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Man arrested at US classic car meet

TT/The Local/gm · 9 Jul 2011, 11:25

Published: 09 Jul 2011 11:25 GMT+02:00

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In a busy evening for the police, 47 people were taken into custody on drink related charges, and 14 were arrested for other crimes, including assault, vandalism and theft. A further eight were charged with drink driving.

However the most serious incident occurred when the 21-year-old apparently tried to run over the other man. The victim was rushed to hospital, but his injuries were not as serious as had first been feared.

The Big Power Meet is the largest American classic car festival of its kind in Europe. This is the 43rd year it has taken place and will attract over 100,000 visitors over the weekend. Although it gained a reputation in the early days for its outbreaks of violence, it has become much more peaceful in recent years with spectators there to see over 10,000 cars over the three days.

However, local policeman Per Strömbäck told TT. “It was a fairly normal Big Power Meet night.”

The first Big Power Meet took place in 1977, attracting some 80 cars and around 450 visitors. It has grown to be one of the world’s biggest events of its kind, with some 46 countries represented this year in Västerås.

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Your comments about this article

18:21 July 9, 2011 by Smokebox
Cool. Sounds like a bunch of Swedish rednecks having fun!!!!!
20:22 July 9, 2011 by sweedy82
It's so trashy! (and 1977 to 2011 doesn't make 43 years, does it?)
02:30 July 10, 2011 by canam
why is it trashy? love for nice cars and a similar lifestyle? I'm actually glad there are people in this world that appreciate the better part of manufacturing history.
02:54 July 10, 2011 by GLO
04:45 July 10, 2011 by shaine0909
ya why is it trashy?
09:07 July 10, 2011 by trackmeifyoucan
"drink driving" .. it's the best chance for a better english news site.. why nobody is taking the opportunity ! and save me from this misery !
11:54 July 10, 2011 by diegoveggie
ohhhh gotta love them rednecks
12:25 July 10, 2011 by Eroth
Raggare is trash personified, so yes, Big Power Meet is very trashy. Dixie flags, leather vests and Eddie Meduza, do i need to say more?
00:52 July 12, 2011 by J Jack
Come to Varberg this weekend and find out for yourself. Wheels and Wings, Jacko and the Guzzlers live at Harry's. Standing room only. And those tattooed petrol head wives with ten grand children hanging off the RV smoking fags and looking very unexcited .. ooh yeh .. the queens of manufactured housing,
04:36 July 12, 2011 by DamnImmigrant
Power Meet is incredible! Sorry I missed it this year.
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