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San Diego Vintage VW Christmas Cruise 2018

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018
2018 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.

HCVW Dealership Christmas Cruise 2017

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 200 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.

Young VW Enthusiasts

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

2018 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 2018

Around 65 classic and uniquely decorated VW’s piled into the dealership to take part in the event. This was our biggest turnout yet!

2018 San Diego Christmas Cruise Lot 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 2018

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.

Festive San Diego Vintage Volkswagen Christmas Cruise 2018

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 400 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.

Toys for Tots Van HCVW

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 2018

There were many beautiful stops along the way.

SD Vintage VW Christmas Cruise Coast

Volkswagen San Diego Christmas Cruise 2018

San Diego Vintage Volkswagen Christmas Cruise Stop

Vintage Volkswagen Christmas Cruise San Diego Coronado Bridge

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.

VW Christmas Cruise Toys for Tots

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

YMCA Poinsettia Holiday Fundraiser

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA Poinsettia Fundraiser

Christmas in San Diego certainly isn’t complete without Poinsettias! We are honored to be part of such a wonderful community and are happy to support the Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA 😎 Plants are $12 and 50% goes directly to the YMCA Scholarship Program-ensuring nobody is turned away due to an inability to pay. We encourage you to help support the cause by putting in a Poinsettia order today with the YMCA at (760) 942-9622!

#poinsettiafundraiser #youthdevelopment #ymcascholarships

Encinitas Half Marathon 2018

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

Herman Cook Volkswagen sponsored the second annual Encinitas Half Marathon last weekend, which kicked off at the infamous Moonlight Beach in Encinitas.

Herman Cook VW - Encinitas Half Marathon 2018 Atlas

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One of California’s most scenic Half Marathons, the Encinitas Half Marathon featured 7.5 miles of scenic course through 4 iconic surf towns.

Encinitas Half Marathon Moonlight Beach Start

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We started off the race in a 2018 Volkswagen Atlas pacer car, which was a crowd stunner!

Volkswagen Atlas Pacer Car at Encinitas Half

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Over 4,300 runners participated in this highly-anticipated oceanfront race!

Encinitas Half Marathon Runners

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The Encinitas Half Marathon is 13.1 miles long, and runners are expected to maintain a 14.53 minute mile in order to stay within the 3 hour, 15 minute timeline.

Encinitas Half Marathon Runners

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The stunning course took participants through beautiful Leucadia, downtown Encinitas, and into Solana Beach. They enjoyed amazing ocean views as they cruised down the 101. There were over 7 miles of coastline passing Encinitas landmarks such as Swami’s Temple, Encinitas Boat Houses, Surfing Madonna Mosaic, and the Cardiff Kook Statue.

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Robert Nichols, Race Director of the Encinitas Half Marathon put his heart and soul into organizing the event. 100% of the net proceeds benefited the ocean conservancy work of the Surfing Madonna Oceans Project, ocean education public art, disabled veterans, and children with special needs.

Robert Nichols – Race Director

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Runners traveled from 28 states to Encinitas to participate in the Half Marathon. There were 450 dedicated volunteers on race day!

Encinitas Half Marathon Runners

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16 runners flew here from other countries to participate including Ireland, Mexico, Canada, Thailand, Japan, England, Australia, and New Zealand.

Encinitas Half Marathon Course

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The winner was Teklu Deneke from Flagstaff, AZ, who completed the race in 1 hour, 7 minutes and 38 seconds. That’s just about a 5 minute mile. Way to go Teklu! Click here to see the race results.

Encinitas Half Marathon Crowd

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We had a blast sponsoring this event again this year and being part of the fun and fit community that we are proud to call home. Thank you to all who participated and came out to watch the event!

Herman Cook Volkswagen - Sponsor Encinitas Half

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2018 Cardiff Kook Run 5K, 10K

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

This weekend, Herman Cook Volkswagen was proud to be a sponsor of the 2018 Cardiff Kook Run 5k, 10K on Sunday, February 4th. Celebrating its 6th year, the Cardiff Kook Run‘s mission is to enhance healthy lifestyles and promote the community simultaneously.

2018 Cardiff Kook Run 5K, 10K

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Herman Cook VW kicked off the race in a 2018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Coast pacer car with over 2,200 participants.

Herman Cook VW Pacer at Cardiff Kook Run

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The course began under the world famous “Encinitas” sign on historic Coast Highway 101 in beautiful Encinitas, California. This scenic loop passed by the famous “Cardiff Kook” statue (The Magic Carpet Ride), rose above some of the most popular surf breaks in the world and headed down to Cardiff State Beach.

Cardiff Kook Race Map

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Runners were encouraged to burn off calories for one of the biggest days in American Sports – the Super Bowl. What better way to get ready than with a family morning run to prep for Sunday’s big game! Locals, kids, adults, serious runners and kooks alike participated – for life, for community, for a really fun time.

Herman Cook VW at Cardiff Kook Run 2018

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The course was also completed as fast as ever before! Records were broken for the top 3 racers for both men and women who participated in the event. Click here to see the race results.

