Anyone who has ridden with Jeff Zielinski or cruised around Cali with him to shoot photos, is familiar with his beloved Volvo. It has transported many people (and many BMX legends), been on numerous missions and has probably been through a lot. For example, I witnessed Eric Lichtenberger’s bike tumble right into the Volvo hard enough to cause some concern last weekend, and Z didn’t even bother getting up from his photo taking position. True BMX mobile right here.

Below are some facts about the Volvo courtesy of Jeff Z.

-Nuno

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All the cars I’ve owned have been Volvos—three wagons and the current sedan, which I’ve been driving for about six years now. It was nearly mint when I got it and I used to try to keep it looking nice. But that all changed when I got T-boned one morning while on my way to work. The girl screwed me over with the insurance claim. I wasn’t going to bother spending the money out of my own pocket to fix the dent and scratch. Ryan Fudger helped me bang out the dent as well as we could on our own and after that I just learned to live with how it looked. The aesthetics were no longer an issue, as long as the car ran well I was happy. Today I look at my car as a tool for transportation and that’s it. Loading it down with camera gear, bikes, and people is what it’s for. The way I see it, BMX paid for it, so BMX can ruin it.

•1987 Volvo 240 DL Sedan, 258,853 miles as of today.

•Maximum capacity is four riders, four bikes, and two full size camera bags.

•Other contents that are always in the trunk include; three light stands, an assortment of lighting modifiers and a bounce kit, three tripods, two sandbags, tire pump, a couple new tires, tubes, tools, bungee cords, hedge trimmers, clamps, extension cords, and more.

•I got the Volvo wheels from my friend who runs the photo lab where I get my slide film processed.

•I used to have a roof rack, but it was stolen off my car on my street while I was on a trip. The rack was old and beat up so I think they did me a favor. I started stacking the bikes in my trunk and I think it’s better for gas mileage and when showing up at a spot it’s way more incognito than having bikes on the roof.

•It’s not uncommon for myself or other people to stand on my hood or roof to get a different vantage point when filming or shooting. And out of control bikes have hit it numerous times.

•My wife drives a Volvo, too. It’s a really clean wagon (same year and style) with a custom paintjob. So whenever we go anywhere together we always take her car.

photos by Nuno Oliveira
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