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wagensvillenews Volume 53 Number 4 September 2007

The Official Newsletter of the Volkswagen Club of Victoria Inc. National Volkswagen


Bacchus Marsh Secondary College Corner Griffith and Franklin Streets (Mel Ref 333 G9).

Swap Site Pre Payment Available visit

For more information contact Eric on (03) 5367 2757

• Entry $5.00 • Sites (generous size) $25 on the day or $20 paid by Friday 14th September. • All types of VW related vehicles catered for, principally VW, Karmann Ghia & Porsche. • Food available on site & in the vicinity. • Site entry for buyers is strictly 9am & sellers from 8am. • Come to a swap meet where every stall will have VW parts. Organisers expect over 1000 buyers & around 70 sites.

President’s Report Michael Cronin, VWCV President

Hello for another month, with the AGM on the 18th September this may be my last report, as who knows who will be President next month? With that in mind I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the members for their support during the year and especially the committee, it has been a fairly busy year and only likely to get busier. The general meeting at the Boathouse was a great night for socialising but unfortunately not that practical for the general meeting part, although it did result in a quick meeting. For those who went please give the committee feedback, if you think it is a good idea we could have a couple of these during the year. Unfortunately I could not make the train trip to Drysdale but I am sure as usual it was a good day and thanks again to Kingsley for organising it.

September is looking like a quiet month which will give us time to rest up for the end of the year. Oct and Nov will be busy as we have the Bacchus Marsh swap meet, The Oktoberfest, Melbourne Cup weekend trip and don’t forget the DOTVW with the Christmas general meeting finishing off the year. If we give Kingsley enough hints he may come up with something different to round out the year. Any suggestions please let me know. In closing a reminder that the planning for the BUG IN 2009 in will be starting in the New Year so anyone with ideas, don’t be shy, pass them on as we want this to be the best event in its history. That’s it, see you all at the Annual General Meeting.

Show and Shine • Volkswagen Motorsport • Trade Displays • Swap Meet

Volkswagen Club of Victoria

Volkswagen Day of the



Sunday November 25th Cranbourne Racecourse South Yarra Volkswagen

Special Day of the Volkswagen Attraction What could it be? Could it be a mystery Volkswagen? You are invited to attend a world premiere unveiling at the 2007 Day of the Volkswagen.

Queenscliff to Drysdale


Report by John Stevens

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VWCV Queenscliff Day Trip 26 August 2007

SEPTEMBER September 18th Club Meeting - RACV Club. 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne. VWCV Annual General Meeting 8pm Coffee and Biscuits catered. September 30th Spring 2007 Swap Meet Organised by Veteran Car Club of Aust (Tas) Inc Northern section. Venue - Cimitiere St Council Car Park Launceston Tasmania Start time - 9am Entrance via Cameron Street gate. $10 per site Further information contact Ken Watts T 0411 404 560 AH

OCTOBER October 7th VWCV National Swap Meet. See Ad for details. October 16th Club Meeting Meeting and venue details TBA. October 20th Oktoberfest. Join the VWCV for Oktoberfest celebrations at the Hofbrauhaus (specialising in German and Bavarian cuisine). 18 Market Lane Melbourne, 7pm. See Ad for details.

NOVEMBER November 3rd - 6th Trip to Merimbula NSW. Contact Jan & John Stevens for details 9890 2548. November 20th Club Meeting Meeting and venue details TBA. November 25th VWCV Day of the Volkswagen See Ad and for details.

MOTORSPORT EVENTS September 16th Winton 6 hour. September 23rd Second round Interclub Hillclimb Rob Roy. See Ad for details October 13th Heathcote Park Drag Racing. See Ad for details. Contact Chris Antonello for details. 0407 309 244

