If you ever thought that people in the United States were the only ones that enjoy classic American musclecars, you couldn’t be more wrong. We saw this video posted on YouTube by user Jamboolio, and were shocked to see the kinds of muscle people were driving in other countries. Unsure of where this was and knowing we had to find out more, we reached out to the YouTuber that posted the clip and asked him a couple questions.
The real name of this YouTube user is Jan Väänänen, and he frequents these kinds of events. He has more than than a dozen videos posted of other shows and local cars. “This event takes place in Finland,” Jan told us. “The exact place is called Rekola, Vantaa. It’s about 15 miles from Helsinki.”
A few of the cars that appear in the video are a 1971 Plymouth Barracuda, 1973 Pontiac Venture, a 1971 Plymouth Duster, and a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro. The car that does the burnout near the beginning is a 1973 Dodge Dart Swinger that has a 360 cubic-inch, 5.9 liter small-block V8 engine with an XE286H Comp cam, Edelbrock heads, and TTI headers. Jamboolio has another video dedicated to featuring just this car—that video can be seen here.
Among other questions, the big one on our mind was this: where do these cars come from? Were there really that many imported back in the day, or do they have the cars imported now? With how rare these cars are in the United States where they were produced, it’s hard to imagine there being that many in other countries where they were not imported in high quantities. We asked Jamboolio for some more details on this, and he shed some light on our curiosity.
“Lots of these cars have been and are being imported from the US,” Jan described. “Same thing with the repair and upgrade parts for them.” While most of the cars and parts are imported, there is a small portion that have been around for a long time. Jan describes that there are still a lot of older cars from the ‘60s and ‘70s that were sold new in Finland. To add to that, there are also a surprising number of shops that specialize in American classics. “But some people work on their cars just themselves for sure,” Jan detailed. If you thought you had it tough finding parts and projects, imagine having to import everything from another country!
“Finland has a pretty insane car culture,” Jan told us. “and for such a small country, there’s a huge interest, especially in American cars.” They are interested in more than just the musclecars too. A 1955 Chevy wagon also makes an appearance in the video, demonstrating the general interest in classic American cars.
“There are many car events every week in Finland,” Jan said. There is at least one event like the one in the video every weekend, sometimes more. “Rekola Cruising however is one of the smaller cruising events in this country. Probably the main cruising event is the ‘Helsinki Cruising Night’, on the first Friday of every month, except in the winter, in center Helsinki.”
Make sure that you check out some of Jamboolio’s other videos. He has really cool stuff posted that show off a lot more of the American muscle people are driving in Finland. It’s good to know with certainty that we aren’t the only ones that appreciate these kinds of cars.