Thanks Ron! That Cheetah was one of my favorites too. I've never seen one before but I'm glad I did now!
Here are some more pics of the show.
Friend's Ford Roadster. He drove it to the show and back home. Must have been a cold ride since the weather wasn't very warm.
This was another one of my favorites, a very clean '54 Chevy Custom. It's an old Finnish Taxi that got its rebirth as a Lead Sled.
Clean '32 Roadster.
This is one wild Street Machine, a '70 Dart Swinger with Mopar 592 Cid Big Block and NOS. The car has been looking pretty much like this for a very long time and its best ET on 1/4 Mile is 7.71 that was driven somewhere in the '90s. After that the car hasn't been seen much Drag Strips anymore, but it's been taken a good care of by a new owner. The previous owner participated in World Street Finals in Orlando in '94 and '95 with this car.
Pontiac Trans Am with 509 BBC.
This Suburban that's a bit crusty is the "Macho Grande" that has been in a couple of Roadkill Episodes. After that a Finnish guy bought the car and now he's Cruising around with it.
This is my friend's new creation, SS/AH Hemi Dart Super Stock. He built it himself and it's interesting to see how it'll run on the Quarter. Here's a picture and a small video clip of it driving by.
And I've shown you a picture of this Volvo Hemizon before, but it was here in American Car Show too and I was lucky enough to see it firing up when he left the show. That Hemi with headers coming through the fenders sounded pretty good!
And last here's something I saw today while I was sitting in my friend's car. We were driving on the countryside and I saw this Pontiac Convertible parked on someone's driveway. This car has a 540 BBC and it runs high 10 second ETs. Luckily I was fast enough to grab my camera and shoot a picture from the moving car through its side window.
Plymouth Barracuda with Blown Small Block Mopar. That V8 rumbles very nicely, and he left black stripes to the road while leaving this Cruise Night.
A Couple of Thunderbirds.
New Corvette with Twin Turbo LS engine. It's built for standing mile competitions if I'm not mistaken, and the engine make 1500 HP. Anyway he arrived to local Cruising Night with it and was driving around like any other cruiser!
Standing mile competitions. That would be a mile race from a standing start ?
Yeah, they run one car at a time and what counts is the top speed at the finishing line. Standing start and a mile run with full throttle, these races are done on small airports as they have long enough runways.
Sometimes some ultra rare 'Top Of The Line' Muscle Cars with all factory options etc pop up on auctions or somewhere else. But those ultra rare cars are quite rarely seen here in Finland. Yes, there are some rare cars, but of course much less than there are in the USA...
Anyway here is a very cool '67 Plymouth Belvedere 4 Door Sedan.... OK, now many of you think that what's the joke in here, a 4 Door Belvedere isn't quite that rare?! Well yeah, this car was ordered as new to Finland with factory installed 426 Hemi! The factory made only this one, no more '67 Belvedere 4D Sedans were done with a Hemi.
The story that I've heard being behind this car is that a company that imported Plymouths in Finland in the '60s was running some Valiants and Barracudas in different rallies, in Monte Carlo for example. Then Plymouth wanted to give a prize for running that rally team by giving an opportunity to choose a Plymouth car for themselves. The owner of the company wanted to have the most powerful engine, but while he had a family too, he wanted to have a 4 Door Sedan. That way the legend was born.
I'm pretty sure this story is true. I heard it from what I think is a reliable source, and it's what read in a magazine too.
It has a GTX grill and tail light panel and the chassis is "Heavy Duty" as in other Hemi models too even though the body is not that sporty. All this were factory installed components too.
So the car came here to Finland as new in 1967 and nowadays it's owned by someone that is restoring the car back to its original glory. I've heard that the car has been tried to buy back to the USA a couple of times with big bucks, but the owner has said "Not for sale".
Here are a couple of pics from FHRA Nitro Nationals at Alastaro, Finland. I'd post a bunch of Stockers and Super Stockers but I have zero pics of them in action as I was behind the wheel of our '74 Malibu Classic in J/CUTTIN' CHEEZLE!.
A Finnish driver Johnny Oksa was the #1 Qualifier in TAFC. He ran 5.6 ETs at best and that's also a new Finnish Record time. He started Drag Racing a couple of years ago with that car. In fact, it was the first car he has ever raced with. His dad, Jarmo Kuutniemi who was a long time TAFC Racer used to drive this Charger bodied Funny Car, but unfortunately he passed away a couple of years ago. Johnny and rest of the team thought that they'd bring the car back to the strip as a tribute and now they've been racing with it for a couple of years with good success.
Bengt Ljungdahl from Sweden was the Number One Qualifier in Pro Stock. Even though NHRA moved to fuel injection setups on Pro Stockers already for this 2016 season, here in Europe we still have two carburetors on these things. The change is coming, though... Anyway his Camaro was bought from Gray Motorsports and he ran the fastest ET just slightly before the 9-time Pro Stock European Champion, Jimmy Ålund.
