Squadra Maranello's welcomed the GTi Club to Trattoria Maranello for Sunday Breakfast!
Unfortunately the weather didn't cooperate as it was cold and wet so no car action was witnessed.
Members of the GTi Club have have vowed to make a return visit soon in better weather and maybe even bring some of their track cars along to display along the Melkbosstrand Beach Front.
Message from the Maranello's Paparazzi - Unfortunately the Maranello's Paparazzi was also sabotaged by the weather, as the cameraman's flash card has failed and so no pics for the gallery this time. We call on the GTi Club members to send us some of their pics taken that morning so that we can add them to our gallery.
GTi Club info
Initially it was a prerequisite to own a GTi in order to join. Then it was only Committee members that had to own one. Now ALL VW’s are welcome, as there is such a wide variety. Beetle owners were a regular site at our events but slowly started splitting away to form their own clubs. The name still remains today and is the only Official VW Club recognised by Volkswagen South Africa and Motorsport South Africa (MSA). The Gauteng branch has recently started using the name: "Volkswagen Club of SA" in order to attract a wider spectrum of enthusiasts, as most potential members still think you have to drive a GTi in order to join. In the early years, events were few but enjoyed a great following.
With the popularity of events such as the GTi Jamboree, it became apparent that there was a need for a one make series for members who required something more challenging and so the GTi Club challenge was born. In the early '90's, our colleagues at GTi Club in Pretoria, stared this series. It was run on regional days at Kyalami Racetrack, with members competing in their everyday street-cars. After a couple of years the series then followed on to become a separate division of the GTi Club of SA, with it’s own committee and soon changed its name to "Golf Challenge" and then more recently to the "VW Challenge".
Like any other motor club around the world, the GTi Club is a club for motor enthusiasts. The club is predominantly made up of VW drivers, but has quite a few members who drive other makes, such as Opel, BMW & Toyota. Therefore you don’t need a GTi to be a member, you just need to love your car and enjoy meeting others who do too!!
The GTi Club is at present the largest and most active private motor club in South Africa, with over 1000 members country wide.
- extract from GTi Club website -