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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NEVS: Suspension & Tire testing

April 10, 2014 in NEVS, Sweden, Technical, test drive

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TV4 Journalists who did great reporting about Saab are being closed down!

April 10, 2014 in News, Sweden

It was with shock this morning, that I read about the decision from Tv 4′s management in Stockholm to close down more or less all local stations all over Sweden. The Tv 4 Väst station in Trollhättan has always been a great source of information about Saab over the years. The reporters who worked there really did their homework and had a very good grip on what was going on, they could analyze the situation and give a balanced view in interviews which I thought was some of the best reporting I’ve ever seen.

To lose the competence of local well educated reporters who can give more than the “standard questions” will be a great loss for Tv 4 but also a great loss for NEVS and Saab as a brand but I fear that the ones who will suffer the most is the public.

We at SaabsUnited wish the people of Tv 4 Väst best of luck, we thank you for your amazing work with Saab!

Tv4 Väst did a great story about DJA880, the last Saab. As you can see the staff of Tv 4 Väst also drove a Saab!

Tv4 Väst did a great story about DJA880, the last Saab. As you can see the staff of Tv 4 Väst also drove a Saab!

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Saab officially on Instagram!

April 9, 2014 in NEVS

striped 9-3 aero nevsWant to see whats happening at SAAB, well take a look at the instagram feed “saabcarsofficial”.

It’s being managed by Johan Andersson who has been with NEVS from the very beginning. NEVS has also started to appear on some Chinese social media streams.

So far NEVS is NOT on facebook yet since it requires more human resources to manage than what NEVS is currently has available at the moment, but things are progressing one step at a time.

Right now NEVS has 217 followers on instagram, make sure to check it out! =)

If you dont have instagram you can see the photos here: http://instagram.com/saabcarsofficial

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9-5 Double Exhaust on cardyourcar.eu

April 9, 2014 in cyc, Hirsch

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Many of you will have read the post about Trond-Arve fitting the classic 9-5 double exhaust to his 9-5. We at caryourcar have now managed to add the exhaust to our shop. It’s the last few pieces that are still available and we are talking about a low single digit number here.

You can choose between two versions, one for the standard kat and one for the sport kat that is also available in the shop.

Have a look and take the last chance to buy one of those classic stainless steel exhaust systems.

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“How Long Have You Owned a Car?”

April 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

The following story is not Saab related but it arrived in my in box and I wanted to share it with you and then ask,,, What’s the longest you have owned a Saab? Me, well we have had our black 9-5 Aero Estate for 11 years, so far.

Allen Swift owned and drove the same car for eighty-two years.

Allen, of Springfield, Massachusetts received this 1928 Rolls-Royce Piccadilly-P1 Roadster from his father, brand new —– as a graduation gift in 1928.

He drove it until his death last year…..at the age of 102  !He was the oldest living owner of a car that was purchased new.

It was donated to a Springfield museum after his death.

It has 170,000 miles on it, still runs like a Swiss watch, dead silent at any speed, and is in perfect cosmetic condition.

That’s British engineering of a by-gone era.

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Saab Artwork to be launched at Swedish Day UK

April 7, 2014 in Fan Stuff

I have just received a fantastic art print from Lance Cole – this print will be a prize at the Swedish Day event this May. It is a bright and stunning piece of painting from our well-known Saab supporter. The car really looks as though its moving and the design details look accurate enough for the discerning amongst you.

Lance – a long time supporter of this website, is best known to us as the author of two Saab books as well as a few other titles including Citroen and The Spitfire. However, before he started to write, Lance studied in art and design and trained in styling and is also known for his illustrations. Lance has decided to celebrate his Saab enthusiasm and profile by launching a series of artworks depicting classic Saabism.

Called ‘Swedish Blue’ and the first in a series of Saab paintings, this initial artwork depicts a beautiful blue Saab 93 circa 1959 as it rushes along with spray and airflow cleaving off the car.
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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!

M04 9-5 Aero gets dual Hirsch exhaust!

