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If you've been around from the beginning you would've seen the changes over the last 17+ years. But for those who have only been around the last couple of years here is some brief history of the site and the logo which have come and gone.
The Club was formed by the amalgamation of the Polo GT/Coupe S Owners Club and the Polo Coupe Owners Club back in 2000.
The original Club Polo "forum", based on Yahoo e-groups. Technically the Polo-l group came first, but this was the first one to get a sizeable volume of traffic. And surprisingly the full archive is still there!
The story is, this was a group for Polo GT owners originally. Keith Lee (who started the Polo GT OC) signed up and linked it to his website (polo-gt.co.uk), then the Polo GT OC joined the Polo Coupe Owners Club (started my Nick Goodyear) and this e-group became a meeting place for both of them.
Back in the day (2000-2002) it used to be a wicked place to get information. Then Porka.net started up and effectively made it obselete. Forum software was better than the primitive Yahoo e-groups so it didn't take long for everyone to move across. But there's still some interesting archive material on there if anyone fancies a flick through. A few old pictures too. Quite nice to know it's still about!
Porka.net was full of guys with new Polos (mostly mk4s at the time) until the pre-94 owners came across from the e-group. The members started using both sites so they joined to form Club Polo in early 2002. Originally the Club Polo site (a modified version of the Polo GT OC site) linked through to a CP branded Porka.net, then the two sites merged completely.
Check the Wayback Machine website if you're interested - there are some early versions of polo-gt.co.uk archived on that site, but they don't work very well.
1999? - Porka.net
Early 2000's - Porka.net
2003 Onwards - www.polo-gt.co.uk
2006 Onwards - www.clubpolo.co.uk
2007 Onwards - www.clubpolo.co.uk (This is how I remember the logo when I joined)
Middle of 2013 www.clubpolo.co.uk
2016 - 2017 - www.clubpolo.co.uk
Which brings us to the year 2017!
Our new logo for 2017 - Present
I'm going to slowly start rebranding all the social media accounts and forums to reflect the new logo, we hope you love the new design. Our plan is to sell all our old stock and start a merchandise store with loads of clothing, accessories, etc.
We felt the previous logo was a little dated to say the least and with a new generation coming to our community we want them to look at our logo and be drawn to it, something that looks cool on t-shirts and hoodies!
I hope you've enjoyed this little history lesson and a trip down memory lane.
- Have fun in the forums!
I'm trying to organise a little meet up for the Scottish guys.
Setting a provisional date just now of the 9th April.
But we just need to decide what to do.
Crail is on that weekend and Dundee area is usually quite central for most of us, but it is a Ford weekend for them so probably won't be much to look at for us.
We could always just meet up in Dundee and go for a drive, grab some lunch, find some nice parking spots or whatever?
Also just to make a point to any new comers, Club Polo members in Scotland are few and far between so if you want to attend you'll need to travel. Dundee is 100miles away for me alone. We would love to have more regional meets but the numbers don't make that possible so we have to group the whole of Scotland together as one.
See post for details
The Polo Social - Friday 30th June to Sunday 02nd July (Formerly The Polo Show)
The Polo Social, What is it?
The Polo Social is a social event held on 30th June - 2nd July that is put on by Club Polo which is open to all VW Polo owners from any Club. So if you are part of a local club bring everyone down and grab a spot in the field.
What to Expect?
A relaxed event where you can catch up with other members, see their cars and meet new people from the club. Expect a big club meet which lasts the weekend with some beers and BBQs!
Whats going on?
Details are yet to be finalised but plans are for the club BBQ to return on the Saturday night, Show and Shine on the Sunday. We are looking to have some things going Saturday day and hopefully a car related film on the Saturday night.
Where is it?
Kelham Hall & Country Park, Main Road, Kelham, Newark, NG23 5QX, UK http://kelham-hall.com/
This is the first time we've held an event here and we hope the venue will really suit the clubs event.
What do you need?
If you are camping then you need the general camping gear of tent, sleeping bag, etc. If you want to clean your car up for the show and shine on the Sunday there will be a cold water supply so bring your bucket and cleaning gear.
How much does it cost and how to book?
Pre-Booked £20/Night Non Electric (pre-booked)
£5 Day visitors (pre-booked)
The bookings can now be made via our shop http://www.clubpolo.co.uk/store/category/4-the-polo-social-tickets-2017/
Prices are for 4 persons/tent & Day visitor prices are per car
Club Members will receive a discount of £5 on these prices automatically when you book for 2 nights
The Pre-booking will close 10 days before the event ( 20th June 2017) so we can ensure your camping passes are posted to you
A pitch is for a tent for up to 4 people, if you have extra cars we will charge you extra.
To book http://www.clubpolo.co.uk/store/category/4-the-polo-social-tickets-2017/
Also this is the first time we are doing the bookings and passes ourselves, so if you have any issues please contact clubpolo though the contact us form.
We will be sending out the passes in big batches until we get closer to the time. But if it gets to a couple weeks before the Social and you haven't got your pass then please do contact us we'll get it sorted asap.
Stanford Hall have just confirmed that we have a club stand at this years show at Stanford Hall in Leicestershire on Sunday 30th April 2017.
A pretty laid back and relaxed feeling show, there's always lots to look round and plenty of impressive VW metal from throughout the ages on display (late 40's/early 50's up to present day)
The stand is only ten spaces and I will post your pass out to you the week before, so please only put your name down if you can 100% attend!
Entrance is £10 per person
Has anyone had a issue with the rear seats getting wet? Seam to be coming from the boot possible the rear lights can anyone shed some light as it's starting to smell!