Just to add another 2¢
I have been following this thread with Joy and read through all the posts, more than once.
I can't agree more with all of you, that space, parking, room for logistics, sutible parade route are all critical boxes that need to be checked, so I suggest that you have a look at the google earth view of the new factory again, it checks most all the boxes except for being West of , or on, the Mississippi. AND one HUGE box that I will talk about in the last 3 paragraphs.
It would be interesting to see what Volvo North America thinks about the idea of having the Volvo Car Parade actually down Volvo Car Dr.
and around the new factory.
I would think VERY INTERESTED
Looking at Goole Earth View there certainly is enough room for "Guest" Parking, out in one of the undeveloped grass lots,
Perhaps they could set up a tent with some Kegs of Swedish Beer for the Meet and Greet mixer and pre-parade registration, and show and shine.
And a nice 10 mile loop for a cruise.
Anyway, if it gets organized,
• I will show up in the XC90 and towing either my 1800ES or my 142 Rally Car Tribute if it's within a 12 hour drive. I spoke to my wife about it yesterday and she thought it sounded like a fun adventure.
• If it's 12-15 hour drive, I would probably just drive the XC90 with no trailer, Beyond that just fly out and rent a Volvo from Budget.
So, I'm IN ... regardless of location, so don't think I'm all hopped up on SC because it's ONLY
an 11 hour drive from my place (with pee breaks and towing a trailer)
I do think that getting Volvo Cars to commit to some support would be wonderful and doing this at the new Factory would encourage even greater support, which could possibly be the deciding factor on location.
This event could be much more than just a Car Parade, but also a once in a lifetime celebration of the US factory opening, and a celebration of the re emergence of Volvo by those of us who never wavered from the brand.
Can you imagine the parade of Volvos passing by these flags?