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Volvos On The Indian Trail 2014

SoCal VSA member Munyungo Jackson recently drove to Arizona to meet the vintage Volvo caravan Team 83 from The Netherlands. Read his story below!

Text and Photos by Munyungo Jackson

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Hello Volvo-Tribesmen…!!

When Jay Norton, President of the Cactus Chapter Volvo Club of America, told me about the possibility of joining him and John Manning, Vice President of the same chapter, in meeting some European Volvo drivers, driving about 20 Old Volvos from Panama to Alaska, my 1st thought was, “You gotta be kidding!”

To me that sounds pretty major! After checking with a few more Volvo people, I realized not many of them knew about this. No one is talking about it, and there’s no press other than a small bit I found in eRolling #45…!!

Also, as a Southern Cal Volvo driver, my experience in driving to Arizona this time of year, or between May and Oct, is also Crazy…and HOT…!!

And that’s why Jay suggested that I drive something with air conditioning, like maybe my 98 C70, because he said he was driving his air conditioned 1800E.

But then, with further investigation by checking the European Volvo drivers online through team83.nl, and seeing what they’re doing, I said, “If they can drive Old Volvos, with No Air Conditioning, from PANAMA to ALASKA, at this time of year, then I can drive my ‘no-air-conditioned’ 62′ 1800 Jensen from L.A. to Tucson…!”

And of course, I also have my WD80* available that I could try.

(*Windows Down at 80mph) ☺

So, I got started on July 30, 2014 around 7am. And of course, after over 9hrs of driving (which usually takes me a little over 6hrs), and after about 8 water stops and refill-my-ice-bag stops, and a few cool-down-the-sweating-back-of-my-shirt stops, I reached the Best Western Inn swimming pool in Tucson after 5pm…at 105 degrees…!!

The next morning Jay and John met me around 9am, and we went down to the border at Nogales to welcome them. We were keeping track on team83.nl where they were.

Jay and I at the US side of the border in downtown Nogales waiting.

Jay and I at the US side of the border in downtown Nogales waiting.

After waiting 3 hours, it came up on team83.nl that they were at the border, but we didn’t see them.

Finally, an American guy who lives in Nogales, Mexico told us that we may be at the wrong entrance, that there is another entrance on hwy 19. So we sent John over to check, which he did. He then called us back and said “Yes… They’re here..!!”

We then drove over and found at least 25 old Volvos, different models..!!

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And there were about 35 more Volvos still on the other side of the border…!!

I also met some of the nice crazy Dutch guys!

I also met some of the nice crazy Dutch guys!

And we think we Americans know about driving Volvos…!!? I love the fact that Irv Gordon has driven over 3,000,000 miles, and is well known, well promoted and well advertised. But what has blown my mind are the Dutch guys!

They shipped 60 Volvos on a boat from The Netherlands to Panama. Then they flew there to drive them, 2 people per car, and some 3 per car, from Panama to Alaska, enjoying stops like the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas! And although there where 60 Volvos, they don’t all caravan together on their trips. They travel in small groups or teams 2 to 6 or more. And some travel alone. But they stay in touch with each other. Everybody has maps, so they choose amongst themselves where they would venture to, to enjoy themselves! As long as they all meet at certain points, like the hotel they are registered at.

These Dutch from The Netherlands have driven Volvos almost around the world…For Fun…!! And Nobody knows about them! These are the plaques that they put on their cars for journeys they have taken, and are taking now!

The Indian Trail 2014 Panama to Alaska.

The Indian Trail 2014 Panama to Alaska.

The South American Drive 2011-12 Buenos Aires Argentina to Columbia.

The South American Drive 2011-12 Buenos Aires Argentina to Columbia.

Southern Africa Drive July 2008 - Cape Town S.A. to Namibia, Zambia, Botswana, and back to Durbin S.A...!

Southern Africa Drive July 2008 – Cape Town S.A. to Namibia, Zambia, Botswana, and back to Durbin S.A…!

And Amsterdam, Netherlands to Beijing, China 2008..!! Which was with over 80 Volvos...!!!

And Amsterdam, Netherlands to Beijing, China 2008..!! Which was with over 80 Volvos…!!!

