- 1 The Sollentuna Gang
- 2 The Second Generation of Swedish Hot Rodders and Customizers
- 3 BoMac Racing
- 4 Hot Rod Show
- 5 Hot Rods of Sweden
- 6 Custom Cars of Sweden
- 7 Lowriders of Sweden
- 8 Custom Body and Paint Shops of Sweden
- 9 Custom and Hot Rod Clubs of Sweden
- 10 Traditional Hot Rod and Custom Car Shows of Sweden
- 11 Citizens of Sweden
- 12 References
The Sollentuna Gang
The Swedish traditional hot rod and custom scene has roots back to the 1950s. A group of teenagers from the Sollentuna Municipality in Stockholm were amongst the first hot rodders in Sweden. Member of the gang included Lennart Djurberg, Janne Eriksson, Björn Hagelfors, Göran Almen, Peter Billing, Peder Lundgren and Leffe Karlsson. Janne Bellander, who was not from Edsviken, did also hang out with the guys. They used to hang out at the garage of Lennart Djurberg's dad. Lennart's dad had a garage connected to his house, where he used to repair Ford's for a living. Lennart had his 1932 Ford roadster in the garage, a car that fascinated many of the guys in the area. Lennart on his side, also did all he could to recruit his friends to build hot rods.
The Second Generation of Swedish Hot Rodders and Customizers
Lennart's dad's garage did also attract younger kids on mopeds, such as Lars "Junken" Ljungkvist, who went on to become the second generation of Swedish hot rodders. The new wave of Swedish hot rod and custom enthusiasts included Bosse "Gamen" and his brother Sven, who had moved from their parents on Kungsholmen to Stureby. Hasse Broberg, Kjelle Gustad and Bengt Wennergren, who lived at Enskede. Palle Eriksson in Västerhaninge, Richard Bergström in Johanneshoe, and Junken, who lived with his dad in Stureby. The group back then counted about 20 guys. They were all born in the early 1940s.
In the early days of Swedish hot rodding, BoMac Racing in Älvsjö, Stockholm was the only place you could order hot rod parts from the US. BoMac Racing was a company run by Bosse Kasby and his brother Ove. After moving to the US, Bosse went on to work for Dean Moon at Moon Equipment for many years in the 1960s. Bosse moved to the US in the 1960s, where he went on to work for Dean Moon at Moon Equipment when he was only 17 years old. Ove started out selling racing-parts, that Bosse shipped from the US, out of his garage in Älvsjö. When Bosse returned to Sweden, he became a Moon dealer.
In 1963 Lars Ljungkvist's 1932 Ford Roadster was featured on the cover of Teknik för alla December 1963. The caption on the cover stated that the hot rod sport had now reached Sweden. According to the story, there were about 30 hot rods in Sweden at the time.
In the 1960s, Stockholm became known as the hot rod capitol of Sweden. In the spring of 1964 Roffe Skoghag started working on an indoor car show in Stockholm, and according to a story by Micke Östberg that was published in Gasoline 6/2015, Roffe got the idea after seeing Sillarna's, Junken and Palle's hot rods parked at Kungsgatan in Stockholm one night. Roffe was 24 years old at the time and a Swedish go-kart champion. He stroke a deal with Scania, who let the young kid borrow their facilities at Tanto in Södermalm to host a Hot Rod Show. He also convinced his go-kart sponsor Gulf about to run the advertisements for the show. Roffe's show became a success, attracting loads of spectators.
Roffe's show caught the attention of Bo "Gamen" Sandberg, and in 1965 he decided to host his own Hot Rod Show at Ostermans Marmorhallar in Stockholm. Back then, Picko Troberg had the exclusive rights to host auto-shows at Marmorhallrna, and because of that Roffe was not able to rent the location for his show. Gamen was able to convince the superintendent of Marmorhallrna that hot rods were more art than automobiles, so they let him have his Hot Rod Show at Marmorhallarna. Gamen hosted the show together with Acke Nordström and Jonas Qvarnström. It took place about a week prior to Roffe's second show and it became a major success, while Roffe's became a disaster.
The junkyards in Denmark and Norway were filled with old Fords, and everyone went across the border to get project cars. Junken and his buddy Richard supposedly smuggled more than 40 Model A and B Ford's across the border from Denmark. People used to buy a small car in Stockholm that they drove down to Denmark and traded in for an old Ford. The license-plates from the little car were mounted on the Ford so they could drive it back home.
Skillingfors was the best place to cross the border from Norway. At Skillingfors there were a sign with Sweden on one side, and Norway on the other one. That was it. There was also a narrow dirt-road that went trough Ed that was popular to smuggle cars out of. Cars carrying Norwegian license plates were often driven across the border. Back home the licenseplates were so mailed back to the owner in Norway.
