So Much Speed To Hunt, So Little Time
Must. Hunt. Speed.

My name is Larry Chen and I am an over-shooter. I just can’t stop taking pictures. I shoot photos in my sleep and I even shoot photos in the bathroom. It’s a serious problem that all started when I attended Gatebil for the first time a few years ago.

So, why did Gatebil trigger my right-hand index finger to never stop shooting? Because there is just so much cool stuff around, it’s impossible not to want to take pictures of anything and everything that graces the paddock at one of these festivals of speed. And I am a hunter of speed anyway, right?


Whether it’s a Toyota Supra with its nose out in the sun, or a bunch of crazy Scandinavian dudes partying it up, there is beauty everywhere.


And there’s virtually no downtime, which means there are cool cars on the track all the time.


The problem with non-stop on-track action is that I find it very hard to know when to stop.


I keep telling myself that if I leave my spot, I might miss something cool.


Some of the cars look so tasty, you could just take a bite out of them. But seriously though, shooting at Gatebil is actually a logistical nightmare.


There are just too many amazing builds and on-track activities, but not enough time to capture everything at the three-day event. We have to somehow pick and choose our battles.


Enter our fearless leader, Rod ‘bot’ Chong. The robot that loves car culture and 1/43 scale diecast models of Porsches. He helps us orchestrate the event and points us in the right direction. Somehow it all works out.


Also working behind the scenes is Annika Göksu, our Production Manager. If it was not for her, I would probably book my flights into the wrong country. Sitting next to her is my partner in crime, the Beavis to my Butt-head, Mr. Bryn Musselwhite. For Gatebil Mantorp in Sweden, the photography load was shared between the two of us – with additional help from Rodbot. But only after feeding him a few 1/43 scale diecasts.


When in Sweden right? Stopping by IKEA for lunch, I really wanted to buy some cushions for my home, but I knew for a fact they wouldn’t have fit in my luggage.


Rod may not have a heart, but he has robot feelings, and was jumping for joy when he spotted his favorite car at Mantorp.


It was a ’79 930 Turbo with genuine 935 body panels from Porsche. On top of that it’s street legal.


It’s also tuned to 650hp at the rear wheels, and boy did it sound amazing!


While the 935 was nice, I just did not have time to do a full car feature on it because I had so many other features lined up, on top of our normal event coverage. I started by shooting Peter Pentell’s LaSupra, aka ‘Epic Lancia’ with its new livery and fresh new RAYS Volk Racing TE37 wheels. I loved the way it looked when it was red, but the way it pops in blue is something else. I swear there is no bad angle with this wonderful build.


The nice thing about shooting car features at Mantorp Park is that the officials are really accommodating of us Speedhunters.


Once the on-track activities were over for the day, we had use of the track to shoot car features. With so much open space, it provides for some super-clean backgrounds which really lets us focus on the car themselves.


Also, because the location is so far north the sun does not fully set until past 10:00pm, allowing us to keep shooting up to 11 at night!


Now, I know I am teasing you guys with all the car features that I shot, but all of these will be released shortly for your viewing pleasure. How about the engine bay in this BMW E30? The cleanest thing you’ve ever seen, right? Honestly, it was amazing.


As always, the cool thing about Gatebil is the fact that many of the crazy builds are in fact street legal. That’s right – this Porsche Cup-look 997 could be used as a daily driver if you wished.


Notice something funny about the rear end of the 911? We’ll definitely be going into detail later on when the full feature drops.

Sideways Forever

Bryn and I may be pretty busy, but our schedules pale in comparison to that of Speedhunters driver, Fredric Aasbø.


His many responsibilities include interacting with fans of all shape and size; signing autographs and taking pictures. I mean, who wouldn’t want a picture with Fredric and his chiseled Norwegian chin.


He also helps out with instructing by riding in other people’s cars while observing – and improving – their drifting technique.


In between all that, he somehow finds some time to sneak out onto track and drift between the traffic. He’s a madman and it’s crazy to watch!


