• Club GTI

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    If you were into the GTI scene back in the '80s & '90s but life's journey took you away from the endless fiddling, meddling ...

    The start of Club GTI can be traced back to GTI Treffen in 1987. At the time this show was the largest gathering of GTI Enthusiasts in Europe. At the show some UK based enthusiasts met up and talked about doing the same in the UK.

    In the beginning...

    In all, ten members put in £100 each and formed Club GTI with the proviso that if the club succeeded then the monies would be paid back. Within a year the funds within the club enabled each of the ten to get back their £100. The first member joined Club GTI on the 14th August 1987 and by the 5th September 1987 Club GTI had 25 members. By June 1988 it was reported the Club GTI had over 200 members.
    The first committee members were as follows; Graeme Platt, David Pipes, Carrie Gillies, David Warren, Stuart Wood, Graham Whittaker, Chris Williams, Eddie Fisher, Keith Parrish and Mike Butler.

    Rabbit was born...

    The first Rabbit issued to club members was four pages of typed text edited by David Pipes. Rabbit 14 was the first magazine style issue, this used a black and white picture on the front cover. Rabbit 19 saw the first use of colour with a tri colour Club badge on the front cover. Rabbit 22 saw the first full colour pages (well, all two pages to be exact!). September 1992 saw Rabbit awarded the Car and Car Conversion Club Car Magazine of the year.

    Rabbit, the first colour covered edition.

    The first full colour cover front cover was seen in Rabbit 28 showing a Golf Rallye in mid air. Rabbit 32 was the first full colour issue. Moving with the times, Rabbit 80 was produced in pfd format only. Since then, the speed and functionality of the Club GTI forum has overlapped Rabbit to such an extent that Rabbit's future has been paused.

    Club GTI attended the first event VW Action in September 1987. The write up at the time described this as largely ‘aircooled’ but there was plenty to interest the GTI owners. The first circuit driving days were held in 1988 and these were basically a group booking at a circuit for club members. The first Club GTI Track day was held at Curborough on 28th April 1990. This Track has a long association with Club GTI and today we continue to hold regular track days at the venue.

    Early 1988 saw the formation of regional meetings. The first locations were Bath, Birmingham, Haverhill, Nottingham, Staines and Oxford. Today regular regional meets are held each month. These cover England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland. A full listing of our regions is available in the forum, and if yours isn't listed, the chances are there's a meet in the area arranged independently, but nevertheless welcoming all GTI nutters!

    Millenium Bug!

    As we approached the Millennium, Club GTI switched onto the internet and our online presence was born. The Yahoo Groups were designed to offer basic communication in a typed format. As software evolved we soon had an online chat forum for both non-members, into which information was added with nothing like the sophistication of today.

    Year 2000

    It was seen as the perfect partner to Rabbit magazine, enabling like-minded enthusiasts to communicate faster than ever before, and build a community in its own right. But the information was entirely disposable. Two forums came and went....


    Webwiz forums? Bet you never thought you'd see those again!


    ... and when these forums were switched off, we started afresh with zero content. That is until October 2003. Since then, we have built a vast wealth of information for 24/7 reference.


    Today Club GTI is still dedicated to the Golf GTI, the Original Hot hatch. But this is not purely an “owners club”; it is an enthusiasts club and welcomes anyone that has an interest in the GTI, or an interest in the ever increasing world of performance Volkswagen Audi Group cars. So in a world of shared platform and drivetrain vehicles, if your tendencies lie towards an Audi, SEAT, Volkswagen or Skoda, you'll find Club GTI entirely relevant!

    We pulled the stops out for this one, and nearly two years later, we're still chuffed to bits with it. A huge credit to Adrian for his awesome video production skills. Enjoy!

    Every year, Club GTI holds Events and Track Days for enthusiasts to get together and enjoy the cars!

    Club GTI Show Reports

    Show reports and pictures appear this section of the Club GTI forum.

    What makes up Club GTI?

    Club GTI is a well established Golf GTI Club that has members all over the country, and the World! We've been on the scene now for many years... since 1987!

    A lot has changed since, and Club GTI has membership from enthusiasts of Golf GTIs and all related VAG models from the VW Audi Seat and Skoda vehicles, whether in standard or modified form.

    Members Discounts

    Members qualify for exclusive discounts with parts suppliers, specialist insurers (with agreed value schemes) and many other perks. Club GTI has exclusive special offers on parts and accessories from leading GTI specialists and VW dealers across the country.

