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2022 Davis Weekend FAQs


Q: Why is the Show in Davis?


A: Someone volunteered to host the initial Show in Davis in 1999.  Davis’ Central Park has since proven to be an ideal location for our Show.  The park is in the city’s downtown area, which has an abundance of restaurants, shops, and other attractions.  The Park has two children’s play areas, large grassy areas, and a pavilion, which comes in handy if we experience rain during the show.


Q: What is the Davis Weekend?


A: The “Weekend”, refers to both the Saturday and Sunday activities. The car show has been on Sunday since our beginning in 1999, Saturday events were added more recently several years ago.


Q: What is happening on the Saturday before the Show?

A: Saturday morning Niello Volvo Cars Sacramento will be providing us with impressive breakfast fare starting at 8:00 AM at their dealership. Followed by a mid-day foothill drive (two separate groups of your choice, “Spirited” and “Scenic”). An afternoon informal barbeque hosted by Sacramento Chapter President Walter Donnell at his home. Note that these activities are “a la carte” you can choose what activities you would like to attend when registering. Note that you must register for the Saturday events on the VCOA Golden Gate Chapter's website at: ggvcoa.com by April 23, 2022.


Q: Is there a cost for Saturday activities?


A: No, there is cost to attend any of the events; thanks to the generosity of Niello Volvo Cars Sacramento and Sacramento Chapter President Walter Donnell. Though we welcome a donation at the barbeque to help defray costs.  The drive participants are responsible for their own lunch, snacks, etc. when participating in the drives. While the Saturday events are free, registration is still required; since we need to know how many people to expect.


Q: What is the Davis Show?


A: It is a Volvo show held at Central Park in Davis, CA on a Sunday starting at 8AM. It is a one-day show planned and staffed by volunteers, primarily from the Volvo Club of America’s Sacramento and Golden Gate Chapters.






Q: If I bring my Volvo and want to park in the Show area, why do I need to pay?


A: Your registration fee goes to pay for the fees that the City of Davis charges us to use the Show area, offset the cost of running the Show, and help support the local chapters. Our fee is on the low side, and it’s good Volvo Community Karma to pay it.  Who knows, your car may even win an award.


Q: What types of Volvos are welcome at the Show?


A: Any and every type of Volvo-bodied car, as well as Volvo-powered cars. Our variety is part of our appeal.  Daily drivers, modified, race cars, beaters, concours-worthy Volvos, you’ll find them all here at the Show.


Q: What kinds of Volvos show up?


A: All kinds (see previous answer, above)! In addition to the more common models such as 240s, 850s, S60s, past showgoers have seen the unusual; 444, P1900, 480, and an 850 pickup (not a production vehicle.)  Part of the fun and attraction of the Show is that one never knows what unusual Volvo they might see there.


Q: What is the Show format?


A: A car show with awards and a swap meet. For three-hour time window on Sunday morning, participants arrive, and cars are parked in groups sorted by model. Once parked, participants are free to stay with their car and answer questions about their car, look at other cars, peruse the swap meet or vendor displays, or explore the attractions in downtown Davis.  In early afternoon, we conclude the Show with an awards presentation.  Afterwards, some folks choose to linger and socialize, while others prefer to get an early start on the drive home.


Q: Do I have to pay admission just to see the cars?


A: No. We are located at a Davis city park and street closure with pedestrian and bicycle access. Street parking is limited (please observe the posted parking restrictions) outside the Show area, so come early.


Q: Do you cancel the Show if it is raining?


A: No. These are Volvos and they are designed for wet weather in Sweden. In case of rain, showgoers usually take cover under the large pavilion until the rain stops, then go back out and look at the cars. Cancellation may occur if there was severe flooding or other major weather event. We will keep our fingers crossed.



Q: Why is this the 21st Davis Show, but it started in 1999? 


A: No show for years 2016, 2020 & 2021; now the math makes sense.



Q: Is there an official or host hotel?


A: No. There are many hotels in the area, and a lot of attendees stay at the Best Western in downtown Davis.  Majority of the accommodations are smaller and tend to book up fast, so we encourage you to make your reservations early.


Q: Do you sell food or drink at the Show?


A: No. There are many food and beverage options in the surrounding area. From morning coffee to lunch to take-out food and desserts, you have plenty of choices within easy walking distance. You can also bring a picnic lunch or brown bag it.



Q: Why don’t you do _____________?


A: The Davis Weekend is organized and staffed by volunteers. If there is something you would like to see, please contact us in advance and volunteer to do it.


Q: What kind of volunteer help do you need?


A: Volunteers staff Saturday and Sunday events, and we can use help for both, as well as before and after the Weekend. Assistance will be needed for both on-site and remotely (acting as a RSVP point of contact for a Saturday activity, for example.)


Sunday morning, we need assistance early morning this is when the Show is the busiest. Other areas of greatest need are for parking assistants and help with registration.


Q: If I have questions about volunteering, or want to volunteer, whom do I contact?

I could not find the answer to my question in the FAQs, who can I ask?


A: E-mail us at: socialmedia@sacvolvoclub.org



Is My Volvo "Stock" or "Modified"?


"Stock" means, with regard to modifications, your Volvo pretty much looks like it did when it was new on the showroom floor.  If you have fewer than five of these types of minor modifications, you are probably in the Stock Class:


- Non-Original Radio

- Non-Original Valve Cover

- Upgraded Anti-Sway Bars

- Non-Original Volvo Battery

- Non-Original Air Conditioning System



"Modified" means your Volvo has five or more minor modifications, or more than two of these modifications:


- Oversized Wheels/Tires

- Modified Paint (non-factory color or type)

- Flared Fenders or Other Custom Bodywork

- Special Bumpers/Air Dams, Other Aerodynamic Features

- Modified Suspension (lowering springs, air bags, a-arms, etc.)

- Custom Interior (aftermarket seats, belt restraint systems, roll bar/cage, reworked dash/interior panels, etc.)

- Modified Engine (internal and/or external mods, engine size different from Stock)


No cars on trailers are allowed in the show area.

You must drive or "push" your car into the show area.







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