My favorite Pro Category is of course Pro Modified. These cars are the best looking and with short wheelbases they are not easy to drive... Here's one of the best looking Pro Mods around here, Mats Eriksson's '56 Ford Crown Victoria. His best ET is 5.98 but this time he couldn't make it to the 5's. The rust is painted, but otherwise that crash damage is real, as he hit the wall at Santa Pod a couple of years ago. They didn't want to fix the damage completely...
This is Anders Nilsson in his Barracuda. He did a 6.4 second run on the first round, but the chutes didn't open so he went to the sand at the end of the braking area. Nose clip suffered a minor damage, but otherwise the car survived pretty well, except of course there was sand everywhere. The team got it cleaned up and ready to run again, and he was back at the final Qualification Round.
I was so happy when "Fast Freddy" Fagerström showed up with his Chevy Pickup Pro Mod. He always does huge burnouts with that Pickup and reverses really fast back to the starting line... He's a true showman, but unfortunately his car wasn't running so well this time, 6.7 ET was the best he could do. I'm wondering if he had a spare engine or something, as he broke the Twin Turbo engine he was running with in Tierp a few weeks earlier.
Unfortunately the Eliminations were rained out.... It would have been interesting to see who takes the trophies home.
Thanks Ron! And you're right, those do look much alike. I think that's one of the best looking Pro Mods that I've seen. Plus that it runs very well, last weekend he ran several 5.9 second runs at Scandinavian Internationals at Tierp Arena, Sweden.
Here's another set of pics:
Very clean Chevy Nova:
The Caprices (As well as other US Wagons from this era) are rarely seen in nearly flawless condition as they've been used as daily drivers for a long time. So it's always great to see one that's in very nice condition.
Smooth Cadillac Custom:
And then a week ago at local Cruising Night I saw this Mustang from Sweden cruising around.
And as usual, lots of tire smoke was in the air too...
Yet another great set of pics from your corner of the world. I never cease to be amazed at the active car culture there. Must be a real motorhead paradise!
I'm curious about that mint Nova, Is it truly a base line 6 cylinder or is it packing something a little more sinister?
Thanks for posting.
I gotta say that the US car culture is doing well here. We have lots of Cruise Nights and other events and some very cool cars too. This is how my Cruising calendar looks like. I don't always make it to all of them of course, but I try to take part in them as often as possible...
1st Friday of every month: Helsinki Cruising 2nd Friday of every month: Kerava Cruising 3rd Friday of every month: Vantaa Cruising Last Friday of every month: Rekola Cruising 1st Saturday of every month: Hyrylä Cruising 2nd Saturday of every month: Lahti Cruising and/or Nummela Cruising Last Saturday of every month: Porvoo Cruising Every Wednesday: Riihimäki Cruising
In addition, there are some Cruises that have no exact time, so that they might sometimes be on 2nd Saturday, or then in next month on the 3rd Saturday etc. And that's only Cruisings... We have other events as well.
That Nova is a good question. I saw it for the first time too (I think) and I was wondering exactly about the same thing. If I remember correctly it had a dual exhaust, so I'd guess it's a V8 car. Unfortunately I missed it leaving the Cruise Night so I didn't hear the idle of it. Gotta try better next time if I see it around.
No pics right now, but here's a short video clip. Two weeks ago I was at the Street Races where you could try your street car on 1/4 Mile with no prep. There was basically everything, from European cars to American cars, from mild to wild etc. This Pickup definitely was from the wild side! A Twin Turbo SBC with a lot of boost created black drifting style stripes from start to finish as he had major traction problems. He definitely drove a lot over 1/4 mile trip on that 1/4 Mile strip.
Well, I've done a post on this Finnish Street Race Series called The Blacklist after every season it's been driven, so I think I'll do it again. This series is getting really popular here in Finland. Here's how it works:
This is called "Blacklist" - and it works so that the idea is to rank Top Ten of fastest street cars in Finland. In the actual race, ET doesn't matter, it works so that if you're on place 6, for example, you can challenge car & driver on place 5. If #6 wins, he goes on 5th place, dropping the guy on 5th place to 6th and all that counts is that you cross finishing line first without red lighting.
Cars don't have to be street legal while they're on Drag Strip (They can use slicks, NOS etc on track), but still they have to be able to drive a short trip in public traffic during the race day. Races are driven mostly on unprepped tracks, but there are a couple of exceptions too.
Again, the list has changed a lot. Many cars have dropped outside of the top ten, from one reason or another, and new guys are in the list too. First, here are a couple of challengers that have been driving Blacklist this year but are not in Top 10:
'65 Chop Top Chevy II with a naturally aspirated SBC. He has done a high 9 second ET in a proper Drag Strip if I'm not mistaken, but he had major traction problems on bare asphalt.
