2017 was the most challenging Show ‘n shine in recent history with awkward weather keeping us under the cover of the clubs tents through much of the morning. Thankfully the cars and enthusiasm of the Volvo club members meant the day went ahead with the usual dedication and success.
Around 60 cars were on display, from old to new. The range of display cars was broad, covering 80 of the 90 years of Volvo. The oldest being the 1938 PV52 and the newest were two current model Volvo’s supplied by Melbourne City Volvo.
The winners of the popularly voted prizes were:
120/Amazon and PV: 1st: PV52 (John Johnson) 2nd: Equal 120 (Phil Perkins) & PV544 (Len Ward)
P1800: 1st: P1800 (John Johnson) 2nd: P1800 (Andrew Marney)
140/160: 1st:142 (Lance Phillips) 2nd: 164 (Mark Iceton)
242/262: 1st: 262C (Doug Miller) 2nd: 242GT (Lance Phillips)
200 series: 1st: 240GLE (Thorben Hughes) 2nd: Equal 244 DL (Mark Hoffman) & 240 GLE (Dion Nowatzky)
700, 900 and S90: 1st: 780 (John Johnson) 2nd: 740 HP Turbo (Mark Iceton)
Small Volvo’s (300, 400, S/V40 up to 2004): 1st: 360 GLT (Laurie Menouge) 2nd: V40 (Mark Richardson)
850 and later: 1st: S80 V8 (Peter Hoffman) 2nd: 850 T5R (Mark Iceton)
Modified: 1st: 282 GT (David Calligari) 2nd: 142 (Jay Stagoll)
Guest concours judges from the Mercedes Club, Warren Martin and John Cuccaro, selected their top five cars and also a car of the show. These were:
Top 5 & Car of the show – 244 GL (Adrian Beavis)
Top 5 – 780 (John Johnson)
Top 5 – 244 DL (Mark Hoffman)
Top 5 – P1800 (John Johnson)
Top 5 – P1800 (Andrew Marney)
Also a special mention to John Johnson and the 1938 PV52 that was awarded the AOMC Presidents Award. This is the second year running that a Volvo has caught the eye of the AOMC President. Well done John.