Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Non-racing Volvo Weekend at VCOA's National Meet

The National Meet of Volvo Club of America was in St. Louis last weekend. We were invited by the local chapter to bring our race car for some show and tell.  Joy drove the ES while I trailered the race car.  Doug and Mike Senk, part of the Volvo racing crew, caravanned with us in Doug’s modified E. The 490 mile trip down was through heavy rain. Certainly cleaned off the underbody of the ES!
That blur in the slow lane is the ES

On Friday the ES and race car were shown to customers and staff at West County Suntrup Volvo in Manchester, a St. Louis suburb.

 Return to the showroom floor after 39 and 50 years respectively.

Joy explains details to Suntrup's Ken Levine

Saturday’s show was in beautiful Forest Park. This event really brings out the best of the best in Volvos. There were 13 different classes with the most populated being that with cars that had won at other national or regional meets! Our ES was in that group. I thought we had a chance to bring home the gold, but when I saw the other cars in our class …
We can always count on Gary Sievert to bring an impeccably prepared 1800 of some sort.

Gorgeous 544's

Lawrence Haugen of Tomhawk, WI does not need a hotel with his Scamp trailer behind the 850!

Denis Levangie of Springfiled, MO has created a convertible that is far better than Volvoville's.

Lyle and Linda Benedetto from Frankfort, IL brought there recently acquired E.

I'm not a big fan of 164s but this one of Delesa Michalski from Columbia, MO is exceptional

Our ES

Starting the race car attracted a crowd. Thanks to iRoll Motors (http://www.irollmotors.com/) for their sponsorship of both the event and our car.

A Danish friend introduces his son to Volvo, who was somewhere ujnder the dash.

Judd's Custom Photos (http://www.juddphotos.com/) created this spectacular image for us.

The weather was gorgeous, everyone was so friendly and helpful, and the meet exceptionally well organized. Special kudos to Glen McMillin and his team from the Gateway Chapter for a wonder event, and for all of their support.

1 comment:

  1. Jim - thank you so much for attending and the kind words. It was a great meet, made even better by featuring items of interest like your race car. Good luck this year!
    Glen McMillin
    Gateway Chapter