At 9am we had around 45 keen VWCV members assemble at the Shell Point Cook servo. A few more were to join us en-route bringing our total expected number up to 48, just 2 shy of the number that could be accommodated in the railway carriage on the Queenscliff/Drysdale railway. An exclusive VWCV carriage on this train had been booked for the club members by Kingsley. There were some terrific cars in attendance including a range of beetles, a T4 and split and bay window kombies. Everyone was keen to get on the road, and after Kingsley’s briefing, we headed off at 9.20am, in convoy, hoping to arrive at Queenscliff before the train to Drysdale left at 11.15am. The trip down Geelong Road was uneventful, except for the temporary loss of a few cars at Geelong, and we all made it to Queenscliff at 9.55am. Rather strangely it seems that we had more people at Queenscliff than Kingsley had on his trainbooking list, but in his usual efficient organisation style, he somehow fitted them in to the already almost full railway carriage. The train trip to Drysdale was through very picturesque seaside and farming country and the morning tea that was provided capped off a very enjoyable return trip that filled around 2 hours. In the car park at the railway station we had the usual VWCV practice of wandering around looking at the assembled cars, taking many photographs, undertaking a few running mechanical adjustments and some detailed discussion about appropriate lunch options. Several members went to a mysterious Queenscliff hotel that had advertised $12 counter meals. Later reports indicate that the meals were fantastic value and return visits have been spoken about. Jan and I headed off in the direction of the fish and chip shop near the gardens and the famous Queenscliff Pier with quite a few other members. After a great meal we strolled out to the end of the pier to offer encouragement to the Old Man of The Sea, Stewart, who was desperately attempting to catch squid for his Sunday evening dinner. Unfortunately Stewart’s luck was not in, like Hemmingway’s character, and he also went home empty handed. Most members left Queenscliff around 2.30pm. It was a great day, full of sunshine, laughs, great scenery, terrific cars and, probably most importantly, it was spent with a great bunch of very friendly of VWCV members. Congratulations to Kingsley on an organisation job that was, as usual, very well done!

Oktoberfest Dinner Saturday October 20th - 7pm

Hofbrauhaus House 18 Market Lane, Melbourne

A la carte menu Bookings essential limited to 40 people. Bookings close at the October general meeting. See Kingsley at the VWCV General Meetings or phone on 03 9484 8953 AH.

IMPORTANT NOTICE for VWCV Members attending Club Social Events. All members and friends attending VWCV Social Events, it is important to make your booking prior to the event with Kingsley, VWCV Social Secretary. Recent club social events has seen members arriving on the day without a prior booking? All social events are catered for limited numbers to accommodate venue sizes, so please book your interest prior to the event to avoid any inconvenience to others. Bookings are essentials for all future VWCV social events. Thankyou and look forward to seeing you at the next VWCV social event.

Drag Racing

Heathcote Park Saturday October 13th 2007

Competitor bookings are essential. Minimum number of cars required. Closed VWCV Event Bookings, Chris VWCV Motorsports Co-ordinator 0407 309 244

Entry $40 per Competitor $10 per Spectator

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. Send your for sales and wanted ads to the Editor: VWCV Editor GPO Box 1215 Melbourne VIC 3001 Email

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29th and 30th October 2007. KOMBI WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT. On Sunday 30th October 2007 much-loved Kombis and Transporters from all over Australia will be rolling into town to attempt and break the World Record for the most Kombis gathered in one spot. for full event details.

39th NATIONAL BUG-IN, Nepean Valley N.S.W 2008 The 1st. VW Bug-In was organized by the then Volkswagen The Bug-In has been conducted by the relevant StateAustralasia Pty. Ltd. in Albury, NSW on the Australia Day based VW Clubs over the Easter week-end ever since, weekend, 1970. travelling from State to State in an anti-clockwise direction. 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 which has featured snow!

In 2008 the 39th National Bug-In will be hosted by New South Wales and will be known as the “Nepean Valley Bug-In”. This will be held in the City of Penrith and surrounding areas, situated 50km west of Sydney.


EASTER SUNDAY 23rd MARCH 2008 Depart Nepean Shores Resort 10:00am.

VENUE: Regentville Hall, Jeanette St. Regentville. From 4:00 p.m.