New years eve 1965 Richard, Junken and some other friends emigrated to California. They returned full of impressions the next Summer, and decided to form a Dragracing club. Stockholm Dragracingklubb was formed in September of 1966. The weekend after, October 1-2, 1966 the first organized drag race event of Sweden was held outside of Stockholm. The race found place at the new freeway between Stockholm and Enköping. It was still under construction, and not open for the public at the time. Amongst the cars attending were Bosse Gamen's dragster, Sven Sandberg's 1932 Ford 5-Window coupe, the Glowing Coupe, Lars Erik Ljungkvist's 1932 Ford Roadster, and Göran Silfors' 1932 Ford Roadster, the Early Bird. Bosse's dragster did the quarter mile in 11 seconds reaching a speed of 230 km pr hour. It rained on the second day of the event, and due to the wet track, Göran's roadster did the quarter mile in 18,4 seconds, while the Glowing Coupe did it in 16,6 seconds.
Hot Rods of Sweden
Bo Sandberg's 1923 Ford Model T Roadster - Purple Passion
Palle Eriksson's 1924 Chevrolet Roadster
Hasse Broberg's Modified
Henrik Forss' Bucket T
Eldon E. Schmidt's 1929 Ford Model A Roadster
John Svedberg's 1929 Ford Model A Roadster Pickup
Bengt Wennergren's 1931 Ford Model A Roadster
Lars-Erik Johansson's 1931 Ford Model A Roadster - The Orange Fink
Vito Marino's 1931 Ford Model A Pick Up
Björn Hagelfors' 1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe
Bosse Ericsson's 1932 Ford Roadster
Gunnar Johansson's 1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe
Göran Silfors' 1932 Ford Roadster - Early Bird
Janne Eriksson's 1932 Ford Roadster
Klas and Fredrik Wallin's 1932 Ford Tudor Sedan
Lars Erik Ljungkvist's 1932 Ford Roadster
Lennart Djurberg's 1932 Ford Roadster
Peter Billing's 1932 Ford Cabriolet
Roland Larsson's 1932 Ford Roadster
Sven Sandberg's 1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe - The Glowing Coupe
Göran Almen's 1936 Ford Cabriolet
Leffe Karlsson's 1937 Ford Cabriolet
Custom Cars of Sweden
Kent Jonsson's 1934 Ford Roadster
Delwyn Triska’s 1936 Ford 5-Window Coupe
Göran Silfors' 1936 Ford Sedan
Hasse Broberg and Kjelle Gustad's 1938 Chevrolet Convertible
Eddie Dominguez' 1939 Mercury Convertible
Bert Gustafsson's 1941 Cadillac Roadster
Janne Lundell's 1941 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe - The Carnelian Zaphir
Darren Chapman's 1949 Buick Sedanette
Johan Löfgren's 1949 Buick Sedanette
Qvintus Brusefält Ån's 1949 Chevrolet
Bengt Wennergren's 1949 Ford
Magnus Karlsson's 1949 Oldsmobile
Andreas Åberg's 1950 Ford Tudor
Bert Gustavsson's 1951 Dodge
Ulf Christiansson's 1951 Mercury - Lucille
John Bozio's 1953 Buick Roadmaster
Mikko Kiviniemi's 1953 Chevrolet
Bo Thalinsson's 1953 Ford Sunliner Convertible
Tobias Andersson's 1953 Oldsmobile
Sven Blüme's 1954 Plymouth Convertible
Arne Lindstrand's 1955 Chevrolet
Leif Helander's 1955 Chevrolet Convertible
Hence Forsman's 1956 Cadillac Eldorado
Bo Hedenström's 1956 Ford Fairlane - The Avalanche
Sven Sandberg's 1956 Ford Sunliner Convertible
Kjell Larsson's 1957 Chevrolet
Hans Broberg and Kjelle Gustad's 1957 DeSoto
Bert Gustavsson's 1957 Ford 300 Sedan
Matti Johanson's 1957 Ford Ranchero
Lasse Mäenpää's 1958 Chevrolet Impala
Sven Sandberg's 1959 Chevrolet Impala
Lasse Theander's 1958 Ford Thunderbird - The Mystery Bird
Pontus Karlsson's 1959 Buick
Bo Sandberg's 1959 Ford Thunderbird - Surfin Bird
Bo Sandberg's 1959 Ford Thunderbird - The Wild Bird
Tobias Närholm's 1960 Chevrolet Impala
Peder Behr's 1960 Chrysler New Yorker
Johan Eriksson's 1964 Ford Galaxie 500
Bo Sandberg's Cool Cat
Lowriders of Sweden
Lil John's 1966 Chevrolet Caprice
Custom Body and Paint Shops of Sweden
Custom and Hot Rod Clubs of Sweden
Traditional Hot Rod and Custom Car Shows of Sweden
A-Bombers Old Style Weekend
Bastardized and Undertakers Fest
CKOS Lead Parkin'
Hammers Back to the 50's Weekend
Hot Rod Festival
Hot Rod Show
Hot Rod Show Borlänge
Jokers Car Show
Rumble in the Jungle
Citizens of Sweden
Lars Erik Ljungkvist
Qvintus Brusefält Ån
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