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Saab-meeting in Gävle last Sunday

July 31, 2014 in Events, Fan Stuff

Last Sunday there was a realy nice Saab-meeting in Gävle, Sweden, a couple of  hours north of Stockholm. I finally decided Friday evening to set of early Saturday morning in my 9-5 Aero, and thought this will be a nice trip over the weekend. And sure it was! Keywords are nice people, great warm weather (approx. +30 deg. C) and good looking cars in wonderful surroundings!

DSC_9201_50The local guys from Gävle had like when I visited them last year done a very good job planing the meeting; they had managed to borrow a 2014 9-3 Aero from the local dealer in Bollnäs so visitors could have a closer look at the car, Saab Turbo Club of Sweden was there with their clubshop and a some great guys talking about the club, there was local company that have new body-panels for SAABs for sale, and finally the guys from Gävle that have a tent there they sold lottery tickets for their big lottery. Their lottery is worth a few words, it’s probably one of the few lotteries where the value of the prizes are bigger then the value of all the tickets… :) So if you’re early on site you actually can buy all the tickets and still earn on it compared to buy all the prizes. The most of the prizes are related to cars and are sponsored by many companies, like our friends at Maptun – so it’s no local home-made handicraft you can win here!

We first meet up at the local SAAB-dealer in Gävle, Eriksson Bilteam, and after some small-talk and kicking some tyres we went together to the meeting point a few kilometres outside Gävle city. Here you had the chance to look at the different cars from the classic two-strokes to the newer 9-5s. Here could you find almost all of the common Saab-models, the one I noticed was missing was the 92 and 93, and the more rare 9-4 and 9-7. Actually I spotted a 9-2x, hard-to-find here in Sweden.  A accurate number of cars and guests that was visiting during the day is hard to say exactly, since there was no need to sign up, and many came and left during the day, but I heard 120 cars, and I believe that is quite right. There also where some great activities during the day; Throw a turbo as long you can, hold a flywheel as long you can, and my favourite: a Saab-quiz. If you was hungry or warm after all the activities, it was possible to buy a grill buffet in the restaurant, or you could simply go 100 meters from the cars for a refreshing dip in the lake.  At the end of the day a few of us cruised the few miles down to Tierp Arena, a world class drag-racing arena for a very interesting guided tour, and some pizzas afterwards down town Tierp.

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All in all a really nice weekend, I will definitive come back next year if I have the chance!
A few photos from the day, I managed to forgot my big memory-card at home, so I found a 512MB card in the Aero, but some photos are better then none photos! ;)
PS. This young mate over here was totally lost in the middle of the road, or maybe it was more comfortable to walk on asphalt???

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Hirsch Performance Day and Book Signing (UK)

July 6, 2014 in Events, Fan Stuff, Hirsch

SouthWestSaab in conjunction with Astley Saab are holding a Hirsch performance day here in Yeovil, Somerset, on Saturday the 13th of September giving Saab owners a no obligation opportunity to a ‘try before you buy’ engine upgrade on their own car.

This not only improves the performance, but more importantly enhances the way the engine responds during all everyday driving situations, giving the driver increased torque and flexibility. This in turn creates a more relaxing and therefore enjoyable car to drive.

Alex has recently had the upgrade done to his 9-3 2.0t convertible and has had the opportunity to experience the results for himself during the Saabs on the Marches driving tour.

“I am very impressed with the extra torque available and am convinced it has made the car more relaxing to drive, with less throttle required, along with reduced gear changing on the hills.
My average fuel consumption over the whole event, including motorway driving at a steady seventy, was 35 Mpg…very impressive indeed!”

Also at the event will be Lance Cole, the author of the recent ‘Saab Cars the Complete Story’, to sign copies of his book and will be very pleased to personally sign your copy if you already have one on the day. He will also bring along a few prints of his Saab Paintings for you to look at.

So come down and see what a difference a Hirsch upgrade can do for your engine at ‘very special’ on the day prices, along with other special offers on Saturday the 13th September.

Although SWS are organising this, you don’t have to be a SOC member, just a big lovable Saab enthusiast.

Refreshments will be provided.

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2014 Canadian SAAB Owner’s Convention Recap

July 1, 2014 in Clubs, Events, News, SAAB Club of Canada, Saab Museum, SAAB Parts North America

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Hello everyone,

We had a wonderful inaugural Canadian SAAB Owner’s Convention in Toronto, Canada this weekend. We are grateful for the support of SAAB owner’s from all over Canada as well as those who traveled from as far as Kansas, Wisconsin, Missouri, Rhode Island, Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey to name a few from the United States. Without your support, this event would not have been a success as you have made it.

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The weekend was filled with great seminars. One of the highlights being the SAAB Car Museum seminar by
Peter Backstrom. We were honored that he was able to join us for this convention.
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(Photo by David Tran)

There were many great cars from vintage to the current new generation 9-5. SAAB owners have an overwhelming pride in their cars. Too many pictures to include in this post, though.
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white spg
classic green convertible
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A special thanks to all of our sponsors who helped make this event possible:
Presenting Sponsor: SAAB Parts North America, Stage 9, SAAB of London/Ultimate Automobiles, Factory Tire,
Novus Tech, Concours Touch Auto Detailing, SAAB Club of Canada, SAAB Club of North America and NINES Magazine, Aktive Motors, BOOST Customs, Hot Rod Scott’s, and ONPOINT Dyno & Race Service.

