I’m proud of the contribution that Saabs United has made to the company over the years. I’m proud to have been a part of establishing that tradition and very pleased to see it carry on in the hands of Tim, Till, the rest of the SU team and the readership.
Every member of the SU community has a part to play in keeping the spirit of this company alive. Of course, our hope is that the administrators find a suitable buyer to keep the company itself alive. It’s important not just as a matter continuing a heritage that we’re all proud of, but also in continuing to provide an automotive alternative that we all love. I’ve lost count of the number of people who have written to me saying they just can’t imagine buying another type of car. For some of us – for better or for worse – there are few, if any, viable alternatives to Saab when it comes to interesting and engaging motoring.
Saabs United is currently running what I think is a pretty important fund-raiser to purchase and preserve the last Saab 9-3 in the Saab Museum. For sixty-plus years, prominent cars from Saab’s history have rolled off the production line and into the Saab Museum. I think we can all agree that there has been no more critical a period in the company’s history than the bankruptcy of December 19. For a Saab fan, it’s almost essential that the final car from this period in the company’s history be preserved in the Saab Museum, like the notable cars that went before it.
This fund raiser is unprecedented in Saab circles for its ambition, scope and the importance of its mission. We can’t save the company itself as a one-off effort (that will require consistent sales for a re-started Saab) but I believe that we can – and should – do this.
Consequently, I just want to add my voice to the appeal. If you’ve contributed to this fund already, then thanks very much. If you’re planning to contribute, I’d urge you to let Tim or Till know your commitment and the timing of it. If you’re still on the fence, I’d appeal to you to consider what you can give.
If you’ve never visited the Saab Museum, I can assure you that it’s well worth the time and trouble it might cost you to get there. It’s a wondrous place for a Saab fan, a reminder of everything this company has achieved, much of it against the odds over a number of decades. It’ll remind you as to what we all gave so much of our time for and make you appreciate the drive home even more. That building houses some of the most wonderful memories of my life and some great friends, too.
Imagine visiting there and knowing that you contributed to one of it’s more significant exhibits.
I’d like to raise another point while I’m here. In fairness, I should have discussed this with Peter Backstrom before posting as it might be a non-issue, but I’ll put it out there anyway.
Is there some scheme, some way that we Saab enthusiasts can contribute regularly to the upkeep of the museum? A trust or a friends-of-the-museum type setup? I know that I’d be willing to contribute to such a trust with a regular annual contribution and I’m sure that others would, too.
IntSaab 2012 is coming up soon. It would be a great opportunity to promote such an arrangement and get clubs involved in preserving something that is surely in their interests to keep alive, and strong.
If something is already established, that’s great. If not, I hope it’s something the new owners of the museum would consider. The Saab Museum has been saved once already. I hope it’s never in a position where it has to be saved again.