Warm and clear weather greeted Members of the Florida Chapters of VCOA and VSA as we rose before the crack of dawn to participate in the first stage of our spring meet. We started the morning by attending Cars & Coffee hosted by the duPont Registry in St. Petersburg. It was a truly amazing feat to see over one hundred cars of such a wide variety arrive so early in the morning with such precision timing! The parking area surrounding the duPont Registry was full by 6:30 a.m. with cars spilling over into the Bic parking lot next door. The variety of cars included a host of exotics (Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Mercedes Benzes, Porsches, BMWs), muscle cars, Corvettes, hot rod trucks, European and Asian imports, a Holden imported from Australia, motorcycles and even a trio of hearses!
Our Volvo contingent numbered 17 cars containing two 1800ES, three 1800 coupes (both stock and modified-one driven by Dave and Joan Bodden all the way from Charlotte, NC), a modified 132, two 164s, several 240 wagons and sedans (one being a V8 conversion), two modified 700 series wagons, an XC90 and a Polestar XC90 (brought by Colin McGinn of Volvo of Clearwater), a beautifully maintained 850 sedan and a T5R model. We were pleasantly surprised at the attention the Volvo group garnered among the attendees considering the number of “other than Volvo” marques on hand. Our little display table of club membership applications and back issues of Rolling and VSA Magazine was a hit, especially with the kids who stopped by to raid the candy bowl.
We had free reign of the showroom and lounge areas where we viewed the duPont’s car and memorabilia collections. Even some of the furniture was car related with one barstool and table set sporting brake rotors and shock absorbers. Inglis Leslie and his crew at the duPont were wonderful partners to work with. They did a fantastic job staging all the cars and making everyone feel welcome. What splendid hosts! We thank them for allowing our group to participate in this monthly event.
Directly following Cars & Coffee many of us made our way to the local Cracker Barrel restaurant for a quick breakfast before departing for our next stop on the event agenda, the Tampa Bay Auto Museum (TBAM). One need only espy the metal dragon art sculptures displayed in the front of the museum to know that we were in for a real treat! How many can say they have seen a dragon trying to ride a unicycle with a little help from his friends?
The TBAM is a unique museum housing the Cerf family collection of technologically innovative vehicles. Mr. Olivier Cerf was personally on hand to welcome us to the museum; he even made his way out to the parking lot as we arrived to view our cars. He and his team, John Perodeau and Gary LaSasso, made the visit a most educational experience as they have a vast knowledge of the technology and history of the vehicles in the collection.
Highlights included a reproduction of a 1770 Fardier (French for Lorry) built by Nicolas Joseph Cugnot and Michel Brezin for King Louis XV. The Fardier was the world’s first self-propelled vehicle, is steam powered, has a large brake and independent steering. The wood for its construction was sourced from France using the same type of lumber as the original, and the copper boiler was built in the Cerf family workshop to today’s safety standards. The vehicle was designed to carry artillery into the field and this Fardier boasts a rearward facing cannon (great for deterring tailgaters). We were told that the vehicle does not make appearances at car shows unless permission is given to allow it to be driven around at the show.
Another technological delight was the 1925 prototype Gerin Aerodyne, the brainchild of Jacques Gerin. It is a mid-engine car with a curvy and sleek subframe made of super elliptical duralumin with hoops and ribs mated to a structural Alpax floor. It is unique in that the front wheels and suspension are fully enclosed units. There was just so much to see in the museum that it is hard to capture the essence of this truly unique display of automobiles into words.
To see more of the collection you are encouraged to visit www.tbauto.org and click on “collection”. We thank the TBAM for being most gracious hosts and stewards of such a fine collection. We wish them much luck in their search for the five cars they are seeking to round out the collection.
After exiting the museum we were two caravans off in two different directions to reach the same destination…Bahama Breeze restaurant located in the Rocky Point section of Tampa. One group led by Jim Swetland in his T5R took the slower scenic route through St. Pete using the Courtney Campbell causeway to reach Rocky Point, while the fast group followed Clive and Jeannine Dowdell in their 244GL via I275 and the “cranking” Howard Franklin Bridge.
We sincerely thank our host and fellow Volvo Club Member, Jose Laboy, and Bahama Breeze for providing us a tented and shady seating area to enjoy a gratis, delicious lunch of paella, burgers, chicken breast, portabella mushroom and Cuban sandwiches with all the fixings sided with fries, chips, water and soft drinks. The Parking lot looked Swedish festive with the blue and yellow finger banners fluttering in the breeze blowing in off of the bay. We presented Jose with a Volvo 164 hubcap “clock” painted the same color gold as his beautiful 1973 164.
We extend a hearty thank you to VCOA Members Ralph Porizo (we missed you Ralph) our Flyer designer, Clive Dowdell, our website/blog master and email blaster, Tricia Rose, our Event Coordinator, and John Martin, our VSA partner in Florida Volvo meet planning. We also thank all the Members of both Volvo clubs and the Florida Volvo Community on-line forum who came out to enjoy a day of “all things cars”. We look forward to getting together in the fall, quite possibly at the Ocala Air Ranch in October. Until then, keep em’ rollin’.
