In a few hours from now, I’m going to be catching up with Till72 (he of the labelled Saab 9-3x), which is a meeting that’s been a long time coming. After that I make a roundabout hop to Gothenburg and Trollhattan via London, then off home. Sometimes you’ve just got to call into these places when you’re in the neighborhood.
All that, of course, means it’s the end of an all-too-brief stay at Geneva for the 2011 motor show.
I was expecting a lot from the Geneva show, both from a Saab perspective and in terms of the show, in general. We know what Saab delivered – another tour-de-force of a concept car that has made headlines around the world. The show itself was also outstanding, delivering punch after punch wherever you went. The beauty of the Geneva show is that it packs it all in within a relatively compact space. It’s magical.
A couple of very important thankyous…..
Firstly to Saab for inviting me along to the show. Judging by the fact that the website’s server collapsed a few hours after PhoeniX was revealed, I think it’s fair to say that people have been interested in what’s been going on and I hope SU has been able to provide adequate and timely information to make benefit the good nation of Saabistan.
Secondly, I’d like to thank a wonderful family, Marc, Priska and their two beautiful young girls, for inviting me to stay in their home during the show. They are SU readers, just like you, and they’re generosity and enthusiasm has made my job here in Geneva so much easier. Thanks so much.
Last but not least, thanks to a few partners in crime…..
Jeff P has provided some great graphics for the last few auto shows I’ve attended and Geneva saw some more great artwork here on site. I’ve just noticed another graphic in my email so I’ll check that out shortly (see the new Aero-X/PhoeniX header, above).
Eggs n Grits has put his shoulder to the wheel once again, providing external coverage of media reportage related to the show that neither RedJ nor I would have had time to collate. I think it’s added an invaluable aspect to the coverage. Seeing the way the world has embraced Saab’s continued growth has been very encouraging. Thanks mate.
And RedJ – what can I say? It’s been outstanding to work up close with you and the added dimensions that you provided to the coverage of this show made SU’s coverage a success. Day 1 was a phenomenally busy day and there’s no way I could have got across everything in the way – and with the diversity of thought – that we did as a pair. This was a very significant show for Saabs United and RedJ’s work was more significant than you can appreciate.
Of course, thanks to you all for tuning in and making the discussions so lively and well mannered. The community is what it’s all about.
I’ve got a lot more to write about my time here in Geneva, including my own 2 cents worth on the PhoeniX concept.
That’ll come in the coming days. Until then, sit back and relax. There is plenty to read and watch from the last few days.