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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!

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Pilots Wanted 2014

March 26, 2014 in Events

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Today the regitration for the “Pilots Wanted 2014″ NG 9-5 meeting started. It will be held at the Saab Zentrum Kiel on the 13th and 14th of June.

The meeting is tailored for owners of the NG 9-5 and only they will have access to the full program of the event. Nevertheless owners of other Saab models are of course welcome to visit the event as guests without having to register.

The event is organized by Saab Zentrum Kiel in cooperation with saabblog.net. Registration, more info and the preliminarily programme (in various languages) can be found at saabmidsommar.de.

Grattis på födelsedagen- Happy Birthday Erik

March 5, 2014 in Events

On behalf of the whole worldwide Saab community I would like to wish our great ambassador Erik Carlsson a very happy 85th birthday.

Single handedly Erik put Saab on the worldwide map and has ensured our brand has remained steeped in great history.

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Happy Birthday Erik, we all hope you have had a wonderful day.

 

 

 

 

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Canadian SAAB Owner’s Convention 2014

February 4, 2014 in Clubs, Events, News, Press-Release, SAAB Club of Canada

Hello,

Members of the SAAB Club of Canada along with fellow SAAB owners and enthusiasts will be hosting the first ever
Canadian SAAB Owner’s Convention on June 28 & 29, 2014 in Toronto, Canada at the Westin Bristol Place Hotel.
This event has long been awaited by many SAAB lovers all over Canada, and now it is finally confirmed.

More information can be found at www.saabconvention.ca regarding events, accommodations, ticket prices, etc. and will be updated periodically.

I have attached the press release below.

This is going to be a fantastic event. Please join us in a celebration to show our passion and support for this iconic brand!

Regards,

Saxel Nouth
Co-Event Coordinator

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 3, 2014

Announcing the first ever Canadian SAAB Owner’s Convention 2014 to take place in Toronto, Canada!

Are you a SAAB owner and are planning to take some time off on the 2014 Canada Day long weekend? Members of the SAAB Club of Canada along with fellow SAAB enthusiasts are excited to officially announce Canada’s first ever SAAB Owner’s Convention to take place on June 28th and 29th of 2014 in Toronto, Ontario at The Westin Bristol Place Hotel.

There has been much discussion over the years to finally host an epic event such as this in Canada. After listening to many enthusiasts, we realized that the time is right in 2014 to realize this vision. Whether you have a cherished classic, a perfectly polished 9000 Aero, a lightning fast Viggen, a Turbo X, 9-3 Sportcombi,
NG 9-5, or anything in between, this convention is for all!

We have something planned for everyone – place your car in the People’s Choice or Concourse Show Fields, listen to one of the many tech sessions planned including discussing Vintage SAAB Performance, discussing early SAAB rallying, SAAB tuning seminar, Ask A Mechanic, and much more!

A dyno will be on site for those of you who have made mods and want to measure your horsepower on site at this event. We will have a parts tent brought to us by our many vendors and sponsors as well as a swap meet for those who wish to sell parts individually.

Adding to the excitement is an Advanced Driving Academy which will be offered as an option to registered participants at Shannonville Racetrack on July 2, 2014.

There will also be a special presentation with updates on parts availability and service points. Don’t miss the chance to learn about the viability of keeping your SAAB on the road. The culminating night of festivities is the Awards Banquet with live music, and special guests.

Make plans to head for Toronto in 2014 to reunite with your old SAAB friends and make new ones! Keep checking back with www.saabconvention.ca for more details, event schedule, sponsor information, event registration and hotel accommodation information.

This will be a historic event! Be part of something new…

CANADIAN SAAB OWNERS CONVENTION 2014!

Great Western Saabs January Stroll

January 21, 2014 in Events

Last weekend saw the recently formed Dragon Saab SOC Group team up with the annual Great Western Saab’s January stroll in Bristol UK.

P1030683 Having attended this event in the past as an individual It was fantastic to now be attending with our new Welsh group, Dragon Saab. Sadly I was unable to take the 900 this year and so the ever trusty 9000 Aero came to the rescue!

The day began with me collecting my good friend Chris Redmond then making our way to a local service area where  we met up with the rest of those from Dragon Saab to make the Welsh convoy of 5 cars. Once all gathered we headed to Bristol where we met up with Great Western Saabs group and where the two convoys then became one comprising of some 16 cars!

From there we took a scenic drive through Bristol,s Avon Gorge arriving in Queens Square for the monthly Avenue car meet. This event really is a fantastic gathering of various motoring marques where you will see everything from the weird to the wonderful all set in a beautiful Georgian park area in the heart of Bristol, surrounded by trees and cobbled streets.

