Sunday November 10th, is the day all the 1974-1992 VWs (and all Corrados) meet up at Bonelli Park for the 10th time. We often have other parties, dinners and drives on Friday and Saturday.
This year we expect to see over 100 pre 92 VWs!!!
This link lets you see 2010's Bonelli GTG:
Location and Park Details
120 Via Verde San Dimas, CA 91773
Park information----> (909) 599-8411 (not event information)
Daily Vehicle Entrance Fee $10.00 (fees of past years)
RVs or Trailers $14.00
DO NOT DRIVE OVER THE POSTED SPEED LIMIT.
Start time is 8:am but most roll in between 9-10. You can arrive any time but most folks take off around 3:30 PM to drive long distances home.
This is one of the largest old school water cooled VW gatherings in the USA west of the Mississippi. It is not a traditional car show so you don't need to worry if your car is not perfect. We all know how difficult it is to keep a 20 or 40 year old car running. It nice to see a large group of older VWs in one place. You can bring family members and have a cookout, hang out with some friends and make some new friends.
This year marks the 10th Bonelli GTG and the 40 anniversary of Passat.
"The spirit and tone of a gathering like this is very different from the later-model crowd and while most car shows are noisy and can often seem unfriendly, this particular group shares the passion of both restoring and modifying the cars that set the pattern for today’s models. Where most current shows tend to revolve around body kits and blow off valves, this group was more about keeping history alive and well."
This event is centered around the San Dimas, Southern California area culminating on Sunday at Bonelli Park which is a scenic backdrop for the early water cooled faithfuls that dare to drive from far away to enjoy the cars and the crowd. Everyone is welcome to attend the Sunday gathering at Bonelli Park near the lake. If you enjoy the older cars or you just want to see your friends please attend but we ask that you park in the designated locations. All featured pre 1992 cars will park on the display side and all spectator vehicles (post 1992) are requested to park on the left side as you enter the parking lot.
Most of the time the older CIS cars without airbags are shut out at GTGs and the owners of 70s and 80s cars don't want to attend GTGs because the chat is all about ECU flashing, turbos and 20" wheels. For several of the A1 and A2 folks Bonelli is the only GTG that they drive to (some work hard just to get the old car running). Our goal has always been to get some great pictures and possibly get them published someplace. Party like it is 1992.
This is an example of the A1 chassis models that you will find in the display area:
Scirocco MK1 1974-81 (German built by Karmann)
Golf MK1 1974-83 Germany/ (City Golf SA 1978-08ish if you can find one)
Rabbit US built April 1978-June 84
Rabbit made in Mexico "Caribe" 1978-85
Rabbit truck (June 79-July 83 US built) and then Caddy-92
Jetta MK1 1980-84 (Production starts October, 1979)
Cabriolet MK1 1980-93 (Production starts January, 1980)
Scirocco Mk2 1982-92 (German built by Karmann)
This is an example of the B1 chassis models that you will find in the display area:
Dasher/ Audi Fox
This is an example of the A2 chassis models that you will find in the display area:
85-92 Golf GTT
Volkswagen introduced the Passat (Dasher in the US) in 1973. Initially four body types (Typ 32) were marketed, two- and four-door fastback sedans and three- and five door hatchbacks. Externally all four shared a design styled by the Italian designer Giorgetto Giugiaro. The name derives from the German word for trade wind (Passat), subsequently Volkswagen named most vehicles after prominent winds, including Golf (after the Gulf stream), Jetta (after Jet stream), and Scirocco (after Sirocco). This year we celebrate the 40 year old Passat.
Some links to other forums:
FAQ: What is a Bonelli GTG display car?
The way you can tell if your car is period correct for Bonelli is easy. If the body style was first produced in the 70's or 80s it is period correct!!! A1 MK1s and A2 MK2s were all first produced before 1990 but what about cars that were built later? All Corrados are OK because the first production was in 88 then available in the US in 1989/90. The B3 was first produced in 1988 as well and was available in 90 in the US. So ALL B3s (any year) are OK for display including the VR6. The last VW to be introduced in the 80's was the Taro in 89. Cars that were first produced from 1990-2013 (like the Vento, Golf III, MK5 GTI and EOS) are welcome to attend but we ask that they park in the extra lot.
This chart may help you understand the production period of your car:
We can now begin taking shirt reservations. The 2013 shirt design is under way.
I still have lots of detailing to do. What I am showing so far is the layout just so you can see the general idea.
This is how to get a collectible 2013 Bonelli GTG shirt.
Reply to this post and add you name and shirt size to the list. You can not pre pay for a shirt. Bonelli GTG cannot ship your shirt to you. You must attend (or have a friend attend) Bonelli GTG to purchase your shirt. We only print a few extras shirts each year so having your name and shirt size on list will insure you get one. You can reserve more than one. We will make some children and ladies shirts on request. I try to keep the price reasonable every year but the price depends on the number of shirts that I make. The price will be no more than $20.00. Please remind your friends to place a pre order if they are interested.