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Volume 53 Number 6 November 2007

Rat Ride • The big change of 68 • Smokin’ • From the Archives and more...


The Official Magazine of the Volkswagen Club of Victoria Inc.

See you at the

Day of the

Volkswagen Full programme of the days events inside this issue.


The Official Magazine of the Volkswagen Club of Victoria Inc.

VWCV Committee President Michael Cronin 0419 684 181 Vice-President Dean Holden 0412 500 588 Secretary Matt Kinsey 9484 8953 Treasurer John Farlow 0418 357 416 Additional Committee Members John Stevens & Paul Kinsey Public Officer John Stevens Motorsports Co-ordinator Chris Antonello 0407 309 244 Social Secretary Kingsley Morrison 03 9484 8953 Membership Secretary Xavier Larkin 03 9836 7607 Technical Officer Bill Malkoutzis & Michael Clark Editor Tony Albers 0408 330 894 Assistant Editor Andrew Ermel 03 9369 1360 Web Master David Holinger Advertising Manager Dean Holden 0412 500 588 Club Historian Chris Scane 9848 6216 VW Cruises Anthony Surie 0414 344 331


Calendar of Events

4 Rat Ride All the Character behind the rust, oxidised factory paint, accessories and a look at Anthony’s 1957 Panel Rat.


8 The Big Change of 68 The Beetle became SUPER and the Split Screen Bus was replaced by the Bay Window version.

See Ad on page 15 for details. November 23rd Pre Day of the Volkswagen Drive-In Night. Luna Drive-In Dandenong. See Ad on page 3 for details. November 25th VWCV Day of the Volkswagen 2007. See Ad on page 6 for details and full programme for the day on page 2. or visit

VWCV General Meetings


Melbourne Club meetings held every third Tuesday of every month at 8pm at the RACV Club (Henty Room), 501 Bourke Street, 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.

DECEMBER December 9th VWCV Christmas Party and combined Club Meeting at Lloyds Place. See Ad on page 10 for details.

MOTORSPORT EVENTS December 2nd Come and Try Motorkhana. Heathcote Park Speedway. See Ad on page 14 for details.

VWCV membership also available on line 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 DEADLINE FOR NEXT ISSUE Friday November 30th 2007

2008 Motorsports Calendar See back cover for details. Contact Chris Antonello for details. 0407 309 244

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

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Day of the Volkswagen 2007 Programme for the day

Michael Cronin, VWCV President

This year is looking to be another big year for the Day of the Volkswagen, once again SOUTH YARRA VOLKSWAGEN is our major sponsor for the event who will have on display many of the new range of VWs including some of the more exciting performance vehicles such as the GTI, Turbo Diesels and the new Volkswagen EOS. Representatives from South Yarra Volkswagen will be on hand to demonstrate and answer any questions you may have about the new cars on display.

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Editor’s Note

My role as Assistant Editor will be to conduct interviews with club members and enthusiasts from around Australia, include articles on interstate VW clubs as well as articles from Volkswagen Australia on new model releases. Together with Chris Scane our new Club Historian you can look forward to reading articles on the Clubs history and motoring articles from the early years of Volkswagens in Australia. I will be conducting interviews with members over the next few months and welcome your ideas for magazine articles. Andrew Ermel, VWCV Assistant Editor


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The Professional Automotive People


Please have your Pre-Paid Show and Shine Registration forms ready upon arival at the gate, Pre-Paid entrants enter via the express entry lane to ensure a speedy access to the grounds. Entry for the Show and Shine closes strictly at 11.00am. All cars including Pre-Paid entered vehicles must be in the grounds by 11.00am. Pre-paid entrants will only need to stop for the free show bag donated by Shannon’s insurance, who is once again our co sponsor for this year. Shannon’s representatives will be available on the day to assist with any insurance needs.

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11.00am World Premiere Unveiling of the mystery Pre War Volkswagen.

Directions to the DOTVW

11.00pm - 1.00pm JUDGING of SHOW and SHINE

Take the Cranbourne/Hastings exit which is Island Surf Shack the South Gippsland Freeway M420 exit of the Monash Freeway, continue down South Gippsland Freeway and take Cranbourne Phillip Island Exit which now becomes the South Gippsland Highway. Mel.Ref. 133 J6. Cranbourne racecourse is located south of the Cranbourne main shopping precinct. Entrance to the grounds is via Grant Street, VW signs on major intersections will direct Also trading on the day, you to the event on the day. SAFETY JUMPER LEADS if you are in need of a new set of Jumper Leads. See you all on the day.

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The Day of the Volkswagen 2007 – New Judging Arrangements.

Our club membership and merchandise stand will once again offer VWCV merchandise items and also available will be the Day of the Volgswagen 2007 T-Shirts. Our membership Secretary will be available to answer any questions you may have in regards to VWCV membership and to take new membership applications on the day.

This year, the Day of the Volkswagen new Judging arrangements will be organised by club members John Goodison and Lloyd Davies. It will continue the tradition of a ‘Show and Shine’ event established over many years. New entry forms and judging criteria have been introduced this year and are available on the Day of the Volkswagen 2007 Show and Sine Registration form. John and Lloyd will try to ensure that the judging will be fair for all who enter. Good luck to all.

Swap Sites For all those hungry for that elusive rare part we will be running the ever popular swap meet where we hope to have more than 25 swap sites. Entry for swap set up will be 8.00am with buyers entry strictly from 9.00am.

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Entertainment The public address system will be available for all traders during the day, traders will be making announcements for show specials and normal club announcements will be made through out the day to assist with parking and programme of events for the day.

