AUSTRALIA September/October2010

AUSTRALIA September/October2010
No. 192
Member Magazine for the Volvo Clubs of Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, New South Wales & 1800/120 Club of Australia
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September/October 2010, Issue No. 192
Next edition deadline is
10th October 2010
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VIC Calendar of Events
President’s Prattle
The Editor’s Desk: Sunshine & Treasured Horses
Membership & Treasurer’s Report
240/260 Register: Floor Mats 101
Volvo C30 Review: SOKO drives and rates them
Volvo Club of Victoria Events Coverage
The Great Race: Falcon GT HO vs. Volvo 244
Always Use your GPS
Brickbats & Bouquets: No Car is Perfect 7
Vehicle Profile: Richard Brabazon 1800E
Volvo Roadshow
Rolling Eyes
Volvo Club of Queensland Pages
Volvo Club of South Australia Pages
Volvo 1800/120 Club Australia Pages
Volvo Club of NSW Pages
Classified Ads: Cars & Parts
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Coming up in Future Editions:
More Volvo Imagineering
Dion’s Story: Part 3
Adding Cruise Control to your P1800
Your Volvo story! If you have a story about your
Volvo or being a Volvo owner, send it to the editor for
use in an upcoming magazine!
ON THE FRONT COVER: “Volvo 940 Collage” submitted by
Brad Wightman (Volvo Club of Queensland)
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Volvo Club of Victoria Events Calendar
For the latest event information, check out the Club’s web site at Unless specified below, all night
meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 8:00PM at the South Camberwell Tennis Club, 332 Burke Road,
Glen Iris, Mel/Ref 59 H6. Unless specifically stated otherwise, all events below are open to Victorian CH-plated vehicles.
donation to CFA. Event Director:
SEPTEMBER 1st (Wednesday)
VALE: Bill Wellwood
Charles Rogers - 0407-246-533
8:00PM Night Meeting. Guest
It was with great sadness that
Speaker John Ousey. John was an
we learned of the passing of Bill
engineer for Volvo and will give us
NOVEMBER 3rd (Wednesday)
Wellwood (5th of July, 2010, after
an insight into the word of Volvo.
8:00PM Night Meeting. Guest
a long battle with cancer). Many
He was the Engineer in charge of
Speaker info
club members will remember Bill for
Volvo Australia’s production line in
the entertainment he provided us
Clayton when they decided to build
several years ago at the club night
the cars from CKD (Completely
meeting, when he auctioned off
Knocked Down) kits. He was also
nearly everything in the room (poor
the Engineer in charge of the Volvo
David Spratt ended up with half the
360 24hr record at Surfer’s Paradise
items without even raising a finger!)
Bill was famous for his garish suit
campus). The cost is $40 per car,
OCTOBER 6th (Wednesday)
coat, bow tie
and we have a 15-car maximum.
8:00PM Night Meeting. Guest
and top hat, and
Show up early to get in the queue
Speaker info
performed many
and avoid disappointment. Starts at
auctions for
OCTOBER 10th (Sunday)
Shannons during
Proposed drive/economy run
his 25 years of
to Ballarat, and visit to Sovereign
employment. He had a passion for
Hill. Details to be confirmed - watch
cars, and even owned one or more
the web site or contact Mark Iceton
Volvos during his lifetime. Bill’s
(0434-897-144) for more information.
charity auctions generated millions
OCTOBER 23rd (Saturday)
for various charities, and he will be
Picnic at Muckleford. A great family
sorely missed by those who knew
day out - take your car for a drive
Magazine printed by club member
to Muckleford Station (MucklefordRick Robey @ Fairkote:
Walmer Rd.) Large display day, food
and entertainment, steam train and
machinery display. See www.vgr. for details.
OCTOBER 31st (Sunday)
Cars of the World display day
(external event). Proceeds benefit
Blind Citizens Australia. Location:
Rochford Wines, 880 Maroondah
Highway (enter off Hill Rd; Melways
277 D9), Coldstream (Yarra Valley).
Cavalcade meeting point - Wheelers
Hill Hotel, Cnr Jells & Ferntree Gully
Rds, Wheelers Hill, 8:45 AM for a
9:15 departure. Entry forms at www. Display car
fee $25. Food & beverage package:
$35 pp. Spectator entry: gold coin
President’s Prattle
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Firstly, I thank the members for voting
me into the top job of the Club, but not in
my view the most important as that falls
to Greg with the magazine.
The job is made easier when one
takes over the Captaincy from the
outgoing skipper and the boat is all ship
shape and cruising nicely as opposed to
being on the rocks and taking on water
(which happened to me in 1985, but
that’s another story).
As Heino said it takes a good
committee and a load of enthusiasm to
make it work and I thank him and the
committee for his last 8 years to bring the
Club up to where it is.
I go back a bit further to 1980 and
my second meeting was an AGM where
I was coerced into being Editor [with a
manual typewriter, scissors and glue to
cut and paste].
12 months later I was President and
Editor [with an electric typewriter – wow!]
and like this AGM I wasn’t even there as I
was in Queensland.
Anyway a lot of water under the
bridge since then.
A bit of background for those who
don’t know me:
Like Heino I spent 21 years in the
Army with a couple of tours to Vietnam
and also Singapore where we bought
our first Volvo – a 1973 144GL as Pam
was also posted there with me. Then
various postings around Australia as
a Communications Technical Officer.
On discharge I joined the Country Fire
Authority Communications Department
and continued my career for another 24
years before retiring in
January this year.
It was an interesting
and satisfying journey
[most of the time].
I look forward to the
challenge of the next
12 months to keep the Club on track with
the help of my committee. I will say now
that I don’t intend to drop off the perch
whilst in this position so will be looking for
a successor to take over the reins. In the
30 years in the Club I think I have done
in excess of 20 on the committee in some
position or other so it will be time to kick
back for a while after this stint.
Lance Phillips
Now Hear This: For the Last Time
I attended the Annual General
Meeting (AGM) for the Volvo Club
of Victoria on a rainy wet evening in
August 2002 not really knowing what
to expect. I was willing to nominate
for a general committee member
position. What happened next is still a
little bit unbelievable but it happened
nevertheless. The first position to be
elected is the President followed by the
Vice President and so on. Well we never
got to the general committee members
because we stalled at the President’s
position. It was painful, Lance went
around the room a number of times but
no one wanted the position. In the end
I thought why not and put my hand up.
That was seven years ago and a lot has
The club has gone from a dark
period back to a revitalised club with an
energetic and enthusiastic
committee and supportive
members. I have enjoyed
the last seven years as the
President of the Volvo Club
of Victoria. It wasn’t easy
in the early days; I had a
lot to learn and had a new
committee. We didn’t get
the magazine out on time;
we had a large number of unfinancial
members; but we had enthusiasm. Plus
we had the help and support of the
longer-serving members like Lance and
John Johnson. Gradually everyone found
their niche. We have grown from the 80
members in 2002 to over 180 members
in 2010. We have a magazine that not
only comes out on time but is also now a
national magazine representing the Volvo
Clubs of Australia. Thank you so much
Greg Sievert.
The time has come for me to hand
over the reins to someone else and that
someone is Lance Phillips. Lance has
been the Vice President for around two
years now and has always been there
to cover my many absences. These
absences have been work related and it
has become increasingly more difficult to
meet both work and club commitments.
I have been elected as the new Vice
President and will give Lance all the
support he needs.
To each and every one of you, I would
like to thank you for making the task
so enjoyable and pleasurable. To my
Committee past and present a great big
thank you and a huge pat on the back.
To the Victorian members, thank you
for your support and confidence. To the
many members of all the Volvo Clubs in
Australia and throughout the world, thank
you and “Keep on Rolling”.
For the last time (for now maybe),
Heino Nowatzky
formation of a new car brand
“Baojun”. Baojun, according
to the GM press release,
means “treasured horse”,
and as you can see by the
so clean you have to
logo below it’s a horse (no
wear white gloves while
interpretation required!)
working on it to avoid
SGMW’s current market is
getting fingerprints on the
the mini-commercial vehicle
(very small vans, such
The other big news in
as the Wuling “Sunshine”
the USA is a milestone for
pictured below, as well as
Irv Gordon, who recently
utes, etc.) so this provides
turned 70. Happy
the joint venture an outlet for
Birthday Irv. As most of you know, Irv’s
passenger cars in what is now the world’s
largest vehicle market. It is doubtful you’ll
see a Baojun on the road in Australia in
the near future, but you can bet there
will be an influx of “cheap and cheerful”
Chinese-made vehicles on the road
soon, based on recent announcements
by Australian importer/distributors. With
brands like Hyundai and Kia moving
up-scale, somebody has to fill the bottom
end of the market!
By the time you read this, the
elections will be over. Tomorrow
we are “forced” to go to the polling
place and cast a vote, and no, I
won’t be voting for Julia Gillard, or
Tony Abbott, or any other primeministerial hopeful. Unless you
live in Julia’s or Tony’s electorate,
you won’t be voting for them, and
as you know, it’s the party that
selects the leader (or ousts the
leader if so desired!) I can’t think
of a time in my life that a whole
country has rallied around a PM/
President - we could only hope and it’s no different in this election
with the result predicted to be close
to 50/50. Maybe it happened in
Kevin Greenaway sent this cartoon (via Irv) the “JFK” days? Was there an PM
from a French publication (Kevin’s translation) of Australia that the vast majority
of the people approved of? I shall
milestones usually revolve around his
have to read up on my Australian politics
odometer ticking over another million
MILES every few years in his 1966
P1800. Irv is now working up to the 3
million mile mark in the car, and said
when he reaches 3 million miles, he’d like
to put the car in a museum or maybe sell
it if somebody will give him $1 for every
mile the car has travelled.
In the used car sales yard, they say
“there’s one born every minute”, but it’s
not often in recent years that we hear
about the birth of a new automotive
brand name (more often than not, some
of the big automakers have been
slashing, closing, consolidating or
shedding brands to
tighten their reins).
This is not so much
the case in China,
where General Motors
recently announced
with their Chinese joint
venture SAIC-GMWuling (SGMW) the
The Editor’s Desk:
Sunshine & Treasured Horses
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Is everyone ready for spring? I don’t
know about you, but I’m getting a bit
sick of the rain (although we shouldn’t
complain - the Melbourne water supplies
are about 38% full vs. 27% this time last
year!) When I washed the car last week
(using tank water of course) I got rained
on while washing it and then rained on
again after I finished drying it. Typical
Melbourne - full sun then downpour twice
in the span of an hour. Before you know
it, we’ll be in the prime car club events
season, and as you can see by the club
calendar there are plenty of opportunities
to get your cars out on the road.
Speaking of events, you’ll find a National
Rally entry form in your magazine,
along with details about the rally in the
1800/120 club section. This promises to
be a great event (Easter 2011 in Armidale
NSW) and we will definitely have a
group of cars from Victoria driving up. If
you’re thinking about attending, be sure
to send in your expression of interest to
the 1800/120 club rally committee (and
also let Lance Phillips know as we will
start making a list of VIC members going
up for the event). If you haven’t been to
a national rally before, you don’t know
what you’re missing. Talk to another club
member who’s been and read stories
about the rallies in past editions of Rolling
Australia - you’ll be convinced!
On the other side of the world in the
northern hemisphere, my parents have
just attended the Volvo Club of America
national meet in Michigan. They drove
up from Georgia to Michigan in Dad’s
restored modified 1800E, and Dad got
the award for “Best Engine” display which wasn’t surprising to me given it’s
history some day...all I can say is just be
thankful that the campaigning period in
Australia is so short (it may seem like an
eternity to you, but coming from the US
where they start campaigning about 2
years before the election, this is nothing!)
[Postscript: It’s the “morning after”
and I have a midnight-TV-news-electioncoverage hang-over. Disappointingly,
it appears we may have to wait days or
weeks to know who will be running our
country. One thing is obvious - there are
a lot of people who aren’t happy with the
current government, and they’ve voted
accordingly. Will we be “moving forward”
or “stopping the...” is anyone’s guess!]
Finally, I had the great pleasure
of hosting a year-10 work experience
student for a week in August. Having
been in the automotive industry for over
20 years, it’s easy to become cynical
and negative, given we seem to lose
benefits and perks as the years go by,
and the industry is so cyclical. Well,
Kieran (Wayne’s second cousin) was
absolutely rapt in what we do at Holden.
Apparently some of his teachers advised
him that engineering may not be the
way to go for a career, but I think he left
after his week with us on an adrenaline
high and excited about the potential of
a career in engineering. I must admit
having him look over my shoulder for a
while encouraged me to work that little bit
harder, and I found that explaining things
to him helped me to think more clearly. If
anyone has the chance to mentor or help
students when they’re thinking about a
career, I highly recommend it. After all, if
we don’t encourage our young people to
get a good education and work in a field
that interests them, the best jobs may
have to be filled by immigrants who are
highly-skilled and/or willing to do jobs that
Australians don’t want or aren’t qualified
for. We don’t have the right to complain
about that if we don’t put forth the best
effort to skill up our future workforce!
Greg Sievert
Editor, Rolling Australia
Phone: 03-9397-5976 (AH)
Email: [email protected]
The Volvo Club of Victoria would
like to welcome the following new
members to the club:
Steven Lascelles (S60)
Alex Dack (360GLT)
Dave & Pam Tuck (240 - New Zealand)
As of August 2010, the club
has 182 members, with 16 having
outstanding membership payments
due. Remember, if you have a car
on Victorian club (CH) plates, it’s
important to keep your membership
current. You should also carry a
copy of the Club Permit Scheme
handbook in your car - available from
the club Secretary for $5 each.
