In Stockholm….

Today I made the long-ish drive across Sweden to Stockholm.
Many of you will think this rather silly, but I was quite worried about doing this drive without making a complete idiot of myself. You see, living in the Southern hermisphere, as I do, coming up north does very strange things to your sense of direction. The sun moves in a different arc and everything gets all screwy.
I was really worried about pulling over for a breath of fresh air, then re-commencing my journey in the complete opposite direction. To cover this off, I rented a GPS unit with my car, which turned out to have been a very good idea.
One of these is my rental car for the day……
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Given that the AVIS agency in Trollhattan is located at ANA, the local and quite large Saab dealership, I would have felt a little unlucky if they’d wheeled out a Daewoo Matiz. Fortunately, I got a 9-3 SportCombi that was factory fresh with only 800kms on it.
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My apologies to any Stockholm types that might have been interested in a dinner tonight. I just never got around to organising it until it was too late.
As it was, I got to see our rally car shells first hand and I had a nice dinner with Jorgen from the SU Historic Rally Team and Par Brandt from Auto Motor and Sport.
A very entertaining and enjoyable evening full of good food and motor talk.
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On my way here, I stopped at a city called Sombrero Orebro and visited with the guys at Maptun.
It was a rare opportunity to visit not just a site sponsor, but also a business that brings so much happiness to so many people. I mean, who doesn’t love Saab tuners???
These guys run a fantastic shop and I’m looking forward to sharing a few more stories about them and their cars once I get back home. Suffice to say that this car will feature prominently and I’m not ashamed to say that I nearly had to change my underpants after going for a ride.
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Finally, a little glimpse into yesterday’s activities……
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Tomorrow I’ll visit the crew at Auto Motor and Sport before heading to the airport for 36 hours of planes and airports. It sucks living so far away sometimes.
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Someone asked a little while ago if I received assistance for this trip. I did indeed, and I’d like to thank Saab for their support, as well as one private individual who made life a while lot easier with his belief in, and support of, Saabs United. You know who you are and I hope you know the sincere gratitude with which you’re regarded.
For the cynical – I don’t find the 9-5 to be a great car because Saab supported my adventure to see it. It’s just a great car, and hopefully you’ll get to see that for yourself soon.
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I’ll catch you tomorrow, when hopefully I can get a part 1 entry online, answering some of your many questions.

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