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The Mk1 Golf Owners' Club Team

Username:   36thcrazyfist
Name:          Simon Berry
Location:      Manchester

To over see all meetings and have the casting vote in the event of a tied vote

My name's Simon, or '36thcrazyfist' on the forum, the name comes from a band called '36 Crazyfists' who I loved when I was younger and still listen to now, I've seen them more times than I remember and even had a few beers with the guys.

I joined the club in 2006 after I bought my 'sportline' - the quotes are because it's actually a replica, as it's on a D plate. This was pointed out by you lot quite quickly and since then it's affectionately been known as the 'fakeline'. I believe it was stolen back in 2006, bought by a company, where everything was transferred into an existing shell.

I have owned the car for such a long time that I don't intend to part with it, back in Feb 2016 I took the plunge and started stripping him down (he's called Dudley) and found a lot of rust…. I'm tinkering with it when I can, but I'm in no real rush to get it back on the road, but when it does, it'll be a different colour and have a 130 BHP PD TDi up front and some fancy pants interior (and I'll be a lot skinnier than I already am because I think I'll be starving myself to fund it!)

If you're interested my build thread is here: View Topic: Project: and #DudleywantstheD - The Mk1 Golf Owners Club

I currently live in Manchester, originally from Coventry, after a 5 year stint in London. I'm a Product Manager for a company who give electricity to the third world. I have a background in web development, photographic science and a bit of engineering, makes me sound like an adult, but I only am when I have to be. I have a huge passion for the MK1 Golf, always have, there's just something about them that's made me always want one, which is why I do what I do for the club - I'm a friendly chap, so if you see me at a show come and say hello.

Username:   Beany
Name:          Richard Stringer
Location:      Tamworth

Manage and approve financial matters with regards to the club's costs and income

My name is Richard, but everyone knows me as Beany.
I've been into cars for as long as I can remember, my 1st road legal car was a classic mini that my Dad and I did up together.  I did the show circuit in it for a couple of years then moved on to Japanese cars for a while, until I discovered the VW scene after owning several Beetle's. I brought a MK1 Golf to run through the winter months and fell in love with the car.
In 2011 I decided to buy a GTI. I then joined the club in 2012 at the AG in Uttoxeter after seeing the cars at the show I knew I wanted a show car again. That winter I bought a series 1 Golf in Florida Blue that I modified and showed for several years, until I brought my swallowtail which I have kept OEM.
Work wise I work in a treasury office which lends itself to doing the similar job role in the club.

Username:   TBA Name:          TBA
Location:      TBA

To look after correspondence delivered to the PO Box, generally deal with day to day interaction with the public. To act as the first port of call when outside companies approach the club to advertise their products or enquire for a suitable car for a specific purpose. Liaise with all other team members regarding club business.

Hi I'm TBC the Club Secretary.

Membership Secretary


Username:   Wmk1rickdale
Name:          Rick Dale
Location:      Oldham

Develop Club Membership Package and benefits together with Club Secretary

Develop the Membership Pack ensuring it offers good value for money to Members and the Club

Promote the sale of Club Membership through the Forums

Produce Membership packs and dispatch them to Members within two weeks

Regularly check Club Forum and emails keeping up-to-date with Member queries

I joined the Mk1 Golf owners club in January 2015 hoping that one day I would be the proud owner of my step fathers MK1 golf, that dream came true in May 2017. The car had sat in a garage unused and unloved for the last 20 years. It is currently a work in progress and undergoing a full overhaul.
I have always been brought up with VW's and spent my childhood doing various bits to a V reg golf that was owned by my family. I have had numerous VW's over the years from Polos, Golfs and a Corrado.
I became a fully paid up member in March 2018 and have attended numerous shows since then. I really enjoy attending the shows and meet ups talking to people about their VW's and there is always someone around to ask for advice.
I have a partner called Karen, 2 step children and 2 dogs. I always have a long list of things to do and places to go.

Events Manager


Username:   CabrioAnna
Name:          Anna Bebbington
Location:      Staffordshire

Organise and attend national and local events to maintain the high profile of the club, including the AGM. Support Regional Hosts and encourage local meets.

Well, I'm married to Elvis (no, he doesn't work in the local chippy). We have 2  Labradors, Purdey and Tolley and a passion for all things VW, especially my Mk1 Cabrio and Elv's T5 Van.

We live in Staffordshire and travel around the country to attend National and Regional events.

For the past 22 years I have worked as an Architectural Technician producing technical drawings for buildings and managing building projects.
I currently work for a private Architects, working on a variety of projects.

I work full time, but work flexible hours and don't work weekends, which enables me to indulge in my Cabrio cleaning fetish, do work on our never ending house project, maybe a spot of baking, and attend lots of VW shows with Elv throughout the year.

I joined the club as a paid member 9 years ago, with my first AGM in 2010 and taking on the Events Manager role in 2011.
I love being part of such a great club, I've made so many friends and enjoy organising and representing the club at many national and regional club related events.

Merchandise Manager


Username:   Anton_cabrio
Name:          Anthony Muskett
Location:     Bedford

Development and sales of Club Merchandise

My name is Anthony and I joined the club in 2016 after I bought my 1990 cabby. My cabby was a barn find that had been neglected for over 5 years so I rescued her and polished some life back into the old girl. It is an ongoing project when funds allow it to be and has come quite far in the last 3 years. Unfortunately for me the main things left for me to do is replace the roof and get a full respray but I will get there eventually.

I am a floor layer by trade and live in Dunstable but my true love is modifying cars, I really cant leave anything I own standard (including my work van). Any spare time I get is usually spent cleaning one of the motors on the drive, could quite happily spend the day out on the drive polishing up the paintwork.

