Skip to comments.Your granpa's car ended up in.. Västerås, Sweden
Posted on 05/08/2013 6:35:59 PM PDT by WesternCulture
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Welcome to Sweden:
Why do they roll with the hoods popped and he doors open? I don’t understand that?
If it was REALLY hot out, I might understand some extra air to the drag motors. Must be a culture thing.
Interesting! Don’t know if you realize it,Western Culture,but this kind of thing is commonly seen in the US on a summer weekend.But seeing it in Sweden is really amazing.That guy in the newer Volvo at the beginning of the video looked pretty confused.
Sweden has some awesome hot rod builders and fabricators.
I’ve never understood their affection for American iron but good for them.
The better to pump out the tunes.
Several years ago we had a Swedish au pair down the street who my wife became close friends with. One of the first things she wanted to do was to go to a drive-in theater in a classic Chevy (or other older American car) convertible. She thought that would be something that would be quintessentially American and wanted to experience it before it was gone.
Yes, we still have drive-in movie theaters—just not that many any more.
“Why do they roll with the hoods popped and he doors open? I dont understand that?
If it was REALLY hot out, I might understand some extra air to the drag motors”
- Simple. Vehicles delivered to the Scandinavian market back in the 1930s-1970s, primarily, were fashioned to endure long winters, but were sensitive to hot weather.
However, Nordic summer temperatures sometimes escalade high above expectancy and this is when hoods pop up. Especially on theese old cars designed for an Arctic climate.
I don’t know if any of you watch Fast ‘n Loud on the Discovery Channel, but one of Gas Monkey Garage’s regular buyers is a guy from Sweden (he prefers old Cadillacs, btw).
Meanwhile I saw a Bugatti Veyron for the first time today. It was parked and not moving btw.
A former colleague is from Sweden. He had a ‘57 Chevy with a hot big block. Gas was over $10/gallon. Talk about expensive hobby! That car got about 7 miles/gallon.
Here's an Alfa Romeo for $15,000.
Sweden is actually quite a nice country, outside of the Socialism. They tend to like Americans, love speaking English, and...of all the European countries...reminds me of US and Canada the most
Oh, and, they still manufacture a lot of the products they use. And they drive cars other than Volvos and Saabs
WOW! Galaxy 500’s, Vette’s, GTO’s, Mustangs ... who’d have thunk it?!
My dad had a Galaxy 500 much like the one at :50 into the video .......
I know what you mean. For over 25 years we have our vehicles serviced in Harbor City at a Swedish immigrant’s owned, and operated auto repair facility. I remember my friend back in the early ‘90’s stripped a fairly new Volvo sedan down to the axles, and rebuilt the car dropping a customized (Precisely what he did to that engine I don’t know) engine from a Corvette into it. The thing hauled tail. He, and his team do some wild, and crazy things with cars, as well they are great mechanics for our SAABs, and Volvo. I take my old Ford pick em up truck in once in awhile too. I remember back in the ‘90’s he reluctantly stuck MIL’s ‘85 Chrysler New Yorker in a corner of the shop so nobody would see it, and got it running as fast as he could so we’d get it out of there. Most embarrasing.
So it's just a cheaper POS than the name brand Alfa Romeo.
Sorry, couldn't give me one for all the trouble they cause...... put a damn' zipper on the hood you'll be working on it that much.
They were called “raggare”???
“Several years ago we had a Swedish au pair down the street who my wife became close friends with. One of the first things she wanted to do was to go to a drive-in theater in a classic Chevy (or other older American car) convertible”
- Being Swedish and European, I could easily understand this.
Over here in Europe, we’ve never had drive-in theatres. At least not plenty of them.
In many parts of Europe during the 1950s, teenagers enjoyed American style fast food, wore jeans, watched the same films and listened to the same music as their American counterparts.
In the richest corners of the continent teenagers drove cars, just like they did in the US. But for different reasons, we never had drive-in theatres in those days.
Anyhow, I know they have one down in Belgium today:
A couple of years ago a woman who had been a Finnish exchange student with my family back in the 70s brought her son and daughter back to see my parents.
While they were here, she said they wanted to do something really “American”.
I immediately suggested going to the drive-in theater! What could be more American than going to the drive-in?
They got to see the little film at the front with all the food marching around in a circle, and the hot dog jumping into the bun :-)
For them, it was a bonus that the movie was “The Simpsons Movie”.
So....you and your wife went to a drive in with the Swedish Au Pair from down the street....I wanna be you!
“Sweden is actually quite a nice country”
- Don’t forget, our nightclubs are nearly as good as those you find in Britain:
But they should have brought over the original, available with 50 more horsepower than you can get on the Dodge.
I dont know if any of you watch Fast n Loud on the Discovery Channel,...Fast 'n Loud is one of the best shows on TV and it's about the only one my grand kids can watch with out their mom and dad worrying about the content.
It's one of my favorites by far.
Boy, I had a moment of panic there when I couldn't remember "Renon". I remembered it started at Bolzano, and finally got myself oriented with Google Maps. Whew.
I hope everybody cheered!
On Velocity Channel they are now airing Car Crazy.
Last night they had an rerun episode from last year showing the biggest Classic Car Show in Sweden. Low Riders, Hot Rods, Classics and Customs. Chip Foose was even there.
I saw one taking laps at Laguna Seca a few years ago during the Monterey Historics. Yes, it’s fast, but it’s hideous (and hideously expensive) and it sounds like a vacuum cleaner.
You want to see something wild, go to youtube and search for "formula 4x4 hillclimb"
You'll find men driving killer "Jeeps" that go straight up a cliff and often tumble end over end back down the hill for a couple of blocks. I think it's a "run what you brung" venue and they are often big-blocks on nitrous, with lockers and paddle tires all around...it's usually held in some kind of strip mining pit. Big REVs!
It makes the US rock crawlers (and hydrophobic NASCAR)look like a bunch of whimpering tricycle tykes.
Almost didn’t click the link...What a treat...Awesome...
Must be everyone in Sweden owns an old American car...Even saw an Edsel in the bunch...
There’s a 4 screen drive in here in Reno still in operation. Used for swap meets on weekends. Also, it looks like some of the American Iron “needs” to be re-patriated to the states. Swedes should be banned from taking these cars out of this country. I saw several that I would be willing to give a good home to. Hot August Nights isn’t that far off so there is a little time left for them to ship them to me.
I agree. I don;t know how it sounds but I will take your word for it. This one I saw was on top of everything a solid hideous orange in colour. Still you don’t see a car priced well over a million everyday. I only saw it in passing and wouldn’t know if it was the original model or the newer faster super sport version.
They loved it...I made sure we got all the greasy, unhealthy American drive-in food.
They also loved the movie. I didn’t know it, but Europeans apparently are fascinated by the Simpsons.
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