Here we will try to keep you updated on what is happening in terms of Volvo car anniversaries, news items of general interest and important dates to remember.
On September 18, million-miler Irv Gordon and his 1966 Volvo 1800S finally reached their phenomenal goal of hitting the 3 million miles mark – the same distance as 120 laps around the world.
In the early 1950s, Helmer Petterson – ’technical father’ of the PV444, Volvo producer gas units, the Volvo Sport and the real father of Pelle Petterson – designed the coloured perspex sun shield, known as the ’gangster cap’ among Volvo fans.
The Childrens’ Hospital Day at Volvo Cars has become a popular tradition. For the sixth consecutive year, Volvo Cars Experience invited children from the Childrens’ Hospital in Gothenburg to spend a day full of action, activities and fun together with people from Volvo Cars. They do this together with their families and staff from the hospital.
As from October 1, 2013, Claes Rydholm – manager of Volvo Cars Heritage – will retire after 27 years with Volvo Car Corporation. Since August 2006, he has run the VCH operation, successfully building the brand from an historic perspective and putting classic Volvos on the international map.
Volvos, Volvos and Volvos again. Being at IVM means being together with members of the Volvo family, among Volvo fans and around Volvo cars all the time. And having a good time too.
The Volvo Rendezvous & Owners Meeting – renamed earlier this year – was held during the weekend of August 9 –11. Like every VROM before, it was a great place to be for every Volvo fan.
July 4th 2013 marks the 60th anniversary of the Volvo Duett – Volvo’s first series-produced estate car and the starting point of the company’s proud estate car tradition. In 1944, the round-backed little PV444 was showed for the first time. It was the car that would transform Volvo from being a small-scale Swedish car manufacturer into a respected player on the international car market.
The orange-coloured Volvo 1800ES from 1973 of Norwegian Petter Aasland, got the ultimate gift for its 40th anniversary. For the first time in its life, the car was finally given the opportunity to use all its four gears, and the overdrive, at a ceremony at the Volvo Cars Demo Centre.
Lightweight materials, alternative fuels, extremely low fuel consumption – key words for the car of today. Yet, these were the very properties that formed the basis for the LCP 2000, Light Component Project. This was a concept car study aimed at the future and the environment, presented by Volvo Car Corporation in the late spring of 1983, 30 years ago.
For the fourth time, Volvo Cars employees who have any kind of hobby or collector’s vehicle were invited to show them to other colleagues on May 22, the so-called Volvo Cars Vehicle Enthusiast Exhibition, held in one of the big parking lots next to one of the VCC offices.