2017, Sep - Oct

62nd VWCA Convention Wrap-up 

By Shell Tomlin

Simply delicious: 62nd VWCA Convention features food, cars and county cop who bought a great excuse for speeding

By Shell Tomlin

It all started on a Friday evening in late June when conventioneers began to assemble at Augustino’s Rock & Roll Deli in West Chicago, enjoying a variety of delicious food items under the watchful eye of the Jake & Elwood Blues’ likeness at the entrance. Augustino’s is a favorite gathering place for cruise-ins and impromptu car shows.

So this was a popular spot to hang out at as part of the VWCA’s 62nd Convention.

At dusk, members caravanned a mile-or-so east to the Cascade Drive-in Theater, one of just a handful still in existence. With some daylight still left, the party continued until the screen lit up with a showing of the new “Cars 3.” We like to think that the theater held this over from the previous week just for our convention! Some even stayed for the second feature, “Wonder Woman.”

Saturday morning, it was time to get down to business with official check-in at the Hampton Inn & Suites in St. Charles, Ill. Set-up began for the Most Unusual VW-Related Item and Mini Toy Displays. Both categories certainly featured some unique objects, and it was a shame that we had only one award for each. Voting was done by participants at the Saturday evening banquet.

After lunch came the 2017 edition of the Photoscenic Rallye, fashioned after the late Gaston Krishman’s popular event of the 1960s and 1970s. Participants are given a sheet of photos and their approximate locations. They are to drive to the location, find the pictured object and answer a question that verifies that you found it. 

Apologies to those who had trouble with one of the sites, the old Kane County Courthouse in Geneva. Honest, although I’ve lived in this area for more than 60 years, I totally forgot about Geneva’s “Swedish Days” festival, which effectively shuts down the heart of that city. Kudos to the rallyists, all of whom successfully answered the question!

And rallye winners Will Euverard and Frank Caruso have a tale to tell (see more on Page 11) about narrowly avoiding a speeding ticket by one of Kane County’s finest, who was so amused by their story of this crazy rallye they were on, just laughed and gave them a pass. He also gave them Junior Deputy Sheriff badges, which they proudly wore when they returned from the rallye. Getting a traffic ticket while on this rallye is cause for disqualification, but they were able to avoid it and ultimately won first prize.



The awards banquet was exactly that, starting with plenty of food provided by Moretti’s Catering of Bartlett, Ill., which lived up to the glowing recommendations of the Hampton Inn. As usual, there was way too much food and everybody got their fill. As a special treat, VWCA provided a commemorative cake with the convention logo on top. Thanks to Ryan Schulz, Northeast Illinois Volkswagen Association, for all the artwork used for this convention. We are indeed lucky to have such creative people among our membership.

Sunday morning, everyone was up bright and early for the 2017 BugFest Car Show & Swap Meet, presented by the Northeast Illinois Volkswagen Association. Those registered for the convention received tickets to enter their show car at no charge, but as usual, spectators and swap shoppers were admitted free. 

A new venue, the Baltria Auto Museum, was used for this year’s BugFest, and its showroom full of classic cars was open and on display for the show-goers. It seemed that the event featured a lot of VWs that many of us had never seen before, and the attendance was at record levels such that some of the later arrivals were even turned away. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect as the trophies were presented and the swappers started folding up their tents about 3 p.m. You can view photos of the entire weekend activities on our website’s Photo Gallery at VWClub.org

FUTURE CONVENTIONS AT RISK: At the club’s trustees meeting, it was announced that because of continuing low interest, particularly from local affiliates, that the 62nd VWCA Convention would be the last. But the club said later that it would keep its options open for future events.  

Shell Tomlin | VWClub@aol.com


  • THAT’S THE TICKET:  VWCA Rallyists tell the truth, go on to claim first prize.
  • CLUTCH EFFORT: Cliff Leppke’s dad shows him a trick or three.
  • BEATERS SHINE:  Michigan Vintage VW Fest highlights some of the lesser V-Dubs.
  • ALL GERMAN SHOW:  300 cars representing six different marques show their stuff.
  • GINGERMAN RACEWAY:  Taking hot laps at Michigan circuit can be a Challenge(r).


  • Driver's Seat - VW news & views by Cliff Leppke
  • Frontdriver – Richard G. Van Treuren
  • Small Talk - VW and Audi news - quickly
  • Retro Autoist - From the archives
  • Parting Shot - Photo feature
  • Local Volks Scene - A snapshot of local chapter activities
  • VW Toon-ups - Cartoon feature by Tom Janiszewski




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