They’re even traveling with a truck that’s supplied with any Volvo part they may need, and mechanics who are there to install, repair, and take care of those Classics!

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This was taking place on the parking lot of the Best Western Inn in Tucson Az. Aug 1, 2014!

This was taking place on the parking lot of the Best Western Inn in Tucson Az. Aug 1, 2014!

These are some of the Happy Dutch Volvo drivers along with Jay, John and myself.

These are some of the Happy Dutch Volvo drivers along with Jay, John and myself.

Here are some of the vintage and special Volvos that were on this journey:

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Here’s Frits Antonius and Jan Henk Hermans.

Here’s Frits Antonius and Jan Henk Hermans.

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This is a message I left on the hood of his 79 240 wagon.

This is a message I left on the hood of his 79 240 wagon.

Here we are at a stop on our way to Flagstaff.

Here we are at a stop on our way to Flagstaff.

These are 2 of the great techs, Jacob Schaap and Richard Schravemade along with me. They keep the Volvos running!!

These are 2 of the great techs, Jacob Schaap and Richard Schravemade along with me. They keep the Volvos running!!

Here we are departing from a few of our Dutch friends, to continue their journey from Flagstaff, Arizona to visit The Grand Canyon, then on to Route 66, then home for me!

Here we are departing from a few of our Dutch friends, to continue their journey from Flagstaff, Arizona to visit The Grand Canyon, then on to Route 66, then home for me!

The second to last stop is The Grand Canyon. “Pics will never truly explain what the eyes can see!!”

The second to last stop is The Grand Canyon. “Pics will never truly explain what the eyes can see!!”

This was a stop on Route 66.

This was a stop on Route 66.

And the last stop was a smiley veggie burger at Delgadillos’s Snow Cap on Route 66.

And the last stop was a smiley veggie burger at Delgadillos’s Snow Cap on Route 66.

I really enjoyed this trip, and would like to thank Mr. Jay Norton, President of the Cactus Chapter of Volvo Club of America, for letting me know about the European Volvo Lovers, and inviting me to join him and John Manning in welcoming them into the USA! It was a lot of fun to drive with Team 83 from Nogales to Tucson to Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon… and then back to LA via Route 66. Even though the Dutch may look at it as something normal that they’ve done many times… I took it as a Great Adventure, and that more Volvo Lovers in the USA and around the world should take notice, Love, and Respect!

Munyungo Jackson

Member of SoCal VSA and VCOA

’62 P1800, ’72 1800ES, ’98 C70, ’03 XC90

 

 

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Volvo Invites You to the LA Auto Show! – Saturday November 19th

Our friends at Volvo Cars North America have invited all VSA members to the Volvo stand at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show on Saturday November 19th from 9AM to 10PM!

Click here to view the invitation. There will be a special Volvo owners lounge, so bring your Volvo key with you to gain access and enjoy coffee and Swedish treats with fellow Volvo owners. Parking and auto show admission are separate. While you check out the Concept You and other 2012 Volvos like the S60 R-Design, you can also admire VSA member Vickie and Tom Lamb’s P1800 on display at the show!

The LA Auto Show runs from November 18-27th, click here for admission information.

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A Volvo Weekend To Remember

The Volvo Sports America West Coast National Meet this October 14-16th in Malibu was a record breaking success!

Friday saw over a hundred Volvo enthusiasts gather at the Hotel Angeleno to mingle at the reception hosted by Mike Dudek of iRoll Motors. Visitors from British Columbia, Georgia, Texas and all over the western United States made the journey in their vintage Volvos, from 122s to Duetts to 1800 coupes and ESs. By evening the parking lot behind the iconic hotel was full of Swedish steel, visible to anyone driving by on the 405 freeway.

Owners socialized and enjoyed hosted appetizers poolside before turning in for a rest or prepping their cars for the morning’s big show. As the sun rose on Saturday, Volvos were already streaming in to the parking lot of Gladstone’s Malibu. Premiere Presenting Sponsor Volvo Cars North America brought their entire 2012 model lineup, and attendees took turns test driving the new power-boosted S60 R-Design along the Pacific Coast Highway.

