…or perhaps “the family and friends edition”?
Sometimes you learn new and surprising things about old friends. Jens Christian is an old friend of my family and his facebook profile was the last place I expected to see a stunning action shot of a proper Saab.
Otto Øen and Jens Chr. Jacobsen finished first in their class. The year is 1964 and another three years went by before the V4 hit the rally circuits. Jens Chr. also posted a picture of the car they used the next year. Their new car was produced by a different Swedish manufacturer and instead of winning the race they got stuck in a ditch.
Note: The bilsportogcaravan.com site contains more than six decades worth of Norwegian rally circuit scoreboards. It is noteworthy how many SAABs were competing in the sixties and how well they performed. In the 70s and 80s, apart from a 900 Turbo placing second in 1989, there weren’t many victories for our brand.
A couple of days ago my dad sent me a picture of a pickup truck. I am not sure what brand it is, but the big sign on its roof may provide a clue. Observed in the Swedish city of Slussfors. Slussfors is further away from Trollhättan than Berlin, but somewhat closer than Amsterdam. They speak a more similar language in Slussfors though.
TTela reports that the Griffin has disappeared from the factory sign. From reading the comments to that article it appears workers from SAAB have been busy today removing the Griffin from all signs near and on the factory property.
Peter Bäckström comments that the museum already has its fair share of Griffin logos and are not looking for more.
It is not known what will happen to the signs.
Finally, Cristophe posted a funny picture on facebook that I think deserves a wider audience.
If SAAB had used something like that for an ad, I would not have bought a 9-5. I would have bought at least two!