The second edition of the Sälen Grand Prix family weekend was held between July 22 and 24. The friendly atmosphere, the beauty of the Sälen area, the well-planned programme and the many interesting and challenging activities attracted even more cars and vistitors than in 2010.
Friday 22nd started off with a 130 km rally, running over winding mountain roads and vast wilderness along the Swedish/Norwegian border. Over 30 cars entered the rally which was actually won by Volvo Cars Heritage manager Claes Rydholm in a PV 544, but who for sportmanship reasons handed over the victory to nr 2. Rydholm’s enthusiastic co-driver was journalist Fredrik Nyblad of Klassiker magazine. The rally took most of the day which was rounded off with a sound portion of rock and roll music with Sigge Hill’s Trio.
The hill climb was run over two heats, with as little time difference as possible. Starter Tomas Kaiser chats up Rolf from Norway in his 262C seconds before start up the twisting road.
Saturday was hill climb day. Using a 2.2 km part of the old Sälen mountain road – closed off for traffic nowadays – the participants started twice, trying to cover the distance with as little time difference as possible. It was all great fun and left a lot of rubber on the ground. Quickest car was a racing Porsche but all Volvos present took part (including yours truly) since it was a combination of speed, precision driving and timing.
Not even heavy rain prevented Volvo enthusiasts to exhibit their cars and people to come and enjoy them.
The hill climb was followed by an exhibition of all the cars on the Sälen square, some 50 in total, most of them Volvos. The 'Peoples choice' award (the visitors vote) was won by a very nice Riley but ‘Best in Show’ went to Rune Svensson’s beautiful Volvo Sport roadster with chassis number 1.
Two of the award winners: Rune Svensson's very nice Volvo Sport from 1956 and Magnuss Ohlsson's Volvo TR701 Taxi from 1937, the oldest Volvo at the meeting and justly awarded for that.
The oldest car award went to Magnus Ohlsson and his nice Volvo TR 701 from 1937 and best original car was a two-owner PV444 from 1950 which belonged to Jan Carlsson of Leksand. Ursula and Klaus Schröder from Hamburg, Germany, clinched the 'Longest travel distance award' for the second consecutive time. Their car is a maroon red PV444 from 1953.
Jazzguitarist Olle Hemmingsson entertained the audience on his guitar, backed by a bass and a running Volvo Victor tractor engine. Indeed a spectacular trio!
The evening was crowned by Liverpool; a Swedish band that plays in the Beatles tradition. Twist and shout were the keywords for the night. Volvo Cars Heritage, co-arranger of the event (together with the Sälen Board of Tourism and Sälfjällstorget) brought along a low-mileage PV544 Sport from 1965, a Volvo Sport 1956 and a PV36 'Carioca' from 1936 for the occasion. The visitors were also able to test drive the fascinating Volvo C30 Electric, courtesy of Volvo Cars Special Vehicles.
"One time is no time, two times make it a tradition”, said initiator Tomas Kaiser, ex-racing driver and the man behind the Sälen Grand Prix, after the event. "This edition of Sälen Grand Prix was better and more fun than last year’s, and in 2012 we’ll even top this. We will be back shortly with an important message: Sälen Grand Prix 2012." Look out for more news at www.salen.se “.