festival and the 2009 Bug-In is part of the festival. Scenery from Danny’s Lookout close to the summit of Mount Hotham
The Festival is the longest running community festival in Australia and the Gala Parade on Easter Monday is the highlight of this iconic event. The Bendigo Easter Fair Committee has invited the 2009 Bug-In Committee to enter 12 Volkswagens in the parade to represent the Marque and celebrate the contribution the 2009 Bug-In has made to the Easter Festival.
SUNDAY 12th APRIL (Easter Sunday) MOTOR SPORT ACTIVITIES Motor sport activities at The Bagshot Motorsports Complex 9.00am to 3.00pm
PRESENTATION DINNER All Seasons Bendigo Quality Resort in the Fernery Room 7.00pm to 12.00pm
Collins Rd. - 25 Kms from the Bendigo GPO, travelling north on the Midland Highway.
Bendigo Quality Resort 171 - 183 McIvor Highway, Bendigo
Organiser: Michael Clark Contact Details: (03) 9878 1554 (AH)
Organiser: Paul Kinsey Contact Details: 0417 547268
Activities include Motorkhana, and Khanacross and a novelty event for members to tryout low level motorsport (CAMS licence not required for novelty event). A swap site will operate during the event.
This “Bug In” is the 40th anniversary of the event. The dinner will therefore have a ruby colour theme so come in your best “ruby” outfit.
Motor sport entrants fee is $50.00 providing access to all events, lunch and refreshments. Swap sites are $25.00 per site. Spectators $5.00 per person (children under 16 YO free) and includes entry to the novelty event only. An S2 CAMS licence will be required for the Motorkhana, and Khanacross events. Supplementary regulations to be announced. A licence can be purchased on the day.
Nominated vehicles will be selected and advised during the course of the Bug-In activities. FAREWELL AFTERNOON TEA Bendigo Rowing Club on the shores of Lake Weeroona 2.30pm to 4.00pm Weeroona Avenue Organiser: Chris Abley Contact Details: 0417 470000
Starting with pre-dinner drinks (included in costs) with hot and cold savories, followed by a carvery style two course meal (main course and dessert) with tea and coffee to close off an evening of dining and dancing to the Corvettes a well known local band playing 60s, 70s and 80s music, lucky door prizes and some surprises that will ensure a great night for all.
After the Parade, come and say a final farewell to all those members heading for home. Enjoy the hospitality of the Volksclub Bendigo on the shores of picturesque Lake Weeroona. Entertainment will include DVDs and a special display of collectibles provided by Volksclub members.
The night will include the presentation of trophies. Presentation dinner cost per adult $40.00, children under 12 YO - $15.00. Beverages at bar prices.
Food and beverages can be purchased at the venue.
Cost will be $6.50 per head, including tea & coffee. Soft drinks will be available for $1.00 per can.
Note: No alcohol or animals allowed permitted within the motorsports complex.
TUESDAY 14th to SATURDAY 18th APRIL EASTERN VICTORIAN FIVE DAY TOUR Organiser: John and Jan Stevens Contact Details: (03) 8684 6203 BH and (03) 9890 2548 AH or at email@example.com. The Eastern Victorian Bug-In Tour 2009 is a 5 day road trip that starts on Tuesday 14 April 2009, the day after the Bendigo Bug-In 2009 finishes. The Tour covers a distance of around 1460km and showcases the wonderful sights of four key geographic assets of Victoria, namely The Murray River, The Gold Fields, The High Country and The Tasman Sea. The 2009 Tour plans to cross the Australian Alps so after 40 years we may repeat the experience of the inaugural Bug-In and feature snow. The Tour will take us north from Bendigo to the mighty Murray River and through a number of its historic river trade towns, east to the Snowy River
country so famous in Australian folklore, southwest to the northern Victorian goldfields where fortunes were won and lost so long ago, up and over Victoria’s highest mountain and its premier snowfields, south to the East Gippsland ocean, sun and beaches then west to the Most Liveable City In The World, Melbourne. Daily driving times on the Tour are mostly between 3 to 4 hours to give participants time for browsing in towns, sampling of locally made produce, planned sightseeing at local attractions and just plain enjoyment of the diverse and wonderful Victorian countryside in the company of like minded VW companions. Participants are encouraged to make early contact with the accommodation establishments and arrange their own personal accommodation bookings for the whole trip. Full details relating to the Tour, including accommodation options, can be found on the Victorian Volkswagen Club Inc website at http: //www.vwclub.com.au/bugin_tour.php. If you decide to come along on the Tour we are sure that you will have a great time.
