: Classic Car Meeting in Sweden - Wheels 'n Wings - (pics&vids)



70eldo
07-31-13, 08:31 PM
I wanted to share a nice experience with you. Two weeks ago I went to a classic US car meeting in Sweden. Since I moved to Hamburg 8 years ago I thought since it is closer to Sweden I would visit Sweden more easily. I never thought it would take 8 years to finally go and make the trip...

I am still a member of the Cadillac Club Netherlands and I wanted to contribute a story about car meetings in and around Hamburg for the club magazine. So I checked out the online calendar of the Hamburg Cruising Forum to make a pick. I noticed the "Wheels 'n Wings" (www.wheelsnwings.se (http://www.wheelsnwings.se)) near Falkenberg, Sweden so I was instantly interested. I still had to pick up my 70 Eldorado in Holland so the total trip to Falkenberg would be about 1300 km (800 mi).

I will tell the story by pictures.


On the ferry from Puttgarden (Germany) to Rødbyhavn (Denmark)
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On the bridge from Copenhagen to Malmo
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Some more cars were on the way to the area of the meeting. Notice the caravan. It seems to be a common swedish thing. One of many new things I learned about Sweden and the swedes that 4 day weekend.
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I stayed at a camp site at a golf course. Golf seems to be a national sport in Sweden. And most golf courses in Sweden seem to have a camp site next to it.
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I shared the camping spot with Danes who came with an 80's or late 70's Caprice.


The car show was on a local race track. It started at 7 am and you can see the first cars parked on the center green of the race track.
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After I went around the swap meet in the center of the track for a couple of hours I noticed how many cars are participating. Crazy! You are looking at the west side of the track. On the left you can see the center where the swap meet was. There are also cars on the south side you can see in the middle of the picture in the back. And there were cars on the east side and behind me in the picture.
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They also had an air display of a Spitfire, Pitts S2, T28 Trojan and Tiger Moth doing aerobatics.

Garys
07-31-13, 08:34 PM
Beautiful Eldorado! The Mercury ('55-'56), and vintage travel trailer (European?), is pretty neat too.

70eldo
07-31-13, 09:15 PM
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The swap meet had lots of parts to sell. Used and new.
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Most cars were partly or completely restored.
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...I will post the rest of the pictures and the story and vids later.

77CDV
07-31-13, 10:31 PM
That looks like one hell of a show! Thanks for sharing it! :thumbsup:

Jesda
08-01-13, 08:09 AM
So delightfully strange to see these cars in that part of the world

70eldo
08-02-13, 07:02 AM
So delightfully strange to see these cars in that part of the world

Well, you're driving a Saab... :D

donwon
08-02-13, 08:33 AM
Beautiful cars and good story. I'm looking forward to more.
A 52 Ford 4 door that my neighbor owned when I was small has made it's way over there.
The people who bought it came to our local liburary to try and do some research on the car about 15 years ago.
My sister who works there was able to give them some personal info on the car.

70eldo
08-04-13, 10:42 AM
Ok, the story continues!

2 Lowriders with hydraulics
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I have seen lots of Bonnevilles
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Beautifully restrored Mustang
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More

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But also weird creations
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...and project cars
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Like I mentioned before a lot of the cars have trailer hatch to haul a caravan. During the the whole summer they meet up with friends and family and almost every weekend there is a US classic car meet somewhere in Sweden. They cruise around with loud music, have their friends invite girls in the car and enjoy the time. This is what they call "raggare (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raggare)".
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Part of the tradition is hauling 'parts of the barn' on your roof. I didn't figure that one out yet, but it sure is funny.
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More about Raggare: the music they play, regardless what era the cars, is Rockabilly and their Swedish Rockabilly King was Eddie Meduza (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Meduza). The girls wear Petty coats.
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And the guys have a tuft
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70eldo
08-04-13, 12:02 PM
About the Confederate flags: for them it's just an icon for the classic American way of life and they have T-shirts and tattoos with both flags crossed, so it doesn't mean anything from sympathies for the civil war. Just like the lyrics from Eddie Meduza it is a way of the youth to express themselves; being a rebel in a puperty kind of sense.

