MVVC 2016 Club Officers
I have been a member of MVVC since the 2011 Festival, and was elected to President for 2014. I try to attend most Club events, and have been to and enjoyed most of our gatherings.
I have owned various VW's in the past; 1962 Beetle; 1963 Bus, 1967 Square-back; 1972 Super Beetle; 1973 THING, a 1981 Rabbit Pickup (Caddy), and a 1987 Rabbit Cabriolet (Cabby). My newly painted yellow Rabbit Pickup found a herd of deer on the way home from a MVVC event in Lansing in late 2011, and was totaled. (Thankfully, I was not injured.)
I currently have a 1972 Bradley GT2 with VW mechanicals, a 1990 VW Fox, and a newly purchased 1970 standard Beetle. I keep my VW's with other collector cars in my garage just outside of Dexter, MI.
I look forward to serving as your President for 2015 and beyond, having fun, and enjoying our cars together!
Let me introduce myself. My name is Dan Pierce. I am 44 and have been a VW enthusiast since I was 9 years old. I bought my first VW (1957 oval) when I was 13. I learned a lot from that car and met a lot of interesting and wonderful people with similar interests through the VW hobby. I also build/fly/repair remote control airplanes. I have always been a hands on kind of guy and have built many motors (VW/Chevy) as well as most repairs and have even done a couple of full ground up restorations. I have enjoyed Ice racing, cone racing and drag racing with many of my cars for many years. I have probably owned around 13 Volkswagens over the years (hard to keep count). I currently have a 1966 sunroof beetle that I have owned for 5 years and have done much traveling/racing/shows with it. I wanted to get more involved with the MVVC club by being on the board. I believe from experience that the only way to make changes and to strengthen a club is to get more involved. The only way to make those changes is to be on the board. I would like to have the opportunity to make our club more active and to make the events that we hold more enjoyable for the participants as well as for the organizer. Our club is only as strong and pleasurable as we make it. I will strive to make our club stronger and more inclusive for as long as I am on the board. I hope to meet all of the members at some point so that we can all enjoy our hobby together for years to come under the umbrella of MVVC.
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I have been interested in VW's since childhood but have never actually had one. A couple of years ago I had someone loan me a VW Squareback to use until I was able to get another vehicle of my own, and that re-kindled my interests in them. My dream VW is a bus, either window van or camper. In 2012 a friend and I went together and purchased our first VW, it is a 1976 Beetle, project car.
I became a member of the Michigan Vintage VW club in 1989, close to the original founding. I was smitten with Volkswagens from birth in the 60’s, having recalled my mother’s first car during my toddler years which was a 1966 VW Ghia convertible (red with black convertible top). Later in my “formative” years, I’ll never forget the 1973 VW Squareback (again, red with grey interior-stickshift) that made so many trips with us all around New England where I’m from. I loved that little car and believe that it’s what sparked my love for all things auto-related. The list of Volkswagens that my mom owned continued to increase from a 1977 VW Rabbit to a 1973 VW Superbeetle. It’s not hard to see why my first car turned out to be a 1974 VW Superbeetle that I would later drive out to Michigan from Connecticut in and begin my new life away from family and friends. It was joined later by a 1981 VW Scirocco , both of which I regret selling to this day as I consider them among the best cars that I ever owned. My current VW stable includes a wonderful 1979 VW Convertible Beetle that I’ve owned since 1989, purchased sight unseen from a stack of old Polaroid pictures from Florida. This was the one VW that I had ALWAYS wanted to own. In addition, up until last year, I also enjoyed putting 120,000 flawless miles on what was a brand new 2001 Jetta-Wolfsburg edition so as you can see Volkswagens have been with me throughout my life and the many wonderful experiences I’ve been fortunate to have. Like those wonderful little cars, this club has provided me with some of the best folks I’ve ever had the priviledge of having in my life and some new friends that have endured. It is for those reasons that I am honored to serve as your Secretary with the hope of imparting my passion to our members. Do what you love and you’ll always be happy and you’ll never be alone !
I am a fairly new member of the MVVC, only joining at the show in 2011 when I was finally able to bring my 1972 Super Beetle, George. George was my first car, taught me to drive a manual transmission, helped teach my high school shop class about auto body work, and has followed me from South Central Wisconsin to Brighton, Michigan. After a slight teenage driving incident, he stayed in my parent's care until I had disposable income and a house and garage of my own. He needed a little work to get back up and running again, but we’re back puttering around together and have been to several MVVC Events together in 2011 and 2012, I look forward to coordinating and attending more MVVC events in 2013! (And getting my headlight rims permanently attached.)
|Presidents of the MVVC (past and present)|
|Name||Years as President|
|Al Bulgrin||1987 thru 1992|
|(Beetle) Bob Case||1992 thru 2000|
|Ron Wenger||2001 thru 2003|
|Ed Karmann||2003 thru 2008|
|Rick Cramer||2010 thru 2012|
|H. Neil Reichard||2014 - ????|