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Our next meeting
will be on Tuesday February 21st 2017 at 7:00 p.m., is Christmas in February!! (Also Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Dongzhi, and any other winter holiday of your choice!). Come to Kay's Family Restaurant (Map), on Spenard next to the DMV, at 7pm next Tuesday for a raucous good time! Bring an inexpensive gift for our gift exchange! ($25 or less please. These are economy cars people!)

2016 Volkswagen Family Reunion - June 18th
We'd like to thank everyone who came out to join us at the 11th Annual Volkswagen Family Reunion, Saturday June 18th, 2015, at the Dimond Center Mall. We had some incredible cars on display, awards for VW, Audi, Porsche, and best "beater", and door prizes were available throughout the day. Click here for photos on our Facebook page!
AACVWs 2016 Calendar of Events
  • 4/19 Tuesday
    Membership Meeting 7pm
    Bruce Lee Master Class*
    Hearth Artisan Pizza
  • 4/28-5/1 Thu-Sun
    Valley Chrome & Wheels Car Show
    Palmer MTA Event Center
  • 5/17 Tuesday
    Membership Meeting 7pm
    Hearth Artisan Pizza
  • 5/21 Saturday
    Michael's Birthday Party & Car Show*
    AK Transportation Museum
  • 6/18 Saturday
    Family Reunion Car Show 10am-3pm
    Dimond Center Mall
  • 6/18-19 Sat-Sun
    Camping Trip following the Car Show
    Eagle River Campground
  • 7/9 Saturday
    VDubs at the Pub #3 - The Bug Movie*
    Bear Tooth TheatrePub
  • 7/19 Tuesday
    Membership Meeting & Cruise 7pm
    Hearth Artisan Pizza
  • 7/23-24 Sat-Sun
    Camping Trip at Trapper Creek
    Doc's Farm
  • 8/7 Sunday
    Park Strip Show-N-Shine 9am-5pm
    Anchorage Park Strip
  • 8/13 Saturday
    Hot Summer Nights 6-10pm
    Downtown Palmer
  • 8/16 Tuesday
    Poker Run/AACVW Birthday Party 6pm
    Frontier Building Parking Garage
  • 8/20-21 Sat-Sun
    Camping Trip - Healy
    Denali Outdoor Center
  • 8/27 Saturday
    State Fair Parade
  • 9/10-11 Sat-Sun
    Camping Trip - End of Summer!
    Hatcher Pass*
  • 9/20 Tuesday
    Membership Meeting 7pm
    Hearth Artisan Pizza
  • 10/18 Tuesday
    Membership Meeting 7pm
    Hearth Artisan Pizza
  • 11/15 Tuesday
    Membership Meeting 7pm
    Hearth Artisan Pizza
  • 12/13 Tuesday
    Holiday Party & Gift Exchange
    Location TBA

VDubs at The Pub
The upcoming Bug Movie at Bear Tooth is on hold (still in production) at the moment, and more details to come when we hear more. When we do, we will update our web site and Facebook page, and send a notice to those on our email subscriber list.

The Bug Movie trailer from Firewater Film Company on Vimeo.

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Midnight Sun Street Rod Association
Thursday Night Cruize

Join the MSSRA on Thursday nights, they start at the Sears Mall parking lot and end up at different locations. Check their website for updates.

KOOL 97.3 KRUZ 9-12PM @ the University Center Mall! Then KRUZ to the ALASKA RACEWAY PARK TO RUN WHAT YOU BRUNG! Entrance fee: 2 cans canned food for donate.

AACVWs is on Facebook

Become a fan and let everyone know where the air-cooled crowd hangs out.

Also if you're on FACEBOOK, look into the Volkswagen Preservation Society of Alaska, great, active public forum to stay connected locally with all VW heads and beyond!


Past News & Events

2015 VW Family Reunion
Our 10th Annual Volkswagen Family Reunion on June 20th, 2015 at the Dimond Center Mall was a great time for all. We had some incredible cars on display, awards for VW, Audi, Porsche, and best "beater", and door prizes available throughout the day. Click here for photos of last year's event!

