Sad News

Some of you may recall a couple of posts I put up in August last year regarding a track day being held at Castle Combe race circuit here in the UK. (links here and here)


The Saab gathering was organised by GWS Saab group and was dedicated as a special day for one of it’s dear members and good friend Mark Ovens aka ‘Parish’ who had been diagnosed terminally ill. It was thought at the time that Mark may not get to see Christmas and that the event may well be the last he would attend, as a result of this the turnout on the day was fantastic with over 50 SAAB’S making it to Castle Combe!

Thankfully he did get to see Christmas but unfortunately passed away last week.

The day at Castle Combe was amazing, a day which Mark thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish. The organisers even managed to halt the days’ racing to allow all our SAABS to have three parade laps of the circuit with Mark riding upfront.

Mark and his wife Karen have been regular attendants to many Saab events both here and abroad over the years. He was a big Saab fan just like all of us and will be sadly missed.

On behalf of SAABSUNITED I would like to pass on mine and our deepest condolences to Karen and the family.

His funeral is being held on Semington Crematorium, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 6HL
on Thursday 26th March
at 11.30am.

Anybody wishing to attend are asked to do so in their Saab if possible please and are also requested to wear a powder blue tie.





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“A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again.” -Maya Angelou
I would like to think that Mark will be present, although unseen, at future Saab gatherings.


Beautiful! And Condolences to his family.

Angelo V.

From all accounts, a wonderful person. I wish I had a chance to meet him. Saabyurk’s post is one of comfort to anyone who has ever lost someone close to them. We shall meet again.


Sad news is always the hardest to take. Condolences to Marks family and friends. It certainly sounds like he was a wonderful and popular individual who will be deeply missed!

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