If you have any questions about
your club membership status, please
contact the membership secretary,
Greg Sievert on 9397-5976 or email
[email protected]
The club would like to sincerely
thank all the business owners who
continue to offer their support
for the club by renewing their
advertisements in the magazine.
Not only does this provide a great
service to club members, but it is
also a good value for advertisers
since we have been able to keep the
rates very low again this year. If you
would like to discuss changes to your
ad (content and/or size of the ad)
at any time during the year, please
contact the editor. Advertising flyers/
inserts can be arranged at cost something else to consider if you’re
having a sale/event or wish to make
a special impact. Keep in mind that
the magazine goes out to Volvo club
members Australia-wide, providing
good coverage for your advertising
0402-203-437 (AH)
Adrian is busy working with our
accountant to finalise the books for
the financial year. Full report in the
next edition of Rolling. In the mean
time, the bank balance as of 22
August 2010 is $5097.54.
that it still has
today. You know
the type: black
rubber with the
little moulded
squares to trap
water, ubiquitous on the Volvo 140s and
240s of the 1970s and earlier before the
move to the rigid plastic “snow mats”,
colour-coded to the interior decor and
that, judging by their commonality, were
virtually standard equipment on the
1980s cars. My old rubber mats carry
the number 244264 and I recall deducing
as a very young child that this was in fact
no part number but rather a reference to
the fact that the mats would fit equally
into either a four-cylinder 244 or the
more upmarket V6 264 - I was a clever
boy. Back then a 264 of the 1970s was
my dream Volvo, which should give you
some indication of just how long these
rubber mats have lasted! In fact, they
are still essentially as new, a testament to
their quality, with only a mild wear patch
under the driver’s heel attesting to the
many miles the car has travelled, plus
some subtle scarring on the rear pair of
mats, the cause of which I’ll confess to
When I bought my 1985 240GLE in
2001, the car came with those moulded
plastic “snow mats” I mentioned earlier.
In many ways these are great; colourmatched to the interior decor, nicely
sculpted for a snug form-fit (at least in
the front), easy to lift out and remove for
cleaning with no securing clips to fiddle
with, and possessing of a big outer lip
to trap the worst of what Mother Nature
might attach to a pair of shoes under any
weather conditions. In fact, I tend to think
that this style of mat would be almost
indispensable in the harsh winter climate
in which our 240s originate, but maybe
a little overkill over here? Compared to
the flexible rubber mats I’d been used
to, these rigid plastic units were hard
and rather uncomfortable underfoot.
Their surface also becomes scuffed and
rough looking with normal use, and the
nature of the plastic means that it tends
to delaminate somewhat with wear, the
appearance of which had left my blue
240/260 Register:
Floor Mats 101
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Welcome club members, to this
issue’s Volvo 200 Series Register Page.
The Victorian Club AGM is behind us for
another year, and yet again I find myself
in the 240 Register Captain’s seat for
another 12 months. If that sounds a
little weary then it shouldn’t, as for me
that involves little more than producing
material with which to fill this space
from issue to issue, although continually
finding content that’s both fresh and
enjoyable to read is no easy task. In
fact, now that this magazine has become
a truly national one, I’ll renew my plea
for local and interstate members alike
to feel free to contact me with stories,
tech-tips, anecdotes and/or anything else
pertaining to Volvo 200s for inclusion
in this section. If you would like to see
your car in print or simply share your
thoughts with other members, I’m the guy
to contact! If you don’t feel that you are
much of a writer then please don’t let that
stop you - just send me the raw material
and leave the rest to me.
Whilst I realize that many of us club
members now direct our enthusiasm
toward the later or very early Volvo
models, with the 200 Series cars placed
somewhat awkwardly in between as
daily hacks or secondary vehicles, I’m
convinced that there must be more true
240 enthusiasts like myself around the
country with very well-presented and/or
much-loved cars that I’m not yet aware
of, and which would be more than worthy
of an appearance here in Rolling. We
cannot allow Volvo’s best-selling model in
Australia for so many years, the car that
truly put the company on the map here
and worldwide, to be under-represented
in enthusiast circles now can we? I’ll
keep my fingers crossed.
Meanwhile, if you needed further
proof that I’m scraping the bottom of the
barrel for content these days, the fact
that I’ve decided to devote this article to
a discussion of Volvo floor mats should
tell the story! It’s a dry topic I know, if
you will pardon the pun, but it recently
occurred to me that there have been
so many incarnations of the humble
Volvo floor mat over the years that they
warranted a mention here in my column,
plus some years ago I used a couple
of Volvo floor mats for an unorthodox
application that should be worth a laugh
or two, so keep reading.
My white 1976 244, since its earliest
days, has sported a very practical set
of genuine rubber interior floor mats
set looking
decidedly worse
for wear within
an otherwise
very nice
I sought
the solution in
a bottle (I recalled another club member
once having attacked their mats with boot
polish with mixed results), but I opted for
the old faithful, Armor-all, to restore the
colour in the worn blue mats. I should
have heeded the product warning about
slipperiness on automotive surfaces
designed for grip, however, as my efforts
made the mats horribly slippery, not
to mention that the natural process of
cleaning a floor mat will quickly remove
any such product that might have been
carefully applied. So I sprayed each
mat with product, allowed it time to
penetrate, then painstakingly buffed the
greasy residue out of each of the endless
number of little moulded squares. Then I
wished I’d never started. It’s not that they
didn’t look great, they did, but with so
much effort invested in their appearance,
I ended up wanting to cover them to
prevent them from getting dirty again
with daily use. It conjures up images of
mats on top of mats until there’s no room
for the driver, which kind of defeats the
Fast forward a few years to my
current daily-driver, the 1991 740 wagon
with beige interior. This car was also
purchased complete with a set of the
740/940 equivalent of the hard plastic
floor mats in-situ. This time I wanted
something nicer right away, so I sought
a set of genuine carpet mats (dubbed
textile mats in the realm of auto parts)
like I knew dad had in his 940, only
to find that these were prohibitively
expensive new from Volvo and in the
beige colour that I needed, were long
since sold out anyway. With a little bit
of investigation, however, I’ve found that
the more commonly-available 850 series
mats are a pretty darn good match to the
700/900 series floor pan, and I got myself
a next-to-new set on the second-hand
market with the help of local club member
and friend Mark Iceton. They are a good
colour match to the interior, fit snugly
enough to not slip around, and feature
the VOLVO name in understated lettering
on the driver’s mat. Volvo even claim
that they have added sound insulation
properties for the cabin environment!
Problem solved, or almost... We all
know that what looks good isn’t always
the most practical solution, and I’d hate
to use my pristine light-coloured mats
for rainy days or dirty trips like wrecker
runs where they would quickly become
soiled, so I’m down to slipping the original
hard plastic mats back in for those dirty
jobs and of course, they simply tend to
stay there for most of the colder months
of the year. But I’m happy with that
850 textile mats in a 740
So between rubber, plastic and
carpet, what’s the best option? I guess
it comes down to usage, personal
preference and availability, and I think
I’ve probably laboured the pros and cons
of the humble Volvo floor mat in more
detail than the topic deserves. But I
think that the best I’ve ever seen for all
around practicality and integrated good
looks with the interior are the set of
mats in our 2002 S40T. They are rubber
with a hard-wearing carpet inlay and so
nice and soft underfoot, yet carefully
moulded to the floorpan front and rear
for a sculpted fit that’s reinforced by
pre-existing press-fit retaining clips on
the floor, also allowing for easy removal
for cleaning. When you think about it,
these really have a combination of all
the best attributes of the old types of
mats I mentioned from the days of the
rear wheel drive cars. I guess it shows
just how things have evolved, not just
in engine technology and vehicle body
styling, but right down to the
finer and more innocuous
details. An awful lot of thought
and evolution has gone into the
cars we drive today!
Now back to those scars I
mentioned earlier, which date
back 12 years or so to the late
1990s when I’d only recently
inherited my first Volvo, my
1976 244. The episode has
since been consigned to the
far reaches of my memory (in
a folder marked “What was I
thinking?), but I recall taking
a summertime drive to the
waterfront in Ocean Grove and promptly
becoming bogged along a sandy laneway
in an effort to park the car close to the
beach. I negotiated the many potholes
of the narrow lane skillfully for the most
part until pulling off to the side to park,
which is where I came undone. The
front left-hand wheel rose gently onto
the embankment whilst the rear right one
correspondingly sank into an ill-placed
pothole. The result was that the car
struck the ground on one of the storage
wells that all 240s have aft of the rear
mudflaps (don’t correct me, I know the
242GTs don’t have these!), and
there it stayed with most of the rear
right-hand wheel disappearing up
into the wheel arch and its mudflap
squashed somewhere in between.
All thoughts of the beach
quickly evaporated as no amount
of subsequent rocking back and
forth between forward and reverse
gears would free the car, and
the rear wheels spun helplessly
on the sandy surface. Before
too long, a helpful local boy was
lending his weight to bouncing on
the rear guard to give traction (if
you’re cringing, so am I), but all
to no avail. It was then that I had the
brilliant idea of removing my rear rubber
floor mats and wedging them under the
rear wheels for traction - more cause
to cringe. This was also an ultimately
fruitless exercise that finally lead me
to concede defeat among thoughts of
what I might be inflicting upon my clutch
throughout the ordeal. Thinking back,
what luck that it didn’t occur to me to
unbolt the unmarked original venetian
metal blind from the rear window and use
it as a makeshift ramp to reverse out of
trouble! Now that would have left a mark.
Abandoning my efforts, the next
step was to head off into town on foot to
seek help, these being the days before
we all routinely carried mobile phones,
nor was I even an RACV member at
the time. It was here that I struck a bit
of fortune within my misfortune, as who
did I encounter no more than a couple
of hundred meters down the road but a
pair of Swedish migrant workers toiling
on a local housing project, complete
with 240 wagon at hand! I explained my
predicament and within minutes the men
had accompanied me to my car, fastened
a towrope and freed the old 244 from
its confines. In typical Swedish fashion
the men were quiet, unassuming and
polite, and in spite of their protests I gave
them the cash contents of my wallet in
gratitude and they continued on their way,
as did I - straight home.
On the whole, the car suffered
minimal ill-effects from the episode. The
underside of the rear right-hand boot well
was severely scraped and somewhat
buckled, but this was solved with some
careful panel-beating and the original
satin-black finish, itself already faded and
chipped with age and miles travelled,
eventually resprayed to an as-new
standard, such that no evidence now
remains. My rear floor mats didn’t fare
quite as well, suffering some gouging
and abrasion to their rubber surface that
they carry to this day, but you need to be
looking hard to notice it and fortunately,
most of the damage is confined to their
undersides - we’ll call it character lines!
In fact, they say that the passage of time
allows one to look back and laugh at
these things, but I’m still not laughing,
so give it another few years perhaps? I
think that these days if I were to find a
teenager bouncing on the rear guard
of one of my cars, however good his
intentions might be, I think I’d make him
live to regret it! Like I said earlier, what
was I thinking?
Next time around, I’ve been promised
a guest-contribution from local club
member and 240 owner Rick Sampson
who owns, among other Volvos, a blue
240 that looks, at least initially, alarmingly
Next time you go to the beach, take this:
like my own 1985 GLE. Rick has
done a lot of work inside and out,
not least of which is under the
hood in his customized engine
bay, and is keen for his car to be
featured here, so I’m just awaiting
his article to accompany the
photos he has already shown me,
and stay tuned for the content in
a future issue of Rolling.
Until next time, I wish all
members safe motoring.
Mark Hoffmann
240/260 Register Captain
Review – Volvo C30
New Car Review – By Peter Sokolowski from VSVCARSALES.COM.AU –
Register Captain Moderns
Cover Photos
Mark Richardson (VP Tuning) sent
in several photos of John Johnson’s
yellow 850 T5-R (including this one
and the cropped pic on the back
cover). The vertical format is just
what we’re looking for when it comes
to a front cover photo, but alas the
image quality on these images is too
low to use. If you send photos for
possible use on the cover, please
make sure you don’t compress the
images - they need to be as per the
original photo taken by a good digital
camera (not a mobile phone). Often
email programs will automatically
downsize images - so be aware of
your email settings and if in doubt,
ask the Editor for assistance. Thanks
Mark and if you can get some similar
pics with high resolution, please send
them through.
Trio of 242GTs
Intrepid 242GT Register captain
Lance Phillips spotted these 242GTs
on his recent trip to Adelaide and
We think it might have been a
set-up, but it’s possible that they just
happened to be parked in a row...
Rumour has it there was another one
parked in the garage making it an
even more unlikely quartet.
For all the specs go to http://www.
Let’s start with a word that was
bandied around as if this was the only
design feature the car had at the launch
of the C30. I think I heard the word
RETRO mentioned in just about what
seamed like every sentence. After the
razzmatazz and the car being unveiled
I sat their looking at it thinking “apart
from one glass panel what were they
hammering home on the RETRO front”?
Well the C30 was all about a by gone
era that Volvo had with the P1800’s back
in the 60’s and early 70’s. But the C30
especially apparently took its design
inspiration from the early 70’s P1800 ES
wagons. World wide the P1800’s were
a great success (not so much the ES
wagons), but in Australia it was a rare car
so I am really not sure that the Australian
buyers, especially the ones new to the
brand would get the point. You actually
have to know and have seen as ES to
even get some idea of were the C30
might be coming from. I can assure you
very, very few people in Australia would
know what you mean by a Volvo P1800
ES and most of those people that do
know are Volvo enthusiasts anyway that
would probable not consider the C30 as a
new car purchase anyway.