Chevy El Camino with naturally aspirated 383 Stroker. He has driven a low 11 second ET on bare asphalt so there would be potential on a proper track. This car is often seen in local Cruising Nights too.
'69 Plymouth Valiant with a modern 6.2 Hemi. This is a legendary Finnish Street & Strip car that used to have Blown 512 Mopar Big Block. The new owner has just finished this car and it has its first new engine combination, so I wouldn't be surprised if it was even faster in the future. Now he has ran low 12s on bare asphalt, and he's often seen on the streets as well!
This is the same Rambler that was last year seen with that forest find type green paint job with heavy patina on it. Now it was painted and it has a new engine. He ran 10.7 but then he had to get out of the list because of a major engine damage...
Here's a very legendary Finnish Street Race guy that has been racing in Big Block class already in the '80s. His trademark is that the cars are always more go than show style, but they are fast! This Chevy II is no show car either, but it is fast with the best ET of 9.0 powered by Small Block and ProCharger. The car used to be '65 2D Sedan but now they turned it into HT. The engine broke too so he was left out of the list.
OK, let's move on to the actual Top 10:
10th Place: Twin Turbo Pickup. You saw this car on my last post on unprepped track... For this season the Pickup got much bigger rear tires and more power under the hood, plus an automatic trans (Because the existing manual couldn't handle the engine power). Engine is 383 Stroker and it makes 1500 hp and Lots of torq... On bare asphalt he ran 11.4 with rear tires burning during the whole way and car drifting from side to side. On proper track he ran 9.1 but the engine didn't run cleanly whole way. On another pass he did 9.6 and the car shut down at half track because of an ignition problem...
9th Place: Black Plymouth Valiant. The car has a 440 Big Block under the hood. He has ran a high 10 second ET on a proper track, but on bare asphalt he had some traction problems and is currently on the 9th spot. The car is very nicely done!
8th Place: Flamed Valiant. This is the same guy that last year drove with that bright green stick shift Valiant. That green Valiant got a new engine (N/A SBM that rews a bit over 10 000 RPM) and he is not racing on bare asphalt with that anymore. So, another Valiant was bought and this car has the old engine (Naturally aspirated of course!) from green Valiant and 5 speed stick shift. He ran 9.9 on proper track with it, using clutch on every shift. On bare asphalt he is running mid 10 second ETs.
7th Place: Pontiac Convertible. A '64 Tempest Convertible with 540 Merlin Big Block and NOS. He is seen Cruising on the streets sometimes, too, and the Pontiac has ran 10.4 ET on proper track. Very nicely done car!
6th Place: Dodge Dart Swinger. This is the guy who was on #1 spot after the first Blacklist season. Last year his engine broke pretty badly so this summer there was a new powerplant under that flip nose. The engine is ProCharged Mopar Small Block and this summer his best ET was 10.8, but he has done 10.1 before. I'm sure he'll be faster in the future! Anyway, this car is seen in nearly every Cruising Night in here.
5th Place: "Bad BMW". I'm definitely not an expert on these, but it's a BMW from '90s? Anyway it has BMW mill with a huge turbocharger and a bit over 900 hp. Transmission is 5 speed stick shift and he uses clutch on every shift too. It has stock type rear suspension, and the best ET so far is 9.7 on a prepped track. With no prep he is having some traction issues. He is often seen in local Cruising Nights too.
4th Place: Blacklist Buick. This is a show quality Buick GN with naturally aspirated Chevy 582 Big Block. He had some problems this year as in one of the races the engine lost oil pressures. He had to leave himself out of the list, but then he got the problem fixed fast as it wasn't a big deal after all. The Buick was able to make its way up to 4th spot then. His best ET is 8.9 on proper track, and 9.7 on bare asphalt. It works pretty well on unprepped tracks, too, and it has a 4 link rear end.
3rd Place: "Tunnel Ram Duster". This car has a naturally aspirated 418 Mopar Small Block. The engine screams pretty high and it looks & sounds really good. He has ran 10.3 if I remember correctly and the chassis works very well on bare asphalt too. And it definitely is a street car, it's driven in every race and seen often in Cruising Nights too.
2nd Place: Chevy Nova with 454 BBC and NOS. He was last year's Blacklist Champion and he was on the #1 spot until he red lighted in last event. He ran the fastest Blacklist ET too, 8.90 on a proper track. The Nova has stock rear suspension, with mono leafs and CalTracs. Anyway the best ET on bare asphalt is 9.7. He is often seen Cruising on the street too.
The 2016 Champion: '67 Chevy Camaro with 489 BBC and NOS. This car is very nicely done too, show quality, and it's sometimes seen on the street too. His best ET is 9.2 on proper track and on bare asphalt he is running low 10 second ETs.
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