I’ve checked with Peter at the Saab Museum and can pass on to you all that there will not be a Saab Festival in 2011.
It seems someone on the Facebook team might have jumped the gun a little, which is fine. A good excuse to show the video 🙂
Festivaliers should therefore keep their eye on the 2011 IntSaab gathering in Finland, where registrations are now open.
I only came to know about the Saab Festival in 2007, when I attended my first one. As I understood things then (and I could well be wrong on this), the Saab Festival is held every second year.
If that’s the case, then the possibility of a Saab Festival in 2011 is an interesting one. Why?
The 2007 festival should have been followed by one in 2009. In 2009, however, Saab were being held up against a wall with a knife at their throat. Money was tight and there was seemingly little to celebrate, so the 2009 festival was cancelled and replaced by a smaller “Saab Days” event, which was more of a local gig.
With Saab reborn, a Saab Festival was held in July 2010.
I think you can do the math here. If they retain what I understood to be their normal pattern, we could expect a Saab Festival again in 2012.
Then there’s this, from Saab’s Facebook page today:
Here are some video highlights from the celebration of last year Saab festival. Who’s planning to visit the Saab festival in Trollhättan, Sweden this summer?
My emphasis added.
This is fantastic news, obviously, just a little bit surprising.
There’s nothing on the Saab Festival website yet. If I find out anything further, I’ll update you all here.
The Facebook entry linked to this video from the 2010 Festival. It’s worth watching if you’ve got a minute…..