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The SpeedHooked Meet: Again At It In Finland

You’ll have heard of SpeedHooked (SPD HKD), a pitstop facility in Porvoo, Finland run by auto fanatics Roni Collin and Toni Salminen. I’ve showcased this place on Speedhunters a few instances previously, and it was superior to be again for a meet not too long ago.

All through the pandemic, some occasions have gone on in Finland, however restrictions stored many individuals at dwelling. So these occasions by no means felt like they did in pre-Covid instances. However as restrictions raise, that is beginning to change. If I wanted any proof of that, the primary SPD HKD meet of 2022 – promoted below the ‘Again At It’ slogan – was it.


Main as much as the occasion, social media channels had been abuzz. Folks had been bringing out vehicles from the far reaches of Finland, many making their first highway journey in two years. I, together with a few mates, jumped on the primary ferry of the morning from Estonia, arriving early to shoot just a few vehicles earlier than the occasion kicked off.


Each time I heard an incoming automobile, I bought excited, however after a few hours the floodgates actually opened and these particular person exhaust notes gave approach to a full-on cacophony. The organizers had the duty of selecting the creme of the crop to park in a delegated space subsequent to the SPD HKD storage, one thing robust at the most effective of instances, not to mention when so many superb vehicles had been attempting to get into the venue.


I shortly stopped counting the variety of acquainted faces and fist-bumps exchanged (shaking palms remains to be uncomfortable to many right here), however I did preserve tabs on the variety of vehicles that I’ve featured on Speedhunters earlier than – 9.


For me, the greatest a part of any automobile present is seeing how tasks have progressed through the years. This restored Opel Kadett, which I spotlighted in 2020, seemed the identical at first look, however on nearer inspection it has new aspect skirts, an added splitter, modified bumpers and an Air Elevate Efficiency suspension package. The proprietor most likely rattled off at the very least a dozen extra adjustments too.


There have been quite a few standouts for me, together with a bonkers Ford Escort, Subaru Impreza WRX STI Sort R sporting carbon-Kevlar overalls, and a reasonably uncommon rear-engined Škoda. However my absolute favourite was a track-spec Suzuki Samurai with a rotary engine. I can be bringing you a more in-depth take a look at all these builds within the very close to future.


When the rain began the spectator numbers did skinny a bit, however that simply made it simpler to seize a clear photograph, so I wasn’t complaining.


The meet didn’t have a theme and all people was welcome, which for me is the most effective situation as I really like a little bit of every little thing. A scorching rod subsequent to a stanced Miata doesn’t irritate me within the slightest; it’s the way it must be when everybody and all automotive tastes are revered.

Check out the final customer space too – Finland really has so many automobile lovers.


The principle takeaway from SPD HKD for me was this: Lengthy darkish winters in Northern Europe could make you’re feeling a bit depressed, however as quickly as you raise your self up and spend a day with like-minded individuals, you immediately really feel higher. “It’s good to be again,” Roni and plenty of of his pals had been chanting all through the occasion, and I couldn’t agree with them extra.

Vladimir Ljadov
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