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Saturday Matinee: Muscle cars in Finland? You bet!

The stoic, quiet people of the frozen north love American muscle


Cars in Finland are expensive. So is gas. Most of the 5.5 million people who make up the population live in the southernmost cities, such as Helsinki, taking advantage of public transportation. There are only 3.5 million cars in Finland. Yet this Northern European nation, bordering on Russia in the Baltic Sea, has produced some great racing drivers and a very respectable car culture.

Finland has certainly produced a few great drivers. There’s 2007 F1 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen and two-time (1998, 1999) F1 World Champion Mika Häkkinen, along with the stars of what seems to be the Finnish national pastime: rallying. Notables include Juha Kankkunen, Tommi Mäkinen, Marcus Grönholm.

This video is not about Finns though. Aside from the unique architecture of the buildings and the street signs, this looks like a car show anywhere that car-people gather to take in the sights and sounds. This is about the ground-pounding roars of American muscle. The cars are sweet, and the sounds are sweeter.

Turn up your speakers and immerse yourself in a passionate culture that just happens to respect and love American muscle. What you don’t want to do is think about the amount of money in “Petrol” that these folks are burning…

Tom Stahler
Tom Stahler
Tom Stahler is the Managing Editor of the ClassicCars.com Journal. Tom has a lifelong love of cars and motor racing – beginning with the 1968 USRRC race at Road America, in a stroller, at eight months of age. His words, photos and broadcasts can can be found on a myriad of media. He has won the Motor Press Guild’s Dean Batchelor Award and a Gold Medal in the International Automotive Media Awards.


  1. You always want your little kids along with you when you plow your blue Charger into the crowd of bystanders. Nice cars though, for sure. Definitely a rich man’s hobby in Finland.


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