December 29, 2010

Happy New Year!

Take time to play in the snow!

December 08, 2010

New Shoes for Mark!

Be sure to stop by the meeting tonight to see Mark's new wheels.

Meeting Tonight 12/8/10

We will be meeting tonight in the parking lot on the corner between The Burger Company, and Pinky's on Freedom Drive & Moorehead Rd. around 6:30. 

If Pinky's is full, we will move over to the Burger Company.

See you there! Stay warm.

November 30, 2010


Hi All,
Another eventful VW year is coming to a close and its time to celebrate!  In order to usher 2011 in with style, we want to welcome everyone to the PTO/MVWE Holiday Ho-down.  Long-time club member Bill Rudie and his wife Joan have graciously agreed to host the event.  Here are the details:
When: Saturday, December 4th 2010
Where: 701 Conestoga Drive
           Charlotte, NC  28270

Time: 5pm-?
RSVP by Wednesday, December 1st to:
This is a pot luck event, so please plan to bring something delicious to share.
BYOB, with non-alcoholic beverages provided

Hope to see you there! 

November 10, 2010

Meeting Tonight 11/10/10

Hi All,
The monthly MVWE/PTO Cruise-In is this Wednesday evening from 6-9 at Pinky's Grill (Corner of Freedom and Morehead with the Beetle on the roof!).  Plan on parking across the street on the corner near the Burger Co.  Some folks will be heading out a little early to get on the road for the Bulli Brigade/BugJam festivities down in Tampa/St. Pete, Fl this weekend.  Come with ideas for a Christmas party and charity event...
See you there!

Keep on v-dubbin'


October 12, 2010

Farmington 10/24/2010

Final SEVWA Event for 2010, Fast Times at Farmington Oct. 24th Farmington Dragway in Mocksville, NC

To find out more check out's Farm Thread

Or check out

See you there!

MVWE/PTO Meeting 10/13/10 & other event reminders

MVWE/PTO Meeting 10/13/10

What an excellent showing last month at the new location, The Burger Company!
We hope to see you there tomorrow evening from 6:30-9. If you have not been there before, it is easy to find at the corner of Freedom and Morehead in Charlotte.  Yummy burgers, and good people.

EUROFEST 10/16/10
This weekend is Eurofest 2010 at the BMW Museum in upstate SC. This is the year of the Volkswagen. The event always brings out ultra rare and beautiful cars of all makes and models, and is sure to be a fun event. You can get more information about the event on EAF thread  OR the Euro Auto Festival web page .

Also, Saturday 11/6/10 is the Coffee and Cruisers event at Panera Bread, Northlake Mall from 8:00-11:00 am. This is an excellent unofficial "show". If you have not been, we highly recommend checking it out. Several rows of high quality cars of all makes and models, hundreds of folks, all makes for a good start to your Saturday morning.

September 29, 2010

Update & Upcoming VW Events

Hi All,
I wanted to take a moment to thank all the folks that came out to the annual PTO/MVWE Fall Campout.  We had great weather and a great turnout!  Photos will be posted soon and I will work on better directions for next year...

I also wanted to remind you-all of a few events happening this weekend.

This Saturday morning is the monthly Coffee and Cruisers event at Northlake Mall from 9-11 am (in front of Panera Bread)

The Circle Yer Wagons Show is also this weekend in Sevierville, TN.  Friday-Sunday.

One of our fellow VW folks, Adam Gray, let me know of another local car show for all makes (VWs welcome)
Here are the details:
Living Vine Church Car Show
Saturday, October 2nd

10622 Pineville Rd, Pineville, NC
No registration fee
Awards to the top 15 vehicles
Food available

Obviously a very busy weekend, so folks will have to make some tough choices about what they are able to attend!  Hope to see you at one of these events.
Keep on v-dubbin'

September 02, 2010

September 2010 MVWE Meeting and Coffee and Cruisers info

Hi All,
Just a quick reminder that we have two Cruise-In events this week...
Wednesday night 9/8/10 is the monthly PTO/MVWE club Cruise-In at the Burger Co. on the corner of Moorehead and Freedom Blvd from 6:30-9:00 pm.
Saturday 9/4/10 is the Coffee and Cruisers event at Panera Bread, Northlake Mall from 8:00-11:00 am.
Bryan and I will miss you all on this go around, as we will be driving back from New Mexico with VW goodies - let us know if you are looking for anything!