Youth is also part of the Raggare. From 16 years old they are allowed to drive an "EPA Traktor (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doodlebug_tractor)" (or Doodlebug traktor). They are of limited length and may only drive 30 or 45 km/h max. So the transmission is blocked beyond 2nd gear. At least, it is supposed so; they have plenty tricks to hide that from the police. EPA used to make conversions from Volvo wagons to traktors: the wagon platform could be shortened and it needs a truck bed. And the gears are blocked beyond 2nd gear. This is how the youth gets around and they usually have their own meetings. But often they are also allowed at meetings like these.
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At night (both Friday and Saturday night 6pm-10pm) there is a cruise through town. A route is reserved and only cars 40 years and older are allowed to participate and these get a pass (sticker on your wind shield). So still over 1000 cars roll through town in a big classic convoy. I have never experienced something like this!
And the whole town comes out and have picnic along the route to view the parade! Even the girls and ladies among the spectators wear petty coat!


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On Saturday the number of cars was greater than the length of the route. So it was a bizarre traffic jam...


http://s209.photobucket.com/user/Bues_Almighty/media/Wheels%20n%20Wings%202013/VIDEO0351.mp4.html

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After the cruise all head to the local burger retaurants. An amazing view. Like going back in time!
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After that there some local parties of which one was at a famous shack: The Cortina. AC/DC seem to have played here the first time outside of Australia (http://www.greatgig.se/)!!! I happen to have camped right beside that shack. And of course they had an Eddie Meduza tribute band playing!


http://s209.photobucket.com/user/Bues_Almighty/media/Wheels%20n%20Wings%202013/VIDEO0352.mp4.html

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Random other pictures and vids

In the town center square there was a perfect parking lot along the route to get burgers and a chat.
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Crazy without ear protection!

http://s209.photobucket.com/user/Bues_Almighty/media/Wheels%20n%20Wings%202013/P7190495-1.mp4.html

Lookaround during Spitfire air display

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70eldo
08-04-13, 12:21 PM
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My 1970 Eldorado was the only one at the meeting from the 67-70 era. I only seen a Riviera and a Toronado from that era.
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Some tv cooking show was filming onsite at the meet
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There were so many beautiful cars and not enough time to fotograph them. At some point in the afternoon they started to leave again to cruise town (even before the official cruise that started at 6pm)
Here's still cars coming in:

http://s209.photobucket.com/user/Bues_Almighty/media/Wheels%20n%20Wings%202013/P7190454.mp4.html

Project car: as long it runs the first thing you buy are shiny rims!
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70eldo
08-04-13, 12:23 PM
Amphicar
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By the way, the organization handed out these blue 'tissues' to put under your car for environmental care.



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Nice color! :rolleyes:
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orconn
08-04-13, 04:17 PM
Thanks for the insight into the car hobby in Sweden. I was aware of the interest in American cars in Britain, but I had no idea that these cars and the culture which they apparently represent had such a following in Scandinavia.

This is kind of like my complete amazement, when I was living in France in the very early seventies, to find that American style marching bands, complete with majorettes, pompom boots and uniforms every bit as flamboyant as U.S. high school and university marching bands, were very popular in French high schools in provincial towns and cities!

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Guess the high taxes and the high cost of "Socialism" still leave some disposable income for indulging in American cars and other luxuries! of course free pre to post graduate education, medical care and the relatively low cost of "Neutrality" leave room for a higher level of social and economic mobility than the U.S. currently enjoys.

70eldo
08-05-13, 05:50 AM
Thanks for the insight into the car hobby in Sweden. I was aware of the interest in American cars in Britain, but I had no idea that these cars and the culture which they apparently represent had such a following in Scandinavia.

This is kind of like my complete amazement, when I was living in France in the very early seventies, to find that American style marching bands, complete with majorettes, pompom boots and uniforms every bit as flamboyant as U.S. high school and university marching bands, were very popular in French high schools in provincial towns and cities!

Majorette is a french word. And the style of uniforms dates from the Napoleonic era. Maybe you should be amazed marching bands is such a big thing in the US. :thumbsup:



Guess the high taxes and the high cost of "Socialism" still leave some disposable income for indulging in American cars and other luxuries! of course free pre to post graduate education, medical care and the relatively low cost of "Neutrality" leave room for a higher level of social and economic mobility than the U.S. currently enjoys.

