A Saab Short Film and a Long Story

May 2, 2016 in Off-Topic, Projects, Saab Art

Sabotage, french sounding for “Saab otage” or Saab hostage is a short film that has been travelling to festivals for almost two years now. The idea for this film came to me while I was swapping pieces from a scrap 900 I bought to the one I was driving. Looking at the two cars, I realized they where so similar that I began reflecting on the duality of the material world. Little I knew that the duality would catch me for real sometime later.

As of living in Montréal, it is a common practice to store away your convertible for winter, as I did after shooting my film. The main reason is to keep rust away. Only this time, I would never had the chance to take the beauty out again. In the spring of 2014, my Saab got vandalized by strangers, ruining all the work I had done in the fall just before shooting my film. The car was a wreck and had to go for pieces. In essence, it was a Sabotage. Since this date, I haven’t owned another Saab and don’t know if I will ever have the chance to, but at least, I will always have these images of my 900 to look at. Just a glance at this car gives me the shivers, as if feeling the sensation of driving one.

Today, my little film Sabotage becomes public, where it really belongs because sharing what we love helps to relieve our pain. I wish you all the best and for those of you who still drive 900’s I say thank you because seeing one makes me grin like no other car. Meanwhile, I have the thinking on the idea of making a Saab documentary.

 

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A Black 9-3 TURBO and its owner in – COPS

April 29, 2016 in News

Saw this on COPS the other day. A runaway SAAB 9-3 TURBO. A must see for anyone who like to get the deep Saab knowledge from the owner nicely portrayed in the video clip! So be aware of this the next time around in a SAAB TURBO!

 

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MapTun Car Meeting 2016, 5th of May in Örebro Sweden

April 16, 2016 in Clubs, MapTun, MapTun Parts, News

Film from the 2014 Event

Let us hope this will be the best SAAB event this year in Sweden. The the event focuses on SAAB´s but any other great car is welcome. See other Saabs meet with people for MapTun, SaabsUnited and various vendors. So mark the day as a car day in Your calendars. Örebro is easily accessible for most people in sweden. Right in-between Stockholm and Gothenburg.

CEO Fredrik Bengtsson of MapTun welcomes You all to an exciting car day with some great surprises!

So put som polish in Your car and join for a fine day with great people

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UPDATE! Will not happen due to lack of interest!

April 3, 2016 in Editorial, Fan Stuff, intsaab2014, News, Saab Clubs, Saab Museum, Uncategorized

 

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Convertibles at a SAAB festival some years ago with my Silver 9-3

It has come to the knowledge of SU that the SaabInt16 meeting in Vadstena has made a lot of Swedish SAAB entusiasts upset. The reasons why is primarily that the Swedish SAAB Clubs members are not invited to participate in the event. Club members can get limited access by working for the event organization and get a T-shirt basically. The cost for the meeting is set to 150 EUROS a sum that no previous SAAB meeting has reached up to. One wonders what could cost so much. I have spoken to some Swedish SAAB enthusiasts and collectors and they do not feel invited and are not going to participate at all. This obvious exclusion of Swedish SAAB people is worrying. One guy called me and said the only reason now to be a member is the get the special old-timer insurance through MHRF. I feel sorry for the prospective international visitors who will come to sweden and will not get to meet with so many swedes as they have used to do at previous SAAB meetings in our country.

An intersting alternative for swedish and foreign SAAB enthusiasts would be to gather in Trollhättan on the extended weekend of june 5-6. This is an interesting weekend since the 6th is the Swedish National Day. But not only that but also the BIG national automotive celebration day. Virtually every car club in sweden is engaged in some activities this day.

The Saab Club is no exception. This year they will join forces with the Volvo Club in a really nice activity. It all starts at 09:00 with a gathering at the SAAB car museum in Trollhättan. Around 11:00 the drive / rally starts with the finish at the Volvo Museum in Gothenburg /Göteborg a 1-2 hour drive depending on what activities are on the road. The cost for this event is 200 SEK. I visualize that foreign Saab enthusiast without a car can ride “shotgun” with fellow Swedish Saabpeople who would gladly share some space in their cars and split the fuel bill. When the meeting is over in Gothenburg I would guess a lot of Saabers will head back to Trollhättan. This day would certainly be a memorable day for an Saab enthusiasts. Saabs and Volvos in a shared event on the National day with flags  parades etc. Besides that it is usually good weather and the nights are bright and short.

If this sounds like a good idea I bet we could arrange a meeting at the Saab Car Museum on the day before Sunday the 5th. Just a nice gathering with cars and possibly a trunk/swap meet.

This is an idea that could be done without a BIG organization and lots of money. It is just about on the day 2 months to the day. So what do You think?

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Volvo Museum in Gothenburg

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SAAB Car Museum in Trollhättan and my ex.TX

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Picture take at the Midnattssolsrallyt 2008 – Volvos and my Olive 96 MC Rally

 

 

“SAABS IN WALES” THE 2016 SOC GB NATIONAL IN WALES

March 31, 2016 in Events, News

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For the first time in 23 years the UK Saab Owners Club National is being held in Wales this year from 29-31 July 2016.

This is a particularly proud moment in the short history of the Welsh branch of the Saab Owners Club Dragon Saab, due in part to the fact our club was formed only 3 years ago and also due to a very healthy and active club which has managed to secure this prestigious event and bring it back to Wales in such a short time since it’s formation.

