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For Saab fans in Trollhättan, West Coast Motor Show

September 27, 2013 in Events

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SAAB CabrioChallenge 2013

August 27, 2013 in Events, Fan Stuff

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The weekend 17th and 18th august the annual SAAB CabrioChallenge took place in Roslagen, Sweden. It was according to mioh (that were kind enough to send us some nice pictures) a great success with only happy people (as usual).
I can’t agree more myself, when I see this pictures should I wish I had a cab…
The following is a text  Fredrik (Sword) and Anna sent us:
Thanks to all three of you for sharing!
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SOC 2013 Followup

August 22, 2013 in Editorial, Events, Fan Stuff, News, SAAB Parts North America, USA

Before the Saab Owners Convention even started I had received an email from Christopher Wiseman from Saab Parts North America asking if it would be alright for Saab Parts to do a post on the event to let everyone know all about it. To say that SPNA were excited about being a part of this event and to meet everyone there would be an understatement. Since the event, I have received a number of emails from Christopher with photos from  and today this write up that was done by himself and Jeff Gorenflo.  Enjoy, this is a great read.

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by RobinM

Saab International 2013. Saturday.

August 4, 2013 in Events

It was a very busy day at the IntSaab2013 yesterday and our man, Martin, was everywhere. I know the Time Line Arc of Saabs was a great success and Martin has quite a few pictures to share.
As soon as he has sent them to me I will let you all know.
The night was finished off with a Celebration Banquet which included talks from VIPs and musical entertainment from a band called Backbeat.

Today, Sunday, is judging day for the many beautiful Saabs and the results will be later around 4.00pm.

Then the show closes with the formal hand over to Poland who will host the International in 2014 at Drawsko Lakeland.

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A message from the IntSaab13 website, Because of the arrangements we are afraid that just visiting on Sunday is not possible,

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Saab International 2013. Registration Day

August 3, 2013 in Events, Saab Clubs

As many of you know The Saab International 2013 is being held in Great Britain this year and is being hosted by The Saab Owners Club, The Saab Enthusiasts Club and UKSaabs. It is taking place at Wicksteed just out side Kettering, Northamptonshire.

Sadly, due to circumstances beyond my control, I can not be there but our man, Martin Lyons is there at the great Saab get together and will send me stories and pictures as the days un fold.

Yesterday was registration day and this saw Beautiful Saabs from many Countries arriving. Then the signing in and collecting of welcome packs. There was a chance to meet friends old and new and chat before being able to enjoy the park and sunshine.
Later in the evening there was a sit down dinner which was hosted by Eric Carlsson.

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Martin has sent me many picture, too many for here, so I have placed them on my Flickr page for all to see.

Today, amongst other things, there is a “Fifty Year Parade” of Saabs and this will have commentary by the Great Peter Bäckström from the Saab Car Museum in Trollhättan. The cars will be in driven and displayed in great big arc in the centre of the arena. One for every year that the SOC has been a club.

Neo Brothers will unveil their fantastic 96ss to the awaiting crowd and it will join the others in the arena.

This evening their will be a banquet and live music.

More news later.

 

 

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Saab 9-3 Racers in STCC Series

July 22, 2013 in Events, News, Sweden

A few weeks ago att Solvalla Trotting track converted to racetrack. Here are three Saab 9-3 STCC racers competing with some others brands. More on the series here http://www.stcc.se.

Some of You who visited the Saab Festival got to see one of the 9-3 racers on static display outside the museum. Now it is full speed. If You are in Stockholm over the weekend com and see Saab on the track again battle with old arch rivals like Volvo and BMW.

Lots of pictures here from todays shakedown and qualification day.