So anyway there you have it. Volvo’s
attempt at a RETRO car in the C30 taken
inspiration from the Volvo P1800 ES all
came down to the rear hatch big deep
glass window. Must make the Volvo
Designers all warm and fuzzy that they
were able to come up with that all on their
own and the marketing people just could
not resist them selves with banging on
about it too. Now build a modern 240.
That would be RETRO!
Anyway history lesson over lets see
what these babies can do. I am not
kidding when I say babies either. The
C30 is smaller in length (4252mm) than,
but as wide as the S40 /V50’s that the
car is based on. They all share the same
chassis, drive train, motors, interior,
basically every thing from the back of the
front seats forward. Not a bad thing to
be based on as the S40’s and V50’s are
a good thing also.
Currently the C30 is
available in Petrol
S, LE, T5 and the
R-Design. In the
Diesel it only comes
as the S spec.
Gearbox options is
5 speed manual for
the S and LE patrols
and also a 5 Speed
Geartronic Auto.
The D5 and the T5 gets the 6 speed
manual or the 5 speed Geartronic Auto.
It’s a good-looking Swede both on
the outside and inside. There are many
variety of engines and transmissions to
full fill any driving style. Of course being
a Volvo there is enough safety attributes
to squelch your small car phobias with an
abundance of active and reactive safety
features which are all standard.
Pricing is also attractive at the
moment starting at $40,490 Drive Away
thanks to Volvo’s current specials on
the car, but there are a lot of options
that can drive the price up, so keep it in
perspective between wants and needs
in your car. A lot of options in cars do
nothing for their resale and can be quite
costly to start with. So keep that in mind.
Volvo is also giving away about $9000
worth of extras for only $1000 extra
costs including things like the R-Design
Body kits and leather standard on the
base models. But they have a very
limited amount of cars left before the
MY10 year cars arrive and the prices
and specifications revert back to normal.
Although the price of the cars is going to
be higher you will get more in them for
the MY10’s. Best thing to do is keep an
eye on the Volvo Australia Cars website
at or contact VSV
Car Sales for more info and the best
deals on the C30’s.
THE DRIVE: It is enjoyable to drive
and doesn’t put you to sleep or toss you
around like you would expect from a
small car. Call it a sporty car rather than a
sports car.
It has the good seats like with
most Volvo’s but also supportive. That
familiar turbocharged engine growl in the
Petrol T5 and a quieter rumble from the
standard normally aspirated 2.5lt motor.
The D5 5cy that is currently available
before Volvo introduces the 2.0lt TDi
motor is good. But I will say compared to
other Euro diesels it is noisy but makes
up with stump pulling out of the ground
pulling power. It felt quite solid, but
where was the frustrating soft steering
response of past Volvos? No, this isn’t
your grandmother’s Volvo or even your
mother’s for that matter. This was a fullfledged fun car with a touch, just a touch,
of practicality for the young at heart with
just a tad touch of conservatism. In other
words, the Volvo C30 is more fun than
practical and probably the most youthful
Volvo made.
There is abundant headroom and the
steering wheel does telescope making
it easier to find a comfortable driving
position even when driving a car with
a high clutch take-up such as the C30
manual I drove. I see Volvo has still yet
to build a manual gearbox that is both
enjoyable to drive and practical to use. I
had the six speed manual transmission
and once I learned how to find sixth
gear it was fine, although the shifting
mechanism wasn’t like I said earlier, in
the smooth German Euro territory. The
clutch is really soft come to think of it and
was fairly high, that can result in some
lurching at first. It will take a little time
to get used to for people. Having driven
it back to back against the auto, I would
have to say that in the lower spec models
the 5 speed manual is better and the auto
best for the D5 and T5.
Under the hood is a T5 turbocharged
2.5-liter five-cylinder petrol that produces
169kw/320Nm and 132kw/400Nm
(manual) in the Diesel (current 5cy TDi).
The Volvo makes very usable power
from just 1500 rpm in both the T5 Petrol
and D5 Diesel and so you can lug the
engine in the manual sixth gear down
to 30 kph. In the standard petrol motor
it too is the familiar 5cy 125KW/230Nm.
Because of the lesser body weight than
the S40/V50 it gets along really well.
But it is more of a town cruiser than
anything you would call dynamic in the
standard S and LE specs of the nonturbo motor. The standard motor really
needs to be pushed to get any life out
of it, which quickly sucks the fuel tank
dry. The D5 had by far the highest turbo
lag and then delivered like a cut snake,
giving the instrument cluster a heart
attack and it turned on every traction
control light and message it could find
at me. My suggestion is smooth easing
on the power or be ready to hold on
tight. Remember it has 400Nm in a very
small body. The T5 just got down to
business nice and smooth. In regards
to driveability it was the nicest of the
motors. Best economy with no surprise
came from the D5, with a combined
6.9lt Per 100km. The standard petrol
around town used more then the T5
surprisingly but on the open road the T5’s
extra power babied the car along nicely
and effortlessly as did the D5 which
really kicked in to a nice 4.8lt Per 100km
groove. The standard petrol motor did
better on its highway consumption than
the T5 average. But don’t try to over take
too often as you will quickly push it in to
the 11lt Per 100km mark easy, where the
T5 was always under 9lt Per 100KM.
There is a hint of torque steer
when you push the cars, but it is quite
controlled and easily corrected, unlike
some Volvo’s of old. Obviously Volvo
marketers never intended the C30
to be a serious sports car and that is
obvious in the comfortable settings of the
suspension, even in the T5. You can keep
up with most fast cars, but driving hard
let’s say on the Great Ocean Road will
show the car up for a Softy rather than a
Sporty. But that isn’t what this Volvo is
all about anyway. It has front McPherson
strut/rear multilink suspension and with
optional 18-inch alloys gives you plenty
of road feel, but only occasional sharp
bumps does it filter through to the cabin.
All in all I would rate it better than I
expected as a drive car and with only a
few mods from Mark at VP Tuning it can
be quite a dynamic and fun car.
drove the Volvo the more it grew around
me. It felt larger as time passed and it
sort of begged to be pushed a bit at times
too. It does start to give you a confidence
with the car the longer you drive it. Very
unSwedish, but quite compelling.
The C30 has a glass hatchback that
is both unique and limiting. This is the
only RETRO feature it shares with the
P1800ES. There isn’t any place to hide
your things thanks to the transparent,
very open rear end. I found this both
a pain and very annoying. You just
can not leave anything in the car. In a
hatch style car I would expect that at a
minimum a rear cargo cover / blind would
be standard equipment. Big negative on
this point! I will say though that the rear
full glass tailgate does give you excellent
rear visibility out the back of the car.
BUT it also is a pain as any one driving
an SUV or 4x4 shines their headlight
strait in to the car and your review
mirror. You also do feel very exposed by
having so much glass at the back. My
recommendation is to heavily tint the
glass tailgate to give some privacy and
piece of mind. Last comment on the
Cargo area is that its really struggles with
any more than a few bags of groceries.
You need to put the back seats down to
give the car any real luggage carrying
capacity. The rear end is also high and
the opening is small. So getting tings in
can take a bit of effort. But if you want to
haul things then this is not the car. You
had better look at a V70 or V50 then.
The interior has a nice neutral and
easy to use style about it. As normal all
the buttons are easy to use, in the right
spot and what they say they do is exactly
that. Many other manufactures would
do well to take Volvo’s lead on how to
build a very good car interior. There are
some handy storage areas and the seats
are as with all Volvo’s well made and
comforting. You get 4 full size adult seat
buckets. So it is only a 4 seater, but the
people in the back if tall I don’t think will
want to stay there for too long. I would
say up to 5 foot 10 for long trips would be
maximum size of person you would want
to put in the back. The waterfall style
floating centre console is slim, bright and
attractive and the cup holders can hold a
regular 600ml drink.
It takes a fair amount of flexibility
and strength to get in and out of the
Volvo giving its very long, heavy doors.
You need to find a parking space that
provides the clearance to open these
long doors up. My suggesting is to pull
the car seat right back (as long as their
is no one in the back) then get out. Or
if you have the electric seats then set
positing 3 as the all the way back setting.
I would highly recommend the
Dynaudio 10-speaker surround-sound
audio system with 650 watts and a Dolby
Pro-Logic II surround sound and five
band graphic equalizers. Extremely good
sound quality and worth the bucks. Make
sure you always test drive cars with
your own CD or IPod music to insure a
good sound check from a known source.
Some other options to consider that will
give the car a more liveable with appeal
and will help its resale values, would be
the bi-xenon headlights, sunroof, park
distance control, auto-dimming rear-view
mirror, heated seats, window tint and the
rear cargo blind.
You buy a Volvo for safety and the
C30 has every box ticked and all as
standard features. In addition you can
order Volvo’s Blind Spot Information
System which might be a good idea
because the side mirrors aren’t that large
and I did get caught a couple of times
with cars sneaking up on me. Although
visibility to the front, side and back are
The C30 draws a lot of looks. It has
a unique shape from every angle and is
easily identifiable as a Volvo, especially
from the front, but it is more hip and
appeals to a younger buyer. This is not a
family car at all. The overall look is that
of something far more expensive. Which
is a very good design feature for a car
in this price range. So well done to the
Design Gurus.
THE VERDICT IS: If you like the
looks and don’t need more interior space
you aren’t going to find a better buy (at
the moment) if you watch your options.
This is a fun, easy to live with car that
knows when to have fun and when to
play it safe. I got to like it the more time
I spent in it. I gave the S and D5 7.5 out
of 10. The LE 8 out of 10 and the T5 8.5
out of 10.
Please don’t forget I am always happy
to discuss any aspects about any Volvo
you are looking to buy. I am more than
happy to offer free advise or just point
you in the right direction and give you
strait forward independent advice.
Stay Safe SOKO. 0418188807 or
[email protected]
VIC Events Coverage
Volvo Club of Victoria AGM
We had our Annual General
Meeting on the 1st of August. The
night started off with a free pizza
dinner for everyone (thank you
Adrian Beavis for organising the
pizzas and Heino for providing the
drinks). During the supper we had a
digital slide show (Thanks Doug - see
details below). As usual, there isn’t
a lot of change on the committee.
Heino thanked the outgoing 2009/10
committee for their assistance during
the year, and various members gave
speeches thanking Heino and the
committee as well. All positions were
declared vacant, and the nominations
received for the new committee were
read out and all new committee
members were elected unanimously
by those in attendance. The only
changes this year are: Lance
Phillips is now president, and Heino
Nowatzky is now Vice President;
General committee members Ian
Turnbull and Tina Winkler chose not
to re-nominate, and in their place are
three new committee members Kevin
Holden, Philip Perkins and Alex
Isaac. Mark Iceton was appointed
as the AOMC rep in addition to being
re-elected as a general committee
member. The remainder of the
committee is the same as last year.
The committee and club would like
to sincerely thank Heino Nowatzky
for being our president for the last
8 years, and we look forward to
continuation of strong club leadership
with Lance as president and our
experienced officers and committee
for 2010/11. As always, if any club
member has suggestions on how
to improve the club or would like to
offer assistance to organise an event,
please contact Lance or any of the
other committee members with your
right up to the modern classics
(240 Turbo and 1800ES) and
newer concept cars (YCC - “Your
Concept Car”). If other club
members have photos and/
or stories that they would like
to share during one of our monthly
night meetings, please advise Lance
Phillips so we can set a date and
provide the necessary computer
equipment for the meeting.
Queenscliff Drive - 1st August
It was a rather chilly day (with
rain showers on and off) for our drive
from Melbourne to Queenscliff, but
that didn’t stop us having a good day
out. There were 4 cars at the start
point (BP station on the Western
Highway), including the Icetons in
the black 850 T5R, Mark Hoffmann &
his grandmother (gold 740 wagon),
NZ holiday-makers David & Pam
Tuck in their 240 sedan (purchased
from Voldat as a reliable means of
going round Australia - great idea!),
Thorben Hughes (242GT) and Greg
& Wayne in the gold
240 wagon. After a
non-nutritious and
tasteless breakfast
food!) we headed
towards Baccus
Marsh where we
met up with Kevin
& Ann Holden (in their 244) who
smartly elected to have breakfast at
a nice cafe (lesson learnt - breakfast
meeting point in a small town next
time instead of the petrol station!)
From Baccus Marsh we headed
south on the country roads, then
around Geelong on the new Ring
Road, and on to Point Lonsdale for a
pit stop and photo opportunity at the
lighthouse. We were greeted there
by locals Bill & Shirley Kaub (544)
and friend whose name escapes me
(red 122), Fiona Hitchcock and her
cute dogs (in “Ruby” the 164E), and
new members Peter & Gail (C30).
Upon initial arrival at Point Lonsdale,
it seemed quite warm (the sun was
out after all), but this didn’t last as
the wind picked up significantly.
Antique Stig? Guess who...
Guest Speaker Doug Calvert 4th August Night Meeting
A big thank you to member Doug
Calvert for bringing in the photos of
his recent trip to Sweden. The main
contents of the slide show covered
the Volvo Museum in Gothenburg.
Cars on display at the museum
range from the rarest prototypes
(for example the “Philip” and the
“Cuckoo”) to early commercial
vehicles (TR 704 taxi & LV83 truck),
Fiona and the pups
suggestions (but please be willing to
help out if you expect it to become a
HPC-176 Progress
we were somewhat disorganised
and managed to split into a couple
groups. Most of us drove down to
the Maritime Museum
and parked the cars
there, then walked into
Queenscliff and had lunch
at a nice hotel (good food,
but not for the budgetminded unfortunately).
