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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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Neo Bros Invite all to their Open Day

July 28, 2014 in Fan Stuff, Neo Brothers

Neo Brothers are planning an open day on the 4th October and you are all welcome.


The doors open at 10am until about 3pm.
During the day there will be Guided Tours of their extensive facilities.
Entertainment in their hospitality rig including racing Saabs on the games consoles.
Light refreshments will be available all day.
Get close to the 96ss as well as the other track cars and Saab Projects.
Special discounted parts and Special offers for the day.
And a chance to meet many other Saab Enthusiasts’ and their unique Saabs.

Please put the date in your diaries and we will see you there.

 

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Is this the sexiest Saab ever?

July 25, 2014 in Fan Stuff, News

Our guest writer Paul of “SAAB vs Scepticism” asks the question…. Is this the sexiest Saab ever?

“Others may have seen this before but I haven’t, and I’ve fallen in love. This has got to be the sexiest Saab I’ve ever seen. Just spotted it over on the excellent Saablog-in in a post dating back to May.

What’s more, it has my all time favourite BBS alloys on as well. If only this were on sale now.”

My personal “real” favourite has always been the 9-x Air, a Saab I wish I could just have a sit in…

xxx

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Hirsch Performance Day and Book Signing (UK)

July 6, 2014 in Events, Fan Stuff, Hirsch

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.

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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

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SOCGB National Weekend 2014

June 6, 2014 in Fan Stuff, Saab Clubs


When: 18th-20th July 2014

Where: Haw Wood Caravan Park & High Lodge Leisure, Hinton, Near Darsham, Suffolk, IP17 3QT

‘Something for everyone to enjoy’ is the theme of this year’s National located in the beautiful countryside close to the Suffolk Heritage Coast.  You will all have the opportunity to take part in the various leisure and sporting activities on offer at High Lodge and to choose and enjoy the meal options available.

The location is East Anglia, near the Suffolk Heritage Coast within easy reach of Aldeburgh, Snape Maltings, Walberswick and Dunwich. It is surrounded by beautiful fields packed with wildlife and trees, offering plenty of walks and other outdoor activities. Suffolk is also home to the fashionable resort of Southwold with its pier, lighthouse and the Adnams brewery.

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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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Team Tidö — STCC-premier 2014

May 19, 2014 in Fan Stuff, Team Tido

I would like to thank Team Tido for sending us the link to their first race of the season.

Sit back and enjoy.

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SAABSTANCE Singapore’s 10th Anniversary.

May 8, 2014 in Fan Stuff

This week we received a great file of photographs from the guys and girls at Singapore’s SaabStance club.
Below, Abel, tells us of the great day they had.

SAABSTANCE Singapore is at its 10th year anniversary mark and this May 01 also the date of the annual SAABSTANCE photo shoot. It is an annual affair whereby we met bright and early at 0715hrs to form up for an expressway convoy drive towards our breakfast destination at Adam Road Hawker Centre. (0800hrs). After a hearty breakfast, we then proceeded to form up for another convoy to our photo shoot location. It is a good time for all SAAB owners to bring along their families on this May Day [of which it is a PUBLIC HOLIDAY as it is Labour Day in Singapore] for a day out of community bonding and pilot camaraderie. There are many SAAB owners here that have joined us back when they were Single, till they are married and to today with their children along as well. Their dedication to the SAAB brand is a testament to the SAAB spirit over the years. Many of the owners here are driving their second, third, fourth and even two of us here [Dennis Leu with his Laser Red SAAB 9-3SC and myself Snow Silver 9-3 AERO SJG 360 E] are on our FIFTH SAABS already.
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YouTube: SAAB Performance Team practising…

May 7, 2014 in Fan Stuff, SAAB Performance Team

saabperformanceWe all know SAAB Performance Team and their amazing driving skills.
This time I found a nice video on YouTube, and for all of you hoping they was practising with the NEVS 2014 9-3 Aero I’m sad to say, it isn’t from this year… Actually it’s taken during some practising with the GM900 coupe in Billund, Denmark back in 1996! The video is partly taken inside the car, and I have to say, the driving it’s even more impressive viewed from inside the car! As you will see in the end of the clip, things wasn’t ending just as planed…

Enjoy this fantastic clip!

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Erik’s extended Saab Information Display

April 25, 2014 in Fan Stuff

Some of you may have seen this stunning 9-3 here on SaabsUnited before. It’s a 2008 BioPower with plenty of Hirsch goodies, including beautiful rims and full front grille, it’s also been treated to a MapTun upgrade. It’s got the Griffin rear boot strip.
Well a couple of days ago, Erik from Norway sent Paul from Saab vs. Scepticism, details of a new toy that he has just added.

The eSID; aka extended Saab Information Display, has been lovingly created by a former Saab Development Engineer and cleverly collects hidden performance data from your 9-3 and displays it via the standard dash SID. Some highlights would have to be:

Maximum measured torque/power
Acceleration tests
Momentary fuel consumption

Erik has kindly sent Paul a few pictures of his trip to Trollhättan when he pick up this uber cool Saab gadget, (he also managed to drop in at the Saab factory and museum for a few great photo opportunities) and they can be found in full detail at his website. There you will see a video as well as details of the eSID.

We can only imagine the fun he had on his trip back home to Norway with the eSID fitted, thanks for sharing this Erik and Paul.