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Why I’m hooked on Saab cars.

February 25, 2015 in Fan Stuff

Why I’m hooked on Saab cars? by Phillip Paton Regardless of the model there are certain attributes of Saabs that are different to any other car. Below is what hooked me into the brand. Here is my list of top ten. What have I missed? What got you into Saab? #1 – overall exterior design Saabs have a simple Scandinavian design in my view. There are not a lot of curves and what is there is simple and just makes sense. The outside is pleasing to the eye. My top 3 favourites of recent times are the classic 900 Cabriolet Aero, classic 900 Coupe Aero and the generation 1 9-3 Aero hatchback.

#2 – low and level dash The low and level dash is one of the key features for me. This makes the whole cockpit look refined. I just don’t understand why other car companies curve their dashes.

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Saabs on ice in Norway!

February 20, 2015 in Clubs, Events, Fan Stuff

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!

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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…

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Caution: Non Genuine Hirsch Steering Wheels on eBay

January 17, 2015 in Fan Stuff, Hirsch

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Today I was contacted by a fellow Saabist who ordered one of those steering wheels from a seller called saabtun-parts. Since on ebay it said the item was located in Germany but the parcel was sent from Poland he got suspicous and contacted me to verify if it was genuine Hirsch. A quick check with Hirsch brought to light what we had already expected – those steering wheels were not made by Hirsch (and not by MapTun either just to mention).

A bit more investigaton brought to light that saabtun-parts was the new name of the seller zeliftpl, who as it seems left a rather bad impression at saabers in the uk and elsewhere when they sold silicone hoses.

While it does not mean the wheel is bad when not made by Hirsch using a false name to promote it and justify a price tag of well over 500 Euro is not what an honest businessman would do in my opinion. Another point is that they exclude the customer’s right to return the item within a certain period of time is, ehem, kinda suspicous, given the legislation in most EU countries.

Feel free to share your experience with saabtun-parts or their alter ego, zeliftpl, in comments. The more info the better I’d say.

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The only way to get a tree home,,,,,

December 24, 2014 in Fan Stuff

Our friend Paul, over at SVS, shows the world “the only way” to get a large Christmas tree home.

This year’s annual festive dash to collect the Christmas Tree was a little late this year; just 5 days before Christmas.

As usual, my son and I drove to a nearby country estate to choose the perfect tree, all the regular sized trees had gone, leaving only 10ft+ trees. After a great conversation with the farmer and some festive bartering, we ended up with a rather lovely 11ft Christmas tree.

It’s part of the tradition to get one a little too tall but we persevered, dropped the hood on the Aero convertible, lowered the passenger seat, and in it went, ok, so it may have been hanging over the boot slightly, but this is England, it’s ok to be eccentric.

Heater and seats on full, we triumphantly returned home, the smell of the pine needles and crisp blue sky adding to the joy of a topless Winter’s drive – perfect.

Happy Christmas everyone.

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The SU Calendar Twins Are Finally Here…

December 10, 2014 in cyc, Fan Stuff, SaabsUnited Related

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A while ago we asked you to send your saaby pics for our new calendar. First of all a big thank you to all who participated and made the choice for us as hard as it was. This time we ended up creating two different calendars. One is a picture calendar and the other one a planner version with more room to put in notes, dates and birthdays.

The calendars can be purchased via the SaabsUnited store on cardyourcar.eu. We skipped postal delivery because it has proven to be pretty unreliable and utterly slow. If you order from abroad we’d recommend to team up with fellow Saabers and make a group order. Sorry for that but since we had 20% missing/returned shipments this seemed to be the only secure way to go.

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DIY Saabs (Yes you can too!)

November 19, 2014 in Fan Stuff

This is probably something different from what you think when you read the headline of this article, but this is Saabs you all can make at home, that’s for sure!

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After making ice cubes all summer in my 92.001 ice cube tray from Saab expressions, I realized that I could use the tray for other things too. So what’s better then make some chocolate-Saabs?
To be honest I did this for a few years ago too, but since I have very limited cooking-skills the result was discouraging. To explain what level I’m on when coming to making food - if I manage to boil some water without burning it it have been a great day in the kitchen…  After some debriefing I came to that that I heat up the chocolate too fast and maybe to a far too high temperature, and it ended up very dry, hard and after a few hours it had a white shell.

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But shame on those who give up – to continue making 92.001 chocolate I have to buy some special tools. And one day, I saw a heater for making chocolate fondue in a gadget-shop. Since it was cheap (like 100 SEK / ~USD13) I thought it was worth checking out, so I bought it. So yesterday was the big day for some Saab candy production, and of course I don’t remember how much chocolate I needed for making to full trays, so I started with a 300g plate of milk-chocolate.
The process matched my skills very well, simply break the plate into small pieces so they melt faster and put them in the 25W heaters pot and wait. When its ready I started filling the ice cube trays but as the pictures show I have to get something that can remove the leftovers to make a smooth finish. As you can see its not only at the Stallbacka factory they get short of materials – I simply ran out of chocolate after car no 16!!! ;) So if you are planning to make some chocolate-Ursaabs, you will need about 20g of chocolate pr Saab.

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After this it was time to allow the Saabs to cool down, I let them stay in the refrigerator over the night, but I think 3-4 hours will be enough.
The result was over all expectations but there was one small problem; a few small air-bubbles in the cars when I release them from the trays. So if you have a good solution here, don’t hesitate to leave a comment. Place also a comment if you have ideas of other things to melt in those trays, I guess that it’s not only ice cubes and chocolate this is suitable for? And next time I meet up with local Saabers it will be some samples to taste for those who dare… ;)

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SU Calendar – Entries Close soon

November 12, 2014 in cyc, Fan Stuff

About two weeks ago we asked for your photos to create the 2015 SaabsUnited calendar. Just like in the past years we have gotten a big number of entries and we would like to thank you for that.

We’ll wait a bit until the 11th has ended all around the world and then we will face the tough but fun job to choose this year’s winners. So if you missed it yet, send your last minute entries to shop @ cardyourcar.eu

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Photos Wanted: Saab 9000 -91

November 4, 2014 in Fan Stuff

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My first Saab has been a 9000 from 1989 and I always had a special love for that model. So when I heared that our friends from German saabblog.net plan to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the launch of the 9000 with a dedicated 9000 calendar with a spcial focus on the early models, I was all into it.

While there are many press photos of models from 1992 on it is rather hard to get anything from the early years. If you can help out with (press) photos until model year 1991 please get in touch with Tom of saabblog.net via email: kalender2015@saabblog.net.

And while you are at it feel free to send the pictures for the SaabsUnited Calendar, too. It would be nice to have more 9000s in there, too.