The unscheduled arrival of so many Saabs’ certainly made an impact! The square is dotted with lovely little cafe’s where you can stop for a welcome coffee or snack. We then headed in SAAB convoy through the city and over the historic suspension bridge to a lovely pub for our pre arranged lunch before all going our separate ways. This was an all round good day, very informal, relaxed and above all else extremely welcoming. If any other owners or enthusiasts wish to join us on future events then please do not hesitate to contact me here or on mplsab@hotmail.com

Some fantastic pictures can be seen at these sites.     http://www.flickr.com/photos/99884442@N03/sets/72157639950145564/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/theavenuedriversclub/      https://www.dropbox.com/sh/fiz9r63adqkrl5d/yV8QDpw7of?n=66146648

 

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Saab Events this Weekend

January 18, 2014 in Events

ssc-czech-brno-There are a couple of Saab related events happening this weekend that we know off.

First one is the 4th Swiss Fondue Meeting organised by Dimitri and Fred. Taking place in the Swiss Alps amongst the snow so make sure you have your snow tyres or chains on if you are visiting this popular event.

More details can be found by looking in the Events Page to the right of the screen.

Also advertised in the Events Section is the Czech and Slovakia Saab Convoy on Sunday, please see the notes that Tomas has written and follow the links to more information.

Please let us know if you join in with either of these events and we will happily post a few pictures.
Contact the SU crew or me directly if you wish (robin.kerry at virgin.net)

Have a great weekend and enjoy your Saab events where ever they are.

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Events of 2014, (re-posted).

January 9, 2014 in Events

As The New Year gets underway I was thinking about all the great events that our Saabs attended in 2013. The biggest Saab Event for us at SU was the Festival in Trollhattan which included the convoy from Germany, but also the international in The UK, The European gathering in Huy and my own Swedish Day in England and the Swedish Car show in America. There were many others, also tours, gatherings and meetings around the world which many of us attended and took part in.

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On the right hand side of the page you will see a list of events that are happening in 2014 and I would like you to help me fill it up. Be it a small get together or a nice tour, if its open to others please let us know and we will publish it for all to see. Please send your event details to the SU team or to me directly (robin.kerry @ virgin.net) and we will let the World know.

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Huy 2013 “The Show”

November 15, 2013 in Events, Fan Stuff

DSCF0532Last weekend saw the 3rd International Saab Gathering in Huy, Belgium, the home town of Etienne.
A convoy of nine cars from the UK made the trip via the Chunnel arriving in Huy just after 2pm. Other Brits were already there cleaning their cars and getting ready for the display on Sunday.

After booking into the various Hotels we were invited to Etienne’s house for a welcome drink. So many people with standing room only and the local road was a sea of Saabs.
Later in the evening over 80 Saab fans sat down together for a fantastic meal at the local Bar called O’Malleys. I think the majority of fans were still there at 11.00.

Sunday morning saw a wet welcome to the day, yes it was raining, but it was steady light rain and this did not stop the cars arriving at The Town Square from 7am to park up for the day. The sun did arrive by late morning.

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There were a few tents there with items to sell and see as well as to be able to register for the afternoon tour and goodies from the show.

Etienne was there himself directing the first cars into place and it was by chance that I was parked outside the Town Hall which is a very beautiful building. As more and more Saabs arrived the Square filled up and the small spur paths and then the large car park on the front. Etienne counted in excess of 170 Saabs by the end of the day. I saw cars from France, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Luxembourg as well as Belgium and The UK.

The visitors were asked to vote for their favourite Saab of the show and the prize went to a very nice Saab 96 Sport owned by Henti Brusten.

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There is a report in French at Jeff, Remi and Etienne’s shared website Saablog-in and many links to photo’s.
My photo’s are here and my friend Carl has put his here.

Once again a fantastic weekend out in Belgium and we look forward to the next Huy invasion in three years time.

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Open Day at Astley Saab in Yeovil. Updated.

October 19, 2013 in Clubs, Dealer Profiles, Events

insidegarageThe “Open Day” can only be described as successful. Jerry and his crew were there early on Saturday morning ready with coffee and food for all visitors. All cars were welcome to be “Tech 2′d” and there was a steady flow of Saabs both new and classic in the work shop during the day. Even Kerry’s 9-5 Aero was driven on the ramp for a check-over with happy results. A few full had their air-con re-gassed and cleaned.

Test drives were available to those who were both interested in a new Saab or just wanted to drive a different model to their own. The NG 9-5 was very popular as was a 9-3 Aero that the garage has for sale.

My local Saab group was there, as I’ve said, and we talked to many new faces about our club and the things we get up to during the year.

Saab Parts UK were also on hand to chat about what they were doing and to confirm to everybody that there are plenty of spares to last many years.

The day was such a success that it is planned to do other events around the country, Local Clubs, Local Dealers and Saab Parts UK will get together and offer this great idea around our country.

Maybe its an idea that could go “Around The World”

A few pictures can be found here at my Flickr page.

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West Coast Motors Show: The photos

October 3, 2013 in Events

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Last weekend several of the SU Crew attended the west coast motor show in Trollhättan, Sweden.

It was a good event with lots of visitors and people putting their cars on display!

Have a look at the photos on our scandinavian website: http://www.saabsunited.se