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In view of the unfolding situation as we go to press with the Coronavirus pandemic, we must advise members that we are instigating a voluntary suspension of all club events until further notice. This will be kept under continual review, and we will follow government guidance as to when resume our events programme. The magazine, website and social media pages will continue as normal.

As a club, we have a duty to behave responsibly to our members, and to the wider public, and we are mindful of the demographic of our hobby, and that we have many older members with underlying health conditions. We urge all our members to follow the official advice, self-isolate if told to do so and take every precaution to stay well. Hopefully, we will all meet again in good health when the current emergency is at an end, and be back on the road in our Volvos. In the meantime, Stay safe!

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Volvo Enthusiasts Club display at Swedish Day - 13th May, 2018

Another great display by members of the Original Volvo Enthusiast Club est 1989 at Swedish Day Crewkerne organised by the Saab Owners Club.

swedish day out

We were at Ludlow Spring Festival and Marches Transport Festival ser here:    https://volvoenthusiastsclub.co.uk/gallery.asp?gID=100 

Dorset Three Counties Rally on Sunday 6th May click link to see day's report:




 Highly Commended Award 2018!

Highly Commended

2019  Kevin Price award winner

National Car club Award - Kevin Price

Congratulations!  to Kevin Price from Volvo Enthusiasts Club
  National Car Club Ambassador of the Year


NEW IN CARS FOR SALE A GENUINE one of only 2000 made 850 T5 -R - see here https://www.volvoenthusiastsclub.co.uk/vehiclesale.asp



                                                                        PRESS RELEASE:  Volvo Enthusiasts Club at the Practical Classics Car & Restoration Show 2018 - Celebrating the 90th Birthday of Volvo Trucks

It is with great pleasure that we once again take a stand at this year’s Practical Classics Car & Restoration Show, having attended as a Club ALL the previous shows since is conception.
This year’s show will start our year of celebrations to commemorate the 90th Birthday of Volvo Trucks founded in 1928.
             Our Club Display will feature what is believed to be the oldest Volvo Truck in the UK which was recovered from a Cornish hedge in 2015.
Read the full Practical Classics Car & Restoration show press release here please


Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show
Our Best Stand in a Decade - The Volvo Enthusiasts Club Founded in 1989 end a year of celebrations for the 90th Birthday of Volvo with a spectacular display depicting 'The Volvo Family'.
Supported by Volvo Truck UK who kindly brought along their 1967 Volvo F86 the first Volvo truck to imported into the UK, which they purchased some years ago and fully restored.

See more here >>> click


NEC show 2017 November 19th

Photos taken by Richard Dredge

it was a great grand day out in the Lakes, gallery pictures to follow.

                      A run to take in some of the beautiful sights of the Lake District along some excellent driving roads.
            Rendezvous is at the Tebay Motorway Services (Northbound) on the M6 just north of Junction 38 between 10.30 and 11am.

vec northern day out 2016


Manchester Classic Car Show 2017 at Event City

Our display at this year’s Manchester Classic Car Show held over the weekend of the 16th & 17th September, 2017 was without doubt our very best display at this show so far, thanks to the support of Volvo Truck UK who kindly brought along two of their trucks to help us celebrate the 90th Birthday of Volvo and ‘Jakob’ the first car produced in April 1927 and also the 50th Birthday of Volvo Trucks in the UK. See more here please >>>

         Vec Manchester show

Volvo’s F86 Tractor Unit from 1967, which was the very first Volvo truck to be imported into the UK.


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A great day out on VECs Welsh run, through this beautiful part of Wales, report to follow soon.


The Steelboys help celebrate 50 years of Volvo Trucks UK please click here for the You Tube video


Harvington Hall
Harvington Hall a great meet - Photos kindly supplied by photographer Lawrence Fowler



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Be Quick a great condition low miles 740GLE only £1200 see adverts here>>>>>>>

See this great video taken/made by Terry's son at the NEC Show


GREAT NEWS - Lancaster Insurance have voted US 'Club of the Month' please see the link below.