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Catering On site catering will be available from 9.00am and will be provided by Cranbourne Racecourse. Expresso Cafe will be available for those connoisseurs of fine coffee and the Subawhippy Van for a refreshing soft serve.

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Parking of vehicles will be arranged by car categories in selected areas across the grounds. This will make the process of judging vehicles simpler and patrons and car show participants will be able to view the full range of vehicles in model categories. Parking attendants will be directing vehicles on the day to ensure a smooth entry into the grounds.

3.00pm CLOSE of DAY

As a member of the VW club for almost 10 Years and my previous positions on the VWCV committee include, committee member, Vice President, President and recently the Club Secretary of which I have held for the past 3 years. At the AGM this September I was elected to the newly created role of Assistant Editor.


Pre Paid Show and Shine Entries

Finally there was the October Fest at the Hofbrouhaus House, around 34 people came along and had a good time, with large glasses of beer and plenty of good food, Kingsley has done it again.

The rest of the month will be spent finalising the lead up to the Day of the Volkswagen and don’t forget the Drive-in Night on the Friday before, see inside for full details. Mark these dates in your diary and come along especially if you have never been before. See you there.

Feel free to chat to the Traders on display for any of your Volkswagen needs.

For those who have their Motorsport vehicles on display, there will be a special trophy for the best race car on display. So bring your car, your racing memorabilia and yourself. It will be a great day, some vehicles on this display include Rally Golfs, Rally Beetles, Drag Beetles and Formula V cars.

Welcome to the Volkswagen Club of Victoria’s November Issue of Wagensville Deluxe. The month started with the Swap Meet at Bacchus Marsh, luckily the weather held which contributed to the large crowd. There were some good bargains to be had for those that know their Volkswagen inside and out, unfortunately I’m not one of them.

Next month is a busy one, by the time you read this we should be back from our trip to Merimbula and the weather forecast is saying no bad weather? but if it happens the value of a tin tent will stand out again.

Day of the Volkswagen Traders

The VW Club Motorsport will be on display at the DOTVW organised by Motorsport coordinator Chris Antonello. See the cars and talk to the drivers about their cars and Motorsport. There will be talks throughout the day on different Motorsport topics. Some of the club’s more experienced Motorsports participants will be giving talks on how to get involved in Motorsport both as a participant and or an official and class and types of events that the club has and will be involved in running in 2008.

President’s Report

This was followed by the Drag Racing at Heathcote Park, a great day with lots of runs and good weather for those in attendance, a little short on numbers this meet as Chris had a lot of people committed to race that did not turn up? Unfortunately this means that we will not be able to run VW only days (the track ran at a loss) so until we can guarantee numbers we will have to join in with the normal test and tune days.


NO ALCOHOL, BBQs or DOGS are permitted on the venue grounds. Please feel free to bring a picnic lunch as there are plenty of shaded trees and beautifully grassed areas available for your use. wagensville Deluxe November 2007


Characterised by rust, oxidised factory paint, well lived-in interiors and very little road clearance, this new look sweeping the globe is not to be confused with a poor restoration attempt or the result of project funds running dry?

RAT Ride

by Tony Albers, VWCV Editor


For most Ratters the only modifications to their vehicles you would find, apart from accessories upon accessories, would be detailed and rebuilt suspension, airbag suspension being a favourite, a decent set of rims and maybe a high-output engine but power under the hatch is not a big factor of a true Rat.

It’s all about quality

Bus’n’Bug are Specialist VW Trimmers. Brad Wells & Jono Wright share many years of Volkswagen experience and have filled a need in the often frustrating business of Volkswagen restoration.

The immaculate restoration or top-class show car with perfect paint and a high level of detail is achievable for anyone with the right budget, whereas a truly original car with character isn’t the kind of thing you can simply create. Or is it? Melbourne Ratter Anthony Surie has a life-long love affair with VWs to the point where his mother swears he was conceived in the back-seat of a Beetle in early 1965! Through the years he has owned a number of VWs, mostly Kombis, and has gone through various stages of restoration with them, however Anthony’s 1957 Type 211 Panel is where things began to change.

The culture is Old School, the words “Show and Shine” and the immaculate paint and classic detail Three years ago Anthony found his old girl near are now replaced with a different aesthetic, “Rat Shepparton and fell in love with its amazingly Look” and it is alive and well in Australia and is well preserved, original condition. To find an showing great appeal to many. early Panel not butchered in original paint is really quite unique. The Rat Look has been embraced by a special Volkswagen enthusiast who searches high and low for that unrestored, original vehicle, which has most likely spent the last 20 years of it’s life on the farm under a tree or lost in time being used for everything but it’s original purpose. The path these early VW model Beetles and Split Bus’s take together with their signs of ageing make the perfect specimen for a Ratter to revive the original character of the vehicle and make a statement in a very unique and calculated way. The cars themselves with their rusty, flat, worn-in look all have their own stories to tell and are not exactly common place on our roads today, which perhaps contributes to the many reasons why this contrasting look appeals and stands out form the normal everyday shine.

The condition and his good fortune was preserved by the bus being locked up in a farm shed on blocks for 32 years, being used as a tool shed after being rescued from a life in a paddock. Not wanting to fully restore the bus because of its originality and weathered appearance, rust repairs were done and painted back to its original 50-year old faded colour. He wanted this panel to stand out from the rest of the VW world and to be uniquely Australian.

