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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 36thcrazyfist 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 by the way) 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, did a 5 year stint in London, I get itchy feet I think. I'm a Digital Analyst for a FTSE 250 company, with a background in web development, photographic science and a bit of engineering, makes me sound serious but I really only am when I have to be. I have a huge passion for the MK1 Golf, always have and I think I always will, 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, I'm the lanky fella with the curly moustache and the silly beard.

Username:   unityneil
Name:          Neil Butler
Location:      Nuneaton

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

I've been into car modding since I learned to drive. My car has always given me a sense of freedom.
I've owned cars in a number of scenes (Sound Off, Minitruck, Lowrider, Classic Custom) and now VW.

BRO is my 1982 Bentley Gunmetal 3 door non sunroof bought in 2014 and restored and modded since then.
BRO started life as a 1.1C and has had many upgrades including a 1..4 16v AFH and Bike carbs and latterly a 1.8T conversion.
I try to perform the modifications myself where possible and have a pretty good understanding of Air suspension systems.

I'm self-employed working in IT. The Mk1 Golf OC is the best and friendliest club I've ever been part of (and I've been in quite a few). I love the way that we can bring our daughter along to shows knowing that she will enjoy herself as much as I do.

Username:   dubboy
Name:          Rajan Paymaster
Location:      Northamptonshire

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 Rajan the Club Secretary. I have been into Mk1s since I learnt to drive in one a long time ago! Sadly I wrote that car off shortly after I passed my test. Since then I have owned over 30 Mk1s, 6 Mk2s, a Mk3, 2 Beetles, a Corrado and a T4. I currently own 9 Mk1s and my main interest is in the early cars particularly the GTi of course. I have been a Club Member since its inception in 2004 (prior to that the Club was "just" a basic internet forum called the "Campaign Register" concentrating on that run out model), and still remember our first "AGM" in Gaydon where we set out what the Club would be about. I took over as Chairman in 2007 from our founding member for over a year and in 2008 at Billing started what we now have as our traditional AGM weekend format. I am a regular at our regional Milton Keynes meet so if you are local come along and say hi or if you have any general questions about the Club you can email me.

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.

Assistant Webmaster and Moderator Team Leader


Username:   Golf Cabrio
Name:          Mike Jacobs
Location:      Austria

Role - Assistant Webmaster
Responsible for providing support to the Webmaster in maintaining and managing this website.
Backup to the Webmaster in his absence.

Role - Moderator Manager
Responsible for managing the Moderator Team whos task is to ensure that the 'Club Rules' are maintained and to provide overall guidance to our Membership.

I have lived in Vienna, Austria for the past 24 years. Came here because I fell in love with an Austrian 'au pair' and we are still together (can't take a joke, shouldn't have joined). I'm now 54 a father of three and I have five grandchildren.

Back in the 80's I was a car salesman and even worked at a VW Audi dealership from 83 til 88. But since moving here in 94 I've been working as a Computer Systems Administrator and have traveled throughout West and Eastern Europe, parts of the Middle East and North America. For the last 18 years I've been working for a Government.

I have owned my MK1 Golf Cabrio since February 2012. Over the years I've kept the car technically standard but have spent a small fortune on add-ons that are within year so I know for there is not another one like it in the world. I also have a Golf Mk6, TSI, DSG 7 speed Tiptronic, Highline Estate fully loaded with factory extras plus race suspension and a custom built fully chromed race exhaust system. Both in white of course!

You'll find me a very approachable guy always willing to muck in and lend a hand where possible. You are welcome to send me a 'Private Text' on just about anything and I'll see if I can help in any way.

If you are ever planning to visiting Vienna or Lower Austria drop in on me!

Merchandise Manager


Username:   Anton_cabrio
Name:          Anthony Musskett
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:   danj3000
Name:          Dan Hinton
Location:      Bristol

I'm here to spread the gospel of the MK1, helping us reach existing members and entice new ones to the fold. How I do this remains a mystery, even to myself!

Hailing from the South West of the UK, I like to think I embody the laid back and easy going country bumpkin. Ooh Arr and all that. A child of the 80's I grew up with old Golfs driving about in the wild and my interest with them has stuck since. Couple that with the fact they're a bigger, more oily version of Lego Techic and I'm in heaven.

I've been a member of the club since 2014 when I got my '89 Cabriolet GTI. Whisper it but I started on the MK2 Golfs for a fair while until I realised the error of my ways and purchased the real deal (insert joke about it being a cabby here). No huge plans with her at present and I almost prefer the fact she's looking a little rough around the edges. It means when she's required for daily duties she can get on and do the job. No fuss.

My life is generally pretty hectic, what with two young kids, running a couple businesses and this bizarre impulse to move house every year. Fortunately within all this I am successfully indoctrinating my girls into the ways of the MK1. The eldest one Emi, joins me on pretty much all my jolly jaunts in the Golf. How cool is it going to be for her when she gets to learn to drive in mine in 14 years time, in amongst the self driving electric cars.

I'm looking forward to helping out the great guys and gals in the team with what has to be said, the best owners club out there.

Marketing Manager


Username:   ratty23
Name:       Matt Oleary
Location:      Warwick

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

I was born and bred in Coventry and for my sins iam a long life Coventry city fan! Yes that's right there are some of us it's not a fairy tale.

I started messing with cars as soon as I could and attended college when I left school to study motor vehicle mechanics eventually ending up working for Fiat . Luckily thanks to my mate owning a heavily modified Vw Bug most of my teenage years were spent at VW shows where I saw my first MK1 and fell in love , I bought myself a 1983 MK1 Golf GTI tin top when I was 19 owning it for several years . Sadly I had to part company with it to pay for a pushchair ! but I'm glad to say that back in 2007 I purchased cherry sue my mk1 cabrio and she's been in the family ever since . You will often see me cleaning my wheels I seem to have some form of obsession!

I live at home with Arkle my giant cat and my Daughter Olivia who you will see at most shows with me during the year ! We joined the club back in 2015 and have loved it ever since , it's by far the most chilled out friendly and family oriented club out there !

I'm proper chatty laid back dude so come say Hi :)

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

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 small company called Chef - architecting software solutions.

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