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About Volkswagens on the Green

First TrophyThe Volkswagen Enthusiast of Colorado car club started in the Denver metro area in 1987.  From the very beginning VWEC has been an active club very supportive of its members and their passion for the VW brand.  VW’s modern and classic have been part of the club scene from the start but classic air cooled VW’s have been the primary focus all these years. 
To the left we see the first ever ‘Best in Show’ trophy from the first VWOTG in 1995

THE EARLY YEARS, 1995 to 2003:

In 1995 with the help of sponsors, the club put on the first Volkswagens on the Green (aka VWOTG, aka ‘Green Show’).  The Green Show started as an all VW brand show on the grass at Arapaho Community College.  From the beginning, unpaid volunteers in the club and VW community at large have put the show on in association with many area sponsors who dug deep to support the show.  The early shows quickly grew to 400 bugs, busses, Type III’s, Things and modern VW’s. 
From its earliest years, show goers have remarked on the high energy and great vibe at the Green Show.  The show is always in May on the first Sunday after Mother’s day.  Many fans think of the Green Show as the start of summer and the VW event season.  Many people who remember those early shows at ACC are still active in the Colorado VW scene today.  We have interviewed several of those early show goers and asked them to reminisce.  We are told that fans from that era were excited and awe-struck to see so many VW’s of so many descriptions all in one place in the relaxed, scenic environment a grassy venue offers.  Word about the show spread rapidly allowing it to grow from year to year.  Besides all of that eye candy, the Green Show has been bringing people together for almost a quarter century.  Countless numbers of people have met other likeminded people at the show.  Lifelong friendships have formed at the Green Show.   Many people who have a VW now didn’t know they wanted one until they attended the Green Show!  The show has opened VW lovers’ eyes and inspired imaginations for almost a quarter century.  There are so many ways you can restore, improve and modify a Volkswagen modern or classic.  Many show winning cars started with an inspired spark kindled at a ‘Green Show’.


The show’s middle years were drought years in Colorado.  Regardless of the irony, the Green Show never dropped ‘Green’ from its name during this decade of VWOTG of parking lot shows.  Even on asphalt, the show featured as many as 500 vehicles.  Also in these ‘dry’ years the show maintained its reputation as a high-energy feel-good celebration of the Volkswagen brand.  In these middle years, the Green Show added sister brands Porsche and Audi but Volkswagens have always dominated Volkswagens on the Green. 

VWOTG 2014 to TODAY:

With the dry spell behind Colorado, the Green show returned to its roots (couldn’t resist that pun!) when Clement Park in Littleton CO allowed the club to rent two soccer fields for the show.  The 2018 show is confirmed for Clement Park on May 20th !!  At the show, Show Sponsor displays line up along the central grassy mall with cars parked east and west of this walkway on the grass.   Volkswagen people are an inclusive sort.  You don’t have to have a show car to park on the grass at the Green Show!!  We love our VW’s warts and all.  Show goers will be glad to hear that you can either: 1) Pay to show your car to compete for a trophy, or 2) You can pick ‘Preferred Parking’.  With PP, you be able to park on the grass with the show cars.  With PP, you are not competing for a trophy but you are ‘On the Green’ for less than half the price of a show car.  Vendors feature everything from tie-dyed shirts to off road parts.   The swap meet is large and well attended.  Get your caffeine fix at the mobile ‘coffee bug’ then grab some BBQ or street tacos for lunch.  Visit with friends over lunch in the picnic area.  The club has a canopy in the center of the show where you can get your questions answered and register your show car.  Many active club members joined at the club canopy at the Green Show.  A definite high point of the show is the mid-day trophy presentation.  Over 30 trophies are awarded every year to recognize your love for this awesome brand its sister German brands!!

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May 20th, 2018. A Volkswagen and Air-cooled Porsche Show in the Park!
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