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Club Established 1988

Club Slogan: You don't have to own a VW to become a member, but any kind of VW (air-cooled or water-cooled) ownership is welcome!

Several VW enthusiasts met unofficially at the then Jay Marks Chevy dealership in La Porte Texas in 1988. Those in attendance were, Sandy & Kermit Leistikow, Bennie Coulson, Donny Moore, James Hulme & Rook Lausch.

By June 23, 1988 they decided to establish guidelines to form the Bay Area Volkswagen Club with discussions held at Sylvan Beach Park in La Porte, TX. Just inquire about the date to Sandy; a day she remembers like it was yesterday. Why... their daughter Erin was born by 7:00am the very next day. To show how much V Dubs can affect your lives, their second daughter, Amy was born in 1983 and was driven home from the Texas Women's Hospital in a 1973 VW Square Back.

The Leistikows (Kermit & Sandy) already owned a VW parts supply shop called K&E established in March of 1978 located in Baytown. In March of 1987 they opened a second shop near the Galleria area called ASK imports standing for Amy, Sandy & Kermit. In 2005 both Kermit and Sandy continued to be the longest standing members and sponsors.

T he original club meetings were held off HWY 225 (refinery row), at the then Kettle Restaurant, now the Blue Ribbon BBQ. Today the club meets on the 1st Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. to dine and have fellowship or tell tall tales at Tortilla's Mexican Restaurant, 9602 Spencer Highway, La Porte, Texas meetings start at 7:30 p.m.

From 1999-2002, the club hit a slump, as many car clubs do. Vintage bicycles where the subject of discussion, not VW's and the treasury had less than $500.00 in the bank. Long time member, Bruce Carlile, took a renewed interest and became the president in 2003-2006. He enlisted support & teamwork, designing the new logo to welcome air-cooled and water-cooled VW's to build up the active membership, brought in a web-designer to modernize the club & improve communications. David Saucier became the VP in 2005, & together they built the treasury up ten-fold, membership grew, sponsorships doubled. Donnie Smith, Smith Foreign Auto became the major club sponsor particularity for the 1776 cc long block engine build and raffle. The 15th & 16th Monumental Bug Bash VW Car Shows set record attendance of 200-225 VW's. Professional DVD's, VW Club calendars, upgraded trophies, where created during that era.

David Saucier, became the longest standing President from 2007 thru 2015 with full support of his family, wife Suzanne and father, Dave Sr. all of whom drive VW's. With his VW technical knowhow and friendly demeanor, he took the club to a new level leading to a barn find of a 1964, type I (beetle) which became a club project and raffle at the 25th Annual Bug Bash Show held in May, 2015. The donation grew to $5,000 given to the San Jacinto State Park, where the Bug Bash is held . The club also made significant donations to the Annual Toys for Tots held in early December of each year in conjunction with the Jeep Club held at the Pasadena Rodeo Grounds.
We owe thanks, including The Archer family, and too many along the way that have supported the club, enjoyed building/driving VW's and had some family fun too. Thanks as well to our major sponsors: Donnie & Angie Smith - Paul Neanover - George Karacostas - Kermit Leistikow.

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