We have recently added to our inventory 1:43 Genuine SAAB model cars, these are of extremely high quality and are a must have for any Saab enthusiast! The collectors items are already available on our website but they will also be available at Wicksteed park this weekend.
Prices from £9.00 INC VAT!!
Please see below a list of model cars that we have to offer:
Hope to see you all at the weekend!
Ex-world champion in rallying Stig Blomquist turns 67 today. He is one of Saabs rally heroes in the Saab heydays. When Saab withdrew from rallying Stig worked with Audi and Ford plus some other brands as well. See list below.
A white Saab 96 Sport and with his dad as a co-driver he debuted in rallying in August 1964 and won his Junior class and second in all. The rally included 10 Special Stages (SS) and was 60 km long.
Stig is still active in rally and racing, doing historical rallies and supporting his sons in their respectivley racing careers. He is also doing work with S2AB Corp. a company run by Magnus Roland where Stig is the tester of new chassis designs.
Stigs carrer started with Saab in the 70íes but here is an interesting list of the cars he has competed with:
Saab 96 Sport, V4, 99 16V, 99 Turbo
Ford Sierra XR4x4, Sierra Cosworth RS, Escort RS Cosworth, Sierra Cosworth 4×4, RS 200,
Audi Quattro, 200 Quattro, Quattro S1,
Renault Clio Cup
Peugeot 205 Turbo 16
Volkswagen Golf Gti
Opel Calibra Turbo 4×4
Volvo N12 Truck
Brabham BT35 Formula 3
Merlyn Mk.21 Formula 3
Volvo 240 Turbo Cup, 240 Turbo ETC.
Nissan Sunny GTI-R
Happy Birthday Stig!
This weeks Saab Of The Week comes to us from Petr from Prague who loved Saab so much that it was used as a wedding car. This shot was taken with an iPhone…… hope the bride didn’t see the groom on an iPhone on the wedding day. This is really not too uncommon, Saabs seem to be used in weddings a lot. Moments after receiving this photo from Petrs wedding, I received another from Andrew of an almost identical 9-3 convertible that was used for his friends wedding when their original wedding car didn’t come through. I bet they were more than happy with the replacement. From all of us at SAABSUNITED, congratulations on your wedding Petr and I look forward to seeing more of the photos when you get them. As always, keep the photos coming to [email protected].
I know most of you will have probably heard the news that Will and Kate’s little Prince has finally said hello to the World but I just wanted to share with you a picture from The Daily Mail of the car that Prince William drove to the hospital at six this morning. It may have been Kate’s security teams car but I want to think William drove it himself.
A big congratulations to William, Kate and The New Prince from all of us here on SU.
A few weeks ago att Solvalla Trotting track converted to racetrack. Here are three Saab 9-3 STCC racers competing with some others brands. More on the series here http://www.stcc.se.
Some of You who visited the Saab Festival got to see one of the 9-3 racers on static display outside the museum. Now it is full speed. If You are in Stockholm over the weekend com and see Saab on the track again battle with old arch rivals like Volvo and BMW.
Lots of pictures here from todays shakedown and qualification day.
It’s that time of year again. Our friend Jim Coggeshall (Coggs) is once again setting out on an ambitious ride to raise money and awareness for cancer research. I say ambitious because for me, 200 miles sounds like a great drive not a bike ride. This has become and annual event for Jim and he has raised a lot of money over the years with the help of friends and readers like you to help end cancer. I personally don’t know anyone who has not in some way been affected by cancer. I have lost a grandparent myself and all of us here have lost friends, even very recently. Please read what Coggs has written and donate if you can. Lets show him that we are behind him and support his cause.
As I write, his goal is to raise $5000 this year and he has just hit $4630. I admire your dedication Jim and thank you for what you do. You do this and go through the journey with strength and wit that we all can learn from. I know you left it out of your write up here but your words of “I gave my left nut, had skin peeled from my face, a spear gun shoved up my butt, and twice rode a bicycle 200 miles to fight cancer. What can you do?” not only make me smile at your sense of humor but also force me to want to do more. You inspire my friend and I wish you nothing but the best in this trial before you.
