SSVC has multiple events throughout the year, from time to time we select one of our event reports and post it to our website.
All event reports are published in Rolling magazine which is included in your membership.

News & Updates

Cancellation/Postponement of events due to COVID-19

Sadly, as it stands right now we have few future events scheduled due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, additionally there are a number of supported events that have been cancelled.

We have a couple of things ready for when we are allowed to resume with events but can not announce most dates as yet.

The events committee will keep club members informed and as soon as we can start running events again we will update this page

Harrigans Pub Run March 2020


The 15th of March presented a beautiful sunny day, perfect for a club run to a waterside location. Harrigans Drift Inn is a classic Irish pub in the heart of Calypso Bay in Jacobs Well, just south of Brisbane. Known locally for it’s scenic views, great live music and awesome pub food, Harrigans has been somewhere I have wanted to take the club for some time.

We met up at a cafe in Springwood called Pantry HQ. Most of us just had Coffee but the food is amazing. We sat there and all caught up for about an hour or so before we hopped in the cars and headed to Harrigans.

We arrived and straight away the camera’s came out. The wind was starting to pick up so the decision was made to move us out of the sun to the comfort of the aircon inside. As promised the food was great!!

After lunch we all headed out to the jetty For a photo before heading our own way.

Sadly due to the current pandemic this was our last club run for a while. I thank all that made the effort to come out in these uncertain times.

Till we meet again


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SSVC Australia Day All Swedish Show and Shine 2020


Rain was forecast in Brisbane for the Australia Day long weekend, but thankfully it didn’t eventuate, January 25 marked the second running of the SSVC’s annual Australia Day all Swedish Show and Shine!

People and cars came from all over to compete and show off their prices and joy once again at GLT Car Centre, Capalaba.

Lots of Volvo’s and SAAB’s made it a great day along with BBQ with our resident chef extraordinaire, cooking up a treat. The day was hot as hell but in the end it was all about the cars.

A full list of winners can be found in Rolling.

A big thank you to the committee for the work they put in. A massive thank you to GLT Car Centre for providing the venue once again as well as all the work you do in the Volvo community. To our visitors from South Australia for making the trip up for the weekend.

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who came.


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Macleans Bridge 2019


The SSVC Members joined the 1800/120 Club and Saab for a Great Day out today with some amazing Cars on display at Macleans Bridge.

Great to see all of the members turning out to display their cars with much pride.

Congratulations to the Wilsons for winning best European with the 242 GT


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AGM and Club Updates - June 2019

With the Annual General Meeting (AGM) looming it is now time to begin thinking about what you want from the Club in the year ahead. This last year has been complex and several aspects could have been done better, this is one of the downsides to a Member based Club. However the Club will never get better nor provide you with value if we do not know what you want from us, or if you do not participate.

The AGM is slated for early August with all positions becoming vacant and all Member feedback being valued. The current Committee has ideas and will be looking to undertake a road mapping session once a new Committee is elected for the year moving forward. This will include all the ideas about the future direction of the Club and the possible timelines and ways to get there. The key principle is no idea is a silly one, also not all ideas will be achievable in the short or medium term, however if you do not put them forward then nothing will occur.

I encourage all members to engage with the feedback process and let us know, what has worked well, what hasn't and what you want from the Club into the future. Please email suggestions@ssvc.org.au with your ideas for the Committee to take under review. We can only grow if we all contribute.