Remember, the following events are coming up:
  • Euro Classica, Old Salem, NC September 10-11th
  • Pittsburg Classic VW Show, New Alexandria, PA September 12th
  • Annual PTO/MVWE Fall Campout near Cedar Mountain, NC is coming up the weekend of September 18th - let me know if you are planning to make it out.
  • Low Country VW Show, Charleston, SC September 25th
  • Circle Yer Wagens, Sevierville, TN October 1-3rd
Keep on v-dubbin'

August 10, 2010

Wednesday Night Cruise-In at The Burger Co.

Hi All,
Just a friendly reminder that the August VW Cruise-In is this Wednesday night from 6:30-9:00pm.  Last month the group agreed to move the event to The Burger Co. on the northeast corner of Moorehead and Freedom Blvd.  They have great food and a big parking lot, so we look forward to trying it out.  Upcoming shows and the Fall Campout to discuss!  Hope to see you all there.
Keep on v-dubbin',


July 14, 2010

Meeting Tonight 7/14/10

Just a quick reminder that the MVWE meeting is tonight from 6-9 at The Roasting Company.

Also, this weekend is VW Drag Night in Charleston, SC.
Check out their website at: 

See you there!

June 11, 2010

Keystone Kruise-In June 17, 2010

Looks like it will be a fun time. Give Tony a call 74-371-6947 to reserve your spot.
Address: 1700 Parker Drive Charlotte, NC 28206

June 10, 2010

69 beetle at the pull-a-part in Charlotte

Thanks Bill for sharing!

Pull-A-Part Now Has Your Car!
Location: Charlotte
Make:     VW
Model:    BEETLE
Year:     1969
This car was placed fresh on the lot on 6/9/2010
Go to for Directions

June 09, 2010

Meeting Tonight 6/9/10

Just a friendly reminder that our monthly MVWE/PTO Cruise-In is this Wednesday from 6-9 pm at The Roasting Company.    Click here for directions.

May 24, 2010

Thanks for a great CTS #7 weekend.

Hi All,
I just wanted to take a minute to recap last weekend's very successful CTS #7 event.
It all started Friday afternoon/evening with the annual Monkey Nut shop party and open house.  We had a couple hundred folks come through and enjoy the nice weather, good food, and excellent company!  I wanted to thank all those that came out and appreciated everyone keeping the neighborhood clean - that was a big help for sure...
After the traditional morning cruise to Bojangles, the buses started rolling into the show on Saturday.  We had approximately 84 buses at the event and the most swap vendors we have ever had! 
In typical CTS fashion we had a number of award winners this year and here they are:

  • Best Split Window Camper went to Brad Boston for his gorgeous 62 Westy
  • Best Split Passenger went to Rick Bradshaw for his red and white late split deluxe
  • Best Bay Window Passenger went to Wayne Hendrick for his Yellow 71 bus
  • Best Bay Camper went to Susan Ireton, owner of a beautiful white 70 Westy, .
  • Best Commercial All Years went to Bob LaPorte for his outstanding 67 double cab
  • People's Choice Award went to John Harper for his OG 54 Deluxe
  • Tetanus Award went to Alex Holmes for his rusty 62/63 Kombi
  • Long Distance Award goes to Detroit Johnny who cruised over 1000 miles one way from northern Michigan in his 70 Westy.
With plenty of room at the NC Music Factory, there should be no problem growing this event in future years...
After the show, a few of us cruised up to the Farmhouse Restaurant in Salisbury for dinner on the way up to the Big Bug Shootout.  Stormy weather Saturday night scared off the faint of heart, but there was still a good turnout for Sunday's event at Piedmont Dragway.  

