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Crazy Swedes in smashed-up Saabs: Welcome to Folk RacingSweden's Folk Racing is one of the cheapest and most brutal motor sports, yet it has the friendliest local community spirit.
[SOUND] [MUSIC]. You have to try it. You can't stop driving it when you tried it once. I tried a few times to quit doing it but it's so fun you can't. I'm so nervous this two hours before I [INAUDIBLE] I can't eat in the mornings. Every time you stand on the start place, the legs are shaking all the time. And, do-do-do-do-do. [SOUND] You get so pumped up and nervous before the green light turns on. And once you release the clutch and the green light is on and it's bump to each other, the noise, and everything. It's so much adrenaline. You have to be on your edge all the time. It goes so fast, so when something goes wrong it goes wrong fast. We like speed. [LAUGH] You turn out to be the devil sometimes. You get the horns when you put on the helmet and get out with five other cars. You get the devil in you. [LAUGH] [MUSIC] You get slammed by other cars, and you hit other cars. When there is too many bangs and smashes, I can get a little [UNKNOWN] sometimes. [LAUGH] [NOISE] A bit rougher than other sports. You have very much close contacts with other cars, bounce around a little bit. It's good action. It's tough racing. [BLANK_AUDIO] I remember one time in Mora I was rolling the car but it was going down To the wheels again, into the first gear and I won't hit anyone. That was a good memory, I used to do it like this. [SOUND] And off we go again. [MUSIC] Folk racing is a pretty cheap motorsport if you compare it to other motorsports. You're driving pretty cheap cars, looks rather scrappy but go pretty well. And it's very much action in folk racing, very much crashes. Pretty good speed. It's basic racing with young cars. It's for the people, [UNKNOWN], it's for everyone. You need to be a little bit handy, of course, but everyone can do it. Some sport for regular people to A Ford. If you have a spare car, put in a roll cage, edit the engine as you will to get most power and suspension out of it. And then just race for fun. Events where you can have your family and friends together. It's very family sport, you can say. I remember dad taking me to Folkrace when I was a kid. LIke to take a car to the gravel and spin around. I've been liking it since I was a kid. I love spinning around and crashing into other cars. My father has been driving for [INAUDIBLE] when it started. And I always loved engines, cars and that's my My life. [MUSIC] My friend was driving rally I'd take his old car and make it to [INAUDIBLE]. I've been doing this for 35 years, now. A little bit of over 500 competitions, I had over 200 cars. I have been around the track ever since I was this little child. That's how it's been We want to get in there, to get hooked on it. [BLANK_AUDIO] There rules are no turbo charge, no full wheel drive, and no supercharge. [UNKNOWN] is expensive if you don't have a lot of know how And make it cheap. If you can't break in to another driver from behind, if you can't push another driver on purpose, by it's race incident. I mean, you can't crash into the other from side to side. There are many cars in the same curve and it gets A lot of races that, so yeah there are many crashes and rollovers. [SOUND] After every race, everyone, even those who do not drive can buy. You can say it's like a ticket for a lottery. If you want car number 52, you can buy one ticket, or two tickets, or as many tickets as you want, but it costs 200 Swedish for each ticket. If you had ten offers at your car that week, pick one and the new owner of the car. [UNKNOWN] that all cars are for sale for around 500 pounds, 6,500 Swedish Krona. I bought three tickets on my car so I can protect it, [LAUGH] that I try to keep it. The thing that every car is for sale, it's for try to keep the costs down in the sport. Because if you don't have that people can buy them [INAUDIBLE]. If you gonna buy a car, you can just go to track and put in a bid, if someone has spent a lot of money on it, it's gonna be a lot of bid to it. The system where the cars are for sale that make it everyone At the same level. You can no pros and beginners. [MUSIC] We are from Borlange pretty much all of us. And this is our home track, I live three minutes there. 