|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)
November 5th - Volvo GT Club Meeting
December 3rd - Volvo GT Club Meeting
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
Cars and Coffee is CLOSED until Spring
|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
Our last event of the year, the PSVSA Swap
Meet at Juanita Beach Park in Kirkland
was a big hit this year with 15 members
attending from noon until 4pm (an hour
longer than usual). Parts and stories were
swapped on a nice October day.
The History of the Volvo 1800 Series
Wikipedia has an excellent history of the Volvo 1800 series which Gary found and provided to me. It
covers the different models from 1961 to 1972 so you 1800 owners can find out what your car is really
named. There were no P1800 cars after 1964 when it became the 1800S through 1969, 1800E in
1970/1972 and the 1800ES in 1972. Well written article. Click on the title above to go to the article.
Event Schedule for 2015
We are looking at making some fairly significant changes to the event schedule for next year. Some of the
events that used to attract members no longer do so we will be removing them (example: Greenwood
Car Show, Volvo BC Picnic). We may be adding another swap meet as they are always well attended
events. If you have any suggestions for the schedule, please contact Gary Email: email@example.com.