Category Archives: Community Support

8th Annual Casa De Amistad Gift Giving

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

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!

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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!

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

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

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!

Proclamation Awarded by The City of Encinitas

The Encinitas Mayor and City Council members awarded Herman Cook Volkswagen a proclamation in recognition of celebrating 50 years of doing business in Encinitas. At the City Council meeting on Wednesday, June 28th, designee Dennis Cook, president and owner of Herman Cook Volkswagen accepted this honorary award. We are so proud to be part of this vibrant and outstanding community!

City Council Proclamation Herman Cook VW 50 Years

Left to Right: Deputy Mayor Tony Kranz, Collin Cook, Lauren Cook, Connor Cook, Kacey Cook, Susan Cook, Council Member Mark Muir, Dennis Cook, Council Member Tasha Boerner Horvath, Mayor Catherine Blakespear, Council Member Joe Mosca.

The proclamation reads as follows:

WHEREAS, in 1966 Herman Cook relocated to Encinitas to begin the process of building a brand new Volkswagen dealership; and in July of 1967 the new dealership opened and began selling new and used cars, parts and servicing vehicles; and
WHEREAS, in 1967, Encinitas was just beginning to develop into the place it is today with rolling hills of sage that outnumbered businesses along Encinitas Boulevard; and over the next sixteen years, Herman Cook dedicated all of his time, energy and resources to building a dealership that would not only bear his name, but embody his impeccable character and high business morals; and
WHEREAS, in 1970 after graduating from San Diego State, Herman’s son Dennis Cook began working full time at Herman Cook Volkswagen and became a partner in the dealership; and
WHEREAS, in 1980 Herman Cook retired and sold the remaining interest in the dealership to his son Dennis Cook; and
WHEREAS, as a family owned and operated business, Herman Cook Volkswagen is committed to supporting the community in every possible way by being very involved and committed to the community, such as The Ecke Family YMCA, The Encinitas Rotary Club and multiple charity events. Dennis and his wife Susan founded and acted as co-directors of the Encinitas Rotary Cup Soccer Tournament for many years and they have supported San Diego State Athletics as a corporate sponsor; and
WHEREAS Herman Cook Volkswagen has been nationally recognized by Newsweek Magazine and the American International Automobile Dealer Association as the dealership of the year, and also awarded Business of the Year by the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce; and
WHEREAS, Herman Cook Volkswagen continues to be major sponsors of the Cardiff Kook Run, The Encinitas Turkey Trot, and both the Surfing Madonna Beach Run and Half Marathon along with the Herman Cook Memorial Junior Golf Tournament; and
WHEREAS, Connor Cook has now worked at the dealership for 12 years alongside his father Dennis and in 2016 Connor and his brother Collin became partners in the dealership creating a third generation of ownership who are actively selling 3rd and 4th generation customers new vehicles and are greatly looking forward to another 50 years of successful business and supporting the local community; and
WHEREAS, during five decades of the dealership’s development, Herman Cook Volkswagen has sought to uphold the highest moral integrity in all aspects of the automobile business and is extremely proud of its nationally renowned reputation in customer satisfaction.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Catherine S. Blakespear, Mayor of the City of Encinitas along with all Encinitas City Council Members do hereby congratulate Herman Cook Volkswagen on its 50th Anniversary in Encinitas, commend them on their years of service to the community and wish them continued success.

City of Encinitas HCVW Proclamation

Click here for the history on our dealership that is now celebrating our 50th year in the auto industry.

Encinitas Chamber of Commerce Sundowner Mixer

Encinitas Chamber of Commerce Sundowner Mixer

The Encinitas Chamber of Commerce’s Sundowner networking mixer was held on Tuesday at Herman Cook VW.

Sundown Mixer

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Mimi and Brenda, members of the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce, helped organize the event.

Mimi and Brenda Encinitas Chamber of Commerce

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Tacos El Unico cooked up some tasty street tacos.

Tacos El Unico

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Street Tacos Catered at Herman Cook

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Guests arrived and the mixer took off with a bang.

Crowd at Herman Cook Mixer

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Photo Op at Sundowner

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Among all the great networking opportunities for Encinitas Chamber members, there were also tacos and an open bar. Win-win!

Tacos Table Encinitas Sundowner

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The showroom at Herman Cook got very cozy during the mixer.

Herman Cook Sundowner Showroom

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Dennis Cook, President and Owner of Herman Cook Volkswagen, gave a speech about the Cook VW family legacy and his appreciation for the Encinitas community.

Dennis Cook - Chamber Sundowner Mixer

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Friendly faces of those we know and those we just met were all around.

Encinitas Chamber Mixer

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Announcer Dennis called out the Opportunity Drawing raffle prizes to a few lucky members.

Raffle Prize Drawing

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Prizes at Sundowner Mixer

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It was delightful mingling with other local business owners and Chamber members. There were over 90 attendees throughout the evening.

Crowded Herman Cook Showroom

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We’re truly honored to be a part of this great community of Encinitas. Thank you for all your support!

Herman Cook Showroom Sundowner

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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.

Best Auto Dealership of North Coast 2016

Best Auto Dealership of North Coast 2016

Del Mar Times has released their annual Best of North Coast Readers Poll. Each year, they evaluate local businesses in over 70 categories, ranging from best bakery, best hotel, best veterinarian, and yes, even best car dealership. This year, Herman Cook Volkswagen has been chosen as the winner of the Best of North Coast 2016’s Best Auto Dealership!

 

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Best of North Coast 2016 Cover

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Thank you to all who voted for us! Without you, this opportunity wouldn’t have been possible. We pride ourselves in being a family-owned auto dealership that focuses on what’s truly important: top-notch and memorable customer service. Many generations of families have come through our dealership to purchase or service their Volkswagens and we are pleased to have become an Encinitas staple in the community. We look forward to serving you for many years to come!

 

Are you curious who won the other categories? Check out the complete list of all winners:

delmartimes.net/bestofnc