MUSEUM OF FIRE Arrive: 10:10am (Adults $10 Children $5, Family $20)

Evening get together to welcome all visitors with a BBQ dinner. The theme of the evening will be “Volks Games” fun events like Go Slow, VolksKhana (people-khana), Kombi Push & Trailer Reverse, Scavenger Hunt etc. Tour of the Regentville RFS station. Lucky door prizes, Easter raffles and many more. SIGN POST RALLYE Depart Nepean Shores Resort anytime between Fri 21/3/08 and 1:30pm 23/3/09 Sunday EASTER SATURDAY 22nd MARCH 2008 VENUE: Oran Park Raceway “Home of the V8 Supercars” MOTORKHANA on the concrete skid pan. L2NS Licence required. KHANACROSS on the figure 8 dirt circuit. L2NS licence required LAP DASH on the Oran Park North Circuit L2S Licence required Competition licenses available on the day. No rally tyres on the driving wheels. All events will be run under a CAMS permit. Vehicles must comply with the relevant regulations for more info check out Lunch tickets must be pre-order for both entrants and spectators. SHOW N SHINE. Categories include, Car of the Day + Top 10.

SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL REGATTA CENTRE. Arrive 12:00pm free entry: Picnic Lunch by the water (also home of Simple Skydive) PENRITH WHITE-WATER STADIUM Arrive 1:30pm free entry. (White Water Rafting from $90) (Rafting must be PRE-BOOKED directly with Penrith White-water) FREE TIMW 3:00pm – 6:00pm (check “additional things to do” page) PRESENTATION DINNER VENUE: Panthers World of Entertainment, Mulgoa Rd Penrith. Start 6:30pm, 3 course meal, buffet style service. Presentation of trophies to the winners all events. EASTER MONDAY 24th MARCH 2008 Bus ride departing Nepean Shores Resort at 8:00 am Return 6:00pm Drop off and pick up to either 1) Sydney Darling Harbour (Optional ferry to Lunar Park) OR 2) Royal Easter Show, Homebush Bay (arrive 9:00am pickup 5:00pm)

SWAP MEET. There is a free swap meet for private individuals.

If you are interested in attending this 39 year old tradition and exciting fun-packed TRADE STANDS. long weekend please fill out the registration form. Trade stands will be available in the pit area next to the Show N Shine. Prices TBN. For more details please contact the event co-ordinators anytime on the below numbers: SATURDAY NIGHT DINNER ACCOMMODATION AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES ENQUIRIES. Nepean Belle Paddle Wheeler 3 course meal, Fully licensed bar, Disc Jockey and Dancing. Depart 7:00pm Return 10:30pm. Walking distance to the Nepean Shores Resort.

Christopher Harper Ph. 0417 489 083 email: LAP DASH, SHOW N SHINE AND SWAP MEET ENQUIRIES. Rick Feruglio Ph. 0418 639 207 email MOTORKHANA, KHANACROSS AND TRADE ENQUIRIES. Scott Harper Ph. 0419 550 500 Email: SNAIL MAIL Nepean Valley Bug In P.O Box 121 Kingswood NSW 2747 OFFICIAL BUG IN WEBSITE

39th NATIONAL BUG-IN, Nepean Valley N.S.W 2008 REGISTRATION FORM 1st Name


1st Name


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Home phone

Email Address

Car Club






Welcome BBQ Dinner




Volks Games




Sign Post Rallye




Motorkhana (Concrete)




Khanacross (Dirt)




Lap Dash (Tar Circuit)




Lunch Saturday Oran Pk




Show N Shine




Dinner Nepean Belle




Lunch Sunday Regatta




Presentation Dinner




Bus Ride Monday




2008 Bug In shirt


Children up to 16 years


$ Total amount $

Please make cheques payable to: Nepean Valley Car Club Inc. P.O Box 121 Kingswood NSW 2747 Direct Deposit: BSB 032079 Account Number 263805 Credit Card payments : Please fax this form and your credit card details to (02) 4777 4709 or call Scott Harper on 0419 550 500

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VWCV General Meetings

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Melbourne Club meetings held every third Tuesday of the month at 8pm at the RACV Club (Henty Room), 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne, unless advised of an alternative venue in the Club Newsletter.

Membership Application also available at the VWCV website


WVCV Annual Membership Fees • Full Membership $40 • Additional Family Membership $20 • Joining Fee $10 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.

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

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