About the NEQ Club

The Northeast Chapter of the Audi Club of North America is a non-profit organization founded to promote driver education, safety, and camaraderie. Members enjoy the Audi experience through exposure to the Motorsport fraternity and other educational and social events.

Who we are

The NEQ is one of several geographically organized chapters of the Audi Club of North America. ACNA members residing in Connecticut, New York, and Vermont are automatically NEQ members. However, all members of the ACNA are encouraged to participate at NEQ events.

What we do

The NEQ develops organizes and hosts club events at numerous venues in the Northeast, including winter driving schools, social events, and high performance driver education. Popular event venues include Lime Rock Park,, New Jersey Motorsports Park, Watkins Glen International, the Circuit du Mont Tremblant and frozen lakes for Winter Driving events. Driver education events include a fully developed educational curriculum and individual instruction. NEQ events are structured to accommodate all types of participants, from novice to experienced drivers. Our events teach safe driving techniques and both low and high speed vehicle handling. The NEQ club also hosts social events, usually at the driving events or in conjunction with the annual meeting.

Membership benefits

Membership in ACNA entitles you to participate in all Audi Club events in North America, regardless of sponsoring chapter. Members also receive an automatic subscription to the club magazine, The Quattro Quarterly, as well as access to discounts on Audi parts, service, and cars.

NEQ members are encouraged to participate in NEQ leadership elections.

Join us!

If you are interested in joining us, you can find further information here.

Original NEQ History

This letter was part of the very original written NEQ history that we have so far. Many thanks to Wendy Bellavance and Clare Earley for preserving and rediscovering this part of our past.


NEQ Bylaws

Should you be so inclined, you can read our bylaws and learn even more about our special club. Click here for the club bylaws

Audi's History & Logo Marque

AUDI AG is a German company which produces cars under the Audi brand. It is part of the Volkswagen Group. The name Audi is based on a Latin translation of the surname of the founder August Horch, itself the German word for “listen!" Audi is headquartered in Ingolstadt, Germany.

On July 16, 1909 automotive pioneer August Horch founded August Horch Automobilwerke GmbH in Germany. A short time later he renamed the company after the Latin translation of his last name – making it Audi Automobilwerke.

In 1932, Audi merged with Horch, DKW and Wanderer, to form Auto Union AG. The four rings of the Audi badge symbolize the brands Audi, DKW, Horch and Wanderer. Before World War II, Auto Union AG used the four interlinked rings, only on Auto Union racing cars in that period. Member companies used their own names and emblems.

Auto Union GmbH was established in Ingolstadt on September 3rd, 1949 following a series of changes as WWII came to an end.

Daimler-Benz AG acquired the majority of and finally the remaining shares in Auto Union GmbH on April 24th, 1958. From this date until the end of 1965, Auto Union was a fully owned subsidiary of the Stuttgart-based Daimler Group.

Volkswagenwerk AG acquired the majority of shares in Auto Union GmbH in December 1964, with Audi becoming a fully owned VW subsidiary from the end of 1966.

In March 1969, NSU Motorenwerke AG, which had just been taken over by VW, and the Ingolstadt-based Auto Union GmbH merged to form Audi NSU Auto Union AG.

In March 1980, a four-wheel-drive sports coupé was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show. The Audi Quattro was the first high-performance vehicle with four-wheel drive. This drive concept had previously only been used on trucks and off-road vehicles. The permanent four-wheel-drive system in the Audi Quattro enjoyed worldwide success in motor sport and gradually found its way into the entire Audi model range.

In January 1985, Audi NSU Auto Union AG was renamed AUDI AG. At the same time the company moved its head office from to Ingolstadt. From this time forward automobiles and the company had the same name.

Audi Logo History

This is a public domain image of the history of the Audi logos.

If you look carefully at the font and the rings of the Audi image in the collection below, you will see it differs from that in use today.

This is the latest version of the Audi logo. This was introduced in the fall of 2009 on the 100th anniversary of Audi.

Events

Winter Driving School

Every winter, NEQ hosts winter driving schools on frozen lakes in Upstate NY. Dates and signup are available in January each year.