VW Heritage, an air-cooled and water-cooled VW replacement part supplier, is run by enthusiast for enthusiasts and that is why we value very highly the relationship with owners clubs.
We are now able to offer ABVWC members a 5% discount on all orders on-line or via the phone. Details of the discount can be viewed via the members only area and will be published on the next bulletin.
Clubs stronger together in the ABVWC
Club Focus highlighting the Association of British VW Member Clubs ...
In 1968 the London Centre of the Volkswagen Owners Club of Great Britain (VWOCGB) was established for VW enthusiasts in London and the Home Counties.
In 1988 the Centre became fully independent of the VWOCGB to form the London and Thames Valley VW Club (LTV-VWC).
The LTV-VWC caters for anyone with an interest in VWs, air-cooled or water-cooled, any age, any condition, and is run by a Team of volunteers. We aim to provide an informal experience by giving members the chance to meet other local VW enthusiasts at events or on the internet, a club magazine, benefits, discounts and advice on anything VW.
With a large and growing membership we're able to negotiate discounts with many VW suppliers, garages, magazines, the RAC and AA. We also organise regular local meets, trips, club camping and displays, plus our own event Dubs at the Park.
The LTV-VWC takes a pride in helping to keep the VW scene alive, not just for its members, but for all VW enthusiasts.
In 2008 at our 40th birthday celebrations the club was accepted in to the VW ACTION Hall of fame for services to the VW scene.
The ABVWC welcomes the Scirocco Register back in to the association
Established in 1996, the Scirocco is the premier UK club for the Volkswagen Scirocco
We support all models of the iconic Type 53 coupe and whether factory spec or modified, concourse or track beast, daily driver or weekend toy the Register is here to support all owners of and people looking to buy, mainly, a Mk1 or a Mk2 Scirocco – we do encourage Mk3 fans to get involved but are aware that there are other clubs that cater solely for the newer cars.
Scirocco Register members are a friendly, open minded bunch – knowledgeable and very approachable. Do feel free to speak to us at shows, contact us with questions and join the ever growing and popular forums and facebook pages.
The Scirocco Register is also exactly that: A Register of known existing cars in the UK. If you are an owner we would encourage you to join as a full member of the club to keep up to date with Register Events, receive the quarterly magazine SkyRocket, have entitlement to aftermarket and spares discounts and be in touch with a UK wide network of enthusiasts and enjoy a decent social once the polishing cloths have been packed away at a show.
We are here to serve our members. The Scirocco Register is a club set up to provide a one stop shop for information and relies on its members to be active, so please do feel free to make suggestions, submit articles for SkyRocket, organise meets and events etc
Only with your support can the club maintain its profile and reputation and go from strength to strength.
The next VolksWorld Show takes place on 2nd & 3rd April 2016
Lancaster has worked with car clubs for over 30 years to provide insurance solutions to their members. We specialise in classic and modern classic vehicles, from Beetles to Golfs, Splitscreen Campers to T4/T5 Campers. We can offer limited mileage, agreed value, policies with a whole host of other benefits, including modifications. We insure drivers of any age although we tend to find that the majority of our classic policies start at ages 23 – 25. In addition we can offer a discount of up to 25% for your members.
See the latest bulletin for further information
FEV Motorsports are offering 10% on any fire extinguisher purchase and also 15% off group busy of 10 or more for ABVWC members
The website is www.f-e-v.co.uk
FEV motorsport actually build custom fire extinguishers for about half the F1 grid and a large number of other high end racing teams but also sell a lot of classic car owners, track day enthusiasts and generally anyone who loves driving. They stock the full range from hand held to fully plumbed in systems; certainly a lot safer than a halfords job and they use much safer gas and foam.
FEV are a family business which was established in 1990; we are dedicated to manufacturing high quality specialist products for fire safety. Our customers are very important to us and we are a very motivated and keen team always looking to improve our product range. We do give a quick turnaround time to our customers which keeps them racing, which is very important in our field of business.
Our products are the winning choice for the major top teams and manufacturers in Motorsport from around the world and nationally at home. The motorsport industry is a very demanding environment where standards need to be very high and continuous development of products has to be maintained, we believe we tick all these boxes at FEV
The ABVWC are pleased to announce as an additional benefit to members, we've joined the club discount scheme at Opie Oils, earning you 10% off all products, available online on their web site at www.opieoils.co.uk and for phone orders too.
Opie Oils are the UK's leading "online" independent oil and lubricants retailer. We offer you a really extensive range of oils and lubricants from 11 major oil manufacturers at prices much lower than the high street and main dealers. Our brands include, Silkolene, Fuchs, Gulf, Castrol, Castrol Classic Oils, Motul, Mobil, Millers Oils (inc Millers Oils Classic), Shell, Valvoline and Red Line. The range includes oils and fluids that meet pretty much all manufacturers and international specifications, with delivery throughout the UK via courier.
Not just oils and fluids, keep reading...
