Power Big Meet // Road Trip / 2015


Some time ago my friends from Russia started to mention one bad-ass event that is held in Sweden. It is called Power Big Meet and is organised for more than 30 years. Friends invited me to go with them this year. They are running a car club called Non Grata, some of you may know that it’s the first Lowrider club in Russia. Aleksandr and Andrei arrived one day earlier to Tallinn, in a sorted out Chevrolet Impala and crisp Volga “GAZ-24” Lowriders. We did some photoshoots, but more of it you’ll see in future posts, let’s stick to our road trip.


2. Next morning we arrived to Stockholm and started our journey to Västerås.


3. We were joined by Vitalik from Moscow, who also took his Impala to the meet.


4. On the way we were getting constant “likes” towards our cars from passing by cars


5. On every petrol station we were meeting other pilgrims


6. Some were big, others were small


7. Also I noticed few times already that it’s ‘OK’ for Swedes to drive their cars on drag slicks.


8. Looks legal…


9. Still wide as drag tyres, even though they have a pattern


10. Hello Mater!


11. And you must be his younger brother?


12. Rockabilly meets punk


13. and Lowrider gals have different style


14. But we’re in Sweden and any car subculture is overshadowed by Raggare, punks who love 50s – 60s american cars. I will come back to them a bit later as well.


15. Let’s concentrate on the Meet. It’s a two day event held at Johannisberg’s airport. Also, there are number of events around the city. On first day we were invited to Lowrider Barbecue at Fatcap Garage.


16. Volga was getting a lot more attention than others. You see, in Stockholm people saw all the american cars you can imagine, but most people never saw a proper stylish Volga.


17. but for us, American cars with hydraulic suspension were a looker


18. Not your ordinary Play Station joystick


19. Non Grata meets Rollerz Only


20. Fatcap isn’t only about lowriders, it’s a garage, that deals with street cars in general


21. Sun was going down, that meant that we need to go to one supermarket car park where “everyone are going”


22. Town was totally converted into American Car Museum


23. Ordinary Statoil in early 70s


24. Looked like everyone were going in the same direction


25. Shopping mall was closed, but seemed that nobody is leaving


26. Reminded me of a local streetrace meet


27. They even organised a special area for burnouts. And yes, it’s BMW 2002 with a big block


28. Not your ordinary american car lovers


29. Next morning I was on my way to the airfield, exited to see 20 000+ cars


30. On the way I saw more Raggare


31. I understand they have a dozen Raggare clubs in Sweden, but it seems that one thing they have in common – their cars looks like a pile of junk


32. I’m not saying it’s bad, just punky, and I can understand that inside most cars are properly sorted. Air suspension, motor in check and so on


33. Lowrider gangs don’t like them mainly because they both choose Impala, but where “gangstas” have law & order, Raggare have anarchy.


34. Showed up in dirty t-shirt – you need to pay; rims are dirty – you need to pay.


35. Picking on someone else’s girlfriend – you’re banned from the lowrider club.


36. I have a feeling that Raggare don’t have anything of this sort


37. Let’s get back to the Meet. First one was held in 1984 where 80 cars gathered, now we can see more that 20 000 cars on the field and probably 10 000 more in the city itself.


38. The weather was around +27C every day, people were trying to hide from the sun if they had the opportunity.


39. Tents with cloches was a good choice, sadly for me and luckily for my bank account, they didn’t accept cards


40. Big Meet is mostly about classic cars, but you definitely can spot a number of future classics


41. Traditional numbers were noticed on a lot of the cars, 396, 440 and so on


42. but I only saw a couple of confederate flags, usually it’s hundreds at such events


43. Attention to details is sometimes mind blowing


44. the field with cars was endless


45. I would criticise the event as a quantity over quality event, but it’s ok, it’s a Meet, not a Show.


46. My personal favourite was this 1959 Impala Dragster


47. Again, it was sublime in terms of details


48. Every year you get a Big Meet badge, I envy a bit, because my first one is dated 2015.


49. After the Meet everybody were preparing for the Grand Parade around the city


50. Party hard as they say


51. People gather on sidewalks. It makes sense, on the streets you see even more than at the show itself


52. Parade was huge and never ending


53. I believe that I saw most of the american cars built between 50s to 70s, but of course some earlier/later examples as well


54. We were on our way home, tired of the sun, but happy


55. By the way, our house looked something like a perfect “american dream” setting


56. Next day I boarded the ferry and returned to Estonia. My Russian friends are still there, visiting custom meets and cruising the city.





















  1. An extremely well composed and photographed essay. Thank you for posting it. You brought alive many of the Vasteras experiences of 2015. Best, Al Young

    • Thank you Al Young, it’s great to get a comment from you. Regards

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