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JULY 2000
 
VOL. 11, NO. 1

IT'S NOT JUST A CAR,
IT'S A WAY OF LIFE!!
JULY, 2000

(Pronounced - "Dahs Muhndstook", means "The Mouthpiece."
DEDICATED TO ALL VW MODELS!

DAS MUNDSTUCK is a publication of the MID SOUTH VOLKSWAGEN CLUB of ARKANSAS, MISSISSIPPI and TENNESSEE
 
   We call it the Volkswagen Squareback sedan.
   And it's called a sedan because it seats four people. But it can't be called a station wagon because our station wagon seats 7 people. (Or 9, depending on the seating arrangemnt you choose.)
   Our Squareback Sedan has more luggage space than you'll find in the trunk of the biggest conventional sedan. There's 6.5 cubic feet of space in the front trunk. And 24.7 feet of space in the back trunk. Not to mention 42.4 cubic feet of spce if you fold down the back seat.
   On the other hand, our Squareback doesn't even have one-third the space of our station wagon. So it's still a sedan.
   The way we got all that room in the Squareback was by squaring off the area that goes to wast in conventional sedans. (Incidentally, that's also the way the Squareback
The Volkswagen Squareback.
It almost looks like a station wagon. We call it a sedan.
1968
bacame the Squareback.)
   We also got more space by developing a version of the VW engine that's only 16 inches high. It's the sam engine we put in the Fastback.
   And just like the fastback, the Squareback is only 6 inches longer than the bug. So it's as easy to park the Squareback as the Fastback.
   In fact, our Squareback has all the new changes in our Fastback.
But it doesn't look like our Fastback. It doesn't have that sloping shape.
   But neiher does it have the boxy look of our wagon. So even though some people may think it looks like a station wagon, we know for a fact it looks nothing like our station wagon.
   But then neither does it look like our sedan.
   
 
VW TRIVIA
Most of you know that there was no Trivia in June's issue; so here are the answers to May's questions;
 
MAY ANSWERS
1. The VW bug first got a fuel gauge as standard equipment in 1962. But you could get one as an accessory as far back as 1948!
2. The first VW owner's manual was published in 1939! It was a 124-page book that instructed the owner in virtually everything. Even proper washing of the car. It is a fact that many of the folk that the car was meant for would have been novices at even having a car!
3. It was in 1948 that a new injection molding company, Viking (pronounced "wiking") of Germany was hired to create some factory promos. They were made in 1/40th scale and included a card-mounted
transparent-bodied assembly kit. The engine, passenger compartment, and trunk were portrayed in somewhat soft detail
4. The Type 2 Bus went from having outwardly punched side engine vents to inward punching in mid-1963.
5. The finalized design of the prototype Beetle (Type "60") was worked out by Erwin Komenda. He gave the beetle shape its first true rear window (previously, the drivers had to peer through a glass firewall and engine vents), an he sleekly faired the headlights into the front fenders. The first cars that had that new body design were Type 30 chassis know as Type "V303". 3 were built for the 1938 factory cornerstone ceremony and a comparison test with other makes of cars in 1939. There was a cabriolet, a sunroof model and a sedan.
6. The final year of the regular torsion bar Beetle Cabriolet was 1970.
 
JULY QUESTIONS
1. What is the difference between a convertible and a cabriolet?

2. Why did the VW Beetle have glassed over headlights?

3. Who is J. Mays and what is his significance to the VW world?

4. In what model years was the VW Thing imported to the U.S.?

5. What is a "lichtmaschine?"


- By Herschel D - .

