Swindler’s 17th annual Poker Run


So…it was that time again…time for the 17th annual World Famous Swindler’s Poker Run.



With fuel tank full of decomposed dinosaurs and high expectations we started at the usual spot: Conway.


Since I am hot-rod-less currently (horrible situation!) I was able to get a ride in this pile. The driver, my friend Chris insisted that the 327 small block should be approaching 6000 rpm before shifting to another gear. OK with me.


Conway is a nice sleepy town with lot of history and lends itself to a great back drop for old cars.









The surprise of the day was this 60’s style 1930 Ford Model A Sedan hot rod belonging to Mike Thompson. It was powered by a diesel! Why not, it’s a driver. The 4BT engine offers 265 ft lbs of torque at 1700 rpm! In other words, you shift at 2K !





Traffic was really bad, old cars everywhere!


Co is my Dog Pilot?? Hot Dog is my Pilot? Whatever…


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The Pacific North West is rather scenic. With the Puget Sound as a back drop, we stopped for a break along the shore.



1932 Ford 3W coupe by the sea.


Riviera by the sea…and a sign.


Hot rods by the sea


Refrigerator truck by the sea.


Sam’s most excellent shoes box rollingin style.



Model A Hot Rod truck by the sea.



Rich’s 1957 Chevrolet truck.



They don’t make hood ornaments like this anymore…well, they don’t make hood ornaments at all these days.


I think they call this patina.


No patina here…super nice 1940 Ford.



Cool sedan.






The day was ended at Paul’s upholstery shop for some show and tell. Great day.

Crusing Falkenberg, Sweden 2016

So…if you go to any car show in the US you will notice the complete lack of cars with fins. You know, pretty much anything made in America between 1957 and 1961.

1958 DeSoto

1958 DeSoto

Sure, there is the ever popular 1957 Chevrolet but other than that, fins cars are hard to find. You will see plenty of sixties cars and of course stockers and hot rods from the thirties.

1958 Dodge convertible

1958 Dodge convertible

So where did they all go?? The answer is…Sweden! Ever since the early seventies, the Swedes have had an insatiable appetite for the skyward rear ends and they have been importing anything with fins.

At one point in the seventies, the Swedish import harbor looked like a Sears parking lot in 1961.

The larger the fin, the more popular.

1959 Dodge

Anything Mopar is probably is probably on top of the list like this 1959 Dodge.

1959 Cadillac

Second on the list would probably be the 1959 Cadillac.  These bullet tail light equipped cars have been displayed in Swedish motor magazines ad nausea.

1958 Cadillac convertible

1958 Cadillac Convertible

1958 Dodge convertible

1958 Dodge Convertible

1958 Dodge Custom Royale

1958 Dodge Custom Royale

Another mind blowing event in Sweden’s car world is…cruising. So what, you say? We cruise here in the States don’t we? Yeah, we have the Woodward cruise and similar event but in Sweden the art of cruising is perfected.

1961 chrysler

1961 Chrysler

1963 Chrysler Imperial Convertible

1963 Chrysler Imperial Convertible. At 4840 lbs or 2400 kg for your metric dudes this car is not a lightweight. A 413 cu/inch V8 helps motivate this rare car only made in 531 examples.

1964 Ford Galaxie

My ride to the event: 1964 Ford Galaxie with a hot bog block and Tremec five speed. Could be worse.

1964 Ford Galaxie wrenching

Unlike today’s “solid state” cars, when you have a car with both carburetor AND distributor there will be some tuning and adjustments. In this case one of the plugs gummed up offering us a 7 cylinder ride. It was fixed quickly.

1969 Camaro wrenching

Then it was the Camaro’s turn. The tight fit in the engine compartment caused the firewall to push off one of the ignition wires resulting in another 7 cylinder car! Well, that was fixed as well and off we went.

When your humble editor lived in Sweden in the seventies I used to hang out with some guys that drove American cars. Yup, that is about forty years ago.  Then they all left the American cars behind and started families.  Now the kids are grown and it’s once again time to get behind the wheel of some Detroit iron.

