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VW Derf August 4th, 2009 17:07

BUG*PWR Award Nominations
Each year at TDIFest the BUG*PWR award is given to an individual who has done a lot of work for various people in the club and was always willing to help others, often without payment. It is in memory of a member named BUG*PWR who did a lot of work for others and was always jumping in to assist others.

I am looking for someone who has given a lot to the TDIClub community, goes out of their way to help others, and is not in it for any profit. If you would like to nominate someone, please post (or email me) a little bit about the person and what they have done for the club by August 12th, 2009. I will take the suggestions and make the announcement of this years winner at TDIFest 2009.

Past winners:
2000 Wilmington, NC: Velvetfoot
2001 Park City, Ut: Drivebiwire
2002 Grand Rapids, Mi: Gofaster
2003 Toronto, Tongsli
2004 Boston, Ma: Gwilli
2005 Ft Atkinson, WI: PeterV
2006 Philadelphia, PA: Tomo366
2007 Montreal, Canada: Lug_Nut
2008 Mason, OH: Hamsterdiesel
2009: Washington, DC: TBD

Please send nominations directly to

JASONP August 4th, 2009 17:27

1 vote for Wingnut

Always willing to help out any memeber,will often drive to a member's location to help.
Knowledgeable local guru who rarely accepts payment for services rendered, unless $ was put out for parts .
I personally haven't met Nigel yet but the thanks and gratittude I see given to Nigel makes me do things for other member in my area, just not on the same scale or volume.

Keep it up Wingnut

owr084 August 4th, 2009 17:31

OilHammer and MOGolf for their tireless efforts to identify and find a fix to the balance shaft problems of the 04/05 Passat TDIs

leicaman August 4th, 2009 21:14

I too will nominate Oilhammer and MOGolf for their helping B5.5 TDI owners get more out of their cars. A more friendly, professional, passionate pair of TDI'rs I have yet to find. I had Oilhammer fix my Passat this summer and he is one heck of a technician. I also admire MOGolf's complete command of the parts system on the B5.5.

WYTDI August 4th, 2009 21:15

Oilhammer and MoGolf x2.

tomo366 August 4th, 2009 21:27

The reason they can not win (oil hammer and Mo Golf)is because they work on these cars for Money..........

VeeDubTDI August 4th, 2009 22:46

Even though they work on them for money, both of them (especially MOGolf) have donated a lot of their time to club members who were in a pinch.

owr084 August 5th, 2009 05:55


Originally Posted by tomo366
The reason they can not win (oil hammer and Mo Golf)is because they work on these cars for Money..........

True, they do. But, the advice alone they give FREELY to everyone here, in my book is still more than enough to qualify them for the award. And they have not gotten a penny for the the pdf of the remove/replace procedure for the balance shaft module. That pdf has been used by mechanics all over North America. Even VW mechs use it!

This is one case where "free" advice is worth a lot more!

mrchill August 5th, 2009 06:35

Ah....but it has always been for those who DO NOT receive money. Otherwise lots of people would have been eligible. I agree for several reasons that there should be some sort of award for the folks that receive money, but it probably shouldnt be the BUG*PWR award.

jasonTDI August 5th, 2009 07:11

^^^what chill said.

leicaman August 5th, 2009 07:33

Somehow they should be recognised for their efforts, even if merely a certificate of appreciation, althought they both deserve more than that.

tomo366 August 5th, 2009 08:41

This is a highly debated matter every year......I agree on both of these guys! but the line has to be drawn somewhere.......:(

owr084 August 5th, 2009 09:05

So, maybe it's time for a "pro" category?

VW Derf August 5th, 2009 18:28

There is no doubt some of the 'non amateurs' have done a lot of great work as well, and for that we are all thankful to these people. I know I am!
However, this specific award is for the 'amateurs' out there. I put that in quotes as I see these guys like amateur radio operators. The skills and knowledge is not amateur, it is just that they just don't accept money for their services.
Keep those emails coming everyone and if you want to send me both an amateur and non-amateur suggestions that works too.

PeterV August 5th, 2009 18:46

Here we go again.

Fred perhaps the steering commitee might review some future plans in this arena.

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