Happy Fathers Day

Too good of a fathers day story not to share and on so many levels. To be a Father you will understand that the love of your children or grand children is much stronger then that of your love for your Saab, so when your child or grandchild embraces your weird Saab love, it’s even that much better.

The email below is from “saabyurk” and is about a gift from his granddaughter and also touches on our community and being united as friends. Happy Fathers Day to all of you fathers like myself out there, have a great day with your families.

Hi Crew,
I thought you guys might get a kick out of my Father’s Day gift from my granddaughter. Back in July, 2011 I read about Ryan and Caroline’s cross country trip with their newly purchased vintage Saab 900 convertible. I contacted them and decided to meet them in Mayfield, Ohio on their way through. See “Ryan and Ted Y
Also, in the picture above that, you see my 2004, merlot 9-3. Anyway, I told my granddaughter I was meeting up with someone I met on Saabsunited (a mistake on my part). Anyway, she thought it was crazy to meet strangers that way, especially for me, a loner with very few friends.

Well, I guess she remembered that day, and today, I received a hand-made gift from her. See the attached photos. It’s the second photo you might get a kick out of. The blue print reads “SAAB united [sic] where strangers meet strangers!” (and apparently aliens).

Seems she was right, but it’s amazing how so many strangers sharing common goals and interests can be so united as friends. You might have figured by now, my granddaughter knows I like SAABs. She’s expecting me to restore a pink old 96 for her when she’s 16. 🙂




Thank you so much for sharing, this truly made my night.

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Great present, you obviously have loving grandchildren. But curiosity is aroused – a stranger who turned out to be an alien?

Bengt in Scania


I must wait until second sunday in november when we have our Fathers day in Sweden.


What a great story, made me laugh! Dont forget to post the story of the pink restoration!


Love this, and I look forward to seeing the Pink 96 too 🙂


Thoughtful grandchildren.

BTW I am surprised no one mentioned this but England 3 Sweden 2. 🙂


Ouch! You must be a Brit? For those who didn’t know:


We Brits were being thoughtful too!

Martin T16s

Great piece Jason,
Isn’t it wonderful how children’s minds work, brilliant! And I bet you had an emotional moment too when you received those gifts. Very personal and from the heart. Great stuff.


Lest you think my granddaughter is always the perfect angel, I should relate an incident earlier this spring. They were visiting and we gave them a sidewalk spray chalk device (liquid chalk I guess). She was spraying on my concrete barn floor and my wife said “Ted, look what Alex is spraying.” I looked and saw 4 big blue letters “SAAB” and thought “How nice.” Then she sprayed a pink circle around it and again I thought “How nice, a logo.” But then, with a big crooked smile on her face, she drew a slash through the circle, meaning “No… Read more »


Nice article Jason and touching story saabyurk. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Happy Father’s Day!

Chris Hansel

Jason: good for you. Grandchildren and Saabs, why do they go together? The right of passage to the next generation? The new Saabs in our furture? Yea, they go together. The hope for the future, and the hope for our brand. Good story, take care

Ryan F.

Hi Stranger!! Ted, it was great to meet you in person last year, as a “stranger” online, hah! Still think about you everytime I check my air pressure or wash the wheels and see the Griffin logo valve stem caps you gave us 🙂

Ryan and Caroline

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