CELEBRATE the 90th BIRTHDAY - Our Forthcoming Events Guide 2017 please click here to view or print >>>>>

Bristol Great Western Show - A Big Thank You

A Hearty BIG Thanks again to all and particularly Terry, Terry Jnr and Lisa for all their hard work at the show with a great stand display and fun time and award win
bristol show february 2017

Volvo 90 years





Winter issue available in Members area here:>>>>>>


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Footman James Bristol Restoration Show 2016.

WHAT A GREAT WEEKEND! – Volvo Enthusiasts Club wins again!

 Best Dressed Stand Winner Bristol


Lancaster insurance

Summer issue of club magazine download as PDF click here>>>>


Kevin Price wins an Inaugural award at this years' Footman and James Classic Car Show for outstanding contribution to the classic car scene.

Well done Kevin from all of us here at VEC, a true ambassador for our club


Bristol Classic Car Show - WE WON AGAIN!!!!!!!!  
'Runner Up Best Club Stand'  Well done to the team


'A Grand Day Out'


at Harvington Hall, near Kidderminster, Worcestershire - Sunday 5th June 2016

Volvo cars from all over the UK assembled at Harvington Hall in Worcestershire on Sunday 5th June to attend the Volvo Enthusiasts Founders Day, a National Gathering for ALL Volvo Owners, enthusiasts, friends and their families.

A Fantastic meeting, great surroundings and some awesome cars which just seem to be getting better and better year after year. Thank you to all who attended and took part.

Here is a link to the meeting highlights video and if you would like to see more images and pictures please use this the second link. https://youtu.be/1tK8s86jXCQ

Thank you and credit to Stephen Evans for taking these pictures...as always top photography.  https://www.flickr.com/…/131090747…/albums/72157669381323675


See more 'VEC' Volvo at our events - PDF Guide >>>>>here (opens in new window)

Here are some event highlight videos 'we made earlier' http://volvoenthusiastsclub.co.uk/videos.asp 

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Just in a ONE OWNER 1980 244 Black 'Thor' Edition only 57,000 miles see Ads cars for sale page

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 Club member Dave Wilson generously lent the 144S and their time and it now appears in the 10th of April 'Northumberland' episode of Countryfile available for 28 days on the BBC IPlayer on this link
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Volvo Enthusiasts Club  Visit to the Volvo Car UK Technical Training Centre, Daventry – 20th February, 2016.

Many thanks to David Baddeley, Colin Martin, Phil Chatterton and all members of Staff at the Volvo Technical Development Centre at Daventry,
who gave up their Saturday, to welcome members of both clubs and show them around the UK Volvo Training facility at Daventry, Warwickshire.The Facility is due to be redeveloped in the very near future and it is hoped that we can return once the new building is completed.  A great meeting which saw Volvo’s past present and future coming together – thanks for Stu and Kevin for making it all possible.

See pictures here >>>>>


NEC Lancaster Insurance show November 2015 John Kemp's stunning 131 alongside the 740 Hearse of Colin  Hughes see more here >>>>



The Volvo Enthusiasts Club Display Team was once again in action over the weekend of the 13th/14th February at the Great Western Classic Car Show and Autojumble at Shepton Mallet.

              Reward for all the hard work over the weekend came in the way of the Club Display being awarded R/U Best Stand in the show Well Done Team - report and pictures please see here  >>>
Bristol show Stand February 2016

Peter and Nicki Yapp showed their very original 120 Estate at Shepton Mallet - see more here >>>>

national car club awards

Don't miss these great shows with a VEC club display!


