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On Sunday, August 25, a group of members from the VCOA-CCC drove to Pickering Ontario and return; a 770 km round trip.  Rob drove his PV-544, Michael his 1800-ES, Eric his 240 and me in my Amazon.  We decided to take a more scenic route, driving from Stittsville, down Hwy #7, to Peterborough, then via Hwy #115 to the 401, to Pickering.  As expected, the Pickering show is smaller than Ilderton, but seems to be attended by mostly classic Volvo owners.  I almost forgot, Michel met us there in his new V70 T5.

Special thanks go to Ian and Leon Lok and family, including many volunteers for making this an excellent event.  Volvo of Durham must also be recognized as being the sole commercial supporter of this annual event.  They supplied a cash donation and plaques for the various categories.  Although the judging was "People's Choice", somehow with a different crowd and possibly less cars, I'm certain that the outcome was more representative than the Ilderton show.

Now for even better news.  In the 122 class I placed second behind Sam's P220 wagon, which was a close ballot.  To my total surprise and joy, my Amazon was judged "Best of Show".   The following is an image of Sam's wagon from last year and Sam admiring my Amazon.  The Ottawa contingent departed in the late afternoon and after a gas/food stop in Kaladar, I was home by late evening, bolstered by my winning plaques.  Thanks again to Ian, Leon & Volvo of Durham.

Sam's P220
1. Sam's P220, 1st in 122 category
My Amazon & Sam
2. Sam admires my Amazon (see glasses)
Second Place
3. Second place, 122 category
Best of Show
4. Pickering Best of Show
5. Winning Best of Show

 Editorial Comment

Several social events in Ottawa were postponed or cancelled during August and September.  It is unfortunate that the good work in building a better relationship with our local dealership at last year's "show and shine", including the Canadian arm of the car company have suffered a temporary setback.  Despite the valiant efforts of the service manager, there does not seem to be a compelling business justification by the dealership to further a better relationship.  This is strange due to the apparent benefit that could be derived from a better and mutually beneficial alliance.  If fact some die-hard vintage Volvo owners purchased new cars from the dealership this last year and the service on older cars has increased as well.  Despite this, most will continue to try other means to improve our association.

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