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February 2017

Volvo. Sweden’s boxy family cars.

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When I was a senior in high school I started singing in a rock band and needed something bigger than a VW Bug to haul around people and equipment. In a move I still kind of regret today, I traded my ’63 Beetle for a 1975 Volvo 240 Wagon. Little did I know that it would start a lifelong obsession with Sweden’s boxy family cars. The car above is my ’83 242 that I drove from 1997-2003. I traded a VW Scirocco for this one as well! I’ve had Hondas, Nissans & Volkswagens but I still come back to Volvo for their reliability, comfort and safety. Speaking of safety…

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The video above blew me away! It’s hard to believe that it could still move after everything they put it through. I really doubt a lot of other cars could take that abuse and still be somewhat drive-able. Currently I drive a Volvo V70 Wagon with over 250,ooo miles and still going strong. I don’t know how long my affinity for these boxy cars will last but I know that Volvos will last forever.

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Art of car shows

It’s easy for automobiles to become an obsession. For me I’m drawn to the lines, the shapes, the beauty and art that becomes a vehicle. From the round curves of a Porsche to the boxiness of a Volvo, I try to see the beauty in the engineering. The same or more can be said for custom vehicles. These cars reflect the owner’s visions as well as respect the original design and intent of the machine. There are thousands of custom features that can be added to a car that it all comes down to taste and style. Some of the most stylish and best customized cars in the world are on display every year at the SEMA show in Las Vegas. I was fortunate enough to attend in 2016 and it was like nothing I’ve ever seen!

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As part of my job I get to travel to Car Shows up and down the east coast. Most of these shows are nothing like SEMA as far as size and quality of cars. The car shows I go to are more like swap meets for parts and cars for the average auto enthusiast. Here’s a little taste of the Car Corral at a car show in Moultrie, Ga.

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