 DVLA latest guidelines on vehicle registration: download as pdf print

NEC November show report click here please >>>>>>


Below are some of the vehicles exhibited at the NEC last year pictures and report here >>>>>



Bristol 7 & 8th November show report here

Bristol show Stand 2015


New website provides MOT and mileage details for cars in the UK

Is your past Volvo still on the road or want to check on one you are considering buying, do you have a story about it? Check here to see it's MOT history mot-history.net


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Filmed at Hartlebury Castle Worcestershire. The 2015 Founders Day Gathering of the Volvo Owners Club.
Filmed by Kidderminster VideoMakers Club & courtesy of
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ST1 filming For the Love of Cars

Philip Glenister with 71DXC aka 'ST 1' the 'original' Roger Moore TV Saint Car on C4 'For the Love Of Cars' last Sunday episode 5.
Link to the programme information on and catch up episode C4  http://www.channel4.com/programmes/for-the-love-of-cars    more pictures from the day's filming here click



The second Practical Classics Restoration Show at the NEC over the weekend of March 28th and 29th was every bit as exciting as the first!  The number of car clubs was said to have almost doubled and there were many more autojumblers than last year; there was also plenty for those not so keen on oily rags! The VEC stand was filled to the brim with fantastic cars.
click here to see show report please
practical classics show vec club
image supplied by R Dredge


VT200 event

Volvo 850 BTCC Estate voted best touring car of all time!

 see http://www.carthrottle.com/post/8-of-the-best-looking-touring-cars-of-all-time/

Ultimate field find perhaps - now for sale more details here - please click


PC Classics show

VEC at Manchester Show

The Volvo Enthusiasts Club at the Manchester Classic Car Show 2014
Volvo Goes Racing! More details of the show here:-


See a write up of the club's anniversary in Practical Classics http://www.necrestorationshow.com/volvo-enthusiasts-club-celebrate-25th-birthday-rare-volvo-restorations


Volvo Enthusiasts Club at the Bristol Restoration Show November 2014 review and pictures here:


John Kemp receives Best Car Trophy from Graeme Hamilton of Cherished Vehicle Insurance (Sponsor) at our Founders Day meet in Bromsgrove on the 6th of July full details and pictures here

Best Car - John Kemp Volvo 131 at Founders Day meet


WE WON Best Club Stand at last weekends Bristol Clasic Car Show with out Stand 'Alice in Volvoland'! See more here

Best Club Stand Bristol June 2014


Volvo Enthusiasts Club ‘Founders Day’ Sunday 6th July, 2014
Please see full details here


Well done Kevin and all who helped and the support of the VEC - winner of 'The Golden Spanner' for Restoration of the year - see more in News >>>

VEC stand at Practical Classics show April 2014

Practical Classics restoration show April 2014


At the last event The Bristol Show on 15th/16th February we won BEST CLUB STAND see more in News

winning club stand

The next club event:



Article about Irv Gordon 3 million mile p1800   www.thetruthaboutcars.com/tag/volvo-p18000


Our stand at the country's biggest classic car show the NEC

Nec stand

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71 DXc is featured in the December edition of Practical Classics see the magazine pdf copy here>>


 The Footman James Bristol Classic Restoration Show 2013 see report as pdf here here please>>

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Bristol show 2013


Club meet 5th October 2013 at Beamish living Museum

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Irv Gordon and his 3 million mile P1800 on to Alaska  http://volvocars.3millionreasons.com/irv



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Celebrating the 90th Birthday of Volvo Trucks at the Practical Classics Car & Restoration Show 2018

The Saint Volvo P1800 71 DXC

Volvo Enthusiasts Club at the Practical Classics Car & Restoration Show 2018 - Celebrating the 90th Birthday of Volvo Trucks.           PDF version here >>>>


It is with great pleasure that we once again take a stand at this years Practical Classics Car & Restoration Show, having attended as a Club ALL the previous shows since is conception.

              This year’s show will start our year of celebrations to commemorate the 90th Birthday of Volvo Trucks founded in 1928.

             Our Club Display will feature what is believed to be the oldest Volvo Truck in the UK which was recovered from a Cornish hedge in 2015. It has since then been in store awaiting restoration.

            During the show Members of the Club Display Team will dismantle the 1953 Volvo PV834 Light Truck in preparation for a total rebuild, which will commence as soon as the show finishes.

           Also on our display will be a collection of Volvo Cars which have undergone a restoration by Members or are in ‘as original’ condition. This will include the ‘original’ TV Saint car, a 1962 P1800 which was driven by the late Sir Roger Moore in the TV Series ‘The Saint’. Owned and restored by our Club Founder Kevin Price, this vehicle was winner of Practical Classic ‘Restorer of the Year’ and the ‘Golden Spanner’ in 2014.