The Gang in Sweden

From the left we have Claes and his son in law,  Roland and Jolo.

Wheels and Wings Falkenberg Sweden

It is hard to grasp the size of this meeting as the camera lens can not capture it all.

With a huge meeting like this, the local city gives up it’s street to organized cruising. Alcohol plays a large roll in cruising and in Sweden it is allowed to be consumed inside the car.  However,  the written (and unwritten) rule is that the driver never touch the stuff.

Crusing Sweden 2016

At this point, my mode of transportation had changed to a 1966 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible. This offers a 360 degree view of the cruising.

As the strong European beer and booze get consumed the passengers and spectators become more rowdy as the evening progresses. It goes on way in to the early morning.

Crusing Sweden 2016 Falkenberg

The whole town is shut down and the locals enjoy classic cars cruising all night long.

I could not think of a better way to spend time with my old cruising buddies. Good times, good times indeed!

Bellevue Ford Meet 2016

With sunny and 80 degree weather I was looking forward to a full parking lot of vintage Fords mixed with other classics. That did not happened.

It is pretty clear that there is a generation shift going on. This very established meet get smaller for every year that goes by.

1932 Ford Tudor original

I hate to say it but the think the ’32 Ford generation is dying off and it is being replaced with  something else like muscle cars. Everybody want to drive what they drove in high school. Well, anyone that drove a thirties car in high school is pretty old by now.

Having said that, there were some nice cars to check out:

2016 Ford Meet Ford Coupe

This owner of this1936 Ford encurages passerby folks to help peel off the old red paint. Maybe one day it will be all black again.


2016 Ford Meet Ford hot rod rear

A few nice hot rods were present like this cool fenderless and radically chopped 1933 Ford coupe.


2016 Ford Meet Ford hot rod front

Looks good coming or going.


2016 Ford Meet 1954 Ford convertible

1954 Ford convertible. How to cruise in style.


2016 Ford Meet 1954 Ford convertible emblem

Yup, they don’t make emblems like they used to!


2016 Ford Meet Buick Riviera

Buick Riviera cruising by…one of the best looking Buicks…evar!


2016 Ford Meet 1954 Ford wagon

I don’t normally like stationwagons but this makes me want one!


2016 Ford Meet Thunderbird

How refreshing! A well used un-restored 1955 T-bird. This car had a nice rebuilt engine but the owner had resisted the typical restoration. The car is very straight but shows signs of years of use.


2016 Ford Meet 1955 Thunderbird engine

It is clear that the owner freshened up the engine and we approve!


1964 Ford Fairlane

I guess it’s been a while but I just realized how small the 1964 Ford Fairlane is.  The car is just right if you ask me.


1931 Ford Roadster hot rod front

Doug Grande’s 1930 Ford Roadster hot rod.


1931 Ford Roadster hot rod

1931 Ford Roadster hot rod interior

1930 Ford hot rod interior.

1931 Ford Roadster hot rod rear detail

1930 Ford Hot Rod rear detail.


2016 Ford Meet 1936 Ford truck

1936 Ford truck


1963 Ford Galaxie convertible

Let’s round this report off with a very nice 1963 Ford Galaxie convertible.

Pacific Northwest Historics Vintage Car Race Day

The best part of this annual historic race event is all the great classic cars that shows up. They had a car corral for several brands and clubs to display their beautiful cars.

Here is a sampling of some that caught your Editor’s eye.

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Jaguar XK-120, 3.4 litre


1953 Jaguar XKC-041, 3.4 litre, 4 speed

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So you think Panhard only made bars? Here is a car.

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1964 Datsun pickup

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Sleeper of the day. MGB with small block Ford.

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We like the fact that the owner resisted conventional dual exhaust. Classy!


SNORTHY is a 1956 MGA

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Volvo 444

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Volvo 122S

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Some folks know how to pit: Huge Kenworth with monster trailer, Cadillac Biarritz convertible for pit car, matching scooter and six white table cloth tables for your crew and friends to dine at. It’s a rough life.