    Track Days & Show Days

    The Club organises regular track days throughout the year exclusively for Club members and we are represented at many of the major GTI and VW shows by our members and their cars, some of which are regarded as the best prepared GTI's in Europe - restored, tuned and customised - regularly winning sprint and concours competitions.

    Regional Meets

    Club GTI has many regional monthly meetings throughout the UK, offering local members a chance to meet, talk GTI and organise events. More information on these events here.

    You can join or renew online here.

    We aim to offer members communication, value for money, a insight into your regional meetings, exclusive discounts + deals and a sense of being a part of something special!

    Club GTI is dedicated to bringing its members real discount in order that your membership pays for itself. We have a number of discount schemes in place with national retailers to ensure that you, the members, get the best out of your Club GTI membership!

    Start saving with Club GTI

    We arrange some of the nation's biggest and best retailers and suppliers of VAG related parts and styling, including GSF Car Parts. We also arrange group buys and some of our members are sufficiently innovative that they even produce their own products!

    • Your Club GTI Membership card and your coveted and universally recognnised Club GTI windscreen sticker (normally £3.50).
    • Discounted Club GTI stickers exclusive Club GTI merchandise.
    • Access to forum advice from dealer technicians and parts staff.
    • Discounts on parts and servicing with many VAG related suppliers and companies, including:
    GSF Car Parts - 10% discount over the counter, over 10% via mail order
    Euro Car Parts (Leeds branch only) 5 to 10% discount (Contact Stuart on 0113 394 5000).
    AA Membership 25% discount first year, 10% thereafter.
    RAC Membership discount.
    Used Car Checks - £5 discount on 140 Point Check service (08700 46 86 02).
    Footman James Insurance discount.
    Flowed cylinder heads - access to trade supplier discount.
    Frost Autorestoration Techniques - 12% Discount Scheme for Club GTI members
    Auto Silicone Hoses (ASH) - discount
    Dealer discounts - where available.
    Monthly regional meets local to you.
    • Member only competitions and preferential access to group buys
    • Preferential access to group buys and products
    • Discounted entry & track time at the Club's Trackday Tour events

    These are exclusive offers for Club GTI Paid Members only.

    If you wish to make use of the offers, please have your membership details ready before contacting any of the the suppliers.

    Your forum membership benefits:

    • Paid Members forum section access
    • Seller rights within the Entrepreneurs section
    • Increased private message capacity
    • Avatar feature and other forum feature privileges
    • Signature classifieds advertising
    • Access to back issues of Rabbit magazine
    • Ability to upload and attach pictures directly to the forum instead of third party hosting

    And that's all on top of the wealth of information in the Club GTI forum, and the worldwide contributors it attracts.

    Membership feedback:

    • "The forum's saved me more money than I could add up on VW related stuff, repairs, etc."
    • "Give me a Paypal donation button to click and I'll click it every week, and not just for a couple of quid. It'd be worth it to me."
    • "The most advanced wealth of info from the best people in the UK."

    Sign up online:

    It's easy, quick and secure. Once you've signed up, your application will be processed by us and we'll send you a membership pack.

    » So what are you waiting for... sign up now! «

    Nineteen eighty seven was a big year for UK GTI enthusiasts. As the GTI phenomenon gathered pace, Mk1 and Mk2 Golf GTIs were aplenty, and the serial modifying had long begun. UK car enthusiasts' exposure to the biggest revolution in affordable performance was unsatiable as it was relentless.

    Club GTI was formed and was soon the single biggest UK GTI club, taking hordes of new memberships at their annual pilgrimage, to the only show they call 'Inters'. Offering GTI enthusiasts support throughout ownership with advice, meets, events and most importantly discounts, the melting pot we've created has pushed up the information resource bar to levels that repeatedly grab new members !

    So it is with some pride that in 2012, Club GTI celebrates 25 years, serving its members in a vastly different scene to the formative one back in 1987, but one that continues enriched and by speed of communication and information. Club GTI brings you one of the biggest resources available in the UK and beyond.

    Global Audience

    We're now reaching out further than we'd ever hoped, with regular readership from as far as America, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, and Europe is reading in keenly too. Just in the past few weeks, we've welcomed members from Bulgaria and the Ukraine. How did we do this? By simply becoming 'the' place to go for top notch information.

    We'd like to say a big thank you to all our members Check out our Forum, see our Members cars, root out some of the best VAG builds, immerse yourself in the Technical sections to give yourself a flavour. Lastly but by no means least, check out our supporters: our Traders, our Evolving Businesses, and our Entrepreneurs who all enable Club GTI to be here

    Our pledge? To continue to bring you the finest, no-nonsense information and expertise. Spread the word.

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