This convention was organized as an opportunity for SAAB owners to get together to share their love and passion for this iconic brand. In the process, friendships were made that will last a lifetime. The SAAB community has weathered a tough few years. The brand is as unique as its owners and for some, their loyalty is immeasurable.

Thank you again to all who attended. Hope you had as much fun as we had in meeting all of you.
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(Photo by David Tran)

-Please copy and paste link below to see more pictures from the convention by Nickolay Kachev:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/kachevnikolay/sets/72157645011666780/

-Please copy and paste link below to see more pictures from the convention by Kobie Mercury-Clarke:

http://s87.photobucket.com/user/kobie2/library/Canadian%20SAAB%20owners%20convention%20June%2028%202014

Regards,

Saxel

Co-Event Coordinator

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Canadian SAAB Owner’s Convention- Toronto, Canada- June 28 & 29, 2014

June 28, 2014 in Events, News, SAAB Club of Canada, SAAB Parts North America

Hello from Toronto, Canada!

We are all so excited about the first ever Canadian SAAB Owner’s Convention happening this weekend.

More information can be found at www.saabconvention.ca

I packed up my car for the trip…..proudly displaying my saabsunited license plate.
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Just arrived at the host hotel, the Westin Bristol Place.
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Nice to see the presenting sponsor, SAAB Parts North America setting up their tent.
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Glad to have SAAB of London/Ultimate Automobiles as a sponsor. They have brought several cars to the convention…love the custom Canadian convention logo on the hoods of their cars.
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Owner’s and enthusiasts are starting to arrive for the convention tomorrow. A big thank you to all of our sponsors and to Peter Backstrom from the SAAB Museum. He will be flying in on Sunday to conduct a seminar and will be a speaker at the banquet gala.

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Even though SAAB is going through some uncertain times with many challenges ahead, owner’s in Canada and the U.S. still have a soft spot for a brand that defies logic. The SAAB Spirit is alive and well in North America! Looking forward to seeing everyone this weekend!

Regards,

Saxel

Co-Event Coordinator

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Lafrentz’ Saab meet in Kiel June 13th/14th

June 24, 2014 in Events

_L5F1561For the past two weeks Anna and I have been trekking around Germany in my 9-5. Stops along the way: Berlin, Kiel, Wolfsburg and Düsseldorf.

Berlin & Düsseldorf because I happen to be a 178 cm tall Stones fan (i.e. a medium to large fan) and they just happened to be playing those towns (if any of you have two spare tickets for Stockholm, let me know).

Wolfsburg because RedJ and his wife lives nearby and we enjoy hanging out with them. Apparently they have an automobile factory down there too.

Kiel… Well, as Trued reported there was a Saab meet taking place there last weekend. Knowing that Autohaus Lafrentz have specialized themselves on the NG 9-5 I decided it was an opportune moment to check them out.

Ethan in the background getting the coffee going. Meanwhile a hungry Norwegian dude (behind the camera) is about to pounce on the breakfast buffet long before everyone has arrived.

Ethan in the background getting the coffee going. Meanwhile a hungry Norwegian dude (behind the camera) is about to pounce on the breakfast buffet long before everyone has arrived.

The event was one of the most pleasant Saab weekends I have ever participated in. Lafrentz had gone all out and provided free food and beverages for the 34 NG 9-5 owners who signed up for the event in addition to a hefty bag of swag (flashlight, Hirsch cap and a usb memory stick among other things). Friday evening we enjoyed a nice barbeque, followed by a hearty breakfast the next day, and finally the big dinner on Saturday. In between the scheduled activities we got to talk to old and new friends and see lots of great 9-5s, including eight of the pre-production combis.

After seeing some of the neat stuff Lafrentz have in stock, it dawned on me just how significant they have become in the NG 9-5 community: Replacement dashboard fascia (as previously reported by RedJ), rare 9-5 SC parts secured after the bankruptcy and some upgrades intended for future 9-5s.

Case in point: A fellow Norwegian had his 9-5 retrofitted with a back-up camera. The job was completed in about eight hours, and a new discovery was made along the way: MY11 sported a different wiring harness between the transmission and the steering wheel. MY10 seems to be better prepared for this particular upgrade than its slightly newer sibling. Wires have to be Read the rest of this entry →

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Team Tidö – Gothenburg City Race 2014

June 16, 2014 in Events, Fan Stuff, Team Tido

The spectacular Gothenburg City Race marked round two of the 2014 STCC campaign – with Team Tidö enjoying its strongest showing so far between the Armco barriers. This is the story of how Richard Göransson claimed a second consecutive podium behind the wheel of his SAAB 9-3

Well done and thank you for sharing

Pictures from track day @ Kinnekulle Ring with the Saab Turbo Club of Sweden

June 15, 2014 in Events, Saab Turbo Club of Sweden, Sweden

Hi everyone!

