Queensland came out in force for the OzVolvo National Meet 2016, with 20 people and 11 cars making the trek down to Forster. Granted not all are members of the SSVC, all are included in this article.
For myself, the rally started with a nice convoy down from Brisbane with most of the brigade. Most of us left Yatala BP at 5.15 am and met up with Jack Graham from SA in his 850R camper at 6 at Chindarah. Also at Chindarah was Terry Brown in his 242GT who was also making his way down. Later in the journey we ran into Rob Eldridge and his family with his famous 164.
We arrived in Forster at around 3pm NSW time (damn daylight savings) and disbanded getting together later for dinner. Prior to dinner though it was time for me to get my cars ready for the next day. Off to the car wash where my T-5 got its first wash since I destroyed my engine a mere 5 weeks earlier (long story, just glad I still got her there!!). Washed, waxed, polished, vacuumed and armor all’d, it was back to start on the Rat (I wiped a bug off the window, does that count as washed?)
Next day it was show time, and as I scraped the undercarriage of the rat on the entry way, I looked forward and what a sight!! Volvos for days, ok a little exaggeration but a great sight none the less. Now here is where I’ll leave the display day as I don’t want to steal James Duckers thunder but the Qlders had some success, more on that later but congrats to all the winners on the day, BEST TROPHIES EVER!!!!
The following day almost everyone came out for breakfast and off on a burn through the mountains on some nice twisting road, and as with any cruise, there is always one honorary defect… Not saying who though…. I decided to keep with the run and headed all the way down to Cowan for a pie at Pie in the Sky, in other words I travelled out of my way by 3 hours for a pie….hmmm
Long story short, I think I speak for the rest of the QLD contingent in saying I had a ball, I went with great memories of last years and made new and in some cases better memories from this year. Last year I said the event was awesome, this year was no different, actually no, it was better. Thank you James and Nina for all the hard work and time spent in organising this event, I can’t wait to get down next year!!
And for those wondering who represented QLD?
-Rob, Lisa, Mackenzie and Archie Eldridge, Blown 164 (winner best 1 series)
-Bede and June Maynard, 960 (winner best 3,4,7,9 series)
-James Clancy and Paula Mills, 850 T-5R wagon (winner best P80)
-Jared Wilson, 850 T-5 and 242GT (minor prize DVS underbody brace)
-Rod and Claire, Clayton and Wayne Wilson, 242GT (minor prize—Bowdons car care products)
-Bill and Liz Sheperd, 245GL (Ron)
-Terry Brown, 242GT
-Johan Agardh, 850R
-Dan and Sierra Rae, S70
-Mike Beamish, C70
Bloody brilliant effort by the Queenslanders if I do say so myself!!!