Dream Cruise, move over. The Swedes do classic car love-fests better.

Aug 5, 2014

With the venerable Woodward Dream Cruise just days away, thousands of metro Detroiters are pulling the

A 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
A 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
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covers off the precious classic American car in the garage, and buffing her to a shine.

Few of us know that Swedes share the same love affair.

A few weeks ago, Vegas Tenold attended the 30th annual "Power Big Meet" in Vasteras, Sweden.  He writes for the New York Times:

It is hard to overstate how much the Swedes love old American cars. Swedish enthusiasts will happily boast that there is more classic Detroit iron in Sweden than in the United States. The Swedish fascination for Detroit slipped over into full-blown obsession a long time ago.

Many people can walk a few blocks from their home to experience the Woodward Dream Cruise.

Power Big Meet has a little bit more of a Woodstock flavor, says Tenold.

Power Big Meet has two official campgrounds. One has pristine lawns, showers, toilets and most important, no tendency to transform into an ocean of mud at the slightest drizzle; the other, the much more popular Swine Camp, is no doubt named for the grooming standards of the people who choose to stay there.

You can read the full article here.