Some of you may know me from my participation at various Saab events around the Northeastern US. I’m the current owner of 5 Saabs (Sonett III, C900 & Viggen Verts, and a couple of 9-5 Combi’s) and a regular at Swedish Car Day, Carlisle, etc. I have hosted numerous Saab events in New England over the past 4 or 5 years. I am certified Saabinista! However most likely you know me from reading my story here on SU as I made an annual shameless, but very worthy plea for support in an event that has become the highlight of my year.
Well, it’s that time of year again – and it’s sadly taken on extra importance this time.
Over the last couple of years the readers of SU have risen to the call to help those fighting cancer by donating to an event I participate in every year. The event is a 200 mile charity bicycle ride across the state of Massachusetts called the Pan Mass Challenge to be held in a few weeks. This event raises money for cancer research being done at the world renowned Dana Farber Cancer Institute – a facility in Boston I know all too well. For the past two years I have participated in the event as a cancer survivor. Unfortunately I will be participating as patient again this year. No secret that being diagnosed with cancer totally sucks. This is the fourth time I’ve been give the bad news but that didn’t make it any easier. But rather than feeling sorry for myself it just made me all the more determined to try and make a difference for those who are, or will be in the same situation I find myself in.
During the past two years SU readers have kicked in almost $3,000 of the $22,000 I have personally been able to contribute to the Dana Farber. It is expected that the over 5,500 riders and their sponsors will be able to contribute over $37 million to the effort this year. Not bad for some folks out for a weekend bike ride. Please know that every single cent that donated to a rider goes directly to the Dana Farber. All the event operating costs are underwritten by corporate sponsors. A number of my close Saab friends are already aboard and I thank them for that. Particular thanks go out to original SU site owner Swade who has been a great supporter both personally and as a spokesperson. Also to Tim & Till for helping out last year. I’m hoping a few more of you can become part of my team as I ride the 200 miles. No donation is too small, or too large! Last year I got a number of very Saab appropriate $9 donations. But we are not going to cure my cancer or anybody else without research, and research takes money, lots of money. As a three time survivor I’m a testament that we are making progress, but also that the work is far from finish (I have a new diagnosis, not a relapse)
That’s why we ride!
Here is a link to more about my story and a chance to donate:
This week we didn’t receive many entries for SAAB Of The Week until the last couple of days. That being said, I made the choice on Saab of the week based on the uniqueness of the Saab and the passion for making it so much more than stock. The vehicle below belongs to Nikolaos Spyriadis from Athens, Greece. Nikolaos must have had a hunch that I would choose his car because his description below is as if it were already announced and rightfully so because he has turned this already amazing car into a beast. What I would give to see the look on an unassuming sports car drivers face when this 9-3 leaves it behind off the line.
Great job Nikolaos, thanks for sharing with us. Keep your entries coming to [email protected] and read the description below of all the serious upgrades that have been done to this car.
I was out taking photos near water downtown Stockholm. It was a blast in the 28 C temperature and blistering sunshine. Walking and driving along the boats I saw a black beauty parked near a Boat charter company. Some photos where taken of my convertible and this 9-7 AERO. Later I met the owner by chance and we got to talk. As it turned out he was 48 years old and for a month owner of his very first Saab and what a powerful one he picked a 400 BHP Corvette powered. He just loved it. Apparently there are 12 of them in Sweden and this one was bout at an bankruptcy auction house. The owner regards this car as a classic in its own special way. I gave hime a tour of some of the stuff in the car he had little knowledge of. Only complaint was a somewhat his gas bill but concidering the price he paid for the machine ha can buy a lot of gas for the money saved. SaabsUnited was of course mentioned and was going to look into it. Anyone who has the centerpiece grille saab wing should leave a note here since it is missing. Notice how a got him to cover that up… Also if there is someone with an extra plastic aluminum lower grille piece that is broken.