So far the response to the Tour has been really positive. We currently have 15 cars and 25 people who have signed up for this 5 day and 1500 km cruise around Victoria and we expect to pick up a few more starters in the next couple of weeks. It is really great that we have a number of people from WA, SA, Qld and NSW ready to travel all the way to Victoria for the Bug-In and the following Tour. We are sure that they will not be disappointed. If you have not yet made your mind up one way or the other please give it some serious thought and if you decide to go please book as soon as possible. The VWCV must make a number of bookings at venues and events along the way and numbers need to be locked in by 10 March 2009, one month out from the start of the Bug-In. This promises to be a real adventure that travels through some of the most stunning scenery in Victoria. If you want further information full details on can be found at http://www.vwclub.com.au/bugin_tour.php If you have any questions please call for more information. Thanks John Stevens
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(e) A $5.00 entry fee for spectators (under 16 free) will be charged and includes entry to the novelty event only. (f) The Promoter reserves the right to refuse entry in accordance with NCR83. 8. INSURANCE (a) Public risk insurance has been effected by the Promoters. (b) All drivers and officials are covered by the CAMS personal accident policy. April 12th 2009 (c) For further details, refer to Appendix I of the 2008 CAMS Manual of Supplementary Regulations Motorsport. 9. CLASSES There are only three classes: • Volkswagen powered vehicles. 1. THE EVENT • Non Volkswagen powered vehicles. The event, a Multi-Club Motorkhana/Khanacross, shall be known as the 2009 (please note this class only eligible for “Best Overall Non VW Powered”) and Easter Bug-In Motorkhana/khanacross and will hereafter be called the Event. will not contribute to Bug In points The event will be a timed Motorkhana then a timed Khanacross for holders of • Juniors under 18years of age. current club membership of clubs affiliated with CAMS. - Note Tyre restrictions limiting tyres to normal road tyres – No wintertread or 2. PROMOTERS rally type tyres. The Director will be the final arbiter on tyre eligibility Volkswagen club of Victoria inc. GPO box 1215 Melbourne Victoria. 10. STARTING ORDER The Event will be conducted under CAMS Permit Number: Starting from 1 in numerical order, In the case of shared vehicles, drivers 3. ORGANISING COMMITTEE will be spaced several numbers apart to allow changeovers with minimal Event Director: Michael Clark 03 98781554 disruption to the event All Correspondance c/o Michael Clark 11. DRIVERS 75 Surrey Road Blackburn 3130 Drivers must hold a current and valid CAMS 2NS License or superior. No driver Tel. 03 98781554 Mob. 0431206222 shall be under the age of 14 years. Drivers between the ages of 14 and 16 5. AUTHORITY entering the khanacross must have previously competed in Motorkhanas. The The event will be held under the International Sporting code of the FIA, the Director will be the final arbiter on competitor eligibility National Competition Rules (NCR) of the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport Ltd. (CAMS) the Khanacross Standing Regulations, these supplementary 12. VEHICLE ELIGIBILITY All vehicles must comply with CAMS Group 4H and section 6, Schedules A regulations and any further regulations or instructions issued by the of the NCR’s in the 2008 CAMS manual. All vehicles defined as a special by promoters. This Event will be conducted under and in accordance with CAMS group 4H must be fitted with a rollover protection structure complying with OH&S and Risk Management Policies, which can be found on the CAMS Schedule J. website at www.cams.com.au 13. SPECIAL NOTES. (for Khanacross) 6. PLACE AND DATE (a) For open vehicles and specials, neck to wrist to ankle clothing must be The event will be held at the Bendigo car club grounds at the Bagshot worn. Motorsport Complex. Current Club Membership Card, CAMS licence, CAMS (b) A Fire extinguisher of at least 900g capacity, to a standard listed in vehicle log book (if issued) and competition records (if issued) must be Schedule H of the 2008 CAMS Manual must be securely fitted to the vehicle. presented at scrutiny. Scrutiny will commence at 9am. Drivers briefing will be at 9.50am. Official runs will commence at 10am. Food and drinks wil be (c) All drivers shall wear a Safety helmet complying with a standard list in available at the venue. Section 6, Schedule D of the NCR’s. 7. ENTRIES (d) Goggles or a helmet with visor (to AS 1609-1981) must be worn in all open (a) Entries will open on the issuing of these supp regs and close at 9:50am cars and in closed cars which have the windscreen removed on 12th of April 2009. Entries can be sent to 75 Surrey Rd Blackburn 3130, up (e) No driver shall enter either the motorkhana or khanacross in more than until last post Wednesday 8th of April, or at the friday registration night and one car. onward with the correct entry fee. Cheques or money orders should be made to (f) Fuel must be in accordance with Schedule G of the CAMS Manual. Volkswagen club of Victoria inc. 14. COURSE (b) The entry fee shall be $50.00 which provides access to all events, lunch The event(s)will be run over varied courses of grass / dirt defined by witches and refreshments. hats, flags, bunting and tyres. (c) An entry will only be deemed valid when payments are received with a For the motorkhana a minimum of 4 tests and a maximum 6 will be signed entry form. conducted. For the khanacross all runs will be over 1 lap. A minimum of 4 (d) There will be a maximum of four drivers per vehicle. and a maximum of 10 tests will be conducted. Most tests will be based on Motorkhana tests with different dimensions / layouts.
