Update: Jan 14/15th Saab Support Meetings

Hi all,

I just wanted to take a quick opportunity to highlight the work being done by people around the world in organising Saab support meetings on the weekend of the 14th and 15th January next year.

When we had the Saab Support Convoys in 2010, they were held over three separate weekends. It’s great to see everyone jumping on board early to make sure the main weekend, the 14/15th of January, will be a busy day in the Saab calendar.

If you’ve been keeping up with the news, you might be aware that investors are taking the opportunity to look at Saab, both as a going concern and for its technology. As written by Ttela, Victor Muller is still in there fighting for the company’s future as well.

Saab was bought whilst in liquidation back in 2010 and you should be assured that it can happen again.

With that in mind, here’s a list of the locations where Saab support meetings are currently being organised. It’s great to see people getting on board. If you want to show your community’s support for the brand, then get your friends together and register at outside-saab.com or via the email address below.

  • The Netherlands
  • Belgium – Brussels
  • Sweden – Trollhättan
  • United States – Massachusetts, Minneapolis, California, Oregon, North Carolina, New Mexico, Texas
  • Poland – Warsaw
  • Austria – By Saab club Austria
  • Italy – Rome & Northern Italy
  • Czech Republic – Brno, Prague
  • France – Paris
  • Hungary – by Balazs
  • Denmark – Copenhagen
  • United Kingdom – Bristol, Devon/Cornwall border
  • Thailand – SAAB Club of Thailand
  • Germany – Stuttgart
  • Australia – Details will follow
  • Canada – Oakville
  • Russia – Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Petrozavodsk (Karelia)
  • Spain – Saab Club Spain
  • Finland – Saab Club of Finland is working on a meeting.
  • Belarus – Minsk
  • Uruguay – Club Saab Uruguay is organising an event (outstanding!).
  • Japan – Details will follow
  • Slovakia – Participating in the Austrian Event

Word is that events are also being organised in China and Switzerland. Details still to come.

Kudos to the Mad Dutchies for acting as information central for these meetings. Please make sure you make their job as easy as possible by getting your meeting together as soon as you can, and posting your information to outsidesaab-at-gmail.com

Cheers.

Klaas Hallenga
Member
It is really heartwarming to see all these spontaneous support rallies spreading like wildfire around the globe. What we need in addition though, is cold, hard CASH! How much is it worth to each and all of us, SAAB Supporters, for this company to emerge from bankruptcy? Somewhere between 100 and 1000 € or $? Think about it and remember : WE ARE MANY. With 1.5 million that could mean between 150 and 1500 million €/$. We could buy the whole factory as is and then negotiate with interested parties – whoever they may be – to create a new,… Read more »
RS
Member

It’s great to see you Steven write on SU. Time to lead the charge again 😉 Lets try to make the convoys even bigger than two years ago when the troops were rallied in many places on a very short notice.

TimR, SU could (in this thread?), list all the countries that are not yet on the outside-saab one. I’ve read that Saabs have been exported to fifty nations. It would be huge to get all of them involved.

Saabissimo
Member
Apologies for going off topic here – just wanted to point out what a potential buyer is up against… If someone wants to buy the whole company and run it as an independent car manufacturer they really need to act quickly to not lose all the talent of the company. Unfortunately I am not sure that the liquidators understand the urgency. Out of curiosity I was browsing the job ads in ttela. Surprise, surprise… there are several renowned engineering and consulting companies advertising there now (Semcon, Combitech, Kongsberg Automotive and more). The one that caught my eye though was this… Read more »
OliverH
Member

As the Saab engineers are very well respected at the competitors I would also try to catch some of this guys. As a lot of swedes speak a good German there’s a great chance to get a proper engineer speaking German.

If I would in the position of YM I wouldn’t try to lower the price as time goes by. The cost in the end to rehire people or get the right knowledge back in space will be much higher.

Boby
Member

Hmm, I just read a news flash that Youngman did create a daughter company in Sweden, bought the Phoenix platform and will produce in Sweden cars based on it… How close/far from the truth is that?

Saabissimo
Member

The way I understand it they have bought partial, non-exclusive licenses to technologies included in the Phoenix platform. The subsidiary is registered although I believe it is Dutch rather than Swedish?

What activity they can have in this subsidiary now that Saab is in bankruptcy I don’t know. They still need access to engineers and facilities owned by Saab in order to actually create anything I guess.

