The SOC of GB Celebrates 50 years

soc50image001The Saab Owners Club of Great Britain Celebrates 50 years.

This year the Saab Owners Club of Great Britain celebrate 50 Golden years, quite an achievement by any club standards, and to mark this momentous occasion have planned some great celebratory events throughout the country.

The SOC are going right back to where it all began “Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese” Fleet St London, a pub, where around sixty Saab owners got together to form the club with the help of a very young Saab GB and associated dealers.

Various tours have been organised throughout the country for the club members, taking in some of the most breath taking scenery the UK has to offer, even a visit to the real Hogwarts castle is planned, although I don’t think there will be any flying Saabs over head!

With this years International Saab club gathering also being held in the UK, the Saab Owners Club of Great Britain are going to celebrate in style!

Saabs go Roman, 10th to 12th May 2013


Behind every stone, secrets and tales can be found when Scandinavia met Anglo-Saxon England, the Normans raged against the Vikings and the Scots clashed with the Romans, Normans and English.  Could there be a more fitting place for a Saab?

After meeting up on the Friday night for dinner, we will be bedding down for the night then spending Saturday travelling through the Northumberland National Park to Alnwick Castle (the real Hogwarts).  You can admire the splendour of the largest, inhabited castle in Europe or fight an imaginary battle against he-who-must-not-be-named.  We will then journey through the splendour of the North-East, back towards Rothbury.  Another evening of food and drink awaits, along with an opportunity to give your cars a quick spruce up in preparation for Sunday.

The Sunday will be slightly different with a visit to Kielder Castle and their classic car parade, celebrating 40 years of the Kielder Forest Drive.  As a special treat, we have been invited to lead the parade along the Forest Drive of12 miles of authentic rally scenery with Saab leading the way.  A fitting end.

We have now finalised the accommodation details and we will be staying at Coquetvale, in Rothbury ( We were aiming to keep the package below £100 each, based on two people sharing, but we went slightly over at £110.  The reason we went over is that we found a small, private hotel with its own Italian restaurant in a perfect location with experience of car club events. The package we have negotiated includes:

  • Two nights dinner (2-course), bed, and breakfast
  • Entry to Kielder Forest Drive
  • A tour pack of interesting places to visit
  • A souvenir Rally Plate to commemorate the event

Alternatively you may wish to join us for the tours only at a cost of £20 per car to include Kielder Forest entry, the commemorative rally plate, and route instructions.

For more information and a booking form please contact Rich Bone at [email protected] or on 0121 288 2663.

Deposits will be required no later than the end of February so please do not delay.


Where it all began…Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese on Fleet Street, London. Friday May 17th 2013


To celebrate 50 years of the SOC we have arranged dinner at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese.  It has a very long history and the present building dates from its rebuild shortly after the Great Fire of 1666 but there has been an inn on the site since 1538.

Ye Old Cheshire Cheese is a traditional City pub in what was once the heart of journalism for London and, indeed, the rest of Great Britain.  We have kept this event informal to reflect the original meeting held in the wine cellar bar of the pub.

Food at this traditional “spit & sawdust” pub is simple but excellent, as befits a place that has hosted Samuel Johnson and Mark Twain.  A set three-course menu will be available for £27.50.
However, we would recommend a visit to the Science Museum to see the 1956 Saab 93B in their display of small European cars from the 50s and 60s!
We very much hope to see as many of you there as possible.  Numbers are strictly limited to a maximum of 50 so please be sure to book early or risk disappointment!
For more details and a booking form please contact Alistair Philpott at  [email protected] or on 01845 587176.


Peaks and Dales Saturday June 1st 2013

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This is the 10th run in the Peak District area organised by the North West group. The run is around 120 miles and will start as usual at Windy Harbour Hotel in Glossop, Derbyshire and cars will start leaving at 8-30am.

A route that will be provided will take you on a mystery tour of Derbyshire and will visit some local places of interest with stunning scenery on the way.

Some people will stay at the   Windy Harbour where camping/caravanning is also available or you are welcome to just come for the day.  There is an evening meal arranged on Saturday evening which costs £16 per person.

For those staying Friday evening we will have the usual optional trip to Compos Fish restaurant in Holmfirth which is a 20 min drive away.

We look forward to seeing you in June for what will be an interesting day with all our Saab friends. Our thanks go to Mike and Veronica who, as usual, will plan the route during the Winter for our enjoyment.

For a booking form please call Richard Elliott 01457 852944 or email  [email protected]

Saabs on the Marches! 28th to 30th June 2013


Come and join us for a weekends driving tour taking in the beautiful Welsh countryside of the Brecon Beacons and Wye Valley. Designated a National Park in 1957, the Brecon Beacons is situated in mid-Wales and contains some of the most spectacular and distinctive upland formations in southern Britain, The park occupies 519 sq miles of mountains, moors, forests, pastureland, lakes and the broad Usk valley. The easternmost highlands in the park, lying between Abergavenny and Hay-on-Wye, are the Black Mountains (old red sandstone)  the highest point being Waun Fach at 2,660 ft.

Our tour will be based at the Hampton by Hilton Hotel on the outskirts of Newport. This new modern four-star luxury hotel serves a complimentary hot and cold buffet breakfast to start your day and there’s a friendly bar where you can end your evening.

Recreational amenities include a fitness facility, there’s complimentary wireless Internet access in the hotel’s public areas, and the guest rooms come with desks, sofa beds, LCD televisions and blackout drapes.

Our package for the weekend will include:

  • Two nights dinner, bed and  breakfast
  • Dedicated  free secure parking area for Saabs only
  • A tour pack of interesting places and rest stops along the way
  • A souvenir Rally Plate to  commemorate the event

The cost will be £90 per person based on two people sharing. If you wish to make it a longer break by extending your stay, we have negotiated a B&B rate of £25 per person with an additional £20 single supplement for the Sunday night.

Alternatively, you may wish to join us for the tours only at a cost of £20 per car to include the commemorative rally plate and route instructions.

For more information and a booking form please contact, Alex Rankin at [email protected] or on 01935 431196.

Deposits will be required no later than 28th February 2013 with full payment by 18th May 2013 so please do not delay


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Very impressive program, Robin.
While I am not able to come over this year I want hereby to congratulate the SOC for his 50th anniversary.


Hey Robin, impressive tours! I know what a 50th birthday bash entails, saw from a slight distance what our club had to do in 2009. Best of luck with all the organising and things 😉


Please send me an email so I can send You a correct B18 logotype. I get a knife in my back when I see the Saab logotype “raped”.


That is one great logo. I don’t visit London and environs until November, unfortunately. However I would love to look up historic Saab Club sites while I’m there.


Same week end as swedish day ??


You need to be an SOC member on this occasion to take part in this event, anyone wishing to participate is of course very welcome to become a member the SOC and come along.


I will become member again this year. I was it from 1996 to 2004….But I’l be back!!!

David Dallimore

Thanks for clarifying Alex.


Well done Etienne, it will be good to have you back with us, and a part of the SOC ‘family’ once again in our 50th year.


Thanks Alex 😉


My memebership renewal is now duty full paid, I will be at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese on Fleet Street, London. Friday May 17th 2013 (at99%) will give a call to alistair when my eurostar is bookedi.
Very obviously Robin, I will be in Somerset some days before!
I will be againin the kent next thursday for shopping, and in april with mum and a couple of friends to visit Winsor ans so on….Hope to get my British passport soon LOL!

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