I hope you and your VW are coping with the recent hot weather. It certainly has been a testing time for all of us. The weekend after the first heat wave, the club enjoyed a cruise to the Adelaide Hills on a beautiful Summer’s day. After a brief stop at Melba’s in Woodside, we drove to Lobethal where we relaxed with a good pub meal at the Rising Sun Hotel. The main event was to follow with a visit to a slot car venue in the main street of Lobethal. The friendly staff there helped us choose the option to suit us, which was a Beetle slot car each for an hour. At $10, it was great value as there are 5 or 6 tracks to choose from. I am certain that a few of us went over the hour too! We didn’t arrange a “race” on the day, but we now have all the information so we can go there again in the future and have some competition.
The next social outing is on February 22nd, which is a cruise around the fringes of Adelaide where we can take in the scenic views of our great city. The evening finishes at Vili’s Bakery at Mile End and promises to be a great night. Details are in this magazine, so I hope to see you there.
Our Day of the Volkswagen is getting closer. Everything is on track at the moment for another great day at Civic Park on March 16th. I have received confirmation that Meguiar’s are happy to sponsor the event again this year and that they have increased their level of support. The club appreciates the products that Meguiar’s donates to us and I am sure the class winners appreciate it too! As usual, this event needs members to make it a success. Every member that helps out on the day makes it easier for the rest of us, so please contact Maris if you can assist in any way.
In April, the Bug-In is being held in Geelong. All details are in this magazine and I recommend this event as a great way to spend your Easter. I also recommend that if you want to go, that you book your accommodation asap.
Finally, we are in need of an Historic Officer urgently. Colin has decided to not continue after this club year (end of June) so if you think you have the time and knowledge of older VWs please contact me and I will describe what is involved in the position. (Call me after Feb. 10th as I am away on holidays prior to that date)
This is the venue which Maris has selected as our meeting place from next month.
Head up Port Road toward Port Adelaide, and Queen Street is the first street crossing the median strip after crossing South Road. (Or if you are coming up South Road, turn left into Port Road and get into the right lane. If you are coming from the North-East, cross Port Road at South Road and turn right.)
After passing Queen Street, look for the entrance to the car park on your right. (Note that the car park cannot be accessed from the city-bound side of Port Road.)
The photo shows the car park and the Model T Ford Club rooms.
Looks (and sounds) good to me, but I haven’t seen it yet.
So now you know why I have put those two photos on the cover.
Obviously the first was to get your attention (which it obviously has done). From what I hear, there are a few members who do not bother to open their magazines. In the unlikely event that one of these people does decide to go to the March or subsequent meetings and land up at the German Club, expect no sympathy from me.
Secondly there are some notable things in common between these cars.
The Ford Model T was the first ‘People’s Car’; it was in production for about 19 years and sold about 15 million. This was the record until the Beetle overtook it. They are still prized by enthusiasts, who have clubs around the world. Parts are still being made for them by ‘outside’ manufacturers.
The Volkswagen Beetle was the second ‘People’s Car’ (literally!); it was in production for 55 years, and about 22 million were sold. (It overtook the Model T’s production in 1972, the last one was produced in Mexico on 30 June 2003.) They are still prized by enthusiasts, who have clubs around the world. Parts are still being made for them by ‘outside’ manufacturers.
(Some say the Toyota Corolla is the most produced car, but it started as a rear wheel drive vehicle, and has morphed through several body shapes to a front wheel drive type. Thus although the name has stayed the same, it is not the same ‘model’.)
Welcome to 2014, the 60th anniversary of the year that Volkswagens were sold commercially in Australia. 1954 was also the year that I was born. Coincidence? I think not!
To start the year, we have a cruise to the Adelaide Hills on January 19th, which includes some time at the slot car venue in Lobethal. There are a variety of tracks within the building, so it is fun for all ages. Maris requires 12 people to participate in the slot cars to qualify for a group booking. The good thing is that it is relatively cheap, so I hope to see you there. We will also be having lunch at a hotel in Lobethal, so it should be a very relaxing day.
During February, we are having a night cruise which will finish at Vili’s Bakery. The date for this event escapes me, but it will be a Saturday evening. Check the magazine for details.
Our Day of the Volkswagen on March 16 is coming together well. The picturesque Civic Park at Modbury is the venue again, so spread the word amongst your VW friends. The long weekend for Adelaide Cup is the weekend before, so we expect a good rollup this year. We require a few members to help run the day, so if you are available for a few hours, give me a call and we can discuss what role you can help with.
Easter is late April this year, with the Bug-In to be held in Geelong. If you are thinking of going, you should arrange accommodation very soon, as it will be hard to find at that time of year. The choice you need to make is whether you will stay just for the Easter period or continue for the following week when the organisers have arranged an extended cruise around the southern part of Victoria. I am only attending the Easter events, but I haven’t decided yet whether I will drive my brown Beetle or the Golf yet. This will depend a bit on the weather and a bit on how I feel leading up to Easter!
Finally, if you live north of Adelaide and think you would like to become a Historic Officer for the club, give me a call because we could do with an extra person for this role.
Another year gone – hard to believe! Our club’s Christmas social outing was at Bowland in Tanunda recently and a great time was had by all who attended. Competition was fierce on the mini-golf course with results being closely guarded by Maris. All will be revealed at the December GM! There was discussion about where we could have this event next year, with suggestions like the same venue or even a round of Par 3 golf.
Speaking of Christmas, our presence at the Norwood Pageant was well received again, with people of all ages clapping the 4 Beetles which participated. Thanks to Colin, Hans and the Caporaso family for their time and effort. The following day was the Volksfest show which was held at Elder Park for the first time. The weather looked doubtful early, but it cleared up quickly and the event was well attended, proving the interest in all things VW – especially the old air-cooled cars.
On the same day as the Volksfest, the last event ever was being held at Lanac Park (near Mt Compass). Paul Kennedy was successful by coming first outright in his 1835cc buggy, which was a great achievement out of a field of 60 competitors.
In events coming up, the first one next year is a slot car day at a great venue in Lobethal. This place has at least 4 large tracks to keep you amused and entertained. It is to be held on January 19th with details in this month’s magazine. It promises to be a good day with lunch to be taken at a local hotel. Please let Maris know of your intentions to attend. We will need a minimum amount of people to make it work, which I am sure we can do.
Coming up fast also is our Day of the Volkswagen to be held at Civic Park, Modbury again. This venue is well received by everybody who has ever attended and I am sure next year will be no different. Of course a few of us have some work to do to make this day successful, but generally all we need is you and your VW to enter to help make this a day to remember. Please put March 16th in your calendar and let all your friends know!
Finally I would like to wish all members and their families (people and VWs) a safe Christmas and a happy new year.
The incorrect bank transfer detail exist in the previous revision of the Supplementary Regulation. The detail in document has been fixed. (note that the BSB should be 805 050).
Apologies for inconvenience caused
Round 2 Saturday 2nd November 2013