2014 VW Family Reunion - June 14th
Everyone had a great time at the 9th Annual Volkswagen Family Reunion at the The Mall at Sears on June 14th 2014. We had some incredible cars on display, awards for VW, Audi, Porsche, and best "beater", and door prizes were available throughout the day. Click here for photos of last year's event!

VDubs at the PubVDubs at the Pub, Take 2.5
Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 1pm

The movie was canceled at the last minute due to a power outtage, but it's been rescheduled for Sept 21st at 1pm!
Bear Tooth Theatrepub presents along with Arctic Air Cooled VW Club, a special Screening of the movie: Circle The Wagen, a film directed by Ryan Steven Green. Get your tickets now at Bear Tooth Theatrepub (1230 W. 27th Anchorage, AK 99503), only $4 GA/ $5.50 Reserved. Circle The WagenMore info: This is a feature-length buddy/roadtrip/docu-dramedy that follows Dave, an idealistic adventurer and automotive ne‚€™er-do-well, and his convivial co-pilot Charlie ‚€“ on their journey down Route 66 in a baby blue 1972 VW bus. Through mishaps and murals, gasoline baths and breakdowns, the two discover a teeming underground of vintage VW diehards willing to help save ‚€œThe Croc‚€ from the scrap heap and rally her beleaguered owner on to California. VW speed

VDubs at The Pub
Our first movie event was held at the Bear Tooth Theatre Pub, May 31st 2014, with live musical entertainment by AACVW's very own Jared Woods, and featuring the movie "The Bus" by Damon Ristau. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed some great food and drink.

2011 VW Family Reunion

This year's event was again at the Dimond Center Mall parking lot near O'Brady's, between 10 am and 4 pm, and it was a lot of fun as usual with plenty of sweet rides and nice people.

A huge thanks to Dimond center for going way beyond our expectations with awards and providing a great spot to show all of our cars, and Morrison Auto group for awards.

As AACVW President, I’d like to make a special note of thanks and Appreciation to the following members who went the extra mile!
  • John Adamson - who kept this show on track and pulled all the loose strings to make it a success
  • Ted Beilman - helping register, print, and keep things going smooth throughout the day
  • Nick Wallette - our sound and audio guy
  • Greg ‘Doc’ Kalal - for showing his Beetle in the Dimond Center a week prior to the show
  • Mike Brown - for showing his Manx in the Dimond Center a week prior to the show
  • Pat Clark for updating the flyer and promoting

Also a huge thanks goes to those who showed up from AKEURO, and Alaska Chapter Porsche Club of America, and ALL those from Arctic Air-cooled VW’s and of course to all those enthusiast who came just to support the show!

Thanks to all those who made it out for another successful Arctic Air-cooled VW family reunion!

The winners:

  • Peoples choice Best Audi - Andrew Metcalf with his 2003 Audi A4
  • Peoples choice Best Porsche - Pat Haugh with his 1957 Beck Speedster
  • Peoples choice Best VW - Jerry Ulmer with his 1963 Type 1 Beetle
  • Furthest travelled - which I believe was A.A.C. VW’s Member Sam Taylor with his 1962 Single Cab Bus from Copper Center, Alaska.

If you have any photos you’d like to add to our online album please send them to or

Edward Hoecher
Arctic Air-cooled VW’s President

Poker Run - August 2008
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Aussie in Alaska
The Volkswagen Club of Western Australia has run a nice article about Clayton (owned by Greg Wilkinson) in their May-June 2010 issue of Via West, and they put his smiling face (and classic Alaskan license plate) on the cover! Way to go Clayton, and congrats, Greg!
Click here to check it out!

AACVWs twice published in VW magazines!

Dunebuggies and Hot VWs - January 2006.
VolksWorld - February 2004

Mike Brown is organizing a new chapter of the AACVW...the AORVWs (Arctic Off-Road VWs) for all you off-road enthusiasts. The AORVWs will be planning off-road and camping trips throughout the watch for announcements.

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