|Puget Sound Chapter
Volvo Sports America
|THE Car Club in Washington for Owners of Classic Volvos|
|Welcome to the Puget Sound Chapter of Volvo Sports America. PSVSA has been in existence since 1995 and offers a wide variety of activities for its members. We hope you enjoy this website and, if living in the Pacific Northwest, that you'll join us for an event and join PSVSA/VSA.|
|Volvo Sports America was founded in September 1976 by Jon Keebler and David Pollock, both 1800 buffs, in Philadelphia, PA. There are now over 1,200 members from coast to coast, in Canada and around the world. The club's purpose is to encourage the ownership, proper operation, maintenance and restoration of all Volvo 1800 series and other vintage Volvos and to serve as a source of technical information and exchange. As of 2003, VSA has opened its membership to any owner of an out of production model Volvo.
Local chapters throughout the United States and Canada and around the world hold regular meetings, technical sessions, swap meets, and various other events to help members care for their Volvos. National meets are held on an occasional basis on east and west coasts.
The Puget Sound Chapter of Volvo Sports America was started in 1995 with Gary Ramstad as the first Coordinator of the club. He remains in that position today. This is one of the most active chapters in the U.S. with many events throughout the year.
Gary is a Volvo man from way back. He joined the Volvo Club of America back in 1984 and started the new Pacific NW Chapter for Washington, Oregon and Idaho with other directors in 1987. Gary joined Volvo Sports America in 1991 and has been coordinator for the Chapter since 1995. He currently owns three classic Volvos, a 1962 PV544, a 1967 122 which has won two first places and two second places in past west coast VSA meets. In 2005 he purchased a 1967 1800S.
Since that time, Gary has worked very diligently to make PSVSA a very active and successful chapter. He organized the first VSA car corral for the Pacific Raceways Historic Races that has been an annual event since 1994. Gary also is serving as Vice President of VSA.
Gail Ritchie is our Assistant Chapter Coordinator and Webmaster. She also serves on the Board of VSA and as VSA Merchandising Manager for their new line of logo merchandise. She also is a long time Volvo lover. Gail purchased her first 1800S from her godmother in 1973 and drove it as a daily driver for 12 years before being forced to sell it due to unemployment. It was 15 years before she could afford another one. In 2000, Gail purchased a 1969 1800S which she has been diligently restoring ever since.
Come join us for an event!
Asst. Chapter Coord.
|Volvo High Mileage Badge is Back
Volvo has begun offering their high mileage badges again. They are completely different than those previously produced and won't match any others that you currently have. They also are no longer free - cost is $16. But, at least they are available. You now have to have at least 150,000 miles to qualify. This is a new link as of July 2011 but it doesn't tell you how to purchase one.
Click here for link to website.
Badges are available in 150,000, 300,000 and 500,000 miles increments.
(see event schedule for more info)
Apparently "Cars and Coffee" is no longer active in Washington. If you have any information, please let Gail know. Former website is closed.
April 3rd - Volvo GT Meeting
April 13th - PACCAR Testing Lab Tour and Cruise
April 14th - Spring Volvo Swap Meet at Juanita Beach Park
April 20th - Vintage Volvo & Saab Car Show, Jazz Festival Breakfast & Brunch
May 1st - Volvo GT Meeting
May 17th - Ballard Norwegian Parade
FIRST SAT OF EACH MONTH - CAFFEINE & GASOLINE AT GRIOT'S GARAGE, TACOMA FLAGSHIP STORE - 3333 S 38th ST, Tacoma
|The November 2011 issue of Hemmings Sports and Exotic Magazine features Irv Gordon's 2.9 million mile 1800S. Very nice article and photos. Go to www.hemmings.com , click on Publications, Sports and Exotic, then look for ordering back issues.|