I HAVE been driving Volvos since 1971 and am proud to be a member of The Volvo Owners’ Club.
The first Volvo I ever drove was a Volvo 144 and I haven’t looked back since.
I recently attended the Fareham Classic Car Show Bygone Era 2013 which was featured in The News with my 1972 Volvo 164E, which I have had for three years.
The car was resprayed two years ago, has fuel injection and manual over-drive.
I belong to the National Volvo Owners’ Club, which is split up into regional sections.
About six or seven years ago, myself and Mike Croxen, the Portsmouth club secretary, took it upon ourselves to set up a smaller regional section for members of the club and it was an instant success.
There are about 25 members and we all meet up once a month at The Golden Lion pub in Southwick.
Everyone drives their car to the meeting and it is a great chance for Volvo enthusiasts to catch up and have a chat.
One of the real benefits of a club like this is that it is really handy for getting to know people who can help with spare car parts.
That is especially true for the classic cars.
It can be really difficult to get hold of spares, but as a member of clubs such as these, those problems can be easily overcome.
The club has members of all ages, both men and women, and anyone with an interest in Volvos is welcome to come along.
The next meeting will be on November 7 at our usual meeting place, The Golden Lion, between 7.30 and 10pm.
Anyone who would like further details about the Volvo Club can visit our website at volvoclub.org.uk