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Exotics at Redmond Town Center

Exotics at Redmond Town Center is a casual meet every Saturday morning in…you guessed it…Redmond. It is a place for enthusiasts to show off their…you guessed it..exotics.

Being in the town center and near the mandatory Starbucks you can have them whip up your favorite hot drink and walk around amoong these beauties. There are worse things to do on a Saturday morning.

Exotics at Redmond line

If you want to enjoy a good selection of high end super cars this is the place to be.If you want to learn more about owning and trading exotic cars visit Exotic Car Hacks.


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Exotics at Redmond brakes

Do you think the brakes big enough??


Exotics at Redmond

The late model super cars are great but this vintage stuff this is what your get your Humble Editor all hot & bothered!. This Ferrari is a perfect example, I am not sure of the model year.If someone knows, feel free to ping me.


Exotics at Redmond

Exotics at Redmond Maserati 3500 GT Touring Coupe

Maserati 3500 GT Touring Coupe

Exotics at Redmond Maserati 3500 GT Touring Coupe rear

It is not hard to see where the designer of the Volvo Amazon looked at when he penned the car.

Exotics at Redmond Maserati 3500 GT Touring Coupe interior

The coolers steering wheel there is…check Driving gloves…check  Well worn original leather that still smells like leather…check!

Exotics at Redmond Ferrari 308

Dave York’s ridiculesly perfect Ferrari 308.

Exotics at Redmond Ferrari 308 rear

Exotics at Redmond 1970 Subaru Van

Exotics at Redmond Jaguar E-type convertible

A red Jaguar E-type convertible. They say that from drunks and small children you will heat the truth. It is said that Enzo Ferrari said that the E-Type was the most beautiful car ever made. It was also spekulated that he was drunk when he said so.

Exotics at Redmond Jaguar E-type convertible engine

This Jag is well detailed under the bonnet as well.

Exotics at Redmond Datson Roadster

Datsun roadster rolling in with a very dead guy as a co pilot.

Exotics at Redmond Alfa convertible

Alfa Romeo convertible rolling in.

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Maybe not an “exotic” but this Saab Sport was in an amazing condition and a pleasure to inspect.

Exotics at Redmond Saab Sport

Exotics at Redmond Saab Sport interior

Designed for narrow Swedish gravel roads the Saab with it’s front wheel drive was a formidable contendor in rallys all over the world. What a pleasure to pilot this beauty from this cockpit.


Exotics at Redmond Mustang Fastback

Mustang Fastbacks are exotics too. This example with Steve McQueen five spoke American wheels is a nice example. A little extra chrome under the hood make it go faster.

Exotics at Redmond Rolls Royce

How about a huge ass Rolls Royce? I think this is from the rarly 30’s.

Exotics at Redmond 1959 Impala

Tastefully decromed 1959 Impala rolled in and settled on the ground with a hiss.

Exotics at Redmond VW bus

Hey,how about them VW Buses with all them windows?

Exotics at Redmond Jaguar E-type convertible Volvo

They even let Volvos in here!

This meet is now closed for the season. Check their website in the spring:
Exotics at Redmond Town Center

Fall Vintage Volvo Meet

Every fall the Vintage Volvo gang get together for a “end of season” meet at the picturesque park by Lake Washington in Juanita. The weather was perfect and a good mix of vintage Volvos showed up.

Vintage Volvo Meet 2013 1800 white front side

This 1964 P1800 is a stunner. Can you say Simon Templar?
I like everything except the modern wheels.

Vintage Volvo Meet 2013 1800 white rear

Yup, looks good from every angle.


Vintage Volvo Meet 2013 Jensen 1800 white front

These older style Jensen bumper are about as pretty as it gets. They were replaced with more “modern” bumpers in 1966.

Vintage Volvo Meet 2013 1800 white air intake

Here is another item that was later replaced with a cheesy aluminum cover. This cast air intake is a thing of beauty!