The problem most people face when looking for someone to restore their Volkswagen, is finding the right people who are sympathetic to the brand and understand the character of their car. “Our goal is to reproduce a quality and style of interior that will not only look like an original Volkswagen interior, but will last as long as the original did”, says Brad.

After long and hard thought about what was the ultimate Australian icon and had links to the automotive industry, the choice was made, it was to be the Golden Fleece logo that would brand the Type 2 Panel Rat.

Brad took to Volkswagen trimming after years of re-upholstering and restoring furniture of the fifties and sixties. These days motor trimmers are more accustomed to using modern materials and techniques. Foam rubber, bland cloth covers and

Not only was the icon from the good old days of the Golden Fleece servo but also has sentimental value for Anthony as he used to work there as a young lad, his first job. As this is currently an unfinished project for Anthony his level of satisfaction with the Bus is 7 out of 10 and if money were no object a Porsche motor and drive train would be a nice upgrade. Not to mention full Registration so he can enjoy driving it everyday with wife and friends and park at their favourite Café for brunch.

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Bus’n’Bug have an ever growing stock of vintage Volkswagen seats, seat springs and frames, to ensure they can restore their customer’s seat to the correct specification while restoring comfort and support. The well equipped business also produces a huge range of laser cut door cards and bus interior panels to suit all models of early Volkswagens. Most after market door cards and bus interior panels did not take into account the endless modifications and variations that took place almost yearly at Volkswagen. Bus’n’Bug’s cards are designed to fit your model, your year, your car.

Bus’n’Bug are also happy to do Custom or even Rat interiors and help DIYers who are willing to have a go at fitting their own interiors. The Bus’n’Bug workshop is located in Highett. Please feel free to call Brad or Jono on 9555 5440 to discuss your VW and your project.

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Where possible, using the same materials and techniques as the factory. It’s all about quality.

Bus’n’Bug can do anything for your car’s interior. Whether it be a new headlining, carpet kit, including the original German Square Weave carpet, seat covers in vinyl or leather, DIY seat cover kits or even the tiniest of repairs to any of the above.

Many people have different opinions when it comes to the Rat Look, those who don’t get will never understand says Anthony. As such, his family is in the latter category with comments such as “You spent your money on that!!!”.

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As a rule Volkswagen’s Golf have always been renowned for their sporty performance which has rarely been matched by any other small car manufacture. The VW GT Golf is certainly no exception to this rule. The Golf accelerated smoothly in the traffic and the electronic brake pressure distribution (EBD) made for powerful cornering and barking around the Yarra Boulevard. The twin charger system made the 1.4 litre 4 cylinder engine perform like

What’s NEW in Abbotsford?


Always looking for something new on VW’s, Andrew and myself thought we you take the day off and see what was happening down at South Yarra Volkswagen. The Volkswagen dealership was as usual a showroom full of life with shinny new Volkswagens in every direction waiting for new homes and then the thought passed through my head as it does whenever you walk into a VW dealer, which one would I like to take home? So many to choose from. Our focus however was soon diverted from what was happening in South Yarra to what was NEW in Abbotsford? Sales Manager Michael Cardwell mentioned customers now have a choice of 2 locations to keep their vehicles in peak condition. The new South Yarra Volkswagen Service Centre had just opened in Abbotsford and said it would be worth taking a look at. Michael offered us 2 New Volkswagens to test drive for the short trip to Abbotsford and without delay we were both handed keys to a new EOS TDI and GT Sport Golf TSI and bound for the new service centre at Flockhart Street Abbotsford.

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We both headed of in the general direction (very general) of Abbotsford along the scenic Yarra Boulevard. The new Golf GT was kitted out with all the niceties that we have come to expect from Volkswagen from the Anthracite Leather to the 17” alloy wheels and the new EOS was no exception. Driving with the roof down definitely sent you to another place, holiday mode! Wind in your hair, sun, surf, not a worry in the world and like all holidays in the sun I would however recommend 30+ Sunscreen when driving with the roof down. Upon arriving at the new service centre in Abbotsford we were met by Service Consultant Vito Caporrimo who gave us a tour of the facility. This exciting new service centre in Abbotsford offers the best of both worlds, working together

with the South Yarra service centre, the two have the capacity to handle may vehicles daily. The Service centre’s vast floor space and over 20 work stations is run by factory trained technicians, all proud to provide exceptional personalised service, specialist tooling, diagnostics, Genuine Volkswagen Parts, plenty of parking and appointments within 2 days. Together with ample courtesy vehicles for customers a complementary car wash is provided with every service due to the service centre’s environmentally friendly roofline. The roof provides rainwater run off into two 60,000 litre water tanks, always a customer bonus considering Melbourne’s current water restrictions. The New Service centre is conveniently situated at 16 Flockhart Street Abbotsford. T 03 9426 7888 More on South Yarra next issue. Tony Albers.

the much bigger V6 engine in the GTI. The engine was boost was instant and combined with the Golf’s handling made for an exciting driving experience. Considering that GT can deliver 100km per 7.7 litres is performance is most outstanding. This Golf was fitted with the 6 speed DSG transmission and in the automatic mode still delivered exceptional performance. In the manual mode there is both the option of the console shift as well as paddles located on the steering wheel. Having driven the GT in both manual and automatic modes I found that the manually shifting from the console was only a little better that the automatic mode. Shifting done via the “Up Down Paddles” it was a different case, the acceleration was fantastic and the GT leaped thru the gears with the car running out of road many times during the drive. The cornering and ride were remarkable and the high interior comfort level of the GT is all what we have come to expect from the Golf 5 range. To get the best thrill out of the GT’s engine transmission package it would have been better to drive along roads like the Black Spur or the Great Ocean Road but driving around Melbourne and the Yarra Boulevard was a real buzz. The whole package of the GT is spectacular. The GT is real Wolf in Sheep’s clothing and I would have no hesitation in recommending this vehicle. If you are in the market for a new car and want to go that next step and have car that really performs then the new GT Golf is for you. After arriving at the new South Yarra service centre at Abbotsford we changed vehicles and I drove the EOS for the rest of the afternoon. More on the EOS next issue. Andrew Ermel. wagensville Deluxe November 2007