A huge thanks to all who helped to make this weekend's worth of events happen, there is now way it could get done without you!  
Here are just a few folks to thank for their efforts when you see them - Bryan and Regina Mitchell for getting this whole thing started and keeping it going; Walter, Scott, and Bill for great PR work as well as event parking; Colby, Greg, Shane, Shawn, and Joe for countless hours cleaning and organizing; the T-shirt girls Teresa, Laura, and Missy for moving that cotton; Missy and Andrew for the awards; Bryan S. for loaning many items from his work; and Adam for jump starting cars...

Hope everyone had a great time and I look forward to CTS #8!
Keep on v-dubbin',


Click here to see event photos posted to

May 10, 2010

Here's a look back at the Charlotte Transporter Show #1 Flyer, award art (except the tetanus), and T-shirt design. 

MVWE/PTO Monthly Cruise-In Wednesday and CTS this weekend!

Hi All,
Just a reminder that the monthly MVWE/PTO Cruise-In will take place this Wednesday evening from 6:30-9:00 pm at the Roasting Company near Park Road Shopping Center.  Thanks to everyone who turned out early Saturday morning for Coffee and Cruisers, we had a great time.  An even bigger thanks go out to the folks who helped out with the shop cleanup that afternoon - you know who you are! 
We will making our final plans for this weekends big events, thanks in advance to all who have generously volunteered their time.
There may even be advance show T-shirt sales for those in attendance on Wednesday...we will see if they are actually done on time!
Look forward to seeing you all there.  CTS is just around the corner...
Keep on v-dubbin',


May 05, 2010

Coffee and Cruisers this Saturday! + Party Prep

Hi All,
Just a friendly reminder that out monthly Coffee and Cruisers event is this Saturday morning from 6-9 am at the Caribou Coffee in Park Road Shopping Center.  This is an ALL classic car event, so tell your friends with that original 58 Mercury or 29 Olds to come on out as well.   The goal is to build this into a popular and informal monthly classic car event for all makes...

In addition, for those that are available and interested, we encourage helpful hands to come over to the Monkey Nut Shop for a PRE-CTS party shop clean-up/ work day.  Gas powered weed eaters and chainsaws, shovels, rakes, brooms, and vacuums welcome.  We have both outside and inside projects to choose from.  Pizzas and beverages will be provided!
10 days and counting...

Hope to see you at one or both events.
Keep on v-dubbin'


April 29, 2010

Saturday morning cruise-in CHANGE

Hi All,
It has come to the attention of many club members that the regularly scheduled morning cruise-in this Saturday is at the same time as the Circle Yer Wagens Show in TN.  Since many local folks are going to that show, the suggestion was made to move the Saturday morning cruise-in to next week - Saturday, May 8th.  We will meet up between 6 and 9 AM at the Caribou Coffee House in Park Road Shopping Center, Charlotte.  Look forward to seeing everybody next weekend and have fun this weekend if you are making the trip up to TN!
Keep on v-dubbin',

April 19, 2010

Artwork for CTS7 Show Shirts

Taking pre-orders on sizes, long sleeves are available. Shirt colors TBD, but likely similar selection as last year. They go fast, so get your order in early! Send your request to  - Shirts will be $15.00. If you will be paying ahead via Paypal, please include 3% to cover fees, or just pay cash when we see you there!