By: Tricia Rose, Event Coordinator
I just got an e-mail on this today so it’s a bit short notice but I want to put this up in case anyone wants to go. Here’s the e-mail …
“We are a little less than a month away from the return of EuroJam. I cannot thank you enough for your support toward the continued success of central Florida’s largest European only car show. I am pleased to announce a new venue and a few changes for 2016. EuroJam 2016, will be held at Orlando Speed World on February 27th from 9am till 3pm. This year we are introducing a new judging format. The new format will have a top twenty five selected, out of the top twenty five a live poll will be put up for voting by you. Along with the new judging format there will be Drag Racing immediately following the end of the show at a discounted price. Basic entry is $15.00 and parked by manufacturer, with spectators being $5.00 and Children under 12 free. Early registration gets you entered into pre-show raffles, fast lane into the event, and early entry to beat the crowds. EuroJam is much more than a show, It’s a large meet designed to bring all euro car enthusiast together to share a passion.
If you have pre-registered please be sure to print your ticket and have it with you.
Once again there will be a pre-meet held at David Maus VW Lee rd on the 26th, from 7 until close. Free food, raffles, and much more! (be sure to get your free ticket off of eventbrite)
Facebook event link – https://www.facebook.com/events/1472288016396729/
SW FL & FL Chapters of VCOA Spring Meet in conjunction with the CFL Chapter of VSA: : Saturday April 16th.
We start the day with Cars and Coffee at the Dupont Registry; (3051 Tech Drive, St.Petersburg, 33716) where we will have our own Volvo Corral and access to the showroom to view the Dupont car collection which features Roadsters from the 1920′s and other exotics.
The event attracts between 200 and 350 cars and is free except for $1:00 donation coffee with donuts. Cars start to arrive at 6:00 a.m. and depart between 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
We follow that up with a group tour of the Tampa Bay Auto Museum (3301 Gateway Center Blvd., Pinellas Park, 33782) which features 67 innovative design cars of the Cerf Family Collection. The tour will begin between 10:30 and 11:00 a.m. and is estimated to last between 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
Our group rate is $5:00 per person. For those members that attend the museum tour, we will caravan directly to Bahama Breeze (3045 N. Rocky Point Dr. E.) for a complimentary lunch with limited menu; alcoholic beverages not included.
Hotels have availability in the Rocky Point area of Tampa for as little as $129.00 per night. They are Hampton Inn (3035 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa) phone 844-693-1248 and Holiday Inn Express (3025 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa) phone: 844-221-0860. Reservations should be made ASAP.
RSVP REQUIRED to Tricia Rose at firstname.lastname@example.org or 239-593-1185 M-F 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
All Volvo enthusiasts welcome. Hope to see you there!
The Florida Volvo clubs, FLVCOA, VSA and FVC have been invited to an event in Spring 2016.
While not our “official Spring Volvo event”, some of our members are considering attendance. (Save the date of April 16th for our official Spring Meet – to be announced shortly)
On March 5, 2016 (Saturday) in Melbourne, FL – The Annual “Celebration of Cars” Antique to Modern Auto Show takes place, hosted by the Cape Canaveral Region AACA at the Wickham Park Pavilion next to Eastern Florida State College on Wickham Road. All types, makes, and years of vehicles are welcome. This year’s highlighted class will be “Trucks and Vans”. Participant judging for Top 25 Awards. Special awards for trucks, vans, and student vehicles. Dash plaques for the first 150 entries. Food and drinks available on site. DJ John with his car tunes will be playing 50’s through 70’s music.
Registration opens at 9 AM. Show ends at 3 PM. Pre-registration $18 before February 21, $20 day of show. Car corral spaces $25, vendor spaces $35. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to South Brevard Sharing Center. For more info, call Walt at 321-636-0449, or email email@example.com. Flyer available at www.antiqueautoclubcc.com”
It would be fun to have a good Volvo turnout!
Hosted by LKQ Potomac German South
February 21st -9am till 3pm
Orlando Festival Park – 2911 E Robinson St, Orlando, Florida 32803
Cost is $15 per show vehicle – $6 per spectator
Main Site – http://www.eurojamfl.com/
Eventbrite Ticket/Registration – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eurojam…ts-11083610377
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/1418738398380888
EuroJam is a European only car show event presented by LKQ Potomac German South – Orlando. 2015 is the 3rd year of this show with 2014 featuring close to 400 show cars.
There will be trophies, prizes, giveaways, raffles, goodie bags, and so much more. Food vendors will be on site from local food trucks featuring a very large variety of food and beverages.
This years venue will be held at Orlando Festival Park on February 21st at 9am. Pre-Registering guarantees you a spot on the show field, when the field reaches capacity, the gates close.
