Here at Goodguys, we’ve always known the West Coast Nationals in Pleasanton has an international appeal. Decades of Pleasanton event coverage in both American and foreign magazines has exposed the event, once called “The Perfect Rod Run” by Hot Rod Magazine, to a worldwide audience of hot rodders and car enthusiasts. Over the years, we’ve seen waves of Kiwis, Germans, French and Australian’s come to the event, some with their cars! This year is no exception.
Back in July, we received a note through our Facebook page from a man named Martin Lundqvist from Stockholm, Sweden. Lunqvist informed us that he, his wife Mia along with their friends Ulf & Hampus Holmstrom, Mikael & Helen Bjork, and Hakan and Maria Karlen were shipping their Stockholm-based early Ford hot rods to the States then driving them across country to attend the Goodguys 28th West Coast Nationals presented by Flowmaster. Well, they’ve landed on US soil and true to their word, they’re driving their rods across America!
Their 5,500 mile transatlantic journey began by sending their cars via ocean liner from Sweden to Brunswick, Georgia. Once the cars arrived on July 24th, they began their US tour. Stops have included the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing (Lunqvist is also a top alcohol funny car racer in Sweden), Daytona International Speedway, a few rod runs in the east and midwest, then west on I-40/Route 66 to Las Vegas. After visiting sin city, they’ll head north to Lake Tahoe then all the way west down I-80 to the Bay Area and their ultimate destination of Pleasanton. When all is done, their hot rods will have journeyed over 9,000 miles by sea and land!
Lundqvist considers the trip his “Ultimate Dream.” A hot rod builder in his native country since 1995, his ’32 Ford hiboy coupe features dry lakes-style curb appeal. A do-it-yourself kind of guy, he built the wheels by hand, grafted the German 1937 Adler grill and ’37 Zephyr dash, made the door handles, tail lights and more. As you can see from the pictures below, these Swede’s know how to build hot rods!
When you see them at the West Coast Nationals, offer ‘em a friendly Yankee hand shake. We will certainly be tipping our cap to them as “Ya Gotta Drive ‘Em” hot rod diehards and giving their effort the kind of exposure it deserves!
Here they are: