Category Archives: Community Support

Paper Shredding and e-Waste Recycling Event at Herman Cook VW in Encinitas CA

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HCVW Hosts Recycling Event Jan. 4 and 5 

Start the new year off the right way by recycling some of your hard-to-get-rid of waste here at Herman Cook VW in Encinitas, CA. That’s right, HCVW is teaming up with the Encinitas Rotary Club and Green Hat Electronics to host paper shredding and e-waste recycling event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 4 and 5, 2020, right behind our dealership at 1435 Encinitas Boulevard. So, if you’ve got documents that need to be shredded and/or e-waste that needs to be recycled, come on over this weekend to get it all taken care of simply and easily.  Read the rest of this entry >>

Get Your Kid in the Kitchen to Get Ready for New Year’s Eve 2019 in Encinitas CA

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A New Year’s Soiree at The Moonlight Room in Encinitas CA

There’s a lot that goes into planning a New Year’s Eve party – not the least of which is the food you’re going to serve as you ring in the new year. So, why not send the kids off the day before to learn some yummy recipes that will make your New Year’s Eve party the talk of the town? That’s exactly what you can do with The Moonlight Room’s New Year’s Soiree at Lazy Acres right here in Encinitas, CA. So, let’s take a look at everything you need to know about the New Year’s Soiree at The Moonlight Room in Lazy Acres right here in Encinitas. Read the rest of this entry >>

San Diego Vintage VW Christmas Cruise 2019

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.

HCVW Dealership Christmas Cruise 2019

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. Over 100 enthusiasts couldn’t have been more excited to share their passion at this event!

San Diego Vintage VW Christmas Cruise Group

Enthusiasts of all ages helped participate in the Toys for Tots donation box pickup at Herman Cook.

VW Enthusiasts of All Ages

There was a magical holiday cheer in the air filled with some FESTIVE outfits!

2019 SD Vintage VW Christmas Cruise Festive Holiday Cheer

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

Festive VW's SD Air Cooled Cruise 2019

About 40 classic and uniquely decorated VW’s piled into the dealership to take part in the event.

2019 San Diego Christmas Cruise Line at HCVW

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

Herman Cook VW Vintage VW Christmas Cruise 2019

Members of the San Diego Air Cooled VW Group reminisced about the Vintage VW’s they’ve restored and are proud to have out on the road today.

San Diego Air Cooled Vintage VW Members

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

Air Cooled VW at Herman Cook VW Christmas Cruise

One Air Cooled Camper Van called “Adventure of Pai” came from Switzerland and was doing a North American drive from north to south.

Festive San Diego Vintage Volkswagen Christmas Cruise 2019

The map’s gold line showed every stop on the journey so far. It is heading into Mexico next where the owner will eventually sell the van and head back to Switzerland.

 Adventure of Pai Panamericana Drive

 Adventure of Pai Panamericana Drive

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

Over 250 toys collected from the Herman Cook VW Toy Drive and The San Diego Air Cooled VW Group were piled into the van to be delivered to Toys for Tots for donation.

San Diego Air Cooled Group Toys for Tots

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

Vintage VW Christmas Cruise Line

The club drove down the coast in their vintage V-dubs starting at Herman Cook Volkswagen and cruised through Del Mar, La Jolla, Pacific Beach, Fiesta Island, Coronado, and Imperial Beach.

SD Vintage VW Christmas Cruise Map 2019

There were many beautiful stops along the way, even with the drizzle.

SD Vintage VW Christmas Cruise Coast

SD Vintage VW Christmas Cruise Coast

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

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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 participate in the next annual Vintage VW Cruise, contact the dealership at (760) 753-6256 for more details. Click here to watch the video!

SD Vintage VW Christmas Cruise at Herman Cook VW

Everything You Need to Know About the 2019 Encinitas Turkey Trot along the Pacific Coast

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2019 Encinitas Turkey Trot Date, Time and Location Details

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and while that means we’re all getting ready to enjoy eating as much as we possibly can – and being thankful for everything along the way – it also means something more here in Encinitas, CA. That’s because Thanksgiving in Encinitas also means the annual Encinitas Turkey Trot – which just so happens to be one of the best family traditions in the country. But when is the 2019 Encinitas Turkey Trot? And where exactly is the 2019 Encinitas Turkey Trot? Well, we’re going to figure all of that out right here as we check in on the date, time and location details for the 2019 Encinitas Turkey Trot along the Pacific Coast. Read the rest of this entry >>

10 Teams of 2 PGA Juniors Come Together to Participate in the 2019 Herman Cook Memorial Golf Tournament in Encinitas CA

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2019 Herman Cook Memorial Recap and Results

The 16th annual Herman Cook Memorial golf tournament took place last weekend at Encinitas Ranch Golf Course, resulting in a resounding success of amazing PGA Junior golf and a whole lot of fun! A group of 10 teams of 2 came together for the 18-hole tournament to compete for a spot on the coveted Championship Cup, which was created along with the tournament by Dennis Cook and Laurie Rose to honor their father – the late Herman Cook, founder of Herman Cook Volkswagen here in Encinitas, CA. Anyone interested in checking out the Championship Cup and seeing the names of all of the tournament’s previous winners are encouraged to come on over to Encinitas Boulevard to see it – and us – but until then, let’s check out the how this year’s participants fared in the 2019 Herman Cook Memorial junior golf tournament. Read the rest of this entry >>

Surfing Madonna Beach Run 2019 – Remains The Largest Beach Run In The World!