This is the first Euro show of 2015 and we want to have a good turnout of Volvo’s. Currently there are 18 registered.
However, and apologies for the short notice, but January 16th is the pre-registration cut off.
If you plan on going, please take a moment to register right now using the link above. It is one ticket per car.
Additional Info – Additional activities:
David Maus VW South – Lee Rd
February 20th — 7pm till its over.
1050 Lee Rd, Orlando, FL 32810
David Maus Volkswagen on Lee Roads, will be hosting EuroJams first annual pre-meet at their facility.
The event will be held on the Friday night before the show.
David Maus will be giving facility tours, showing the latest vw models, and providing food.
Please be sure to get your free ticket with your EuroJam purchase.
After Party details to come.
Local Hotel information:
Room Discount – must be booked by Jan 20 – 2015
$59.00 w/free breakfast
They have reserved a block of 25 rooms for the event, garunteed availible until filled.
Must mention EuroJam.
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Those with a passion for all things Volvo should check out the comprehensive technical data section Motorparks has created in honor of the well-known Swedish manufacturer.
Browse the hub through this link and find a raft of details about a wide variety of Volvo cars both past and present. This includes details like the vehicle’s CC rating, the time it takes to get from 0-60mph and how much brake horsepower its engine can achieve.
The data also provides answers to a number of questions that many drivers have when looking for a car, including safety concerns, whether it is space-saving and if it comes with alloys.
In total, you can find out information about more than 3,000 Volvo models. This ranges from classic cars from the Swedish car maker like the 850 T5-R and the 1978 240 series to current vehicles including the C30, S60, V40 and the XC70.
The spring meet for the SW FL Chapter of VCOA was held on April 12 in conjunction with the spring meet for Central Florida Chapter of Volvo Sports America, the Florida Volvo Community and the Saab Club of Tampa Bay, thus making the day a celebration of Swedish cars.
For the location we chose to return to Philippe Park in Safety Harbor on the shoreline of Tampa Bay. We were fortunate to have perfect “Sunshine State” weather and were delighted by sunny skies and mild temperatures.
Over 55 cars and 110 people attended the event of which 17 cars belonged to VCOA members. We recruited two new members and encouraged more to renew or join VCOA.
We extend our thanks to Platinum sponsors Jose Laboy and his staff from Bahama Breeze Restaurants for providing a tasty lunch and Andy Marrero and crew of Volvo of Clearwater for sponsoring the 12 unique slate trophies (artwork designed by VCOA Member Chris Smith) and being on hand with four showroom display models.
Thanks to the generosity of additional sponsors, every attendee went home with a goody bag and door prize. Gold sponsors included Auto Clinic of Naples, Inc. (Bill & Tricia Rose), Erie VoVo (Jack Johnson), LKQ (Juliea Birkey), Volvo Club of America (Gretchen Adams) and VP Auto Parts (Johan Eurenius).
Silver sponsors were VCOA Members Mark & Rob Capwell, FCP Groton (Max Rossi), FVC Members Ralph & Patty Porzio, Saaab Store, Saab Club of Tampa Bay (Dennis Boese).
Bronze sponsors were Dan’s Volvo Service, Hagerty Classic Car Insurance, Homosassa Wildlife Park, IRoll Motors (Mike Dudek), VSA Members Rich & Marilyn Nelson, Volvo of Sarasota (Mike Wilson), Volvo Sports America (Tony D’Agostino), and Weeki Wachee Spring State Park.
Trophy winners were:
James & Laura Quinlan, 1968 1800S, People’s Choice-Vintage,
Roger & Stacy Patricio, 1980 242GT, People’s Choice-Classic, Golden Rod-Technical Innovation and Best Interior,
Robert and Ana Maria Cardwell, 1998 S70T5 People’s Choice-FWD/AWD and Daily Driver,
Michael & Daniel Jingle, 1994 855, Best Paint Job,
Jose & Susan Laboy, 1973 164E, Best of Show-All Models,
Erik Kessler, 1982 244 TIC, Longest Distance driven to the meet,
Kevin Pieper, 1990 745T, Highest Mileage,
Tricia Rose, 1967 132, Oldest Volvo, and
Dennis & Dyane Boese, 1983 Saab 900, People’s Choice-Best Saab.
Volvo Jeopardy hosted three teams from VCOA, VSA and FVC and was won by the FVC team of Alan Johnson, Phil Cavagnaro and Andrew Harvey. Lucky VCOA Member Bill Cierebiej won the 50/50 cash raffle.
Putting together and running an event would not be possible without volunteers. We thank John & Debbie Martin, Bill & Tricia Rose, Chris Smith, Ralph Porzio, Clive Dowdell, Jose & Susan Laboy, Dennis & Dyane Boese, Robert & Ana Maria Cardwell and Susie Joyce.
More meet photos from this meet and others can be found on our website.