Everytime he goes out it seems like he drives till the tires explode. That’s nothing a little bit of hammering can’t fix though, right? After all, he is the ‘Norwegian Hammer’.


What a great life of tire shredding and drifting all around the world. But none of it would be possible without the help of his close friends.


Whenever Fredric runs into a bit of trouble, his friends band together to help fix things. He will go into more detail about the happenings over the weekend in his driver blog, but let’s just say that this time it took more than just a few whacks with a hammer to knock the 86-X back in shape.


Fredric has never driven straight in his life, so it surprised me when he frantically called me last Sunday to let me know that he was about to do a few hot laps in the KRB Trading Lotus Esprit.


I rushed over to the paddock as fast as I could and followed the boys out onto pit lane. I was very excited to see this mash-up.


Considering this is one of the fastest cars to ever grace the Gatebil paddock, I was actually really curious to see how well he would do. He managed to get in a few quick laps before the linkage to the shifter broke, but it was enough to give him an experience he won’t forget.


Straight afterwards, he hopped into the 86-X and won the ‘Breisladd’ powerslide competition. Amazing!


Our other driver on-hand, Peter Pentell, had been scrambling for two weeks straight with no sleep just to get LaSupra ready in time for its Gatebil Mantorp appearance.


Peter has not had much seat time in the Epic Lancia and a few weeks back he had a bit of an incident with a wall.


I’m sure he will go into more detail in his driver blog, but all I can say is, with the help of his friends the car is back in one piece and working better than ever.


It was great to watch Peter race wheel-to-wheel with some of the fastest cars on the grid.


A few of the people responsible for the Need For Speed games franchise came out from the EA Ghost studios as guest of Speedhunters. That included Marcus Nilsson, shown here strapped in tight for the ride of his life.


I think he was having one of those ‘Maybe this is not such a great idea’ moments at the second I shot this photograph.


Part of making Need For Speed games is experiencing speed firsthand, right?


Speedhunters driver Edward Sandström also came out to do some driver training with Peter. Mantorp Park is actually Edward’s home track, so he has put in thousands of laps around the circuit. I don’t think you could ask for a better coach here.

Epic Clouds

From a photography standpoint, Mantorp Park is much different than Rudskogen – the main difference being the fact that there is little elevation change here.


Which meant getting around was much easier. I found that I could cover much more ground here in a single day, than I could in Norway.


We did get a lucky break though, because with epic clouds came equally epic rain.


The track was drenched on Friday, but the sun came out and sucked all the moisture away in just a few hours.


To think that such a thing evolved from just a few friends wanting to drive their pride and joys on track. Now, after 20-plus years, it has garnered international attention.


Of course, it helps to have such a great unofficial spokesperson like Fredric to bring attention to what used to be a grassroots-only gathering.


I’m just so happy to be a part of the crew that brings you guys coverage from this event. I couldn’t ask for a better team to work alongside.


I won’t be attending Gatebil Rudskogen next month, because around the same time I will become a father. Which, of course, is just one of the few things more important than hunting speed. So, if I thought my over-shooting was bad while at work, I suspect it’s going to become even more of a problem at home when my baby arrives. More pictures of the kid the better, right?


These events are so exhausting. All of us Speedhunters get little to no sleep, and with barely enough time to take breaks for food. But you know what? At the end of the day it’s all worth it. The only way to keep these type of events going is if we spread the word.

Doesn’t this make you want to check prices for flights to Norway for Gatebil’s big event in July. I may not be there, but for once you guys can go and hunt some speed for me!

Larry Chen
Instagram: larry_chen_foto

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That 935... (Sigh)


Fantastic article and photos as always. 

You really got my attention with the Volvo's that were shot for this article. Really interested, and I could definitely go for some more, please?


How much horsepower do these meatballs have?

Do you know by any chance if the Brill Steel S14 is going to be shipped to Gatebil in Norway like Dino suggested last year?
Matt Jones and Sean ''The Contributor'' Klingelhoefer should cover the next Gatebil event in July.