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68 The Volkswagen Beetle (Type 1) and Bus (Type 2) models underwent significant changes in the year of 1968. The Beetle became SUPER and the Split Screen Bus was replaced by the Bay Window version.

The Volkswagen Beetle (Type 1) and Bus (Type 2) models underwent significant changes in the year of 1968. The Beetle, while similar to earlier models, much of the drivetrain was noticeably upgraded. Some of the changes to the Beetle included a bigger engine. Horsepower had been increased to 37 kW (50 hp) the previous year, and for 1968 it was increased even more, to 40 kW (53 hp).

the stretched “nose” of the vehicle and relocation of the spare tyre from a vertical to a horizontal position. The Super Beetle was improved in 1973 to include a different dashboard shape (the padded dashboard appears on some 1302s models also) and a more aerodynamic curved windshield for more driver visibility.

Decline and Fall The output of the electrical generator was Though extremely successful in the 1960s, the increased from 180 to 360 watts, and upgraded Beetle was faced with stiff competition from from a 6-volt to a 12-volt system. The clutch disc more modern designs. The Japanese had refined also increased in size, and changes were made rear wheel drive water cooled front engined to the flywheel, braking system, and rear axles. small cars to where they sold well in the North New standard equipment included two-speed American market, and Americans introduced their windshield wipers, back-up lights, a driver’s own similarly sized rear wheel drive Ford Pinto, armrest on the door, locking buttons on the Chevrolet Vega, and AMC Gremlin in the 1970s. doors, sealed-beam headlights, and a driver’s side The superminis in Europe adopted even more exterior mirror. efficient transverse engine front wheel drive layouts, and sales began dropping off in the mid 1970s. The price was $1,640, and it weighed 840 There had been several unsuccessful attempts kg (1850 lb) which was a typical weight for a to replace the Beetle throughout the 1960s, the European car at this time. Top speed was 130 km/h (82 mph), enough to match the 110 km/h (70 Type 3, Type 4, and the NSU-based K70 were all failures. Only when production lines at Wolfsburg mph) top speed of American freeways. switched to the new watercooled, front-engined, While production of the standard Beetle continued, front-wheel drive Golf in 1974 (sold in North a Type 1 variant called the Super Beetle, produced America as the Rabbit) did Volkswagen produce from model year 1971 to 1979 (1302s from 1971 a car as successful as the Beetle, though it would to 1972, and 1303s from 1973 onwards), offered be periodically redesigned over its lifetime, while MacPherson strut front suspension, better turning the Beetle used only minor refinements of the radius (despite having a 20 mm (3/4 in) longer same design it had been introduced with. wheelbase), and approximately double the usable space in the front luggage compartment, due to

The Golf did not kill Beetle production, which continued in smaller numbers at other German factories until January 19th 1978, when mainstream production shifted to Brazil and Mexico, markets where low operating cost was more important. The last Beetle was produced in Puebla, Mexico, in mid-2003. The final batch of 3,000 Beetles were sold as 2004 models and badged as the “Última Edición”, with whitewall tires, a host of previously-discontinued chrome trim, and the choice of two special paint colors taken from the New Beetle. Production in Brazil ended in 1986, then restarted in 1993 and continued until 1996. Volkswagen sold Beetles in the United States until August 1977 (the Beetle convertible a.k.a. Cabriolet was sold until January 1980) and in Europe until 1985. The Beetle outlasted most other automobiles which had copied the rear air-cooled engine layout such as those by Subaru, Fiat, Renault and General Motors. Phase-out of the original Beetle By 2003 Beetle annual production had fallen to 30,000 from a peak of 1.3 million in 1971. On July 30th 2003, the final original VW Beetle (No. 21,529,464) was produced at Puebla ,Mexico, some 65 years after its original launch and an unprecedented 58-year production run since 1945, the year VW recognizes as the first year of non-Nazi funded production. The last car was immediately shipped off to the company’s museum in Wolfsburg Germany.

The split-screen Bus was replaced in 1968 by the Bay window version and was the second generation of the Type 2 vehicles. It was built in Germany until 1979, with production shifting to Mexico in 1980 and to Brazil in 1996. Models before 1971 are often called the T2a, while models after 1972 are called the T2b . This second-generation Type 2 lost its distinctive split front windshield and was slightly larger and considerably heavier than its predecessor. Its common nicknames are Breadloaf and Baywindow, or Loaf and Bay for short. At 1.6 L and 48 DIN hp (35 kW), the engine was also slightly larger. The new model also did away with the swing axle rear suspension and transfer boxes previously used to raise ride height. Instead, halfshaft axles fitted with CV joints raised ride height without the wild changes in camber of the Beetlebased swing axle suspension. The updated Bus transaxle is usually sought after by off-road racers using air-cooled VW components.

compartment to fit the larger 1.7 to 2.0 L engines from the VW Type 4, and a redesigned rear end which eliminated the removable rear apron. The air inlets were also enlarged to accommodate the increased cooling air needs of the larger engines. This all-new, larger engine is commonly called the Type 4 engine as opposed to the previous Type 1 engine first introduced in the Type 1 Beetle. This engine was called “Type 4” because it was originally designed for the Type 4 (411 and 412) automobiles. There is no “Type 2 engine” or “Type 3 engine”, because those vehicles did not feature new engine designs when introduced. They used the “Type 1” engine from the Beetle with minor modifications such as rear mount provisions and different cooling shroud arrangements.

