Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A Swedish Raggare

A Swedish Raggare

1971 Pontiac Le Mans Convertible

This is Göran Wester. He is one of Sweden's many Raggare. He joined that unique Swedish subculture in 1962 when he was sixteen years old, and has never left it. At the moment he drives a Pontiac LeMans Convertible. It was imported from the USA six years ago. Wester, as his friends call him bought it four years ago and he has done a lot of work on the car since. His aim is to get it back to the original condition, not counting the color as this Pontiac was once blue. The replaced retractable roof alone cost him 38.000 SEK. The new leather seating will be put in later this year. Wester attends most of the big car meets in Sweden including the one in Västerås, The Big Power Meet, which is the biggest American car show in the world. Next week he and the wife will drive down to another meet in Öland. And after that it's the big one in Rättvik. I will probably meet him again at the annual meet at Vegabaren later this summer.

7 comments:

Luis Gomez said...

Great portrait Steffe. Wonderful car and beautiful dog.

Barcelona m'enamora said...

I like the dog!! ;)

Jack said...

I have read about them before, maybe on your blog. It is hard to explain why people develop the passions they develop. Nice crisp photos.

Olivier said...

une pontiac , mon reve . Elle est magnifique

PerthDailyPhoto said...

It is a classic car Steffe and I like the red although I didn't see the blue. Very cute dog!!

Jacob said...

Terrific shot of an interesting character. He's got a very expensive hobby. This car is similar to a Pontiac we once had - a '69 or '70 - but we didn't have a convertible. Ours was blue, too.

RedPat said...

Nice red ride!