Each year the chapters of the Volvo Club of America pick a location for the national gathering and this year, the Great Lakes Chapter has been given its chance to shine with the big party taking place within its borders. Perhaps in a plot to make sure Swedespeed shows up, the organizers picked the Gilmore Car Museum just outside the city limits of Kalamazoo, Michigan, managing editor Stu Fowle's home town. It's a beautiful location for an event that shouldn't be missed.
Registration technically closed a few weeks ago, but the organizers have decided to offer a $50 "day pass" that covers everything but Saturday night's dinner but does include a bag of goodies and a chance to win door prizes. The day starts at 9:00 am and continues at the Gilmore grounds until 5:00 pm. The day should be packed with events, including even a birthday party for the iconic P1800. We're pretty excited to see all the cars and action, and if you're on the fence consider this your stern talking to that makes you realize you should come. We're told club members from California are making the trek, so what's your excuse.
So get out your wash buckets and wax, get that car ready, and head to sunny Kalamazoo for the weekend. While we probably won't make it to any of the pre-show festivities on Friday night, you might just be able to find the Swedespeed Project XC60 and Stu down at Bell's Brewery beer garden, the coolest place in town and the home of the best IPA, stout, and wheat ales in the midwest (sorry Bells, but the Porter title goes to Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald out of Cleveland.) Hope to see a bunch of you next weekend out on the grass.