Yesterday, Saturday, we in the Saab Turbo Club of Sweden had a track day at Kinnekulle Ring here in Sweden.

Here are some images that I took during the day:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/118244732790388411862/albums/6025209978852705441

STCS

Best Regards
Michael Törnros
President
Saab Turbo Club of Sweden

Photos from Trionic Summer Meet 2014

June 4, 2014 in Events, Fan Stuff

Last Sunday it was time for Trionic Summer Meet 2014 in Trollhättan. The Trionic Group is a bunch of local enthusiasts from Göteborg-area and they usually meet in that area.  But for their summer meet they took the trip up to Trollhättan, and arranged a meeting at the parking lot at Saab Car Museum. I don’t know exactly how many cars we where in total at the show-parking and the public-parking because there were many that come and went during the day (no sign-up was required), but it was a lot of cars! Regardless, it was a hot and sunny beautiful day in Trollhättan with very nice people, and as a bonus the Saab Car Museum were open so those who want could see the collection in the museum, and if you wanted to cool down a bit you were able to buy the very special good tasting local produced ice cream they sell at the museum =)

Winner of the “Best in show” was Adam Wennerholm from Trollhättan with his good looking 9-3 “Smokey” Vector SC TTiD modified with Aero optics and Hirsch details.

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Swedish Day UK 2014

May 22, 2014 in Events, News

Swedish Day 2014 was our 7th event and this year also moved to a new home. Our new location was the beautiful setting of Haslebury Mill, which is located just outside Crewkerne. A fantastic 19th Centaury Mill with lots of history everywhere you look.
Traditionally Swedish Day always takes place on the Sunday with a carvery held on the Saturday evening. This year we added a new item to the mix in the guise of a Road Tour. The idea was Etienne Morsa’s who lives in Belgium and between him and his friends at “The Saab Farm” they produced a very leisurely 60 mile route taking in Muchelney Pottery, Perrys Cider and the seaside town of Lyme Regis. The tour was so popular that we will arrange for another drive in 2015.
The Carvery on the Saturday night was very popular and we managed to fill the attic restaurant with very happy diners. A big thank you to the chef and staff for making everybody very happy.

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Dragon Saab ‘Spring Roll’ Rally

April 10, 2014 in Events

  • Well, the much anticipated Dragon Saab event of 2014 titled ‘Spring Roll’ took place on Sunday amongst concerns over the impending weather. The clouds were low, the skies ominously dark but thankfully the rain held off, for the first part of our day at least! Things got under way from 9AM to 10AM where some 21 Saab’s gathered in preparation for the start of our convoy. It was fantastic to see each of the cars arrive and take a place in the line up with many onlookers taking time out to admire the spectacle. Considering this is a relatively new club/SOC group, we were overwhelmed by the terrific support for the event with some SAABISTAS travelling from as far afield as Plymouth, Birmingham and the West Country.

 

P1010184Following chats and early morning coffee the convoy got under way and began it’s 5 mile run to the Cardiff Bay Barrage where we had been granted special permission to access and cross the barrage which is not normally open to traffic. This really was a spectacle to behold as each car in turn checked in by barrage control and allowed to proceed to an area of the roadway where we all lined up for some great photo opportunities.

It was then on to our reserved parking area where we were allowed to stay for a couple of hours to either take a stroll and take in the exceptional scenery, visit one of the many attractions including the Dr Who Experience or just take a coffee and chat.

It was soon time to re group in preparation to leave the barrage and take in a quick tour of the marina before heading to the picturesque Penarth esplanade and pier. This was the beginning of our convoy tour of the Welsh Heritage Coast which was to cover 70 miles, passing through some beautiful coastline and countryside and onward to our first stop at stunning Ogmore-By-Sea. By now the threatening rain had materialised but in some ways only added to the dramatic feel of the location.

By now it was getting a little cold so following yet more photographing we moved off to head for our final stop which was a late lunch at the Wenvoe Arms, which incidentally is now run by one of my ex Saab dealership customers. He was delighted to host our lunch and was so pleased to see so many Saab cars in his car park. We also surprised Anne Dallimore with a card and flowers as she was celebrating her birthday with us, what better way to celebrate a birthday than a lovely Saab rally!

This was a great day spent with a lot of old friends and quite a few new ones. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Cardiff Bay Harbour Authority in particular Chris Seddon, Simon Allen, Mark Cranmore and Andrea Davies who expressed the greatest enthusiasm in allowing us to visit the barrage and who have already granted us permission to use it again next year if we wish. We even had a mention in our local newspaper, see photos.

Here are a few links to member photos and videos of our day, and again a particular thank you here to Kyle, Chris and Alex whose photographic prowess is superb! (due to an internal issue you may have to copy and paste these links into your browser)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/39959182@N05/sets/72157643540704563/

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7668zeysfdlwysg/L2dtOg1M8O

https://www.flickr.com/photos/99884442@N03/sets/72157643669475805/

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A powerful event happening in Sweden on May 29th

April 7, 2014 in Events

This is an event that will most likely be remembered as the most important one of 2014!

More info coming shortly!