Mon Repos Turtle Centre - March 2019


What a weekend - we couldn’t have packed more into this weekend if we tried. Thanks to all that made the huge effort to commit to this weekend away. We had a leisurely drive up Saturday morning to arrive at Kelly’s Beach Resort in time for the kids to have a swim and the adults had a beverage or two, then it was off to Mon Repos for the Turtle Tour, at about 8pm our group was called out to make our way down to the beach. It was truly amazing, a full moon, beautiful breeze and then we gathered in a circle in complete darkness. When the ranger switched her light on, Jared Wilson and I were lucky enough to be right in front of the chamber. I can’t even describe what it was like to see turtle after turtle pouring out of the sand. They weigh about 10 grams and only one in a thousand make it to adulthood. The rangers capture them in an enclosure on the sand and count them, then the kids formed a line like tunnel ball and shined torches to give them a safe passage to the water. From here they swim to South America and don’t return for 15 years. The babies have to come up for air every minute, the adults can stay under water for 5 hours. Some of us stayed to watch a nest dug up that had hatched the previous night, sadly when all the 105 eggs were dug up only 10 had made it out alive, 7 were dead trapped by compacted sand and the rest were half formed. The rangers think the king tide from cyclone Oma flooded the nest, which resulted in it being too cold and wet for them to survive. We learnt some great ways to help turtle conservation and it was really great for the kids to be able to see nature at its best and worst. We were up early the next morning and hit the Windmill Cafe for an amazing artisan brunch, then half our group headed home and the rest of us fit in an amazing tour at the Bundaberg Ginger Beer Factory complete with a tasting of ALL their brewed soft drinks (that much sugar should be good for the kids on the drive home) and topped it off at KALKI MOON DISTILLING BREWING COMPANY. It was well worth the stop and included a fabulous gin sampling - of course we did our best to support the locals coming home with packs of Bundaberg Brew and some designer Gin. I hope everyone enjoyed the trip, I know we can’t wait until the season starts again and we will definitely be coming back to watch the turtles making their journey up the beach to lay their eggs. 


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Tävlings Aug 2018


This may be the first introduction to what I like to call tävlings, for the vast majority of you reading this at least.

Tävlings is a casual event I have organised, a few times now, for the few SSVC members interested in drag racing their Swedish stallions. It is usually a small turnout that attends the test’n’tune nights at Willowbank Raceway in Ipswich, Qld for a bit of racing and friendly banter. The most recent time being Saturday night on the 4/8/18, with attendance being the highest yet at 5 cars racing.

Unfortunately due to the fact the test’n’tune events at Willowbank are public events and the fact that there were 2 big events coming up, it was fairly busy.

With this becoming a semi regular event, I hope to see more Volvo enthusiasts come out and give it a go, I always enjoy organising and attending the Tävlings events and as far as I can tell anyone who has come along to one has enjoyed it also, it has always been about getting people together to have a good time and race their Volvo’s in a no pressure environment. One day at one of the next Tävlings events, I will be able to race one of my Volvo’s and join in on all the fun, I look forward to that day and hope that I can share it with a bigger group of Volvo enthusiasts but for now I will just have to settle for watching people that share the same passion as I do having a good time and enjoying what their Volvo is capable of achieving on the quarter mile.


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RACQ Motorfest 2017


RACQ Motorfest is one of the biggest annual classic car show’s held in Queensland. Vehicles aging from the very early 1900’s mix gracefully with current machinery resulting in a feast for the eyes with over 250 cars and another 100 or so bikes on display around the grounds of Eagle Farm Racecourse.


The featured mark this year was a celebration of Holden, whilst also marking the end of car manufacturing in Australia.


This year the SSVC combined with the 1800/120 club and the SAAB Enthusiast group to display our Swedish pride. All up we had 9 Volvo’s ranging from P1800’s and 123GT’s to 242GT’s, a 740GLE and a C70. We were mixed in with 9 Saabs from early 80’s through to the last of them.

From my personal perspective it was interesting to hear the reaction to what people thought of my 242GT. It always amazes me that there is certainly no middle ground. People either love it or hate it. I do know the crash test dummies were impressed, once they got in they didn’t want to get out!!

In the end Paul Sholz of the 1800/120 club with his beautiful (and I truly mean beautiful) P1800 was picked as one of the top 3 in its category, sadly not taking the trophy but a great achievement all the same. We will be back next year and hopefully will outnumber the SAAB boys and girls.


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Rosewood Car, Bike and Ute Show 2016


Stalwart: reliable, loyal, staunch. Etc. Also reckless, a bit stupid.

Based on the latter definition a group of Volvo stalwarts came together at a Show &Shine the rural metropolis of Rosewood on the south western side of Brisbane. Meeting at Roses on the Warrego Highway at Marburg under threatening clouds the ever optimistic members decided to brave the weather anyway. Sadly for the organisers the rain kept up a steady drizzle for most of the day.

This where the above definition comes in to play... The rain was not heavy but fairly consistent. Unfortunately the large club gazebo was unavailable so Mike's little 2.4 X 2.4 had to do. A problem with the extending legs, which insisted on departing their rightful positions inside the upper shafts, brought out previously unknown engineering skills of some of the older members. Eventually the tent was erected and provided some shelter. The site of a dozen men and a couple of ladies crammed sardine style in order to keep some semblance of comfort would have been somewhat amusing.