The swedes are among the most happy and content people in the world. I hope that will make you think and consider about some changes you might need to make. Mind you, in contrast to the bigger picture you have a better partnership when your are happy with yourself to begin with.
About spending room on the flamboyant US classic cars: I understood they take very good care of the cars and the whole family contributes to it. The car stays in the family for decades and is improved/restored over years. There is no spilling and wasting in general.

Bullitt
08-05-13, 12:03 PM
Thanks for report Eldo. Firstly, I would like to see more pictures of Your Eldorado - love the paint job. Secondly, don't want to dilute the thread but I wonder how much You spent on the gas during such a long trip. :)

Finally, those car meetings look cool. When I was a teenager I attended a similar one in Poland. The times were a little bit different back then. The cars were far from being show-cars (rusty). But the internet wasn't popular yet and the small community American car owners created was very warm and friendly. Nowadays, I sometimes can't stand discussions on our local American-car forums. There are too many people wanting simply to show off or brag about their knowledge - 'You know shit about cars'; 'Your daddy bought You Your car so shut up, I earned money on my own' among many quotes. That's why I stopped looking at those internet forum boards. But it's sometimes the only way to see what cars are in town because most of those guys like to show pictures of their cars standing in garages and don't drive during the season. That's what I like about Germany (Sweden maybe?). Every time I go to Munich to visit my sister who lives there, I see many American oldtimers - it's showing off but with style!

70eldo
08-06-13, 04:23 AM
Thanks for your contribution, Bullit! I used about 3.5 full fuel tanks for the trip Hamburg-Falkenberg, including the two local nightly cruises in Falkenberg. 1.5 tank per trip Holland-Hamburg. So that is not bad at all (about 16 liter per 100km = roughly 15mpg). All held well, only I noticed there was transmission oil leaking into the coolant. So I am now in the process of replacing the original radiator (which turned out to be a hassle as I was sent the wrong radiator twice now).

You are right about bragging in the forums and maybe at meets. I liked the atmosphere in Sweden better. One big difference between Germany and Sweden is that in Sweden you see more full size cars (because they like to ride with friends and family) and in Germany you see more the sports and muscle cars (Mustang, Camaro, Charger, Challenger, Corvette).

Oh, I also noticed that Denmark hardly has any fuel stations at the freeways. I went with a full tank from Falkenberg and I was expecting to refuel in Denmark. But I went on the ferry in Rodby with the fuel gauge indicating empty. Finally in Germany I refueled exactly 80 liters. That is just 3 liters off from a full tank!!!
And on the ferry my battery was empty, because lights are mandatory in Sweden and Denmark, I had the radio blasting because I had the windows down. I closed the windows with the engine off. I also replaced the points ignition with HI electronic ignition at the meet so I guess it uses a little more spark than the original. Luckily they have a battery booster on the ferry as empty batteries on the ferry happen regularly :D
I replaced the generator with an 80 amps one now.

All in all the trip was a great adventure!

Bullitt
08-06-13, 10:00 AM
So that is not bad at all (about 16 liter per 100km = roughly 15mpg)

I am surprised. Most of people seeing vintage American cars think that it's impossible to get less than 30 L per 100 km ;)


lights are mandatory in Sweden and Denmark

So are in Poland. I hate changing bulbs so often. Now You know and You can feel well prepared for visiting me. The motorway from Germany straight to Warsaw is ready. And we have supossedly more fuel stations than in Denmark.


Oh, I also noticed that Denmark hardly has any fuel stations at the freeways. I went with a full tank from Falkenberg and I was expecting to refuel in Denmark. But I went on the ferry in Rodby with the fuel gauge indicating empty. Finally in Germany I refueled exactly 80 liters. That is just 3 liters off from a full tank!!!
And on the ferry my battery was empty, because lights are mandatory in Sweden and Denmark, I had the radio blasting because I had the windows down. I closed the windows with the engine off. I also replaced the points ignition with HI electronic ignition at the meet so I guess it uses a little more spark than the original. Luckily they have a battery booster on the ferry as empty batteries on the ferry happen regularly
I replaced the generator with an 80 amps one now.

