The big Volvo meeting in Interlaken, Switzerland, gathered some 1000 cars and nearly 5000 visitors. Magnificent surroundings and fine weather were some major factors behind the success.
Volvo cars from not less than 10 European countries gathered in the Swiss town of Interlaken the last weekend of August. Beautifully located in the heart of Switzerland, between the lakes Brienzersee and Thunersee, Interlaken was the perfect choice for the Swiss Volvo Meeting. Well-known ski resorts like Wengen and Adelboden is located in the Alps surrounding the city. Some of the peaks reach more than 4000 meters.
No wonder that so many Volvo fans showed up. Cars came all the way from Germany, Belgium, France and Holland just to mention some countries. Inger and Martin Johansson made the longest journey all they way from Sweden. To attend the meeting they covered more that 3000 km in their Volvo PV 544 from 1964. Quite an achievement!
The Johansson couple and all other participants were rewarded for their efforts to come by fine weather and dwindling beautiful alp roads. Some cars travelled all the way up to peaks of more than 2000 m altitudes. No break-downs were reported which indicate that the owners keep their cars in top condition.
The Swiss Volvo meeting was concluded at the Interlaken Airport where some 1000 Volvo cars were parked in disciplined order by model. Many contacts between European Volvo fans were established. Ideas and advices were exchanged at the market and under the bonnets of the exhibited cars. Interested buyers could find everything from speedometers to complete tuning kits for racing and rally enthusiasts. The event was organized with Sweden as the main theme, with lots of blue end yellow flags and souvenir-elks uncountable different sizes and models.
At the airfield the complete range of new Volvo cars was also exhibited and attracted a lot of attention.
The Swiss Volvo meeting is arranged every second years and this year’s edition was the first meeting in the series of International Volvo Meetings under the patronage of Volvo Cars Heritage. The next meeting will be arranged near Hamburg some time in August 2010 and hosted by the German Volvo club.
Please look out for more information on
http://www.volvocars.com/heritage and under the headline Heritage News & Info.