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15. RUNNING DETAIL Results will be determined by the aggregate of all timed runs or if 2 runs are held on each course the best time for that course. Timing will be controlled by hand held stop watches. Time keepers will be Judges of fact. 16. STARTING PROCEDURE Competitors will line up in numerical order and will be moved onto the starting area immediately after the previous competitor has departed. The starter will indicate to the driver when to proceed into the start garage (motorkhana) or start line (khanacross). Any competitor who encounters difficulties on the course may be permitted a re-run at the discretion of the Clerk of Course. Please line up 5 cars before your run to keep event flowing. 17. FINISH PROCEDURE (Khanacross) At the end of each run the driver is to immediately decelerate the vehicle and proceed to the finish garage. At all times when moving within the pit area, and leaving the course, the maximum speed limit is to be 10 km/h. 18. TERMINATION The organisers reserve the right to stop the event at any time if they consider it necessary, in the interests of safety or for any other reason. 19. POSTPONEMENT OR ABANDONMENT The organisers reserve the right to postpone, abandon, or cancel the event under NCR 59. If the event is cancelled or postponed for more than 7 days, the entry fees shall be refunded in full. 20. AWARDS Awards will be as per Bug In trophies 21. ALCOHOL During any competition, consumption of alcoholic beverages in the paddock, pits or any other portion of the competition venue under the control of the officials is expressly forbidden until all practice or competition activity is concluded for each day. Any driver or crew member who is found to be affected by alcohol on the day of the event or practice therefore shall not be permitted to participate. Refer NCR 145A. In addition, the persons concerned will be subject to the Articles of the Procedure for Alcohol Testing and CAMS Drugs in Sport Policy. Competitors, crews or officials may be tested for alcohol or other drugs at any time during the event(s). This regulation serves as the required 24-hour notice to Competitors, Crew and Officials. 22. NOISE Vehicles must not exceed a noise limit of 95dB(A). 23. PENALTIES Wrong direction – Slowest time in class +5 Dislodging penalty markers - 5 seconds per instance Not stopping in garage – 5 seconds per instance. DNS and DNF results will be allocated as slowest in class +5 24. PROTESTS Protests must be lodged in accordance with Part XII of the NCR and accompanied by the appropriate fee. The Timekeepers/Observers will be deemed Judges of Fact. Held under the International Sporting Code of the FIA and the National Competition Rules of CAMS.
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head to head with a number of fast interstaters in the fastest eight air-cooled category. Due to other competitors breakages and break outs (posting an actual 1/8th mile run time that is higher or lower than the nominated time) the fastest eight final was an all Victorian event with Andrew Ermel winning the final by the narrowest margin. Great result for our club bringing home 1st and runner up in the fastest 8 air-cooled the second year up.
Portland On the weekend of the 21st and 22nd of February myself a number of our fellow VW Club of Victoria members joined VW enthusiasts from South Australia, New South Wales and long distance VW drag racers from Queensland to attend the 2nd annual VWMA VW only Drag Racing weekend at the South Coast Raceway located in the historic coastal town of Portland.
The weekend commenced with all attending VW drag racing crews getting a taste of the local drag racing activities with Friday 1/8th mile Portland street meet. Lots of Holden and Ford’s finest V8’s and sixes creating lots of tire smoke intermingled with the first runs for the weekend from a small number of drag racing VW’s. The rest of us elected to watch from the sidelines, set up camp and consume a couple of frothy ones and keep our powder dry for the practise on Saturday. Events on the Saturday started with a VW cruise from the South Coast Raceway thru the Portland main street and then on to the Portland Harbour foreshore for a VW Show and Shine. Then it was back to the South Coast raceway for a 1.00pm start for the Chicago Shoot Out for the local South Coast drag car club and the start of official practise for the VW Drag racers. The quality of the South Coast Drag Car club cars was outstanding with some very low times and spectacular runs with front wheels off the ground well past the 60ft mark for some. The drag VW’s in attendance proved very popular with the local V8 crowd and some excellent times were recorded.