The Ride Of His Life

July 20, 2013 in Editorial, Events, Fan Stuff

281370_2298771073068_4619941_nIt’s that time of year again. Our friend Jim Coggeshall (Coggs) is once again setting out on an ambitious ride to raise money and awareness for cancer research. I say ambitious because for me, 200 miles sounds like a great drive not a bike ride. This has become and annual event for Jim and he has raised a lot of money over the years with the help of friends and readers like you to help end cancer. I personally don’t know anyone who has not in some way been affected by cancer. I have lost a grandparent myself and all of us here have lost friends, even very recently. Please read what Coggs has written and donate if you can. Lets show him that we are behind him and support his cause.

As I write, his goal is to raise $5000 this year and he has just hit $4630. I admire your dedication Jim and thank you for what you do. You do this and go through the journey with strength and wit that we all can learn from. I know you left it out of your write up here but your words of “I gave my left nut, had skin peeled from my face, a spear gun shoved up my butt, and twice rode a bicycle 200 miles to fight cancer. What can you do?” not only make me smile at your sense of humor but also force me to want to do more. You inspire my friend and I wish you nothing but the best in this trial before you.

Some of you may know me from my participation at various Saab events around the Northeastern US.  I’m the current owner of 5 Saabs (Sonett III, C900 & Viggen Verts, and a couple of 9-5 Combi’s) and a regular at Swedish Car Day, Carlisle, etc.  I have hosted numerous Saab events in New England over the past 4 or 5 years.  I am certified Saabinista!  However most likely you know me from reading my story here on SU as I made an annual shameless, but very worthy plea for support in an event that has become the highlight of my year.

Well, it’s that time of year again – and it’s sadly taken on extra importance this time.

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Over the last couple of years the readers of SU have risen to the call to help those fighting cancer by donating to an event I participate in every year. The event is a 200 mile charity bicycle ride across the state of Massachusetts called the Pan Mass Challenge to be held in a few weeks.  This event raises money for cancer research being done at the world renowned Dana Farber Cancer Institute – a facility in Boston I know all too well.  For the past two years I have participated in the event as a cancer survivor.  Unfortunately  I will be participating as patient again this year.  No secret that being diagnosed with cancer totally sucks.  This is the fourth time I’ve been give the bad news but that didn’t make it any easier.  But rather than feeling sorry for myself it just made me all the more determined to try and make a difference for those who are, or will be in the same situation I find myself in.

During the past two years SU readers have kicked in almost $3,000 of the $22,000 I have personally been able to contribute to the Dana Farber.  It is expected that the over 5,500 riders and their sponsors will be able to contribute over $37 million to the effort this year.  Not bad for some folks out for a weekend bike ride.  Please know that every single cent that donated to a rider goes directly to the Dana Farber.  All the event operating costs are underwritten by corporate sponsors.  A number of my close Saab friends are already aboard and I thank them for that.  Particular thanks go out to original SU site owner Swade who has been a great supporter both personally and as a spokesperson.  Also to Tim & Till for helping out last year.  I’m hoping a few more of you can become part of my team as I ride the 200 miles.  No donation is too small, or too large!  Last year I got a number of very Saab appropriate $9 donations.  But we are not going to cure my cancer or anybody else without research, and research takes money, lots of money.  As a three time survivor I’m a testament that we are making progress, but also that the work is far from finish (I have a new diagnosis, not a relapse)

That’s why we ride!

Here is a link to more about my story and a chance to donate:
http://www2.pmc.org/profile/JC0540

Jim Coggeshall

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Busy Weekend for SWS.

July 1, 2013 in Events

The big question? Did your club do anything this weekend?

As some of you may know Myself and my friend Alex started South West Saab a few years ago which is a local branch of the Saab Owners Club of Great Britain. Like many clubs around the world we take part in shows or car runs and on the odd occation we do two…..

This weekend was one of those.
Azzy and I drove our 9-5 Anniversary to a local car show called “Yeovil Classics”. As the name says it is a classic show but if you go as a club you can take any car which is why mine, being so young, was allowed to take part.
I have put a few pictures at my Flickr Page for you to take a look if you wish.