John Johnson & Sandra
(in the “Saint” 1800) took
the ferry over from Point
Wendy, Mark and Laura Iceton
Nepean and met
us at the hotel for lunch.
After lunch, we checked out
the museum and had a chat
with fellow club members,
then headed home. There
were some monsoonal
rains on the way back
to Melbourne, but luckily
everyone made it home
without incident.
Thank you to those
Mark Hoffmann’s 740 at the Maritime Museum
who attended on the day,
Most of us were brave enough to
and thanks to committee members
take a brief walk along the cliff up
Mark Iceton and Greg Sievert for
to the lighthouse to enjoy the views
organising the drive. Watch the
(and use the 5-star toilet block magazine and web site calendars
with running water and all - at the
for future events, and if anyone
lighthouse car park!)
wishes to help organise a drive,
The plan was to leave in convoy
please contact Lance Phillips or any
from Point Lonsdale to Queenscliff
of the committee members with your
and have lunch together, but as
John Fleming (Classic Volvo
Service) writes: Hi Greg, here is
photo Philip Perkins sent of progress
they have done on my old 62 2 door,
HPC-176. Paintwork and panel fit is
stupendous! Finish date is by end of
this year, so look forward to another
example of the Perkin’s Magic Touch!
Cheers, John Fleming.
John, thanks for the update - I bet
it’s great to see one of your previous
cars getting such love and attention.
Another “Guess Who”...
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The great race:
Ford Falcon XY GT HO vs. 1976 Volvo 244DL
I didn’t mean to race the Ford. It
was just there, in the scrum of traffic.
You could hear it. You couldn’t help
but hear it. All the other cars sitting
on Dandenong Road at the Chandler
Road intersection– Tiidas, Priuses,
Excels - waited patiently, their sewing
machine engines humming away
happily in idle. But next to my orange
1976 244DL (the Tangerine Dream),
came a noise like thunder. A noise I
hadn’t heard for years.
Then the lights changed and the
thunder roared and it rose into a
hammering snarl. The hammering
snarl was accompanied by an
iridescent blue flash, and the flash
was a 1971 Falcon XY GT-HO.
It went off like a slingshot. Which
is what it was, really. In fact, all
Australian muscle cars of that era
were. Immense, unstoppable power
with little accuracy and less direction.
You just pressed the accelerator
and held the steering wheel and,
shortly, you either arrived at your
destination or went up a tree. Most
went up trees, which is why they are
so rare, commanding prices of up
to $500,000 or more in the case of
genuine GT-HOs and early Monaros.
Of course, I had recognized the car
by its sound before seeing it. It was
something like the noise a 1950s era
A-series diesel engine used to make
when it pulled the Southern Aurora
out of Spencer Street in the old days.
A cross between a herd of elephants
stampeding in a timber-floored
church hall, and an Apollo mission
talking off from Cape Canaveral. Are
you getting the idea? All tempered
with a biting vibrato back note
spurting out the exhausts, like a devil
laughing at you as it passed.
We caught the GT-HO at the next
lights, which it had reached about
five minutes before everyone else.
Now that it was standing still, I could
see it. It was painted in the original
electric blue duco and it had a gold
stripe and the original Superoo decal
on the front fender. The car shook
gently and rhythmically in tune with
its 351 V8 burbling away under the
cable-locked bonnet.
The lights turned green again
and the Falcon disappeared over
the horizon again. I wondered if its
driver suffered from progressive
whiplash as I eased the Volvo along
Dandenong Road, reaching 60 km/h
in about half a minute, surrounded by
the other cars in front and behind and
around me. We sailed down into the
dip past Sandown racecourse and
came to Springvale Road. The lights
have a long cycle here, and the GTHO sat there burbling behind an early
two-tone (burgundy and rust) Magna;
and when the lights changed, the
Magna did what most early Magnas
do, which is to take off slowly in a
cloud of piston-ring smoke. The GT-
HO was impeded on either side by a
Prius to its left and a Kia 4WD to its
right, and all it could do was to brake
and go out backwards, pulling behind
and around the Kia to the left, which
put it behind me in the inside lane.
Off I went. A hundred metres more
and I edged past the Kia.
Now there were two rules in this
race. First, you couldn’t break any
road rules - including speed limits and second, you can’t block the other
driver. The Falcon wasn’t speeding,
it was merely going from 0 to a legal
60 in about three seconds. Nothing
wrong with that. So I indicated right in
front of the Kia to let the Falcon exit
the scrum. Sure enough, a howling
roar went past me in a flash of blue
and it vanished again. Its iconic
bright-chrome grille seemed to smile
a thank you, and the driver waved.
The Prius driver was probably texting
the EPA by that stage. Noise or
emissions? Take your pick, Mr Prius
driver. You’ve hit the jackpot here.
Now we were travelling through
the old industrial wastelands of the
1960s; where the grand old names
of manufacturing once flashed their
enormous neons day and night.
Peters. BASF. Faulding. Volkswagen.
Readymix. The Springvale Motor
Inn. Lots of motels here; the reps
needed places to stay. Chocolate
brown Cortinas in every parking bay,
avocado vinaigrette and carpetbag
steak in the diner and the walls of
the suites could tell a few stories. So
could the minibars.
The road here is as straight as the
Nullarbor Highway and, way up ahead,
I could see the GT-HO on a slight rise.
It made it through the Wellington Road
intersection at Monash and the lights held
and so did I, along with a couple of brave
Corollas, a wheezing Galant and a old
Pintara, a name which always sounded
to me like a red wine from the 1970s.
McWilliams Pintara Claret. Maybe it was.
The lights held again at Huntingdale
and Ferntree Gully Roads and we sailed
through and then came to a screaming
halt at Warrigal Road. The V8 under
the GT-HO’s bonnet had roared and it
scraped through on the amber, perfectly
legally. The Falcon was getting away!
Tactics required now. Dandenong
Road twists and turns here, and extra
lanes are added and then disappear.
Sometimes there are only two, usually
three and occasionally four. At a couple
of intersections a slip lane is provided for
left turns. The Falcon was using these
to go around the traffic and get to the
front for an early burst at the lights before
reverting back into the main lanes. Now
we were passing Chadstone shopping
centre. I was four when Chadstone
opened in 1961. My grandfather drove
my mother and me to Chadstone in
his Vanguard Spacemaster the week it
opened. It was a modern architectural
marvel then; now it’s a suburb-sized
monster where people go to die.
Murrumbeena, Darling and Burke
Roads drifted past. I thought the race
was over. I was in the middle of about
a hundred other cars as we passed
Caulfield racecourse and then along
that odd concrete section that leads to
a sharp left under the railway bridge at
Malvern, and right again for the home
run into the city. Here, Dandenong Road
is divided where the tram runs down
the middle, and the traffic was getting
heavier. We caught lights at Glenferrie
Road but then, after a lucky break
through Kooyong, Orrong and Williams,
the Falcon was back in sight. I was
hauling it in! It was still sniffing around
the outside trying to get a break in the
added lanes, but they were full of slowmoving cars driven by sated Sunday
lunchers driving home sedately in the
golden autumn light and trying not to get
noticed by any police cars that might be
about. They pick on the hoons, of course,
but that wandering Lexus in front of you
could be driven by an accountant who
has just downed three beers and a bottle
of red over his mum’s roast lunch.
The GT-HO made sudden a lurch
right as the driver of a red 1985
Fiat 121 Mirafiori – surely the last in
existence - failed to execute a gear
change and crunched and slowed,
and the Falcon driver roared into the
gap and almost drove up the rear of
a black Mercedes coupe. Why are
they all black these days? Don’t they
know black is hotter in summer?
I kept to the middle lane and the
Falcon in the corner of my left eye.
We swooped into the tiled, curving
St Kilda Road underpass and out the
other side into Queens Road, and the
final stretch. Here, you lose a lane on
the right at certain times of the day.
The Falcon stuck to the inside and I
could hear the V8’s note rise and fall
as the impotence of the solid traffic
around the beast of a car telescoped
down to the driver’s impatient foot.
By Toorak Road I was way ahead;
and here, your reward for staying
in the middle is three or four open
lanes as traffic gums up on the inside
heading for CityLink and the airports
turnoff. I opened up the engine and
the 2.1 howled its throaty roar. I hit
Albert Road on green just before
it changed to amber, leaving the
Falcon way behind. Straight across
Park Street, and the same at Eastern
Road and Sturt Street; and then a
triumphant cruise along Kingsway,
and up and over the bridge and down
the other side into the city.
Victory to the Volvo. Where’s my
champagne and wreath?
Paul Kennedy
Trials and Tribulations of
Committee Members or
Always Use your GPS
This little tale is something that
occurred in June this year [only the
names have been removed to protect
the innocent].
The night was dark and stormy
and the Levy light was dim when I
set off to pick up our much beloved
and hard working secretary to make
our way into the untamed wilds of
the Dandenongs (Nong being the
operative word as you will find out as
you read this).
We were to depart well before
the normal time for this torturous
drive up into those dark foreboding
hills, as we were to call into our
treasurer’s residence to view his fish
room. Being unsure of where we had
to go I set up my Navman T50 to
locate The Patch, after a few chilled
fumble fingered attempts I finally
got this wonder of the technological
electronic age to find The Patch
and set off to pick up our secretary,
this confused the little bloke who
beavers away in the confined space
inside the machine as I deviated
from his carefully found route. He
kept screaming do a U-turn and at
the roundabout turn and retrace your
path or some such nonsense. I love
confusing electronic machines as I
am usually totally confused most the
time so why should a machine be so
Anyway after I picked up my
passenger the little bloke settled
down and returned to his normally
calm self as we returned to his
planned route and we headed up
Wellington Road into the abysmal
night. After some kilometres we
began climbing up into the wilds,
agog at the huge Mountain Ash
trees crouched threateningly and
looking ready to pounce alongside
the narrow tortured track that
wound contortedly through the dark
foreboding dripping forest, at times
this track seemed to bend back on
itself as my little Volwoe chugged
timidly along, headlight trying to
pierce the gloomy rain and mist
patches that added to the spectral
After what seemed like hours we
finally arrived at The Patch, it looked
no different to the rest of the dark
forest, unfortunately I’d received verbal
instructions from our
illustrious treasurer that
evening before we left our
warm comfy homes so I
informed my passenger
we should look for a
blue barrel lid nailed to
a telephone pole, this
supposedly indicated where
the treasurer’s house was.
Alas in the dirty darkness
we failed to locate this blue
beacon to safety and drove
on winding through the
damp night. After a time I
pulled over in a safe place and began
putting the house number in the machine,
something I should have done in the
first place, after several attempts my
thick uncooperative fingers succeeded
in entering the address and the Navman
began plotting the route back.
I’m certain it was decidedly cross
with me for this interlude so it decided
to teach me a lesson, instead of telling
me to do a U-turn it decided we should
go on and warned of unmade roads
on the new route, I told it ‘no unmade’
roads I didn’t want my clean little car all
muddied and soiled with mountain mud
but lo and behold on it went telling me
to turn onto the swampy unmade road, I
gob smacked at its defiance but gritted
my teeth, my knuckles white as I gripped
the wheel and we proceeded on, the
actual unmade road turned out mostly to
be smoother than the made roads we’d
traversed. Eventually we arrived at the
address and spent a short time admiring
his tanks. Once again we set off into the
impenetrable stygian darkness towards
the home of the committee member
hosting our meeting, our local guide had
to slow down as I was creeping along on
the incredibly twisting torturous tracks
until eventually we arrived somewhat
shaken by the drive.
It was great to see the warm
welcoming lights of the host’s residence
and we entered greeted warily by their
huge pie-balled horse that they called
a Great Dane, GREAT being the main
word. He seemed to take a dislike to
our secretary and we were told that his
original and uncaring owner looked a
little like Colonel Sanders of chicken
fame so he wasn’t keen on white haired
blokes with beards, poor beast
was bundled outside into the
freezing, raining night to bed
down on the veranda.
A little mirth was had about
our trip up then we carried
on with the vital running of
our club, later in the night the
monster stood pleading at the
door begging a return to the
warmth of the cosy wood fired
heater and he was allowed
back inside as we partook of
the tasty supper provided by
our charming hostess. We
departed after thanking our host for her
hospitality and set off into the deluging
downpour and black night to wend our
somewhat weary way home at 11:30 pm.
I was stupid enough not to set up the
GPS and drove off back the way I thought
we’d come, alas and alack somewhere
in that dark and dirty night I missed
a sign and we wandered on through
the night looking for a sign to point the
way back to civilisation. No such sign
could we find and we wound twisting,
turning climbing and descending up and
down the mountains peering through
the teeming rain and when not raining
drifting road cloaking fog. My nerves and
eyes suffering greatly until we passed
through Gembrook and saw a Puffing
Billy sign, at last a vestige of civilisation
something we knew even though it was
just the diminutive steam train that wound
its way huffing and puffing through the
Onward we drove ignoring
signs telling us Pakenham and
Launching Place were this or that
way until eventually we were heading
for Tonimbuk! What or who was
Tonimbuk? Neither my passenger
nor I had ever heard of such a place
we drove along this
torturous track until
after many, many
kilometres we found
a driveway we could
safely pull off the road
onto, not that there
were a huge number of
vehicles traversing this
interminable track to
Tonimbuk, but better to
be safe than run down
by a timber truck or
maybe a phantom
Cobb and Co coach
and horses driven
by some headless
spectre probably
a more likely
happening at after
1am in the morning
on a spooky black
and stormy night.
