|Welcome to the Der Rennmeister Association (DRA) web site.|
|This site was created to reflect the history and passion of DRA members' cars,|
|both past and present.|
|We're still constructing it and more updates are coming,|
please visit this site often
|We hope you enjoy your visit! ….the Legendary DRA.|
|Most VW car
clubs in the seventies were social clubs where the only qualification to
belong was to be interested in VWs. There were a couple of exceptions
with probably the most famous being Der
Kleiner Panzers or DKP. DKP was the first VW car club that focused on
performance and where potential members had to meet the high standards
of the club and be voted in.
The other such
club was “Der Rennimeister Association” (a tongue in cheek and poor
translation of The Racing Masters Association), and is more commonly
referred to as DRA or more recently, “The Legendary DRA VW Club”.
DRA was formed
around 1971 by Ed Craig, Stu Smith and Mike Rogers to meet the needs of
the true VW enthusiasts of North Orange County, Calif.
Only the finest cars were granted membership, making the club
very exclusive. Within the first year, the club grew to about 25 members
and probably stayed in the range of 25 to 35 during DRA's existence.
The car club
actually didn't have a real name for the first 6 months, so went by the
name "Original Cambusters" at any VW events we attended.
This name was never intended are anything but a temporary name.
About 6 months into it, we officially became DRA.
designed the club decal and most everyone thought it looked like a beer
can label, but it was the best he could do. The colors were
to be Brown with Mustard lettering however the printer screwed up and
the color became Brown and Gold, so the club stuck with it. Ed
thought both DRF (another popular club) and DKP were a good club
standard to follow at the time, so used those colors in honor, (probably
more of a mimic of DRF) The club jackets mimicked more of the DKP
look. The original goal when forming DRA was to keep the focus on
the cars so Ed wanted the decal to be understated.
of DRA’s original members are still active VW enthusiasts today; Ed
Craig, Marc Buehler, and Frenchy Dehoux, among others, can be found on
several VW oriented internet forums and still attending VW events.
“In the pictures
you see the now famous picture of Marc‘s and my own split windows at a
One of my best
memories of DRA was showing at a custom car and hot rod shown at the
Anaheim convention center. We had about six cars at the show and
were the only VW club in attendance. All other cars were domestic
hot rods and street cars. Our display was a row or two away from
the LA Roadster display. It really felt like we
"arrived" with some of the other real classic car clubs in So
|Click above picture to see member's cars||Click above picture to see other DRA memorabilia|