2019 National Meet

 

2019 Volvo Club Of America
National Meet Week

 

18-23 September 2019

 

San Luis Obispo, (aka SLO) California
 
Organized and Hosted by: VCOA SLORolling Chapter*
 
(* More about this new chapter follows below)

 

Responding to numerous requests, VCOA returns to the West Coast with their national meet with support from the recently chartered chapter in SLO. With the many exciting and interesting things to visit in the area, the format and structure of the meet has been expanded to serve many tastes, budgets, and attendees’ time constraints. 
 
We’ve discovered ‘street’ prices are significantly lower than what we could arrange for a room block at the convention style hotels; therefore, attendees may choose and arrange their own overnight stays at any of the numerous sites in this very popular tourist area. Some, even offering special rates to club members. 
 
Each day’s agenda will offer various group or individual activities including tours, tastings, drives, hiking, biking, golfing, relaxation. Meet registration fees will be based only for included food, activities, awards, scheduled on Friday and Saturday only. The other days (Wed, Thurs, Sun, and Mon) are “attendance as you wish - pay as you go’ for any admissions or costs incurred by the participants including meals. Two local guides will lead each day’s activities from the SLORolling Chapter. 
 
 
A restaurant, and a ‘locals places to go’ guide will be included with your registration, a tentative schedule of events follows:
 
Wed Sept 18
Caravan Pismo Beach, grab coffee and more at Old West Cinnamon Rolls, take in a round of golf at Monarch Dunes Golf Resort or relax. Evening free.
 
      
 
Thur Sept 19
Morning caravan to William Randolph Hearst Castle for group rate admission to tour or explore the Hearst coast walk along the beach. Re-Group for lunch in Cambria at the ‘Main Street Grill’. Later that evening, experience the popular Farmers Market in the SLO town center. 6-9pm
 
             
 
 
Fri Sept 20
Wine tasting tour via Paso Robles, Templeton, with lunch stop at ‘Tin City’. Late afternoon and eve, meet registration check-in, at Madonna Inn, SLO for registration credentials and materials pickup, refreshments, snacks, Saturday events briefing. 5-10PM
 
           
 
Sat Sept 21
All daytime activities at SLO City Santa Rosa Park beginning with Coffee and Danish, followed by the Car show, judging, tech sessions, exhibits, catered BBQ lunch, games, the annual kids & adults Pine Wood Derby and other contests …..and local fun awards.
 
Evening banquet at Madonna Inn including guest speakers, awards, prizes and more with live music and dancing on site
 
             
 
Sun Sept 22
Caravan to Brunch, the ‘Cruise for Mimosas’ with scenic views and photo ops over Morro Bay. Evening free to gather with new friends. 
 
     
 
Mon Sept 23
Caravan to and spend the day in the quaint European town of Solvang. An optional City Tour is in the plan, shopping, some wonderful local brew houses, and of course enjoying some classic Danish and Swedish specialty foods are on the agenda.
 
       
 
 
 
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This web page and will update with more specifics as they develop regarding this agenda, meeting points and times, accommodation options.
 
Meet registration and other pertinent information will be available online at vcoa.org with important updates via eROlling.
 
 
* SLORolling VCOA Chapter
 
Since 2012, SloRolling has built its reputation on a Grass Roots Volvo car group, that has been re-vitalizing the classic car scene with it's 'Ole Skool' style group of like minded folks. Their no fees, no dues, but we strongly encourage membership with VCOA. Our core motto of 'Keep'em Rolling' has re-invented the image of classic car clubs. Their annual event is just a taste of their lifestyle. The group is bringing some fresh enthusiasm to the vintage Volvo car scene, and trust to the car community.  Programs like 'The Part Shed' and 'KICKstart Program' (Kids In Cool Kars) are a testimony to this group commitment to passing on the torch to the next generation of gear-heads while enjoying the road and outdoors together. 
 
The group started accidentally, with different intention. In 2012, the recession had put the need to sell off loose parts, spare transmissions, even whole cars. One Craigslist Ad, turned into 10 volvo drivers wanting to meet up at a local coffee shop, and maybe sell some of their stuff. At the time 2 122's, an over-drive J-Type, and a few small parts were on the chopping block. "For Sale". ....Just another day of selling parts to get through the recession. However, those who came to the parking lot sale, were just excited to find other local PushRod owners after reading the ads on Craigslist. Shortly after that early Febuary morning of spilling coffee, and exchanging phone numbers.... the idea to help others was started. No cars were sold that day.
 
SloRolling has grown to 45 San Luis Obispo County local members, with a loosely affiliated core group of 350 individuals in multiple states. The group SloRolling is willing to help everyone, but the main group focuses on 445's to the 164's..... 'the PushRods'. All VOLVO's are welcomed to enjoy their annual Festival; held every year in Sept, or late Aug. in San Luis Obispo, the Central Coast of California. The welcoming climate and town, is home to some famous places to spend the night away. The Madonna Inn, Apple Farm, Slo Brewery, Sunset Drive-In, Avila Beach, or one of the many wineries are just a few of the infamous outings folks can explore while out in the countryside. To make the event memorable, a shirt, is always given away, as a part of the entry to the day at the park. The Festival has slowly grown since its original BBQ Meet-up in 2013 with a few local members... But as the turnout has grown, and so have the range of cars, size of families, and guests from other states. Now this event has become a weekend of friends reacquainting from New Mexico, Washington, Arizona, to Nevada. There have been numerous homes opened up hosting families, and late nights, allowing the adults to let their hair down with fun games, and entertainment.
 
This year, we are thrilled be apart of the Volvo Club of America, and even more excited to have the opportunity to host a national meet. We look forward to meeting some new folks, and creating a relaxing place for friends to rekindle their stories and share a few meals together.
 

 

 

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