|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
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 since age 13 when her godmother drove up in her brand new 1965
Gail purchased that 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 diligently restored for
10 years until again being forced to sell. She is now "Volvoless".
Come join us for an event!
|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 details)
September 3rd - Volvo GT Club Meeting
September 7th - Edmonds Classic Car Show
September 27th - Volvo Club of BC Annual Picnic (www.volvoclubofbc.com)
CAFFEINE & GASOLINE AT GRIOT'S GARAGE
3333 S 38th ST, Tacoma
First Saturday of Each Month
CARS AND COFFEE
15505 Westminster Way, Shoreline
Every Saturday, 8am to 10am
6th ANNUAL SWEDISH HOLIDAY CAR SHOW AT THE SWEDISH CLUB
The 6th Annual Swedish Holiday Car Show on June 7th was a huge success with 20 great looking
cars. There was judging for "Best Volvo", "Best Saab", "Best American/Foreign" and
"People's Choice". PSVSA , the Northwest Saab Owners Club and the Swedish Club all
provided O'Reilly Auto parts gift cards for the winners.
The Best Volvo, Saab, American/Foreign car winners were judged by the Swedish Club
Car Show Coordinators and members Gary Ramstad, Ingvar Carlson and Ralph Kosche.
The winners were:
"Best Volvo" - Carl Selden, Gray 1967 1800S, Port Moody, B.C.
"Best Saab" - Bill Frenette, Red 1968 Model 96, Seattle
"Best American" - Richard Charles, Yellow 1968 Ford Mercury Cougar
"People's Choice" was selected from 43 people voting and the winner was:
John Vinson from Eastsound with his 1967 Volvo 122S nick named "El Volino", a light green
1967 122S Volvo 2 or 4 door sedan conversion made into a Volvo pickup truck with the parts
from four different Volvos and requiring 160 man hours to complete.
He used the rear fender wings from an 1800S sports coope to complete the top of the rear truck
bed and had a front sun visor for the windshield and many other details as the rear old Swedish
brass name plate "Goteborg" for Gothenburg, Sweden.
This was a great car show with a warm sunny day and lots of wonderful people and cars and
a beautiful view of a busy day on Lake Union.
Thanks to Bob Byers' Ravenna Volvo for displaying two new 2014 S60 and V60 Volvos
with Sales Coordinator, Austin Davenport for the entire day.
Gary Ramstad, 2014 Swedish Club Car Show Coordinator with some great volunteer help.
Hope to see you next year and thanks for coming to this annual event.
|People's Choice Award Winner
John Vinson's custom Volvo pickup
|Winner Best Volvo
Carl Selden's 1967 1800S
|The 20th Annual PSVSA Car Corral at Pacific Raceways was again a big hit with 12 memberes
participating with their cars. IRoll Motors who is one of our advertisers (and a great place to get parts)
sponsored a booth this year and we invited James Perry with his 1962 Volvo P1800 racer to join us in
One of our newest members, Tom Lucas, won the People's Choice Award - First Place 1970's cars
with his black 1972 1800E that he has named the "Spycar". Tom and his Spycar (and his wife too I
think) are on a book tour around the U.S. right now promoting his latest book. Obviously he uses the
"Spycar" on his tour. He just emailed me the photo below last week from Pennsylvania. - Gail