Artwork by Chris G Smith
Well, here we are and it’s the end of January already! And the meet is now only 4 weeks away!
The Celebration of Cars organizers are working with us to make this a very enjoyable meet and they want to place all our cars together. They also want to prepare the placards ahead of time and to do that would like the following information;
Your Name, City of Residence, Volvo Model and Year.
So if you haven’t already, please take a moment to RSVP with the above info to me at FLVCOA@gmail.com ASAP. But definitely before Feb 15th!
Then fill in the form attached and send it with your check to AACCC.
You can always just show up at the gate but that won’t guarantee parking with other Volvo’s and will cost an extra $2 for the privilege ! Whether you register early or not, please contact me prior to February 15th to let me know you will be attending.
Also, please note that the organizers require that each car is equipped with a fire extinguisher (which is a good idea anyway and a great excuse to get one if you don’t already have one).
FLVCOA or VSA Membership NOT required. All Volvo enthusiasts welcome.
We have been invited by the Cape Canaveral Region Antique Auto Club to join them for their Celebration of Cars at Wickham Park in Melbourne, Florida on Saturday March 4th. So we are making this our 2017 Spring Meet
Members of the Central Florida Volvo Sports America chapter will also be there and Florida Volvo Community members are also invited.
The Celebration of Cars is an auto show for antique to modern cars that is hosted by the Cape Canaveral region AACA. All types, makes, and years of vehicles are welcome. (That means ALL our Volvo’s are welcome!) This year’s highlighted class will be “American Muscle Cars”. Participant judging for Top 25 Awards. Additional awards for highlighted class and student vehicles. Dash plaques for the first 150 entries.
Door prizes galore. Kids’ Corner with games, face painting and prizes. Food and drinks available on site. DJ John with his car tunes will be playing 50s through 70s music.
Registration opens at 9 AM. Show ends at 3 PM. Pre-registration $18 before February 18, $20 day of show. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to local charities.
A flyer detailing the event is below. The flyer also contains the registration which is to be sent to the AACA organizer. (Please note – a fire extinguisher for your car is required. If you don’t have one, now is a good excuse to get one).
They are going to try to group us all together; so we need to know in advance how many Volvos are planning to attend. You don’t have to be a member to attend but please RSVP to FLVCOA@gmail.com by February 15.
Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing & Leeward Air Ranch, Ocala, FL.
Fall weather of sunny skies, a good breeze and moderately cool temperatures for Florida (in the 80’s) greeted the attendees at the FL VCOA & CFL VSA Fall Volvo meet hosted by Chuck and Gloria Ufkes at their home & hangar in the Leeward Air Ranch community. It is a unique community in which airplanes have the right of way and the garages house airplanes instead of automobiles.
Nineteen Volvo enthusiasts started the day at 9 a.m. with a two hour tour of the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing, which is also home to the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame and the site of the NHRA Southeast Division Hall of Fame Monument. The site features three buildings; the mechanic work shop, the drag racing museum and a third building chock full of antique automobiles and memorabilia.
Two hours is simply not enough time to fully view everything contained in the collection and I believe that another longer visit is in the future. Don “Big Daddy” Garlits is to be commended for the amount of drag racing history he has managed to accumulate as well as so many beautiful early American round fender automobiles. When you add in the engines, tools and other memorabilia, it is just too overwhelming to comprehend in one tour.
After the tour we invaded the local Cracker Barrel restaurant for a quick lunch before heading off to the Leeward Air Ranch. Getting there was a little confusing even for folks with GPS, but everyone finally arrived after taking a circuit of community to see the airplanes in the hangars.
The event attracted 31 Volvos and 65 enthusiasts from around the state with four attendees visiting the US from Sweden. The event featured door prizes, a cash raffle and awards.
The awards were a red hot affair with three of the four awards being won by red cars of various shades. The award for Best FWD/AWD Volvo was won by Dave & Angela Taylor of Venice in their red 2013 C30R.
Best RWD Volvo was won by Jim Duffey of Oldsmar in his deeper red 1965 1800.
Oldest Volvo was won by Charlie Pardee with his original Volvo red 1963 544.
The Longest Distanced Traveled In a Volvo award went to Jose Laboy of Cooper City driving his wife Susan’s 2012 S60 T5, the only non-red Volvo to win an award.
We had a great group of sponsors for the door prize drawing. We’d like to thank Robert Cardwell of the Florida Volvo Community, FCP Euro, VP Auto Parts, Rock Auto, Robert Scherman of the Swedish Volvo 140 Club (who was in attendance with his wife, Anna, and daughter Sofie, all the way from Sweden), Auto Clinic of Naples, Inc., VSA’s John Martin and VCOA member Chris Short. We had enough prizes so that every attendee went home with something and some folks took home more than one item. Lucky Louis Bouchelle was the winner of the cash raffle.
We’d like that thank Chuck and Gloria Ufkes for being our hosts at the Leeward Air Ranch, club members Chris Short (Registrar/Vote Tabulator), Dave Montgomery (VCOA Event Coordinator), Gay Montgomery (Cash Raffle Ticket Sales), Chris Smith (Event Artist), Tricia Rose (Museum Tour Coordinator), Clive Dowdell (Event PR-Web Services), John Martin (VSA Event Coordinator) and Robert Cardwell of FVC (Internet PR-Forums Postings).
It takes a team effort to plan and execute great events and our Florida enthusiasts from the various clubs and forums make it look easy. Great job all and we look forward to seeing everyone again at future events in the Sunshine State.
Submitted by: Tricia Rose. SW FL VCOA Chapter Coordinator
Invitation from the Florida Volvo Community (FVC) …
“September 10th will kick off the first of many monthly Volvo Appreciation days to come.
Saturday, September 10 at 8:30 AM – 11 AM
Coffee and Doughnuts will be provided, join us in a morning of Volvo fellowship and friendship as we take a drive and arrive at Volvo of Tampa for their first monthly Volvo appreciation day!
Volvo’s from all over Florida will be there, will you?”
Link for the Event on our FB – Facebook Event Link
Several members of VCOA/VSA are touring the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing the morning of Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.prior to the meet at the Leeward Air Ranch.
Don Garlits Museum is about 20 minutes away from Leeward Air Ranch.
After the tour, we head over to Leewards or grab some lunch.
Option 1: A group tour of the museum with a minimum of 10 people without a tour guide.
Cost: Adults @ $12.00 per person, Senior Citizens @ $10.00 per person and children @ $3.00 per child
Option 2: A group tour of the museum with a minimum of 10 people with “Big Daddy” Don Garlits as our personal tour guide with access to special areas and having Don fire up some of the engines.
Flat rate of $400.00 divided equally among the participants. We’d have to have 34 people in order for the price per person to be nearly equal to the adult entry fee of $12.00 per person for a group tour without a guide.
Artwork by Chris G. Smith
October 29th. 2016 – Noon – 3:00pm at 9007 S.E. 70th Terrace, Ocala, FL
Call 352.347.0456 or 904.742.8226 for more info.
All Volvo enthusiasts are welcome.
Please remember to give way to airplanes when in Leeward Air Ranch.
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 Porzio (we missed you Ralph) our Flyer designer, CliveAlive, 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