I'm in a band called Blu Munki ( hit us up you never know you might like it) I am the drummer and have been playing the drums since I was 5 and absolutely love it.

I enjoy going to car shows and meets but don't really get to enough of them so I'm hoping being part of the mk1 team will get me to more shows and involved with the car scene.

Social Media Manager

Username:   Ans4r
Name:          Ansar Mahmood
Location:      Birmingham

Manage the Social Media Sites for the club, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

I joined this club in September 2005 when i was looking for my first MK1 Golf, always wanted a GTI but being young back then meant I couldn't get insured on one, so instead bought a low mileage 1993 Clipper with a 1.8 Carb'd engine, loved that car, but in 2007 I sold that and finally bought what I always wanted, a Schwartz Black 1983 Mk1 Golf 1.8 GTI DX. Ive had about 14 Mk1 Golfs in total, made a few quid on them too lol.

Im a Self Employed Mortgage & Protection Consultant, which means I can take days off when i like  for the many shows i go to throughout the year.

Design Manager

Username:TBC    Name:          TBA
Location:      TBA



Marketing Manager


Username:   Mk1.Dan
Name:       Dan Combes
Location:      Essex

Is to interact with our members and followers online including sharing and promoting the club events and the MK1 Golf on Our social media sites.

My Name is Dan aka MK1.Dan, I've been in love with cars my whole life, but most importantly classic cars and there has been one dream car for me since I was a teenager which was the MK1 golf GTI in mars red! Once I passed my test I was on the internet every day looking for a Golf GTI, then one day at the age of 20 I found her. Several years later I still enjoy every time I get in her, as long as she starts that is. I'm heavily into the modified side of golfs but I appreciate anything from a patinated daily to a mint OEM golf, at the end of the day it's a MK1 golf and it puts a smile on the drivers face! Being part of the owners club is a massive privilege for me because it helped feed my addiction, having joined since owning my golf. Love being a part of the MK1 family.

Username:   dano
Name:          Dan Perkins
Location:      Chorley, Lancashire

To maintain records relating to the history of the Mk1 Golf Owners Club.
To collect articles and items relating to the Mk1 Golf models for the Forum use.

I joined the Club during it's infancy waaayyy back on 8th December 2004 having bought my 1984 GTI Cabriolet in 2002 as a restoration project.
Back in May 2005 myself and 'Walt' set up what is thought to be the club first regional meet and so began a period of North vs South friendly rivalry!! Progression through to Moderator status followed and then in 2008 I became Chairman for the first time. Positions changed and I took on the secretary role in 2009 through to 2012 when I took over as Chairman until 2014.
The username 'Dano' is probably known to most long term members but in case anyone doesn't know where it came from - I was a Cop for 30 years, hence 'Book him Dano'!!!
I've now retired from the Police and life is (slightly) less hectic.

At the AGM 2017 I had a number of roles thrown in my direction and took on the historian role as a lesser of 3 or 4 evils!! Having been out of the Committee circle for 4 years I've some catching up still to do.

The Cabby was restored fully in 2011 but the dreaded rust signs are creeping back in certain areas - more work required. BUT… the car is now in competition for funds with my newly acquired T6 Camper. Having kept the Cabby 'standard' I'm going to enjoy being able to modify bits on the van!! Will the car be able to stay?? Well it's survived a house move, wedding and an extension so fingers crossed it will be around for a while longer!!

Build thread here

Merchandise Development


Username:   Nickveedub
Name:          Nick Weir
Location:      Derbyshire

Responsible for developing the clubs merchandise range.

I've been obsessed with mk1s for as long as I can remember, bought my first one in 1998 and drove straight to BVF in malvern the day I picked it up and have enjoyed going to shows since then. I've had quite a few over the years, but they were always my daily, so unfortunately got sold along the way for grown up stuff like houses and a wedding. Then in 2018 stumbled across this beaut via a good friend, stashed away in a garage and not being used. It's had plenty of upgrades since and the list never seems to end.

Went to my first local mk1 owners meet not long after and have been drinking jager with them ever since.

Username:   AndiBeagle
Name:          Andrea Keepence-Keyte
Location:      Warwickshire

Responsible for supporting club events.

I joined the club in 2021 but I have been to a few AGM's, and the interest comes from my husbands, Alan, passion for MK1 golfs. We currently have two which are enjoyed and in amazing condition thanks to Alan (it means I get to drive one about), having recently acquired a MK1 caddy pick up and cabriolet which are now ongoing projects.

Away from cars, I show dogs and also own a horse called Ted. I work for a large pharmaceutical company as a buildings, lab and facilities manager which is interesting and no day is the same.

Regional Manager


Username:   Amy.bird17
Name:          Amy Bird
Location:      Gloucestershire

Responsible for managing the Regions.

Hi I am Amy,
I found my love for Mk1 Golf's when I met Joe 8 years ago, he took me to my first AGM at Stratford-upon-Avon racecourse in 2016. I was hoping he would give me his grey MK1 to call my own.
I live in a lovely Cotswold village and work at the top motorhome company Autosleepers in finance.
I spend most of my free time building and renovating my first home followed by reading and going to the gym.

Website Manager


Username:   Lhasadreams
Name:          Adrian Daniels
Location:      Staffordshire

Responsible for maintaining and managing this website.

I have owned my MK1 Golf GTI since 1993, bought as an unloved 10 year old motor with 112,000 miles on the clock. In the last 24 years she has covered another 77,000 miles :-)
Today she is modified from a performance standpoint but not cosmetically, as I love the original look of the Mk1 Golf.
The engine is based on the MK2 Golf Limited design, currently a 1.9L 16V Lysholm supercharged unit producing 240bhp and lots of torque!

I work for a company called Lacework - protecting the Cloud.

I try and get to as many shows as I can.