We started our trip to the largest American car show in the world on the 3rd of July – the Power Big Meet 2013. We took the ship from Paldiski to Kapellskär and it arrived nicely the morning of 4th. The 71 Buick Skylark 454 and my 79 Corvette 383 Stroker were ready to discover Scandinavia! :) I must say the event itself was absolutely unbelievable – it was so crazily big and there were just enormous amounts of people everywhere. The city was pretty much converted to old American style, even the Burger King restaurants had special themes inside. Our trip didn’t go without troubles because within the first hour of driving the Buick hit a sharp bump on a road construction area and destroyed its brand new transmission oil pan! The oil leaked out immediately, the street was full of oil and it was simply a mess! I will post photos of this as soon as I get them from my girlfriend’s phone. I will also then tell the story how we fixed it and still managed to continue the journey. Another issue occured later that evening with the Buick when the engine stalled on a bridge in the middle of Stockholm. There we were again, blocking the road and finding out what to do. Pretty soon we found it was the HEI distributor failing and we took another one from the trunk to replace it :) Always be prepared!
I will now let you go and see the photos – I have again edited them in a slightly different way so hopefully you find these enjoyable!
A few days ago the Gumball 3000 race participants drove through Estonia on their way towards Monaco. Unfortunately we didn’t see all of the cars since around 20 of them lost their licenses in Finland and some incidents had happened even before. The Estonian police wasn’t too nice with them, either – several guys were arrested for excessive speeding. In my opinion the speeds weren’t THAT bad, just around 140-170 km/h in 70 or 90 km/h zone :) A Ferrari 458 Italia lost the grip in the rain somewhere near Riga (Latvia) and the car was totaled.
Since I didn’t arrive for the right time and didn’t acquire a pass beforehand to take photos fo the cars, I just managed to capture a few and I also wanted to show you the amount of people gathered in our Old Town to see the cars. I think many of them were there to see David Hasselhoff!
The season opening cruise of American Cars in Estonia took place in Tallinn on the 4th of May. It was an awesome event since the amount of cars was a lot more than last year and the whole event was arranged very well. We began the cruise from a large parking lot at Ülemiste and cruised through the city finally reaching Rocca Al Mare parking lot. Since the Corvette was totally out of service then, we decided to take my girlfriend’s K5 Blazer and we got several compliments on that truck. As always, we stayed together most of the time with the Corvette Club of Estonia and used the club flag on our truck.