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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

Test: whether this chart on NEVS can be read

March 8, 2016 in News

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Chinese legal and illegal love for SAAB

February 24, 2016 in Editorial, News

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Got a link from Francois Godillion on an article in CarNewsChina.com. The old generation Saab 9-5 is now made by The Beijing Auto corporation as the Senova B70 car. At a Beijing Auto dealer this D70 was found with a SAAB exterior kit. A kit that can be bought on the internet for 86 USD making the Senova to a SAAB 9-5 AERO. It is in all ways legal for a owner to do with his/her car but if a dealer is selling cars like this I guess it is another ballgame. But this is not the first story of copied stuff in China. Some years ago Volvo Trucks found a company making Volvo-Like trucks in China.

Nice to see that the SAAB name finally reappears in GOLD last time that happened was in the grille of the 99 models in late seventies. Gold is a color that is very appreciated in china so why not get a Senova in red with gold accents that would be the most successful SAAB ever. That is if You believe in china traditions.

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The really illegal stuff is found in some printed material from BAIC as photographed in a Senova dealership . Wonder if Nicolas Cage knows he is an ad campaign or is it a chinese look-alike gentleman? On the posters can be seen a 9-5 NG steering wheel, interior from the SAAB museum, a NON-SAAB jetfighter (guess they did not dare having a Gripen or Viggen in the poster) and the old SAAB-Performance Team.

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Planned SU project vehicle: 9000 AERO

February 23, 2016 in Classics, Editorial, News, Projects, Technical

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Yes I have had a 9000S once, a silver metallic 1987. Originally sold in the US to a swedish correspondent working Washington DC. That was a fine car with all the bells and whistles of the TURBO version but no turbo. A 130 bhp super efficient engine with 6.5l/100km gas milage. The 9000 was when it came out as the first of 4 siblings (Fiat Chroma, AlfaRomeo 164 and Lancia Thema) in 1984 one of the best cars on the road. Never had SAAB Automobile made such a jump in technology. All previous cars dated back two decades. SAAB needed something more and new. The Swedish-Italian development was reaching the pinnacle of car engineering. The SAAB 9000 Turbo was a sales success and the performance and handling was so radical and new compared to earlier versions from the Trollhättan engineers.

The model evolved gradually and in 1993 the AERO model was launched after the previous Talladega limited run model. The Aero was getting super performance with a 225 bhp engine and a top speed of 240 km/h making it sweden´s faster production car ever. The acceleration on 3rd and 4th gear was better than most Italian exotics from Ferrari. The red color of the 9000 Aero was even named IMOLA Red. Was that a hint on what cars this swedish beast could take on? One guy who knows the 9000 Aero as his daily drive is ex. design manager Björn Envall who has a black AERO with some 580000 km on the odo.

Over the years as You might know I have restored and built quite a few 99 Turbos, now it is time to finally do a 9000 AERO. So what we are looking for is a 9000 AERO in a condition that could be made into a truly great car. I does not have to be in mint condition that will be done though the project.

So if anyone here has a car like this or know of a car please let us know. The preferred car would be IMOLA Red, manual transmission, black leather interior. But any specimen would be of interest really as long as it not rotten out and the interior is in a decent shape.

Lets once again Unite and do a project together here on SU similar to what we did when saving the last SAAB 9-3 TTid. With Your support and that of the long list of SU commercial supporters. This project would be doable. The project will be shown here on SU of course and will be peppered with in depth stories from the people who designed and built the 9000 cars. A teaser for all of You: the unique captains leather interior was originally designed in 1977 before the launch of the planned SUPER AERO 900.

Contact jtrued  [at]  gmail.com

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