I just love fall in the northeast. The air smells wonderfully clean, the leaves turn colors and Macoun apples are in season. If you’ve never had one, it’s like a Honey Bell with very limited distribution. It’s wonderfully sweet with a little tartness. Adrienne, my wife and fellow Volvo employee , introduced them to me many years ago. Macouns don’t travel well, so you’ve probably never tasted one if you haven’t been to the northeast. When we had our Irvine, California office, I’d ship a box full of the apples along with colored leaves gathered around Rockleigh to those poor West Coast sods who moved from the east coast to the west coast.
On Saturday, September 29th, we will open our doors and invite Volvo owners to our North American HQ. It’s a great chance to meet our employees who share a passion for our brand and want to demonstrate that pride. We will have on hand cars for you to test drive and, of course, drool over. We will also dust off our classic car collection. It’s a great chance to see one of six (we believe) 1927 PV4 in existence, along with a really sweet P1900 and Irv Gordon’s really sweet P1800s. Be sure to stop by and wish Irv well on his journey to 3 million miles!
Our former head of PR, Bob Austin, put together the first Open House, probably around 1980 something, long before Saturn did theirs. Still, it was good to see Saturn sharing the same kind of openness that we did. Our first Open Houses were handled by PR with just a bunch of employees doing all the odd jobs it takes to make an event happen, led by Bob Austin and Ree Hartwell. Over the years it has grown into a bigger event. Finally, it was taken over by another group who spent, well LOTS of money, on doing this as a marketing event. It sort of worked but just didn’t have the feel of “come on over and lets talk” kind of gathering so we went back to PR to head up this year’s Open House. Laura DiStefano is in charge this time. I call her our Homecoming Queen, not sure if she finds that funny…I do.
It’s a great opportunity to meet us, ask tough questions and hear from the horses mouth what we do and why we do it.
Use this link to register. See you there.
Couple of VCOA friends. Hi Greg and Gretchen!