- CCVW Club History

- CCVW Club Officers

- CCVW Club Benefits

Club History by Chris Johnson

I moved to Indiana in 1998 from the west coast. I sold all my VWs for the move. After owning a couple Volkswagens here in Indiana and missing the vw related activities that are ever present in California I decided to start a VW club. With the help of 2 friends from work, Tod Todeff and Brian Holtane, The Circle City Volkswagen Club was started in the fall of 2001.

The first ever CCVW event was advertised by flyers and Internet postings. Anyone interested in a Volkswagen club was invited to meet near the Dog-n-Suds in Speedway and then we would cruise to Eagle Creek Park for a bar-b-que. When the day arrived I was pretty nervous about attendance because we put a lot of work into trying to get the word out. We were very happy when around 8 to 12 cars showed up. FirstCCVWCarShow

At that first meeting we took everyone’s contact information and decided to start having a monthly meeting. The meetings were pretty relaxed, there was not much structure and everyone just talked vws. At one of the meetings we decided to start planning a “show”. We realized money and organization were needed to put on an event so at this point the meetings became a little more serious and so did the structure of the club.

We decided to call the show “Volktoberfest” and have it on the first Saturday in October. We spent a lot of time organizing our first event. Flyers were passed out at other VW shows in other states, we advertised on the Internet and spread the word any way we knew how. On October 5th 2002 the first annual Volktoberfest took place at Arbuckle Acres Park in Brownsburg, Indiana. The turn out was phenomenal for our first Volkswagen show in the mid-west. There were 100 cars on the grass, we raised money for Riley hospital and had many new members join the club.

That is the history of the Circle City Volkswagen Club’s first year. None of which would be possible without the help and enthusiasm of everyone involved with the club.

2011 Club Officers


Vice President


Andrew Penwell

Rick Speedy
4745 West 1120North
New Palestine, IN 46163

Jenny Penwell


Newsletter Editor


Dan Sandlin



Volktoberfest Planner

Public Relations


Rick Speedy


Tom Searles


Club Benefitsfastbugblue

Beyond the obvious benefits associated with a community of people sharing their common interests, the CCVW Club offers its members several outstanding perks. First, we publish a quarterly newsletter containing, among other things, a "How To" column written by our knowledgeable members, a calendar of planned events for the coming year, and a free classified section for members to post their "wanted to buy" or "items for-sale". Next, we provide all our members a membership directory so anyone can quickly and easily contact anyone else in the club to co-ordinate cruises, to share information, or to simply locate others with similar special interests. Last, but by no means least, we have discount programs set up with local dealers, restaraunts, and other area retailers.

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Whether you are a VW owner needing basic maintenance for your old bug or you are a do-it-yourselfer starting a full blown body-off restoration of a rare classic, the CCVW Club newsletter will be a big help with its "How To" column written by our knowledgeable club officers and member base. You will also find the newsletter's detailed calendar of upcoming local VW events very helpful. The calendar has contact information, event description, driving directions, and other details such as registration fees for shows and rendezvous locations for cruises.

The newsletter always has a letter from the President reporting on the "state of the club" with club finances, etc. The President also reports on special club activities such as charity work and club donations. Every newsletter also has a special article featuring a car or project from one of the club members. Click on the "Featured Member" tab for a sample of these articles.

Oh, and let's not forget the classified adds section for members to post their "wanted-to-buy" or "for-sale" items. This is a completely free feature of the newsletter that our members can use to turn those unused Beetle accessories into cold hard cash or to find those rare original German parts that some one else is just wanting to get rid of.

Not only do registered members receive the semi-annual newsletter, they also have access to the "Members Only" library of past newsletters in the CCVW forums.

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We provide all our members a Membership Directory, updated each year, so anyone can quickly and easily contact anyone else in the club. This is an essential tool if you are looking for someone in you area to cruise with to car shows and other club events. It is also very useful for locating others with special interests similar to your own.

If you are not currently a CCVW Club member, click on "Join The Club" to find out how to join so you can start taking advantage of these exceptional benefits.

NOTE: If you join ON-LINE now, not only will you receive the latest newsletter, and the complete membership directory, you get a free CCVW Club T-shirt, free Club Key Fob, and a free CCVW Club Logo Window Sticker.

Next Club Meeting

May Meeting
Time: 11:30-1:30
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Meeting Location:Mug-N-Bun
5211 W 10th St, Indianapolis, IN 46224-6905 (Click for Details)  


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