I went to the Power Big Meet (www.bigmeet.com
) in Västerås, Sweden July 9-10. It is billed as the biggest American car show in the world. Last year they had 17,000 American cars gather at the 33rd annual Big Meet, so I don't doubt their claim. Folks come from countries all over Europe and beyond. It is a pretty incredible event. You can see just about any kind of car you can think of there, and there is some of the best quality I have seen anywhere. They are partial to the "big iron" in Sweden and Europe, so there are lots of 50's and 60's Caddys, Chryslers, Bonnevilles, etc - particularly convertibles. I took my 78 Y-82 and parked with the relatively small contingent from the Trans Am Club of Sweden (www.tacs.nu
). My car got a lot of interest and praise since there were not many nice F-body Pontiacs. Here are a few photos to share some idea of the spectacle.
Perfect weather probably brought over the 17,000 cars they had last year. The event gets about 150,000 visitors.
Me at the big cruise they have through the city on Friday and Saturday nights. I was asked to be on the judging panel for the parade of 200 selected "fine rides" which was fun. I was even interviewed for a TV documentary.
After the judging task was done, my friend and I saddled up in the T/A to join the cruising. It was actually more like being in a traffic jam since they had 10,000 cars trying to move in single-file through the city. Here is a pic of a POS Camaro broken down during the cruising
This woman shipped her 72 Olds Cutlass over from Florida to join in the fun.
Safety First for the locals. Much of the event is more about partying than the cars for many.