Alex was in charge of something bigger, in connection with the 50th year celebration that The Saab Club of Great Britain, he and Chris held a two day event in South Wales.

Here are a few words from Alex.

Saab Owners Club of GB ‘Saabs on the Marches’ Summer Driving tour.

This weekend Myself and fellow Saab Owners Club UK Member Chris Redmond organised a driving tour of the countryside know as the ‘Marches’ that border England and Wales.

Members from all over the UK attended the event based at the Hampton by Hilton hotel, and we were blessed with fantastic weather on both days of the tour.

The first day took us high up into the Brecon beacons, visiting some of the roads used by the television programme ‘Top Gear’ with some truly stunning views.

Day two saw us driving in the Wye valley, the border between England and Wales, finishing at Tintern Abbey for Lunch in the sunshine!

The event was open to all Members of the SOC, with fifteen cars taking place in the Rally, and the SOC were proud to have their president Eric Carlsson as their honoured guest.

Alex Rankin (Saab Owners Club of Great Britain and Member of the South West Saab branch)

What Alex did not tell you was that a couple of prototype Saabs were taking part in the tour. More of Alexs pictures can be found on his Flickr Page.

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SAAB Art And Passion

June 11, 2013 in Events, Fan Stuff, Saab Art

Over the weekend there was a nice meet of SAAB enthusiasts at Suchomel Auto. If you recall, back in January we had a post of where some of the auction vehicles had ended up and were introduced to Suchomel Auto who had purchased six of these cars including if I recall correctly Victor’s 9-5.

The meeting this past weekend brought a lot of enthusiasts together where they enjoyed each others company and were able to celebrate the 60th birthday of the General Manager Zdenek Suchomel.

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I found out about this event from an old friend of ours here Marek Maest who is an incredible artist and profiled on SAABSUNITED in the past. I am fortunate enough to have a black on black TurboX on my wall at home which was masterfully painted by him and he was nice enough to share the step by step process of that painting with all of us here. Marek describes Zdenek Suchomel as a legend in the SAAB community which is much like I feel of Marek and his body of work.

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The realism in this body of work continues to blow me away. The Sonnett in particular with all the shine points looking as if it will just drive off the canvas. The event also had an auction where some of the paintings were sold through a bidding process. Some of the other paintings that were on display are listed below as well as some photos from the event itself. He has never asked for me to send anyone his way but if anyone would like to get in touch with Marek for a painting of your own, feel free to email him at markmaest@gmail.com for a quote. Next on the list for the this group of SAAB fans is their annual SAAB Sessions where Marek will once again be setup with his live painting on site and I look forward to seeing all the photos and paintings from Slovakia.

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More photos from this event can be found here and if you are on Facebook, feel free to look at the public album of Marek’s here or look through his many other albums and paintings.

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International Saab Meeting 2013

June 10, 2013 in Events

Now that the fantastic Saab Festival in Trollhattan has taken place we look forward to the next big event with-in Europe.
As you know the International Saab Clubs Meeting takes place in Great Britain in 2013.

All the main details can be found at intsaab2013.com The latest news letter can be found, in pdf form, here .

For those who could not make it to Sweden and wanted to see the Neo Brothers Brilliant 96SS, well she will be there in all her glory.

Saabs United will be there doing a few interviews with myself, Azabeth and Martin Lyons getting in on the weekends actions and reporting back to you as often as we can.

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Saab 9-3 Racers in STCC Series

June 8, 2013 in Events, News, Sweden

Today at Solvalla Trotting track for this weekend converted to racetrack. Here are three Saab 9-3 STCC racers competing with some others brands. More on the series here http://www.stcc.se.

Some of You who visited the Saab Festival got to see one of the 9-3 racers on static display outside the museum. Now it is full speed. If You are in Stockholm over the weekend com and see Saab on the track again battle with old arch rivals like Volvo and BMW.

Lots of pictures here from todays shakedown and qualification day.