Ockelbo-Lundgren, born Erik Lundgren (19 February 1919 – 16 September 1967), first became known during the 1940s when he became known as "Trollkarlen från Ockelbo" (The Wizard from Ockelbo) when he in a Ford 38 powered by a V8 engine with eight carburettors producing 280 hp participated in several races in speeds up to 220 km/h. He was a forest farmer and car dealer. His father was a blacksmith in Mo By and from him Erik Lundgren got his talent for constructing things. He raced around in various cars, often with his wife Ulla as co-driver.
Erik Lundgren built and sold tuning items and it was during his own experiments he found that plastic was an excellent material for fuel lines. In the mid-1950s he heard about a burned-out Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint and got the idea to make his own plastic bodywork for it. He made a fibreglass mould using Uffe Norinder's Ferrari 500 Mondial and then started making his own bodies. They were considered very good (according to some better than the original) and could take many different power plants. The Ockelbo-Ferrari is still made as the Pagano. Teknikens Värld made a story about his car and this piqued the interest of Bengt O Alskog who drew a few suggestions for a hardtop for the body. Later Erik Lundgren was also hired to make plastic boats resulting in Ockelbo-Båtar AB that was in business until 1979.
Formula One World Championship results
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; Races in italics indicate fastest lap)
|1951||Erik Lundgren||EL Special||Ford V8||SUI
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