Just noticed that I didn’t make a post about Porvoo Cruising that was held at the last Saturday of the August.
So, I haven’t been there for two years now, well we did passed by an year ago when my wife had bought herself a used car and she wanted to get to know it better and we drove to Porvoo with couple of friends and later at the evening I noticed that there American cars going every directions and I checked calendar that I host at Google Calendar where I have gathered American car happenings in Finland. Sure enough there was Porvoo Cruising. But, to this year, couple of garage mates were going and I hopped in with them and we went. I sat on 1967 Chevrolet Camaro and had few beers along the ride.
As legistation of commerce changed at the begining of the year that stores can be open as they please(Stores couldn’t be open after 18:00 on Saturday, unless it was small store), the parking lot of S-market at Porvoo was out of question since that store is now open till 23:00 everyday and enthustiasts don’t want to bother paying customers and the store by gathering there, so gathering place was changed few kilometers away, closer to E18 highway. There is plenty of room for cars and also a good place to burn those rubbers.
Yesterday there was a scenery cruising around lake Lohjanjärvi. We were bit late from the start and we drove straight to first pitstop, where I set up my gopro and started photographing cars as those arrived on first destination. From there we went to Karjalohja for second pitstop.
This was the 10th anniversary cruising, which has grown from few garage mates driving around to 100+ car event, gathering cars and enthusiasts from southern Finland. It’s not unheard that people has driven few hundred kilometers to participate this event.
As we weren’t with our El Camino, but our Jag(just a x-type), we didn’t feel like travelling whole distance. So, here is the photo gallery..
Is this just a Finnish thing or does everybody have these scenery cruises?
A week ago was 8th Lakeside Cruising and weather was on our side. Clear sky full of warm sun shining and light breeze. Around 110 cars gather in Lohja where cruising started. There were three stops on the way and first was at Saukkola. From there we drove to Fiskars and had a short pitstop. This was the first time we stopped here and surroundings were great for early autumn “pick-nick”. From there we had a small drive to our usual pitstop at ABC Karjaa. There we had a bit of problem with our El Camino when we tried to leave early to catch the convoy ahead and I could shoot every car in the convoy as the pass by.
Problem was that El Camino’s four time repaired starter was so dirty that it didn’t get enough of current through. Jacked up the car, drop the starter, clean the starter, jacked up the starter and lower the car. We fall back about 30 minutes so it was no point trying to catch the convoy anymore so we headed straight to the end at Lohja market square.
We arrived about 10 minutes before convoy and I had a chance to shoot most of the cars in the convoy. After that we made a quick stop at the garage party at Hill Garage.
I took almost 2000 pictures with my D7100 and luckily I had enough memory cards with me. 582 published. I know thats still too much but I can’t help myself.
On a 15th of September we went for a Lakeside Cruising and I took two Opticam Extreme HDMax 2 cameras with me. The other was on a C-pillar on a drivers side from the start and I added the second one on a last leg to passengers side, just behind front wheel next to side emblem. I had a feeling that it wouldn’t last whole leg and sure enough about 15 minutes in I got a call from a friend that was driving about ten cars behind of us and he asked is my camera shock proof? I knew immediately that it was that second one. Luckily it kept filming whole time and captured that fall too… Here’s a link to that video.
Last year we didn’t participate, since our El Camino was broken and I was too lazy to fix it. This year there weren’t any problem at all and we started around noon from Nihtisilta ABC-gas station. Lakeside Cruising starts 13:45 at Teboil-gas station at Siuntio. From there we went to Karjaa and had quick-ish stop there, next stop was at Karjalohja and stopped there for awhile. Next stop was at Saukkkola’s ST1-gas station. End stop was market square at Lohja and from there to Hill Garage to end party. We drove our El Camino to our friends house at Siuntio and went to the party with his Buick Kustom. Here’s a link to the pictures.