Auck­land Volk­swa­gen Own­ers Club

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The Volk­swa­gen Own­ers Club (VWOC) started around 1960, and the Auck­land branch was part of a fed­er­a­tion of VW clubs in New Zealand — oth­ers be­ing based in Taranaki, Welling­ton, Christchurch, and Dunedin. The VWOC had about 300 ac­tive mem­bers by the late ’60s and, in Auck­land, was hold­ing monthly club meet­ings in a large school hall in Ep­som, with well over 100 peo­ple at­tend­ing each month.

The early clubs were proper old­school mo­tor­ing clubs, at­tract­ing a new gen­er­a­tion of mo­torists that had emerged in the post-war years. Events such as hill climbs, ral­lies, drag races, and time tri­als were of­ten fea­tures of club events.

How­ever, club mem­ber­ship grad­u­ally dwin­dled over the years, and group ac­tiv­i­ties be­came fewer, so, in 1991, a core group of VWOC en­thu­si­asts got to­gether and or­ga­nized the first VW Na­tion­als, in Taupo, which was a re­sound­ing suc­cess. By that time, peo­ple had be­come in­ter­ested in old air-cooled VWS again and were start­ing to re­store them.

The tra­di­tion of the VW Na­tion­als con­tin­ues to this day — the 25th an­niver­sary was cel­e­brated last year, with many of the orig­i­nal or­ga­niz­ers in at­ten­dance.

Nowa­days, the club has changed its fo­cus to more fam­ily-ori­ented events — cruises, camp­ing week­ends, etc. — in­stead of the mo­tor-sport days of the club’s ear­lier in­car­na­tion. Monthly meet­ings re­main a reg­u­lar fix­ture on the cal­en­dar, tak­ing place on the se­cond Wed­nes­day of each month at the Vin­tage Car Club rooms, 39 Fairfax Av­enue, Pen­rose, from 7pm.

Mem­bers can reg­u­larly be seen in at­ten­dance at the big car events such as the Eller­slie Concours d’el­e­gance, Kumeu hot rod show, and Bruce Mclaren Trust Runs, as well as Caf­feine and Clas­sics, among many oth­ers.

The VWOC also hosts a num­ber of its own events, such as the VWOC Jam­boree, at which VWS take over the Watene Re­serve on Auck­land’s wa­ter­front for a day, or it joins with other clubs for an­nual events such as the Bulli and Bug Jam, at which VW own­ers en­joy a so­cial week­end away camp­ing.

The VWOC caters for all types of Volk­swa­gens across ranges and ages, from the early air-cooled Kom­bis and Bee­tles right through to the en­tire line-up of wa­ter-cooled ex­am­ples. The fo­cus is on peo­ple who share a pas­sion for the mar­que, rather than the par­tic­u­lar ve­hi­cle they own.

Join the club Auck­land Volk­swa­gen Own­ers Club PO Box 12,358 Pen­rose Auck­land 1642 Web­site: vwown­er­ Face­book: face­ Volk­swagenown­er­sclubnz

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