Temecula Valley Wine Tour – Saturday February 12th

VSA Volvos at the Masia De Yabar winery during last year's Temecula Valley Wine Tour.

Join San Diego VSA and SoCal VSA for the annual Temecula Valley Wine Tour on Saturday February 12, 2011. We’re planning a different route for this year’s tour. We will be meeting at the Mobil gas station on Hwy 76, departing at 10:30AM, and journeying via country roads to Pala and into the Temecula Valley. We’ll travel through the valley and ultimately arrive in Old Town Temecula. We’ll park in the new multi-story parking structure and have lunch at the famous Sweet Lumpy’s BBQ. There are at least 6 new wine tasting rooms in Old Town and a multitude of shops and other points of interest. This weekend is also Valentine’s Day and folks from out of town are staying locally – visit City of Temecula for more information.

Click here to download the flyer, go here to discuss on the SoCal VSA forum, or contact Tom Dougherty at tomarzz@verizon.net with questions.

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Event Recap: 2011 All-Volvo Swap Meet

SCVSA chapter coordinator Dylan Osborn's Volvos point the way to the swap meet.

SoCal VSA’s All-Volvo Swap Meet hosted by Swahn Motors this Saturday was a great success! Kent Swahn’s shop was filled with more than 20 tables full of all manner of Volvo parts, from SU carburetors to 240 grilles to rare Volvo literature. Over 100 Volvo enthusiasts came from as far away as Gilroy, Las Vegas, Arizona, and San Diego to sell Volvo treasures and carry new ones home with them.

The Volvo crowd grows less than an hour into the swap meet. Fortunately Kent Swahn's shop was large enough to accommodate everyone!

SoCal VSA member Rick Hayden brought hard to find vintage Volvo magazines and manuals collected during restoration of #51, Art Riley's P1800 racer.

A rare look at brochures for Volvo models never imported to the USA, thanks to Stephen Hansen. Note on the RC car reads "Volvo XC90, one owner, low miles."

The centerpiece was the late Roger von der Hellen’s collection of vintage Volvo parts from his long career as a Volvo Technical Trainer, restorer, and enthusiast. Over the course of the day, Roger’s wife Cheryl found worthy new owners for the majority of his Volvo parts.

Just a portion of the SU carburetor pieces offered for sale.

Fittingly, Roger von der Hellen's 122 sedan 'The Queen' was on display in the adjacent office for all to admire.

With the crowd at its peak, a delicious lunch of real Cajun cooking was enjoyed thanks to celebrity chef Cajun Vic. Afterward, the swapping slowed down for a few minutes while the raffle winners were announced! Thanks to the following generous donors, Volvo enthusiasts went home with everything from shirts to decals to wine to gift certificates:

IPD USA – The Volvo specialist since 1963. Parts, upgrades, and expertise for all years of Volvo models.

iRoll Motors – Vintage Volvo specialist Mike Dudek was in attendance. iRoll Motors has the largest inventory of P1800 parts in the USA.

Yoshifab – Performance parts for Volvo 16v applications.

Divina Buehlman – Realtor, CRS, MBA

IPD USA shirts, gear, gift certificates, and their coveted spark plug wire sets for vintage and 240 went to lucky raffle winners.

The grand prize, a vintage Volvo toolkit assembled by Roger von der Hellen, went to lucky winner Kurt Incledon- rewarding his drive down from Las Vegas that morning!

All proceeds supported SoCal VSA and will allow us to put on more free Volvo events like this one! Thanks to everyone who brought parts and helped the event run smoothly, especially Kent and Mike of Swahn Motors, Cheryl von der Hellen, Ted Brough, Michael Palmer, Lelah Baker-Rabe, Jerry Garlock, Johnathan Minasian, and San Diego VSA chapter coordinator Jim MacIndoe.

SoCal VSA members Cheryl von der Hellen, Ted Brough, and Michael Palmer are all smiles after a successful All-Volvo Swap Meet.

All in all it was a fantastic opportunity for Volvo lovers to share parts and expertise with one another, while enjoying a beautiful SoCal day and some gorgeous Volvos in the parking lot. At SoCal VSA, or goal is to bring the SoCal enthusiast community together to preserve the Volvos we all know and love, together with local Volvo shops and experts. So plan to attend the 2nd Annual All-Volvo Swap Meet in January 2012!

Ken Parkhurst's custom restored 1800ES wowed attendees. Tom Colby of Speedwell Engineering discusses the modifications.

Tim Otters' 400+ hp 240 made a splash among the diverse gathering of Volvos.

New SoCal VSA member Tracy Conn's 122S (with B230 under the hood) looked good while parts were being loaded in.

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