The future for Saabs United

Hi all,

I guess you can say that this is an important post in the life of this website.

It’s my extreme pleasure to let you all know that today I agreed to sell Saabs United to a friend, and someone I am quite confident will run the website in the manner and tradition in which it was established.

The new owner’s name is TimR and we will transition the site to his ownership over the next few weeks.

I guess it’s important to talk a little about Tim’s vision for the future of the site. He will be able to outline it in more detail at a later time, but we’ve talked a lot today in Trollhattan about how it can run and I think his plans for the site are very good plans. I wouldn’t have handed it over to him if I didn’t believe in what he wants to do.

Tim plans to assemble a team of writers, many of whom will be familiar names to regular readers here. I believe that RedJ will stay on board as a regular contributor, which I think is absolutely fantastic. The man I’ve dubbed the unofficial ambassador for Saab in the UK, Robin M, will also come on board. Another team member will be a guy known here as Tompa.

Tim himself, is someone I’ve known since 2007. He has deep roots at Saab and is very knowledgable about the company and the product and has contributed to a number articles at Trollhattan Saab and Saabs United over the last few years.

There will also be other occasional authors and contributors from time to time.

I have agreed to pass on the mantle to Tim for one reason and one reason only – trust. I trust him to support the company as I would. I trust him to maintain a high degree of integrity for the site, and to continue to provide high quality content and the maintenance of a high standard Saab community. This is a guy who has a significant emotional investment in the Saab name and I know that he loves the company.

I was absolutely rapt when indicated an interest in the site and in talking with him more about it today, the plans for a variety of content to be introduced, my faith in the future of SU as a vibrant Saab community is very strong.

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Some of you may wonder what I’ll be doing.

Well, I’ll still be around. If you’ve read TTELA over the last few days, you’ll know that I will still be in contact with Saab and doing a little work here and there. Those assignments are something you’ll hear more about later.

The good news is that Tim is happy for me to stay in touch here on SU, too, and continue to play a minor role as a contributor and of course, as part of the community.

I mentioned in my post The Times They Are a-Changing a few weeks ago that my load was too much: My day-job, family, and Saabs United. Something had to change.

Well, this is the start of that change and a chance for me to re-claim a significant part of my life.

Thanks for your support, which I hope you’ll extend to Tim and the SU team in the coming weeks, months and years.

Manlius
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Manlius
5 years 6 months ago

SWade, congratulations on everything you have built here, thanks for leaving the SU faithful in good hands, and best of luck in your coming ventures!

Åsmund
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Åsmund
5 years 6 months ago

Good luck, Swade, and thanks for your great contribution!

Magnus
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Magnus
5 years 6 months ago

Thank you for all these years. It has been nothing short of great!
Best of luck. /Magnus

Per
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Per
5 years 6 months ago

SU up – WelcomeTim. And to SW : You have done more than one can except from anyone. Sure hope you stick around, and blog once in a while. Whatever you will do, I am sure you will do it with grace. Skål to you !!

Tomas TL1000R
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Tomas TL1000R
5 years 6 months ago

+1 Thanks Swade and welcome Tim, I support you in your future work on SU.
Also good to hear that RedJ still going strong. Best of luck to all you guys keeping this site open.

AJM
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5 years 6 months ago

Steven,

Best of luck to you and your family.
You’ve done a remarkable job throughout the years and I am grateful for what you’ve done for Saab.
Drop me a line if you ever need anything.

Best wishes,
AJ and the Just Saab crew

Tobbe
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5 years 6 months ago

Good Luck Swade!

Daniel R
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Daniel R
5 years 6 months ago

Hello Steven,
in Germany we often say ,,Wie Du es machst ist es richtig”, which means in your case whatever you are deciding to do, it’s the right thing to do.
All the best to you. What you`ve done especially in 2010 is something the most people i know (including myself) couldn’t have done just from a physical point of view. The energy you put in last year was amazing. It will be nice to hear from you from time to time.
Thank you so much!
Daniel

OddJob
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OddJob
5 years 6 months ago

Outstanding achievement Swade. Your name will be in the history book of Saab forever. So glad you’ve found a good solution for the continuation of the site.

charlie
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charlie
5 years 6 months ago

Ah, the Phoenix. One star rises, another one goes away.

