Something of interest……

I just spotted this on my weekly Autorader email which I was delighted to see and which shows that SAAB is still very much remembered by the motoring press.

Yes a lot of you may well have already seen this from various other sites in the past but it is so refreshing to see Autotrader still using it today.

Sit back and enjoy. http://www.autotrader.co.uk/articles/2013/10/cars/saab/classic-ads-saab-9000

Saab Owners Club GB New Group

Dragon Saab

 

It gives me great pleasure to announce the formation of a new local group of the Saab Owners Club GB in my home country of Wales UK, in particular South Wales.

We have not had a regional group of the SOC in Wales for some time so with the commitment of a few local SAAB enthusiasts DRAGON SAAB has been formed.

For those that are not familiar with Welsh folklore the dragon is our national symbol, and yes, we are also
known for being pretty good at rugby too! HaHa.

The first meeting of  DRAGON SAAB will be at 7.30pm on Tuesday 3rd September at the Ty Nant Inn, Ty Nant Road, Morganstown, Cardiff,  CF158LB http://www.sabrain.com/tynant . As this is the first meet It is hoped it will be supported by as many SAAB owners/enthusiasts as possible. It is then   intended for the meet to occur on the first Tuesday of each month thereafter.

The formation of this group is based very much upon creating an informal, friendly, family orientated environment where EVERYONE  is made to feel welcome whether linked to other affiliations or not. I personally wish this new club every success it deserves.

Please look out for DRAGON SAAB and offer any support you can as all input will be most welcome indeed.

If you require any further information or help with your Saab then please contact either myself here or Chris Redmond at  [email protected]

 

Classic 900 Nostalgia

I just came across this item from an old UK Top Gear TV programme which I thought might interest all the Classic 900 fanatics out there such as myself. I fully endorse what Quentin Wilson says in this report which shows what a class act the 900 really was in its day and still is! My rare 2dr T16s still gets admiring glances everywhere I go in it, and it is not unusual for someone on a petrol forecourt  to pass a complimentary comment. Hope you enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JhdHxrKg9g

 

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IntSaab 2013 at Wicksteed Park UK

IntSaab Placemat

Well what a weekend it was!

FRIDAY My trip began from Cardiff Wales with my good friend Chris Redmon with whom we drove both our cars in convoy to the venue for registration, arriving at lunchtime. By that time there were already quite a few cars there. After parking up we then went to check in and were given our very full goody bag. The bag contained lots of Saaby stuff which had obviously been given plenty of thought, not least for the great T shirts, an excellently produced welcome/information booklet and of course the celebratory bottles of specially brewed beer!  We then went for a wander and informal chat with those that continued to arrive right through until early evening. We then had  free use  of some of the rides from 6pm till 7.30, specially laid on for us.  It was then back to our hotels for a quick splash and dash back to the venue for a welcome supper  which again gave us chance to chat to organisers and old friends whilst of course making many new ones.

SATURDAY  was a day packed with activities including trade stalls, club shops and static car displays. As you can see from the Neo Bros post their sensational 96SS had its UK unveiling at noon by no less than Eric Carlsson and Peter Backstom of the Saab Museum. It has to be said that this car and the other projects in the Neo Bros portfolio demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to the brand and its heritage. (watch out for a special report later in the year on mine and Robins visit to the Neo Bros operation).

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My Love Affair With The 900 Turbo explained……

P1000066Following on from Madelene’s post, I thought I would write my own tribute to the wonderful Saab 900 Turbo. (my example pictured)

Turbocharging was once the domain of the fast and exotic, till Saab got to work and offered the 900.

Prior to the 1980s, mainstream motoring was largely devoid of turbochargers. During the 1960s, Chevrolet and Oldsmobile had experimented with turbocharging in the US, and BMW and Porsche were to go further the following decade by developing two iconic sports cars the 2002 Turbo and 911 Turbo respectively. But neither of these were the sort of vehicles you’d see very often in the real world. Especially not suburban Wales!

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Looking back to Oktoberfest 2012

During my recent period of unemployment following the demise of our Saab dealership in Cardiff UK exactly 12 months ago, I was offered an opportunity that was just impossible to refuse. My good friend and fellow writer RobinM asked if I would like to accompany him on a road trip to Oktobafest in Trollhattan.

It really did not take much thinking about and I quickly replied with a resounding yes!

My trip was to begin with the very simple drive from my home in Wales to the home of Robin in Yeovil where I stayed the night ready for a very early start next day. The trip was to be done in Robins’ car, his 9-5 TiD estate with recent Hirsch performance upgrade. Robin had added me to his insurance to enable us to share the driving. Having experienced driving many cars that have had this Hirsch upgrade it was a revelation to be able to drive one for such a long distance, and I can honestly say I strongly urge anyone who has considered a performance upgrade but has not yet purchased one to consider a Maptun or Hirsch upgrade. It is very worth it!!

Our journey was to then travel through France to Belgium where we then picked up Nikolas and Amaat. Following lunch at Nilolas’ home we then set off (taking in The Netherlands)  for our overnight stay at the home of Robins’ sister in Bomlitz Germany. The welcome here was exceptional and a big thank you to both Janie & Nigel. 

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Keep Spreading The News

I was recently contacted by one of my ex customers of 25 years who has bought numerous cars from me over the years. He is now driving a 93X Wagon in which he has had an accident. The accident is minor in comparison to that in the last post. One of the parts required was a new rear wheel arch moulding and fixings. I must admit I did wonder if a relatively uncommon part like this would be readily available but guess what? Not a problem!

I contacted a friend of mine, David Leighton who is Dealer Development Manager at Saab Automobile Parts UK Ltd who put me in touch with FRF Motors here in Wales. The part was readily available, so I ordered it and it was delivered to me, some 45 miles away from the dealer, within 4 days! I have now managed to get the car repaired and back to the customer all within a week.

By contrast, I have today spoken to another ex customer who no longer owns his Saab

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Delighted to be on board!

As some of you will have already noticed, I have been given the absolute pleasure of being asked to join the SU crew, although I prefer to call it a team.  Within just  a few years of discovering Saabs United and posting numerous comments I have made a lot of new friends, attended countless events, lived out the nail biting dramas as they unfolded regarding the future of Saab and now this very wonderful accolade. To say I am delighted is an understatement!

One of those such events that happened to me was more of a personal one but one which really does emphasise the power of Saabs United. Rather than re write the exact events here in this post I have included a link to the post I wrote regarding it at the time it happened which was 18th January 2012.

Well as a first post here I thought I would just introduce myself and provide a bit of background to my association with Saab.

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