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.
During the weekend of August 16-18, the club Volvofrënn Lëtzebuerg hosted the International Volvo Meeting at their home ground in the middle of Europe. Cars and owners from all the neighbouring countries arrived on Friday in order to be part of three days filled with activities closely related to Volvo, and spiced with a little culture and ‘good life’. Volvo Cars Heritage was represented by its manager Claes Rydholm who has been the president of IVM since it was formed in 2008. The visitors came with their cars from not only from Luxemburg itself but also from Germany, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Austria and Denmark. Disappointingly enough there were no Swedish visitors at this perfectly organized event, bearing in mind that IVM is the international edition of VROM.
The programme on Friday 16th was spent on doing two interesting company visits. One of them was EC (Eurocomposites), a specialist company that makes composite components for the aircraft industry and SEO, a hydroelectric power plant that supplies electricity to both Luxemburg and Germany. The day ended at Autopolis, the largest Volvo dealer in Luxemburg where there a nice dinner buffet was served in the middle of their showroom.
VCH manager Claes Rydholm and Dr Frank Jacob, with start number 1, set out on the rally that proved to be a real success.
The rally on Saturday started from Autopolis and ran some 160 km on winding country roads uphill and downhill though the beautiful landscape of this little country in the middle of Europe. Almost 100 cars, ranging from PV444 to XC60 and more than 200 people took part. The lunch stop was at the beautiful Chateau Ansembourg, but by far the most popular part of the rally was the pit stop at the GoodYear test track in Colmar-Berg where all participants were given the opportunity to drive their cars on the track. Easily the quickest way to make little boys out of grown men. Saturday closed with river cruise on the Moselle (Mosel) and a IVM gala dinner on board the ‘MS River Diva’. A beautiful evening indeed.
There were all sorts of Volvos, old and new, lined up at the parking of the Kymco company in bascarage on Sunday.
The Sunday programme started with city sightseeing followed by the final show in Bascharage where all cars were lined up at the parking of the Kymco (scooters and motorbikes) company. There were the usual array of sellers of parts, books, brochures, Volvo souvenirs and other automobilia, a substantial barbecue and the Luxemburg importer of Volvo trucks and buses had put two of its latest products on show too for people to look at.
IVM 2013 closed after having been perfectly organized by the Volvofrënn. Everyone was happy with the three days spent together with other members of the Volvo family. Next year, 2014, IVM will be held in Belgium (organized by Volvo Classic Club Belgium) between August 8 and 11 and include visits to Liège with its rich motor industry heritage and the racing circuit of Spa Francorchamps. Read more at www.ivm2014.be and www.volvoclassicclub.be
The easiest way to make a boy out of a man is to let him out on a race track. This was clearly illustrated when the rally participants came to the GoodYear test track in Colmar-Berg and were allowed to try their cars on the circuit.