Saabissimo
Member

(Correction – the subsidiary is indeed Swedish, not Dutch) – http://allabolag.se/5568554983

adspringer80
Member

I think we can do a lot better for the US, and I will be hard at work contacting groups this week to make that happen. 50 states, I don’t see why we cannot get at least 20-25 going.

Jeff Shore
Member

SE/NE PA needs a location to Convoy. I’m all in – but nothing is even remotely close. What needs to be had for one to organize?

74StingSaab
Member

Im working on it for SE PA..contacted a dealer today to see if they would want to host the event so long as i help set it up.

Jeff Shore
Member

Which Dealer? I WORK @ General Sales of West Chester PA (host of SEPA Saab Club…)

julie@KellySAAB
Member

Central Penn SAAB Club is discussing currently. So is my store. Details to come ASAP. If all else fails locally, a convoy to MA may be the ticket on Saturday!

Jeff Shore
Member

There is a thread on Saablink and FOOR about some in Bridgewater NJ who are planning a Saab Meet and would gladly incorporate into an official Convoy if there was any official affilations made.

E
Member

@Daniel Cahill …awesome choice to hold it at the winery …either Clifton, TX or Meridian, TX location is good … just make sure the tasting room is open. 😉

Saturday is better than Sunday, but we can do either.

We’ll come over from Louisiana and represent in our 9-4X. Cheers.

mtario
Member

May I suggest something? I am sure there is a lot of people around the world who would like to join a convoy in their area/city not yet listed on “Outside-Saab.com” but they don’t have the time to organise it. There should be a section on Saab United that would allow us to let other Saab fans in our region know we would like to participate. Not sure how this can be done but I am sure the impact of this would be enormous. Just my 2 cents…

Michel from Montréal, Canada

saabyurk
Member

I agree. I see nothing in the Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh area, quite a swath. I thought Saab of North Olmsted might organize something but looks like they are liquidating. How do you organize a group? Should I contact dealers and ask? Would be great if SU just had a place where everyone could express their interest and location so we could organize a centralized meeting place.

RS
Member

Guys, how about a worldwide virtual convoy for everyone who can’t take part in one on the ground. The requirement would be to send a pic of their car and/or a message to those who try work for a future of the brand -under ‘We are many’.
The word should be spread around FB so they can join in on the 14th.

christian
Member
Great idea! I’m not going to be able to attend the convoy in Germany (Stuttgart) as it is just too far away from where I life. Unless there is no other convoy/meeting planned for the eastern part of Germany (anybody?), I would be glad to at least submit a picture and a message… @Swade: The fact that you take an active role again here on SU while you are one of those enthusiasts most directly affected by all the bankrupcy mess just makes YOU ROCK once more! Kudos, mate! I’d be honored to meet you one of these days in… Read more »
jouni72
Member

I also think this a great idea!

julie@KellySAAB
Member

great idea! SAAB up!

Nick
Member

I would also like to see something in the NW Ohio/ SE Michigan area. I would definitely participate if there was one close by.

CYQB
Member

There is none in Québec, Canada. Oakville, Ontario, is a long way from Québec city. If there is Saab support meeting anywhere in Québec (Montréal, Québec city or Sherbrooke), I am in. I am confident to see new Saab 2012/2013 in the showrooms in Canada in few months. Saab is not dead. Just a “little rest” before restarting!

Tilley
Member

I am in Montreal and hoping something develops for us. Any SU readers in the province of Quebec have good contacts with a Saab dealer?

MeanSabean
Member

Maybe we can contact Marc Desrosiers of Saab Laval. He’s the number one salesman in the province he has been for years. He is a real passionate Saab person and a very nice person. He knows alot of people, he may be able to contact for a big Montreal gathering.

mtario
Member

Guys, I sent an email to the owner of Saab Gravel Auto (rive-sud de Montréal) this morning and he replied someone will call me regarding this. Stay tuned…
-Michel

saabturbo
Member

I’m in Montreal too and I would love to participate. Hope this is possible.