Vintage Volvo Meet 2013 1800S blue

1967 1800S

Vintage Volvo Meet 2013 PV

Funny thing, there were more 444’s and 544’s than any other Volvo at this meet.

Vintage Volvo Meet 2013 PV two

See…they are everywhere!

Vintage Volvo Meet 2013 PV rear

Vintage Volvo Meet 2013 German BMW bike

Even some German iron manage to infiltrate the meeting. This very nice original BMW motorcycle is parked next to a Volvo 1800ES but we can live with it.

Vintage Volvo Meet 2013 German BMW 2002

Another German snuck in! A super straight BMW 2002 did not hurt anyone’s feelings, though. Kind of like the German version of the Volvo 142 model. Great color, stick shift and sunroof. What’s not to like?

We like all vintage and classic cars.

It was a good day for all!


Bellevue Ford Meet 2013

These shots are from the spring Bellevue Ford meet and it took this long to get them posted. I have no excuse…but who cares? These cars are timeless and can be enjoyed anytime.

Hot rods in traffic

As always the drive to and from the event is usually the best part. Hot rods stirring up traffic in the busy city is great fun.


1937 Ford Sedan unmolested

 Let’s start with a beautiful low mileage, all original, unmolested 1937 Ford Sedan…in black of course. Even the tools, spare and wood board were still in the trunk. What a treat.


1935 Ford Coupe

1935 Ford Coupe

1936 Ford rear

1936 Ford Coupe

1947 Ford convertible

1947 Ford Convertible

1947 Ford convertible rear


1947 Ford convertible interior

1947 Lincoln front

1947 Lincoln

1947 Lincoln


1947 Lincoln rear closeup

In the “The-Don’t-Make-Them-Like-They-Used-To” Department:  Check out the detail work on this Lincoln trunk handle. Absolutely beautiful! …and you thought third brake lights were a new thing!


1947 Ford COE truck

1947 COE truck. CEO = Cab Over Engine.

1947 Ford COE truck side


1947 Ford COE truck interriorThis truck is perfect inside and out.


1950 Ford Convertible front

1950 Ford Convertible


1950 Ford Convertible rear

These Fords have great lines. I still don’t know why they call them shoebox Fords. Sure doesn’t look like a rectangle box to me!


1950 Ford Convertible interior

Interior looks great on these as well.


Buick wagon

Just because you have a 1951 Buick woodie wagon you don’t have to be a surfer dude. This guy is obviously a canoe dude.


1953 Ford sedan

You don’t have to limit yourself to two doors in order to look cool. You would look good driving this 1953 Ford sedan.


1953 Ford sedan rear

Looks good from any angle.


1955 DeSoto Convertible

1955 DeSoto Convertible


1956 Dodge

1956 Dodge. This was a very nice car BEFORE the restoration but the owner decided to go all out anyway. NICE!


1956 Lincoln Mark II front

1956 Lincoln Mark II. This was the most expensive car in 1956. $10,000. That was a lot of coin in 1956.

 1956 Lincoln Mark II rear

1956 Lincoln Mark II interior


1956 Lincoln Mark II rear closeup

Here is another “The-Don’t-Make-Them-Like-They-Used-To” example. Take a look at this Lincoln trunk emblem. It is pure art!  You could frame it and hang it on the wall but that would probably upset some Lincoln purists. Today’s trunks get some plastic adhesive chrome letters at best like “LS” or “ES” and that stands for…nothing.

 1957 DeSoto Firedome 4 door hard top

1957 DeSoto Firedome four door hardtop. Wow, check out that rear end. That is some kind of rearend. Classy car with all the right colors. “Me want” factor on this one!


1959 Edsel Villager station wagon front

Need to pick up groceries in style? How about a 1959 Edsel Villager station wagon.


1959 Edsel Villager station wagon

Rocket outlets in the fins a la Buck Rogers.

