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Posted:  November 14th, 2014
Posted:  April 1st, 2014
Come adopt your new best friend!

Herman Cook Volkswagen & Rancho Coastal Humane Society

Bring the Family!!!

Now through April 30th Herman Cook VW is donating $2 a test drive to
Rancho Coastal Humane Society.
We also have a Pet Food donation collection bin.
Please come and see us this month and help support this awesome cause.
Posted: January 16th, 2014
Act today! Receive 10% off when entering coupon code: CookVWCKR2014

Get Your Kook On! 


Join us at the 3rd Annual Cardiff Kook 10K & 5K Run/Walk and Costume Contest on February 2nd, Super Bowl Sunday, in beautiful Cardiff-by-the-Sea!

Join the thousands who will be on hand for this picturesque South Coast Highway 101 Run/Walk as you experience one of the most beautiful and fastest courses on the west coast.


Cardiff Kook Run is proud to donate a portion of proceeds to Cardiff 101 Main Street for the ongoing enhancement and preservation of the Magic Carpet Ride plaza and surrounds. 
Located in Encinitas, CA, Cardiff-By-The-Sea is famous for a lot of things. The view, the attitude, the break, the Kook - and now this. Locals, kids, adults, serious runners and kooks alike are invited to participate to come out and support the community while having a really great time.



A Cardiff Kook Medal
A Cardiff Kook T-Shirt

A Cardiff Kook Program donated by Coast News with day-of coupons



Cardiff Kook Costume Contest 

Chip Timing

Post-Race Breakfast sponsored by Cardiff Seaside Market

Awards Presentation 1st and 2nd Place 15 age brackets 5K/10K

Cash prizes sponsored by Beachside Bar & Grill for the Elite 10K race. 


Male/female cash prizes:

1st Place:  $500

2nd Place: $250

3rd Place:  $100



Cardiff Kook Run 10K:     $49
Cardiff Kook Run 5K:       $39



Sunday, February 2nd at 7:30 am, under the world famous "Encinitas" sign on the historic route 101 in Encinitas, CA



Feel free to contact us with questions. We're locals with a dream to see everybody participate, so we'll get back to you as soon as we can with the help or answers you need to be a part of this extraordinary day. Email us at


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Posted:  November 7th, 2013

Dennis Cook
The Man Behind Encinitas’ Iconic Herman Cook VW Dealership

photos by Soul of Photography

Dennis Cook began working at his father’s car dealership, Herman Cook VW, during his summer breaks from 1967 to 1970. “…When I graduated from San Diego State University, I came to work full time,” said Dennis. Shortly thereafter, he and his father became business partners and for ten years Dennis helped his father keep the dealership’s reputation in good standing. His father retired in 1980 and, today through his efforts to maintain strong ties to the community, Dennis continues to do his part to keep Herman Cook VW an icon in 92024.

Dennis and his wife, Susan, have been married for 43 years. “We met at San Diego State University, where I served dinner at her sorority house,” he shared. Together with their sons, Collin and Connor (who, by the way, have both worked at the dealership – Connor is currently the finance director), the family has lived in Olivenhain since 1980, where they have enjoyed the area for its quality of life, weather, and location.

Another perk to living in Olivenhain, explained Dennis, is his short commute to work. “I live seven minutes from work,” he described. “It has always been important for me to be involved with my family and community, and that is one of the reasons I have chosen to live and work in the same community.”

And in his community, Dennis has certainly made an impression. Apart from running Herman Cook VW, Dennis is a member of the Rotary Club of Encinitas. “My wife and I started the Encinitas Rotary Cup Soccer Tournament 25 years ago and were the tournament directors for 14 years,” he said. “I am the past board chairman and have served on the board of the Ecke YMCA for 28 years.” Dennis is currently the President of San Diego County Volkswagen Dealers Association, and has served on several Encinitas School and City boards. “I also coached soccer with Leucadia Lightning for a premier traveling team for 10 years and was a soccer ref,” he added.

While continually looking for ways to help improve the community, Dennis’ most recent project is helping to rewrite the general plan for the City, something he hopes to see finished by the end of next year.

When asked about the most rewarding part to staying connected to the community, Dennis replied: “Watching my two sons grow up in the same community and watching that community change over time, but remains a great place to live.

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Posted: June 5th, 2013