Charlotte Transporter Show Event Flyers

Feel free to print these and pass them out to any interested spectator or participant


April 14, 2010

MVWE / PTO Meeting Tonight 4/14/10

Note from Jake:

Hi All,
Just a friendly reminder that our monthly PTO/MVWE Cruise-In is this Wednesday from 6-9 pm.  By unanimous vote last month, we have decided to move the location back to the Roasting Company near Park Road Shopping Center.  It's hard to beat great food and parking!  Lots of shows on the agenda, including the results of yesterday's huge Farmington event - a big congratulations goes out to the Sarrubbo's for their first place win in their class at that event!
Coming events just to name a few:
Chattanooga Bug-a-Paluza - April 17
Spring Fling in Huntersville, NC
South 21 Cruise-In Matthews, NC ?
Oakboro - April 30th
Circle Yer Wagens - May 1-2
Music and Dubs, Spartanburg, SC - May 8th
Charlotte Transporter Show #7/ Big Bug Shootout - May 14-16

Hope to see you all there!
Keep on v-dubbin,

April 07, 2010

Farmington this weekend! Sunday, April 11, 2010

Do not forget this weekend is the Fast Times at Farmington. Check out the link below for more information. See you there!

March 23, 2010

Friday & Saturday events 3/26 & 3/27

Hi All,
Just a reminder that there are two exciting classic car events going on this weekend that folks might be interested in:
  • Friday, March 26th is the huge monthly Classic Car Cruise-In in Oakboro, NC from 3pm - late.  There are several local club members organizing a drive out to the event.  Contact Bill ( if you would like more information.
  • Saturday, March 27th is the all Classic Car Show at Knight's Stadium from 9-3 pm
    We are gathering again at Caribou Coffee in the Park Road Shopping Center Saturday
    morning from 6-9 am for conversation and breakfast before cruising down to the show
    as a group.
Hope to see you at one or both of these events.
Keep on vdubbin'

March 10, 2010

Oakboro Cruise-in & Burnout - Every 4th Friday of each month

Here is another cruise-in opportunity. Looks like fun! You do not see many burnout competitions around Charlotte.

Check out the link to their blog site:

March 03, 2010

Monkey Nut VW Customer Appreciation & Open House party! May 14, 2010

Monkey Nut VW invites you to the Customer Appreciation & Open House party!

Kicking off the annual CTS weekend, we will have our Friday night customer appreciation day, shop party and pre-CTS get together.

We look forward to having our friends and customers get together and celebrate with us! Come stop by and enjoy some of the best BBQ & fried chicken the south has to offer.

All are welcome
Friday May 14th 2010
Starts around noon, goes till late. 
For more info contact (704) 373-2745

Located in downtown Charlotte at:
Monkey Nut VW
1512 Southwood Ave., Charlotte, NC 28203

Check out the facebook link to the event:

Check out link to the event:

Coffee and Cruisers this Saturday morning 6-9 am

From Jake: 

Hi All,
Well, in the wake of our big snow event, the Charlotte area is finally warming up .  This weekend should prove to be a beautiful one and why not get it started by coming out for our first Coffee and Cruisers event this Saturday morning from 6-9 am at the Caribou Coffee House/ Charlotte Cafe.  Both The Charlotte Cafe and Caribou Coffee are located in the central portion (between the Harris Teeter and Michael's) of the Park Road Shopping Center in Charlotte, near the corner of Park Road and Woodlawn. This event is open to all classic car owners so tell your non-VW friends as well.  Let's fill up that parking lot and kick off our weekend right!  The nicest thing is, once we wrap up Saturday morning, you still have your entire weekend left to look forward to.

See you there!

March 02, 2010

Saturday March 27, 2010 Fort Mill, SC GUMBALL RALLY

Check out this event in Fort Mill, looks like it could be fun.

RAIN OR SHINE - 9 A.M. - 4 P.M. SATURDAY, MARCH 27, 2010

Gumball Rally - Ride to win up to $1,000 ~ More Details

From their website: 
"We are in high gear moving forward with all the plans for 2010! This year's show is going to bigger and better than last year. Some of the highlights will include: Live Auctions. Live performances by local bands during and after the Show. This event is FREE to the general public. Parking $5."