          Other cars on display will include Matt Stadden, our Club Chairman & Hereditary Founder’s 144DL which was featured in Practical Classics 140/240 Buyers Guide in 2017 plus Alan & Pat Origills award winning Volvo 480ES and Andy Marshall’s recent acquisition from Sweden, a PV544.

           We look forward to seeing you all at this year’s Practical Classics Car & Restoration Show on the ‘Original’ Volvo Enthusiasts Club display – Stand 5-765 in Hall 5 where a warm welcome is guaranteed – See you all there. www.volvoenthusiastswclub.co.uk

Tel: 07519954151

Email: vec.volvo@gmail.com


Manchester Classic Car Show 2017 at Event City

The Saint Volvo P1800 71 DXC

Our display at this year’s Manchester Classic Car Show held over the weekend of the 16th & 17th September, 2017 was without doubt our very best display at this show so far, thanks to the support of Volvo Truck UK who kindly brought along two of their trucks to help us celebrate the 90th Birthday of Volvo and ‘Jakob’ the first car produced in April 1927 and also the 50th Birthday of Volvo Trucks in the UK.

             The centre-piece of our Club display were the new limited edition Ailsa FH16 truck, being Number1 of only 50 trucks to be produced. This was accompanied by Volvo’s F86 Tractor Unit from 1967, which was the very first Volvo truck to be imported into the UK by Scottish entrepreneurs Jim McKelvie and Jim Keyden who set up ‘Ailsa’ the UK Volvo Truck Importers in 1967 – hence the name given to the Limited Edition FH16 produced to celebrate 50 years.

            Joining the Volvo Trucks in a special memorial section of the stand was Kevin, our Club Founder’s 1962 P1800, which along with various props etc celebrated the work of the late Sir Roger Moore, who did earlier this year, portrayal of The Saint alias Simon Templar. Kevin’s car was used in the very first episode of the TV Series in 1962.

            Other Members cars helping to celebrate Volvo’s Birthday were Sean Skeet’s recently purchased lovely original Volvo 245DL which was previously owned by Royal Navy Commander who purchased the car new from Volvo London Export and Diplomatic Sales in Mayfair, London in August 1985. As the owner was stationed at S.H.A.P.E. (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe) in Mons, Belgium, the car was officially exported to Belgium in mid August 1985. The car was then re-imported following his return to England.

            Volvo 940 owned by Cath and Steve Cropper. This was one of Volvo’s last RWD and ‘Red Block’ engine cars – often referred to as the last of the ‘Real Volvo’s’.

           Matt Stadden, our Chairman and Hereditary Founder recently purchased very rare 1983 Volvo 360GLT, which has only covered 10,000 miles from new. This must be a unique example.

           Alan & Pat Orgill brought along 2 of their cars, a 2006 C70 Convertible and1993 Volvo 480ES which recently took the couple to Sweden for the 90th Birthday celebrations at VROM, which is an annual event centred around the Volvo Museum and Factory. At the meet Alan and Pat’s 480 won ‘Best 480’ attending, the trophy and various other items collected being displayed in the cars luggage area.

            Final vehicle on display was Treena and Kerris Price’s Pedal Car and Teddy, a model of Volvo’s first car ‘Jakob’, a 1927 OV4.

            On the Saturday afternoon of the show, a Birthday celebration took place for visitors etc, with Birthday Cake, nibbles etc which was very much enjoyed by those who attended.

           Many thanks to all those who helped and made it possible, particularly Volvo Truck UK for their support, Andy Rouse and team for once again organising a great show and finally all the many visitors and Members, old and new who came along to show their support for us the ‘original & official’ Volvo Enthusiasts Club founded in 1989

           In all, a great show for the ‘original & official’ Volvo Enthusiasts Club, who continue to produce professional displays at all the major classic shows.

