It’s that time of year for Swedish car enthusiasts. After a two-year hiatus, BillSport Performance and the Custom Motor Show (aka Elmia) are back in Junkoping, bigger and better than ever.
For those of you who don’t know, this is Scandinavia’s largest car show, and marks the official start of the automotive summer season. So grab yourself some tea and biscuits – you’re in for a treat.
Out of sheer excitement, I rarely slept during the week of going to the show. Arriving early Friday morning from Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, I can feel the serenity in the air, although in a few hours the halls of Elmia will be full of people.
In the general Elmia fashion, the media had the opportunity to move freely for two hours before opening the door to the public. It was a great opportunity to scout the halls and see what people have been doing for the past few years. 2019 was the last time the show was held, and then the car scene that appeared blew my mind as a newcomer. I was hoping for some emotional build-up, and the 2022 Bill Sport provided performance and custom motor shows.
I started with Hall X and B, because I knew what kind of build would be inside and I would make my way once for easy battery / memory card switching. By then, a flood of people had entered the building and the ceremony was officially underway.
The scene I’m most drawn to is probably the most divided: location. This autonomous subculture is growing rapidly in Sweden, and seeing hints of JDM styling I Caught To return to Japan.
Hall X by OijOij was probably the place where I spent most of my time on the weekends. Meeting friends, planning trips and talking cars from all over Sweden remind me of how little time I actually spend with these people. I only meet them at events, and Sweden only has three months of warm summer weather, so everyone tries to make the most of it.
If you’ve ever wondered how many average sized women can fit in a Fiat 126P, the answer is 11. Well, that was the record on Sunday night; I heard Monday came, 13 People crowd inside this small car. Does anyone have that picture?
In this hall of Elmia you can expect almost everything – air-bagged skylines, Euro builds, drift-spec Sylvias and of course, Volvos. This is Sweden after all. Having said that, let’s take a look at what else was at the event.
Hall is next to X where I found it This. JP Performance Mk2 Golf has been popping up everywhere, and looking at it personally I can understand why. It’s nice to see what Khizil Selim can do with 3D software, but it’s fascinating to see such a build in the real world.
Hall B was a wild mix of old and new – internal combustion vs. electric. From a distance, Joachim Westerlund’s Nissan 350Z has all the expected features of a wide-body build – including airlift performance air suspension. Then you will see the Tesla ‘T’ logo.
Like many countries, Sweden is crying out for sustainable transportation, and Joachim is one step ahead with his Tesla-swapped Z. Underneath the hood you’ll find six A123 system batteries neatly enclosed in a DC / DC converter and a BMS (battery management system) adding 236 kg to the total weight of the vehicle. Custom charge ports are accessed by removing the carbon panel that sits in place of the three-quarters window on the left.
On the back, the huge Battle Arrow wing is impressive, but even more so the rear end of the custom-adapted Tesla Model S is below everything.
This EV-converted Volvo P1800 by Leif Tufvesson is another thing of beauty. Leif thinks that two electric motors, each producing 220Nm of torque, provide at least the same power as a 500hp petrol car.
This custom Kevlar wide-bodied Chevrolet Corvette C6 indicates what future drifting might look like. What do you think – is this the way to go?
Nothing will kill the raw sound of combustible engine, so let’s go somewhere that they were a lot …
Elmier Hall C and D consist mostly of American muscle, hot rods, classic cars and custom bikes.
I’ve said in the past that I’m not really a fan of American cars, but some of the builds are really glorious.
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This 1955 Chevrolet pickup has everything custom. Just check out that carbon fiber bed floor!
Two Ford, two very different styles. Which one will you take?
Elmia’s new additions have been found outside the show hall. Let’s go ahead and catch the action …
Where the sun shines
Despite the huge hall space, not all cars can fit inside, so outdoor car shows.
Victor Adolfson’s Nissan Sylvia S15 is a perfect example of a well-edited stance build. With a 326 power body kit, 18-inch Blitz 03 wheels and recaro seats, this thing screams ‘Japan’.
Another build that interests me is Lewis Jahral’s MKIV Toyota Supra.
If you like Bavarian builds, they are plentiful in Sweden. But if you want to delve deeper into the local BMW scene, the annual ‘Beamers of Sweden’ event is coming up in May. Maybe I should head along?
As the official launch of the 2022 Swedish Drift Series, drifting has played a huge role during the weekend’s activities. The drift track has been redesigned and moved to a larger and faster turn, but it was nice to have people back at the stand after a long two years. In fact, on Saturday Elmia broke the record of her previous presence and gave the outdoor areas a realistic idea of it.
It would not be a proper Swedish event without causing a crash on the Volvo track. Speaking of disasters, let’s get back inside where the surroundings are a little more but insanely shiny.
A car maker’s paradise
Hall A where I got Andreas Colmar’s 1989 Volvo 240. Underneath the hood, the Volvo B230 features a fake piston and rod, a BJ technology cam, a KL Racing cast intake plenum, and a custom turbo manifold mounted BorgWarner S369 turbocharger to supply Crank Andreas. Anen, his best 8th mile ET at a speed of 6.93 167 km / h. His expectation this season is a 6.5-second pass.
For many people, a project starts out as something you want to fix and run, but in the end Snowball turns out to be something much bigger. This was the case with Anton Hanson and his 1990 BMW E30, which began as a general drift project where he could work while studying. Seven years under the line, he has been able to create something amazing.
This street legal machine packs a serious punch – delivering its 4-liter M60B40 V8 609whp and 760Nm. Anton first tested the car on the track in the rain in Mantrop Park where he rarely got any traction, but when it came out a second time in the dry state it really showed its true potential. Hopefully I’ll get some of that experience for myself soon – it sounds like an absolute explosion.
Remember this 1970 BMW 2002? I will never get tired of this car, and it’s always great to get in touch with its owner Magnus. The build was supposed to make its debut at the 2020 Bill Sport Performance and Custom Motor Show, but of course it never happened.
Originally based on a Volvo 678 taxi, this custom-compact version, developed by Bertil Wilhelmson, is basically a modern Volvo in the form of a hot rod. The interior, brakes, chassis and 315hp / 420Nm engine all come from a Volvo S80 donor car.
With so many amazing vehicles on display, I could really walk forever. Instead though, I’ll leave you with the gallery below. And that’s not all; Stay tuned for a closer look at my favorite builds from the 2022 Bill Sport Performance and Custom Motor Show.