2016 CUSTOMS and KUSTOMS meet
In early July 2016 the first Customs and Kustoms weekend meet was held in Ellos, Sweden. The weekend started rainy, but soon the sun came out and everybody had a great time.
Customs and Kustoms is a meet for traditional custom cars only 1935 to 1964 that was held at the Folks-park in Ellös 1-2 July located on the west coast of Sweden . Ellös Park established in 1953 has long history of danceparty, old cars and sunny summer days but this weekend the weather was abit unstable, in spite of the weather and the fact it is a new started meet several enthusiasts with their custom cars from close by and far away showed up and made the meet to a celebration to the traditional custom cars . With the interest of traditional customs on the raise in Europe this type of meet is needed to collect the kustom art, lifestyle, cloths, model custom cars and music from the era, the 8 person team of Customs and Kustoms set out to create such meet and the result can be seen in the pictures !
The team behind the first Customs & Kustoms meet: (From the Left to right) Ulf Christiansson, Roger Nordhagen, Stefan Karlsson, Benny Klingede, Lars-Erik Pettersson, Klaus Gardan. Not in the picture but also C&K team-member Stefan Elebrink and Janne Andersson.
The Customs & Kustoms, is not an traditional car show with a lot of trophies to win. It is an weekend gathering of people with Custom Cars from 1935 till 1964. Hanging out and enjoying the cars it the main goal. But the team did decide to hand out a best in class award picked by the organizing team. Three a clock Saturday afternoon the award ceremony was held, three prices for best customs in the three eras set up in the rules ahead of the meet: Early era customs 1935 – 1948, Mid era customs 1949 -1954 and Late era customs 1955 – 1964.
Winner of the early era was a family from England Clark Devey, who drove all the way with the youngest toddler in a lovely 1936 Ford 3window chopped top and all the era custom bits and bobs that belongs. The Mid era custom was whisked away by Andréas Åberg with his beautiful New Panoramic Ford that layed down the law when it comes to all the era trimmings . The late era custom was won by Timo Herzi 1958 Ford Ranchero , already an icon in the late era with its Watson style paintjob “to die for” and the pointy Edsel taillights that mached the design beautiful .
Despite the bad weather at the start of the event, which more than likely kept some of the cars and people home the event was everything the organizing team had hoped for. The location was great, with plenty of space to camp for the weekend, great facilities, and an amazing surrounding scenery for beautiful road trips during the weekend. Lets hope this first Customs & Kustoms event is the start of something that will last for a long time.
Want to see more photos from this event. Click below to visit the CCC-Forum Post about the event.
Photos used in this article by:
Ulf Christiansson, Palle Johansen, Harry Bakker, Per Webb, Bo Bertilsson
and Raven Eliza Hector Vandenabeele.
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