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Till is sitting at the port in Gothenburg waiting for the ferry right now, and as he’s doing that, I got asked to post his pictures taken at the Saab Festival in Trollhättan. Here’s his message and pictures!
While I am sitting at Gothenburg port waiting to bord the ferry back to Germany I’d like to share some pics I took over the weekend. More about the festival days will come later. Enjoy! – Till Drescher
On the day today is it just one month until weekend me and many of you have looked forward to the last half year – the Saab Festival 2015 in Trollhättan. As you now have sorted out (or remember) does the festival start Friday 5th of June and end on the afternoon Sunday 7th of June, and will be a weekend full with Saab-activity.
The program for the weekend is well known for those of you that had attended on a Saab festival before, but this year the program Saturday is different from the latest festivals.
But if we start with Friday first; this day will there be activities in and around Saab Car Museum, the exhibition will be open and there will also be Saab-relates seminars. At Trollhättan Art Gallery (about 200m from the museum) there will be premier for the Ronny Lutz (yes, the guy who make the amazing Saab X-ray paintings) exhibition, and some other work he has done. At the evening there is no official program, so that will be a great opportunity to meet new and old friends!
This year Saturday gives us a track day on the program again, this year at Kinnekulle Ring in Götene, about 1h 15min from Trollhättan! (see driving directions below) Take your Saab to Kinnekulle, and you will get the opportunity to test it at the Racetrack. If you don’t have experience in track days, but still want to test there will be a possibility for those that want to drive slower too. The day on the track is organized by Saab Turbo Club of Sweden, with help from the Swedish Saabclub and Club Sonett Sweden. If not the track day tempts you, what about a drive around Kinnekulle-area?
Later, on Saturday evening there will be something to eat in Trollhättan Folkets Park, and I guess there will be some Saab-related talk that evening 😉 This year there will not be possible to buy tickets online, tickets will be to buy at Saab Car Museum.
Sunday is pretty traditional, with activities around Saab Car Museum, like car exhibition with rewards for most beautiful car in different categories, Saab Flea Market, Saab seminars, an the best thing (which apply to all weekend), great company with Saab-people!
For many of you guys the festival isn’t complete without a visit at ANA Used parts dept., and they will also be a part of the festival – I guess they also will have some great deals as usual.
I guess many of you have made arrangements about the accommodations, if you don’t have its about time to do it. I know some of the hotels in Trollhättan are near to full-booked, but there is still hotel-rooms and camping availabe in Trollhättan and area around. If you don’t know where to stay, check out Trollhättans tourist agency to get a overview.
Some practical info, this is a preliminary program as it is today, 5th of May; the latest changes and a detailed program will you find at Saab Car Museums website (här på svenska), or at the official Facebook event
Now it’s time again for the annual MapTun meet, MapTun has kept on the tradition and like the past years the meeting is going to take place in Ascension Day. Ascension Day is a public holiday in Sweden so this is a great day to attend on a meeting like this. This year this will be Thursday 14th of May, and the meeting will take place at MapTun in Örebro as usual.
The fun start 10 o’clock in the morning, and will last until 15.00 in the afternoon. In addition to the car exhibition there will be offers, demonstrations and other happenings. Some special invited partners will also this year take place, like Orio and Meguiars in cooperation with Mekonomen. For those of you who schedule repairs and/or maintenance during the day MapTun will award you with generous discounts, so here are many good reasons to attend to this! So for those that get tempted to attend on this wonderful event, it’s time to sign up! There is a limited number of slots if you want to display your car at the exhibition, but registration is no necessary if you will attend as a guest. As a extra bonus Bista Biltvätt offers all exhibitors at 2x wash tokens on presentation of voucher (sent via email after registration of the car). The car wash is located right next to Maptun. Link for signing up and the absolute latest info: http://www.maptun.com/maptunmeet2015 (på svenska: http://www.maptun.se/maptunmeet2015)
This year MapTun also have a contest in front of the meeting, if you are at social media Instagram you have chance to win a gift card worth SEK500 (about € 50). The only thing you need to do is repost a picture and hashtag it #MTmeet2015. The picture can be found by search up the user “maptunparts” in the Instagram app or visit http://iconosquare.com/p/970219829120002185_1700343897 For those of you that not had decided to yet, maybe a look at the pictures from last years meeting will convince you?
