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Follow Up: A very special day at Castle Coombe.

September 29, 2014 in Events, Fan Stuff

Some of you may recall a post I put up a few weeks ago entitled “Lets all try to make this a very special day for one true SAAB enthusiast.” http://www.saabsunited.com/?s=Castle+Coombe

Well the day of the event came with six of our Dragon Saab members driving in convoy from Wales to the venue at Castle Coombe. We arrived early morning with great anticipation about how many Saab’s would turn up on the day. The morning saw a steady flow of cars arriving from all over the UK until it’s climax where we had a fantastic display comprising of 51 SAABS!!!

During the morning the sole person this gathering was organised for, Mark, arrived and was totally overwhelmed by the incredible turnout. The weather during the week leading up to the event had been truly awful with continuous rain, even through the night prior to the big day. But even that worked out well for us with sunshine and a few clouds but other than that a completely dry day.

Despite this  being a previously arranged track day at Castle Coombe organised by the Bristol Pegasus Motor Club, when the organisers heard of our story and what we were trying to do they accommodated us extremely well by not just giving us a fantastic display area for all our cars but even finding time to halt the days’ track events and allowing us to have a SAAB parade around the track for our dear friend Mark Ovens aka Parish for whom the whole day was dedicated. Mark rode up front with David Dallimore in his concours 99 Turbo 2 door. Expecting to maybe being allowed two laps of the circuit we were given time to have FIVE full laps! At one point with each car being spaced out we had the spectacle of the entire track from start line to finish being occupied by the amazing sight of nothing but SAABS!!!!!

During my many years working at SAAB dealerships I had acquired two bottles of champagne specially bottled for SAAB to commemorate both the launch of the second generation 900 and also a Lauren Perrier bottle marking 50 years of SAAB in the UK. These had been hidden away at home since the nineties while I often wondered what to do with them. This day seemed to be the perfect opportunity to make good use of them. I gave one to Mark and his wife to take home and decided to try a raffle for the Lauren Perrier. I thought if we could raise somewhere nearing £50 I would be delighted with all proceeds going to the Forever Friends Appeal. We decided to not put a price on the ticket but instead for people to buy one for whatever they felt they could manage. From the sale of the very first ticket we knew the success of this raffle was going to far exceed £50. The generosity of our gathered friends raised a staggering £241!!! All of which went to Mark and Karen to donate to the Forever Friends Appeal, the hospice who are providing cancer care for Mark.

Parish at Castle Coombe

The winner of the raffle, our great friend and well known Dr Oz Reid has since decided to once again raffle that bottle of champagne at the forthcoming Neo Bros open day, again, with all proceeds going to the same appeal. I think that gesture alone sums up what a wonderful spirit of camaraderie still exists within our family.

To summarise, the entire day went perfectly, one could sense the feeling of warmth and sensitivity surrounding it. I can tell you that Mark and Karen were staggered by the turnout and Karen told me that thankfully Mark just happened to have one of his better days and so was able to see the entire day out to the end.

On behalf of Mark & Karen, I would like to say a huge thank you to the organisers at Castle Coombe and all who turned up on the day with their many beautiful SAABS. A great and very memorable day was had by all. Our continued best wishes go out to Mark, Karen and their family.

Please check out the links below for some great pictures and videos.

http://gallery.bristolpegasus.com/2014/Castle-Combe-Track-Day/i-sVGWfNG
http://s653.photobucket.com/user/Naranto/slideshow/Parishs%20Day%20Out?sort=6
https://www.flickr.com/photos/27487434@N04/sets/72157646640502519/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4g2f5x7SkcM
Click here to view Castle Combe 2014 Edits_

Saab CabrioChallenge 2014

September 29, 2014 in Events, Fan Stuff

From our friend Mioh we got a little report and a nice picture from CabrioChallenge 2014.
As always when I read and hear about the CabrioChallenge I’m thinking “damn, NEXT year I’m going to join them…”. This year wasn’t a exception, and I guess I’m saying the same next year ;)
Thanks Mioh for sharing!

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This years CabrioChallenge took place in a glorious sunshine, on the west coast of Sweden, on Saturday August 16th. CabrioChallenge is a annually event since 2008, and this year it attracted a large number of happy and pleasant Saab enthusiasts from Sweden and Norway.

The meeting jumped the gun a litle easy Friday night in Håverud with a dinner for those who were at location the evening before the start.

On Saturday morning we were all gathered at the aqueduct in Håverud. After the welcome greeting, a light breakfast and distribution of the roadbook the topless Saabs was heading westbound, to the coast. On the roads though Dalsland we were passing churches, lakes, some mooses, petroglyphs and two very short rain showers.
cabriochallenge004_2014_02Note: In the right speed it’s no problem to ride topless in even heavy rain. However, a problem can occur when you have to slow down because speed limits or traffic in front of you…

In Grebbestad we saw the sea for the first time during this meeting, and then we followed the coast southbound. On some beautiful roads on the mainland next to the coastline we drive through villages like Fjällbacka, Hamburgsund, Bovallstrand och Hunnebostrand. When we arrived Kungshamn the lunch was served a few meters from the sea with Smögen in sight. Here we also take the now obligatory group photo.

After lunch and the photo-shoot we drove through Bohusläns hilly landscape to the final destination for the day; Vann Spa (“Water Spa”) at Färlevfjorden. Here we enjoyed rexaxing baths, good food and a nice atmosphere the entire evening in a true Saab spirit!

Sunday morning started with a dip in the sea, and a real breakfast. After that we checked out we headed in a convoy for Saabs home-town, Trollhättan. In Trollhättan we visited Saab Car Museum and tasted the Saab Ice Cream the museum sells.

Satisfied and happy the participants thanked for themselves, and the organizers Anna, Fredrik, Lena, Andreas, Jessica and Mikael thanked the participants for a great weekend and wished everyone welcome to Saab CabrioChallenge 2015, scheduled to Småland and with a end somewhere at the east coast.

For more info; http://www.cabriochallenge.se/

 

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Hirsch Performance Day and Book Signing (UK) “update”

September 11, 2014 in Events, Fan Stuff, Hirsch

Our Hirsch Performance Day is almost here so I wanted to give you an update.
One of the nice treats for the Day is the opportunity to test drive a limited edition 9-3 Carlsson, 1 of only 96 made. Its for sale too but you can drive it with for a few miles with Jerry’s pleasure. Please bring along your licences.

Jerry will have quite a few other offers for all on the day including a thorough convertible roof clean. He will do a half and half before and after clean and you can book in an appointment for another day. A total exhaust system clean is another idea and mine will go through this during the morning.

There will be cakes and drinks too and time for chatting.

Lance will be bringing a few paintings along including a new Classic 900 five door. Don’t forget to bring your books for signing.

See you Saturday, from 9.00 onwards.

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.

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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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)
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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.
vintage blue
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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)

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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.
Westin

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.
SAAB London

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.

SAAB Parking

Antique SAAB

NG 9-5

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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