Saturday, June 18, 2011

DeMontrond Volkswagen Show

We went to the DeMontrond VW show today and had a really great time!  It’s always neat to see all of the VW hobbyists showing their cars, and talking about the ins-and-outs of the machines that bring them together.
We didn’t have a lot of time to browse the cars outside, but we were very impressed with the array of VWs that were presented.  Todd was drawn to the “Things”, especially the neon green one in the background… Something about an 8-way oil cooler bypass that caught his fancy.  Mom and I couldn’t help but compare many of the VWs we saw to those that are in Dad’s collection.
We headed in for the awards ceremony and got to cool down a little while I drooled over the new VWs.  You know, the ones with a/c!
Nathan and his usual: “Up, Up, please, hold you, up…”DSCF4819
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This show was special to us, since DeMontrond and the North Houston VW Club established and presented the annual Tim Drachenberg award for the first time today.  Mom did a fantastic job sharing a few sentiments and presenting the award.
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The plaque presented with the award says:                 
The Tim Drachenberg Award was established by the North Houston Volkswagen Club in memory of long-time member Tim Drachenberg, who passed away in early 2011. Tim was a member of the club for a number of years and always was open with enthusiasm and advice concerning vintage Volkswagens.
Tim's impressive Volkswagen collection included a variety of cars and busses, but he was particularly fond of vintage, totally stock VW's from the 50's through the 70's. He drove his classic cars on a daily basis and enjoyed doing so with an unbridled passion.
Tim was a retired tennis coach, and was passionate about the sport, but his Volkswagen cars, and especially, his friends in the Volkswagen community were his true love. Whether it was discussing an obscure part, or advice on something as simple as adjusting the points, Tim was glad to share his experience and knowledge with other VW friends.
The Tim Drachenberg Award is presented yearly to an individual displaying a Volkswagen of a variety that the North Houston Volkswagen Club feels typifies a car that would be of most interest to Tim. It should be mostly bare-bones stock, with an eye to the unrestored but still handsome. Board members of the club will make the decision on the award based on the idea that the car would be the favorite of Tim's at the award event.
Though gone, the spirit of Tim's appreciation of all things Volkswagen will live on through this annual award presented by the North Houston Volkswagen Club.
The winner and his beautiful car.
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