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Review: 17th Volvo 240/260 Meeting in Sauensiek

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Review: 17th Volvo 240/260 Meeting in Sauensiek
As always a pleasure!

When a small group of 200-series drivers gathered in Alzenau 17 years ago for the first meeting, no one expected that it would one day become an event that attracts a growing circle of enthusiasts of these classic cars from all over Germany and neighbouring countries to Sauensiek or Großenlüder-Kleinlüder in turn. In high summer heat, the 17th meeting was held in the normally cool north - summer sunshine galore was the order of the day on the green meadow, in the immediate vicinity of the natural swimming pool, where the participants could cool off.

About 60 vehicles of the 200 series came together - a happy reunion, because many of them have known each other for years. Karsten Schwob, the initiator, and Christiane put all their efforts into organising another great meeting. The first arrived on Friday and on Saturday morning the 240 and 260 arrived one after the other. A happy reunion and a warm welcome to new visitors. Practically all model years and bodywork versions were represented. In the sun, many shone almost like new cars, even though they already had 30, 40 or even more years under their belts. The mileage was also impressive: the 6-digit counters are really made for astronomical mileage. Also traditional was the parts market, which was carried along in the boot by machen - there was a lively exchange among the participants.

In the early afternoon, the "prize-giving" signal sounded on the grounds, which, as in previous years, was very fair: each participant received a welcome box, packed by Christiane's own hand with nice surprises from the sponsors, as well as a delicious Swedish greeting with cinnamon buns and practical multi-oil. An issue of Nordis whetted the appetite for Sweden and the North, which immediately provided tips for the next trip to Scandinavia. The coveted rally sign and a small Skandix moose - also made possible by the sponsors - were found on many vehicles right at the start.

Christiane had planned an excursion that led into the Stade countryside and invited us to a cosy forest café for a coffee break. The Dutch participants were immediately struck by the homely atmosphere: the Café Waldhuuske is run by a Dutch couple. The chairman and secretary of the 240-260 Register from Holland enjoyed the menu. After coffee and cake, the journey continued through beautiful countryside back to Sauensiek, where the grill was already in full use at Klindworth's Gasthof and the 200-strong congregation enjoyed a long evening in high spirits.

Several participants had turned the meeting into a weekend in the north and stayed in tents or guesthouses. So on Sunday morning after breakfast we could wave goodbye to many a 240 and 260 with its occupants. At this point, we would like to thank all the helpers for their efforts in setting up and dismantling, because banners, flutter tape markings and beach flags have to be placed. Especially those who are the first to arrive and the last to leave are active. The result is impressive: over 100 people, around 60 vehicles, 40 of them at the drive and a good 50 people at the barbecue buffet. Karsten and Christiane deserve a big thank you. Now they can both take a deep breath: the 18th meeting will again take place in the Fulda region - we can look forward to it!

Text: Werner Koop


17th Volvo 240/260 meeting



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