I gathered early last Saturday morning, took a two-hour ferry ride to Finland, then drove to the lakeside town of Lahti, just over 60 miles from Helsinki. Here a group of enthusiasts known as the CDLC community have put on what I believe to be the best position show Northern Europe has ever seen.
Being the last weekend of summer, I wanted to spend it with some great people and cars, and FittedFest 2022 delivered on both counts.
FittedFest is CDLC’s largest event, traditionally held at this time of year in the stunning location of Lahti Port.
After a two year hiatus due to Covid, I had a feeling this year’s FittedFest was going to be bigger than ever. CDLC’s social media machine was working overtime, sharing profiles of all cars prepared for the event. The hype was real.
I’ve been following this event for many years, and over that time it’s grown tremendously. New for 2022, CDLC has combined the official exhibit area with an additional meet and greet in the parking lot.
But even though the physical size of FittedFest has been doubled, I still noticed so many decent cars parked outside the event boundaries. It just goes to show how much car culture is growing in this region, and especially when it comes to high-quality builds.
For the most part this is a local event with the vast majority of cars coming from Finland. But it was also good to see a small number of guests making the trip from Sweden, Estonia and Latvia.
Something great to see was the evolution of a number of cars. Take this Opel Kadett that I presented in the past as an example. Because a project is never really finished, is it?
While many cars at FittedFest followed proven recipes, others surprised me. These two Mercedes-Benzes definitely fall into the latter category. Both looked “normal” from the front, but when I changed the angle, one became a 9 second tram and the other a static limo.
Even the lowriders were fitted with proper hydraulics, a rare sight in Europe.
Europe is truly spoiled for choice when it comes to position-centric events these days. Ultrace in Poland is surely at the top of the list, along with Wörthersee in Austria and Players in the UK. Like these events, FittedFest prides itself on clean execution and an overall feel-good attitude.
The CDLC community is really like a big family, everyone knows each other and sticks together.
The ‘people’s choice’ and ‘overall winner’ of this year’s event was a bubbly adrift. Hachiroku. Janne Mattila, owner of the AE86 Levin, painted the car Candy Red less than a week before the event. The lowrider-inspired roof is also the work of Janne, but it was done a bit earlier. The Toyota sits on Work Equip 01 wheels, while the 4A-GE engine fitted with a precision turbo develops nearly 600 hp.
Much like this AE86 combines multiple styles into one car, FittedFest itself is a melting pot of car culture. Niko Aaltonen and Antti Eskeli, the co-founders of CDLC, are totally in tune with the latest trends, but they clearly haven’t forgotten their roots, playing old school hip-hop and inviting lowriders and customs to a stance encounter. Long can FittedFest continue.