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Wednesday Night Snippets – SOC2010 Edition

July 22, 2010 in Saabology

Greetings all from Dulwich, in London, where I’ll be for most of the next week except for when I pop on over to Bath for the Saab Owners Club GB gathering.

Geez, this is a big city. We are still trying to find our bearings after a full day, but hopefully we’ll get busy tomorrow.

Lots of Saabs around here. I saw my first within two minutes of leaving Heathrow and have seen more than a dozen in my brief wanderings today. Lots of potential here, too.

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The big event – starting tomorrow in the US, in fact, is the Saab Owners Convention for 2010. It’s being held in Aurora, Ohio and with VM and JAJ attending, it’s sure to be a great meeting for all you US Saabers.

Please do hit me up with some emails as things progress as I’d love to post on how it’s going. I wish I could be there.

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I posted a few entries full of photos from the Saab Festival car show (part one and two), but for those who would like a fuller view of the whole event, check out these galleries on Flickr.

Golfhunter’s gallery…….

And Robin M’s gallery……

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Candidates for the 2011 European Car of the Year have been announced and there’s a Saab in the running!

The full list of candidates is as follows:

Alfa Romeo Giulietta
Audi A1
Audi A8
BMW 5-serie
BMW X3
Chevrolet Spark
Citroën C3
Citroën DS3
Citroën C4
Dacia Duster
Fiat Doblò
Ford C-Max/Grand C-Max
Honda CR-Z
Hyundai ix35
Jaguar XJ
Kia Sportage
Kia Venga
Lexus CT200h
Mazda 5
Mini Countryman
Mitsubishi ASX
Nissan Juke
Nissan Micra
Opel Meriva
Renault Wind
Saab 9-5
Seat Alhambra
Suzuki Kizashi
Suzuki Swift
Volkswagen Touareg
Volkswagen Sharan
Volvo S60
Volvo V60

Whilst I’d naturally prefer that the Saab wins the award, my bet is that it’s either the Jaguar XJ or the Alfa Romeo Giulietta that takes home the chocolates.

Voting is done by journalists from the seven organising magazines, which are from seven different countries in Europe.

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Whilst history will teach that I most likely will, there’s no use pretending that Saab Talk doesn’t exist. Another year, another Saab blog.

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One of the guys I met and chatted quite a bit with at the Saab Festival last week was Jim Smart, a Saab tech who runs an indy Saab shop called Smart Motors in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

And check out one of his cars!

Safe travels, Jim! It was a pleasure.

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