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We Are Donating To Support Encinitas Classrooms This Summer And You Can Help!

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Through our collaboration with, the leading organization for donating to public schools, we are supporting teachers and education projects in the Encinitas school district. Visit our dealership today to find out how you can help fund a classroom project that inspires you – and at NO Cost Or Obligation To You. All you have to do is stop by our dealership and you can help! For our Encinitas teachers we are going to DOUBLE DOWN, that means double the contribution to local area teachers’ projects! We encourage you to help us support our local schools and community during our Drive Bigger Event this summer.​

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2019 Cardiff Kook Run 5K, 10K

This weekend, Herman Cook Volkswagen was proud to be a sponsor of the 2019 Cardiff Kook Run 5k, 10K on Sunday, February 3rd. Celebrating its 9th year, the Cardiff Kook Run‘s mission is to enhance healthy lifestyles and promote the community simultaneously.

Herman Cook VW Pacer Cars at Cardiff Kook Run

Herman Cook VW kicked off the race in 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL R-Line and 2019 GTI Rabbit Edition pacer cars with over 1,700 total participants.

2019 Cardiff Kook Run 5K, 10K

The course began under the world famous “Encinitas” sign on historic Coast Highway 101 in beautiful Encinitas, California. This scenic loop passed south through downtown, past Swami’s temple, along the San Elijo State Beach Campgrounds, 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 and back up to finish  in front of La Paloma Theatre and the Encinitas Sign.

Cardiff Kook Race Map

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 2019

The course was completed in 1st and 2nd place by two team members from BC, Canada, who signed up for the race to escape the winter Canadian chill! We got lucky here in San Diego and avoided the highly anticipated rainstorm. Click here to view the race results.

Cardiff Kook Run 2019 5k 10k

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 - 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL R-Line and 2019 GTI Rabbit Edition

2018 San Diego Air Cooled Vintage VW Christmas Cruise

San Diego Vintage VW Christmas Cruise 2018

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

North County VW Air Cooled Group Meeting

Vintage Car Collage

We had the pleasure of hosting the North County VW Air Cooled Group Meeting at Herman Cook!

North County VW Air Cooled Club Meeting

Over 30 classic Volkswagens were at the event for the public to view.

Classic Air Cooled VW's

There were 4 rare Type 34 Karmann Ghias parked out front to showcase the event, owned by various members of the group.

Type 34 Karmann Ghia

Westfalia camper vans gave a glimpse of what life was like back in the 1960’s.

Volkswagen Westfalia Camper

A glimpse filled with nostalgia, indeed.

VW Westfalia Camper Interior

Refreshments and pizza were had by all of the participants and it was free for the public to attend.

SD Air Cooled Group at Herman Cook VW

To share the company of other classic Volkswagen enthusiasts was a delight. We cannot get enough of these classic beauties!

Volkswagen Thing

Closing the gap between current VW models and the relics of the past was a truly special sight to behold. Tying in the old spirit of vintage Volkswagen to the current day ones in the same lot at the dealership resulted in a truly a special connection!

Classic Volkswagen at Herman Cook

The San Diego Air Cooled VW Club is a San Diego based VW club that meets monthly at various locations around San Diego County. Their passion for #DUBS extends beyond as they give back to the community by supporting local events such as hosting car shows, toy rides, blanket drives and other special activities.

We’d like to thank everyone who came by the dealership to participate in this event – our community makes us so proud to be classic car enthusiasts in Encinitas!

Herman Cook VW Event at Dusk

Join Us for North County VW Air Cooled Event at Herman Cook VW

Join us at our dealership on Wednesday, September 19 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm for a fun evening with other Volkswagen enthusiasts as we host the North County VW Air Cooled Club’s monthly meeting!San Diego VW Air Cooled Group

Each month, the group meets in various locations around North County to admire other members’ Air Cooled VW’s, share vintage stories, and meet other members of the group. If you own an Air-Cooled VW, you are welcome to bring it out to the party! This social gathering is free and open to the public. Some of the VW classics you’ll be able to view at this event include: Microbuses, Karmann Ghias, Volkswagen Things, Beetles, and VW Street Rods.

Vintage Volkswagen Beetle at Herman Cook VW

Stop by for some light food and refreshments and to admire some rad Air Cooled Volkswagens in Encinitas!

You’re Invited! 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Launch and Pizza Party

2019 Jetta Launch Party Invite

Join us as we welcome the Newly-Redesigned 2019 Volkswagen Jetta at Herman Cook VW! Based off the award-winning MQB platform, the 2019 Jetta has been redesigned for a tasteful, more premium look and feel. Fun to be in, Smart to own, and Designed to move forward. Stop by after work for a first look at the newest version of Volkswagen’s historically best-selling model, enjoy some pizza and light refreshments, meet with our product specialists, and take the new Jetta out for a Test Drive!

RSVP To This Event By Calling Us At (760) 753-6256 and let us know how many will be attending in your party. We’ll see you on May 9th!

YETI Prize Pack Winner!

We’d like to congratulate Kasey F. on being selected as the winner of our YETI Prize Pack contest at the Encinitas Half Marathon! The prize included 1 YETI Hopper Flip 8, 2 YETI Rambler 20oz Tumblers, and 1 YETI Rambler 10oz Lowball. This prize package is worth an estimated $280 VALUE! This was Kasey’s very first Half Marathon and we hope we helped to make it unforgettable. Enjoy your YETI gear Kasey!


Encinitas Half Marathon 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.

Image Source: Encinitas Half Marathon

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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