During the weekend of August 26 – 28, the 11th Swiss Volvo Meeting and 3rd International Volvo Meeting were jointly held in the beatiful Swiss town of Interlaken. The sun did its best to put a nice golden touch to the event which attracted almost 1,000 Volvo cars to the Flugplatz and some 2,500 people that came to admire them.
Almost 1,000 Volvos, representing cars from six decades, came to enjoy the Swiss sun in Interlaken.
For the SVM/IVM participants, it was a three-day event, starting on Friday 26th with a rally to the city of Luzern where the crews of the appr. 40 cars visited the Verkehrshaus (The Museum of Transportation) which offers a fantastic exhibition of everything that can carry people on the ground, in the air, on and below the sea. After the museum, the cars continued the rally route which took them around parts of the Vierwaldstättersee. It was a full day event.
The rally cars consisted of Volvos from the 1950s to today. Volvo Cars Heritage manager Claes Rydholm drove a 1966 Duett. All cars were parked in the museum courtyard for other visitors to admire.
On Saturday, the classic Volvo car show started with cars lining up on the large open area of the Flugplatz, and inside one of the hangars there was a special exhibition of P1800, celebrating the car's 50th anniversary. Volvo Cars Heritage had brought Mikael Theander's red 1961 car, by now well-known from TechnoClassica and Kungälv and which fitted nicely between another Jensen-built P1800 and a group of nice 1800S.
The oldest P1800 on show was a white P1800 with a chassis number below 800 which felt safe at home beside Mikael Theander's red 1961 car.
Other jubilees that were put to the visitors attention were 20 years of Volvo 850 and 45 years of the 144. Both these were represented by many nice examples of two Volvos with different attitude but with a true Volvo heart. Sunday 28th, the last day, was spent entirely on the Flugplatz with more and more cars coming in and as always, a lot of the vistitors with no plans to put their cars on exhibition, have very nice classic Volvos too. In general, Swiss classic are well kept and looked after, and mild customizing seems to be more common here than in many other countries and accepted. There were also several racing Volvos, from PV to 850, on show.
Beside the Swiss cars, there were also classic Volvo coming to Interlaken from Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, Austria and France. And of course Sweden. Among the older Volvos, the Amazon seemed to dominate along with 140 series cars, but there were also the occasional rare birds, like PV830s from the early 50s.
Two representatives of the PV830 models were present in Interlaken; one Disponent in maroon from 1954 and one very nice two-tone pickup truck from 1954.