The much awaited Sälen Grand Prix family weekend got off to a sunny start on Friday July 9. The 120 km rally - which actually took the whole day thanks to the many enthusiastic participants, a friendly atmosphere and very challenging tests - attracted Volvo cars ranging from 1932 to 2010 . It was won by a Norwegian guest, driving a Volvo 960 limousine which used to belong to of the royal Norwegian court. A real summer barbecue and live music entertainment rounded off the rally day.
Norwegian rally victory in an ex-royal limousine
Saturday was a combination of leisure activities - canoeing, mountain biking, fishing - followed by an exhibition of older Volvo cars at the Sälen square. No less than five perfectly running Volvos from the 1930s were present (and one under renovation) and so were other Volvo cars representing most years between 1947 and the 1990s.
Nice, crowded and smiling faces at Sälfjällstorget with many interesting old Volvo cars
The 'Peoples choice' award was won by Gunnar Nilsson and his beautiful Volvo PV822 taxi from 1948 which also snatched the 'Best renovation' award. The awards for 'Oldest car', 'Nicest original condition', 'Longest travel distance' and 'Best in Show' were in turn given to Lars-Erik Säll's Volvo PV652 -32, Sören Andersson's PV544 -60, Klaus Schröder from Hamburg (Germany) and Ingemar Rydh's fantastic Amazon estate from 1969 in complete police gear, including handcuffs and alcometer. The prizes were handed over by Inger Elise Mey, the Norwegian lady who won the jackpot in television's quiz 'Double or nothing' for her Volvo knowledge.
Carina and Lars-Erik Säll from Bollnäs had the oldest running Volvo at the meeting, a PV652 from 1932. Consequently they got the "Oldest car award"
Other cars that graced the event and arrived on their own wheels were several Amazon 123 GT, Bo Eriksson and his P1800 chassis number 1, a Volvo fire engine from 1933 and a very nice Volvo PV444 from 1947 with a four-digit chassis number. On Saturday evening, happy participants again enjoyed food, drink and life and used up at lot of energy on the dance floor to genuine live rock and roll music.
Volvo Cars Heritage was co-arranger and had brought a PV36 'Carioca' and the now famous Volvo Jakob Hot Rod for the occasion. Visitors were also able to test the Volvo City Safety system on situ in an XC60.
"This was a fantastic event and a great experience for us, with lots of positive feed back coming in already", said a smiling Tomas Kaiser, ex-racing driver and the man behind the Sälen Grand Prix, after the event. "Be sure that this year's Grand Prix was just the opening . We will be back next year with even better edition of Sälen Grand Prix" Kaiser says .
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