We are now at an advanced stage in the organisation and have secured an absolutely stunning location being Pembrey Country Park in West Wales. This venue is in an incredibly beautiful part of Wales with a huge range of facilities and amenities. It is located right on the Gower Peninsula and boasts EIGHT miles of golden sands! There are also 550 acres of beautiful woodlands within the location. Also to be found is a 130m long dri ski slope and the longest toboggan run in Wales. These are just a few of the extensive range of activities available making it the perfect family location and a great venue for a Saab National.

We are able to offer caravan and camping facilities with electric or there are a number of local hotels and guest houses. Our itinerary is guaranteed to provide a memorable event with some already booking for longer to combine it with a short holiday.

Here is a list of all on offer at Pembrey, something for everyone I am sure you will agree. Plus in addition to this we have organised a great schedule of entertainment and food throughout the weekend.

  • Eight miles of golden sands at Cefn Sidan beach
  • 550 acres of idyllic woodlands.
  • 350 caravan/camping pitches..
  • The longest toboggan run in Wales.
  • 130 metre long Dry Ski Slope.
  • Forest adventure playground.
  • Cafe Bar.
  • Manicured parkland for frisbee, cricket, and football.
  • Large adventure playground.
  • Outdoor Laser Tag.
  • Soccer Zorb.
  • Segways.
  • Picnics & designated BBQ sites.
  • 8 Wildlife trails with set routes plus beach walks.
  • Natural parkland.
  • Visitors Centre.
  • Beach kiosk.
  • Sea fishing facilities.
  • Corsican pine forest.
  • Conservation pond with bird hides.
  • Cycle Hire.
  • Horse Riding.
  • Pitch and Putt.
  • Crazy Golf.
  • Miniature Steam Railway.

We sincerely hope some of you here will decide to come along to what promises to be a national to remember!!

Below you will find links to the booking form and local area. If you would like further information please contact me at mplsab@hotmail.com

http://www.discovercarmarthenshire.com/

http://saabclub.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=471:2016-saab-owners-club-saabs-in-wales-online-booking&catid=962&Itemid=435

 

 

 

 

SAAB 900 Turbo features on Mighty Car Mods

March 17, 2016 in News

 

Mighty Car Mods SAAB 900 Turbo

Its possible that as a SAAB owner you’d be unfamiliar with Mighty Car Mods and Online DIY Auto show focusing mainly on JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) import vehicles. However, they’re become YouTube Famous with over 3,000,000 channel views. In a challenge set by creators Marty and MOOG they have to each purchase a turbo’ed car for under $3000 AUD that is manual and turbo. It also must be a car that they’ve never owned before.

(SPOILER ALERT)

The SAAB 900 Turbo Coupe is MOOG’s car which he purchased from a guy from Byron Bay, 11 hours away. MOOG paid $2700 for this almost mint condition beauty. In the coming episodes he’ll be modding it to see and then racing is against a Mitsubishi Lancer MR which has been modded with a turbo. In my opinion the lancer doesn’t stand a chance.

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Geely to announce a sub-Volvo Swedish brand

March 10, 2016 in News

According to an article found by our member saabyurk, the press has picked up on a pending announcement by Geely, owners of the Volvo brand, that they are planning to introduce a new Swedish brand that will slot under Volvo in terms of content and price.  May 26 appears to be the date when this will formally be announced.  Apparently, the new brand will utilize a platform developed for Geely/Volvo under the leadership of a former Saab engineer.  All very interesting, and something to watch.  Here is the link: http://nordicwheels.de/volvo-startet-neue-automarke/

International Saab Meeting 2016: final call!

March 9, 2016 in News, Saab Clubs

International Saab Meeting 2016The International Saab Meeting is an annual meeting arranged by Saab enthusiast clubs all over the world. The meetings are a great way to connect with fellow Saab friends that you may only have contact with through the Internet, and of course to see and experience the Saab culture in other countries.

This year the International Saab Meeting (IntSaab2016) will be held in Sweden, for the first time since 2006. The meeting will be held in the medieval town of Vadstena, by the lake Vättern, on the 12-14 of August.

Vadstena is close to the birth town of Saab: Linköping. Linköping will play an important role in IntSaab2016, as the theme for this meeting is the aeronautical heritage of Saab, complete with a historic show of the premiere demonstration of the new Saab 92.

IntSaab2016 will also feature track day activities, tours around Linköping and a visit to the Swedish Air Force Museum. In the evenings there will be dinner and a party in the court yard of Vadstena Castle. The meeting will also have a number of pre-tours (where you drive your Saabs in a caravan to the meeting) from all parts of Sweden.

There’s a registration fee of €150/75 EUR (adults/children) and approx 400 seats for IntSaab2016, where more than 350 seats already have been registered. More seats are however going to be released Saturday 12th of March at 12:00 CET+1. This is a final call if you want to visit IntSaab2016!

IntSaab2016 is arranged by Svenska Saabklubben (The Swedish Saab Club), the largest Saab enthusiast club in Sweden. Svenska Saabklubben has a 40 year anniversary in 2016, which will be noticed during IntSaab2016. Svenska Saabklubben manufactures and provides spare parts for all models of Saab and welcome international members as well.

Read more about the International Saab Meeting 2016 here: http://intsaab2016.com