I began poking my fingers at
the GPS keyboard waking up my
sleeping little navigator person in
the Navman and he grumpily came
on line, he scratched his head
then finally told us to do a U-turn
when safe to do so. Pretty strange
as we were stopped parked in
somebody’s driveway entrance so
off we went back the way we had
come heading towards Gembrook.
We finally succeeded in escaping
those forbidding hills and returned
home after much laughter at our
misadventures. I put the little 440
under her car cover and went inside
to climb wearily into my snuggly bed
at after 2 am and lay there thinking
of the evening chuckling before
finally falling asleep. So now you can
see how difficult it is and how hard
working your committee members
can be as they go about their duties
in your interests. Happy motoring and
always use your GPS.
Peter Robinson
Photos below of a Cortina similar to
Grumpy’s (story next page)
Brickbats & Bouquets:
Hi folks. When I started this story I
had intended only 2 episodes, but found
that during my lengthy experience with
cars I had a number of funny and horror
stories to tell. So on to my first and only
experience with a new Australian built
car. My firm in Melbourne offered me a
transfer to their office in New Zealand
with all expenses paid including my car,
furniture and not forgetting my recently
acquired wife. As neither of us had been
to the “land-of-the-long-white-cloud” we
jumped at the opportunity. At the time
the NZ Government had restrictions
on the importation of new cars and as
a result second hand cars cost double
or more than here in Aus. In addition I
discovered if I bought a new car here
and had it delivered in NZ I could buy it
without sales tax which was running at
22% at the time; also no cost of shipping
it across the Tasman.
So I went hunting for a car. Initially I
looked at the Holden Torana, but it was
an old model and looking its age. Ford
had just introduced an all new Cortina,
the third major model, with a sexy coke
bottle shape and more room inside than
the Torana, plus all the motoring scribes
were raving about it. It may have scored
the Best Car of the Year Award.
So I set out to buy my first new car –
it was an irritating search. Because the
car was in great demand the salesmen
wanted to rush me to sign on the dotted
line without any details of what I wanted –
they must have taken me for an idiot [and
they might have been right]. One guy had
a car in the show room for immediate
delivery. It was painted a revolting
metallic colour called “Wild Violet”.
The funny thing was that a year later
Ford had to recall them for a respray
because of a failure of the paint. Finally
at the seventh Ford agency I found a
relaxed, laid back, salesman that I could
do business with – he sold me a car with
a honey-gold metallic finish and a fawn
vinyl roof [all the rage at the time] and a
GT pack that included quad headlights
with halogen globes and a tachometer.
Only problem was that I had to wait a
few weeks, which meant I had to have it
delivered in Wellington. Still the wait was
worth it – or so I thought.
In Australia the car was commonly
known as the TC. Available only in fourdoor sedan form, it was well received by
the motoring press. The XL – with the
US Pinto 1998 cc engine – was $2570,
and for $120 extra a GS pack could be
purchased, basically an all-show nogo sporty dress-up kit. An XL can be
identified by the chrome trim around the
wheel arches. A 2000 XL (112 bhp @
3500 rpm) with a GS pack could reach
182.8 kph and cover a quarter
mile in 17.2 seconds.
Ford wanted to overcome
criticism of the Cortina’s
harsh ride and as a result it
had softened both the springs and shock
absorbers, compensating by fitting antiroll bars front and rear. Previously, a roll
bar was on the front of only the GT and
GXL models.
To improve drive-train smoothness,
the tail-shaft was changed to a two-piece
unit on all models. The Australian Cortina
used a Falcon drive-train. As you got
into the Cortina, it seemed more airy and
modern than other Australian cars. This
impression came from the dashboard,
which does not close in around you
quite like the old binnacle-style job. The
dashboard was well-planned and very
functional-looking, with a flat-lidded
glovebox, a central section housing the
heater/vent controls and the radio, a
small section beside that for the cigarette
lighter and two piano switches for the
hazard flashers and heated rear window.
The instrument panel housed a big
tachometer, a smaller central split gauge
for fuel and temperature then the big 190
kph speedo. The whole lot was topped by
a clean and fairly hefty padding surround.
When I had to replace my clutch after
about 30 months the mechanic remarked
that my car had the Falcon drivetrain, which he thought was a mistake.
Apparently New Zealand got their
cars direct from the UK with a different
Cortina-only drive-train.
I guess I’m telling you more than you
want to know about my Cortina TC, but
a sour experience like this puts me off
Ford for life. My feeling these days is
to buy 2nd hand; Volvo for preference,
European if possible or if desperate
On picking up the car I found
someone had nicked the gear-shift knob,
but that was soon replaced. Initially I
was delighted with the car, but later on I
came to the conclusion that it was built
in Broadmeadows either on a Monday
or a Friday. You know the story, on the
a Monday the guys on the assembly
line are hung-over from a weekend of
boozing and drugs or on a Friday they
are in a hurry to get down to the pub.
The first problem was the windows
– these were the type which had no
triangular vent window; the front edge
closed against a thick rubber seal.
Both driver’s side and passenger’s side
windows fell out of their guides. Then
coming home at night first one and then
the other quartz-halogen globes failed. At
the time service stations only stocked the
old tungsten globes. So I had to put them
in. Although they were completely out of
focus, at least oncoming cars could see
me even if I had trouble seeing where I
was going.
I was coming home one night on a
bridge on a freeway in a thunderstorm
when the motor suddenly stopped, and
nothing would persuade the motor to
fire up again. So I climbed out in the
rain and phoned the equivalent of the
RACV/NRMA to rescue me. It turned out
that the rubber timing belt driving the
overhead camshaft had snapped. So I
had the car dumped at the Ford agency
that had been servicing the car during the
twelve months warranty period [none of
this three or five year warranties in those
Worse was to come – after only
thirteen months the battery failed. A visit
to the battery mob resulted in a new
battery and I was told that Ford had
supplied el-cheapo batteries that only
lasted a maximum of eighteen months.
Then after that we were returning home
from a week-end trip to the extreme north
part of the North Island when the brake
warning light came on. I pulled over and
checked the brake reservoir – it was full.
I got down on the road to look for leaks
and found something dripping down
under the rear. Oddly enough it smelled
of petrol and not brake fluid. I drove home
carefully and took it to the Ford agency
the next day, assuming that a stone on
the gravel roads had punctured the tank.
I told the mechanic to take the tank off
and solder-up the hole. Later that day he
rang to say the tank was rusted out and
impossible to repair…so a new tank on a
car less than two years old.
The final straw was when I decided
to have a Super Ford cylinder head fitted
and asked the man at Ford to check why
I had a persistent clicking from the motor
and consistently high oil consumption
on a car which by that time was run in.
The story I got was that the car had been
fitted with the “wrong” pistons! It appears
that when the block is bored out the
cutters wear and to bore is measured
and fitted with pistons to match the bore
– apparently the pistons are stamped
A,B,C, and D. My car had been bored
with new cutters giving a maximum bore
and should have been fitted with “A”
pistons but was instead fitted with “D” –
the smallest diameter pistons.
After owning the car for three years
we left New Zealand to return to Australia
and I sold it to a mate in the office, but I
insisted on paying the automobile club
of NZ for a full test – it passed with flying
colours and my mate visited Melbourne
twenty years later and we got together for
a beer and he said he still owned the car
and his kids were now driving it, except it
was starting to suffer terminal rust. How
does the old saying go “one man’s poison
is another man’s fish!”
1800E (1970)
CHASSIS NO: 184352T 32593
46 (RED)
107,000 MILES
Our prized 1800 for this month is owned by new-back-to-Queensland member Richard Brabazon. (& for those with any
legal knowledge, yes his brother was a judge.)
In 2004, Richard (sensibly) decided that the upkeep on his boat in Tassie was just too much, so he decided to sell it, and
purchase his lovely “Saint”.
His seller was a fellow called Bruce Neil, who had bought the car off the lawyer who had represented the famed mass
murderer Martin Bryant. Apparently, the poor lawyer went as balmy as his client, but there is none of that lunacy present
in the “Saint”.
The car is in awesome shape. She was re-sprayed not
long before Richard got her, and he has rebuilt most of
the front end, and fitted slightly wider tyres for better
grip. Not long before the Toowoomba Rally in 2008
(where Richard was awarded the “numb bum” award),
he had the front seats re-done, and they look
Richard has also rebuilt the speedo, the clock and sorted some other little issues as they have arisen. Unfortunately, she
displays a little bit of the dreaded “red cancer” (where else in an 1800 but at the bottom of the front guards), and this is a
“must do” fix for the near future.
Prior to moving (back) to Queensland, Richard used “Saint” as his daily driver, and said she was a real ice breaker with
his clients. Now she is just used for fun and enjoyment. There is no better way for an 1800 to live.
He would like to tart up the engine bay also (is there
another tart you are trying to compete with, Richard?),
and intends to just maintain and enjoy her for years to
Having had the pleasure of a drive in “Saint”, I can
assure you she is no sinner on the road. She has a nice
snarl when you boot her, and she drives tight and fresh.
Check out the accompanying photos, and see for
yourself how good she is. I hope Richard keeps her
forever, and continues to enjoy her as he obviously does
that hill (and I hope Miss Teegs didn’t lose her
breakfast). Very impressive!
Who would say the opportunity to drive a fleet of brand
new Volvos deserved a day off work? What if the day
was a Friday? Sounds too good to be true!
Another break, and I had the opportunity to sample an
S40 T5 R-design. To top it off, it was “passion red”,
and I think red cars do go faster now!!! This car was a
manual. It held its own even to the mighty V8 from
earlier in the day.
I was recently offered the chance to take part in Pacific
Volvo’s “Volvo Roadshow”. Sometimes, we need to
jump at life’s gifts!
The final stretch before lunch saw me in a V70 T6 Rdesign. Now the T6 has had a makeover in recent
times. No longer powered by a duo of turbos, it relies
on advanced technology and a single super-efficient
turbo. Does this engine sing or what? Given its lower
fuel consumption compared to the V8, it really must be
the cream of the crop in the current Volvo engine
An 8:30 start at the dealership met with a row of shiny
new Volvos on display, all with their “Volvo roadshow”
livery. Our lovely host Tegan Hey (Miss Teegs) was
full of energy and enthusiasm for the terrific day that
awaited us.
Our lunch stop at a quaint French Restaurant in
Montville was made tastier by the restaurant owner’s
fine collection of Citroens! There was a superb 2CV,
even a Traction Avant, and the lovely “goddess” DS. (I
even started to question my own collection)
Miss Teegs introduced a
number of potential Volvo
clientele, most of whom
were not familiar with the
marque, but by day’s end
had all but chosen the
Volvo of their desire.
For the home leg, I managed to steal a drive of the
good ol’ XC90 V8. Man, if you like V8 noises, you gotta
get one of these. The ‘box is ideally mated to the lump
out front, and given its head, it’s like cruising around in
an old supercar. Just glad the fuel bill isn’t mine
The final drive for the day was back at the dealership,
when I got to sample the new C70. Its turbo 5 cylinder
donk has also been improved from earlier models, and
is much more responsive now. The convertible really is
very tempting for the cruisy lifestyle that would go with
owning one of these. And the sound system is
something else!
First drive of the day for me was an S80 V8 R-design.
Now here is an impressive bit of kit. Fitted with every
imaginable warning and safety device, I would have
been happy behind the wheel all day. The ride and
handling of the new car has certainly improved. Surely
this is one of the most underrated premium cars out
there today.
Many thanks to Miss Teegs and Volvo for an enjoyable
day. Hope to do it again one day soon.
Next up, I hopped into an XC70 D5. Having owned a
D5 before, I was interested to see how the new twinturbo diesel stacked up. By this stage, we were to
climb the mountain to Maleny. The D5 held its own up
Well I now have to eat my words, don’t I?
Those of you who actually read my lame articles know
that I have very little respect for the current Volvo C70.
In all fairness MIHOM did own one of the first new
hardtops to arrive in Australia and I stand by everything I
said about the car (and every thought) was a DOG!
Inside Pacific Volvo was a 2010 C70 in Ember Black
(gorgeous colour with gold and red flecks) Calcite
interior, 18” Draco Silver Bright mags, the top of the
range Dolby Pro Logic Surround Sound Stereo,
Bluetooth, and then when her roof is up, she is a
stunning stealth beauty.
The gearbox was clunky, the interior small and almost
claustrophobic, it was dead & I mean dead when you put
your foot down, the interior was far too plastic and cheap
looking but the exterior was a very good looking, spunky
We were all impressed! Little boys and I couldn’t help
but look her over. Then MIHOM walks in and he too falls
in love with her.
After only 11 months and with a haematoma on his
knee, knocking it every time he got out of the car,
MIHOM duly traded it in on a S80 V8.
So, with my birthday coming up, MIHOM does some
stellar investigation and negotiation. He completely tricks
me into taking this C70 for a test drive.....the end result?
At that time I was still driving my XC90 and MIHOM
wondered if I might want his C70 and we would trade in
my XC90 for his new S80. My response was instant,
“Hhhelllllo, NO WAY!”
Yep I am impressed and yes I really love her, but
enough to trade-in my beloved C30 and C70? Now I was
put on the spot! Trading in the old soft-top C70 for this
magnificent new one, well that part was a no-brainer
wasn’t it? But to give up my sexy little C30, I have to tell
you that although that is exactly what I did, I am still
wearing a black armband.
As MIHOM has shared with you in this magazine, we are
very lucky & get to attend Volvo Drive Days fairly
regularly and so get the opportunity frequently to drive
all the new range of Volvos. Since our disappointing
Celestial Blue C70 we have continued to drive the C70
and never regretted our decision to toss her!
