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History Back in the old days in Sweden.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Gene Rator, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. Gene Rator
    Joined: Jan 19, 2009
    Posts: 79

    Gene Rator
    from sweden

    Here's a treat for you Americans. We in Sweden have allmost forever had an interest in the American car and it's still so. Late fifties, early sixties young men, called raggare in Swedish (cruisers in a loose translating) bought these cars for a bargain and just cruised around, picking up girls. And made some riots. Hated by the society and the police as you will see. Also you'll see pix of Swedish bikers from the same time. Enjoy!

    Last edited: Oct 22, 2011
  2. ratman
    Joined: Jun 15, 2006
    Posts: 423


    Cool post thanks I enjoyed that:)
  3. damagedduck
    Joined: Jun 16, 2011
    Posts: 2,342

    from Greeley Co

    ^ ^ ^ X2,thanks for sharing--chuck
  4. Sheep Dip
    Joined: Dec 29, 2010
    Posts: 1,572

    Sheep Dip
    from Central Ca

    Very cool, I wonder how many of those cars and bikes are still around today? I hope all of them.:D

  5. Dave Mc
    Joined: Mar 8, 2011
    Posts: 2,214

    Dave Mc

    I enjoyed that , Thanks for posting
  6. Badass. This is my favorite picture...

    Also it is on my bucketlist to go to Sweden.
  7. Deuce Daddy Don
    Joined: Apr 27, 2008
    Posts: 5,222

    Deuce Daddy Don

    What ever happened to STIG BROHLEN of Tungelsta,Sweden??---He was an Associate member of LAR in the early 70's. Is he still with us???
  8. shoprat
    Joined: Dec 23, 2006
    Posts: 1,109

    Member Emeritus
    from Orange, CA

    Thanks for posting that. I had a chopped 57 Ranchero go to Sweden 20 or so
    years ago. Wonder if it still exists.
  9. outlaw256
    Joined: Jun 26, 2008
    Posts: 2,023


    back in the day(early 70s) i wanted to go to sweden. man i still do, but ive been trying to drive a old car down hwy 66 and i aint done that yet either.and its in my own damn country lolol
  10. Rusty O'Toole
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
    Posts: 9,608

    Rusty O'Toole

    Raggare = greasers
  11. Heo2
    Joined: Aug 9, 2011
    Posts: 661


    Was it silver or light blue metalic with
    darker blue flames?
  12. oldcarfart
    Joined: Apr 12, 2005
    Posts: 1,437


    YANK TANKS RULE!!!!!!!
    If you were in the military in the '70's you could buy a new car, transport it to Naples, Rota, Mildenhall, etc., do your tour and sell the vehicle at a profit then order a new one thru the proper channels and have it waiting stateside upon your return. NEMET was a big dealer as were the base PX's/Exchanges. Status of Forces agreements made it so if you sold your vehicle before your tour was up it could be near impossible to put anouther car on road for upto 3 years. I bought 2 motorcycles thru the Navy Exchange at Rota, Spain over a 21 year period, saved big bucks and was waiting stateside for me. In 1977 I bought a Suzuki GS550B in Black and the dealer made my payments to use it as a static demo as he was unable to get his order until 1978 and only in red or blue. In '84 I did anouther buy on a Honda VT500FT V-twin, come to find out this was a rare model in US (looked like a Harley XL clone with shaft drive) the US version was chain drive and a totally different looking bike.
  13. baker53
    Joined: Jan 17, 2003
    Posts: 340


    Great video, thanks for sharing.
  14. had a new 1972 GTO waiting for me when I came home. thanks for the post I could sware I seen some of my uncles there. Lol
  15. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 11,776

    from Texas

    AND they were driving those LHD American sleds on the left side of the street. They didn't switch sides until the 80s or so. Nice film.
  16. steel rebel
    Joined: Jun 14, 2006
    Posts: 3,604

    steel rebel
    Member Emeritus

    Swede Rebels Without a Cause! No Vovo's in sight.
  17. Orn
    Joined: Jul 17, 2005
    Posts: 1,065


    Cool video. Btw, We switch from left to right side driving 1967 in Sweden.
  18. 1950ChevySuburban
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 6,188

    Member Emeritus
    from Tucson AZ

    I bet that was a big mess. I couldn't imagine how that could be done safely.

    Cool video, great pictures
  19. Erixon
    Joined: Jul 29, 2009
    Posts: 87


    Awesome. Enjoyed the video.

    My Grandpa was from Sverige. I think this would've made him proud. :)
  20. Gene Rator
    Joined: Jan 19, 2009
    Posts: 79

    Gene Rator
    from sweden

    Last edited: Oct 22, 2011
  21. go-twichy
    Joined: Jul 22, 2010
    Posts: 1,650


    those tuff guys with the leather jackets might have to throw down to protect those duck mascots on their back! i don't think i could do that. fight for a ducky. that second song was a hit on the radio in the early 60's in the usa, but it had a banjo playing the main part. the one on your vid. was better. a surf take off. thank you for that.
  22. Mats W
    Joined: Feb 18, 2012
    Posts: 142

    Mats W

    For those of you interested in the history of the Swedish 'raggare' there is a really good link (written in Swedish :rolleyes: ) at the Labbås Cruisers website Tidaholms raggarhistoria :)


    It includes full ownership history and scanned titles of the cars pictured :cool: :

  23. Cool vid! Thanks for posting! at 4:57 I kept thinking A-HA video:D

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