Ah, July. The tipping point of the year. A month which sees America celebrating its independence, and the anniversary of Silly Putty being registered as a trademark (I kid you not). But in the world of Speedhunting, there’s one major event this month that everyone’s eyes will be on: Gatebil. I’m sure the event needs no introduction and to get you all in the mood, we’ll be dedicating this month to the sometimes wacky, quite often mis-matched, but always joyfully crazy world of Scandinavian car builds. Every single car feature that runs after this post for the rest of the month will have been shot by us in that corner of the globe where the days are long (for the moment), the drinks are expensive and the road signs warn of moose.
Whether the cars are from Norway, Sweden or Finland, they all qualify for entry. So to give you a little taster (or should that be smorgasbord) of what’s to come, here’s a selection of what you can expect. From a smoking Beetle…
… to a V12-powered Cobra…
… to a 1000hp+ Audi S3.
Of course, Gatebil wouldn’t be Gatebil without the KRB Audi, so expect a full feature on that…
… as well as its new stablemate, the Lotus Esprit race car.
What we love most about Gatebil though is the eccentricity; the builds that make you silently mouth WTF, the cars that shouldn’t be right, but just somehow are. From diesel drift cars…
… to tetanus-inducing rat rods. And of course, there’s many, many more where these lot have come from, so keep your eyes peeled!
Of course it’s not just the rides though – we’ll be bringing you full coverage direct from Rudskogen Motorsenter, Norway, as the Speedhunters team descends en masse to the circuit…
… along with our contribution to the carnage: drivers Fredric Aasbø, Mad Mike and Vaughn Gittin Jr.
We’ll be reporting regularly on site from our booth where there’ll be plenty to see, so if you’re going to be at the event, make sure you drop by and say hello!
Of course, Gatebil isn’t the only thing happening in July, so make sure you keep your eyes out for some quite literally breathless coverage from the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
The world famous peak has already seen its record fall to the all-conquering Loeb, but Larry will be bringing you more coverage from the event over the rest of this week.
Of course if all this talk of engine-swapping and tyre destroying has you turning your nose up in disgust, coincidentally enough, on the exact same weekend is the polar opposite on the car culture scale: Goodwood Festival Of Speed.
The British historic festival celebrates the best of motoring, with a range of supercars rubbing shoulders with historic race vehicles, and well-known motorsport figures from past and present. Jonathan will be trying his best not to trample the lawn and capture all of the action for you.
Larry will be bringing you the latest coverage from Formula Drift as they hit up Seattle for round 5 of the championship.
Jonathan proves he just can’t get enough of endurance racing by heading to Belgium for yet another in the form of the 24 Hours of Spa.
This makes it his third 24 hour endurance event in less than three months. He must have an aversion to sleeping.
Meanwhile, Dino’s in for a bit of an endurance slog himself; firstly covering two events in one day, in the form of the JCCA Summer Meeting at Tsukuba and following that up with some rotary action at 7s Day…
… before donning his race suit himself and taking part in the idlers 12 hour endurance event at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit.
Brad will be heading to the CRC Speedshow, reporting on all the goings on at this event in New Zealand, from the crazy drift demos…
… to the Custom and Classic show, showcasing the finest of the hand-picked customs on offer.
Mike will be checking out the Played Out show – the stateside event put on in California by the Players crew, who are obviously not content with putting on not just one, but two packed and amazing shows in the UK.
Of course, we’ll be bringing you all a multitude of other feature stories from around the world too, from Mike’s tour of the Toyota Museum…
… to inside looks around the leading car builders. So whether you’ll be making it out to Gatebil or not, make sure you join us this month in celebrating the build culture that’s sprung up in this area of the world. Because although there’s plenty going on in July, quite soon now, the daylight hours will be on the decrease and then it’s only a matter of time before three countries’ worth of petrolheads are plunged into darkness, whiling away the hours in their garages, lit only by the glare of the welding torch, bent on crafting yet more insanity. Who knows what mayhem will spring forth… we can’t wait!
I was shaking my head in disbelief at some of the awesome photos in this post: the V12 Cobra, the KRB Audi, the glowing Pikes Peak, Goodwood Festival... it's going to be a great month!
Gatebil and 7s Day is enough for me. The rest is all a bonus.
Another amazing month ahead... And i cannot wait!!
I think your view of the scandinavian car culture is pretty narrow, based mostly on the insane gatebil-culture. Atleast in Finland rally and rallysprint are really big and i think the best quality builds are on those circles. Ofcourse there are rules which restrict the crazyness, but you can still find higly modified ae86 corollas with 220hp from 1600cc and a lot of mr2's for example. Or how about Mitsubishi Colt with Evo running gear and 700hp or Altezza rs200 built for gravel. Also the BMW M3 e36 has become a new favourite in rally. Those things can move gravel like nothing else. There are a lot of crazy and awesome cars in Gatebil, but they mostly seem to be about excessive power. The well thought and balanced builds are mostly found from governed motorsport like rally, rallysprint, rallycross or road racing. Keep up the good work and keep those features coming.
Upon reading the title my mind immediately went to Richard Hammond's infamous, van-driving take on the "Scandinavian Flick."
I am definitely heading to Norway next year for Gatebil. After reading about it last year, and seeing all the hype around it, I am definitely going to start saving up now.
will you be shooting more feature cars in Rudskogen like you did in Mantorp?
nothing on earth comes close to Gatebil!
Is Vaughn Hittin Jr bringing a monster truck at Gatebil? I know there is a strong chance people will attack me or call me obnoxious but I think that the Gatebil coverage with the plethora of similar posts is overwhelming to a point I am sick of it. The only things I am eager to see are: primarily the Pikes Peak coverage by Larry and secondly, Formula Drift because I've been into drifting for years.
@Vittorio Jano Thanks for the feedback. We are still gathering cars to shoot.
don't forget that we sourced a lot of cars from the Elmia show, which includes machines which are not necessarily Gatebil builds. Bryn Musselwhite is doing a road trip through Finland, Sweden and Norway this month too to shoot more cars.
@robzor ok thanks
@robzor I'm with you, that one got my curiosity.
@KietaPhillips turbo bmw straight 6
@KietaPhillips What possibly gave away the hint it wasn't standard? ;)
@KietaPhillips here is a hint: it's front engined...
@777 I got excited by that too, and hope its not just some sticker bombing, like on Mark Arcenal's S-chassis.
I hope Bryn will find his way to Mäkelä Auto Tuning. http://www.mat.fi/
@scibO No way!
@SuzyWallace Maybe the fact it was smoking those tires and a future feature.
@RodChong Now I'm really curious.
No I think you are right. With FD we are very careful to always come up with new angles on things. Same deal for Gatebil. We will make sure to show sides of the event we've never done before.
@RodChong I am glad that there are people who can take constructive criticism. You can disregard my comment if you want, but it is strictly my personal opinion which might be wrong.