The Gatebil Mantorp Summer season Pageant: Section 2



Waking up on Saturday at Gatebil rings a bell in my memory of Christmas morning as a child.

However as an alternative of items below the tree, it’s the motion, mayhem, and the entirety else that those wonderful occasions throw at you that will get me excited each time.


Whilst it’s amusing to obtain rubber for your face trackside, I all the time love to spend a significant portion of Saturday morning clear of the music. My first vacation spot? The Gatebil jungle.

It could handiest be the second one morning of the three-day Swedish match, however at this level, Mantorp Park’s tenting grounds have already noticed higher days. Just like the drivers on course, Gatebil spectators move laborious.


All through the weekend, the birthday celebration by no means stops. Far and wide I went, other folks had been having the time in their lives.


There’s a aspect of the Scandinavian automotive tradition that I will be able to’t even start to put into phrases. I’ll go away you with this image; you’ll make of it what you’re going to…


I’ve been round Scandinavia’s stance and customized automotive scenes for some time, and so they’re larger than ever now. The Display Lawn by means of Arn Racing allowed attendees to stand up shut and private with one of the area’s craziest and cleanest builds.


One of the crucial highlights this yr was once Stephanie Falk’s LS-swapped 944 with a Martini livery. It’s all the time nice to look this front-engined Porsche fashion getting some love.


Round the corner, the automobile limbo festival was once in complete swing. This amusing match is rising in reputation at Gatebil annually.


It may well be as a result of this is among the handiest puts you’ll see a chair being pushed. Or possibly it’s as a result of other folks will do virtually anything else to verify their automotive is going below the limbo tape.


There’s by no means a lifeless second within the Mantorp Park paddock. This yr, you must even catch some DMEC (Flow Masters Eu Championship) video motion. What a great method to get pumped up for the drifting periods.


Monster Power motive force Dmitri Yillyuk was once in a position and ready to take out probably the most Gatebil taxis with a well known passenger.


Sitting within the again seat was once BTCC motive force Nicolas Hamilton, who stopped by means of Mantorp Park after spending the day with WRC big name Oliver Solberg.


Gatebil was once utterly new to Nicolas when he arrived. However after two rides – the opposite with Luke Woodham – I don’t suppose he may ever overlook it. Considered one of my brothers-in-arms, Oscar Holm, stuck Nicolas’s response whilst exiting Luke’s Monster Power S14. That smile says all of it.


The motion by no means stops at Gatebil, however one on-track facet of the development that doesn’t get as a lot love because it will have to is the Gatebil Excessive race magnificence.


Those time assault automobiles are constructed to head as speedy as conceivable with slightly any restrictions.


The drivers are nuts, too. 71-year-old Börje Hansson, whose Audi I featured two years in the past, is a Gatebil common nonetheless pushing his automotive to the prohibit.


The number of automobiles within the Gatebil Excessive magnificence is very large. You’ll see the entirety from BMWs to Porsches to…. an insane Ford Anglia.


However I do get it; not anything beats the sensation of having sprayed by means of sizzling rubber after a waft automotive comes at you at complete pace, sideways. I adore it, and so does everybody else at Gatebil.


Unusually sufficient, I’ve but to enjoy going sideways at Gatebil. Possibly I’ll have a possibility at Rudskogen Motorsenter this time subsequent week…


As soon as all of the mud and smoke had settled over Mantorp Park, Saturday’s on-track motion wrapped up with a parade, and stunt and Gymkhana presentations.


It’s probably the most few events you’ll see a camel on a waft automotive. Why? As a result of Gatebil.


Remember the fact that rain forecast I mentioned in my Thursday and Friday protection? Neatly, it after all got here.


Whilst the group didn’t appear afflicted by means of it, there was once worry for the security of the ones about to release themselves off the ramp and onto the touchdown pad. Each had been arrange at the Mantorp dragstrip, which becomes an ice skating rink when rainy.


The slipperiness didn’t hassle those maniacs within the slightest, despite the fact that. Alternatively, the joys ended when Monster athlete Marcus Ohlsson fell off his snowmobile all through a touchdown. He was once nice, however the organizers determined to err at the aspect of warning and make contact with it an afternoon, which was once the suitable name to make.


The Gymkhana was once additionally cancelled, however the drivers did their highest to present the group a display earlier than the midnight festivities started.


Awards, flying beer and song – a great method to finish a Saturday on the Gatebil Summer season Pageant. However whilst some loved the spoils of victory on the Aftertrack Birthday party…


… others stayed up all night time solving their automobiles for the general day.


Thursday to Sunday at Gatebil is going by means of within the blink of an eye fixed; earlier than you realize it, tents are coming down within the campground, and drivers are lining as much as compete within the famed Breisladden (powerslide) festival.


That is the ultimate probability for drivers to push themselves and their automobiles to their absolute limits.


The similar is going for the Gatebil Excessive magnificence. Those guys power laborious. Every now and then, method too laborious.


Gatebil legend Vidar Jødahl was once chasing mechanical gremlins all weekend, and it handiest were given worse within the ultimate match when an oil leak sparked a hearth in his BMW E30.

Oil at the music led to absolute chaos and the race being red-flagged.


Any other win for Kai Roger Bakken and every other Gatebil match within the books.

It’s all the time a surreal feeling to pack your luggage and head house from Gatebil Mantorp. However then I be mindful – Gatebil Rudskogen is simply across the nook. I am hoping to look a few of you on the 2024 Gatebil Major Tournament subsequent weekend. If you’ll’t make it, keep tuned for my protection.

Alen Haseta
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Further Footage by means of Oscar Holm



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