So as someone that puts on numerous Volkswagen shows a year, what are you driving? Is a VW your daily driver?
Oh yeah, that’s pretty much all I have. LOL. I have a customized orange 2002 VW Golf with a plaid roof. I also have a 2015 VW Golf R, that’s a performance car, and we have a ’74 VW Thing and a ’65 VW Bus…I could go on and on.
Wow! Well you have a number of VW’s now, what was your first Volkswagen?
A ’70 Karmann Ghia.
Not to date yourself, but when did you purchase that?
Nineeeeeety three…four. Nintey four.
1994? Do you still have it?
No, it was involved in an accident. Unfortunately it was totaled.
When you’re not organizing VW Shows and Swap Meets, what do you do, Kathy?
I work at a Volkswagen dealership in Valdosta, Georgia, and I hold our VW show in Raleigh, North Carolina. I’ve been organizing VW shows since 1997, and hold at least 6 shows a year. We used to have a car show at Jacksonville Beach in the late 90's to early 2000's. I've also started a drag racing points show combined with the car show and swap meet, but we haven’t held one of those in Florida yet.
With Volksfest being held this weekend, it may be a little late to enter. But if someone’s interested in participating in an event later this year or next year, when and how is the best way to reach out to you?
I have about 80 cars preregistered, but they’re more than welcome if they want to participate to come inside. I always take day-of-show entries as long as I have room, that’s not a problem.
Is the best way for someone to contact you to participate through the website or Facebook?
Either one really. We can be reached through the website or Facebook Messenger.
[ Facebook.com/SouthEastEuroMotorsports or www.SouthEastEuroMotorsports.com ]
Is there anything in particular first-time attendees should know about attending the event or anything they must see when they’re here?
Everything’s pretty much contained inside, but there will be some Volkswagens outside as well, usually under the shade trees. LOL. People will see a lot of vehicles they’ve likely never seen before.
Kathy, thanks again. I appreciate you taking time out of your day to speak with me.
Not a problem! Thank you.
*This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.