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    Car cemetery
    by Sjalen
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    Car cemetery
    by Sjalen
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    by Sjalen Updated Apr 3, 2005

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    In a small croft outside Ryd in Småland, Åke Danielsson lived and worked the nearby peat moors. He also had an interest in cars and people came to him asking if they could scrap their car in his yard and he could then take what he wanted of spare parts he could salvage. Sometimes. Åke also repaired cars for people. This took more and more of his time and people came with more and more cars as it became known that Åke was a real enthusiast. In the 80s, the local environment council had objections and in the 90s, Åke was asked to remove all scrap at once due to the environmental hazard. By then, Åke was getting old and moved into a home for the elderly instead. Meanwhile, more and more people all over Sweden had discovered what a cultural heritage this had become and lobbied to make an exception to rules and let the cars stay in what had now become a cemetery. Today, a sort of compromise has been made, no cars have been taken away, but neither are there any road signs to this cultural heritage. You have to ask the locals how to get here once in Ryd. The cemetery is full of Amazons, VWs, Austins and other 40s-60s cars which stand overgrown in the middle of a forest! Best is of course if you can get there in summer when they are covered in moss. You can see many more pictures in the travelogue below.

    Car cemetery
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