(TGI) Friday Snippets

It’s been a hellish week – tonsils and the flu. A big bowl of not good. And the next few weeks are going to be about as busy as January this year, which was the busiest time I’ve ever known. I need 26 hour days.


Autoblog can be a bit saccharine sometimes and the comments section can be like walking through a cabbage patch full of zombies (or wannabe comedians, which can be painfully close to the same thing). In general terms, though, Autoblog does a pretty good job at covering the mainstream US car scene.

This article – in terms of recognising a moment and documenting it the right way – is pretty close to blogging perfection.

Well done, Mr Shunk.


What’s this? And what’s it got to do with Saab?

inflatable helmet

It’s an inflatable bike helmet, useful for those who don’t like to mess up their hair. You’re seeing it inflated in that picture, but it starts life as a collar and acts like an airbag in the event of a pending collision.

The developers – Swedish, natch – used a Saab 9-3 as part of their testing regime.



Good luck to James Sera, who’s going to try and seal the Australian Sport Sedan Championship this weekend in a Saab 9-3. Well, actually, this car is to the Saab 9-3 as Darth Vader is to humans – it’s heavily modified (700hp Chevy engine, for starters).

Dean Randle Saab 9-3 racer

The car is actually built and owned by Dean Randle of Swedish Prestige, in Melbourne. A lot of Melbourne visitors would be familiar with Dean’s work. He actually looked over my Viggen for me when I bought it back in 2005. A great guy with a great workshop.


One of Australia’s elder statesmen in the music scene, guitarist Tommy Emmanuel, toured Sweden recently.

Whilst in Mellerud, he was set up with a new Saab 9-5 TiD by the local dealer, Roybil. Apparently he loved the car so much he insisted on driving himself the full 150km to Landvetter airport in Gothenburg when it came time to leave.

Tommy Emannuel Saab 9-5

It looks like enjoyed himself…..

Tommy Emannuel Saab 9-5

And to close the snippets for today, here’s a little bit of Tommy’s work. It’s always incredible to see someone so in tune with a musical instrument, like there’s no separation between them. Great stuff.


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