Thank you, and remember that without people like Swade, a saab is just a car.

logan
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logan
5 years 6 months ago

I know I don’t comment too often, but I’m an avid reader and I enjoy everything Swade (love the concatenated name) and the contributors have done. SU is responsible for keeping me up to date and interested in the Saab brand, well besides the love I have for my cars! Good luck to you and thank you!

Anders
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Anders
5 years 6 months ago

Thanks Swade, and here’s a lyckospark straight from Trollhättan! I hope you stay in touch with us and still post something every now and then when you feel you have something important or not so important to say.

Steve C.
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Steve C.
5 years 6 months ago

With the Saab news of the Geneva show essentially complete, I was waiting for this next bit of important news. The Geneva show was a good distraction from thinking about what’s next for Swade and SU. As I watched the great team coverage, I was thinking about the future model for SU and the specifics of Swade’s announcement makes lots of sense given what he prepared us for. Now we know for sure and begin the transition.

Thanks and congratulations but not good bye!

Saabboy1
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Saabboy1
5 years 6 months ago

Swade, I have been reading your blog now since 2005. It will not be the same without you. Fantastic job you did throughout the years bringing the best news and information about our beloved company.
Best Wishes

J Fan
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J Fan
5 years 6 months ago

Well done so far, Swade! You’ve created something brilliant, I look forward to hearing about your next adventures!

If Saab could hand out knighthoods, I’m sure you’d be on the list.

Peter Nässén
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Peter Nässén
5 years 6 months ago

Thanks for all those years, Swade, and good luck in the future.
A question: Where, geographically, will the site have its centre now?

Greetings

maanders
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maanders
5 years 6 months ago
This sounds like the best possible solution, given what you need to do for yourself and your family, Swade! I am glad to hear you will continue to be around as an contributor from time to time and also participate in the community as your time allows (which is what the rest of us do 🙂 ). But I am very glad to hear of your trust and confidence in TimR. You have set a standard here at SU for how we learn about Saab, how we have fun, but also how we treat each other in the SU community,… Read more »
hc thing
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hc thing
5 years 6 months ago
congratulations to you Swade and your family, to find a successor of your caliber is not a easy task. This page is a 24/7 job, and normaly from Offshore – such a job will give 2 week off every 2 week of work, to enjoy home life. We do know that you are having your privat job and the Saabsunited ONLY was a hobby like TV, walking, football ore Saab´s. Saab enthusiasts all over – including VM and JA – are grateful for your effort, there would not have been a Saab in Trollhättan to day, if the Saabsunited dintn… Read more »
Kanundrum
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Kanundrum
5 years 6 months ago

I would Hope Saab would pick you up and permanently put you on the payroll. What ever your future entails I hope we do not stop hearing from you regardless in one form or another.

Adrian
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Adrian
5 years 6 months ago

Time to put your feet up, Swade. You’ve earned a footnote in Saab history. Congrats, mate.

rodmylon
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rodmylon
5 years 6 months ago

I still think you should be “Global PR Director” at Saab on full time! 🙂
We’ll see what the future brings. And thanks for all the years of exceptionally high-standard reading! Hope you find what you’re looking for. And another thanks for letting SU live on. It’s such a heart of the Saab community.

And I hope you stick around for the “Djup Strupe” parts. The insiders trust you, and should continue to do so! =)

hughw
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hughw
5 years 6 months ago

1. Along with the rest of us, I’m curious about the ” little work here and there” that you will be dong for Saab.

2. Also, curious about Tim’s nationality and from what time zone he’ll be operating from.

maanders
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maanders
5 years 6 months ago

On (1), maybe Swade will be conducting “long term road tests” on new models (as is done at Edmunds.com) and then blogging about that several times a year and also offering feedback to Saab. 🙂

saabista63
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saabista63
5 years 6 months ago

Swade,

that sounds very, very good.
Your family deserves great respect for all their patience and understanding.
Everyone who has been visting this site regularily over the last months and years owes you more than we’ll ever be able to pay back. Without your contribution, the New SAAB wouldn’t be what it is.

But let’s look into the future now:
I’m very glad the site will be able to carry on. There is nothing to equal SU in the SAAB community.
And of course, I do hope we’ll read something by Swade once in while.

Thank you and good luck

saabista63

Tiago do Vale
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5 years 6 months ago

I’ll be here, sure all of us will 🙂 Scary transition though…
I really hope Saab treats yo to what you deserve and makes it all worthwhile!! 🙂 You deserve it and a lot more!