In the Type 2, the VW Type 4 engine was an option for the 1972 model year onward. This engine was standard in models destined for the US and Canada. Only with the Type 4 engine did an automatic transmission become available for the The T2b was introduced by way of gradual change first time in the 1973 model year. Both engines over three years. The 1971 Type 2 featured a displaced 1.7 L, rated at 66 DIN hp (49 kW) new, 1.6 L engine with dual intake ports on each with the manual transmission and 62 DIN hp cylinder head and was rated at 50 DIN hp (37 kW). (46 kW) with the automatic. The Type 4 engine An important change came with the introduction was enlarged to 1.8 L and 68 DIN hp (50 kW) for of front disc brakes and new wheels with brake the 1974 model year and again to 2.0 L and 70 ventilation holes and flatter hubcaps. 1972’s DIN hp (52 kW) for the 1976 model year. As with most prominent change was a bigger engine all Transporter engines, the focus in development was not on power, but on low-end torque. The Type 4 engines were considerably more robust and durable than the Type 1 engines, particularly in transporter service. eg: Late 1970s T2b Ambulance. 1973 also saw the most noticeable exterior changes. The front turn indicators were squared off from the previous version and set higher in the front valence, above the headlights. Larger taillights were added to comply with U.S. lighting requirements as were larger bumpers. Crash safety improved greatly with this change due to a compressible structure behind the front bumper. This meant that the T2b was capable of meeting US safety standards for passenger cars of the time, though being vans they were not required to. The only thing that shrunk on the new model, or so it seemed, was the large and distinctive “VW” emblem on the front of the early model. Later model changes were primarily under the skin. By 1974, the T2 had gained its final shape to what we know today as the Bay Window Bus.


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Oktoberfest Dinner Hofbrauhaus House

On Saturday October 20, twenty eight eager VW enthusiasts converged on the Hofbrauhaus restaurant at 7pm to participate in traditional Oktoberfest celebrations. Located in one of many restaurant precincts within the CBD of Melbourne, the Hofbrauhaus has been replicating a true Bavarian/German atmosphere for nearly forty years. Three large tables were reserved for the VWCV, which allowed everyone to comfortably mingle in the wonderful surrounds. Many replenished themselves with a beer or two before dinner. One litre steins were certainly not uncommon! The menu was rather extensive and included a vast array of schnitzels, goulash and pork dishes. The Hofbrauhaus particularly specialises in whole pork schanks which are pickled, slowly roasted and served with sauerkraut and potato dumplings - many were ordered!! Performers dressed in customary garb entertained the crowd with: spiritual German singing, yodelling, slap dancing and cow bell ringing. Desserts were then dispersed - apfel (apple) strudel was a popular choice. A sample selection of flavoured schnapps also followed. Time passed extremely quickly and at around 11.30, it approached closing time. The evening thus concluded with most of our group opting for coffee at a nearby cafe A wonderful night was certainly had by all who attended.

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Swap Meet 2007

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Sounds like a very inviting department to go to if you have a problem with your workers pass? If you have ever wondered what it would have been like to work at the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg Germany in the early 1940’s then this archival document gives you an insight into the requirements of an employee at KDF works in those days. This pass is part of a collection of early KDF works documents purchased from a collector of German memorabilia some years ago and is believed to be one of a very small number in existence.

4. The loss of this pass must be immediately reported to The Factory Protection Force at the Identification Pass Office. 5. This pass must be immediately returned to the employer should the employees employment be permanently terminated from the Works.

The pass reads Volkswagenwerk G.m.b.H. and also has small VW symbol located in the upper left hand corner. This is the symbol that if spun around at high speed will form a German Nazi symbol.

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The text on the back of the pass has been loosely interpreted as follows.

The metal framed pass encloses a printed, typed identification card together with a passport photo. This pass was produced by the KDF Works, Human Recourses Department, or as it was known in those days, The Factory Protection Force.


On the front of the pass is the photo of the worker Hermann Sagle who was about 55 years old when this pass was made. He was born in Morse and most likely stayed in Wolfsburg after the 2nd World War. He may have been employed in the building of KDF vehicles but like most workers may have ended up in foundry casting stoves for use of the German troops on the western front.

bits You can never have enough bits for you Volkswagen. You can never have enough bits for your Volkswagen, sometimes you walk away with to many bits and sometimes not enough. This year the VWCV Swap Meet at Bacchus Marsh was a real success and there were lots and lots of bits to choose from. This year turned out to be a record year with over 50 Swap Sites and almost 650 buyers thru the gates. There were a variety of parts for sale this year and surprisingly a lot of very nice Type 3 bits. Most Swappers arrived early and were set up and ready to go by 8.20am and followed by selling at 9.00am sharp.

Most of his parts were snapped up pretty quickly buy the hordes of enthusiasts and the dealer went home a happy man. In general a good day was enjoyed by everyone, we must thank Eric Roberts for a well organised event. Eric organises the Swap Meet for the VW club every year and the club and committee do very much appreciate his continued efforts. If you want to see what was for sale and who was at the swap please go to the club web site were David our web master has posted the photos of the day.

