The following is from Dan De Vlieger, owner of site sponsor, State of Nine. I’m looking forward to catching up with Dan myself in Boston later this month (more on that later).
I’m happy to report that (after driving 1,644 miles in a Dodge Caravan – I really think there is a market for a cool European minivan – the Saab Convention in Aurora OH last month was a great success. The turnout for the event was great. The quality of classic Saabs was probably the best I’ve seen. And, to top it off, there were lots of special guests in attendance. Saab is back!
It was great meeting lots of you and sharing ideas on the kinds of things you want to see for your Saab. I even had some ‘Saab celebrity encounters’, and it was great to speak with Peter Backstrom (the Manager of Saab’s Car Museum in Sweden), “EggsnGrits” from SaabsUnited, and especially Victor Muller and Jan Ake Jonsson from Saab. We even had the New Saab 9-5 Sedan and a Spyker C8 Spyder on the show field.
This was my ninth Saab Convention and I can tell you that in the past, a Saab Execustive might swoop in and do the Saturday night dinner speech. But Peter, Victor, and Jan Ake were walking the area and talking to owners throughout the day. I kept seeing them zooming around in various classic Saabs. When I approached Victor and Jan Ake to say thanks for saving Saab, they were welcoming and spoke confidently about the future. These are car guys and they are loving the opportunity at hand to make Saab distinct again – it is obvious and inspiring.
Test drives of the new Saab 9-5 got rave reviews (I didn’t have time)! Regarding the Spyker C8 Spyder that made it to the show, I can only tell you that pictures don’t do the car justice. This car could go zero to sixty in twenty seconds and it would be the coolest modern car of its class that I’ve ever seen (it goes 0 to 60 in 4.5 seconds though).
The finish, the details, the design, it was honestly breathtaking. This car seemed more like a modern creation of a historic Bugatti or 1939 Delahaye than a Ferrari type car that you might picture when hearing the term ‘supercar’. The bottom line, Spyker knows how to build a distinct, quality automobile and this attention to detail will surely contribute to Saab’s rejuvenation.