February 12, 2010

New Meetings, Dates, & Locations

Coffee and Cruisers
First Saturday of each month
6 - 9 AM
Caribou Coffee in Park Road Shopping Center
4327 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28209
We will be advertising this new gathering to, and inviting all makes and model cars to attend. The first Saturday meeting will be March 6. Hope to see you there. Spread the word to all of your friends who may enjoy bringing out their Vintage rides.

CTS #7 & Monkeynut VW Open House Party

The Charlotte Transporter Show # 7

Type 2s 1950-1979
Saturday May 15th 2010
gates open at 9am
Free admission for spectators,
$5 to show, includes swap if you are in an AC type 2.
$15 to swap if you are not in an AirCooled type 2, truck and trailers are welcome.
Restroom facilities will be available.
Local 1950's diner will be open for lunch.
Located at:
900 Hamilton Street, Charlotte, NC 28206
This is a large space that is across from a newer music venue.

This year will be a little different, The Big Bug shootout show in Greensboro has been moved to the Sunday after CTS. There will be camping at the track as well as a host hotel.It should make for a good time on Saturday night.
The annual shop party that is usually held on Saturday night will be moved to Friday night. Same good fun, Fried chicken and BBQ, just one day closer.

This year the weekends events are as follows:

~Friday: the Annual Monkeynut VW open house party. 5pm to whenever
~Saturday: Charlotte Transporter Show 7
~Sunday: Big Bug Shootout #6 near Greensboro NC. Info at:

Facebook page for CTS:

Page for the open house:

February 04, 2010

Comments - Suggestions

We welcome any comments or suggestions. So if you have something to share or add, please do!

February 03, 2010

February MVWE / PTO Meeting - from Jake

Hi All,
With the new addition to my family, I have been a bit slow getting info out to the group. Our next cruise-in is next Wednesday, February 10th from 6:30-9:00pm. There was a great turnout last month with some good discussion about increasing the number and type of VW club related activities. To that end, I wanted to summarize some of the proposals and give you chance to bring your thoughts on these topics to the next week's cruise-in. Here they are:

* Folks were all in agreement that we should make an effort to take part in 3-4 events per year as a club, here were some suggestions (some of which we already do):
o Christmas toy drive up in Concord, December
o CTS/Big Bug Shootout weekend, May
o South 21 DriveIn Cruise-In/BBQ at Bill R's, August
o Fall Campout, October

* The suggestion was made to advertise the club's monthly Cruise-in with new fliers to be passed out to fellow enthusiasts around town and at shows. Scott has graciously drafted a prototype of the flier which is attached to this email - we welcome suggestions/edits

* Bill R. has graciously accepted to head the advertising effort for the upcoming CTS #7 show/Greensboro Bug-Out weekend in May. He will be soliciting for volunteer help in the coming months. Bring any ideas you have regarding these two events.

* A great new event idea was suggested for the coming 2010 year - "Dub's and Donuts" one Saturday morning a month (possibly the last Saturday of the month) from 6-8 am. This is modeled on similar events in other states that are very successful mainly because they get folks up and going on a weekend, without taking up the bulk of the day. Here are a few location suggestions, but I would welcome any other quirky, VW friendly location ideas that are centrally located for the region:
o Dunkin Donuts - corner of 6th and Graham, Downtown Charlotte
o Dunkin Donuts - South Blvd, between Camden and East, South End Charlotte
o Starbucks in the Cotswold Shopping Center

* The group is also interested if folks are satisfied with the current cruise-in location (The Roasting Company) or if you might have other suggestions for a meeting locations. Here are few preliminary alternative locations in Charlotte:
o Moe's Southwestern Grill on East Blvd, next to Brixx Pizza
o Phat Burrito at the corner of Camden and North Park Rd.
o Wolfman Pizza in the Cotswold Shopping Center

Please bring any other suggestions you might have and help make 2010 a grand new frontier for the local VW community!
See you next week...
Keep on v'dubbin,


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