The food seller looked after us again with hot food and coffees, just opposite them on the field were a large variety of cars for sale. The swap buyers were allowed to have their cars parked on the grounds and many buyers made trips back and forth to their cars to load their treasured parts from the day. Some of the nice bits for sale included classic used suit cases, T-shirts, new accessories parts and the popular Split Screen and Bay Window Kombi parts. The weather was fine all day and most of the frenzied buying cooled down after lunch. There was a dealer from Melbourne who is no longer fixing VW’s and decided to turn up and sell all of his VW parts stock. He had a utility and trailer full of “New Old Stock” parts for many models including early Beetle and Passat’s.

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It’s going to get you there (most times). Member Profile Chris Scane, VWCV Club Historian

Is your Volkswagen AC or DC by Bill Malkoutzis

An alternator basically differs from a generator in that it can produce more power from a smaller, lighter and cheaper package. My VW and the alternative “ALTERNATOR”.

How did it do this you may ask? The difference between an alternator and generator can be found in their names. A car operates on direct current, (DC) which is what you get out of a battery, i.e. You may remember from the last edition of all you get is a flat line of electricity at a certain Wagensville Deluxe I introduced the original VW generator and its 6 Volt electrical system. This edi- voltage for certain period of time. A Generator basically generates a “DIRECT” voltage/current/ tion I would like to talk about the next generation of electrical energy supply that came after the old power that only needs to be regulated to a specific voltage the car needs i.e. 12 volts. The Alternator generator, the Alternator. on the other hand generates an “ALTERNATING” An alternator basically differs from a generator in (AC) voltage/current/power, this means it swaps that it can produce more power from a smaller, (cycles) from a positive to a negative current and lighter and cheaper package. Car designers are voltage as it turns through one revolution (it spins always looking to make a vehicle design more efficient. To do this they basically have to improve remember). This all happens within milliseconds. However, a motor vehicle likes it’s electricity in the efficiency of each individual component. This the form of direct current/voltage (that’s what the efficiency improvement could come in a number battery is), so to get the alternator to work with the of forms. The component could be lighter, not vehicles electrical system it uses a different kind of as much weight to lug around, so improving fuel regulator. economy or improving acceleration. Possibly the component requiring less engine power to make The regulator is an electronic (diodes and the same or more of what it does (i.e. generate transistors) in design, which differs to the electricity), or it may cost less to make for exactly generator type, which uses simple mechanic the same outcome. Efficiency comes in a number solenoids relays that have points and switches of forms. (that usually burn out). It actually switches on and

Is your Volkswagen AC or DC.

Introduction of the alternator to the VW range resulted in more electrical power from a smaller, lighter device which in time became cheaper to make and supply than the generator it replaced.

Hybrid cars such as Toyota and Honda use a type of alternator that is so large it can actually be used to generate the vehicles forward power. These are usually 48 volt “DIRECT” current is mechanically connected directly to the engine.

A vehicle either gets its drive power from batteries, an internal combustion motor, or an electric motor that can drive the wheels. This electric motor may actually be the alternator “SWITCHED” to run as a motor, so it doubles as both as a “GENERATOR” off the electricity coming out of the Alternator, and and a “USER” of electricity. (Remember in the only captures the positive electricity that is coming earlier article where I described the generator as out at a voltage between 11.3 to 12.6 Volts, so a motor run in reverse so it generates electricity artificially creating a “DIRECT” flow of electricity instead of consuming it). By doing this the that matches the vehicles electrical needs. alternator/motor can supply electricity by power If you used any sophisticated electrically fed into it by the engine or the road wheels as measuring devices (a CROW) you would be able they turn when your going down hill, or when you to see (in graph form) the “PULSES” of electricity back off, (regenerative power) or as an electric that is exiting the alternator over the milliseconds motor using the energy that has been created and that it occurs. stored earlier in the vehicle batteries when it was in “GENERATOR” mode. Quite a tricky and flexible The up shot of all this is that you end up with the same degree of electricity (or more in some cases) device don’t you think? being generated in the usual required form, but As we move into “FUEL CELL” electric cars in using less of your engines power to create it and the future, (i.e. they generate electricity from the the component weighs less and is cheaper to chemical processing of fuels) we will still see the manufacture. alternator/motor in cars, it will be much bigger than now and most likely operated mainly as So it may work differently to the generator, but it a motor. When ever you brake or back off the gives you the same outcome in a more efficient throttle it will switch to “GENERATE” electricity that way, which translates to better fuel economy or more available engine power. Another outcome is will be feed back into the batteries and slow you that since its design is simpler and the electronics down. more solid-state, this results in less load and wear on the alternator and requires less maintenance and lasts longer in general.

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There are many different alternator types in the Automotive world most are air cooled some are water-cooled, some are made to create lots of power at slow speed. Others at much higher speeds. Ambulances for example that use lots of power when sitting at idle speeds have two alternators, one for when the vehicle is driving and another when sitting idling. The latter designed to create lots of power at slow engine speeds. The earlier to generate power over a wide range of engine speeds. Ambulances these days also carry 240V generators because they need so much power to run all their electronic life saving equipment.

We can only guess what the future will hold for the humble alternator. One thing is for sure, without electricity and the “GENERATORS” that create it, our lives and the transport we rely on everyday, past, present and future would be a very different world indeed.

