San Diego Vintage VW Christmas Cruise 2016

San Diego Air Cooled Vintage VW Christmas Cruise

The San Diego Air Cooled VW Group helped to make children’s holidays a bit brighter on Saturday with their annual Vintage VW Christmas Cruise toy drive at Herman Cook.

Herman Cook VW Vintage VW


The Air Cooled Group is a San Diego based Volkswagen Club that loves to share their passion for cruising and customizing their Classic Air Cooled VW’s. They couldn’t have been more excited to share their passion at this event!

San Diego Air Cooled VW Group


Enthusiasts of all ages helped pick up the Toys for Tots donation boxes at Herman Cook and loaded them into the VW’s.

Santa's Little Helper


Even furry enthusiasts came along for the ride.



All were classic vehicles, but each one unique, and many of them festively decorated in Christmas cheer.

Classic Gems


Nearly 50 classic and uniquely decorated VW’s piled into the dealership to take part in the event.

Vintage VW Cruise Line


Within each vehicle, there were many opportunities to see the classic VW culture that we all know and love.

HCVW SD Air Cooled Group


The classic VWs were a sight to behold as many of them were extremely decorative and customized vehicles.

VW Christmas at Herman Cook


The group leader Lee Hedges put his heart and soul into organizing the event, capturing a collective VW nostalgia for all those involved.

Lee Hedges, San Diego Air Cooled VW Group

Image Source: Will Copeland, San Diego Air Cooled Group


Once all the VW’s were lined up, they exited past the Herman Cook VW showroom in a stylish procession one by one.

Volkswagen Classic Beetle


The journey began by cruising through Encinitas.

Vintage VW Christmas Cruise Encinitas


They then cruised through Del Mar, La Jolla, Pacific Beach, Fiesta Island, Coronado, and Imperial Beach.

Vintage Cruise VW's


SD Air Cooled Cruise Coast


Alas, they ended their journey at the Toys for Tots Marine Corps Reserve Center near Miramar and delivered the toys for donation.

Toys for Tots at HCVW


The Toys for Tots drive was a huge success thanks to the generosity of San Diego Air Cooled VW, Herman Cook VW customers and employees, and the support of the local community. If you would like to particpate in the  next annual Vintage VW Cruise, and you can contact the dealership at (760) 753-6256 for more details. Click here to watch the video!

Festive VW Vintage Cruise

Image Source: Will Copeland, San Diego Air Cooled Group

Season of Giving

It’s Christmas time here at Herman Cook VW and the holiday spirit is in full gear. Each December, we participate in the Casa de Amistad and Los Angelitos gift giving program that benefits underprivileged youth in North County. This year, we bought gifts for 37 kids.

Herman Cook VW Gift Giving


Casa de Amistad and Los Angelitos at Herman Cook VW


Casa de Amistad and Los Angelitos Gift Giving


Casa de Amistad and Los Angelitos at Herman Cook Volkswagen

We are honored to help in making a difference in a child’s life this holiday season and greatly enjoy spreading the Christmas cheer to support our local North County community.

LA Auto Show

We’re very excited to share what we saw at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show! Volkswagen revealed a lot of goodies for the upcoming year. Here’s a sneak peak of what’s in store.

Atlas - Kurkuma Yellow Metallic

Volkswagen Atlas (Kurkuma Yellow Metallic)


This is the highly anticipated brand new mid-size SUV model called the Volkswagen Atlas. The Atlas is the first Volkswagen to feature third row seating with adventure-loving families in mind. Featuring an impressive 96.8 cubic feet of cargo space with second and third row seats folding down, smart technology Driver Assist features including Pedestrian Monitoring, Lane Assist, and Blind Spot Monitor, the 7-passenger Atlas is full of big ideas.


Volkswagen Atlas

Volkswagen Atlas (Pure White)


Atlas - Platinum Gray

Volkswagen Atlas (Platinum Gray)


It comes standard with a Volkswagen digital cockpit display with Car-Net® App, and selectable driving modes from Eco to Sport to cover all types of terrains.

Atlas - Interior

Volkswagen Atlas (Interior)


One of our very favorite cars we saw at the LA Auto Show was the stunning 2017 Bottle Green Beetle. To say the least, it really caught our eye.

Bottle Green Beetle

2017 Volkswagen Beetle (Bottle Green Metallic)


We had to fight off a swarm of viewers to get this close, but it was worth it for the view.

Bottle Green Beetle - 2

2017 Volkswagen Beetle (Bottle Green Metallic)


Volkswagen revealed the Passat GT Concept car at the Auto Show and the crowd couldn’t have been more excited. This new sporty look for the Midsize sedan is focused on performance – boasting a V-6 powered engine and 280 horsepower, it packs quite a punch! This model was based on a high demand specifically in the American market.  Black roof and black mirror caps contrast the white Passat body perfectly. Inspired by the Golf GTI, the Passat GT Concept mimics qualities like the hatchback and honeycomp grille with red accents. Though not officially approved for release as of yet, we’re betting we’ll see this model shining in many VW showrooms very soon.

Passat GT concept car

Volkswagen Passat GT Concept


On site, we were able to view the official #PinkBeetle Rally Car that Scott Speed used to win the 2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship. It was surreal seeing it in real life, instead of watching it race on tv by the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team. Dare I say, we were starstruck!

#PinkBeetle Rally Car

Volkswagen #PinkBeetle Rally Car


Here’s what it looked like in action.

Image Source:, 2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship


We had a blast at the LA Auto Show and cannot wait to see these models in the showroom this year!