NYT: It was the evening of July 3, and a phalanx of American steel was arriving in this town an hour or so northwest of Stockholm.

Pontiacs, Fords, Plymouths, Cadillacs, Chevrolets — pretty much every brand of car ever manufactured on American soil — bumper to bumper into the fading daylight. Most were pristine, with immaculate chrome and gleaming paint, but some were custom hot rods in candy colors, and a few were wrecks that looked as if they had just been pulled from the ocean floor.

All were headed to the Power Big Meet 2014, which the organizers say is the world’s largest classic-car gathering. This was the 30th anniversary of the meet in its current incarnation — first held in 1978 and moved here in 1984 — and as many as 15,000 vehicles were expected to fill the festival grounds. Disciples of Detroit engineering had driven from all over Europe to gawk at one another’s cars.