Alan Berry’s Racing Red Volvo 544

Alan Berry is a very active member of the San Diego Volvo Sports Group. He not only enjoys vintage Volvos, he races them.

 He bought the car from a vintage race car mechanic in Fort Worth, Texas in 2006. It was set up quite aggressively and Alan change several items to make the car more “vintage friendly”.

The car is pretty much gutted, but it is all steel. It weighs 2080 lbs with a full tank minus driver. It has fairly stock suspension but Carrera shocks and Eibach springs helps the road holding. 205/50 15” Kumho race tires on 7” wide Torque Thrust wheels keeps the car upright in the corners but also looks great on this vintage body.

Windshield is stock glass and all the other panes are made of Lexan.

Engine is stock bottom end but it a lot of work has been done with the  head. The motor has 11.5 to 1 compression ratio so Alan use 110 octane leaded race fuel.
Dual Weber side draft 45’s mixes the racing fuel with oxygen and Stahl header gets rid of the spent gasses.

Usually Alan runs without a muffler at most tracks although some have noise restrictions (Like Laguna Seca) so then he installs a Magnaflow muffler for those tracks.

Alan tells us it is a “mid pack” car in a typical field of 35-40 pretty fast 2 liter cars. Alan seems to find himself in battle with a group of racers running at his pace like MGB’s, Porsche 911 and 914, Alfas,  Lotus, Cortinas Elans and Super 7’s.

His favorite race of the year is Coronado Speed Festival held at the North Island Naval Air Station in San Diego.

Alan, thanks for sharing your story with other car and race enthusiasts.
Keep the shiny red side up! Ed.


More from the GoodGuys 2012 show

A good car show offers something for everyone and here are some rides that caught my eye walking thru the GoodGuys 2012 show:

Cars in motion is the bestest…can you say that?? Sure. Parked static cars are boring but to hear and see them roll by is always fun. Sometimes you can even feel them as they rumble by. This Buick looks great cruising the fairground.

Cars do not have to be perfect to look cool. This 1957 Chevrolet Nomad has the right stance and attitude to look right.  I suppose the mandatory surfboards doesn’t hurt the look either.

Maybe it’s my age but I am starting to like stock looking cars more and more. Also, a sedan like this car makes for a very comfortable and practical ride. Some modern brakes and suspension component underneath a car like this would be the “shitz” as they say.

This Chevrolet convertible was treated to a tastful custom job as well as a shave.
We dig.

Here is another clean and stock looking Ford sedan.

With an interior like this, how can you go wrong?

Lou Alderman from Yakima WA brought his 1934 Ford 5 window coupe to the event.

American Muscle at it’s best. Gotta live love the body lines on the 60’s and early 70’s Mopar cars. Most of them look like they are doing 100 mph standing still. I know the fit and finish was pretty bad when they rolled off the assembly lines so these are cars worth doing a better job than the factory when you restore them.

Cary Lang from Federal Way in Washinton brought this gorgeous 1970 Plymouth GTX to the show. The car is equipped with a 440 six pack and shifted through a Hurst operated four speed transmssion.

The oversize “GTX” emblems on this car makes sure any Ford or Chevy owner know not to bother with a challange.

Looks good in action.


“Hemi Honker” is owned by Dennis and Pam McColly from Salem Oregon. It is a 1964 Dodge Polara sporting a 605 Hemi shifted by a Jerico Transmission.


The thru-the-fenders exhaust adds to the all business look of this car.

Again…cars look thier best while moving…even if it’s just crusing around the failgrounds


Got wood? Bob Diachuk from White Rock, BC got some…in his 1948 Ford woodie.

The detail work on this car is impeckable.

This is how you set up an early fifties Chevy. Not too low, slicks in back. We dig!

Remember these?

In the department “Something different” we introduce this 1962 Studebaker Daytona.

John and Vicki Boivin from Puyallup brought this beauty.

1962 Studebaker Daytona

Powered by a tri-powered equipped small block it makes for a defferent and dependable cool car.

Abedebedebede…That’s all, Folks!

1963 Mercury Marauder

Here is a car that is vastly underappreciated in my opinion. I know the early Chevrolet muscle cars enjoys the most attention but a close look at this Mercury product reveals a car with great lines and many nice details. In some ways the edgy roof line and prominent C-pillar reminds me of later years Mopar hard tops.

The current custodian Sergio Manrigues brought this beauty to the GoodGuys show in Puyallup in 2012.

1963 Mercury Marauder

The interior on this Mercury is very well appointed. An aftermarket tachometer under the dash keeps track of the revs when needed.


1963 Mercury Marauder

The Three Hundred and Ninety Cubic Inch power plant is sporting a factory tri-power set up as well. Can’t beat that!

What I like most with this car is the incredible chrome trim, emblems and text logos. The ‘ol saying “they don’t make them like the used to” applies here. Today’s cars are happy to receive a sticker or maybe a chrome plastic emblem at best. This is like car jewelery and should be admired and apprichiated.

1963 Mercury Marauder tail lights

Check out these tail lights. We dig!



GoodGuys, Puyallup

As always the GoodGuys event offered an eclectic mix of all things motorized.

I am personally drawn to the more traditional hot rods but also stock classy cars of any year, as well as imports. This 1932 Ford owned by Steve Glucoft is the epidemy of traditional.

 Note how the builder used the fender braces for head light stands. Also, check out how tall and “nerdy” they sit on the car. Just like the old days, you know he spent some time checking 1950’s “little pages”

We dig it. More from GoodGuys next.




Three Swedish wagons = three generation wagons

As i was parking the new driver, the 1978 Volvo 245DL wagon I realized that I now have three Swedish wagons. I figure we best line them up for a group photo:

The 1967 Volvo 122S I bought from the original owner, the 1978 I just bought from the second ownern sine 1981 and the 2004 V70 I bought when it was one year old. I enjoy drivimg them all but the older the better for me.

Thought I would share…