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The 2024 Elmia Customized Motor Present Mega Gallery

The Doorways Have Opened

Can you are feeling that?

With greater than 800 automobiles and nearly 100,000 attendees, the 2024 Customized Motor Present – aka Elmia – kicked off the Swedish automotive occasion season in an enormous method over Easter weekend.


Coming into the Elmia Exhibition & Conference Centre halls for this occasion is all the time thrilling. Automobile fans from all corners of Scandinavia journey to Jönköping, Sweden to indicate off their newest creations, and their efforts by no means disappoint.


In normal trend, I began my walk-through in Corridor X by OijOij. This yr, nonetheless, I had already lent a hand by hanging a number of the fancy yellow lights and footage across the corridor. Maybe I ought to strive dipping my toes in inside design…


Volkswagen Bora versus Saab 9-3. BBS versus Work. Crimson versus Blue. Which one do you decide?


No matter your automotive style, the number of automobiles in Corridor X all the time delivers one thing for everybody.


There are all the time a few automobiles that stand out from the remainder, although, and this yr’s most important attraction was a pair of Kaido Racer-impressed builds.

Zeb, a New Zealander dwelling in Sweden, the proprietor of the white Celica, and Alexander from Finland, the proprietor of the blue Celica, have completed an outstanding job of showcasing the Japanese Kaido Racer subculture with their builds. And one of the best half is, they each drove their automobiles to and from the conference centre.


One other construct that obtained a ton of affection was Tommy Laursen’s Volkswagen Beetle on Air Carry Efficiency air suspension. As you will notice later on this submit, Tommy’s creation was certainly one of a wave of Beetles that invaded Elmia this yr.


If I needed to decide only one automobile from Corridor X as a private favourite – not a straightforward factor to do – it will be this BMW E30 constructed by Pontus Johansson.

I could be biased, however something that even barely resembles a DTM automobile will all the time win my coronary heart. You can not go incorrect with white paint and contrasting purple race seats.


Making my method by means of Corridor A, I discovered a Liberty Stroll Lamborghini Huracán from Norway displayed alongside a Miles Works Automotive-built Porsche 996 Turbo owned by Peter Magnusson.

There aren’t any RWB Porsches in Sweden, so the Spanish-built Miles Works 996s are a welcome addition to our automobile tradition.


At this yr’s Customized Motor Present, there have been two of them. The second automobile belongs to Rodrigo Castro, who drove the 996 Turbo from Sweden to Mallorca in Spain two years in the past, so it may go below the knife.

I spoke to Dominic Miles (the person behind Miles Works Automotive) on the occasion, and he instructed me that huge issues are occurring at their store. Perhaps I ought to plan a visit to Mallorca to see what they’re as much as…


Keep in mind Henrik Mattsson‘s wild Volvo wagon from the 2023 present? This Volvo pickup belongs to his son, Markus. The V70 includes a customized tube body, Volvo T5 engine, BMW 6-speed ZF gearbox working out to a Mercedes E-Class rear axle, and AMG brakes.

Elmia isn’t Elmia with out the loopy Volvos.


Scandinavians love big-power builds, and Halls A and B are one of the best locations to search out them on the Customized Motor Present. Some are what you’d anticipate at any customized automobile present, however there are all the time hidden gems. The three builds above are an incredible instance.


Whereas some builds are purely show-focused, others have a extra sensible function. Working example, this Toyota Starlet with a BMW engine swap. It’s constructed for one function: ripping on monitor. I hope this little rocket reveals up at one of many most important Gatebil occasions this summer season, the place everyone knows issues get wild.


Immediately’s customized automobile tradition owes an incredible deal to excessive builds like the 2 above.

Excessive ICE in fiberglass enclosures was as soon as the top of automobile modification. For a few days in April in Sweden, you may return to 2005 and expertise these builds.


Nonetheless, Fredrik Forsberg has introduced his 1983 Volkswagen Golf Mk2 into the fashionable period with a shaved engine bay, customized inside and face-mounted break up wheels.


I stored coming again to those halls. Not due to the overwhelming quantity of turbo Volvos, however as a result of one of many halls showcased a really particular automobile. The spotlight of my weekend on the Customized Motor Present, no much less.


I used to be capable of soar the barrier and get proper up shut and private with this 1989 Group C Porsche 962, which was as soon as raced in Japan by the late Kunimitsu Takahashi.


Takahashi-san drove this 962 when it ran the Staff Kunimitsu Kenwood livery. Immediately, the Porsche sports activities the Rothmans #1 livery, from when it was pushed by Derek Bell, Hans-Joachim Caught and Al Holbert.

It’s one factor to have a look at a automobile like this, however the ingrained odor of this iconic 962 – a mix of burnt gas, oil and rubber – took it to a different stage.


Yearly on the Elmia present, they show a automobile that has been nicely and really squashed. It’s then as much as the individuals to guess what it’s to win a prize. Judging by this image, any concepts?


Earlier than I made my method to halls C and D, one other VW Beetle working Air Carry Efficiency suspension stopped me in my tracks. See what I used to be saying earlier? It was a Bug takeover!


The recognition of American automobile tradition in Scandinavia appears to by no means wane. I solely see these automobiles at occasions like Elmia, however judging by the variety of new builds yearly, I haven’t even scratched the floor.


I spent numerous time looking out the gems, and one automobile stood out above the remainder for me. Keep tuned for extra on that construct.


Corridor D on the Customized Motor Present is one other favourite. It’s the place spectators can see how builders work, making it an incredible place for anybody who desires to study a factor or two concerning the business and pastime. Inside, there have been two automobiles I might be maintaining my eyes on for future options – a bonkers Mini and a Gruppe 5-inspired BMW 1602.

Outdoors, drifting and stunt reveals offered some reside motion. I solely managed to take a handful of snaps earlier than the session ended.


No matter you want, Elmia has you coated. I’ve a number of spotlights from the present to share quickly, so be sure you examine again for these. Within the meantime, there’s extra to take a look at from the 2024 Customized Motor Present within the gallery chapter beneath.

Alen Haseta
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