50,000 in this city, 10 miles from the city in the forest. Nobody we can disturb or something, so we can just play alone, have fun. [INAUDIBLE] It's an old Rallycross track. It's a really fast track. You can go really, really fast. [MUSIC] Up to 100 kilometers per hour. And [INAUDIBLE] like you. Very difficult when it curves and stuff. To build a lot of straights. It's the best place to be. [MUSIC] [INAUDIBLE] Sort of [INAUDIBLE]. It's much more fun when your whole team. Robert on your go south on your own races so it's much more fun. We help each other out all the time and fix the cars. I love it, it's the greatest thing you can do. We thought we need a team name, it's more fun so you can make a tee shirt. We've thought about names and that summer I had a That was putting out a lot of smoke. So we thought, Misty from taking from mist and [INAUDIBLE]. My problem is that I can't do the mechanics. I had to get some friends to help me. And now I've got it. I'm a computer guy, I do stuff they don't like. And they are more into mechanics. So we. Kind of complete each other. It's different types of person but we, we have this thing together that bonds us all together. And that's focus. It's a cool, fun team. Always joking, helping each other out. I have lots of fun. That's the spirit. [NOISE] It's the sound that makes everything. It's really nice to hear the engine roaring. [NOISE] [MUSIC] It's not only about driving. It's not about doing the mechanics. You have to be good to driving and good mechanic. If you don't like working on a car, you probably shouldn't drive [UNKNOWN] It's a lot of time in the garage. You have big tools like big hammers and [UNKNOWN]. [LAUGH] You have to [SOUND] [LAUGH] If you know what I mean. Especially under it between two hits, the car has broken down. You have to do it quick solutions. Not the best But quick and make it go to the next seat. That's also very fun to achieve. The mechanics, you [UNKNOWN] because it not like you have to go to a world [UNKNOWN] where you got new parts for everything and everything is smooth and nice. Here you can. Bang it out with a big hammer or we can take an old part that almost fit and make it fit. It's a scrappy sport. Often when you're doing work on the car in the pit full of mud and gravel and everything is bent in there. Most of things you fix with a big hammer, that's why I do it. [LAUGH] [SOUND] I got the, probably one of the most colorful car. The other guys don't wanna have pink and green. I don't know why, but [LAUGH] I try to make them painted as mine. I got this BMW pretty rare in a [UNKNOWN] I bought my BMW one and a half years ago. And no one has tried to build it since. That car just kept going and going. It's pretty strong from the beginning. So we didn't have to do too much on it. [MUSIC] [NOISE] It's a Volvo 244 with rear wheel drive, a 2.3 liter engine, and Labor. Carburetors. I got to modify the suspension a little bit so you get quicker starts. And then I tune up the engine and put out my new racecar. I have the change that [INAUDIBLE] had when the bigger valve camshaft and carburetors are changed. I put, I believe DNC 10,000 Swedish Krona in the car, so that's. But you don't have to that, but I want to, because I want to be first. [LAUGH] So, that's the way it is. So, I have a Volvo, Swedish Volvo 240, it's a rear wheel drive. With a big engine, 210 brake and horsepower. So it's very much for a full craze car. I tested some difference, but now it's just Volvo. Volvo and Saab are pretty much the manufactures most of our driving. Volvo, and some of them we have Saab But that's not my melody. [LAUGH] I don't like them. Front wheel drive, or rear wheel drive, that's a bit too much. You've got two camps, the one with the rear wheel drives don't like the front wheel drives. It's much for fun, but we have a little dispute. [LAUGH] We are going real wheel drive or everyone. In the winter. Yeah we think it's more fun. A rear-wheel drive fun to drive. It's just you can drift or. So, I'll be firm. It's very good. When it's winter, we go on ice with long starts. And more when you can drive in the summer. [SOUND] [BLANK_AUDIO] You're almost a big family. Everyone help each other in the depot. Can I borrow your spare wheel? Okay, of course. Things like that all the time. And on the track you're deadly enemies, so that's the spirit of Folkrace. And then the soul shall sing about [UNKNOWN], when you talk to people in the pit and everything, it's great. I love it. It can be kinda tricky now, when we're packing everything up, to know where we have [UNKNOWN] all the stuff. [LAUGH] But no, everyone are friends. Where we're doing this together. Someone will come running with the part you need. And they're all, can you help me fix this? And so it's, we're friendly. On the track it's not as friendly. [LAUGH] Even if someone push another off the track. You can go to [UNKNOWN] This to me yeah and you couldn't laugh about it. The first win always remember [INAUDIBLE], you remember it, you almost cried in the depot [INAUDIBLE] happy [INAUDIBLE], the first victory Now I got 50 so it happens every year. I feel good to be on a [UNKNOWN] track. Even if I drive or if I am here to watch. I'm trying to get calm in my mind to be in a [UNKNOWN] pit. It's nice to hang out. You can get to learn a lot of people. Of course, more fun to drive but get so **** nervous every time. So sometimes it's more nice to just watch. Yeah, fun. With the resource you have and the talent you've got and just go out and do your best. If you win it's a positive. But it's just driving, having fun. [SOUND] [MUSIC]