P.S. Dear editors please hurry up and bring the full features of Mad Mike's Gen 6 MADBUL and Pentell's La Supra accordingly. I will become pregnant by the time those 2 posts land in here.


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silveradotx The Volvos were awesome. When in Sweden right?


U LEFT GATEBIL FOR IKEA N HAD LUNCH!?!?? how close was ikea to gatebil anyway!!!??? awesome shoot btw. logistical nightmare indeed. hey when in doubt shoot everything right???

btw was the selection at the ikea there compared to the stuff we get in the states??? =P


Congratulations on the fathership, god bless!
Now, where do i find that onboard video from LaSupra?


Awesome pics. Congrats on the new baby!


I sure hope that some Volvo features are on the way


Rod, I do miss your IMSA GTP GTO posts!
And Larry your humor and photos make speedhunters my homepage every since 2010. Amazing work and I'm excited for your features.


Also, I'm going to assume the next NFS, pro street x shift 2 + gatebil? Please say yes but at the same time I do hope no because I like how gatebil has been a word of mouth sort of thing. An event only true hardcore automotive enthusiasts will find.


d_rav Ikea was on the way in on Thursday from Stockholm. Nothing messes with Gatebil time... ;)


@TROLLS ROYCE It would be rather amazing if the Brill Still S14 turned up, I know it's headed north for the Drift Allstars Championship. Peter's LaSupra has been featured already, I covered some of the updates recently too :)


RodChong Look at it... *blush*


I want to see more of that sick volvo 240/242 etc, from the last couple picture's with the sick wide body :D


Blue  Porsche taking the turn on page 3 with the amazing clouds has gotta be my favorite of this post.  Oh I love Gatebil so so much.


Hmm... It's a wacky festival 4 sure. But despite all the car-gasm, i'm still on the blur about how to summarize who Peter Pentell really is, and what he's really doing with his blue contraption slapped with speedhunter flares...


Awesome story Larry. Lovely shots as always.


Killer shots Larry! Great location too.


"I won’t be attending Gatebil Rudskogen next month, because around the
same time I will become a father. Which, of course, is just one of the
few things more important than hunting speed. So, if I thought my
over-shooting was bad while at work, I suspect it’s going to become even
more of a problem at home when my baby arrives. More pictures of the
kid the better, right?"
As long as you don't post pictures of "the build"...
This is how the project started: low lights, candles, a nice pasta dish and some fine red wine...


Fatherhood is the most amazing thing. Treasure the experience and never let anything get in the way of being a good dad. Also stop every few months and make sure you are happy with your own definition of "good dad", and re-align priorities as required.             :-D


When I started covering events in my country for my own website I've noticed there never were any foreign photographers. Why do you guys keep covering the same places in the world when people here have no idea how the car scene is outside those?


guys check this site....they have a good quality of glass for your windshield....


Great coverage as always Larry! Good luck with your family!


There are so many cars that look feature worthy there!  Much more so than say, the bagged 32 from yesterday.


Wow your photos are really beautiful. In particuliar #1,7,17,19 and 32.


roryfjohnston We try and cover a wide range of styles and the R32 was only a spotlight, a lot of the cars we found in Sweden will be full features (action, more chapters, more detail)


T Brian We do try and cover as wide a range as possible. But with a small team, it's always hard and we have to look at what an event will give us. So with Gatebil we know there will be lots of great metal there, plus we have Ghost Studios in Sweden who create Need For Speed and our head offices are in Stockholm.


Speedhunters_Bryn roryfjohnston Sounds good!  And, I suppose a wide range of style is better than a narrow one right? (。^_・)ノ


Ok, so you didn't have time to do a feature on a car that we've never seen before, but you had time to feature a car we've already seen but has new paint and rims.

Are you retarded?


Was the 911 on the last photo of chapter 1 ever featured?


It's mine and it's on its way even if it's going thru heavy rebuild for the moment!! ;-)