One of the ways Swade earned his place as the guru of Saab blogging was his ability to unite our community during the sale through exhaustive reporting of support convoys. In that same spirit, we want to continue his legacy and encourage you to send in your stories about your own gatherings from around the world. It’s one thing to enjoy a Saab by yourself, it’s another to realize you’re part of an exclusive group of ridiculously good looking people who drive them (alright, that may be taking it a little far, but I stand by the exclusive part). You may occasionally get a nod or wave from a Saab driver passing by, but sharing your bond as part of a group drive is an experience every one of us should try at least once.
Always a hotbed for Saab activity, the first convoy of spring comes from New England courtesy of Luke L. who has officially kicked off the Saab Road Cruise Season. Click through the break to read his account and see some great photos of the event that wound through coastal Rhode Island, the smallest state in the US.
On Saturday, March 12th, I felt it is was the right time to unofficially open the SAAB Road Cruise Season in New England, USA. I chose my home state of Rhode Island for this ride’s points of interest. Naturally posting through Facebook, SAABLink, and SAABCentral, I got a group of 23 people together to hit the roads of Rhode Island. I had some usual suspects with me of course, Mike M. from Vermont came down with his 9-5SC, Ryan F and his wife in their Turbo-X, along with Brett M. in his 9-5 Aero with Brian K. riding shotgun. I managed to get my neighbor is his NG900 to come along, as his SPG is currently getting a T-5 makeover.
What got me was the rest of the group, more than half had Rhode Island plates, yet I have never seen them before. I also managed to collect a guy from Indiana in a “Viggened” OG 9-3, he is in the Navy and is currently stationed in Newport, RI.
Volvo made an other appearance (wish I had more than the 4 that showed); however, it is a start and we did get one of the finest looking S60 R’s I have EVER seen.
So, the ride started in Hope Valley, RI and took us through Washington County, passed The University of Rhode Island, over the Jamestown Bridge and over to Stop 1, which wss Beacon Hill LightHouse, in Jamestown.
After a quick walk-about, we were on the road again to Newport, crossing the Newport Bridge. We hit Bellevue Avenue, which is Newport’s Mansion District (some of which host tours) and ended up on a coastal tour of Ocean Drive to our next Stop, Brenton Point in Newport. Each stop was approximately 20-30 minutes, giving everyone the ability to take pictures and to talk to each other.
Our last stop took us through Bristol, RI down the famous Parade Route (Bristol, RI is home to the oldest 4th of July Parade in the USA). We stopped once again at Colt State Park in Bristol. After which, we headed to our final destination – the Restaurant On The Border, in Warwick, RI.
I would like to thank those that came on this ride. As I stated previously, the participation alone is worth planning these runs!! Thank you to everyone 🙂
THERE ARE MANY MORE RIDES TO COME.
Thanks for letting us live vicariously through your drive, and I hope many more SaabsUnited readers get the chance to participate in future Saab Road Cruises with the New England crew. We’ll be posting when the next one is as soon as we know about it– join in the fun, you won’t forget it.
If you’re interested in sharing your own convoy/cruise, shoot us an email. With warm weather returning in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s time to get out and enjoy our rides again.