New Waves VW Club

Newwaves is an aircooled volkswagen club...one of the oldest uk clubs infact. It is made up of like minded v-dub enthusiasts. Volkswagens are our passion but we take a laid back approach.....we all have other commitments but wherever, and whenever possible meet up for a beer or to cruise to shows.

Newwaves was started in 1989. Howard Blenkiron and Gary Eglesse started the club The Newwaves  sticker was stuck across the rear window of both Howard’s and Gary’s bugs. The Club, consisting of two cars started attending the Chelsea Cruise and the old Kiln Lane meet in Epsom an a Thursday Night. Kiln Lane was where Chris Dalton, Paul Nixon and Mark Cross also meet, after a few weeks they decided to join forces and the Newwaves membership had doubled.

1990. During 1990 the Club still kept growing and buy the end of 1990 the club boasted around 20 members. During this time Howard’s 67 was revamped (now white with polished 5 spokes).Early in 1991 the Club kept expanding, new members included Chris Webb with the old “Thump Thump” car “Billabug“, and Paula Riches 65 black Convertible (imported from the USA).

Howard wins his first award, taking Runners Up at the Detling show. Chris Dalton becomes the first member to have his Bug featured in Volksworld Magazine. During the course of 1991 the meeting place was moved to the Hogsmill Pub, although meeting continued to be on the Thursday evening. Other members to join were Jason McCreery and Mark Winson both owning convertibles. Howard’s success continues with wins in class at Bug Jam and the GCC Winter Nationals. During the end of that year Spike Finch joined with his Karmann Ghia.

In 1992 Newwaves began to display cars as a Club at various VW Shows. Nine cars were entered into the first Volksworld Show, held at the Rex Centre in Birmingham. After constructing a large display, Newwaves became the first club to win Best Club at an indoor show, After the show Mark Winson had his Ghia featured in Volksworld Magazine and wins Best Ghia at bug jam.

Howard becomes the third member to have his featured in Volksworld Magazine. Newwaves continued to increase in size to around 35-40 members. Paul Nixon sold his Bug and bought a 63 bug (imported from the USA) and a rusty Karmann Ghia. By 1994 Paul Nixon’s Karmann Ghia was back from the body shop and ready for fitting up. Paul and Howard stripped the 63 bug down including engine, box and suspension and fitted it  to the Ghia. The parts from the Ghia were then fitted to the bug and then sold on.

At the second Volksworld Show, now held at Sandown Race Course, Howard, Paul, Chris and Cathy Pike all displayed their cars. Cathy, owning a coral 64 bug went on to win Best Detail at the show. Paul and Cathy went on to have both their cars featured in Volksworld Magazine. A new member to join was James Winslow, with his 65 bug.