Cheers to SU and you!!!

Alexander M
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Alexander M
5 years 6 months ago

My best regards and wishes go with you. Thanks for all those years!
Good luck Swade!
Griffin UP!

Alexander M

Coggs
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Coggs
5 years 6 months ago
Kind of taking the wind out of the sails after the euphoria of the last few weeks (Geneva, Phoenix, NG 95 SC, watching Castriota hold take down Bangle) but can’t say we were not warned (some of us earleir than others). Still sad to have the day that much closer. But at least we know what’s in the plans now. Best of luck to Tim. I’m sure he will do a fine job or you would have closed it down. Hopefully the SU sale will be much more like GM to Spyker transfer of ownership than Saab to GM, and… Read more »
Mellechmann
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Mellechmann
5 years 6 months ago

Hm… the past weeks I had a strange feeling that this will come some day. I wish you all the best Swade, you’re amazing and you will always be. Thanks a lot for everything, in times where fans of Saab needed informations about there beloved company you always were there for us. Thanks again.

Jason H
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Jason H
5 years 6 months ago

Greetings from California and thanks for all the hard work Swade! Your efforts have been appreciated by so many.

saim
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saim
5 years 6 months ago

Dear Steven!
Thank you for your time and work over the years, and your effort to keep Saab alive in a very difficult time.
SU was and still will be my first and my last site I open day by day.

Best wishes for you and your familiy!

Martin, Austria

James Bibb
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James Bibb
5 years 6 months ago

Steve…wonderful run with this and back with the original site. You gave us isolated SAAB nuts up here in Alaska a place to be. Thank you very much.

Lasse
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Lasse
5 years 6 months ago

All the best to you and your family, Swade! I cannot express in words how much I appreciate your contribution. You have really become an important part of the more recent Saab history. Yes, I have read TTela. Good luck with this! And, I really hope that you will stay as a regular here at SU. Welcome back as a reader and commenter then!

Ralph
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Ralph
5 years 6 months ago

So long then, and see you around!

Seb C
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Seb C
5 years 6 months ago

Thank you Steven for being the major force helping keep the SAAB spirit alive in all of us.

Sébastien
Montréal, Qc

Robert Stratford
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Robert Stratford
5 years 6 months ago

I can’t say how glad I am the TS/SU legacy will live on. Swade, you’ve been nothing short of amazing. It’s somewhat mind boggling to see how you went from an enthusiast with a blog to–dare I say–one of the most influential players in the Saab story today.

mr_ebbot
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mr_ebbot
5 years 6 months ago

Great Works! Best of luck to you Steven and to the newbies that takes care of the site!

I still remeber when I tried to compete with Tompa on providing swedish info to the site. I stopped because it was useless… 🙂

Richard
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Richard
5 years 6 months ago
Congratulations Steven! Your passion, dedication, TENACITY and balanced coverage of everything Saab in the past five years has been nothing short of incredible. I don’t think it can be overstated that SU and TS have brought the worldwide Saab community together in a way that no other automobile marque has ever had. And I would suggest that through your platform and steady, passionate voice, YOU brought this community together which ultimately resulted in the successful sale of Saab. Saab is alive in large part because of a blogger from Tasmania cares enough to unite us all. Saabs United indeed. Best… Read more »
SaabKen
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SaabKen
5 years 6 months ago
Swade, as bittersweet as it feels to know you won’ be the sole proprietor of SU, I support your decision and wish you all the best in the transition and afterwards. As someone who made a major job/career change recently, I know the value of “re-claiming” one’s life back, especially when family is involved. I’m confident TimR will carry on in the spirit that you would have done. And speaking of spirit, I suppose you will remain a “spiritual advisor” of sorts behind the new SU. All the best. New beginnings. PS: when are you coming back to “this side”… Read more »
Henrik
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Henrik
5 years 6 months ago

If there were going to be a change, this is exactly how I´d wanted it. When I started reading the post I thought to myself “he will drop by here from time to time won´t he?” And thankfully this seems to be the case.
Thank you Steven for what you built, your exceptional work, and welcome Tim!

mo
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mo
5 years 6 months ago

gotta do what you gotta do, and im very pleased that you found a buyer that you trust, that makes me really happy. in all i guess we all hope that you are happy with this decision, and it certainly seems that way. it will be great that you still will be contributing sometimes.

maanders
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maanders
5 years 6 months ago

I know this is off topic, but I was just reading at Saabnet that we have lost a member of our community here. David Calabrese of Las Vegas passed away on 2 March from injuries suffered in an auto accident in late February. At Saabnet, he went by DavidC (not sure what nickname he used here on SU).

