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Bonelli GTG 40th anniversary

November 9, 2014 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

Sunday November 9th, 2014 is the day all the 1974-1992 VWs (and all Corrados) meet up at Bonelli Park for the 11 time. We often have other parties, dinners and drives on Friday and Saturday.

This year marks the 11th Bonelli GTG and the 40th anniversary of SCIROCCO MK1 and GOLF MK1.

This year we expect to see over 100 pre 92 VWs!!!

When you arrive to the GTG we ask that the newer cars (VW A7, A6, A5, A4, A3, B6, B5, Non Euro cars from the mid to late 90s and newer park in the non display area.

>>>Park details<<<
Bonelli Park
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

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.

“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
88-93 Passat

This is an example of the A2 chassis models that you will find in the display area:
85-92 Golf
85-92 Golf GTT
85-92 Jetta
Corrado (all)

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 1990. 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 and Golf III) 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:

US sales dates:

Answers to the most common questions.
• Is registration required? No. Registration helps us plan for appropriate number people so please RSVP! Thanks!

• How do I enter the “show” ?
Well the whole event is a GTG/ show. Even if you park in the extra area, you are part of the show. There is no judging so bring your stock, work in progress or completed car to the event!

• Is alcohol allowed?
Alcohol is not allowed and the sheriff will ask you to leave.

• Can you bring your own food and drinks?
Absolutely! We encourage it. Bring plenty of water/liquids to keep hydrated and food/snacks. Please place trash in trash cans. BBQ grilling is permitted in the provided area. Please clean up after yourself.
• Are canopies allowed?
Yes! Bring your personal canopy and chairs, however we DO NOT allow any company signage or marketing materials. Commercial signage or product sales are not permitted.


November 9, 2014
8:00 am - 3:30 pm


Bonelli GTG


Frank G Bonelli Park
120 Via Verde
Los Angeles, 91773
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