Buenas Volky Club (Puerto Rico)
- The Motley New Beetle World.
Birmingham Buggy Club (UK)
VW Club (Manchester, UK)
Cornwall VW Owners
Owners Club GB
Corrado Club of Great Britain
Bay Surfing-VW (Cornwall, UK)
Owners Club - Ireland
Jersey VW Society
Kä fer Kabrioletts
testing.com - vw_common_ecu_failures
Frogs Bread Club
(Indonesian VW Club)
FBI VW Club
Volkswagen Type 147 Fridolin Register
Four Vee Dub Club - Nederlands
to 59' Karmann Ghia Registry
Golf IV Forum
Times VW Club
Club Huddersfield (UK)
VW Club (UK)
Volks VW Club
of Wight VW Club (UK)
JuarezVolks VW Air and
The Official Owners Club
Ghia Owners Club of Great Britain
Ghia Club - Sudhessen
Ghia Club Rems-Murr (Deutsch)
Karmann Ghia Club of North America
Lancs VW Club
London and Thames Valley VW
Brazilian Beetle Register (UK)
Polo Owners Club
Owner's Club of Great Britain
New Beetle Club
Oxfordshire VW Owners
Official CLUB GTI World-Wide Homepage
Dominion Aircoolers Club (Virginia, USA)
GT and S Coupe Owners Club
The Polo GT and Coupe S
Club of the Philippines
and Oldham VW Club (UK)
The Roundabout VW
Slovenia - VW
Air Cooled Club
Split Screen Van Club
HROSC Klub Slovenija
Tipton County Volkswagen Club
UK VW Type
Internet VW Club
VW Gruppe USA
VW Mail (Webmail
for VW Enthusiasts)
VAG Cars - Denmark
Club of America
Valley VW Club (South Wales) Tel: 02920 867598
VW Golf Club
VW Beetle Organisation
Side Dub Club
Racers VW Club
Wizard Owners Club
On-Line VW Registry and Club
Area Volkswagen Club
Convertible Club Switzerland
- Information about the KCCS, the
Beetle Convertible and the VW Scene in Switzerland
- organization for watercooled VW enthusiasts, site
includes an online club sign up, member roster, and calendar.
- aims to bring together VW owners and
enthusiasts who share that unique bond and love for Volkswagens.
- caters to all Volkswagens air or
- brings together Dutch VW enthusiasts. Includes pictures of European
meetings, catalogues from VW Motorsport, and a workshop. Site in
Canada Volkswagen Page
- club information, annual sales report,
local business directory and regional events.
- dedicated to preserving and promoting VW's in off-road
racing, drag racing, and classic vw restoration.
- VW car club of Fall River, MA, for GTIs, Jettas, and Golfs.
Edition Beetle Register
- provides information on the last 300
Volkswagen Beetles produced for the United Kingdom, and a meeting
place for their owners.
- VW shows and events throughout the Niagara region.
Texas Volkswagen Club
- strives to restore, preserve, drive and
race VWs, welcoming all VW-powered vehicles.
Arkansas VW Association (NWAVWA)
- all types of air cooled and water cooled VWs in the
German Folks VW Klub, The
- known for their vintage VWs with an
old school lowrider look.Includes picture galleries of bugs, buses,
ghias, and more.
- dedicated to the Volkswagen owner and enthusiast.
- nuttiest VW watercooled enthusiasts in
Southern California. We race, do you?
Volkswagen Club of Milton Keynes
- includes photos, membership and
contact information, newsletters, links, and more.
Volkswagen Owners Club
PA VW Club
- for enthusiasts of all types of Volkswagens.
Beetle Owner's Club
- a place for beetle owners to share their
common passion. In English, French and German.
VW Drag Racing Association
- races at all NHRA sanctioned tracks
in Texas, Oklahoma, and Colorado.
- uniting people together with one shared interest, water-cooled VWs.
Enthusiast Network Of Milwaukee (VENOM)
- offers member pages,
reviews, events, care instructions, and more.
Owners Club of Great Britain, The
- offers news, membership
details, cars for sale, members' cars, and events calendar.
- Beetle club featuring pictures, calendar, links, and
Kuebel Klub Deutschland e.V.
- southern New England's watercooled VW/Audi club. Includes details of
shows, racing, project cars, and more.
VW's of the Emerald Coast - car club in Florida dedicated to
The man who inspired Beetle
for maybe Henry Ford and the Model T, no person has ever been more closely
associated with the success of a single car model than Heinz Nordhoff is
with the Volkswagen Beetle. But
Nordhoff could so easily have taken a direction away from Volkswagen.
student, he was focused on shipbuilding. His first job was in aeronautics.
His early career was spent at two other auto companies. Only the Great
Depression of the 1930s kept him from emigrating to America to join a
was almost 50 before he joined Volkswagen. But that's where he flourished,
and his leadership helped turn a company ravaged by war into Europe's
largest automaker. Born
in 1899 in Hildesheim, Germany, this banker's son studied mechanical
engineering in Berlin and preferred ships to cars.
joined BMW as an aero-engine apprentice and nearly moved to America to
work for the US carmaker Nash. The Great Depression put an end to those
Nordhoff joined General Motors' German unit Opel and concentrated on
production processes. GM rewarded him with a trip to Detroit, where he
studied American sales and production methods. He climbed the ladder at
Opel and was appointed managing director of the Berlin-Brandenburg truck
Nordhoff did not like Opel's cheap competition, the KdF designed by
Professor Ferdinand Porsche. But he soon realized the potential of the
car, which eventually became known as the Beetle.
World War II, Nordhoff was determined to regain a senior management
position in the automotive industry. Working at Opel, he was soon noticed
by Major Ivan Hirst of the British occupational force, who was put in
charge of the ruined Volkswagen plants after the war. On
January 1, 1948, Nordhoff was appointed Volkswagen's managing director and
was given a free hand to organize the reconstruction of the factory and to
was involved in many initiatives, from building the city of Wolfsburg to
financing the first runs of Beetles after Germany's monetary reform in the
summer of 1948. He called dealers to Wolfsburg and told them to bring
every deutsche mark they could with them. By the end of 1948 he had 15,000
domestic orders and 7,000 export orders.
increased production from 19,244 units in 1948 to half a million by 1958.
He was helped by the German economic boom, the Wirtschaftswunder. But
Nordhoff could only achieve what he did through vision and skills,
including the American production ideas he learned at GM. Volkswagen
flourished with the Beetle. Nordhoff later added variants of the Beetle
platform, such as the VW minibus and Karmann Ghia coupe and convertible.
he realized that Professor Porsche's concept - with rear-mounted,
air-cooled engine - was becoming outdated, Nordhoff did not allow new
developments. He died suddenly on April 12, 1968, following an earlier
heart attack in January that year. By that time annual production had
reached 1.7 million units.
successor, Kurt Lotz, inherited a model range based on the aging
air-cooled engine concept and VW temporarily lapsed into trouble. But
the more than 21 million Beetles that have been produced are all a tribute
to Heinz Nordhoff.
camper van was also air cooled and based on the same engine as the
Beetle. Both vehicles went on to become classics with heritage clubs all
over the world.
water cooled Beetle was produced that looked something like the original
but never became popular.
2017, a new water
cooled camper van was introduced.
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