Classic Car Week in Rättvik Sweden

Ford Edsel
Ford Edsel

Sweden is said to have the most restored 50’s U.S. made cars in the world. For example, although only 2 1958 Cadillac convertibles were originally sold in Sweden today there are over 200 of them registered in Sweden. Every year there are thousands of U.S. made classic cars imported into Sweden. In the town of Rättvik by lake Siljan in the landscape of Dalarna (Dalecarlia) there is an annual event called “Classic Car Week” , where thousands of proud owners show off their (mostly) restored classic cars. TheLosAngeleno was there and brought some pictures for your enjoyment!

It's a Chevy
It’s a Chevy
Low Resto
Low Resto

 

Thunderbird
Thunderbird
Volvo
Volvo
Vauxhall Cresta circa 1954-57 probably.
Vauxhall Cresta circa 1954-57 probably.

 

Chevy Impala, looks like it could be a 1959 model year
Chevy Impala, looks like it could be a 1959 model year

 

Looks to be a circa 1955 Chevy Bel Air
Looks to be a circa 1955 Chevy Bel Air

 

Dodge Coronet - looks like a late 1950's model
Dodge Coronet – looks like a late 1950’s model. Notice the open hood – it’s crusing on a warm sumer night in Sweden and it prevents overheating to leave the hood slightly open.

We will add more pictures shortly, stay tuned!

 

 

The King & Queen of Sweden arrives in Småland to spend time in their summer castle on Öland

I can highly recommend for any U.S. citizen that want to broaden their views to travel to Europe, spend some time in Spain, Italy, France and of course don’t forget Scandinavia. I just arrived in Sweden form southern Europe last night, and this morning I boarded a flight that essentially replicated my first flight (see earlier post). It was a different plane and a different airport in Stockholm, the old Bromma airport was the airport then, today Arlanda is the big commercial airport in Stockholm. As it happened, I found myself on the flight on the small Saab 2000 (50-58 passenger 2 engine turbo-prop)

Saab 2000 turbo prop
Saab 2000 turbo prop

with the King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf and his Queen Silvia. They were on their way to their summer castle on the island of Öland off the coast of Småland (birthplace of Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of IKEA) to spend some time there. I even had the chance of wishing them a relaxing time off at the castle. They are both very nice people and Queen Silvia has a most engaging smile – she is a beautiful Queen!

Here is the Queen in the passenger seat and the King driving for their trip over the bridge to the island and their summer castle.

King Carl XVI Gustaf in their Volvo wagon
King Carl XVI Gustaf in their Volvo wagon

The security detail followed in the standard issue black Volvo sedan.

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My first flight

I am sitting here at Arlanda airport outside of Stockholm waiting for my flight to Geneva and I just started thinking back to the first time I was on an airplane as a young kid back in 1961 or so. The plane was a Douglas DC3 operated by Scandinavian Airlines and I remember that when you boarded it, there was a steep climb up to your seat because the plane was leaning heavily.  Low at the aft and really high at the nose.

SAS operated Douglas DC3 late 1950's early 1960's
SAS operated Douglas DC3 late 1950’s early 1960’s
Closeup of the DC3
Closeup of the DC3

 

Douglas DC6 interior, but from what Iz recall it was very similar with curtains and all.
Douglas DC6 interior, but from what I recall it was very similar with curtains and all.
SAS Advertising material with hostess from as early as 1948
SAS Advertising material with stewardess from as early as 1948.

 

“It’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”

A tattoo of Marilyn Monroe and one of her "Marilynisms" "It’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring."
A tattoo of Marilyn Monroe and one of her “Marilynisms” “It’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”

This young lady has the coolest tattoo on her back. She was enjoying “Rootvälta” at Liljan in Borlänge Sweden on Saturday June 29th. This weekend should have been the finale of the famous “Peace & Love” festival 2013, sadly the festival organizers went into bankruptcy about a month ago or so after 14 years of successful festivals starting in 1999.

Rootvälta is a local band that play reggae music, they perform lyrics in both Swedish and English and they certainly know how to rock the house. Very enjoyable music and tons of fun!

Rootvälta with singer guitarist - frontman Mattias "Matte B" Björkgren.
Rootvälta with singer guitarist – frontman Mattias “Matte B” Björkgren.