           See you all at the NEC Birmingham for the Lancaster Classic Motor Show in November  where we will again be celebrating 90 years of Volvo and Bristol Restoration Show where we will be rebuilding 2 Classic Volvo’s, a 1962 P1800 and a 1965 PV544 ex Rally Car over the weekend plus demonstrations of working on Classic Volvo’s

            See you all very soon!


Bristol Classic Restoration Show 2013

The Saint Volvo P1800 71 DXC

The Footman James Bristol Classic Restoration Show 2013

This year’s Bristol Classic Vehicle Restoration Show was again held at the popular venue of the Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset.

The Volvo Enthusiasts Club, as in previous year’s, took a large stand in the Showering Hall, with 3 Volvo’s on display - 2 1800’s and a 740 Pick-up.

Pride of place was Kevin’s, our Founder, recently returned to the road, after 40 years, 1962 P1800 which was used by now Sir Roger Moore in the very first series of TV’s The Saint – ST 1 aka 71 DXC.

Keeping ST 1 company was Gavin’s, of Count Olaf Volvo Specialists - Wellington, Somerset Tel: 07796005177, ‘PUF’ a 1964 1800S which is undergoing the initial stages of a full restoration in his workshop at Foxmoor Industrial Estate, Wellington. Gavin, used to pass by this car on a drive in London on his way to school and never thought one day he would be lucky enough to be its owner. The car will require extensive work to the body which has suffered badly from rust and Gavin had removed, for the show, several sections from the outer panels to allow visitors to see the true extent of corrosion and what was required to rebuild the car. The car caused much interest with visitors who were keen to discuss the work required and methods to be used.

Also on the stand was Colin Hughes, the Club’s Principle Contact, very well converted Volvo 740 Pick-up which as covered a staggering 1 Million plus Miles. The 740 Estate was used as a Taxi before being converted into a pick-up by a motor cycle enthusiast to carry his bikes – Why didn’t Volvodoit, excellent!

Also manning the stand was Chris Tye, a fellow Jensen P1800 owner, who is currently restoring one of the very rare P1800S’s (only 2000 built) which were built by Volvo using almost all the same parts as the Jensen cars but in Sweden, before the new bodyshell of the 1964 1800S was produced with the later seats and interior.

Visiting the Show over the weekend were a number of Volvo’s which included a very rare 1972 1800E owned by Douglas Rice from the USA, who purchased the US Spec car new in 1972 while working temporarily in mainland Europe. After working in Europe Douglas moved to Britain where he still lives and so the car never actually got to the US. The car is very unusual, being one the very last coupe models produced, which was built alongside the 1800ES production. The car features many of the parts used on the Estate, including the interior and steel wheels. Kevin, who is recognised as the authority on the 1800 informed the owner that he knew of only 2 RHD Type ‘W’ 1800E’s in the UK and had only actually seen one in the flesh, coincidently the same light blue metallic (code 111) and black interior.

Throughout the show Members of the Club manning the stand were kept very busy answering Technical and Membership queries. A great show! If you would like to help in the future why not contact Kevin.

Our thanks to all those who came along over the weekend and supported the Show and the Volvo Enthusiasts Club. Also to those members who brought along their cars either on the stand or in the Classic car park and those manning the Club display.

Our next visit to Shepton Mallet will be for Great Western Autojumble which this year will also have Club Displays and Live Music from the Rock & Roll Years, so put it in your diary and come along, I am sure it will be a great weekend.

LATEST: Date for the diary - Great Western AutoJumble and Rock & Roll Classic Car Show – featuring live music , cars etc from the Rock & Roll years of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s 15-16 February, 2014


Stolen green 1968 1800S

The Saint Volvo P1800 71 DXC

WHERE IS IT NOW – STOLEN 1800S PYV 350F – Member needs your help

Around 7 years ago a Club Member purchased an 1800S from an owner who had moved to Spain. 'Before I could collect the car it was stolen! The car a green 1800S was last seen in Estapona, Malaga, Spain'.
Member has proof of ownership.

