Volvo Enthusiasts Club Founders Day 2015

A National Gathering for all Volvo Owners at Hartlebury Castle

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Volvo Enthusiasts Club Founder’s Day 2015 – Hartlebury Castle

A National Gathering for all Volvo Owners

Following the great success of last year’s inaugural Founder’s Day to celebrate the forthcoming 25th Birthday of the Volvo Enthusiasts Club. This year’s event took place at Hartlebury Castle, near Kidderminster in Worcestershire thanks to Rob Greenwood,  Chairman of the Castle Preservation Trust, who recently with his team secured the purchase of the castle and saved it from developers.

             Rob is one of the founder members of the Volvo Enthusiasts Club and once owned an 1800ES which with Kevin in his Monster Miler P1800 ‘HAB’ undertook a tour of all four furthest compass points on mainland Britain and finally ending with a John O’Groats to Lands End Run to celebrate the 40th Birthday of the 1800

             Weather for the day was perfect and despite the Club having been involved in a display at Throckmoreton Air Show the previous day, the turn-out was excellent, with all models represented, except for a PV, Kevin’s being currently under restoration by Mark Hull of Classic Customs at Alveley, near Kidderminster, therefore being unable to attend event this year.

             We were also joined by members of the Volvo Tuning Club, with whom we have shared a number of events in the past months including the display at Throckmoreton and VT200 at the heritage Motor Museum at Gaydon.

              Attending Members received free entry into the Worcestershire County Museum which is also housed in the castle and also free refreshments in the Museum Tea Room, thanks to Rachel and her staff of the Museum for organising this for the Club.

               Rob had also organised for us to be able to use the ‘Carriage Circle’ and lawn in front of the Castle to display our cars, which prior to the purchase of the Castle by the Trust was not allowed as it was the Home of the Bishop of Worcester.

              During the afternoon Club Members had the opportunity to have a tour of the Castle including areas not normally shown to visitors. The tour included the famous ‘Hurd Library’ the Chapel and the ‘Prince’s Bedroom’ see

              Members of the Kidderminster Video Makers during the day filmed the event as part of a project to produce a publicity video for the castle, however they decided during the day to produce a DVD of our Event for Club Members. This will be available shortly through Colin Hughes – details in the front of Club Magazine and on our Website – ALL profits to the Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust – see preview on our Club Website,
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              A cheque for £200 was presented by Coin Hughes of the VEC and £100 by Nosh (Jon Robbie) of to Rob Greenwood of the Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust in grateful thanks of letting use the castle and grounds for this year’s gathering. Proceeds from the Club Raffle of the day will be donated to the Club’s Charity - Unicef

              Many thanks to all those who came along, worked/helped to put on the day, Cherished Vehicle Insurance for Sponsorship of Trophies and Gregg their representative, the Members of the Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust and the Museum Staff for making us all so welcome – we look forward to a return visit following restoration work next year.


Best Car Results:

During the day attending members voted for the ‘Best Cars’ attending – these are the results for 2015:

Best Car 2015: Alan Orgill   Volvo 480ES   1993   Reg: No: L264 JOM

R/U Best Car 2015:  Roger Parish   Volvo 1800E   1971   Reg: No: XRY 414J

Best PV –
not awarded

Best 120 Series:  John Kemp   Volvo 131   1968   Reg: No: TVT 146G

R/U Best 120 Series:  Chris Ford  Volvo 121 1968   Reg: No: JEX 173F

Best 1800 Series:  Roger Parish   Volvo 1800E  1971  Reg: No: XRY 414J

R/U Best 1800 Series: Roderick Groundes-Pearce   Volvo 1800S  1965  CYU 444C

Best 66/300/400 Series:   Alan Orgill   Volvo 480ES   1993  Reg: No: L264 JOM

R/U Best 66/300/400 Series:  Kevin Price   Volvo 480 Celebration 1995 Reg: No: N483 BUD

Best 140/164/200 Series:  Simon King  Volvo 144GL  1971  Reg: No: YUT 245J

R/U Best 140/164/200 Series:  Peter Yapp Volvo 245 Torslanda Est  1992 Reg: No: K951 YHP

Best 700/900/V90:  Steve Cropper   Volvo 940  1998   Reg: No:  R267 TJU

R/U Best 700/900/V90:  Kevin Price  Volvo 740 Pick-up   1986  Reg: No: D600 ODV

Best 850/70/50/40/30 Series:  Stuart Mills  Volvo 850R 1995  Reg: No: STU 232R

R/U Best 850/70/50/40/30 Series:   Sean Skeet  Volvo V70 1997  Reg:  No: R854 RCY

Best Modern Volvo Under 15yrs:   Brandon Smith  Volvo XC90 2005  Reg: No: CV05 RTO

Best Tuned/Modified Volvo: Jon Ronnie (Nosh) Volvo V50  2004  Reg: No: RK54 PCI

Best Engine Bay:  Roger Parish  Volvo 1800E  1971  Reg: No: XRY 414J

R/U Best Engine Bay:  John Kemp   Volvo 131  1968   Reg: No: TVT 146G

Best Commercial Volvo:  Robert Hughes  Volvo 240 Pick-up  1986  Reg: No: D404 MDB

R/U Best Commercial Volvo: Kevin Price  Volvo 740 Pick-up  1986  Reg: No: D600 ODV

Best Volvo Tuning Club:  Matt Glancy   Volvo 940  1996  Reg: No: R552 CJS

Furthest Distance Travelled to Event: Steve Cropper Volvo 940 1998 Reg: No: R267 TJU

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