Club History

HISTORY OF THE SOUTHERN INDIANA VOLKS FORCE VOLKSWAGEN CLUB

This club began in 1994 when Pete Duncan (Plainville) and Ed Walston (St. Anthony) held the first few organizational meetings at a restaurant in Holland, IN.  At the second meeting, the name Southern Indiana Volks Force was chosen.  Ed Walston was elected as the first president, Denise Weikert was the first vice-president, and Pete Duncan was the newsletter editor.  Pete created the name for The Crankshaft Journal.

Pete started a Volkswagen event called the Autumn Leaves Rendezvous in the very early 1990s, before there was a VW club.  The event was an open picnic for all VW enthusiasts held at Spring Mill State Park in Mitchell.  In the early years, it was not unusual for there to be 50 or more cars from all over the state.  By 2000 attendance was down and the event was discontinued.

The logo for the club was designed by commercial artist Rhonda VanWinkle, whose family were members of SIVF.  To show the club’s appreciation, Rhonda was made an honorary life member of SIVF.

The club’s first car show was held at Big Lots in Jasper on April 23, 1995.  Approximately 35 cars were registered.  It started to sprinkle during registration, and the rain increased to a steady downpour by the time of trophy presentation.

In June of 1995, the first Evansville Bugfest was held at Garvin Park.  The Bugfests were sponsored by the Evansville Northside Kiwanis and Mark’s Metric Auto Shop, run by Mark McCown.  Mark was one of the original members of SIVF.  The Bugfests were very successful events for about six years.

By the early 2000s, the Evansville Bugfests had been discontinued.  As a substitute event, SIVF members decided to sponsor a June Bug Cruise in the Evansville area.  Club member George Orr took the lead in planning the June Bug Cruises and has continued to do so until the present day.

For many years, the June Bug Cruise would end at the home of Fred and Shirley Moll, who joined the club during its first year.  Fred had a collection of about 13 Volkswagens in a heated and air-conditioned garage at his Evansville home.  The two highlights of the June Bug Cruises in those years were the snacks prepared by Shirley and the tour of Fred’s garage.  In appreciation of their contribution to the club, Fred and Shirley were named lifetime members.

In 2010 a committee of Jimmie and Tammy Sorrels and Roy and Becky Rogers took on the job of setting up an SIVF car show during the summer.  The first three years, the shows were held at the Haysville Park.  In 2011 the shows moved to the Huntingburg Park and they have been very successful there.  Roy and Becky make the trophies themselves, and they are always extraordinary.

After Ed Walston’s first term as president of SIVF, other presidents have included Jerry Madison, George Crooks, Pete Duncan, Dennis Mullen, Ed Walston (second term), and Fritz Kauffman.

February 2015 - Website created by Ed Clark


The Southern Indiana Volks Force

Current Officers:
Fritz Kaufman - President
Ed Walston - Vice President

The club is a not-for-profit hobby club for owners and enthusiasts of Volkswagen automobiles. We are not owned by, affiliated with or sponsored by Volkswagen AG or Volkswagen of America, the Importer. The Club is operated and managed solely by volunteer members who contribute their time.