April 5, 2014 in cyc, Hirsch

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For a while ago I got the chance to buy a Hirsch exhaust system for my 9-5, the only problem was that the system was not fully compatible with my car. The system we talk about is the fancy dual exhaust for 9-5 M02-M05, but NOT for the M04-M05 Aero and car with the M04-M05 Aero-look (which is a very popular visual upgrade for M02-M05 here in Scandinavia). My 9-5 is just an M04 Aero sedan, and basically that not will fit is the rear bumper layout. The Hirsch webpage says “Please order the single pipe exhaust system instead”… But at this stage I already decided, I want this and would give it a shoot. I have always liked this exhaust system,  from the moment I saw it on a full Hirsched 9-5 Aero with the 305hp package at ANA Trollhättan back in 2003.  After I ordered the system from Cardyourcar.eu it became clear that the middle pipe from the cat to the Y-pipe wasn’t in stock, but luckily Cardyourcar managed to find some more middle pipes. Since it took a while from I ordered the system to I got it delivered I got plenty of time to thinking how to solve the fitting in a optimal way. In the end I decided that if the system absolutely didn’t fit, I would change to a compatible bumper from a standard 9-5, and use the Hirsch “diffuser”.

So, a few days ago I got four large parcels delivered, and the fun could begin! The system is built up by four parts, it starts with a 3″ middle pipe with a silencer and a flexi part. Then we have a 3″-2.5″ Y-pipe, and two tailpipes with a silencer on each pipe. Before I had Maptuns 2.5″ sports system mounted on the car about 2 years/40 000km’s so the disassembly was not a big issue, as it otherwise tends to be when replacing the exhaust system. If we look away from some mounting components that was pretty rusty the disassembly went quick. The biggest issue was the bolts that link the downpipe and the flexi-pipe, but with some special equipment (cutting disc) the assembly could begin. When I mounted the Maptun system I thought it had a very good fit and everything went pretty well, but the Hirsch system is perhaps slightly better! Obvious I began from the front with the mounting the middle pipe and the Y-pipe without completely tighten the screws so I have a opportunities for adjustment later, before I took a cardboard and marked out the opening for the tailpipe with a ink pen. Then I mounted the rear silencer on the left side, before the custom work on the right side started. Read the rest of this entry →

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SOTW, 9-3 at the Airport

April 4, 2014 in Sotw

This weeks “Saab of the Week” comes from Arvin Blank and shows his 2001 SE in the car park at Orlando Florida Airport.

He has owned her for four years now and speedo is reading 178,000 and still going strong.

A larger picture can be found at https://www.flickr.com/photos/trollpowersaab/13612904574/

If you have a Saab that you would like to share with us, please email RobinM at robin.kerry@virgin.net and you may be our next SOTW to be displayed on our homepage and shared with the world.

Dragon Saab ‘Spring Roll’

April 4, 2014 in News

This Sunday 6th April sees the first event of 2014 for Dragon Saab, the recently formed Saab Owners Club Group for South Wales here in the UK. Due to the very good reception the group has received since it’s formation plus the support of GWS and South West Saab’s we are now up to 25 cars for this event!!

The ‘Spring Roll’ rally will kick off with an early morning gathering at a local service area then travel in convoy to the Cardiff Bay Barrage where we have gained special permission from the harbour authority and barrage manager to be able to take our cars across the barrage which is closed to traffic but has a roadway for service vehicles. They have even set aside a special parking area for us so we can park up for a couple of hours to take in the spectacular Cardiff Bay and surrounding scenery. This should prove to be a wonderful photographic opportunity.

Cardiff Bay

Once we leave the barrage we will then proceed along the Welsh Heritage coastline taking in a number of beauty spots along the way with a stop at the beautiful Ogmore beach. From there we will head back towards Cardiff via a different route with a stop at Duffryn House and finally a late lunch to round off what promises to be a spectacular event, not just for those attending but also for anybody seeing our 25 strong convoy of beautiful Saab’s covering a distance of some 75 miles.

I will compile a detailed report of our event next week along with some great photographs, in the meantime if you would like to visit our website www.dragonsaab.co.uk and look under forthcoming events you will find a lot more information. Finally, if anybody reading this wishes to join the convoy then please email me at mplsab@hotmail.com.