A full set of results and competitor list will be included in the next copy of the Volkswagen Australia Magazine. Highlights for this writer was watching and hearing Mike Kristen’s twin supercharged drag Karmann Ghia on the track. Unfortunately the Saturday practice did see some Also the super charged 1600 VW powered GoGo mechanical carnage with a very sticky track taking Mobile Dart was a spectacular sight. The other major highlight for me was seeing its toll on Trans axles and axles of many of the the owner of 1200 powered Herbie replica higher HP VW’s. For VW’s not racing, there was the opportunity for circulating the track all weekend. Not breaking any track records, but having an absolute ball just some to try the delights of some off-roading with competing and being part of the action. VW Buggies in the sand dunes. Portland boasts
Plans are already in place to run the 3rd annual VW only drag meeting in Portland for next year. Make sure you add it to your to do list for 2010. Saturday night was the VWMA VW only Drag There is camping on site, show and shine, drag Weekend welcome dinner and VW Tappet Cover racing and off roading, so there is plenty of activity Races. We had a serious tappet cover racing challenger from the ranks of the Victorian VW Club. to fill the weekend. We want to have members of the Victorian VW However Victoria did not end up in the winner scene turn up in mass next year. circle this time. the only place that you can legally use your VW buggy in the sand dunes in Victoria.
Sunday dawned clear and fine and after a beautiful breakfast it was time for an hour of final practice before the round robin VW drag racing competition began. More mechanical carnage ensued during the 1 hour free practice and the final draw saw many big names dropped out due to broken cars. The VW only drag racing competition is a Dial In Competition. This means that you nominate the time you believe your VW will run the 1/8 mile. When you do a run, you are running against your self. The idea is to complete your run as close to your nominated time as possible. If your actual run time is closer to your nominated time than the car in the other lane, you win. After the last hour of practise, the writer, Michael Clarke in his beautiful drag bug, John in the Stylin Beetle and Andrew Ermel in the Grey Oval went
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DISCLAIMER: EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY, RELEASE AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK. COMPETITORS AND/OR DRIVERS. For Competitors I/We being the competitor/s of the vehicle described on this Entry Form wish to enter that vehicle for the above event. For Competitors and Drivers I/We being the competitor/s and/or driver, certify that the particulars on this form are true and correct in every particular, to the best of my/our knowledge and belief. I/We declare that I/we have read and understood the Supplementary Regulations issued for the event, and agree to be bound by them and the provisions of the National Competition Rules of the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport Limited (“CAMS”). In exchange for being able to attend or participate in the event (including entering the event), I agree: to release CAMS and Australian Motor Sport Commission Ltd, promoters, sponsor organisations, land owners and lessees, organisers of the event, their respective servants, officials, representatives and agents (collectively, the “Associated Entities”) from all liability for my death, personal injury (including burns), psychological trauma, loss or damage (including property damage) (“harm”) howsoever arising from my participation in or attendance at the event, except to the extent prohibited by law; that CAMS and the Associated Entities do not make any warranty, implied or express, that the event services will be provided with due care and skill or that any materials provided in connection with the services will be fit for the purpose for which they are supplied; and to attend or participate in the event at my own risk. I/we acknowledge that: the risks associated with attending or participating in the event include the risk that I may suffer harm as a result of: motor vehicles (or parts of them) colliding with other motor vehicles, persons or property; acts of violence and other harmful acts (whether intentional or inadvertent) committed by persons attending or participating in the event; and the failure or unsuitability of facilities (including grand-stands, fences and guard rails) to ensure the safety of persons or property at the event. Motor sport is dangerous and that accidents causing harm can and do happen and may happen to me. I accept the conditions of, and acknowledge the risks arising from, attending or participating in the event and being provided with the event services by CAMS and the Associated Entities. I understand that this disclaimer is not intended to exclude any valid claim I may have under the CAMS Personal Insurance Scheme. Competitor’s/Driver 1 Signature
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“Life” A Split Kombi, 5 blokes, 6 long surfboards, full camping gear and a few cans of lemonade.