Vehicle details as follows: Reg: No: PYV 350F first registered 19.01.1968

Chassis No: 26339   Engine No: 4013. If you have any details of know the whereabouts of this vehicle please contact me Kevin Price and I will pass the information on to the Member/Owners. Kevinprice.vec@btinternet.com  



The R W Thomson Memorial Rally Aberdeen 30th June 2013

The Saint Volvo P1800 71 DXC

The R W Thomson Memorial Rally was held on the 30th June 2013
Gordon Woodham our newly elected Northern Scottish Representative had organised an entry to the rally He worked hard in giving directions/information and places to stay. So thanks for that. Not knowing anything about the show other than his say so -- three of us set off to join him-- Me in my 1970 –145-- Graeme and Leslie Muir in their 1967 Amazon 131 and Dave and Heather Wilson in their 1969 -140
The show itself was well supported from the Harry Potter Anglia through most makes of British cars –and Motor cycles --American cars and a military vehicle We also had the usual Agricultural representation and stationery engines—So as you can a imagine very in keeping with the local interest of the area
The oldest vehicle was a 1913 Model T ---Our pitch was marked out and we joined Gordon in his 1990 240 GLT So our Volvo Enthusiast Club was represented with four vehicles through the ages The whole site was beautifully situated in the middle of Stonehaven with the usual stalls and burger bar—and the rain held off!!!!
Also what was interesting we gave out three membership forms to prospective folk Iain Mitchell who had a P1800 and a Volvo engine Marcus Another David Jones who had a P1800 and spares for sale This was on show and the third was to the chairman of the day Robert Duncan also has a Volvo—Now Robert has invited us back for next year and has given me permission to use some of the wording from the events program and this makes interesting reading as follows—
“What is the R.W.Thomson Fellowship and why a Rally?
Well simple answer is --that R.W.Thomson invented, among other things, pneumatic tyres, and the vast majority of cars use them. Being a local lad it seems appropriate to hold a car rally in his name. Contrary to what was popular belief Dunlop was not the inventor of pneumatic tyre. He produced a tyre for bicycles in 1888 and applied for a patent, however two years after his application --it was confirmed by the Patent Office that Thomson was the originator of the pneumatic tyre, which he produced and patented on December 10th 1845
Robert William Thomson was a prolific inventor --inventing and patenting a number of other useful items. Some dozen or so can be seen under Thomson British patents list He was also the originator of the washing machine—His important contributions to modern transport including the Road Steamer and solid rubber tyres should be more widely acknowledged. Thomson should no longer be “the forgotten genius”
Thank you to Robert Duncan for allowing me to quote from the Events Program and another thank you to Gordon for selecting such a good event-Our first into the Northern Scottish part of the UK
All in all a good trip
Thank you for your company ---Russ Evans Northern Representative VEC


Classic Motor Monthly review of Bristol Show 2013

The Saint Volvo P1800 71 DXC

Please click image to read and see more in our latest newsetter here>

Also see the ITV report on the show follw the link:  http://www.itv.com/news/west/update/2013-04-21/full-report-bristol-classic-car-show-2013/

Dowload the PDF here


Redwings informal gathering

13th January 2013     ‘ Informal gathering for Coffee etc at the Redwings Horse Sanctuary, Oxhill,  Nr Stratford upon Avon’ see News report here


New events added

New Northern Events added for Aberdeenshire, Dumfries and Beamish- see here


Volvo 1800S stolen

WHERE IS IT NOW – STOLEN 1800S PYV 350F – Member needs your help

Around 7 years ago a Club Member purchased an 1800S from an owner who had moved to Spain. 'Before I could collect the car it was stolen! The car a green 1800S was last seen in Estapona, Malaga, Spain'.
Member has proof of ownership.

Vehicle details as follows: Reg: No: PYV 350F first registered 19.01.1968

Chassis No: 26339   Engine No: 4013. If you have any details of know the whereabouts of this vehicle please contact me Kevin Price and I will pass the information on to the Member/Owners. Kevinprice.vec@btinternet.com  


Founders Day national gathering July

VOLVO ENTHUSIASTS CLUB ‘FOUNDERS DAY’ 2014 - Celebrating the Club’s 25th Birthday

To celebrate the Volvo Enthusiasts Club 25th Birthday, the Club’s Founder and current Hon President, Kevin Price, organised a ‘Founders Day’ for all Volvo owners and enthusiasts at the Jinney Ring Craft Centre, near Bromsgrove in Worcestershire.