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Tech sessions were well attended such as Tim Otters and his custom 400+ hp 242, Bruce Ackerman and his winning 1800 race car, Mike Dudek on vintage Volvo steering boxes, and Lii Montgomery on SU carburetor tuning. Lii’s son Scott gave “hands on” SU tuning demos with several 1800s outside, as the sun burned brightly over the meet and the Pacific Ocean. Raffle prizes donated by two dozen Volvo supporters including Volvo Cars North America, IPD USA, iRoll Motors, Swedish Speed, Heatblok, Dan Fredman PR, and Volvo Club of British Columbia, were distributed to lucky winners throughout the day. But the real draw was the car show! Over 125 Volvos in total with over 75 1800s including 22 ESs, 9 Jensen-built coupes, and 2 P1900s made this a VSA West Coast National Meet for the record books.

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Thirty judges worked in teams to judge over 80 Volvos entered in the concours. Prizes were distributed by Art Banks and Karl Grimm, Concours Co-Captains, at the celebratory banquet dinner held Saturday evening inside the Gladstones Malibu Sunset Room. Best in Show winners included Mike Parmley and his ’64 544 for Stock Early Production, Tom and Barbara Dougherty and their ’99 C70 for Stock Late Production, while Ken Parkhurst took Best In Show Modified and the “Golden Cam Shaft” award with his incredible custom ’73 ES. The “Road Warrior” trophy went to Richard Kelley’s ’62 P1800 (with peeling paint and all), while Chris Buscher took highest mileage for over 700K on his 210 Duett. Guests dined while listening to VCNA Sales & Marketing Manager Greg Hembrough talk about his lifelong love affair with Volvos- a sentiment understood by everyone in the room. Thanks were given to all the event’s sponsors, volunteers and organizers, with special thanks to Art Banks and Bill Webb for organizing the Concours, Ernie Shack of Arizona VSA for originally envisioning the event, and SoCal VSA Chapter Coordinator Dylan Osborn for his leadership in making it possible. To end the evening on a sweet note, Kent Swahn of Swahn Motors brought out an impressive cake that showcased a red Volvo P1800 in three dimensions.

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Sunday saw three dozen Volvos caravan from the Hotel Angeleno up to Thousand Oaks, via a stunning canyon drive from the 101 to PCH on Encinal Canyon Road with ocean views. The drive was orchestrated by SoCal VSA member Doug Gagliardi, and everyone agreed it was a beautiful and enjoyable cruise. The destination was Mike Malamut’s Vintage Auto Museum, a hidden jewel for lovers of antique cars and relics of bygone eras- from the giant Bob’s Big Boy statue to the tiny BMW Isetta 300s. Lunch and a group photo capped off the weekend before engines fired up again and the crowd headed for home, with great memories to keep them company along the way.

Text by Lelah Baker-Rabe, Photos by Tom Lamb.

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Last Chance to Register for the 1800 50th Anniversary Celebration! – October 14-16th 2011

Due to the large number of Volvos already registered for the meet this October 14-16th (including seventy 1800s!), we cannot accept concours registrations after Friday October 7th. Furthermore, if you register your Volvo after that date we cannot guarantee you a spot in the parking lot of Saturday’s show at Gladstone’s Malibu. If you want to have your car judged, or if you’ve been planning to show up on the day of the event without pre-registration, now is the time to act. This is going to be a historic gathering of vintage Volvos presented by Volvo Cars North America and we don’t want to turn any enthusiasts away.

Your registration choices are:

• Celebration Package – $120 for 1 person and car – Your Volvo in the concours, get a goodie bag, experience the entire weekend including all hosted meals

• Saturday Budget Pass – $60 for 1 person and car – Display your Volvo, get a goodie bag, experience Saturday only

If you’ve already registered for the Celebration Package or Saturday Budget Pass, congratulations! Your registration and goodie bag will be ready for you at the meet, where a once-in-a-lifetime Volvo celebration awaits!

Click here to view the full schedule.

Click here to view a map of our locations.

Click here to download the registration form and mail it in today to guarantee your spot in Malibu!

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