Vancouver Island Chapter

Show 'n' Shine 2004

May 16, 2004

The third annual Island Show-n-Shine was held on 16 May 04 and in continuing the fine island tradition the weather was just perfect (Bob has been taking notes from Mike Handfield who sets up the weather for the Sep Cates Park event!). Past events had been held at the Phoenix Farm but as that property changed hands earlier this year a new venue had to be found. To the rescue came Bjorn Olsson who volunteered their acreage north of Victoria up the peninsula in Saanichton. With major house renovations and lots of construction taking up most of the front lawn, Bjorn and Kjellaug Eike mowed the grass in the back 40 and had the area all cleaned up for the meet.

Attendance has grown steadily over the years and 2004 saw 28 members and guests bringing 30 cars. Top of the list of course was the "Club Car" - the 71 145 Express. The Cuthill's brought Bob's P1800 and Lucy's 850, the Landsman's brought Peter's lovely yellow ES and Paula drove "Purple Haze" (the car formerly known as Stinky). But the largest contingent came from our hosts this year. Bjorn brought out his 73 ES and 67 544 while Kjellaug drove the 67 122 wagon. Bjorn then got out the mystery car - it started out as a 164 but now serves double duty as a pick-up truck.

At first we thought the long distance award would go to Rich Cote from the north side of Duncan, then to Pete Sharples, in a lovely blue 57 444 from Nanaimo. When Darcy Bullock showed up from the mainland in his gorgeous C-70 we were sure he had won it. But late in the day Art and Sai Maw arrived in a 2001 V70XC. Apparently there is a club for the XCs and Art had seen our show among those listed car club island events on display in Lordco. But I guess it was the red lettered licence plate that gave it away - the Maw family was visiting the island from Red Deer Alberta and decided to drop by. After a little visiting around each others cars the BBQ was fired up and all gathered round for the door prize draws. Four sets of oil and filters were provided by the club and Landsman Motors and Volvo of Victoria provided a wide variety of Volvo paraphernalia and other associated prizes.

All in all it was a great day, meeting new friends, renewing old acquaintances and just talking about Volvos old and new.