            The venue was perfect for the event with the Club taking space on the lawn with the back drop of the Malvern Hills in the distance.

            Members, friends and Volvo owners arrived from 11am and were greeted with a gift of a Limited Edition Commemorative 25 year Birthday mug and event Rally plate.

            Attendance at the event was excellent with a cross section of all the models the club covers, from very rare (only 6 survive according to Volvo Sweden) 1952 PV 445 Convertible to a 2000 Volvo V70. Cars attending also included a Volvo 850 BTCC Racing Estate, a 240 pick-up, lots of 1800’s and 120’s, plus a pair of now very rare 360’s.

Voting for ‘Best Car’ etc as always was undertaken by attending Members, with awards being Sponsored by Cherished Vehicle Insurance, who have recently tailored an insurance scheme specifically with benefits for Volvo Enthusiasts Club Members.

             Best Car voted by attending Members, was awarded to John Kemp’s beautiful 1968 Volvo 131. John was one of the Founder Members of the VEC back in October 1989, when the club started with just 5O members, so a worthy winner.

Full results voted by attending Members as follows:

Best Car:     John Kemp - 1968 Volvo 131

R/U Best Car:   Andy Panayi – 1965 Volvo 1800S

Best PV:   Kevin Price – 1952 Volvo PV445

Best 120:   Chris Ford – 1968 Volvo 121          R/U Lynne Marshall – 1965 Volvo 122S

Best 1800:  Andy Panayi – 1965 Volvo 1800S      R/U 1963 Volvo P1800 Reg No: AFM 235A

Best 200/140:  Simon King – 1971 Volvo 144GL   R/U Peter Yapp - 1998 Volvo 245 Torslander

Best 700/900/850:  David Lance – 1990 Volvo 760 Turbo Diesel Estate

R/U Daniel Hammel – Volvo 850 BTCC Racing Estate Replica

Best 300/480:   Edward Bostock – 1986 Volvo 360  R/U Edward Bostock - 1985 Volvo 360

Best Restoration 2014; Andy Panayi – 1965 Volvo 1800s

Best Engine Bay:   John Kemp – 1968 Volvo 131

Best Modern Volvo (Under 15 years old) Des Rameaux – 2000 Volvo V70

Furthest Distance travelled to the event: Des Rameaux - Volvo V70

John Kemp receives Best car Trophies from Graeme Hamilton of Cherished Vehicle Insurance (Sponsors) see more in gallery images below.

 Best Car - John Kemp Volvo 131

Following the success of this years ‘Founders Day’ and National Gathering next year the International Gathering will take place on first Sunday in June the 7th, 2015 at Hartlebury Castle ALL Volvo owners, enthusiasts and friends welcome .

For this and further information on the News page or contact kevinprice.vec@btinternet.com


Our Thanks to Cherished Vehicle Insurance for Sponsorship of the Trophies & Jinney Ring

More Photographs available contact: Kevin Price


The day started off very wet and I didn’t appreciate the alarm going off at 5-30 am—however the VEC had been invited to attend the above show this was in conjunction with the Classic Wheels Club and we were their guests and in their display area curtsey of Graeme Muir. You will see from the picture that David with his Red 144 ”Poppy” is admiring his car while finishing off and ice cream (actually talking to his wife Heather who is in the car). Yes folks the weather did change-- by 12 -30 just spitting a little and by 2pm the hard standing we were on was dry Yes unusual --hard standing---we were at the Crichton College and making use of the facilities of all weather parking--No messy field no wet shoes and no stuck vehicles—all in all –a well run show—plenty of marshals on duty.
The variety of vehicles brought back many memories which is one reason so many folk go---This year the selection was a little low due to the heavy rain in the morning This however did not stop us Volvo Enthusiasts—as you can see a 144 a 131 and a 145 were on show along with a dry place to sit for my two dogs
The college was quite pleasant with old buildings in the red sandstone and new buildings built in keeping with the surroundings which made an  extremely pleasant area to walk round and exercise the pups.
So thanks to Graeme and Lesley for the invitation--- we enjoyed the show--- and whilst we were in nostalgic mode most of the time observing vehicles there were many youngsters there all interested in the great variety on show. Nice to meet up with club members and other like minded folk --Another point of note it was only £2 to enter This must be the cheapest value for money show ever---for the two quid you received a detailed program and a commemorative mug---how do they do it for that price.
How about some of you other Volvo members coming along next time?