Our marque was well represented with a great variety of cars. In between squalls we managed to get out and look at some of the other cars. A wide variety of vehicles of varying makes and vintage were on display. U Beaut Utes were well represented as would be expected in a rural place. Eventually the prize giving event, which had been eagerly anticipated, finally happened. Jared Wilson scored runner up most original but was upstaged by a DATSUN 120Y!!! Not happy Jan...


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Drive to Flutterbies Cafe, Tyalgum - Sept 2015


A Motely bunch of Mates Met at Macca’s (BP Service Centre, Yatala) early Sunday morning 20/09, looking forward expectantly to a great day of fun, friendship and good food.. After fortifying ourselves on Brekkie rolls and coffee we set off for Tyalgum. Our fearless leader having eschewed the services of the ‘Honorary Volvo’ and arrived in his son’s lovely 850R. As we left the service centre, we all pulled over on the side of the road near the roundabout at the entrance to the M1 to allow all to assemble.

There was some consternation by the drivers of a Ford Escape and a Toyota Corolla who had dutifully joined us, not realising that we weren’t actually a queue waiting to enter said roundabout.
Alan set a cracking pace on the motorway, never over the speed limit of course, thankfully the unique Volvo red stood out enough to enable us all to keep him in our sights. We did manage to arrive at the Tweed Valley exit together. Then commenced a leisurely drive to our destination. We were fortunate enough to get a wide area to park and display our cars for a good photo shoot.

Thanks Boden and Ryan

Flutterbies Café is a lovey venue. The staff are excellent, the menu is varied and the food is par excellence. A recipe for a very enjoyable sojourn. We enjoyed complimentary toasted Turkish garlic bread and variously, Chicken Pot Pie, Fish Mornay and Barra amongst others. One of our number, who shall remain nameless and as is the wont of the young, dispensed with the formality of eating a main course before indulging in the sweet and dived straight into a very exotic concoction containing cream/cake/ice cream with all the enthusiasm of someone driven by a twin turbo!!
We were also joined by Claire Wilson’s Mum who is a sprightly lady of a very surprising 92 summers!

I think we would all agree that, if we get to that great age, we would be more than happy to be as composed as this delightful lady. We also welcomed Richard Buxton from Byron Bay who recently joined the SSVC. An enthusiastic Volvarian with a 2011 XC90, his preference is for 6 cylinder vehicles. Two hours flew by with all the congeniality and wide ranging topics of conversation. Around 2.30 pm we departed for home after an excellent day out. I’m sure we are all looking forward to many more such excursions.
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AND THEN THERE WAS!


Back on the 19 October, a hardy bunch of souls got together for the first meeting of the club. A committee was established with ‘Rocket’ Rod Wilson as our founding President with John and Estelle Dempster as our founding Secretary/Treasurer. There are a couple of other characters on the committee but, because the Police are still looking for some of us, I won’t name them. We had our ‘Coming Out’ party on 9 November when the 1800/120 Club were kind enough to invite the SSVC to join them at Wheels of the Century. Six cars from the two clubs turned up. A good time was had by all and a lot of interest was shown by the general public. It’s funny – we hear all the jokes about our lawn bowling cars but, along come a couple of racing Volvos with a cool kid called Scotty ‘Give it some Jandal’ McLaughlin and, suddenly, we are Vikings and not IKEA. Our next adventure (at my age, everything is an adventure!) was our Christmas Run and Christmas BBQ on 23 November. We kicked off from Ipswich and travelled up to Toowoomba via Murphys Creek. It was a lovely run taking in some terrific scenery with a stop at the quaint old railway station just outside of Murphys Creek. The cars ran well except for a recalcitrant 740 Turbo (known as ‘Hedvig’) who decided to vapour lock on a couple of occasions, depositing the new owner at the side of the road, and one of the ‘newer’ cars which had an electrical gremlin (must have been built in England!) Our kind hosts in Toowoomba were the Dempsters who showed their wonderful hospitality by having the Christmas BBQ at their home. Many a tall story was told during the afternoon. Hopefully the neighbours have forgiven John and Estelle by now, and I promise to eventually return the silverware and the neighbour’s pet rabbit! As the members are from various and widespread locations, we have decided to have our runs start in different locations so the same people don’t have to travel every time. Therefore our next run will be on 25 January, starting at the Sunshine Coast and finishing at Kenilworth. You will find more details on our Facebook page – ‘Sunshine State Volvo Club’. All are welcome!. 


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