 1931 Scotts Ford Model A Hot Rod

Scott’s un-chopped Model A. This one is equipped with an inline overdrive. Cool car.


Hot Rods at Scotts

Scott and his wife was nice to host catered BBQ food. Thanks Man! Your humble Editor’s shiny but pretty stock 1937 Ford Cabriolet sticks out like a sore thumb among all these traditional hot rods. Oh well, that’s how we roll!

Good Day!

Cruising Linköping, Sweden, part III

There are actually more things than death and taxes that is a sure thing. We can for example confirm that fall arrives every…fall. This goes for the land of the midnight sun as well. Sweden offers some amazing cruising summers with daylight almost throughout the whole night. On the flip side: Dark winters. What does this mean for classic car enthusiasts in Sweden? Well, great summer cruising and long dark winter to build or restore some amazing cars. It is really not a bad thing. The Swedes builds and restores some of the finest cars on the planet.
For example: I venture to say that there are more American convertibles in Sweden per capita than any other country including USA !

With some nip in the air and fall colors starting to show on the trees our Ace Photographer Lazze Åström ventured out to capture the cruising enthusiast in their natural habitat.


1932 Ford Five Window

Traditional style hot rods are the favorite with your Humble Editor. This 1932 Ford five window is spot on!

Super nice car.

1932 Ford Five Window interior

 The interior is very nice as well. We approve.

1968 Dodge Charger black

There are very few gear heads in this world that did not fall in love with the black on black 1968 Charger used in the chase scenes in the Bullitt movie. To see that almost new super straight car being crunched against the concrete wall was just painful. Here is an example that was spared that treatment and for that we are grateful.

1968 Dodge Charger engine

Super nice engine compartment adds to this clean car.
If I should pick on this car I would say a vintage battery would complete the otherwise perfect under hood viewing experience.


1968 Dodge Charger front

This is one of the best looking fronts…EVAR!

Plymouth Cuda

Knarly looking ‘Cuda resting among early fall leaves.


1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS-454. It’s red…unless you missed that part!

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 emblems

Bold fender badges makes sure that any challenger at the stop light don’t even bother!


1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 cowl induction

Cowl Induction helps inducting the cowl. Got that?



This GTO is licensed as a 1966 Pontiac Le Mans with 20 owners so far. The car was sold new in Sweden 1966.



1966 Chevrolet Corvair


This Porsche 356 convertible is registered as a 1971 Volkswagen so that tells me it is a replica.

Saab 95 Combi Wagon Estate Custom

Most people know about the Saab 96, the front wheel drive two door coupe. Saab also made a two door wagon called model 95. As opposed to Volvo the Saab engineers was adamant that the car was front wheel drive. The advertising was pretty smart: they compared it to pushing a wheel barrow alternatively to pulling one behind you. What scenario would be more stable? They did have a point.

As unusual as a Saab wagon is it is even more unusual to find a customized version. This 1969 custom model actually looks pretty good although it’s a bit overdone.

Saab 95 Combi Wagon Estate Custom rear


Volvo Amazon Combi Estate Wagon

This 1966 Volvo Amazon Combi was first put in to service the 14th of October, 1965 and has been enjoyed by 12 owners so far. It was last inspected by the Swedish State Inspection May 8th, 2012. That is just a small portion of how much information the Swedish state makes available on line to anyone.

Volvo Amazon Combi Estate Wagon rear

Your Humble Editor grew up in one of these including the light blue color. This car is enhanced with wider rims on stock centers. We dig!

Photo: Lazze Åström

Crusing Linköping, Sweden, part II

Since ClassicRoad.com is an international conglomerate we have highly trained reporters on all sides of the globe. World Famous Hard Boiled Reporter Lazze Åström in Sweden risks his life to get us the best shots for us. Here is what he found during an infiltration of a car meet in Linköping, Sweden:

Sweden 1957 Chevrolet

The mandatory 1957 Chevrolet that has to be at all car meets. This is a fine example but I feel the Chrysler convertible in the background is more exciting as long as the owner gets rid of those horrible Euro wheels.

