I hadn’t been down to the locks for around 6 weeks (here’s the report from last time) but my wife and I headed down last night for a slice of life in Trollhattan in summertime – the Wednesday night car show at the locks.
It was a good night to go, too. The weather was great and the cars were 90% different from last time I was there. It always amazes me how many incredible vehicles are located within close driving distance of this place.
If you ever come to Sweden in the summer (and you SHOULD) then make sure you schedule a Wednesday night in Trollhattan. You won’t regret it.
First up, the Saabs…..
OK, so that’s not a Saab, but it’s an interesting way of introducing the first Saab I saw last night. The DeLorean was, of course, clothed in rust-free stainless steel and last night’s example (the first I’d ever seen in person) did look impeccably clean.
The same couldn’t be said of this very curious looking Saab 9000…..
I never knew it before I moved here – Australia’s a pretty snow-free place – but Saab 9000s do have a tendency to rust in the front wheel arches.
This owner seems to have accepted the inevitable and taken a bold decision and removed all paint from the car, bringing on a completely rusted finish that’s both a horrid sight for a Saab fan, whilst also being a magnificent curiosity piece. It’s almost like an art-car of sorts. I was fascinated.
It should be mentioned that this car wasn’t actually part of the show. It was just parked there amongst all the other visitors. I’m not publishing this to embarrass the owner at all because I didn’t find it embarrassing – I found it fascinating and I was pleased to see that someone had done it.
To some of the more standard offerings….. magnificent as they were
The oldest Saab at the show, without doubt. An early Saab 92.
This is the Saab that stole the who show for me, a magnificent black Saab 93F. I just love the red piping around the guards (and wouldn’t mind seeing a special edition with a similar painted effect – just sayin’)
Love the whitewalls on this one, too….
This pristine LE arrived late in the show, but made a very nice impression….
The Americans – If you don’t know already, the Swedes have a certain affinity with classic American metal from the 1950s and 60s. There’s always plenty of this on show and the cars always look amazing.
It’s a looooong way from the back to the front in some of these….
….with an inbuilt record player!!!
And the rest…….. other cars from around Europe.
This car was the highlight of the show for me (aside from the 93F). I’m also a big Alfa fan and the chance to see one of only 998 Alfa Zagato Sprint’s ever built was a rare chance indeed…..
And finally, this BMW Z1 also gave me another first-time opportunity to see a rare car…. and check out the funky doors….
I hope you’ve enjoyed this quick look into summertime life in Trollhattan.
Make sure you come and visit. There’s plenty of Saaby stuff to see, but plenty of other good times to be had, too.