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.

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!
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.
One helluva day. Let’s do that again.
Photo: Rolf, Walt, Mike, Dick

All Swedish Meet at XXX in Issaquah


This was the 11th annual All Swedish Meatball…ahem, All Swedish MEET.
Easy mistake!

XXX stands for many things but in this case we are talking about XXX Root Beer drive-in restaurant, not for porn as your dirty mind was thinking…well, unless you were thinking Swedish Car Porn, we got some of that!

It was a bit chilly in the morning but no rain and the sun came out later and all was good.

Ingvar Karlson is hosting this event and for a measly ten bucks you get to park your Swedish car next to other like minded certified Swedish car nuts.

Most entry fees collected at car meets and shows are destined for the treasure of the hosting club. Nothing wrong with that as it pays for some expenses but Ingvar is giving it away to charity instead. My hat’s off to Ingvar.

Let’s start with Sheila Caillier’s beautiful 1967 Volvo 1800S.

Looks great from any angle.


1967 Volvo 142S. Included is a bearded, hat wearing, coffee drinking Seattlelite. Of course we don’t stereotype here!


Let’s just say that this 1966 Volvo 1800S is not ugly! The red color is brighter than the original 46 red Volvo color but the owner is making no apologies for this mild custom.

Mint black interior.

I wish the guy would clean up his engine before bringing it to a car show…really!

I am not big on hot rod parts on vintage Volvos but this makes sense. I can’t see myself drilling holes on those beautiful fenders but you need review mirrors, right?


The favorite 142 at the show. There seems to be less of these cars than the older 122 cars. I think they all rusted away or something. With B20 power and all wheel disk brakes it makes for a great Swedish competitor to the Datsun 510.


At this point, all the Saab dudes and dudettes are getting pretty pissed off. Where are the SAABs?? OK fine, let’s feature some of these fine FWD wonders:

Very high want factor from your editor on this one. One owner, 16 valve, five speed 1990 Saab 900 convertible. These cars usually got trashed pretty early and nice clean convertibles are getting hard to find.

Even the interior looks like new.

Chris Nelson’s 1990 Saab SPG 3 door. SPG stand for Special Performance Group.

If three doors are good…well then, five doors is betta!

Saab 900 convertible.

Being a fan of the older Volvos, I must admit I don’t really get this but it brings in the younger crowd.

OK, check this out… A rather clean but unassuming Volvo 240DL wagon…or??


4.6 Liter GM LS power plant backed by a 4L60-E automatic transmission. All taken out of a Chevrolet Tahoe. Nice install.

Svensky Ute! …or something like that. It should have 2 door doors and slanted B-pillars if you ask me but nevertheless, interesting and fun.

Mike brought his very nice 1800S. He has been working on improving the car since he bought it from Canada. mike just installed a new chrome grille and insert.


The price is right. Rare Saab steering wheel. I did not ask!

IPD brought out their show car.

Parking buddies, two peas in a pod or whatever you say. These two twins were of the V70R kind. All US models of the V70R were all wheel drive. In other markets you could get FDW only R cars. That would amount to some serious traction problems with 300 hp.

Great day, good people! Let’s do this again. Next upcoming Volvo event is April 9th, 2017 Juanita Beach Park in WA. See our Events Page for more info.

If you know of any Swedish Car event, don’t hesitate to ping your Humble Editor.


Volvo Wagon Meet in Sweden

Ragge Fransson was a relentless Volvo wagon and 123GT enthusiasts.

Story time…He was also a true gentleman: I had just connected with him about Volvos so he barely knew me. I was bidding from US on a rare Volvo part on a Swedish auction site. Turns out he was bidding as well. When he saw that I was the bidder he backed off and let me have the part. I did not know until later.

Unfortunately he left us last year…way too early. RIP Ragge!

Ragge sent us these pictures a few years ago from a wagon meet in Sweden.


Vintage Volvo meet in Sweden 122 wagon red

The red wagon is a 1968, Automatic.

Vintage Volvo meet in Sweden 122 wagon red side

Vintage Volvo meet in Sweden 122 wagon red interior

Vintage Volvo meet in Sweden 122 wagon white

Vintage Volvo meet in Sweden 122 wagon blue

Roof rack is the norm.

Vintage Volvo meet in Sweden 122 wagons more


Vintage Volvo meet in Sweden Ragge

Ragge Franssons 1968 122 Wagon Sport.

Vintage Volvo meet in Sweden Ragge rear

They look great with the 5.5 inch wide rims. Tires are 195-60-15

Vintage Volvo meet in Sweden 122 wagons

Photo: Ragge Fransson

Bonus picture:

Volvo PV544

Magnus Johansson from Karlshamn, Sweden sent us this picture of his car and trailer.  The car is a 1965 Volvo PV 544 Sport. The car is un-restored and is even sporting the original paint. The trailer is an Opio also from 1965.