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Oktobugfest – The Winter Meet


Presented by Auburn Volkswagen in partnership with Griots Garage & Hilton of Bellevue

Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 10 AM – 6 PM

Welcome to the Winter Meet – We’ve rented a small but cool venue in the heart of Bellevue at the Hilton Lower Level Event Center to showcase the very best air cooled vehicles the NorthWest has to offer. We’re hoping with your support to bring the best cars we can get for this new indoor venue. Its 100% enclosed and should be plenty warm for your enjoyment. All the cars will be pre-registered for the event. We’ll offer several swap spots for those of you looking for build parts for the winter.

Rooms at the Hilton will be proved at $109 per night prior to the event and we’ll have a mixer in the bar saturday night.



Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 10 AM – 6 PM

Address – 300 112th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98004
Lower Level Event Center

Those that have asked about rooms and our little party Sat night
2 Queens or King Rooms are $109 – book a room and I’ll buy you drink the night before the show.

Hilton Room Link –>

A night with Richard Griots




A night with Richard Griots

Words and photos by Mike Tolliver

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It all started with a phone call from Griots. The store manager asked “would you mind keeping the rabbit around for a extra week? Richard is hosting a charity dinner and would love to have the car there. “That’s how this night started, a night with Richard Griot.


Some background. I met Guy and the fellas at Griots maybe six or seven years back working with Dave Meister on the Waterwerks events. I formed a friendship with Guy and I think he knew I was headed somewhere. Today Griots is one of the largest partners we have at Happenstance events. Last year providing hundreds of samples for each of our events. That’s pallets guys , pallets. I’ve been the store hundreds of times, been in the office’s and once this year I was walked though the back, maybe less than 2 minutes. But not tonight, it was full access and with full access to Richard.

I was running late for the Toys4tots charity dinner tonight. I was asked to speak about my car and kind of came in 15mins later to the party. Everyone was seated in the Griots Café and there were about 40 people around 4top tables. Richard was speaking and cracking jokes about cars and old times. I’ve never met Richard before I had only hear stories of his collection and how private he is.

After dinner was served we broke into two groups. Richard took a group in the back and me and Robin ( 280z) owner took a group and talked about our builds and the trails and troubles. Bu the best part of the evening was after most of the guest left it was just a small group of us in the back shooting the shit with Richard. Jason Rushforth, the guys from JL racing Tim and Forest and me. An hour of passion and stories from Richard. He spoke of running the F1 on Monaco, stalling Ferraris at the dealer and plans for future builds he is doing. His passion for beautiful powerful vehicles is infectious. His collection reflects is passion, from Jollies to 280z and this week he bought a rabbit, stock and perfect from ebay because he liked mine so much. More to come on this going forward.


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100 Point judging is back

100 Point judging is back


Thank you for your Purchase for 100 Point Judge show. Personally I’ve wanted to get back to 100 point show for awhile now.  Brought to you by Happenstance Events.

Currently we have a small number registered for 100 Point show and I wanted to drop you a note to tell you were are at.

Classes as of right now ( may change) 
Square-back , early Bug , late Bug, MK2, MK3 ,MK5 MK6 and Water cooled other.

I’ve got a lot more trophies than cars and We may have some join on the day of.