Yes the new SWM80 is fabulous, luxurious and a
pleasure to not only drive but also to look at, but I have
to admit I am genuinely mourning the loss of my C30.
That is until recently!
Yes, yes gentlemen I know it makes me sound like an
ingrate, but please put yourself in my shoes for a
moment. I adored my C30 as much as you all do your
1800’s, 120’s, 2 series etc..... your collectables. Now do
you have some empathy?
On the recent drive, MIHOM was very impressed with
the C70 and was surprised that Volvo hadn’t made those
changes to her earlier. The interior finish is much better
and classier looking, they have recessed the dash
around the steering wheel just enough to prevent that
claustrophobic feeling and to prevent haematomas. And
the performance, well she is much, much more
responsive and her handling is magic. Hugs the road
beautifully! No vibration or windscreen wobble at all
when the roof is down.
So congrats Volvo, you really did listen to me (yes that’s
my ego stroking for today) and fixed all those problems
on the C70, well done and thanks for making my
beautiful new edition.
When he returned by the Drive Day, our two boys Henry
& Angus & I were dutifully waiting to have a good look at
the cars (school holidays, no babysitter because older
boys now have a life that doesn’t include helping Mum
out, so I missed out on my first Drive Day /).
Volvo for Life? bet baby!
SWMBO xoxo
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Dedicated to the Volvo Club of Queensland
from and 21 November was the best.
28 November: Christmas party in
Springwood - details next issue.
P.O. Box 216
Labrador, QLD 4215
Ph. 07 55 292 512
Email: [email protected]
Club Web Site:
Grahame Hunt
07 55 292 512
0414 273 663
[email protected]
Helen Hunt
07 55 292 512
0414 273 663
[email protected]
Brad Wightman
[email protected]
Saturday 2 October – GLT Open
Day: Once again Peer from GLT,
7 Merritt Street, Capalaba will be
hosting a display day for the Volvo
clubs and his customers. Peer is
a great supporter of our club and
the 1800/120 club and it is a great
opportunity to get together with other
22 – 25 April 2011 (Easter) –
National Rally @ Armidale The
1800/120 club will be running the
Rally based at Armidale. So keep
the dates in mind when planning your
2011 calendar.
Members please keep an eye on the
website for more details about events
and any changes that we may have
to make.
QLD Air Museum Caloundra –
20 June 2010
The Hunts (740GL) met up with
James Lister (244GL) and Gaye &
Terry Carey and Vic Austin in the
Carey’s 242GT. Breakfast/coffee
was on the agenda after Grahame
and Terry spoke to a young guy who
was also at the BP Service Centre in
his tidy 1973 164 (his grandfather’s
car). Whilst having coffee Helen
spotted Richard Warne from the
Historic Racing Car Club who was
there with other members of the All
British Classic Car Club who had
stopped for coffee on their way to
the Pomona Silent Movie Theatre
for their day out. It turned out to be
a fortuitous meeting as we might be
RACQ Motorfest – 11 July 2010
Sunday 21 November – F111s at
Amberley Air Force Base: We
are trying to finalise an outstanding
opportunity to get up close and
personal with the F111s based at
Amberley Air Force Base at Ipswich.
The maximum number of people
who can attend is 15 – so first in best
dressed. We currently have 6 going
so if you would like the opportunity
to attend please respond by email to
[email protected] or phone
07 55292512 NOW.
I appreciate that it is only a week
prior to our Xmas party but we were
only given specific dates to choose
getting together with them for some
Anyhow off we went heading
towards Caloundra to the Air
Museum. The 200 series cars
arrived first with the Hunts having
some slight navigation issues before
they finally met up with the others
in Caloundra. The Air Museum has
been in existence since 1974. It
faces an uncertain future with a
lease that ends in 2014, with the
land is being sold to a development
company and the Museum needs
to find an alternate location which
is a huge job but physically and
financially. The Museum relies
on revenue from general public
admissions, donations and sales
from their shop. It is run by
volunteers and it a great place to
visit. They have 2 hangers with 35
planes and helicopters including a
genuine Spitfire, a DC3, a Canberra
bomber, a Caribou, a Vickers
Viscount, Robinson R22 helicopter,
Fairey Gannet AS1, A DHC Vixen, a
Hawker Hunter, a Gloster Meteor, a
DHC Venom, a Fokker Friendship,
a Mustang and a Westland Wessex
and 12 planes out in the open
including a few old Air Ambulance
planes. There is a lot of memorabilia
and they do a lot of restoration work.
We all had a great time.
Afterwards we adjourned to a
local Fish and Chip shop for lunch
with a lot of discussion about Volvos.
Although the turn up was small we all
enjoyed ourselves and if you happen
to be on the Sunshine Coast for a
holiday – visit the Air Museum.
RACQ Motorfest is a huge event
run annually by RACQ to promote
their products and to promote
motoring in general. Last year the
event was cancelled as the previous
week had rained heavily and the
ground at Eagle Farm Race Course
was too wet to sustain the 800
vehicles expected. So this year
members were hopeful that the
event would proceed. Due to the
number of vehicles expected different
categories and clubs are given
specific arrival times. If you have
10 or more vehicles you could ask
for your own section. Not knowing
exactly how many members were
going to participate saw Volvos
entered into the “Other European”
section. Entrants are given the
opportunity to register for judging in
different sections based on year of
Four vehicles assembled at a
pre-arranged meeting point – Terry
& Gaye Carey (red 122S), Vic
and Eunice Austin (blue 740T),
the Hunts (red 740GL) and Gavin
Black (1800/120 Club in his green
1800ES). We took off 5 minutes
before our arrival time and after a
bit of a detour arrived at Eagle Farm
racecourse. We were directed to a
spot where the bookies usually set
up and found that we had joined
3 other Volvos – Rick Forno (QLD
Motoring Enthusiast Club) in his red
122S, Linton Smith (QMEC) in Neil
Summerson’s white 123GT and Paul
Scholz (1800/120 Club) in his gold
P1800. So the 5
older models lined
up on one side and
the 2x700 series
cars lined up on the
other side, where they were joined
by Mike Eggleton in his blue 740T.
Without really trying Volvo ended up
in a section by ourselves with the
BMW club on one side, and some
other Europeans and the Saab club
on the other side. More importantly
we were under cover. Beyond us
were the special displays celebrating
a centenary of Alfa Romeo and 50
years of the Ford Falcon. Out front
of the grandstands were rows and
rows of other vehicles with over 800
vehicles in attendance.
Attendees had the opportunity
to wander around and check out
the Volvos, other makes and
models, lots of special displays,
different attractions and of
course find the best place
offering cappuccino. More
than 12,000 people attended
the event, with entry donations
and car park takings raising
thousands of dollars for the
RACQ Helicopter Rescue
Congratulations to Paul
Scholz who won the Best
Classic (1960 – 1971) in his
lovely gold 1800.
It was a very successful
day and we are certainly looking
forward to next year and hope that
more Volvos will join together to put
on a great display. For more photos
of both events, see
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P.O. Box 218
Torrensville Plaza, SA 5031
Club Meeting
7.30pm – Glandore Community Centre
Bay to Birdwood
This year is the Vintage Bay to Birdwood and our Club
will again be watching this event on the front lawns of the
Gumeracha Hospital.
Lunch tickets from the Gumeracha Hospital need to be
booked and paid prior to the event.
Lunch tickets for adults are $13.00 and children $6.00.
Members to contact Helen Judd on 8341.8908 advising
the number of tickets required. (The club will purchase all
tickets on behalf of our members prior to the event).
As usual our club will meet at McDonald’s T.T.P and
leave 9.00am. SHARP, this will allow time to drive to
Gumeracha, park our vehicles and obtain a good
advantage space on the front lawn. (Remember to bring
own chairs, or requirements for own comfort.)
0418-894-380 or 08-8556-5157 (Day)
22ND – 24TH
Marion Bay
The Club President David Bennett is organizing this
event. Nine cabins have been booked at the Marion Bay
Caravan Park and will be allocated to members on a first
come first served basis. The cabins hold up to 5 people
and are $79.00 per night. Accommodation will be required
for Friday night and Saturday night. (Returning home on
Sunday). Car runs to places of interest are being
Members to contact Helen to book cabins. BOOK
0408-858-569 or 08-8341-8908 (Day)
Tricia Judd-Ireland 08-8248-5081
Joan & John Peace 08-8294-3183
Alexander Davis 0414-423-505
David 08-8556-5157
Chris (work) 08-8265-5388
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P.O. Box 218
Torrensville Plaza, SA 5031
Club Meeting
7.30pm – Glandore Community Centre
Christmas Pageant
Date TBA
Christmas Lunch
Cost of admission etc is a guide and may change without notice.
Club Captain’s Report –
Historic Registration
Over the past twelve months the
events committee has organised
a variety of outings suitable
for all members young and
old. These events are also
NOTE: All SA Club-related
suitable for all models of our
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cars, young and old. Nearly
to Craig Rasmussen
every meeting has been well
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attended – except for one.
Welcome to new Members! That important event was
the Historic Registration
Theodoor & Maria De Pree – 1980 262C Inspection day – a day set
Stephen & Yvonne Woolley – 2001 C70 aside for members to present
Peter Lloyd – T.B.A.
their cars to show that they
Michael Eustace – 1969 Ford Fairlane
are still compliant with the
Joe & Barbara Barbaro – 2010 XC60
code for Historic Registration.
Inspecting cars on this day
Hope to meet you all at an event soon. then means we can then sign
off all logbooks at the AGM. Very
few members (with historic registered
cars) attended the inspection day
this year – only about one third
Chris Allen’s 1963 122S
in fact. Some apologies were
received from members working or
travelling at the time, and alternative
arrangements with the registrars
were made for these cars. However
these arrangements should ideally
be made prior to their travel such that
all business for historically-registered
vehicles can be concluded by the
Please note the following:
If your Log Book has not been
stamped and updated, you cannot
legally drive your vehicle. If caught,
you could be fined up to
$750 and be asked to pay full
registration for your vehicle.
By the time you all read
this article, this club will
have completed reports to
the relevant authorities as is
required under the Historic
Registration scheme.
A big thank you to the
majority of members who are
compliant, as it makes the
registrars’ job much easier.
Two more of Alexander’s cars – ’73 145 &
’64 Holden EH
Bemused by Alexander’s 1973 Honda Life
David & Glenys Bennett with ’79 242GT & ’78 Fiat X19
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P.O.Box 6522 Tweed Heads South NSW 2486 - ph/fax 07 5524 7158
Web: - email: [email protected]
Robert Bakker 07 3283 8067
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Graham Jones 07 3397 0808
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NSW Representative
Guy Smith 02 4739 8127
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Annual Membership ...... $30.00
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The big news this month is the Volvo 1800/120 Club National Rally
in Armidale from 22-25 April 2011, which coincides with Easter 2011.
Did I mention we are having a NATIONAL RALLY IN ARMIDALE
EASTER 2011?!!!!! The event promises to be one of the best and most
memorable Rallies of them all.
Dear faithful reader, you will have by now received our flyer for the
event. PLEASE RESPOND ASAP TO JEFF TURNER SO THAT NUMBERS CAN BE CONFIRMED. Now here’s a challenge for a number of
you. I know that a great deal of you have MORE THAN 1 Volvo. How
many can you bring along? 2, what about 3. Can you stretch to 4? I will
throw down the gauntlet and issue a President’s challenge. There may
even be a prize in it for the event!!!!
Have you been to past rallies? Remember the comradery? What about
all the gleaming lovely Volvos? How about just catching up with an old
mate who you only see at Rallies? I am also very excited to announce
that for 2011, Volvo Australia are right behind us. Stay tuned for a big
effort on their part.
The Rally will follow the usual format, with the main event being the
Show ‘n’ Shine on the Sunday and the big dinner on Sunday night. I
hope you won’t be too tired though, because you will be busy!!! There
will be so much to see and do.
Recently, the club was present at the RACQ Motorfest in July. I have
heard that there were a great deal of shiny lovely cars present. The
club also took its annual pilgrimage to picturesque Lismore on 31 July/
1 August, which was very much enjoyed by all. See photo opposite.
So, there are no excuses. I have been nagging all of you for years
now. GET THAT CAR READY FOR ARMIDALE!!!!! More to come in
future editions. Please call me if you have any queries!
Volvo For (at least mine, but hopefully yours too) Life
Robert Bakker
1960 -1971
Club Grill Badge $30.00 inc. p&p
Key Ring $15.00 inc. p&p
Buy Both @ $40.00 inc. p&p
Club Member
Paul Scholz
wins yet another
trophy at the
RACQ Motorfest
in Brisbane with
his beautifully
restored 1970
Gold 1800E
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$40.00 inc. p&p
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Jeff & Rosemary Turner took Best European Car at
our Lismore outing with their beautiful Yellow 1800E
1800-120 Club Calendar of Events
Jeff Turner Ph: 07 3890 1993 - 0427 787311
Saturday September 18th (Club event). Travel to O’Reillys on the Scenic Rim, overnight stay,
home Sunday.
Saturday 2nd October - GLT Motors Open Day - Free sausage sizzle - All Volvo Day. 10am
to 3pm. 7 Merritt Street, CAPALABA, Brisbane.
