Celebration: 20 years Volvo 480 (2006)
Twenty years after the first Volvo 480 were handed over to their lucky first owners was reason for a nice celebration. From May 12th to 14th a meeting was organised in Jammelshofen in the German Eifel-region. Even though we had the tough luck that after two weeks of sunshine and heat the weather changed for the worse it was a tremendous succes. Over 60 Volvo 480 attended the meeting. It was a real European happening with cars from Latvia, Germany, Holland, United Kingdom, Belgium, Luxembourg and France! Here you will find a story and photos of this wonderful event.
FridayToday the people that came from far had the opportunity to arrive and check in at the hotel, or set up their tent on a camping. Who wanted could gather in the restaurant of the hotel and have dinner there. We now realised that arriving with a clean car was a bit pointless: from the hills large clouds of yellow pollen swarmed over the cars, covering them under a thin yellow layer.
SaturdayAt 10 AM it was time for the official start of the meeting, and the main day of the meeting as well. In the morning we all gathered outside the hotel to check in for the meeting and receive a programm and forms for the beauty-contest. All cars were numbered and everybody was allowed to hand in their top-3 of most beautiful 480. It was quite sad that it even started to rain this morning, but it boosted umbrella-sales.
At 11 AM the 127 km long tour through the Eifel region started. Everybody now had to hand in the form for the beauty-contest and received a route description and forms for the puzzle along the way. Along the 127 km route there were several restaurants where you could stop for a drink or order something to eat. Despite the forecasts the weather (thunderstorms and heavy rain) the weather was 'only' mediocre (cloudy and a bit of drizzle every now and then).
At the end of the day all drivers arrived back at the hotel safe and sound. All drivers had to answer the elimination-question (the amount of sweets in a jar), after which the form for the puzzle was handed in. We were in luck: the weather was changing for the better. It stopped raining so we encouraged the hotel owner to fire up the barbecue as soon as possible.
At a quarter past five it was time for the awards ceremony. The top-3 from the beauty contest and the top-3 from the rally received an award.
By now the barbecue was running at full speed thanks to our kind hotel owner! The weather stayed nice and dry so we could all sit outside and enjoy the food and drinks! Today really was a big success and we are really pleased that we got so many compliments for this meeting!
At 01:00 AM it was time to call it a day and head for our beds.
SundayToday was mothers day, incredible how many participants either forgot this or rather went to a Volvo 480 meeting than visit their mother... Today we went to the Nürburgring, the most (in)famous circuit in Germany where everybody can buy a ticket for a run on the circuit. We first went to a viewing point along the circuit where we could see the conditions on the circuit. After having seen enough a group of brave Volvo 480 drivers seperated and went for one or more runs on the circuit. It was very nice to see the 480ies passing by at the viewing point. Even though the 480 was no match for the more recent and more powerful cars it sure was a nice sight!
We thank all participants for their kind words and are very pleased to hear that everyone enjoyed the meeting! Hopefully we will see you again at a next meeting.
The Volvo 480 Club Europe team
Total list of scores from the 20 years celebration:
Beauty contestCalculation of points: