Russian movie of Vladimir Antonov in SU 99 Turbo Rally car

https://youtu.be/nBpl-CzXi_I

This a very “RAW” copy I was given way after the 2010 Rally to the midnight sun. It was originally ment to be part in the making of the new history of SAAB with its new ownership and leadership both internally in SAAB and as a clip in a russian motors television program featuring Vladimir Antonov and his participation in the classic Swedish Rally. I was given an embargo for some years not to show this videoclip. Due to various copyright issus I suppose. But now when SAAB as a carmaker is gone I feel it is OK to finally show the SAAB enthusiast world an interesting piece of the brand history. Something that could have been so different. Political and and other dark forces stopped it all. The SU Historic Rally Team was planned to expand into a 15 car international team that should travel and compete worldwide. I even got started to plan for 10 more cars in addition to the 5 SAAB 99 Turbo cars that I had made. Well that is all history now but please enjoy this movie.

sonett71
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It was great to watch this video. Thank’s a lot for sharing! Things have changed a lot, but the cars is still out there and can perform!

Angelo V.
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I’m still not sure I fully understand why the Russian investment in Muller’s Saab was thwarted. The odds have been so stacked against Saab—-it’s one of the saddest stories in automotive history.

saabboy1
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I know, your so right. If GM allowed Victor to take the money from Vladimir Saab would be alive and well today. In the end it was GM that crashed Saab, not Victor. How things could have been..

Monique Hubrechts
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Monique Hubrechts

Yes but the closure by Gm was not only their decision alone.

Monique Hubrechts
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Monique Hubrechts

BY the way victor muller has a stand nr in geneva with spyker cars. HE never gave up and find some money again.

blairrob
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While I understand there are many supporters (and acquaintances) of Mr. Muller and Mr. Antonov here belief in the intentions and integrity of the two is not universal, and Mr. Antonov’s banking background in Russia is, at best, controversial. They may well have been able to save Saab as an ongoing concern, or they may not, and they may or may not have had honest intentions, but I am of the view filling their pockets was their first goal. They remind me of mining promoters here in Canada who are very good at raising money but not so great at… Read more »
Monique Hubrechts
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Monique Hubrechts

All the above was said to him at the purchase of saab during a 20 minute interview on dutch tv , see the video still online he was also heavily attacked about his own investment. Spyker went bankrupt too but he made a restart.

Monique Hubrechts
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Monique Hubrechts

And he was interviewed by 5 persons at the same time and was not getting nervous.

Monique Hubrechts
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Monique Hubrechts

His family and victor himself had a nice record in business. He is back in geneva himself. have you seen Mr bergman there to show his NEVS/saab car plans? Victor is there.

Monique Hubrechts
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Monique Hubrechts

He is of dutch origin, me too, I never bite in my own flesh.

blairrob
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He is certainly a very charismatic and energetic man, and I suspect fairly bright. Quite a character, in my opinion. I do hope Spyker succeeds. I still think of the Dutch as great yacht designers and builders, flower makers and skaters. Car makers, well I’m not so sure…..!!!

Monique Hubrechts
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Monique Hubrechts

We had DAF with the famous variomatic. There was also a nice rally version ask treud. Bought by volvo making volvos than bought mitsubishi making them than bought by bmw making Minis now. And some five top designers working for bmw,bentley, ferrari, alfa romeo etc. Not just tulips. THANK you for your post.

blairrob
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You’re welcome :>)

And I happily stand corrected, although I did have to google DAF.

Monique Hubrechts
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Monique Hubrechts

And ask landrover being a small brand what a designer can do for your brand: Named : Gerry Mc. Govern.

blairrob
Member

I surrender!!

Mick E. Bice
Member

It was Muller who sealed SAAB’s demise by involving the Chinese, a predictably disastrous move from which SAAB never recovered.

Angelo V.
Member

Was it GM who stopped this? I had heard at the time that it was the EU and Swedes who were opposed to him being involved.

Monique Hubrechts
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Monique Hubrechts

Yes the eib loan was withdrawn. But we have the purchase and the closure of saab two different things.

bpsorrel
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Simply because Antonov was facing trial for embezzlement of £400 million from Snoras Bank in Lithuania. He was awaiting extradition and was not thought to be a worthy investor in SAAB.

Monique Hubrechts
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Monique Hubrechts

Trued I was just looking for a way to take with me a small car on my camper trips. I ended up to see nas and canadian race drivers how they do it. They put 5 cars in large double floor campers, some of them take their ferrari road car with them. Did you use campers in us they say RV vehicles when you were on the way with the 5 99 turbos?

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