Last night I went to a big celebration dinner at the Grand Hotel here in Stockholm. There were about 50 people present in one of the most beautiful dining rooms I’ve ever seen. It was totally surreal, like watching a scene in a very ornate movie with suited people, frescoed walls and complete with a snowfallen city backdrop.
This is not my life, is it? Well, for one night it was.
I can honestly tell you that if any of the participants from yesterday’s proceedings and last night’s dinner are at work today then they are not human. They’re some sort of mutants that defy science.
I guess we’ve got to class Jan-Ake Jonsson and Victor Muller in that category as they backed up this morning on Swedish television, getting picked up at around 6 o’clock this morning to do so. Amazing.
I have a whole heap of notes to share from yesterday, but those will have to wait. Right now I have to check out of my hotel and start making tracks back to Gothenburg – effectively the beginning of my long journey back home to Australia. It’ll be great to get back home but my goodness it’ll be sad to leave the people I’ve met in the last 36 hours.
Two quick notes before I head off (I’ll write a lot more later on and have video and other audio notes to transcribe).
Last night there were a number of fantastic speeches given by various people (Joran Hagglund’s had a number of fantastic stories that won’t see print).
During Victor Muller’s final speech (of five or six) he was very very gracious in paying tribute once again to all the support received from the Saab community during the sale process. This wasn’t a speech for the media or any wider audience, it was a genuine acknowledgment shared only with the people who were already insiders on the deal.
Take a bow, people.
I’m going to have to petition my local state government to have the state’s name changed to “freaking Tasmania”.
Today, Victor Muller heads back to Trollhattan, where he’ll meet up with at least one of his sons, and together they’ll drive home to Holland in his new Saab 9-5.
Now that’s pretty cool.
Will talk again later. Time to check out.