You couldn’t ask for a better introduction as Volkswagen Club of Victoria Historian than to have the Editor’s standard dozen questions thrown at you to share with everyone your memories and passions for Volkswagens.

What is your earliest memory of a Volkswagen? My earliest memory of a VW was when my father bought me a blue Oval Window Dinky toy which was enjoyed until it had little paint left – I still have somewhere! Another early memory is when the family went on a trip to Queensland in the early 1960s. I would be able to stretch out and move about in the back of the family 56 with the back seat down – no seat belts in those days!

Chris Scane our newly appointed Historian was more than happy to divulge his VW memories with us all and this is what he had to say.

What first got you interested in Volkswagens? My father bought a brand new blue 1956 Beetle from Sanderson Motors in Camberwell and the family was hooked. My family then had 2 more beetles and a Kombi Camper. What do you like most about Volkswagens? The amazing thing about old air cooled VWs is their reliability, if maintained well. In an era of used by dates and obsolesce it is truly refreshing to jump into a 30+ year old car and know it is going to get you there (most times). This is especially the case, with my 1974 1300 Bug that bought of the original owner, this year. I am looking forward to restoring this car into good condition (I don’t have the money or desire to make it a show car) but I look forward to attending many VWCV events and spending the most time behind the wheel. How and why did you become involved with the Volkswagen club of Victoria? I first got involved with this VW club in the early 1980’s when Motorsport was as prominent part of club activities. I enjoyed participating in hillclimbs at Morwell and motorkanas where ever we could find a patch of dirt we could slid around on. No CAMS licences were required! The Beetle I had at that stage was a white non modified ’67 1300 with a tan interior (see photo). Prior to the VWCV I was a member of the VW Auto Club (VWAC) which was into social events with a splash of motorkanas and observation runs. I am keen to research both eras of these clubs and would love hear from club members active at that time. What is your favourite Volkswagen Type you have owned? My favourite VW Type has to the Sedan (Type 1). The first VW I owned which was a brand new 1975 L Beetle (IEV 113) bought from Avondale Motors, picked up from the Clayton Factory carpark and driven home with enormous pride. Its colour was Dulux Mellow Yellow with a cream parchment interior. I remember being a little too enthusiastic with the braking on a wet day in Swanston Street and ending up parked perpendicular to the kerb when I finally got Evi to stop! Went out the next day and invested in 4 new radial tyres to replace the factory supplied crossplies. If you could have any Volkswagen what would it be? I have a real passion for late model air cooled beetles so would the last edition RHD 2003 Mexico beetles. It would be fascinating to see how far they got to making a modern beetle with the engineering developments that were possible only 4 years ago and know that you owned the last in the line of more than 22 million Type 1 Sedans. What has been your most enjoyable experience in a Volkswagen? The best trip I have had in a Beetle was in the late 70s when my brother and I took a trip to Adelaide in the L Bug and we both had a ball. The Bug was happy cruising at 100km/hr on the motorway before the Adelaide Hills but we still had to watch out for side gusts that would see us change lanes without moving the steering wheel. Is your unique Volkswagen enthusiasm recognised and supported by family, friends and community? My VW enthusiasm is recognised by my family but not always keenly supported as they think I might be going through some sort of mid life crisis! My Mother still has a soft spot for my current Bug and is looking forward to a burn around the block soon. Is your family car a Volkswagen? My family car is not a VW but a EF Ford Fairmont. I have a dual love of Australia Fords and actively support Ford Racing in the current V8 Supercar Series. A new VW Passat would be a good replacement for my ageing EF. What is your profession and do your Volkswagen interests and profession cross paths? I am a manager in the Medical Faculty at the University of Melbourne and have a passion for Medical Instrumentation and Medical History. The history side of the interest may be handy when looking up and recording the history of this club. I am always interested in anyone in VWCV that has an interesting story to tell or can elaborate on any issue with the club that has occurred. Photos can tell a thousand words so the more the better and we are looking for a good system where the old photos can be scanned, returned and kept on a database. If you have any duplicates you do not wish to keep I would be happy to collect with a few words of description to add to the VWCV Archive. If you could go back in time what Volkswagen experience would you change? The most regretted VW experience was selling my two beetles. The memories I had with these two episodes in my life were fantastic. Their sentimental value was great as I can always remember the many moments of a well loved Beetle! On a scale from 1 to 10, how much of Volkswagen nut are you? I would rate about 7.5 VW nut and 2.5 Ford and other classic cars. VWs were always my first passion and the more I get involved with the VWCV, the more I understand I am not alone in the desire and admiration of these amazing motorcars.

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Meals & Drinks available at ClubHouse prices prior to the meeting. So come along and enjoy the new atmosphere,VW entertainment, door prizes and more....

Heathcote Park Drag Racing

Chris Antonello, VWCV Motorsports Co-odinator

Studley Park BoatHouse, Boathouse Rd. Kew (Mel. Ref. 2D E8) or visit for full venue details.

Rob Roy Hill Climb Chris Antonello, VWCV Motorsports Co-odinator Here we are again facing this hill, more settled weather this time, dry conditions, more traction, all we need now is more horsepower, which unbeknown to us, we had achieved it by changing the carbies and the addition of a new electronic distributor. This time there were two more VW’s, a MK1 Golf and a MK2 G.T.I. Both cars ran fast, both cars – not club members as yet!! We started with reasonable times as the day wore on. We got better running under 30 seconds as compared to our original runs around the first meeting of 35+ seconds. All we need now is better tyres and who knows what can happen.