Thread on Saabnet General topics forum

News article

Ted Y
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5 years 6 months ago

Sad to hear. There are some photos of him here:
http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/vSAAB/message/41926

North Toronto Punter
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5 years 6 months ago

I’m shocked to read this! Sat beside David at the North American Owner’s Convention Sponsor’s Dinner [ Aurora, Ohio] this past summer (along with several who had made the journey from Canada). I recall clearly the conversation: Engineering background…passion… ‘Old School’ (in the best sense). Never met the man before that night, but at the end of the dinner felt like one had broken bread with an old friend.
Condolences to Friends and Family.

bejaks
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bejaks
5 years 6 months ago

Thanks for this time Swade and good luck with whatever you decide to do in the future.

Z!
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Z!
5 years 6 months ago

Hey Man, I will really miss you!
best wishes from Z!

JL
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JL
5 years 6 months ago

Wise decision to seek to restore a normal life (on a side note – I´m about to do the same and it´s with a great sense of relief, so I congratulate you do that!). I am sure that this website will progress and flourish according to your spirit, hand in hand with our darling SAAB 🙂 Thanks for making this possible and great to learn that you will continue to make contributions! I am excited to see the future of SU!!

matsvbg
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matsvbg
5 years 6 months ago

Thank you Steven for all you’ve done for Saab and all of us who live and breathe Saab to one degree or another…. I wish you and Trish all the best now tha you try something new. Next time you are in Trollhättan dammit I’m buying lunch or whatever….and there’s a few liters of petrol with your name on it too…..

Tim, great meeting you today, I can see why Steven has trust in you and I wish you and the new SU team all the best !

//Mats

Talladegan
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Talladegan
5 years 6 months ago

I’m reallty happy that you’re happy Swade. Trust is what matters and we trust your judgement with your baby’s future.

Chris

P.S. If that ad competition fudge is on the way before the handover I’d love to taste it (just kidding but it sure did look nice on their website 🙂 )

Talladegan
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Talladegan
5 years 6 months ago
Just a quick footnote to say that since I first joined this community it has become my first web port of call each day, and my last. I check in on my phone during the day too. You have achieved a massive amount and probably more than the majority of us will ever know behind the scenes too. I salute you Swade and wish you all the very, very best. Why not write a memoir of the last 2 years for us…when youn find the time? Until then I hope you can enjoy the freed up time with your family,… Read more »
Curvin O'Rielly
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Curvin O'Rielly
5 years 6 months ago

My standard first blog every day, too.

BAM
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BAM
5 years 6 months ago

Thank you for all you’ve done! And thanks to your family for sharing your time, skill, and passion.

Well done, sir! Bravo.

Alexandre
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Alexandre
5 years 6 months ago

Thank you and good luck.
Hopefully you’ll feel an itch to post more often than not.

Marcus
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Marcus
5 years 6 months ago

I only want to thank you for your work for Saab and for this Site.
The emotional part of your work for Saab is much more you can believe and will last.
Optimism about Saab has much power to help the Brand and I am really very sorry, that many websites – also the great site in my country Germany – is full of people, which were only negative about the Future.
Therefore I wish you the Best for your private Future and I wish this Site beeing the same for a long Time.

Marcus from Germany

Eric I
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Eric I
5 years 6 months ago

After reading almost daily for the last two years, my first comment will be the most momentous ever–to say thanks and congrats for the amazing work that Steven has put into this site. I’ve hung on many of his words and pictures, relished the online companionship, and admired the wisdom and steadiness of his leadership. Lykke til, mann!

A-RO 95
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A-RO 95
5 years 6 months ago

Hi Steve,

More greetings from Germany.

Well life goes on and everything evolves or dies. I am sure this next step will be good and interesting for both the site and for you and your family. I wish you all the best and look forward to reading your special contributions. As has been mentioned before this site is the ultimate source for all things Saab and, as far as I can tell, unique for any automotive brand. I congratulate Tim and I am sure that Swades trust is well placed.

Chip
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5 years 6 months ago

Swade,

Good on ya, mate. Thanks for all your help over the years.

Cheers
Chip

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