Sunday 7th November - Meet at 9.00am at the Tennis Centre at Tennyson and arrive at Peak
Crossing by 11.30 for a BBQ lunch. Neil Summerson will organize the observation run and
prizes. Jenny and Neil will provide the meat /salad etc but guests bring their own drinks. Peak
Crossing is 40 minutes from Brisbane and easy to get to the main highways. Gaye and Terry
Careyy from the Volvo Club of Qld and who live at Peak Crossing will probably join us.
Sunday 21st November 11.00am Annual General Meeting - This year we have been invited
by club members Richard and Sue Brabazon (07 3206 9791) to have our AGM at their place.
This will be followed by a BBQ put on by the Club. So try to get there by 10.30am for an 11.00
am start for the AGM. The Brabazon’s are at 7 Tathra Court, Redland Bay, Brisbane. Any interstate Club members who happen to be in South East Queensland at the time are most welcome. Please let us know if you are coming to allow for catering.
Easter 2011 22-25 April Armidale National Rally - Details in this magazine.
Volvo 1800-120 Parts
New Parts for your Classic Volvo
I carry a large range of New parts for 1800 120 and 140 series Volvos
George Minassian Ph:07 5524 7158 mob:0418 225121
Koni Shocks
1800 indicator switch
Now in Stock
Now available NEW Koni Shocks 1800-120
$800.00 complete set
Ignition Barrel
+ Volvo keys
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The Volvo National Rally
hosted by
The Volvo 1800-120 Club Australia Inc.
The 50th Anniversary of the release of the P1800
Armidale, NSW - Easter 2011 April 22nd - 25th
All Volvos Welcome
In 2011, it will be 50 years since the release of the 1800 , (Was there ever a more beautiful small coupe?,
Yes we have one and we are biased) we would love to see as many of these as possible, attend. It is however the Volvo National Rally, bring along your Volvo for us all to admire.
This event will kick off on Friday night with registration and then check in at your motel. Rally headquarters
are at the New England Motor Inn where you can register and you will also be given your rally pack. This
will include a commemorative Rally Badge and some other goodies.
The Motels are all within walking distance to the local Bowls Club where we will all gather for the Friday
Night Welcome BBQ. Your cars will get a well earned rest after your long trip to the Rally.
Saturday can be a leisurely start with a walk down to the motor museum. And at 12 noon we will drive the
short distance to the Dumaresq Dam which is about 15km away. There will be a packed lunch for us there.
The afternoon is free.
Sunday morning, yet another easy start to give you all time to gather around your cars comparing notes
and more importantly to clean your cars for the show ‘n shine. Then onto the Racecourse at 11.00am for
the display and show and shine. Great surrounds with access to lunch and refreshments. Car judging will
be for all those who want their cars judged. Volvo Australia will be displaying their latest Volvo models. The
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Gala dinner and presentation will be held on the Sunday evening.
We have support from Volvo Australia, what more could we ask, if it were possible I would organize the
weather for us!!
Jeff Turner
Ph: 07 3890 1993 - 0427 787311
Accommodation Bookings for Armidale
Arrangements are well advanced for this event. Further to the advice given in the last “Rolling” our accommodation has been secured in the following motels, each being a preferred provider.
Please book and pay for your own accommodation.
1. The New England Motor Inn (02) 6771 1011 Web:
100 Dumaresq St. Armidale NSW. 2350
2. The Sandstock Motel (02) 6772 9988 Web:
101 Dumaresq St. Armidale NSW. 2350
3. The Club Motel (02) 6772 8777 Web:
105-107 Dumaresq St. Armidale NSW. 2350
4. The Elite Motel (02) 6771 5377
71 Marsh Street . Armidale NSW. 2350
Each is offering Volvo drivers coming for the Rally, a discount. Bouquets go to Phillip & Brenda Rasmussen, who were the first to book accommodation.
The Bowls Club (Web: has been secured for all our social events, it is
centrally placed and has very suitable venues. All the preferred accommodation above are either across the
road, next door or a very short walk away. The Race Course has been secured for our Show ‘ Shine.
Finer details in future Rolling Magazines and our Club ( website. With this
magazine you will find the Rally Registration Form. Please fill in and send back to the Club address even
if you are just thinking about coming. Payment of the registration fee can be made at a later date. But
please book your accommodation as soon as possible. That is the main thing.
Details and Registration Forms will also be available on our website.
Jeff Turner Ph: 07 3890 1993 - 0427 787311
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Books for Sale
Buy either Book
for $60.00 inc. p&p
Buy Both Books
For $100.00 inc. p&p
Volvo 1800 - The complete Story
By David Styles
Cheques/money orders payable to the
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P.O.Box 6522, Tweed Heads South
NSW 2486
Volvo P120 - The Amazon Series
By Dieter Gunther
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Project Florida
by George Minassian
Un-restored prototype X1
Timing is very important in life. After a hectic couple of weeks, I managed to get John’s 123GT ready for the
paint shop and a tow truck picked it up from home only a few days before my trip to Europe. It was then to
Brisbane Airport and on my way to France for the Viking Classic, and to Sweden to visit one of my spare
parts suppliers. I mention timing because the plan was for the car not to be sitting idle while I was away but
instead to get a start on its way for panel and paint. I found it hard that I was not going to check on the car
every few days but at least I knew that I would see a major difference when I got back home. The 123 was
stripped off to its last nut and bolt except for the rear end and front cross member so it would be a rolling
chassis on its wheels without steering. More on that later.
I met up with Gerry and Margarita, who left from Sydney airport, at Dubai and we were on our way to
France on the same plane. The big surprise to me was the lack of security at Charles de Gaulle airport. Not
a single question, and no bag checks. After a couple of days of rest, French pastries, espressos, gypsies
and walking endlessly around Paris, it was time for the first get together at the Swedish Institute in Paris on
Friday night. There we met, for the first time, the guy who is responsible for our love of this car, Pelle Petterson. We also met and caught up with Irv Gordon who had just flown in to Paris.
The next day saw us jump into a hire car and we headed south to the big get together venue which was
about 200km away at the beautiful Loire Valley in the South of France. Gerry at the wheel and myself navigating. ( No, we did not get lost, just lucky) We stayed at the Château du Breuil where we were treated like
royalty. The three of us were given the VIP treatment at dinner that night as we told many Volvo stories
from Australia and listened to a lot more from the other guests. Which brings me to the title at the top of the
page. Now I thought I knew just about everything to do with 1800s and have read up a lot of books on its
history. But it’s never like the stories you hear from the stylist of our car Pelle Petterson himself. The car
apparently was going to be called the Florida but that name was never adopted.
Next morning I drove with Irv to the Chateau de Beauregard, which was not that far away, and by the time
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Rare Instrument Cluster 123GT
Coune Amazon Convertible
we got there the band was playing and there were a lot of cars there already. We had a very enjoyable day
with lunch and wine in the VIP tent and we tried to talk to as many Volvo 1800 and 120 owners as possible.
One of the most exciting conversations I had was with a Frenchman who had on display a PV444 and a
123GT, both of which were prepared for tarmac rallying. It was an unusual conversation too. He didn’t understand English and I didn’t understand French. So, a lot of sign language and pointing got most of the
messages through and we parted as old friends. By the end of the day it was announced that there were
350 cars on display most of which were various year models of the 1800. The next morning it was goodbye
to everyone and the three of us left for three days of touring in the South of France.
Our next stop was Gothenburg, Sweden. We got our flights mixed up and didn’t realize it until we got to the
airport. So I left on an earlier flight than Gerry and Margarita and I waited at the airport in Gothenburg until
they arrived some three hours later. The airport reminded me of Coolangatta airport, small and you can
never got lost in it. At the cafeteria counter I was treated with a ‘hey’ when I went to order a coffee. Then I
realized that that meant Hi! So a ‘hey’ back and I ordered my coffee. We were picked up by Lennart, our
spare parts supplier who took us to his warehouse where we saw how dedicated he, his wife and his whole
team were. Everything reproduced here, whether mechanical or trim, has to be as close to original as possible, right down to the unique door cards and seat coverings. We were very impressed and surprised by
the amount of machinery and manpower required to produce all this stuff. After spending just two nights
there it was very sad to see us heading back. We should have stayed in Sweden a bit longer. We didn’t
realize that we needed a whole day to go and visit the museum, so we missed out this time. Another trip
has to be planned in the future so that I can spend a bit more time in Sweden and pay a visit to my other
supplier on the other side of the country too.
Back home and the 123 arrived unceremoniously on the back of a tow truck a couple of weeks after I got
back from Europe and John Earthrowl visited me on the same day to see his car as shiny as it was the day
he picked it up from the Volvo dealer in 1968. So the fit out has commenced. So far, I have cleaned,
painted and re-bushed the front end. Fitted with new ball joints and Koni shocks. New window channels and
scraper rubbers. By the time you get to read
this, I am hoping the rear end will be ready so
that I can start on the interior. I will leave the
engine and gearbox/overdrive until last. I have
left the front apron off, so as to make putting the
engine in a bit easier. Until next time.
123GT back from the paint shop
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My First ‘Rare’ Volvo
by Greg Heaton
Growing up in Sydney I started noticing rare cars from an early age, when you are young the value doesn’t
mean much, It's all about the shape and the look.
My first ride in a cool Volvo was at age 12 in 1972, I was at the movies with a very good looking girl. Her
name Vicky-Ann STAHL, her father Max a very well known racing and motoring guy picked us up in his
shiny red Volvo 122S, at the time I did not know what a 122S was, I just knew it was different and cool,
good enough for me. George Minassian told me that Max still owns that car, It shows me that Volvo purists
really love their cars.
My first car was a 1966 VW Beach Buggy I have always tried to be different, My Dad bought a very nice
1973 164TE beautiful blue, black leather, sunroof, in 1985 privately in Surfers Paradise for $4,500 I now
know that model is not common I really liked it no speed machine but luxury.
Volvos I have owned include a 1982 244 GLE, three 850 Wagons including a T5 Wagon, For some reason
Wagons appeal to me. I don't need a Wagon for the extra room I just prefer Wagons. If funds permitted
which they don't at the moment, I would buy a P1800ES Wagon, at least I will know what to buy if I ever
have the cash.
About 18 months ago I decided to try to find a 145
Wagon (Not easy to find I know) If it was easy I wouldn't
want it. So I started asking around and ringing Volvo
clubs, I rang Heino Nowatsky in Melbourne and he said
he was selling a nice 1974 145 Wagon in White with Red
trim, which he had bought in South Australia and sorted
for everyday use and only wanted $2,000, My usual occupation is a snow skiing Instructor and I was about to go
to Austria for 6 months and didn’t really have anywhere
to leave the car for 6 months so unfortunately I didn’t buy
Sadly my BEAUTIFUL Mum passed away recently, so I
have become my sister’s full time carer as she is legally
blind, so no more going overseas for now, I have the time
to put into an old car. So a few months ago I started looking for an old 245 or 145 if I could find one again, I
live about half an hours drive from Byron Bay and one nice day in April I was there having a coffee
and noticed a dark blue, red interior 122 Wagon NSW registered parked on the street, it was in what I
would describe as well loved condition, plenty of character and patina. It looked like a Hippie car to me
(Well it was Byron Bay) After admiring it for a few minutes I said to my 2 friends with me WOW that's different I would like one of these, to which they said good luck finding one.
Not realizing at the time that there is actually less Wagons than 123GT's in Australia, I did say I like rare.
I spoke to Russell Hunt from Hinterland Volvo at Nerang on the Gold Coast and he gave me some Rolling
Club Magazines to check the classifieds, I quickly spotted one in the Mar/Apr edition, The ad read
( 1966 122 Wagon White with Red upholstery, books and history, no registration, $3,500) No photo but I
thought that sounds good and it is in my modest budget.
I immediately rang the owner Kevin Elliot from Wollongong a very nice man (aren't all Volvo people) he said
yes still for sale, I've had a few calls from Melbourne but nobody has bothered to come and have a look
yet, speaking to Kevin gave me confidence in the car and that he would be a good guy to buy an old Volvo
from, he had owned it for half of its life, knew the history and had 10 other Volvos in his collection. He said
George Minassian is a good friend of mine and he has some recent photos of the car, ring him and
ask his opinion, When I phoned George he said $3,500 for that car sounded like a good buy although it had
been off the road for a while.
So I flew to Sydney, train to Wollongong, met Kevin and told him about the Blue Wagon I saw in Byron Bay
which made me want one, and he said I know that car it belongs to Dolly Diaz who lives not far from here
at Shellharbour, her son Gaudy drove it up to Byron to work as a chef, he laughed when I said it looks like a
Hippie car, I meant no offence I liked it so much I bought my own Hippie car, Kevin roadworthied the wagon
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and got a permit for me so I could drive it home, The car had not been registered since 1992 and had only
travelled 19,000 miles in the past 19 years.
It was a big ask to expect the old girl to drive 1000 km's after so long, I think I was more confident than
Kevin as he said it will make it but I would be happier if it was going on the back of a truck, where's the fun
in that you have to drive them it’s an adventure. Well it made it no problems, along the way the exhaust
sprang a leak as did the fuel pump and when I arrived home I drove up to George's place and he said the
radiator was nearly empty as the hose from the overflow bottle was blocked and said any other car would
have stopped or overheated but it didn't bother the Amazon, King Gee and Tonka Toys say they're Tuff,
Not as Tuff as Volvos I reckon.
George replaced the fuel pump immediately for me had one in stock of course, replaced a few hoses no
more leaks, I got it Registered the next day and am using it as my daily driver at the moment. I think the
wagon is enjoying getting curious and hopefully admiring looks again after being a bit of a recluse in Kevin's
shed for the past two decades almost, I am going to do a minor budget rolling restoration if there is such a
thing? Stop laughing at me please, I will be advised by George and probably LOST without him, so I will be
glad to see him again soon when he returns from the 50th anniversary of the P1800 in Paris.
