For the fourth time Träffpunkt 80 - meeting Point 80 - was organized in the park of the beautiful Grytsberg mansion last Sunday. The Träffpunkt meetings are arranged by the "Klassiker" magazine and are nice informal meeting in a friendly spirit, hence always attracting many people and vehicles.
This time almost 400 classic vehicles showed up, many of them qualifying for the theme of the meeting: Popup headlamps - a rather common and very trendy headlamp arrangement on sporty cars of the 1980s. Of course, Volvo Cars Heritage caught on the theme and came to Träffpunkt 80 with three Volvo 480 Turbos, which in turn contributed to make Volvo 480 the largest single model represented at the meeting in terms of numbers. Thirteen of these nice little sports coupes were present. VCH also took the opportunity to stress the fact that the 480 is also celebrating its 25th anniversary.
The make with the largest number of popup cars of all models present was Porsche. All owners with popup headlamp cars - almost 100 of them - were invited to take part in an impromptu world premiere, Concerto for popups: At the sign of the conductor, editor Calle Carlqvist, all cars flashed their lamps simultaneously which caused great appreciation among the audience. Then all cars did 'The wave', which literally meant waving to the audience with the lights! Great fun and very spectacular.
In Central Europe, this increasingly growing group of 'new' classics are called Youngtimers (as opposed to Oldtimers) and they represent a decade in the automotive history when a lot happened in terms of technology, when design was provocative and exterior plastic made its real breakthrough. The 'People's choice' category was won by a beautifully restored BMW Alpina and the rest of the prizes went to well-known but seldom seen representatives from a decade which saw many exciting cars being born. Check out more from this meeting at www.klassiker.nu