WHAT: MapTun Meet 2015
WHERE: Verkstadsgatan 2, 702 27 Örebro, Sweden
WHEN: 14th of May, 10.00 – 15.00
March 18, 2015 in Events
SWEDISH DAY UK 10TH MAY 2015
In 2008; Swedish Day was started when a gathering of Volvos and Saabs arrived for a pleasant get-together at Haynes Motor Museum in Somerset.
2015 sees us inviting you to our 8th Swedish Day UK.
In 2014 we located to a new venue, Haslebury Mill, just outside Crewkerne. A fantastic old 19th Century Mill with lots of history everywhere you look and beautiful photographs to be taken.
The show is organised for those interested in Swedish vehicles including commercial vehicles as well as all other Swedish products.
The main Swedish Day will take place on the Sunday but as in all the other years we plan to have our Saturday evening meal cooked by the chefs at the Mill.
Limited camping will be available for free if wanted.
Also for the first time last year we introduced a vehicle fee of £5.00.
This was to help us with running costs and monies left over were donated to charity.
The chosen charity for 2015 is “Cancer Research UK”
Each vehicle owner will be given a raffle ticket, as a thank you, for a chance of a nice gift.
On Sunday, the chefs will once more cook up a breakfast for those arriving hungry as well as a Hog Roast at lunch time. The Mill’s bar will also be available during the day.
There will be an area available for a few trade stands and auto jumble alongside our sponsor’s displays.
As always the event will be a leisurely day out, come along, park up and meet friends old and new, chat, admire, eat, drink and chat a bit more.
There will be a few prizes given out, favourite Saab/Volvo, favourite truck, furthest travelled etc. Maybe a Koenigsegg may be seen.
Application forms can be found on the web site; however they will also be in the presentation pack on the day if required.
Thank you very much for supporting Swedish Day and helping it to grow.
We look forward to seeing you on the 10th May.
Many more pictures from the 2014 here on Flickr.
Last weekend (13th-15th of February) the classic Saab club in Norway, “Gammalsaabens venner” (GSV), had their annual winter-meet on a ice track.
The track is located in southern Norway, at Dagali, approximately 220km Northwest from Oslo. GSV was from the beginning a club for the two-strokes, later all cars older then 21 years were welcome, and for a few years ago all Saabs are welcome in the club.
I got this text and some awesome pictures from one of the attendants, Oscar Emil Lea. Thanks for sharing this with us!
The weekend started Friday evening when people start showing up, for a dinner and company into the evening.
Saturday we met at the ice-track at 9:30 in the morning and prepared the cars for driving. Some put special tyres with serious studs like they use in rally, other used their usual road-legal tyres with or without studs. At 10:00 the driving started with the smell of two-strokes and the sound from tuned V4-engines. At this point you could drive as you wanted around the track with no program, and took place in “Øvre Svangtjørni” at the river “Numedalslågen”. The track is a machined ice track that was made a few hours before arrival and had several hairpins, chicanes and some great stretches. The speed was high and the “fun-factor” was at top!
At 12 o’clock was it time for the traditional “Ice-track soup”, rolls, coffee, hot chocolate and a quiz. After a hour break the skill driving started. This was at a different track, and the run consisted of slalom up to a roundabout and round it and park in a “garage”, then we was reversing the same way and end up parking in the “garage”. The cars was divides into three classes; rallystud, stud and studless.
Some of the cars got minor damages from the driving at the ice-track, one broke a driveshaft, another damaged the tow hitch, some plastic and a bumper, but all took it with a smile…
Later this evening there was a common gathering a the local hotel with dinner, prizes for the winners from the quiz and the skill-driving and good company into the evening. In total there was approximately 20 cars on the track during the weekend, all from two-stroke to a 2010 9-3.
Sunday is as always a day for breakup and departure after breakfast, but it isn’t more then a year until next time!
For more pictures, visit Oscars Flickr page – there is about 1100 pictures from this event…
January 12, 2015 in Events
Now that 2015 is in full swing I’d like to ask you for your Saab event dates.
If you are organising an event or drive or meet up and you would like the Saab community to possibly join in then I am very happy to put it on our event page.
Send me as much detail as you can, dates, location, organiser, web site, contact email address, and maybe a few words.
I will fill in the form and it will appear to the right of this post.
Please can you let me know your country as I will put that in the title so it stands out to others in or nearby.
Please send your events to me (robin.kerry @ btinternet.com) with “SU Events” in the subject line.
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.
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_