Herman Cook VW 2018 Tiguan and Atlas

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The Cardiff Kook Run, which began in 2011, would not have been possible without the enthusiastic community participants that support the event. We are proud to have been a part of it!

Cardiff Kook Run - 2018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Coast

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San Diego Vintage VW Christmas Cruise 2017

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017
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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 2017

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

San Diego Vintage VW Christmas Cruise Group

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

Young VW Enthusiasts

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Even Santa stopped by in his VW bus and his San Diego shorts!

2017 SD Vintage VW Christmas Cruise Santa

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

Festive VW's SD Air Cooled Cruise 2017

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

2017 Christmas Cruise Lot at HCVW

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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 2017

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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

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

Festive Vintage Volkswagen Christmas Cruise 2017

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Dennis Cook, owner of Herman Cook Volkswagen hosted the event, capturing a collective VW nostalgia for all those involved.

Dennis Cook at HCVW Christmas Cruise 2017

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Over 140 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.

Toys for Tots Van HCVW

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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

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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 2017

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There were many beautiful stops along the way.

San Diego Christmas Cruise 2017

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SD Vintage VW Christmas Cruise Coast

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San Diego Vintage Volkswagen Christmas Cruise Stop

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Vintage Volkswagen Christmas Cruise San Diego Freeway

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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.

Toys for Tots Marine Corps Reserve Center

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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

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8th Annual Casa De Amistad Gift Giving

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

It’s Christmas time at Herman Cook Volkswagen and the holiday spirit is shining bright! 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 36 kids.

Casa de Amistad Gift Giving 2017

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.

HCVW Gift Giving in Showroom

Encinitas Holiday Parade 2017

Monday, December 4th, 2017

We saw lots of vintage VW’s at the Encinitas Holiday Parade over the weekend. What a magical time it was watching decorated VW’s cruising down Coast Highway while adults and children marveled in festive delight!

Encinitas Holiday Parade Encinitas 101

Holiday floats, marching bands, and thousands of spectators filled the streets of Encinitas as the parade marched along Coast Highway.

Encinitas Holiday Parade Vintage Van

It was very special to see so many vintage Volkswagens represented in this Encinitas holiday tradition, as the Parade celebrated its 60th year. Volkswagens have been a staple of the Encinitas community for decades and continue to be a big part of the city’s culture.

Encinitas Holiday Parade Vintage Beetle

The parade’s theme for 2017 was “Celebrating the Arts!” and the classic VW’s were sure looking spiffy! Creative decorations, performance, lights, and holiday music made for a memorable time for all ages.

Encinitas Holiday Parade 2017

The Encinitas Holiday Parade was presented by Lazy Acres Natural Market. For more information on this event, click here.

Encinitas Holiday Parade Vintage VW

Surfing Madonna Beach Run 2017 – Guinness World Record Set!

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Thank you all for joining us on Sunday as we sponsored the Surfing Madonna Beach Run in Encinitas. We all became part of history during an official attempt for the Guinness World Record of “Largest Race on Sand”, which WE DID IT!

Herman Cook Volkswagen Atlas at Surfing Madonna 2017

Nearly 5,000 runners and walkers participated in the WORLD RECORD SETTING 5K, 10K, & 15K beach run. Guinness World Record “Largest Race on Sand” is defined as the most amount of people to race on the sand simultaneously. This is a huge accomplishment completed right here in Encinitas, California!

Surfing Madonna Beach Run Encinitas California

We were excited to show off Volkswagen’s largest brand new 7-seat SUV the 2018 Atlas down on the beach for the event.

Surfing Madonna Beach Run 2017 Herman Cook VW

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.

Herman Cook Volkswagen Encinitas CA Surfing Madonna

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.

Herman Cook VW at Surfing Madonna 2017

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!

HCVW Surfing Madonna

Best Auto Dealership of North Coast Runner-Up 2017

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

Best Auto Dealership of North Coast Runner-Up 2017

The results are in! Del Mar Times has released the results of this year’s Best of North Coast Readers Poll. Each year, they evaluate hundreds of local businesses in over 70 categories, ranging from best golf course, best brunch, best day spa, and yes, even best auto dealership. This year, Herman Cook Volkswagen has been chosen as the runner-up of North Coast 2017’s Best Auto Dealership!

2017 Best of North Coast Reader’s Poll Best Auto Dealership Results

Thank you all for voting for Herman Cook VW as your best auto dealership! Read the rest of their 18th annual online Readers Poll results here.

Best of North Coast 2017 Cover

SDSU Men’s Basketball Team Welcomes A New 2018 VW Atlas

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Head Coach of the Men’s Basketball team at San Diego State University Brian Dutcher is participating in our courtesy car program. For over 25 years, the college team has used a Herman Cook VW courtesy car for driving the players, hauling equipment, and other transport needs for the team.

SDSU Men's Basketball Team Welcomes A New 2018 VW Atlas

This year, bigger was better to fit the 7 ft. tall players comfortably. Just the job for the 2018 VW Atlas, Volkswagen’s newest 7 seat SUV. Click here to see the Volkswagen Atlas for yourself. Go Aztecs!