TDIFest 2013 is just over a month away and promises to be filled with fun and excitement! This year's TDIFest is located in Newry, Maine and will be centered around the Sunday River Resort’s Grand Summit Hotel on Labor Day weekend (August 30th - September 1st). Find out more at http://wiki.tdifest.com, register at http://reg.tdifest.com, and reserve your hotel room by calling 800-207-2365 (group code 85b22m) by August 9th to take advantage of our great group rates. Please note that late TDIFest 2013 registration rates go into effective August 1st so register early and save!
Kick off the weekend with our fabulous New England cookout (meet-n-greet) on Friday evening. Saturday will feature breakfast with a guest speaker, show & shine, and several technical sessions. Saturday evening will feature a group drive and dinner on your own at one of the great restaurants in downtown Bethel. Sunday offers the raffle drawing and additional technical sessions. Sunday evening gives you time to explore the mountain, ride the ski lift, and end up at the Peak Lodge for our awards banquet and live auction.
Both Saturday and Sunday will have vendor displays in the parking lot. This is a great opportunity to get to know the vendors and purchase items that you might need for your TDI. Many vendors have already graciously donated some products that will be auctioned off at the banquet, with the proceeds helping to fund TDIClub for another year. If you are a vendor and wish to donate some products, please contact us at [email protected] and we will be able to give you further information.
Some road trips are more epic than others, and I’m excited to announce that we have a pretty epic one planned. Today, two drivers, Wayne Gerdes and Bob Winger, depart from Volkswagen of America’s Herndon, Virginia headquarters in a 2013 Passat TDI® Clean Diesel. They’ll drive it 8,000 miles and pass through all 48 contiguous states over the next two weeks. The two friends are challenging the current Guinness World Record achievement for the lowest fuel consumption—48 U.S. states for a non-hybrid car*. If anyone can break the current record of 67.9 mpg in the Passat TDI, it’s Wayne.
He’s an automotive journalist and founder of cleanmpg.com, an online community dedicated to fuel economy. He’s set mileage records in more than 100 vehicles, including the record for lowest fuel consumption—48 U.S. states with ahybrid vehicle. Wayne will do most of the driving, but will share those duties with Bob, an electronics engineer with a history of energy and conservation projects. For the trip, the Passat TDI clean diesel will run on Shell ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel and Continental PureContact® with EcoPlus® Technology tires, which help improve fuel efficiency. The car also has a Linear Logic ScanGauge II® for precise fuel economy measurements and a Motorola® Droid® RAZR MAXX™ HD smartphone to provide Guinness World Records tracking requirements. Wayne and Bob will be stopping along the way to share their experiences on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram channels, so check in to see when they’ll be driving through your state. You can also track their trip by following the #VWTDI hashtag.
It's not really local to Cincinnati, but is at the home of a regular TDIClub member from just east of Columbus. Aaron (Growler) regularly connects with a few of us in SW Ohio and is always wrenching on someone's TDI. If you are looking for a place to connect with other TDI owners, this would be a great opportunity.
TDIClub GTG at Aaron's (Growler) in Millersport, OH Saturday 6/29 from 9am until?? Food, Fun, Diesels, Diesel Nuts, and general good times.
All are invited, Please bring sides to share, Chairs to sit on and stories to tell. Aaron from Boraparts will be there offering Malone Tunes, and deals on Parts (preorder and have it shipped to my place for GTG pickup). Paramedick Bruce is coming up from Kentucky. Frank Irving (Franko6 from TDIClub) is there to talk your ears off about Cylinder heads, Camshafts, and Injectors all day. I do have a low rise lift good for fluid changes (take all your old fluids home please) and Tire rotations etc.
If you've ever contemplated doing a TDI engine swap, be sure you know what kind of work is involved (hint: A lot).
How is your fuel mileage stacking up to the current Volkswagen EPA TDI web advertising? LINK
It is during the challenging times when people know they are associated with the right groups and organizations. A couple groups I belong to demonstrated their true colors over the past few weeks. The TDIClub, a Volkswagen diesel car club of which our local CinciTDI is part, rallied around a long standing and giving member. Brian Johnson, known as "Oilhammer" on the forums, has been dealing with an onslaught of family medical and financial problems this past year. He has been a long giving and active member of the TDIClub and his expertise has been appreciated by all. A few friends (and vendors) in the club decided they might be able to lend a hand. I don't think anyone expected the caring to be so overwhelming, but the generosity and compassion of "good" people was amazing. Our local CinciTDI group was chosen to hold the raffle this weekend and shockingly saw a simple raffle of parts raise $13,125. Wow, it feels good to have helped out and be a part of this great group of caring people.
Late getting this online, but a reminder the cutoff will be 2-28-13 at midnight EST
If you have been around TDIClub for any length of time you have heard the name Oilhammer.
Oilhammer operates in the original spirit of TDIClub and has selflessly given a lot to TDIClub as a technical expert, most recently as the developer for the fix of the B5.5 balance shaft/oil pump.
If you have ever benefited from any advice from CinciTDI, any of its gurus or nearly any howto on TDIClub you have been touched by Oilhammer.
Oilhammer's real name is Brian Johnston, I had the pleasure of spending some time with him at a few different TDIFest's. To say he is a stand up guy is only saying the minimum.
Despite all the good he has done, Brian has been going through a lot of hard times.
Several TDIClub members and vendors have setup a raffle fundraiser to help Brian out and you can cheaply win great service or parts from different vendors.
Impressive list of parts and services, especially if you need the service or part, why not take a chance?