The wagon deserves full restoration and would be the right one to do as it is very clean, but that will have to
wait until the next cashed up owner, I am going to drive it and try to enjoy it as it is with minor improvements. George also noticed as soon as he saw the ID plate that it is a "P" designation and makes it a 1968
and one of the last wagons imported into Australia according to his records which is pretty cool.
Greg Heaton
After writing this article and owning the car for some three months, Greg decided to sell the car to someone
who can spend a bit of dollars on it and have it restored.
Volvo 1800-120 Club AGM
Sunday 21st November 11.00am
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fee applies to non-member ads (+$5
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of the editor. Please notify the
editor when vehicle or parts are
sold. Editor reserves the right to edit
or withhold ads if necessary.
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1980 262C in excellent condition reluctant sale. 207,000 kms. Much
money spent in last 2 years including
suspension, hoses, brakes, shocks, fuel
pump, A/C, battery and exhaust. Just
fitted with brand new 17”x7” 5-spoke Alloy
Wheels, procured through VP Tuning at
a cost of $2,000, and the new tyres have
travelled only 200 kms. The five original
Volvo “Starburst” alloys that came with
the car are also included. A full respray
good condition for the age, with the most
notable requirement being a rear seat
backrest, and I may be able to assist
with this and other second hand parts
if and when required, but otherwise
the interior is in solid original and
unmodified condition, and would clean
up presentably. The bodywork is rust-free
and the car was given a full respray in
recent times making it very presentable
as shown in the photo, although a further
restoration would be required to return
it to showroom condition if that was the
intention. $850 ONO. VIC. Phone Mark
Iceton 0434-897-144
1985 240 GLE (Unreg). $800. Recent
work on suspension including new
bushes and ball joints. Needs new
windscreen and electric mirror. Metallic
bronze. Original alloy wheels. Not a lot
of work to finish to nice car. Drives well.
Some spare parts. VIC. Allan Jones 039795-1444 or 0411-777-235
4-speed manual gearboxes (x2). Good
condition. Offers. VIC. Allan Jones 039795-1444 or 0411-777-235
of this car was carried out 18 months
ago, at which time it also received a new
windscreen at great expense ($1,500.00)
sent from Sweden. New Clarion CD &
MP3 Player (Original Volvo radio/cassette
player & microphone included). Heavy
Duty IPD Sway Bars, and other genuine
Volvo accessories. Victorian RWC will be
supplied with sale. $8500. Contact Mark
Iceton on 0434 897 144
ONLY 1 left: new-car take-off
C30/S40/V50 17-inch wheels.
$200 each. Zaurak style.
Pick-up in Melbourne. Phone Greg 039397-5976 or email [email protected]
1971 144 column-shift automatic
sedan which would suit a fellow
enthusiast willing to put in a little effort
to make this car suitable as a quality
daily-use or hobby car. This 144 has
been recently serviced and the following
work has been carried out, making the
car very good value: New brake lines,
exhaust system, shock absorbers, ball
joints and windscreen. The interior is in
FREE TO GOOD HOME - yellow 1982
244 - 2 owners. Power steering, auto,
360k km. Car runs but has not been
driven in several years. Good trim. Very
little rust (only around one corner of
rear window). Free to good home for
club member. Must be towed away (not
driveable on road). Robert, Mirboo
North VIC, 03-5668-2371
240 parts for sale (see web site for
pics): Floor mats (black/dark blue) very
good condition. $50.00 + freight ($35.00
to Melbourne) Weigh Approx 4 kilos.
Bulky. Floor mats (Beige) Used. Repair
to pass side. $30.00 + freight. As above.
80 Model GT grill. Needs respray. All
tags are intact. Used condition. $160.00
+ freight. Weight 1.8 kilos. Contact
Grahame Hunt on 0414942522. Items
are located at Gold Coast in Queensland.
VOLVO WANTED: I have a good home
but looking for a Volvo to fill the garage.
Wish list: Doesn’t have to be original but
reliable (prefer complete; Modified OK).
Prefer Manual (can convert). Would love
two doors ( but can have 4). Will be using
it as a road registered car, but will do
CAMS events in it. Will be teaching my
youngest daughter to get her license in it.
Engine size doesn’t matter. Prefer petrol.
Do you have a Volvo in the back garage
that is looking for a new home, or an unfinished project that is almost complete
if so please call Greg 0428252626
(Queensland) or email photos to [email protected]
2006 S40 S – special issue. Silver with
charcoal leather. 46,000 kms. Unusual
rare manual model with factory sport
skirts, low solar gain side glass, and
unusual badgeless boot with spoiler.
The car’s immaculate condition reflects
its executive lifestyle: always garaged
or parked in covered security parking.
I live abroad now and the car needs a
new home in the hands of someone
who might have a special appreciation
for the drive and handling. Serviced
by Rolf Volvo with all logs up to date.
$23,500 or best offer. ACT. Contact
Robert - for general information: phone
or sms: 00116737137175 or email: rob.
[email protected] Contact
Deborah - to inspect and test drive:
0414436663; a/h: 0262820470
1994 440GL (XKL 795) Red, 5 Speed
Manual. Registered until September
2010. Air conditioning, Factory Alloys,
P6000 Pirelli Tyres, Central Locking,
Power Steering, Tow Bar, MP3 Player,
Very economical, Lady Owner, Good
Service History. $3,900 ONO. Phone
Colin 0429 096 095 (SA)
1967 122S 2-door. Light blue paint with
black upholstery. Owned since 1978 and
being sold reluctantly – no room for 3
cars. Only 18,000 miles approximately
on reco motor since 1993. Four new
tyres and two new mufflers. Reg to July
2010. RWC. Serviced by Voldat. Car
located at Beaumaris, Vic. $6250 ONO.
Phone Ross 03-9589 3559 or 0429 967
WANTED: Volvo 1800 in good
condition. Contact Wally or Tracey
Heard 07 4126 8104. Childers
For sale: M47 5-speed manual
transmission from 240. Bought it some
years back as a spare, but time to move
on. Said to be in good working order.
$650 ono. Rodney Bakker. 0409-760503 (QLD)
Mags set of 5 GT Virgo style 15”.
Recently checked – true and straight.
Very good condition but could use
paint. Bill - Melb 0429 425 759 PRICE
Membership Application/Renewal
Printable on-line application form available at
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PH: 03-9397-5976 (AH) or email [email protected]
are available: ADULT-Dark blue
DVS Volvo 850 & P1 x70 strut tower
to tower brace. Suit 850/C70/S70/V70
cars from 1993 to 2000. Includes 5mm
steel top plates, adjustable rod-ends,
25mm OD chrome moly cross bar and
high tensile fasteners. Powder coated in
charcoal metallic pearl. $270.00
Mags and tyres. Set of 5 GT Virgo style
15” with 4 as new Falken 205/60R/15
radials (only 5 months old - worth over
$600) Bill - Melb 0429 425 759 PRICE
Personal plates – Vic – RE 245. Bill Melb 0429 425 759. Purchaser to pay
transfers. PRICE DROPPED TO $150
Reluctant Sale of Rare Volvos: 1971
Model 145 Express Vans (2) Both
with Service Books and full histories.
Both on Club Registration. Very
rare and a recent trophy winner. Sensible
offers considered. 1966, 121 4-door
Sedan. Rare bench seat, column gear
change, single carburettor. White with red
upholstery. I have owned this car for the
last 32 years. It is original, with books and
a unique history. Genuine 130,000 miles
on Club Registration. $9,500 ONO. 1977,
262 Bertone Coupe (Yes, 1977). Rare
early tail light model. Silver. First and only
1977 262 in Australia. Unregistered. Must
go. Offers. If you’re interested in any of
these rare and well-loved Volvos, Call
Kevin on 0414 571 745 for full details and
negotiations. (Updated Jul/Aug 2010)
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items sell, or if you wish to re-run your
ad for more than 2 issues.
the original side pillar badge fitted
to the Jensen P1800. Two styles
crown with tan suede peak & button,
badge is dark silver on light silver
with yellow & blue shield insert as the
original car badge. Phone enquiries:
Jan 041 251 78 48 or SMS your email.
If you want a colour pic or order [email protected]
DVS Volvo 240 strut tower to tower
brace. Suit B21/B23/B230 powered
240s. Includes 5mm steel top plates,
adjustable rod-ends, 25mm OD chrome
moly cross bar and high tensile fasteners.
Powder coated in charcoal metallic pearl.
DVS Volvo 240 aluminium checkerplate
sumpguards. Bolt up in place of the
original plastic belly pans. Designed for
motorsports usage. Made from 2mm
thickness (4mm high ridges) aluminium
checker-plate and will fit all 240 series
Volvos. $99.00
Weitec Performance Springs for Volvo
models including 850, C70/S70/V70,
S80, S60, S40/V40 as well as new S60/
V70 and S40/V50. Lowering of approx
35mm from standard ride height (less on
R models and cars equipped with sport
suspension packages.) Ride is firmer and
handling is improved. Call or email DVS
for further enquiries.
Hi-Tuning ECU upgrades for later model
Volvos are now available through DVS.
Call or email for specific details for your
vehicle and pricing.
Brembo and ATE slotted brake
rotors. Call DVS or email for details.
DVS Volvo 240/260 Adjustable panhard
bar. Features adjustable rod-ends and
includes appropriate spacers. Improves
cornering lateral stability and allows
adjustment of rear axle position. Ideal for
lowered cars. Powder coated in charcoal
metallic pearl. $270.00
DVS Volvo 850 & P1 x70 aluminium
checkerplate sumpguards. Suit 850/C70/
S70/V70 cars from 1993 to 2000. Bolt
up to the subframe rails using machine
screws supplied. Pre-drilled holes for the
machine screws and an opening for the
sump plug. $215.00
DVS Brake conversion kits for Volvo
240. Convert Volvo 240s to use the
large, all aluminium 4 spot front calipers
from Mazda RX7 Turbo II cars. Provides
a dramatic improvement in braking.
Adaptors available for $149.00 per
pair. Other required components also
available. Please call or visit the DVS
website for more details.
VP Tuning Updates:
TME/Simons exhaust/downpipes - we
still have some of the 850/X70 turbo kits.
All of the 850 kits are now TüV certified,
meaning they are approved to be sold
worldwide. For up-to-date price or to
reserve your kit please give us a call.
From our recent o/s trip to Europe we
have collected some very nice Volvo
model cars. Couldn’t buy everything of
course but if there is one you are after
give us a call. Mark Richardson, VP
Tuning 0403-814-545
Phone No
02 8338 2147
02 9412 7555
70-72 Church St
02 9841 4127
Peter Warren Volvo Cars
13 Hume Highway
Warwick Farm
02 9828 8123
Purnell Volvo
990 King Georges Rd
02 8558 7000
Hunter Viking Car Centre
16 Christo Road
02 4960 1200
Woodleys Motors
200 - 208 Marius St
02 6763 1500
Bellbowrie Motors
Cnr Pacific Highway & Halls Rd
Coffs Harbour
02 6656 8700
Tynan Volvo Cars
37-39 Burelli St
02 4229 3033
Allan Mackay Autos
239 Argyle St
Moss Vale
02 4869 1100
Rolfe Motors
29 Botany St
02 6282 4888
Jason Wagga
42 - 50 Dobney Avenue
Wagga Wagga
02 6925 3211
Annlyn Motors
93 - 99 York Rd
02 4722 9900
John Davis Motors
38 Bathurst Rd
02 6362 0966
Silverstone Volvo
591 Doncaster Rd
03 9840 8868
Bilia Hawthorn
139 Camberwell Rd
03 9882 3600
Altitude Volvo Cars Brighton
913 Nepean Highway
03 9576 5399
Melbourne City Volvo
351 Ingles St
Port Melbourne
03 9684 1070
Rex Gorell Volvo
212 - 224 Latrobe Terrace
03 5244 6222
773 Ann St
Fortitude Valley
07 3250 3080
Dealer Name
Sales Address
Trivett Volvo
75-85 O'Riordan St
Alto Volvo
387 Pacific Highway
Trivett Volvo Parramatta
New South Wales/ACT
Austral Volvo
07 3248 9460
Sunshine Volvo
179 Nerang Rd
07 5509 7100
Southern Cross Prestige
Cnr James St & Anzac Ave
07 4690 2333
Pacific Volvo
129 Sugar Rd
07 5458 9738
Rockhampton Prestige
Cnr Musgrave & Armstrong Sts
07 4922 1000
Tony Ireland Volvo Cars
Cnr Woolcock & Duckworth Sts
07 4726 7700
Trinity Volvo
94 McLeod Sts
07 4050 5000
32 Belair Rd
08 8272 8155
34 Stuart Highway
Stuart Park
08 8946 4444
Premier Motors
393 Scarborough Beach Rd
Osborne Park
08 9443 1133
Barbagallo Volvo
1286-1288 Albany Hwy
08 9231 9777
281 - 301 Argyle St
03 6210 7000
South Australia
Solitaire Volvo
Northern Territory
Darwin Volvo
Western Australia
Performance Automobiles
ON THE BACK COVER: 850 T5Rs, the rarest of the breed! Main photo - “BLKT5R” (Mark Iceton). Inset photo - John
Johnson’s yellow “AT5R” (thanks Mark Richardson for the photo - if high res, it would be on front cover! More please!)
If undeliverable return to
Volvo Club of Victoria
PO Box 3011
Rolling Australia
Print Post Approved
PP 032699/00016
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