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Author Topic: Biggest American car show in the world - in Sweden!  (Read 3121 times)
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« on: July 11, 2010, 10:21:12 AM »

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  Laughing



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.



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« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2010, 10:27:58 AM »

The local law enforcement is very tolerant of the frivolity, but you MUST have a 100% sober designated driver.  As soon as I pulled out of the show field I got stopped for a blow in the box.



But for the passengers anything goes, as illustrated by this "in-flight refueling."



They have folks here in Sweden called "Raggare" who have their own special "culture" that consists of cruising and drinking in the biggest, most beaten-down rides they can find.



A couple of other examples of the sights to be seen on the "survivor" side.




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« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2010, 10:33:02 AM »

On the other end of the Cadillac quality spectrum you have cars like this.




This was one of my favorites.  A really clean and mean looking 60 Caddy, lowered with nice Foose wheels.



This guy had a fantastic set.  Spectacular 59 New Yorker drop-top and wagon.



Beautiful Buick



I'm not usually a Road Runner fan, but this one was really nice.



Speaking of Mopars, this was an amazing 70 Superbird with less than 11,000 original miles. 


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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2010, 10:36:33 AM »

Of course you also see things of an unexpected nature

An interesting custom



When was the last time you saw a Pinto Squire wagon - and one in good condition?



I even saw a Gremlin!



The Ultimate Cruising Vessel?



Not sure if it was genuine or not.



Even some questionable stuff amongst our beloved Firebirds

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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2010, 10:42:30 AM »

and on to the other 'bird sightings

Me and mine



A 1971 455 HO 4-speed that has had 22 owners since it arrived in Sweden in 1975.



old Bird, new Goat



Part of the Trans Am Club of Sweden group



some F-body cousins of the old and new variety



A Camaro that seems to be trying to mature into something more tasteful.

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« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2010, 10:47:04 AM »

Finally, a few random sightings



Family friendly cruising



What ya got under the hood?



And I conclude with, The Aftermath





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« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2010, 11:09:07 AM »

Man that looks like my kind of show!  I love the party while showing attitude and who can not love the aftermath pics! Laughing
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« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2010, 11:13:03 AM »

Cool pics --22 owners for that 71 T/A - Wish I was the 23rd . Very Happy
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« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2010, 11:59:16 AM »

Proud to see you have Rednecks there too.  Yours was the best by far.  I do luv them Bandit cars.
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« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2010, 05:34:54 PM »

Some nice rides...love that red/white Buick.
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« Reply #10 on: July 11, 2010, 06:58:14 PM »

I love it, thanks for posting those up Chris, I really enjoyed those photos. Laughing
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« Reply #11 on: July 12, 2010, 03:24:55 AM »

Looks like an AWESOME turn out, I wonder how long the hang over is?
Thanks for the pics mate.
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« Reply #12 on: July 12, 2010, 09:50:16 PM »

Thanks for posting pics Chris. Lots of different cars to look at, that's for sure.  Cool
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« Reply #13 on: July 13, 2010, 05:23:31 AM »

What a great write up of a fantastic show
love the photos of the people either hanging off the cars or passed out on them Laughing
If i ever get back over that side of the world this car show would be on the list of must see's
Thanks for sharing it with us mate
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« Reply #14 on: July 25, 2010, 07:51:07 AM »

Been to Sweden twice, Stockholm and Soleftea both times. saw a GTO Judge convertible in Soleftea Was as surprised to see a Superbird as a Gremlin. My first car was a Gremlin but I cloned it to a Gremlin X, lol!
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