You realize that tingly feeling you bought as a child the day earlier than you traveled someplace particular? For the primary time in ages, that sensation got here again to me, hours earlier than departing for Norway. And for good purpose.
Having skilled the insane enjoyable at Gatebil Mantorp a few weeks in the past, I used to be super-excited to spend an prolonged weekend on the largest occasion on Gatebil’s summer season calendar – Rudskogen.
The plan was to depart work on Wednesday and meet up with my pal Samuel who was additionally headed to Norway for the occasion. After filling up my GT86 and enjoying baggage Tetris within the trunk (which is surprisingly roomy), I set my manner for the 200km drive from Stockholm to Linköping.
I stayed in a single day in Linköping at Samuel’s place, earlier than linking up with one other pal, Linus. If you happen to comply with Gatebil on social media, you may know that Samuel and Linus have been producing the occasion collection’ movies for the previous yr or so. At 6:00am sharp on Thursday morning, it was time to hit the highway in Samuel’s BMW E36.
Simply how a lot baggage do three guys want for a weekend? Apparently so much.
Driving via the Swedish countryside within the rain is enjoyable, however it’s so a lot better whenever you’re convoying with a modified 944. Stephanie Falk additionally met up with us in Linköping, and I managed to snag a rolling image of the Porsche earlier than the rain began to pour down arduous. From there on out, I simply loved the highway journey.
For myself (and doubtless most of individuals), a quick meals pitstop is nearly necessary. We stopped at Töckfors Handelspark, which is only a few kilometers from the Sweden-Norway border, and roughly 90km from Norway’s capital, Oslo, for some unhealthy meals, additional snacks and gas. Fortunately at this level, the rain disappeared and the solar peeked via as we had been about to go off.
After crossing the border and listening to how the Swedish radio light and the Norwegian language took over, my pleasure for Rudskogen grew extra. The highway to the venue is completely breathtaking with wide-open nature, thick forests and twisty roads. Collectively they’re the proper recipe for a enjoyable drive, and even in Samuel’s E46 we had a blast.
After driving for about 40 minutes, we arrived at Rudskogen.
On the sales space, all of us picked up our yellow wristbands; I used to be now member of the Gatebil media staff for the weekend. Then we made our method to in all probability one of the best media room I’ve ever been in. Not due to the precise constructing, however due to the place it’s positioned. Sure, that is additionally the place Samuel, Linus and I might be tenting for the weekend.
As you possibly can see, we didn’t even want to depart the room to catch the motion. Simply exterior the window was the beginning level of the famed Breisladden competitors, which I’ll cowl off in one other publish. This was additionally our alarm clock every single day when the driving began at 8:00am. Who doesn’t wish to be woken up by screaming wastegates and exhausts, and screeching tires?
As quickly as we had been all arrange, we wasted little time heading out to catch the motion. I can’t wait to point out you what Gatebil Rudskogen 2022 needed to provide, as a result of this occasion blew my thoughts. Keep tuned for a bunch of tales from Norway’s largest automotive pageant.