Belvedere fever spreads to the other side of the world. Thousands of people will watch Friday night to see what became of Tulsaâ€™s famous buried car. But chances are no one has traveled farther to see the unveiling than Michael Lindmark. News On 6 anchor Omar Villafranca reports Lindmark traveled more than 6,800 miles from his hometown in Sweden to Tulsa, Oklahoma, just to see a piece of American history.
In Sweden, there's a word for people like Lindmark.
"Bieltukig, car crazy," Lindmark said.
Lindmark loves American cars. Not the newer, flashy models, but the older, forgotten ones.
"Mostly 40's and the 50's, I like the curves on the old, big, big cars,â€ he said. "I have a â€˜48 Pontiac and a '67 Skylark convertible."
He first read about Tulsa's buried Belvedere in a Swedish car magazine.
"And there it stood, a small ad of a car that was buried, and I thought that I must see it," Lindmark said.
Lindmark's wife and five daughters know he's crazy about cars. But when he told them he wanted to take a family vacation to the U.S. to see a buried car, they thought he lost his mind.
â€œThey're still calling me crazy,â€ he said. â€œMost of my friends understood why I wanted to see the car, because they know how much I love the American, vintage cars."
It wasn't until Lindmark landed in Tulsa that he learned he needed tickets to see the buried Belvedere in person. He got a little help from his landlord and an anonymous donor scored him a ticket.
"Hopefully I will see a fresh car,â€ Lindmark said.
â€œBut if it has a little damage, are you going to be disappointed?â€ asked News On 6 anchor Omar Villafranca.
â€œNo. It doesn't matter if it's rusty. I love the cars anyway,â€ Lindmark said.
Not bad for his first trip to the U.S.
Lindmarkâ€™s wife and five daughters won't be able to go but will watch it on TV.
Michael Lindmark loves American cars so much, he's starting a business to import older American cars to Sweden.
Watch the video: Swedish Family Travels To Green Country For The Buried Belvedere
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