 
Beetle Funfest 2000
Effingham, IL -- On June 10 & 11th Mike Yager, President of Mid America Designs - The Real Source, put on the 2nd annual Fun Display Car Show. Customer appreciation was at the heart of Beetle Funfest 2000.
     Two full days of fun were in store for the visitors. All show registrants received FREE parking, food, entertainment and an official event T-shirt celebrating the Beetle Cabriolet. We received the VIP treatment.
     The show promoters were hoping for 2000 Volkswagens for the year 2000, as last year the first show had over 400 cars, trucks, buses, kit cars and off road VW's on display. However, at best count unofficial reports had this years figures somewhere over 500. Effingham, IL is the catalog parts distributor headquarters for VW's, Corvettes and Porsches.
     The schedule of events began with the gates opening at 8:00 am where you were to check-in at the registration booth to receive your packet and gifts. In the packet included maps, a T-shirt, two sheets of 50¢ coupons ($5.00 per sheet) redeemable at the food tents, a schedule and info letter regarding the Saturday evening Tourcade.
     The Real Source has a museum (entitled My Garage R&D Center) on the field in which our own Mac Jones has six of his finest VW's on display (1957 Vert, 1957 Sedan, 1950 Vert, 1966 Sedan and a nice Karmann Ghia Vert {I forget the year}). I met him there and he gave me a private tour of his '57 Vert.
     Other events included a bus paint for the kids, Blowout/Closeout sale, Bug Tales book signing by authors Paul Kleban & Gabrielle Jacobs, tech sessions with Bug Me Videos Rick Higgins, Eric Madson demonstrated the Real Source's Star Race Car (Karmann Ghia Funny Car) and an autograph session with Tom Lieb (founder of SCAT Enterprises). Music was provided by Probably Bob.
    Fun Display judging took place between 1:00 and 3:00 PM with awards presentation at 4:00 PM. Finally, to cap off the days fun a road rally (tourcade) left Effingham and proceeded with police escort to Greenup, IL. (approx. 23 miles). The small historic town welcomed Beetle Fest goers and put on a display of period Western show and shoot out. The Real Source covered the expense of the food provided here which was a plate of hot white beans and ham with cornbread and a drink. Door prizes were awarded to all,
     One of the more interesting sites to see is the replica bridge built on National Road at Embarrass River. The original was built in 1832 with the aid of Abraham Lincoln and his father Thomas.
     Sunday's schedule of events went much the same without the Tourcade. Due to similarities of events and morning rain showers we left early and set out on our long drive back home - some 365 miles. For me, my car hadn't broken in the engine yet, so we hooked on a towbar and off we went.
     This show had a wide array of vehicles on display. A lot of the New Beetles were represented here. Some of the more unusual cars included a couple of really cherry dune buggies, a Porsche LeMans kit car and a "Shorty" Type 2 Bus. One young lad has his 1965 Bug well appointed with all of the electronic goodies anyone could stand (to include a 7 inch DVD movie screen in the center dash). Others that I remember was a mint condition classic stock 1958 Cabriolet Beetle and 1974 show room NEW "Thing". And as a last note I saw an awesome display of a 1942 Mint Condition Type 82 "Kübelwagen".
     As a personal observation about this show, it was FUN, I met some new friends of which I will see in Eureka Springs again and one small family I helped fix their bug so they make the return trip to St. Louis. This show is more or less a show and shine. Not one to mark on your calendar if you are looking for trophies. The major magazines were there with teams of photographers. A few vehicles were article material. One that comes to mind was a 1957 Type 2 Single Cab pick-up.
     This show did not have any swap meets other than Lazy-8 Foreign Auto Parts from Sumner, IL trying to sell three 1998 Mexican Beetles. The Real Source did have a Sales tent with cashiers taking your orders offering you a 15% discount during the show. An afternoon thunderstorm came up and ran me under their tent to wait it out so I seized the opportunity to make my purchases.
     In summary, I may go back again next year for a little weekend get-away, but it is not one I'll plan a year in advance for. The organization was a bit lacking and the Tourcade was confusing and disappointing. The Public Address announcements were hard to understand and there weren't many vendors on site. Overall, it went well.
- By Richard H. -
Club Events provided on separate screen
 
MID-SOUTH VOLKSWAGEN CLUB
ARKANSAS-MISSISSIPPI-TENNESSEE
INFORMATION PAGE
To find out when and where your VW was built for all years, send 20DM (Deutch Marks) in cash money. You can make the exchange from dollars to Deutch Marks at a bank or American Express office. The dollar vs. Deutch changes constantly. Remit you info to the following:
DR. BERN WIERSCH
STIFTUNG AUTOMUSEUM VOLKSWAGEN
DIESELSTRABE 35
38436 WOLFSBURG, GERMANY

NOTE: Be sure to include Vw serial #. You will receive a really nice certificate with all information available on file, such as production date, engine #, original color, options installed and delivery location.
`SPECIAL THANKS`
To Mike C. for the Tech Tip, Bill C. for web site, Herschel D. & Bill C. for the Newsletter, and Richard H. for the show story. From the Club and all of the supporters, DANKEN EUCH!

SPECIAL REPORT
Our
NEXT SHOW will be OCTOBER 21, 2000 (Volkswagens Over Memphis, the Sequel). The Little Rock Club (Central Ark. Volks Folks) plans to attend again. I hope everyone is as excited as I am. Please see Events to Come for more details. .

2nd Annual
Volkswagens Over Memphis

October 21, 2000
Sponsorships of October 21, 2000 2nd Annual Volkswagens Over Memphis are as follows: $70.00 per class, this will entitle the sponsor to their name on 1 set of 1st and 2nd Place Trophies and a lot of publicity (All Proceeds go the the Memphis Zoo). (Club Members)->Please start preparing and if you would like to volunteer to help, which is needed
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THE MID-SOUTH VOLKSWAGEN CLUB OF ARKANSAS, MISSISSIPPI AND TENNESSEE (BASED IN MEMPHIS) IS A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION FOR ALL VW ENTHUSIASTS AND IS NOT LILMITED TO AIR COOLED MODELS.
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