Monday Night Snippets – iCrap edition

Pray for me.

Today I had to drive 4 hours in this:

Hyundai i30

It’s a Hyundai i30, which is like a Toyota Corolla, only more ripoff-ier. It rips off the 1 Series BMW at the back and it rips off a bashed crab at the front. Inside it’s Korea doing to Japan what Debbie did to Dallas Japan did to everyone 30 years ago – screwed ’em over with cheaper, but still reliable design and plastics.

Four hours in this little car, with an automatic transmission and no cruise control. What did I do to deserve this?


Hilton Holloway from Autocar says….

Saab’s all new 9-3 will make its debut at the 2012 Paris show, according to company sources.

That seems a little late to me, if they’re going to start selling it in Q4 of 2012. I’m doubting Hilton’s sources as I know they’re impeccable, but it just seems strange.

Rumour has it that we’ll see a concept well before that and interviews with Jason Castriota held just last week suggest that they’re in the wind tunnel with this car at the moment.

You can read more at Autocar.


Good news for Saab owner Nicholas D, who had the first smashed Saab 9-5 in Belgium.

Smashed Saab 9-5

His dealer, Callens-Bouckaert, had some trouble at first getting the required parts to fix the car because it was such a new model.

They, along with the Saab importer Behermans, worked feverishly for their client and I’m happy to pass on that the car is now fixed and Nicholas is one very happy guy!

Nicholas Saab 9-5


Congratulations to Tom Blomqvist, son of Stig, who just made history:

Tom Blomqvist made history at the weekend by becoming the youngest ever winner of the Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship at just 16 years old in a thrilling climax to the 2010 season at Brands Hatch Indy circuit on 9th/10th October.

At just 16 years and 313 days, the son of rally legend Stig, was level on points with title rival Manor Competition’s Lewis Williamson heading into the final round of the season. The teenager though held his nerves to bring his Fortec Motorsport car home in second place, two places ahead of Williamson, to win the coveted title by a mere six points and follow in the footsteps of previous champions Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen.

Tom Blomqvist

Tom Blomqvist

Thanks to Par Brandt for the tip!


If you’re a Saab nut and you’re on Twitter, but not following @elkparts, you’re quite possibly missing out on the occasional half-price bargain (SportCombi Eibach spring kit, anyone?).


After the success of the Mt Washington run, the guy who organized it, Luke L, is organizing another drive. This time it’s a Fall Cruise Through Eastern Connecticut. Join up at that link. It should be a visual spectacular.

I’m also told there’s a drive being organised for the Saab Club of Central Ohio. They’re heading out to the Hocking Hills to observe and admire the changing colors this weekend. Interested parties should contact Dan Orzano via email at [email protected]


We have a pilots in our midst. Me old mate Lance Cole is one of them, albeit the strong silent type.

Chris wrote to me today, telling me of the recent passing of a prominent French pilot named Renaud Ecalle. There’s no Saab connection here, but just for the pilots, here’s some video showing what he could do….. crazy stuff.


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