Swedish Modified Car Scene.
If you like modified/performance cars and have heard anything about Sweden/the Swedish car scene, chances are you will have heard about their Gatebil events. However, you’d be forgiven for not really knowing what actually goes on at this event, because, well, we didn’t either.
Until recently, the Swedish modified car scene has remained somewhat of a mystery to us here at RollHard. Whilst we have known for some time about Sweden’s love and respect for big power cars and professional motorsport, we have also wondered what their grass-roots car culture looks like.
Thanks to Team RollHard member Sebbe Erlandson, we are very privileged to do exactly that and take you behind the scenes. We are at the aforementioned Gatebil, Sweden’s excessively awesome weekender.
The June event is a crazy combination of motorsport event and music festival, which is as entertaining as it sounds. Swedes love to enjoy themselves, so team this with high-energy music with high-octane motorsport and you have yourself one hell of an event. This is a back-to-basics event with camping/caravans, helping to create a community vibe. We're not sure why, but we noticed that Swedish friendship groups love sitting on Volvos, how very strange...
Mantorp Motor Racing Circuit.
Gatebil Mantorp starts on the Friday and finishes up on Sunday. Held at the Mantorp Motor Racing Circuit in the Mjölby Municipality, Sweden, surrounded by woodland, Mantorp is one seriously cool venue.
The Mantorp circuit was opened in 1969 as a full-time road course. Mantorp has hosted plenty of competitive motorsport over the years including the Formula Two championship visiting 1971 – 1973 and 1981 – 1982.
Originally, Mantorp had four alternative layouts but today it has only two; the 1.212m (1.95km) short and 1.942m (3.125km) long course. Present events include the Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC), Swedish Formula Three Championship and drag racing using the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) approved 301.75m straight.
Something For Everyone.
Naturally, there were plenty of Swedish marques (i.e. Saabs and Volvos) dotted around the show site in addition to a strong JDM influence. To be honest though, Gatebil pretty much includes everything you can imagine at one event, such is their love of cars over in Sweden, no matter the make or model.
Gatebil is where the performance cars of Sweden hang out and car enthusiasts come to party. With entertainment in full flow all weekend, Gatebil creates a unique car show atmosphere. Since Gatebil is famous for motorsports, it should be no surprise to hear they also hold an annual drift competition at the event with professional teams from Sweden and Norway competing for the top prize.
Another really great feature of Gatebil is that owners can take their own cars out on track, be it circuit racing or drifting. This is, of course, in addition to the show and shine motor-show, which gives owners the chance to compete with their show cars for trophies.
So there we have it, the Swedish legend that is, Gatebil. Let’s get right and enjoy Sebbe’s photos…