Volkswagen Models and Racing
This site previously was owned by Hungerford Volkswagen Sports Club whom has since gone underground. I don’t know much of their activities at present, or even if they still exists. But I’m recreating the site to feature some of the content; which was meant for the enthusiast and lover of the VW models.
Hungerford Volkswagen Club was set up in early 1998. It was founded by local VW enthusiasts.
From its foundation in 1998, by Sam Young and Ben Fisher (amongst others) the club had been a thinking pot for new and old ideas, bringing some of the oldest VW’s back to life and keeping some of the newer ones running.
What the club is best known for
The club is best known for its work with Black Current the world’s fastest electric beetle. On the site they had a forum whereby members could share their stories and experiences using VW classic cars as well as get to know about VW events that were upcoming.
Whatever happened to the clubs doesn’t mean that classic VWs died. So I will try to carry out with their course by featuring news and stories about VW as well as other classic cars. I will also be having special features of the latest VW models released as well as review some that have been in existence for a while.
Below I’ve recollected some stories about such cars and other events. You can access them by clicking through the different topics below. Will be adding more content with time so don’t fail to visit the site in future if you are an avid lover of classic cars and events.
What it felt like having a Volkswagen car
This was always something special for me. Since my earliest childhood, my memories are all about cars and other motorsports vehicles; all of which made a huge impression on me. When I now look back at that time; all that I can see has four wheels: from the toys I owned and the cartoons I watched to the car my family had parked in our driveway. There was something that completely enchanting me whenever I lay my eyes on these machines.
It did not matter what car was in question; I loved all models. This includes everything from rugged all-terrain vehicles to sleek sports cars. It had to be the feeling of freedom and power in each of these that spoke to me so clearly and strongly. There was no escaping it. The reason was because it felt so strong and real that I can even feel it now; many decades later.
But, my real love started with my driving license. My dad was also a huge aficionado of cars so he decided to buy me a Volkswagen, a brand he believed was the best in the world. It was the late 80’s and back then, VW Golf Mk1 was a supreme vehicle. Little did he know that the same car would spark an interest that would overshadow every other interest in my life.
I quickly finished high school and began working at a car repair shop.
From the beginning, I knew that this would bring me close to the cars I loved so much. Of course, I adored every minute of it. Finally, I was able to work with all the models I appreciated, including classic cars; which simply enchanted me with their design and features.
However, Volkswagen Golf Mk1 continued to be the car I returned. Soon, I began working on it, making sure it was in great shape and working spotlessly. But then, a year later; I got a great deal for a Volkswagen K70, the car I always loved the most and bought it immediately; which was over 30 years old at that moment. Just like that, I became a classic car collector.
With the K70, I also began working diligently on maintaining it in working order. But also on the process of restoring its parts and elements to its former glory. This brought me to the attention of the local car clubs. With a help of a few new friends, I completely restored the K70 and made it look brand new.
My friends put me up to visit a single event with classic Volkswagen cars
I said yes reluctantly and to my complete surprise, my K70 won the first prize. After that, my K70 and I started visiting as many events, shows, and local clubs as we could. Inside of this process; I found a source of entertainment and amusement that was very similar to the feeling I had as I kid. But then on one of these shows; there was an organized charity event for one of the club members who became ill with a breast lactating infection; that I have not heard of before.
I knew far too well how terrible was this illness because my grandmother passed away from inflammatory breast cancer, so I participated. On that event, however, I met the woman who would become the love of my life.
A distant relative of the same ill woman was a girl named Mary, who introduced herself to me by chance. She was impressed by the K70 and we went out on a date. I really enjoyed her company; but felt that she was very insecure. This was mainly because she wanted a significant weight loss. Mary was not suffering from obesity or anything like that. But she was desperate for a diet plan that could help he become as thin as she wanted to be.
What a swore
I promised that I will follow her on the same weight loss process if she promised to keep true to it. Right then and there, we began a diet plan; which ended a few months later with Mary looking like million dollars. I had to save myself from beer on my beloved sports car shows as well as events. But it was well worth it because we became a couple.
Now, we will be celebrating our fifth wedding anniversary. Mary’s relative managed to fight the illness and ended up being a guest of honor at our wedding. Of course, my K70 is still by our side and I will never forget how it connected me with the woman of my life.
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