Thank you all for joining us on Saturday as we sponsored the Surfing Madonna Beach Run in Encinitas. We all made history again as we retained last year’s title of being the Guinness World Record’s “Largest Race on Sand” at our Low Tide Beach Run!

Surfing Madonna Beach Run 2019

Nearly 3,500 runners from 17 states and 6 different countries participated in the 5K, 10K, & 12K run. Guinness World Record’s “Largest Race on Sand” is defined as the most amount of people to race on the sand simultaneously. We couldn’t be more proud of this accomplishment right here in Encinitas, California!

Crowd at Surfing Madonna Beach Run 2019

There were over 360 volunteers on race weekend that were there to pump up and help hydrate all types of runners, both humans and Animals alike. There was even a rumor that Jessica Alba was participating!

Surfing Madonna 2019 Participants and Animal

The Surfing Madonna Beach Run was a huge success for runners, volunteers, and spectators alike. It started at stunning Moonlight Beach in Encinitas and participants went up the coast to Beacons Beach and Ponto Beach before heading South to Swami’s Beach.

2019 Surfing Madonna Race Course Map

Every runner received an intricate carved wooden medal, race shirt, race mug, and tons of sponsor treats at the Finish Line😎

Surfing Madonna Finish Line Treats

The run was Sold Out on race day and the energy was HOT! For more information on the Surfing Madonna Beach Run and their Oceans Project efforts to protect our coastline click here.

First Place Overall Female Winner

Thanks to all of you who stopped by to see us and show your support to Herman Cook VW. We are proud to be part of such an active and thriving community here in Encinitas!

Surfing Madonna Beach Run in Encinitas

When is the 29th Annual Holiday Street Fair in Encinitas CA?

crowd at the Encinitas Holiday Street Fair

2019 Encinitas Holiday Street Fair Date, Time and Location Info

Fall is in full swing here in Encinitas, CA, and while we still have Halloween and Thanksgiving to enjoy, many people are also no doubt thinking about the upcoming holiday season. And we are, too, in fact, because we’ve got our eyes set on once again heading to the Encinitas Holiday Street Fair to enjoy all it has to offer. But when exactly is the 2019 Encinitas Holiday Street Fair? And where exactly is the 2019 Encinitas Holiday Street Fair? We’re going to answer both of those questions and more as we dive into all of the date, time and location information you need to know about the 2019 Encinitas Holiday Street Fair. Read the rest of this entry >>

Save 40% on Your Cardiff Kook Run Registration if You Use this Code by Nov. 3, 2019

runners at the Cardiff Kook run

Promo Code Available to Save 40% on Cardiff Kook Run Registration

Registration is open now for the 2020 Cardiff Kook Run and we’ve got a promo code you can use to save 40 percent on your registration fee. That’s right, whether you’re registering for the Cardiff Kook 5K, 10K or Kids-K, you can save 40 percent with this special promo code as long as you register by November 3, 2019. So, let’s find out what this promo code is while also learning everything you need to know about the race itself. Read the rest of this entry >>

Tripping – 1975 – Falling in Love One Country at a Time: A Love Story About a Couple and Their Yellow Volkswagen Bus Named Banana

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Couple to Release Book About Falling in Love on the Road

Back in 1968 Marshall Hockett, who would go on to become a Superior Court Judge and marry Encinitas local Debbie, was taking part in Stanford’s study program in England. It was during this time that he traveled around Europe, falling in love with everything he saw and promising himself he’d be back again one day. That day came in 1975 when Hockett and his wife came up with a plan to spend a year traveling all around Europe. And, thanks to a suggestion from one of Hockett’s friends, the rest of us get to share in that journey as the couple is set to release a book about falling in love on the road entitled “Tripping – 1975 – Falling in Love One Country at a Time.” Read the rest of this entry >>

When is the 2019 Safe Trick or Treat Event Taking Place in Encinitas CA?

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2019 Safe Trick or Treat Event Details for Encinitas CA

Now that the calendar has turned to October, there’s one thing on everyone’s mind – Halloween! And we hope everyone has their costumes and candy buckets ready, because downtown Encinitas, CA, is about to turn into the Halloween wonderland every spooky-loving kid dreams about thanks to the 2019 Safe Trick or Treat event. And, to ensure you don’t miss out on a second of the fun, we’ve compiled all the 2019 Safe Trick or Treat event details you need to know to enjoy all Pumpkin Lane has to offer right here. Read the rest of this entry >>