Orangeville Volkswagen attracts crowds at its 2nd Annual Wolfsburg Dub Out! Volkswagen owners came from all over Ontario on Sunday to show off their rides at the 2nd Annual Wolfsburg Dub Out at Orangeville Volkswagen on Highway 10. The weather was beautiful, the cars even more so. The day was filled with music, prizes, a food truck, family, friends, a fundraiser for Headwaters Health Care Centre and Orangeville Food Bank and generations of Volkswagen vehicles. The Dub Out is named after Wolfsburg- a city in Germany which is home to the Volkswagen international headquarters. With a trademark that is known around the world, Volkswagen owners are a loyal group that take pride in their vehicles and when it comes to vintage cars, Volkswagens seem to last forever. The Iconic Volkswagen Bug is probably the most recognizable Volkswagen product ever built. In fact, it’s probably one of the most recognizable automobiles that ever came off a production line anywhere in the world. Classic Bug owners love their cars. They are fun to drive, easy to maintain and still turn heads when one is traveling down a highway or city street. There were many Bugs on display at the Dub Out, most of which in immaculate condition. Orangeville Volkswagen general manager, John Suppa, has been taking part in such Volkswagen shows for over 17 years and found importance in hosting one here in Orangeville that would be for Volkswagens. “A lot of the car shows today are generic car shows. They’re not specific to Volkswagen. Being a Volkswagen owner is something to be proud of. These guys enjoy dubbing they’re cars’.” “V dub” is a term that has been around for a long time. Volkswagen owners “dub out” their vehicles with enhancements and accessories then parade them at car shows. “These events kind of got quiet over the years and we’re trying to bring that back. Owning a Volkswagen is a family thing. It’s like a cultural thing” says Mr. Suppa. “Once you own one and drive one…there’s nothing like it. They’re unique and there’s a lot of fun you can do with it, both performance and look wise. Some owners have an older body style car and get a newer model engine in it for more performance”. Alex and Betty-Jean Kondracki found themselves excited to show off their Volkswagen Bug. “We heard about this bug fest and we thought it would be kind of neat to come out here and show off our bug” says Mr. Kondracki It’s the stories behind the vehicles that make these shows one of a kind. Mr. Kondracki has had his Volkswagen bug for over a year now. He found it in a garage of an elderly gentleman and asked him if he planned on getting rid of it, that he would be interested. “Next thing I knew, I had a phone call that the owner was looking to sell it and we both fell in love with it” Says Mr. Kondracki. “Today is such a nice day. We get to see a variety of cars and the new models are blowing me away”. Every vehicle at the show had its own story. How fast it drives, how big of an engine, what year the engine is, where did you get the body done, how many owners has it had…. Miguel Silva found himself making the trip to Orangeville from Toronto. “It’s for the love of Volkswagen” said Miguel of his decision to join in the fun. Miguel proudly displayed his bright red 2016 Jetta. Which, was in immaculate condition with not a spec on dust on it. Mr. Suppa and his team had the entire day planned out perfectly. Thankfully, Mother Nature cooperated and the sun was out. The refreshments, food and prizes were a hit. They also raise funds for Headwaters Health Care Centre and The Orangeville Food Bank. Their goal was to fill a trunk with can goods for the Orangeville Food Bank and have the proceeds from their 50/50 draw go to Headwaters Health Care Centre. The day was not about selling. Mr. Suppa says “We’re not selling today. You just get to meet the staff and see how friendly we are. We are very transparent. A good group of guys and easy to talk too”. The 2016 Wolfsburg Dub Out was about getting the community together. Mr. Suppa was very thankful for all of the sponsors who help make this event happen; The Orangeville Citizen, In the Hills, My FM, Albion Hills, CSN Collision Centre, Car Star, Davenports, Volkswagen Finance, Volkswagen Canada and Orangeville Volkswagen. Orangeville Volkswagen is located just north of town on Highway 10.
Written with files from Brian Lockhart