Tilley
Member

How about a compromise: Meet at one dealer, have some fun, take some pictures, then convoy down to the other dealer, and repeat. I’m sure both dealers would be very happy to participate. It also fits the ‘SaabUnited’ theme quite well, in this case, dealers unite and fans unite….

mtario
Member

There is now one in the Montréal area. The gathering will be in Brossard (rive-sud de Montréal). I hope you will be there (14 janvier chez Gravel Saab @ 13:00). Check the http://www.outside-saab.com web site.
🙂
-Michel

mtario
Member

There is now one in the Montréal area. The gathering will be in Brossard (rive-sud de Montréal). I’ve also contacted M. Steve Bédard from Saab de Québec. Feel free to talk to him for more details. I hope you will be there (14 janvier chez Gravel Saab @ 13:00). Check the http://www.outside-saab.com web site.
🙂
-Michel

mr_ebbot
Member

Would be nice if more cities were available in Sweden. I would join a event in Malmo.

hans h
Member

There seems to be one in Copenhagen. I live near malmö, so Trollhättan is a little to far for me. And that makes Copenhagen quite interesting. 🙂

OliverH
Member

Any Info for Switzerland? The saabclub.ch has still the old Saab is saved on their homepage.

Swizzy
Member

Yes, You’re right! They are lazy, or may be most of them are in holiday! I asked my dealer via email if they like to do something, but I didn’t get a reaction yet. Where are you from? Maybe we cold meet us on 15.

phermansson
Member

I have talked to Hirsch and asked them to host the event, they have talked to the Saab Club but I have not heard of any response from the club. Could you guys call the club and ask whats going on?

OliverH
Member

I can try it. I post if i get some news.

OliverH
Member

For the french speaking Saab fans in Switzerland:
http://www.outside-saab.com/countries/switzerland/ (not yet available in country selection)

Carlo A
Member

Nice reading you agin Swade … thanks.
I shall contact the guys at Saab Way to see where they are planning to have it in northern Italy.
Griffin Up !!!

adspringer80
Member

I’d like to see these locations sign on for rallies: Norway, Latvia, Romania, Bulgaria, Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Vancouver, Quebec, India, Singapore, Taiwan; and then in the US: Washington State, Atlanta, Alaska, Nevada, Denver, St. Louis, Chicago, Indianapolis, Detroit, DC, New York City, Philadelphia, Florida. I’ve made a suggestion to add a forum to the Ouside-Saab website in hopes of getting people connected for these rallies. Please let me know if I can be of any help to any one! [email protected].

Peter G.
Member

Members of Saab club of Slovenia will join in as we did two years ago. More details will be announced soon on

Peter G.
Member

blah… announced on http://www.saabslo.com

damn html 🙂

Ralph
Member

Hi Swade, hope to continue “meeting” you on the internet. Your style of writing was and is a joy to read. All the best!

akzero
Member

Anyone in Norway want to convoy to Sweden?

SAABoy
Member

I’m in Phoenix, AZ. My two options are either head west to California or east to New Mexico. Any other SAABers reading this that are in CA, AZ, or NM?

paddan
Member

How about one in the NJ or NYC metro area? Steve C?

GerritN
Member
Would be nice to have something closer than Boston or NC. However, I’m feeling a bit ambivalent as far as NYC goes. I mean, it would be great to drive through Times Square but getting there is almost as much effort (=aggravation) as driving to Boston. I’m on Eastern Long Island, btw. The NY Saabs Owners Club seems to have disbanded last year, so no help from that side. Jeff’s been pretty quiet lately too. Although I’d love to help organizing such an event I unfortunately have two project on my hands, both on a critical path, very little time… Read more »
KaiC
Member

News has been posted on the web http://www.saabclub-china.com.We are sure to organize the event in China.

KaiC
Member

News has been posted on the web
http://www.saabclub-china.com.
We are sure to organize the event in China.

Mark
Member

I am organizing an event here in Adelaide South Australia. Hopefully the Saab Car Club of Australia will be organizing events in other states, but they don’t have a branch in South Australia.

tobbe
Member

Anyone that or driving in a convoy to Trollhättan where you go via borås? Herrljunga? grästorp etc?

draken
Member

The official SAAB CLUB SLOVAKIA will organize for all SAAB enthusiasts the SAAB SUPPORT MEETING on January 14, 2012 in Bratislava. All details will be published at saabclubslovakia.sk soon.

GerritN
Member

Seems like the Boston rally (Charles River Saab and State of Nine) has been rescheduled for Jan. 21st. Imho I think this is a bad idea, the biggest impact is when all rallies are on the same date in the whole world.

Tilley
Member

I agree. I’m not sure why this is happening and consider it a blow for the 14/15th events. The Boston area is important as it basically represents the entire New England region. I’m about a 7 hour drive from there (in Canada), and would have considered joining their event if none developed in my immediate area. Not any more….I want to be United with the rest of the world.

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