Russ and pups

This was without doubt the best Bristol Classic Car Show so far and our Club Stand featured 2 Jensen built P1800’s – a very rare sight considering there under 20 on the road in Britain today and also Colin Hughes’s‘all singing and dancing’ 760 turbo Lowliner Estate.

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1973 P1800ES for sale

Volvo P1800ES for sale

I am offering my 1973 Volvo P1800ES for sale. I have had this car quite a few years. Meanwhile, I have acquired a lot of other cars, so I am not giving this the full attention it deserves. I would like to sell it to an enthusiast who will look after and appreciate it.
It is valued at around £7,000, but I would accept sensible offers.

David Jones.

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Colin Waudby's Endurance Rally Prepared 1968 Volvo 123GT

My car is a 123GT which we restored for endurance type rallies a couple of year ago. The B18 engine has been replaced with a B20 and big valve head, compression increased to 10:1; D Camshaft with lightened cam followers, tubular push rods (Iskendarien) and double valve springs; 8kg flywheel. Standard SU’s, revised needles. 4-1 exhaust manifold and 2” bore exhaust. M41 gearbox with uprated D type overdrive. Low ratio diff with LSD. Suspension bushes are polybushes, heavier front anti-roll bar fitted and Bilstein shockers all round. The Road springs are standard but I’m about to replace these with linear uprated springs lowered by 25mm. The alternator has been rewound to give 75A output.

Rally Success – Our Congratulations to Colin Waudby

An update letter

..... I don’t do many. But the rallies I do are typically HERO’s reliability trials. I’ve done LEJOG each year since 2005 (in a Lancia Fulvia Coupe, Porsche 911 E and in the Amazon for the last 3 years). We’ll be in this year’s LEJOG too. Usually do Three Castles, but this year; instead I just finished the Summer Trial a couple of weeks ago; 3 day event based around Goodwood. We managed 1st in class, 6th overall and won silver medals. Good event despite the weather!

I mentioned I was changing the road springs- this I did in time for the Summer Trial. I fitted 25mm lowered, linear rate springs from Skandix: these are Swedish made. (Skandix is located about 10km from where I am working in Germany – a very impressive outfit, immaculate warehouse and very smart office – definitely a cut above.) The Car was much better: ride much improved, the car sat down much better and handled better too. With the heavier anti-roll bar and a bit of negative camber plus some tyre pressure tweaking, there was just a nice touch of understeer (standard size tyres on 5.5” Minilites)

Re Photo’s of the car: The first & fourth are on LEJOG and are by Fracesco Rastrelli Fotografo.

Kind Regards Colin Waudby

(NOTE From Kevin: I know Scandix well - very professional, worth a look on their website www.skandix.com)

120 Estate for sale at Bristol Show

Seen at Bristol Classic Car Show with For Sale Notice:-

Volvo 122 Amazon Estate 1968. Manual, B18 engine with overdrive. MOT November 2013. Tax Exempt. A very original car and although not concourse condition the bodywork and interior are all very good for the age of the car. Mechanically the car drives very well ans is currently being used regularly. New Battery, Plugs and Fuel Pump fitted Feb 2013. £6,500 ono Genuine enquiries only please. Tel; 01300 321193 or Mob: 07541049402 (West Dorset)

A big ‘Well Done’ to Rob Henchoz of Amazon Cars in a 144 completed London to Cape Town rally 9th overall and 2nd in class to the Porsche.

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