Opie Oils also sell Steering Wheels from MOMO, Spark & Glow Plugs from Denso and NGK. Oil, Air, Cabin and Fuel Filters from UFI, Mahle and K&N, Brake Parts from Brembo, an extensive range of Workshop & Garage equipment including Oil Catch Trays, Axle Stands, Trolley Jacks, Drums, Pumps & Containers, Greases, Funnels, Rust Prevention & Treatment products, Wiper Blades from Trico and huge selection of Cleaning and detailing products from ArmorAll, Astonish, Bilt Hamber, Dodo Juice, Farecla, Kent Car Care, Meguiars, MER, Muc-Off and Simoniz.
If you would like any oil advice or a recommendation, feel free to ask and they will get back to you as soon as they can.
Orders can be placed by phone (01209 202944) or online at www.opieoils.co.uk. Just choose from the list of clubs and register on their web site. You can register at https://www.opieoils.co.uk/createaccount-short.aspx Once registered they will then be able to use the club discount code available in the members only area.
We look forward to hearing from club members.
Report by Steve Neill
The purpose of the Historic Vehicle Event held at the DVLA on 23rd September 2015 was to re-establish communication between the DVLA and the owners clubs, and the integrity of the systems which, as they admitted, had floundered since the closure of the regional offices and Department of Transport testing stations, where Vehicle Identity Checks used to be carried out. So, it was as much for their benefit and ours.
The seminar was split into three groups centred around the re-registration of restored and reconstructed vehicles, and in particular form V765 - "Application to register a vehicle under its original registration number" and/or verifying the date of manufacture for age related registration numbers.
In order to accurately date a vehicle, concise and accurate information is required, containing the source of the information, either from the manufacturer or club archives, photographic evidence that the vehicle actually existed, chassis plate/engine number rubbings and if possible the log book. If there is an existing record of the vehicle in the DVLA archive, the club and the owner will be contacted and asked to resubmit form V62 - "Application for vehicle registration certificate". If the owner wants to register a vehicle for the first time with an age related index number they must complete Form V55/5. If owners spot any inaccuracies on the V5 it is their responsibility to amend the document and send it to the DVLA and they will issue a new registration document. Likewise the DVLA will contact vehicle keepers if they think that there are any vehicle identity issues. By the way, all applications are checked against stolen vehicle registers held at the DVLA.
The emphasis is now being placed on vehicle owners to approach the DVLA on these matters via one of the recognised clubs, that are on their register, such as the ABVWC, via our contact page. The Association will liaise with its member club representatives, acting as the third party witness. All applications that are assessed by the clubs must be for complete and roadworthy vehicles, implying that actual vehicle inspections must be carried out by the clubs. If this is not possible the DVLA will outsource the inspection to SGS United Kingdom Ltd.
It became apparent that defining Reconstructed Classics and Restored Vehicles isn't as clear cut as the DVLA thought, and the definition of perishable items didn't necessarily include body panels. Prior to this meeting of minds, perishable items were restricted to tyres, bulbs and other service parts, but a strong argument was made that metal panels rust and wood rots – so, as I understand it, this is now under review. I am also urging the DLVA to issue Q plates and their own VIN numbers as a last resort as this has implications on the DVSA MOT emissions test (Q plated vehicles are classed as pre 1st August 1975 and therefore they are only assessed on whether they emit visible smoke). There are also dating implications on seat belt installation and lighting requirements.
According to the rules, which were introduced in 1996, Reconstructed Classics (ie made up from more than one donor vehicle) also require an Individual Vehicle Assessment before they can be reregistered, but it is also recognised that many Historic vehicles would not meet the IVA criteria. Any modifications and upgrades, also fall into this area so it would be advisable to restore a vehicle to “factory” condition, go through the registration process and then carry out the modifications – this should apply to any custom project or competition vehicle in order to retain its age related identity markers.
The DVLA would like to clarify the systems in place and have undertaken to issue flow charts and case studies to illustrate the processes involved as a direct result of this meeting.
The DVLA will consult further on best practise and standardised headed forms for club officials to submit owner applications. The DLVA will report on the outcome of this meeting to clubs in due course.
The ASSOCIATION OF BRITISH VW CLUBS, in association with Adrian Flux Insurance Services, and supported by Cordwallis, Hawthorns and VW Heritage, welcomes all enthusiasts of VW and its associated marques, to VW EXPO 2016 @ STONOR Park, the 32nd meeting at this venue.
The show gates will be open between 9.00 am and 4.30 pm and there will again be a single charge for entry to VW Expo and the Stately Home and Gardens (which open at 1:30pm) of £11.00 per adult, whilst children under 16 get in for free. Refreshments and toilet facilities will be available as usual.
Stonor Park has been the home of the Stonor family for over 800 years, the house being built around 1190. It contains many items of rare furniture and paintings and will be open on the Sunday afternoon by showing your admission ticket, as entry to the house is included in the ticket price. The grounds are situated along the B480, to the north of Henley on Thames and are within easy reach of the M4 & M40 motorways. The postcode for Stonor Park is RG9 6HF.