Again, thanks to the people who came as spectators. I don’t think they were disappointed as there were lots of different cars running on the day. The track record was broken at a very fast 17.4 seconds. 90+ cars competed, but more VW cars would be good to see.

Hey all you Tyre Smokin’ Gear Crunchin’ Drag Racers! We had a smaller but quality field of drag racers and spectators at Heathcote Park on Saturday 13th October. Some people must have got the day mixed up and forgot to come and race. The weather was great and I have never seen an MK1 do such a big burn out! The fastest time of the day went to, what else, but an aircooled Beetle running at a whopping 12.5 seconds. Many people had improved from the last meeting and the dial-in competition in both classes was closely contended, and as they say, winners are grinners. Only two broken diffs, but hey… that’s racing! We would like to thank all the competitors and spectators and also everyone at Heathcote Park.

Keep your eyes peeled for more information on a three round point score series for the coming year of 2008. The series will include trophy awards at the end of the series and will be held on Sundays. For more information check out following issues or visit for updates.

You’ve gotta be in it to win it! VWCV Motorsport is looking for cars for the Motor Racing Display at the day of the Volkswagen, if anybody is interested in displaying their car/s please contact: Chris Antonello BH 03 9432-4395 AH 0407 309 244 Need to know by the 9th of November.

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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.

Competitors $40.00 per driver Multi driver entry (4 per car). Spectators $15.00 each Pre ENTRY and PAYMENT required by November 26th (NO ENTRY AVAILABLE ON THE DAY).

All Motorsport enquires and Pre ENTRY PAYMENT contact Chris Antonello VWCV Motorsports Co-ordinator 0407 309 244

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Memberships Renewals Reminder

Current total memberships of the Volkswagen Club of Victoria - 423

Reminder for the following members of your membership renewal.

Current Memberships Renewals

Laura Canis, David Simpson, Tim Clark, Graeme Verhees, Jonathon Wright, Mark Teunissen, Alex Ramm, Julie Clark, Megan Clark, Stephen Mercer, Keith Toughill, Rowena Philipps, Malcolm Thompson, Elizabeth Thompson, Sean Hester, Martin Barnard, Anthony Cantwell, Theodora Cantwell, Allan Briotti, John Ozmen, Michael Sozanski, David Wawrowski, Jurgen Kiefer, Bill Sundermann, Peter Sundermann, Patrick Duane, Tony Jennings, Oscar Trujillo, Carol Taylor, Theo Pikoulas, Sam Cunningham, Patrick Corbitt, David Twiss, Michael Glover, John Edwards, Anthony Goodwin, Maria Cox and Lauren Dixon.

Dougie Phillips, Paul Irvine, Alex Dobrogorsky, Peter Gordon, Frances Oliver, Laurence Petschack, Geoffrey Lloyd, John Goodison, Joy Goodison, Norman Mauger, Richard Graham, Kim Murray, Nicholas Webb, Inga Lambrick, Lee Moran, Joanne Finch, Eden Freeman, Debby Andr’e, Carl Evans, Kingsley Morrison, Andrew Perks, Neville Smart, Jamie Casha, Janet Cropley, Raymond Boyd Greer, Rod Davies, Lorraine Davies, Lloyd Davies, Peter Davies, Jenny Littlechild, Adam Papageorgiou, Michael Welch, Taylor Welch, Holinger, Geoff Warren, Sandra Warren, Rodney Nevin, Alexander Dyson, Delia Gray, Adam Wawrowski, David Jordan, Ron Leen, Tom O’Shaughnessy, James Brown, Adrian Frankcombe, Wendy Dunne, Edward Deslovis, Nicole Daley, Tony Heesterman, Please note; If your membership renewal has been paid after the 22nd November Peter Lawton, Tim Bailey, Matt Harsanyi, Stuart McIntyre, Yasmina Kovacevic, 2007 please disregard the above reminder. Also if you have not received your Theo Katsianis, James Bendell, Stuart Bieuveuu, Dave Dickinson, Suzy Dickinson, renewal notice for some reason please fill out the application again and state Jim Smith, Hayley Smith and Mark Munzel. ‘renewal’, or you can now renew ONLINE.

16 Volkswagen Club of Victoria Inc.

SOUTH YARRA VOLKSWAGEN 93 Commercial Road SOUTH YARRA 03 8866 6888 Proud Partner of the 2007 Day of the Volkswagen.

Membership Stats

The following memberships are due in the month of November 2007

Please support the following businesses who regularly support the VWCV.


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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Club Membership Fees

321 Warrigal Road CHELTENHAM 13 46 46 Insurance for Motoring Enthusiasts.

ANTIQUE TYRES 134 McEwan Road WEST HEIDELBERG 03 9458 4433 Australia’s Largest Range of Veteran Vintage, Classic and Hot Rod Tyres.

AUSTRALIAN VW PERFORMANCE CENTRE 10/25 Lusher Road CROYDON 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.

VOLKWERKE Unit 1/171 Para Road GREENSBOROUGH 03 9435 1868 Specialists in Volkswagen, Audi, BMW, Mercedes.

VOLLKOMMEN ART Unit 2/2 Meriton Place CLAYTON SOUTH 03 9543 7804 Speed and Style.

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

VOLKSHOME AUTOMOTIVE 16 Commercial Drive THOMASTOWN 03 9464 0366 Contact John for club member prices.

WOLFSBURG AUTOMOTIVE Unit 2, 290 Old Geelong Road HOPPERS CROSSING 1300 370 310 Contact Gary for club member prices.

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