Whidbey Island Cruise and Garage Crawls

I do enjoy a good car show once in a while but they have one thing in common: they are static. Most vintage car enthusiasts will probably agree, it is way more fun to drive them.
Your’s truly and several members of the local Volvo club, PSVSA were invited to Whidbey Island by locals Rich and Larry to attend the sports car meet, and a garage crawl at Rich’s shop to check out some brass cars.
Whidbey Island is a picturesque island north of Seattle, Washington. Great views and two lane black tops greets you as you roll of the half hour ferry from the main land…or “America” as the islanders calls it.
We started the day with an all American breakfast at Neil’s Clover Patch Cafe.
The Whidbey Island Sports Car Club have a cars & coffee meet on the first Saturday of each month.
We crashed the meet and we think the locals enjoyed our company.
Amazing engine in one of the locals 122S.
Several islanders brought their Swedish iron such as this cool Volvo Duett, or P210 in Ameri-speak.
Another Whidbey Volvo: A fully restored 1966 Volvo PV 544. Super nice.

The Volvo PV engine compartment. B18-porn as they say.
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The car meet at the Wifi Cafe in Freeland is very casual. All fun cars and motorcycles are welcome. The Whidbey Island Sports Car Club takes great pride in not having any rules. As a matter of fact, they don’t have official meetings with minutes, no elected members or treasurer. They just get together to celebrate vintage motoring whenever they feel like it. The best kind of club.
Logan brought his super nice 242GL Turbo
 
Being a petrol head, gear head or motor head is all the same. We like all kinds of vintage cars, even English ones!
My absolute favorite of this morning was actually not a Volvo.  This completely original and un-restored 1967 Shelby GT350. While standing with the owner there were a parade of onlookers asking him when he was going to RESTORE it. They don’t get it! He paid $1500.00 for it 20 years ago, now it is worth $150.000 as is!
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As we were getting ready to hit the road when we were invited to visit Steve Trafton’s garage full of goodies. Well…twist my arm!
Duett Larry being accosted by a local. I bet he was trying to buy Larry’s cool Volvo.
Traffic was really bad! Old cars everywhere!
 
Here we are pulling in to Steve’s estate.
 
Steve is the epitome of a car nut. He collects Ferarris and other amazing cars and he built an incredible huge speedster for the 2016 Peking to Paris race. See more at Blackhorseracing.com 
What greeted us was nothing short of amazing. The number 25 car is a copy of the world famous P4 car. Ferarri won the 24 hr race at Daytona in 1967 with not just one, two of these cars in front of the nose of a Ford GT.
 
This is a speedster built on a 1915 LaFrance Fire engine chassis. It was built for the Peking to Paris race in 2016.
The race was cut short because of a small mishap. One of the rods decided it wanted some fresh air and made it self out of the block. They will be back!
Lola race car.
 
Getting ready to leave Steve’s place. Walt Tartar’s Volvo PV in the front.
On the road again…it’s a rough life!
Rich Anderson’s 1967 Volvo 1800S by the sea.
Next stop: Rich Anderson’s lawn…and home to check out some brass cars.

Pope, Maxwell and even Anderson brass cars at the Anderson shop. Rich Anderson gave us the grand tour of his incredible collection.
Once educated on brass era cars we did the next best thing: Hit the road again. We stopped for a late lunch and then we headed home to wash bugs off the Swedish chrome.
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One helluva day. Let’s do that again.
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Photo: Rolf, Walt, Mike, Dick