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What is your earliest memory of a Volkswagen? In the third week of September 1968 on a surfari travelling down to the Mornington Peninsula. We were in the back of a mate’s brother’s Split Kombi singing along to the Beatles song Hey Jude (released that week). At that time we were too young to have a licence so we scrounged lifts everywhere. I thought that Kombi was fantastic.
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What first got you interested in Volkswagens? Surfing and the ease with which one Kombi could easily carry 5 blokes, 6 long surfboards, full camping gear and more than just a few cans of lemonade. This was later re-enforced when I did a lot of travelling in a mate’s 1974 Kombi Camper on scuba diving adventures. The driving experience in that Camper was so enjoyable I decided that one day I would have one. It took me 20 years but eventually I did.
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What do you like most about Volkswagens? Reliability and personality. Whether it is a Beetle, Kombi, T3 etc. these cars seem to always chug along happily and have a personality of their own. How and why did you become involved with the Volkswagen club of Victoria? When we purchased our 1975 Kombi Camper it needed quite a bit of work to bring it up to standard. I had no idea who I should use to get the work done so I contacted the VWCV and was given a few names to choose from. From there we did not look back.
The presentation will include: The importance of caring for your car battery to ensure the car remains in good condition
What is your favourite Volkswagen Type you have owned? I would have to say the 1975 Kombi Camper. It has been the key to the heaps of terrific adventures that we have undertaken over the last 6 years, the places that we have visited and the very strong friendships that we have forged with many great club members.
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If you could have any Volkswagen what would it be? A very good condition Westfalia Kombi.
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What has been your most enjoyable experience in a Volkswagen? The 2006 VWCV Central Australia Trip. The fact that 23 club members and their families had a very enjoyable 21 days together travelling 6000km, through the heart of Australia, sometimes is difficult circumstances, without incident, was truly remarkable. If it was possible to wind back time and do it all over again I would be there as quick as a flash. Is your unique Volkswagen enthusiasm recognised and supported by family, friends and community? Yes. I have “converted” many people into being VW, or more specifically, Kombi spotters. I get regular excited reports of sightings, cars for sale and even models purchased for me by non-VW people without any prompting. Is your family car a Volkswagen? We use a 1991 Nissan Skyline during the week and prefer to leave the VW travelling to the weekends.
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What is your profession and do your Volkswagen interests and profession cross paths? I work for the State Government. Apart from looking out my city building window all day every day trying to spot Kombies driving down Exhibition Street (only kidding!), VWs and I do not cross paths through my employment. If you could go back in time what Volkswagen experience would you change? In the late 60’s a good mate of mine inherited an early Oval Beetle, from memory it might have been as early as 1954. We did not give that car the respect it deserved and it had a very short life thereafter. On a scale from 1 to 10, how much of Volkswagen nut are you? Probably a 9.
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Is your Membership renewal due? Don’t mess around with cheques or money orders, why not pay online? The Volkswagen Club of Victoria website now has an online payment facility to make renewing your membership even easier. Ensure your place in the club by paying with either Visa, MasterCard, or PayPal. or please return this form together with your cheque or money order for payment to the above address. Please allow 28 days for processing.
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Current total memberships of the Volkswagen Club of Victoria - 414
Reminder for the following members of your membership renewal. Ursula Weidenmuller, Charmaine Redford, Neville Dean, Wayne HulbertHank & Tahnee Van Herk, Benjamin & Rachel Thompson, Alison & Simon Rankcom, Peter & Erika Behrendt, Ian McNIsh, Michael Yanko, Nadia Lerk, Don Santowiak, Michael, Lauren & Lucy Watts, Pasquale Piccoili, Alan & Avis Gardner, Luke Reisner, Jose Gonzalez.
Alice Wing Choi and Anthony Herroitt. Welcome and thankyou on behalf of the Volkswagen Club of Victoria.
Current Memberships Renewals The following memberships are due in the month of March 2009. John Rosengrave, Paul & Nalini Blacker, Ron Donohue, B.L. Wilson, John Stewart, Tony Shaw, Laurel, David & Pat Owens, Adam Karczmarczyk, Matthew Gardner, John Hayton, Xavier Larkin, Jason Hopkinson, Adam Remboulis, Stephen Farrell, Robert Jamieson, Narelle Lemon, Philip, Janay, Holli & Harry Hector, Peter & Julie Williams, Tony Carabott, Peter Simmenauer.
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WOLFSBURG AUTOMOTIVE Please note; If your membership renewal has been paid after the 28th February 2009 please disregard the above reminder. Also if you have not received your renewal notice for some reason please fill out the application again and state ‘renewal’, or you can now renew ONLINE at www.vwclub.com.au/membership.php
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