Club History (Established 1982)

The club was formed in 1982 by a group of like-minded Volkswagen enthusiasts. The first meeting was held at Ferny Hills, on the 7th November 1982. The first edition of Volksword (the official club magazine), edited by Hans Gess, was printed the following month.

The first committee members were -

  • President - Dianne Watts
  • Vice President & Points Scorer - Paul Bernardin
  • Secretary - Daphne Gess Treasurer - Kate Bedendorf
  • Social Secretary's - Dave Elliot & Tony Wilmot
  • Editor - Hans Gess
  • Training Officer - Alan Harbort

The following club meetings were held at QEII, on the first Tuesday of each month.

The program for the years activities listed -

  • A day with Formula Vees
  • Four cars to be entered into the Motor Show
  • A weekend as guests of the VW Buggie Club of Bribie Island
  • BBQ's
  • Rallies
  • Swap Meets
  • Raffles
  • Recruiting new members
  • Training Sessions

A Points system was established in January 1983 as follows

  1. Each member present at a general meeting gets 5 points
  2. Members who introduce new members gets 5 points
  3. For being a helpful and active member 2 points
  4. General condition of your vehicle e.g. road worthiness, -5 to +5 points
  5. You may lose up to 20 points if involved in an accident.
  6. (This list is not complete, but gives you an idea of how it worked)

Australia Day Weekend (1983) Observation Car Rally with the familiar sound of VW's echoed through the hills of Beaudesert and Ipswich. The local cockies couldn't believe their eyes seeing so many VW's in their rugged territory. It was an invasion of the only kind - the VWDCQ. Maybe we couldn't leap tall buildings in a single bound, but we proved that we can go where few others have dared to drive. The rally and site, chosen by our President's Paul & Wendy Bernadin, was to their credit. It was like a home away from home with all amenities except the kitchen sink. I was happy to see the girls put foot to pedal and show the men we can keep up with them or at least give it a go. Besides being a lot of fun the precision driving was a good experience, so fear not pedestrians. Our editor Hans Gess and secretary Daphne were there on the scene capturing the action on their movie camera - hopefully this footage will be shown at our next meeting. (Written by Dianne Watts)

The club members attended their first "National Bug In" in Sydney at Easter 1983.
The events were listed as -

  • Friday pm - Social get together at Col Andersons house in Fairfield.
  • Saturday Coach trip to Blue Mountains for the day.
  • Sunday Motorkhana at Plumpton.
  • Sunday night presentation night.
  • Monday recover from the weekend events and travel home.
("Bug In" is now an annual event, when Volkswagens from most parts of Australia come together, to meet socially and/or take part in events. This was started as an interclub motorkhana in 1958 in Tumut, NSW, and at the same year at Mt Gambier, SA. The following year at Wagga Wagga and Mildura. 1960 saw all states compete for the first time. The Victorian Club were the most active participants of this event.)

The first Fancy Dress was held on the 28th May 1984, and was won by Hans Gess who dressed as a clown.

Official Sponsors of the Club were Automart - Stones Corner, VW Parts & Service - Woolloongabba, and Volkswagen Engine Centre - Redland Bay.

Wayne Ferguson joined the club in April 1983 and is still a current member.

This Club History was compiled by Sonya Gambold from the Club Magazines.