Event Recap: Swedes To Solvang Road Trip

The Swedes to Solvang road trip this Columbus Day weekend 2010 proved to be an epic success! Over 25 Volvos and Saabs (and their enthusiastic owners) hit the road together on a beautiful warm weekend perfect for enjoying a SoCal drive. We met up at World Class Motoring in Agoura Hills, truly a world class destination for any car enthusiast, which had a tent, tables, coffee, and donuts ready for us as we perused the store and admired the Swedish cars in attendance- everything from modified Volvo S70 T5s and Saab 9-5s to the shiny P1800s of SoCal VSA and the largest gathering of Saab Sonett’s many had ever seen. Of course this was no surprise to Joseph Clift, Donald Goguen, legendary Saab mechanic Bud Clark, and the other SoCal Sonett owners who get together nearly every weekend to wring out their V4s in the canyons of SoCal. They were a welcome addition to our caravan as we set off for Santa Barbara.

Thanks to our hosts at World Class Motoring for providing the perfect launching point for our all-Swedish weekend road trip.

The first leg of the drive took us off the 101 (after enduring our fill of Saturday congestion) to the 150 and 192 down into Santa Barbara. Scenic two lane roads with minimal traffic, no stoplights, and plenty of curves- this got our road trip going! SCVSA member Sheldon Roth leads in his 242 Turbo.

Once our group all arrived at East Beach Grill, the only hurdle was the antiquated parking payment honor system. Sticking change into slots based on our spot number? Strange.

The Sonett Squadron on the ocean in Santa Barbara, where cool breezes lured them to stay for the day. We were all able to enjoy lunch together at the East Beach Grill before continuing over the mountains to Solvang.

Our group of SCVSA members and Saab owners together at Lincourt Winery, our first stop in the Solvang area where we enjoyed tasting their locally produced white wines. Here are the Volvo and Saab versions of our group photo!

On the road again from Lincourt to downtown Solvang on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon.

In Solvang those who were more interested in food than wine tasting found plenty of local treats, even of a suitably Swedish variety.

After experiencing Solvang, we concluded Saturday by dining together at Pea Soup Andersen's in nearby Buellton. The Pea Soup is actually pretty good!

On Sunday morning the remaining members of our group drove from Buellton to nearby Lompoc to experience the famous street murals. All the murals depict Lompoc scenes and some of them are even completed in a single day, we were told by local mural caretaker Lee in an impromptu educational talk. Pictured in front of the Point Conception Lighthouse mural are (right to left) Dylan's 1800S, Ted's 1800S, Munyungo's P1800, Tom's 1800ES, Mike's 242GT, and William's 9-5 wagon.

This is what SoCal VSA is all about: enjoying vintage Swedish motoring in the company of fellow enthusiasts. Pictured is the interior of Munyungo Jackson's P1800. After our group photo in Lompoc, we split up to head back down Hwy 1 towards home.

From Santa Barbara to Lompoc, what an enjoyable weekend on the road! Thanks to all the Saab and Volvo owners who joined the caravan, and all of our hosts along the way.
Photos by Lelah Baker-Rabe, Video by Dylan Osborn

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