Sweden 1957 Chevrolet rear

Trailer hitch tells us that the owner is probably hauling a vintage caravan around when it’s time for the mandatory Swedish four or five weeks vacation. Why do I live in America??


1933 Ford Hot ROd

More ZZ Top: 1933? or ’34 Fjord Coupe Street Rod


1938 or 1939 Ford truck

1938 or ’39 Ford truck. Very cool.  Note the two blonde hot chicks next to the truck…that’s how all Swedish ladies look like. We do NOT feel sorry for Swedish men! Remind me again…why do I live in America??


1955 Chevrolet two door hard top

Since we showed a ’57 Chebby we better show a ’55 as well. This one is tasteful with the American style wheel and small whitewalls.


1958 Chevrolet Impala

More Chevrolets: 1958 Impala Sport Coupe


1958 Chevrolet Impala rear

Sweden Model A Hot Rod front

1930-1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod. Well done.


Sweden Model A Hot Rod

Too low for your Humble Editor’s taste but hey, this is America…ahem, Sweden, land of choices!


Sweden Mustangs

My Mustang Fastback is faster that your Mustang…bla, bla, bla…


Sweden Chevelle

What is cool with this Chevelle? Well, for one, it is in perfect condition. The other cool part is that it is NOT a bright red Super Sport with a 396 4 speed. It is probably sporting a 307 with a Powerglide. Nice!


Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang…like you didn’t know that!


1959 Ford Cabriolet

1959 Ford Convertible.

Since we are in Sweden we best check out some Swedish cars:

Volvo Amazon Wagon Combi Estate

Yeah, it’s a bit rusty in the rockers and doors but it does have the mandatory roof rack and fender mirrors. I am sure it will be restored at some point.


White Volvo 1800

Jensen built Volvo P1800. Check out the older solid rims that has been widened but they kept the old hub caps. We like.


Volvo Amazon red

One of the best looking Volvos of all time: Volvo Amazon. Assuming it is stock this would be a 1969 or 1970 model based on the absence of the hood spear and drip rail chrome. Volvo deleted this as of the 1969 model. 46 Red 122 with Minilite or Minilite look-alike wheel. You can’t go wrong with this set up.

Abedeabedeahabedea…That’s all folk.

Photo: Lazze Åström
Text: The Humble Editor

Swedish cars at the GoodGuys Hot Rod show

Most folks do not connect the GoodGuys hot rod show with sixties cars but they did open up for later model cars for good and bad. The bad part is that it can be easily saturated with muscle cars but the good part is that it may bring in some of the muscle cars folks in to older hot rods. We are all gearheads in the first place so all things with a combustion engine is fun. Even less expected at a venue like this would be Swedish cars but here we can show a couple that did not have a problem fitting in.


1969 Saab Sonett side

Dan Morley from Gig Harbor brought this very clean 1969 Saab Sonett. Powered by a pretty snappy German designed V4 combined with front wheel drive and a fiberglass body it was a rather sporty car when it was introduced.

1969 Saab Sonett

Because of the material chosen for the body it was sometimes referred to as the “Swedish Corvette” The small bumpers looks great on this car but the looks were murdered in 1973 when the government demanded huge logs to be installed in each end.


1967 Volvo Wagon 2 door angle

This is a 1967 Volvo 122S wagon that has been customized and converted to a two door.

Alan Susnow built this GM V6 powered Volvo.

1967 Volvo Wagon 2 door

Slanted door posts makes the two door conversion look good. I am not a fan of shaved door handles but this is America, land of choices.

1967 Volvo Wagon 2 door front

Customized from with the classic Volvo “slash”


1967 Volvo Wagon 2 door engine A compressor helps the V6 get more oxygen and a T5 five speed trans offers Alan good ratios and an overdrive fifth gear. The independent rear end was taken from Jaguar.

Alan added A/C to keep this Swedish box cool.

I am sure we will be covering some Swedish cars here again…’til then, get out in the garage and build something!