Here is what I had hoped to see from my post last week “Calling All Saab Clubs And Fans”. The reason for my post was to look at the things that make Saab fun. It is way to easy to look at things in a negative way or to get pulled into the back and forth conversations with people who will only see the conspiracy in things. What I want to see more of is the people and clubs of the world who still celebrate Saab and enjoy meeting others from this breed of Saab.
Well someone read my post and took the time to give us an introduction to the Finnish Saab Club. What a great read this one is and what a huge club. Their website say that membership is currently more than 3200 Saab Fans. This has got to be one of the best managed and largest clubs I have ever seen, they have a Saab magazine called Saabisti which is a very well put together magazine and even have a nice shop for purchasing club merchandise. Here is the email I received below, enjoy the read and check out the link to their website:
The Finnish Saab club has been founded 1990 and our site has some information also in English (although somewhat out-dated, I now notice).
Our club has two “official” meetings annually: at autumn, new board is selected for the following year. Then in spring, we have a meeting where last year’s annual report and financial statements are discussed & approved. (In fact, those two meetings need to be held according to Finnish law as we are a legally registered club). But those meetings are just a fraction of our activities.
This year we’ve had “We are many. We are Saab.” meeting, naturally.
The Saab summer always begins with the meeting of old Saabs, or “a happening where nothing happens”, as it is also sometimes called. The actual meet is for 92-99’s & Sonett’s, and about 25 cars were on show. But the parking lot next to the actual meeting place was filled with over 100 more recent Saabs. And mind you; some club members came to the meeting with some other make of a car, but they had to find a spot somewhere else. “Saab parking only”.
Then we’ve had Styling & Tuning meet, where about ten Saabs were on display. The weather was ridiculously cold and in the morning we had really heavy rain. Despite that, about 20 Saabs came to admire the tuned vehicles.
Annual summer meeting was held in June the 9th, which in Finnish is “9.6.” I guess I don’t need to explain the selected date 🙂 The turn-up was about 100 club members and their families. Summer meeting started on Friday and lasted for the whole weekend. Almost everyone was staying at the same hotel where the meeting’s HQ was, so the parking lot was an impressive sight to see.
Saab 9000 owners had a meet of their own, too. But apparently it was not a good idea to move the meeting from August to early June as this time just six 9000’s came to car museum’s parking lot. (And one Alfa-Romeo, since the guy had just sold his 9000, but is looking for a replacement.)
Local meetings, some regular, some less regular, have been taking place as usual. Most likely, gallons of coffee have been consumed and lots of laughter has been heard.
I am the editor of club’s magazine “Saabisti” and at the moment I’m rather busy with editing the next issue, which should come out in mid-August. The next issue will also contain an article about certain white 9-3 Griffin that has been donated to Saab museum 🙂
In case you have any questions or would like to hear more about the Finnish Saab club, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Thank you to Petri for introducing me and all of you to the Finnish Saab Club and I look forward to hearing about your next issue with an article on that certain white 9-3 Griffin. Now if I could only get a hold of one of those Saabisti Magazines in English. Again, I invite anyone who has a great and fun Saab story to share or anyone who would like to introduce us to your Saab Club, please email the [email protected] or me personally at [email protected] These to me are the stories that make Saab fun and bring us together for the love of Saab and the history that ties us together.