Vintage Volvos visit

Owners of vintage Volvos visit Needles from the San Diego and Orange County areas on Nov. 8 and 9. Said to have begun in the second decade of the 1900s, the Swedish manufacturer produced its first autos in the late 1920s. The brand enjoys a loyal following which has prompted collectors’ organizations such as Volvo Sports America. Some of the folks pictured are members of the San Diego Chapter of VSA. Stopping for pictures and conversation along Front Street, an original alignment of Route 66, at Needles’ Route 66 sign adjacent the El Garces in Santa Fe Park, are (l to r) Bill Leake with his 1965 Volvo 1800s; Chapter President Bob Brassard, who arrived in a 1971 145S; Stu Shannon, who drove a 2017 XC90; Todd Worthington, 1972 164E; Tour Director Bill Knepper, 1973 144S, pictured with Owen Shannon, 6; Needles Vice-mayor Edward T. Paget M.D. and Development Services Director Patrick J. Martinez; Robert Fritch, 1968 220; Ivan Lofstrom of the Needles Chamber of Commerce; and T. Michael Palmer with his 1962 Volvo 544.

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