I am glad that the issues weren't very serious. Although I am not completely clueless about cars, I would feel nervous if sth was leaking during such a long trip. :(

talismandave
08-07-13, 12:02 AM
Very fun and informative thread! Thank you for all the work posting the photos.

That looks like my kind of car meet! I stopped going to them many years ago when I realized I had seen every Mustang and Camaro Detroit ever made....
I am so sick of wading through rows and rows of muscle cars and 57 Chevys just to find a few 4 doors and wagons. I am rather odd in the fact that I find an old slant 6 Valient 4 door infinitely more interesting than muscle cars.

I also love learning more about the American collector car community in Europe. :thumbsup:

70eldo
08-07-13, 04:48 AM
Very fun and informative thread! Thank you for all the work posting the photos.

That looks like my kind of car meet! I stopped going to them many years ago when I realized I had seen every Mustang and Camaro Detroit ever made....
I am so sick of wading through rows and rows of muscle cars and 57 Chevys just to find a few 4 doors and wagons. I am rather odd in the fact that I find an old slant 6 Valient 4 door infinitely more interesting than muscle cars.

I also love learning more about the American collector car community in Europe. :thumbsup:

Let me know when you come over! This is where all the classic 4 doors and wagons went! :highfive:

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I am surprised. Most of people seeing vintage American cars think that it's impossible to get less than 30 L per 100 km ;)

I know. People here even thought that of my CTS :thepan:



So are in Poland. I hate changing bulbs so often. Now You know and You can feel well prepared for visiting me. The motorway from Germany straight to Warsaw is ready. And we have supossedly more fuel stations than in Denmark.
Yeah, I know you finally had a freeway built for the World Cup Soccer. Sad Poland had it done by Chinese though. Poland could've used the opportunity to boost their own economy and labor. In the end you got screwed by that Chinese company as well...



I am glad that the issues weren't very serious. Although I am not completely clueless about cars, I would feel nervous if sth was leaking during such a long trip. :(
Believe me, I was nervous too! The last part on the freeway to Falkenberg the road surface was a little rough. I couldn't tell from seeing it and I just had this strange vibration I could feel through the gas pedal. I was affraid the engine was running rough due to overheating or something. During the cruises after the meets everything was fine.
On the way back home on the freeway I felt it again. But at some point the road surface was smooth again and the vibration was gone. I was SOOOO relieved!!

Bullitt
08-07-13, 06:01 AM
I know. People here even thought that of my CTS :thepan:

Yeah, This time I am not surprised. Your CTS is American and doesn't have a diesel so it must be a gas hog. It's all about peoples' perception. I think that GM missed opportunity with VOLT. There has not been absolutely any advertising of this car in Europe (and it isn't available on every European market). It could slightly change the perception that Americans manufacture only cars with big inefficient engines. GM concentrated on rebadging it to OPEL instead. Thanks to it they sold a few more of them - Opel is popular so it doesn't need that much advertising. But I am sure that 9/10 of customers believe it's German fuel efficient technology :thepan: Huge EU taxes on imported cars don't help either and make American cars much too expensive.


Yeah, I know you finally had a freeway built for the World Cup Soccer. Sad Poland had it done by Chinese though. Poland could've used the opportunity to boost their own economy and labor. In the end you got screwed by that Chinese company as well...


For Euro Cup*. You are well informed. Democracy still doesn't work well in Poland. There are crooks on every corner, bureaucratic chaos doesn't make life easier. I wish we got screwed by foreigners only. The problem is we get screwed by ourselves :(. If the money was spent right, there would be two times more freeways. It's the reason why every tax payer here has a headake every day.

Bullitt
08-16-13, 07:29 AM
Are You going there Eldo?
http://media.gm.com/content/media/intl/en/cadillac/news.detail.html/content/Pages/news/intl/en/2013/cadillac/07-29-cadillac-grand-european-event.html
We want some pictures from the event. :)

70eldo
08-21-13, 10:48 AM
Yes, I will be there on Saturday and Sunday. There are some US guests as well.
I will not join the sight seeing though.