Monday Night Snippets – gathering edition

What a fantastic day! What a fantastic weekend!
First we had Jan-Ake Jonsson and Victor Muller finishing the Mille Miglia in their twin 1957 Saab 93s (meeting some Italian friends along the way), then there was the Top-10 finish by Spyker Squadron in the 1000km of Spa race in the LeMans series.
Top that off with an Aussie winning the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at Catalunya, my wife PJ selling two more paintings on Saturday, our 7th wedding anniversary on Sunday and my beloved Carlton Football Club breaking a 9-year hoodoo against St Kilda tonight and it’s fair to say I’m one happy camper right now.
And on top of all that, I’ve just received some other wonderful news that I’ll be able to tell you about some time later.
Happy camping, indeed.
Of course, that wasn’t all that happened over the weekend.
Sunday saw the third annual Swedish Day UK take place in Sparkford, with some Saab fans travelling from as far away as France to attend. Big reports coming later.
Dtivney had this photo on his Flickr page, entitled “The French Collection”
Robin really has done a superb job bringing this day together and he and whoever’s helping him organise it should be commended on a job well done. I don’t call him our unofficial Saab Ambassador to the UK for nothing.
Of course, the biggest collection of photos from the day is at Robin’s own Flickr account. I’m not sure what the official attendance was just yet, but it looks like a bumper crowd once again.
And speaking of automotive gatherings……
When I was at the Saab Festival back in 2007, one of the very enjoyable evenings was on the Wednesday night, when all the locals got their collectable cars out and took them down to the locks for the weekly annual community car display that seems to take place there during the summer.
As you might expect, this isn’t just a local thing. In fact, it looks pretty small when you see one of the other gatherings that goes on in Sweden during the summer.
Lennart C posted me a link to a weekly show that happens in ‘Viking Village’ in Loddekopinge every Tuesday night during the summer.
Last Tuesday was a cold night, but they had 3,000 vehicles turn up. There’s not a heap of Saabs in there (the Swedes love their classic American iron) but it’s an amazing collection of stuff there.
Back to the French…..
What is it with France and burning cars???
So sad to see.

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