Saab CabrioChallenge 2020 – Dalarna

The 2020 edition Saab CabrioChallenge was driven for the 13th time in a row last summer, and even this time we got a report and great photos (actually more photos then ever) from our friend Mioh!
Thanks for sharing this with us! ūüôā

Because Covid19 and the restrictions that existed at the moment related to Covid19 was the total participants limited to 50 persons.
The meeting started lightly on Friday evening at ‚ÄúVilla Gladtj√§rn‚ÄĚ in Smedjebacken with some small talk and food for those who were in place the day before the main event.
Saturday morning we all gathered at breakfast, followed by welcome greeting, distribution of roadbooks, two stickers and a few great advice infront of the coming adventure. Afterwards the roofless Saabs rolled out for the roads of the beautiful Dalarna.
Along the roads for destination “Garpenbergs Slott” we were passing trees, bridges, snack opportunity, churches, waterways, Dala-horses, lunchplace, bridges, meadows, ice cream-shops, waterways, bridges and bridges.

After many lovely miles in a lovely hot, sunny and great summer weather we reached our final destination Garpenbergs Slott. In the evening we all gathered in the hotel’s large hall where dinner was served to us. Here we enjoyed the whole evening of good food and a nice atmosphere in a true Saabanda (the famous Saab Spirit). Sunday morning started with a hearty breakfast before we got a stationary guidance of the castle rooms and history. Then it was time to check out for this time. Satisfied and happy we all thanked eachother for a nice and sunny weekend. Already looking forward to 2021!

This time Mioh also have made a 360 panorma and a video!
You find the pictures under the panorama and video, click on the thumbs for full size and great comments by Mioh! ūüėÄ
http://www.mioh.se/media/scc2020/360panorama/ (Opens in a new window)

Saab CabrioChallenge 2019 – from the plains to the metropolitan, from sweet to salt, from Skaraborg to Gothenburg…

The 2019 edition Saab CabrioChallenge was driven for the 12th time in a row, and even this year we got a report and great photos from our old friend Mioh! Thanks for sharing this with us! ūüôā
(And yes it’s 2019 edition, the 2020 “Covid-19”-edition were held for a week or so ago)

Saab CabrioChallenge 2019 Рfrom the plains to the metropolitan, from sweet to salt, from Skaraborg to Gothenburg…

The 2019 edition of Saab CabrioChallenge took place 16th-18th of August. This event has been driven annually since 2008 and even this year it attracted a large number of happy and pleasant Saab-enthusiasts. The meeting started lightly on Friday evening p√• ‚ÄúLumber & Karle‚ÄĚ with a common summerbuffet for those who were in place the day before the start of the rally. Saturday morning we all gathered at breakfast, followed by welcome greeting and distribution of roadbooks. Afterwards the roofless Saabs rolled out for the roads of the pains.
Along the roads for desination Gothenburg/”Nya varvet”/Dockyard hotel we vere passing trees, churches, meadows, tractors, fields, ice cream-shops, waterways and cider manufacturers. After many lovely miles, our final destination Dockyard hotel was reached. In the evening we all gathered in the hotel‚Äôs large hall where dinner was served to us. Here we enjoyed the whole evening of good food and a nice atmosphere in a true ‚ÄúSaabanda‚ÄĚ. Sunday morning started with a hearty breakfast before checkout. Sundays activity consisted of a visit to the swedish ship G√∂theborg.

We was all very happy and thanked eachother for a nice weekend and the organizers welcomed us all to the Saab CabrioChallenge 2020! Finding a good starting point, a nice coffee place, a good lunch place, reasonably large dinner and overnight accommodation is not entirely easy. Especially when these should preferably be connected by nice and pleasant roads. So once again, many thanks to the organizers of SCC2019! ūüėĀ

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SAABSTANCE Singapore

Hello and greetings from Singapore!

Firstly, will like to congratulate the new refreshed SAABSUNITED page as well as the new Svenska Saabklubben Team for taking over this fabulous site that all SAAB Fanatics globally have grown to love and to appreciate over the years.

Personally used to have had the pleasure of 5 SAABs and it has been nothing short of an exciting journey and relatively fuss free.

MY 01 SAAB 9-5 2.0t

MY 06 SAAB 9-5 SC 2.0t

MY 00 SAAB 9-5 2.3T HOT AERO

MY 06 SAAB 9-3 SC 2.0T VECTOR

MY 08 SAAB 9-3 SS 2.0T AERO – VRN “360” as you may have seen in some photos

Will be showcasing to you some images taken by yours truly as well as a short write up of Singapore. Scroll on!

 

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Read moreSAABSTANCE Singapore

SaabsUnited as a base for all Saab enthusiasts worldwide

 

 

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Two of Swedens newest and happiest 9-3 CV owners who just drive off in their premier drive after the purchase at the MapTun Meet some weeks ago

 

It is no surprise for anyone in the SAAB Automotive world that after the window of the production in Trollhättan and the end of sale of new SAABs the whole SAAB world has taken quite a hard blow. But it is at hard times like this the need for all good forces to join and build something that is better compared to the present situation. I have through history (yes it sounds like I am a dinosaur with my age of 50) argued for a unification of first the various Swedish SAAB Clubs to make one good and strong that was by the way second by Jan-Åke Jonsson ex. CEO at SAAB Automobile. Then came TrollhättanSAAB that evolved into SAABSUNITED (SU). SU had some glamorous years when we where at the forefront with the latest news from the at that time alive production. The economic game with Victor Muller, Vladimir Antonov and the Swedish Government. And a successful Historic Rally Team to keep us both in the present but also in the glorious past of SAAB engineering and traditions. For Tim and me and some of the other contributors to SU this was a good platform to promote the cars and the brand we all so dearly loved.

So what is the future like? Well the cars that has been made are out there and are cherished by their owners.

But what can we collectively on a global level do to make it possible for everyone to enjoy their cars from the olive-green 92 with 2 cylinders to the B I G NG 9-5?

Why not form a REAL¬†International SAAB organization with SU as the base. The name is good and then just add something like ¬†“Where all the Worlds SAAB entusiasts gather”

Besides the great social activities around the globe and the happiness surrounding the brand there is one area that desperately needs to be worked upon.

The parts, spare-parts and re-manufacturing. Another area that need to dealt with its the emission of the old engines and its technology. SAAB organisations like SU and others desperately needs to be proactive and get started on finding retrofit catalytic converters and means to collect the oily fumes form the cute 2 strokers. Politicians and governments around the globe are coming down on old dirty cars and we have some of the dirtiest most inefficient combustion engines around in some models.

So hoar do we go about safeguarding the past challenge? My idea is to set up a BIG server with every nut & bolt imaginable on SAAB cars. All the listings of parts for every model should be found here. Making the system easy for people who has spare parts laying around the garage to label them and possible have them sold to a fellow SAABer who is out in the system looking for that part number. I know there is¬†so much stuff with SAAB owners around the globe that the need for spare parts for daily drivers ¬†and restorers¬†can be supported for a long time. So let us make good use of the Internet and the great possibilities it gives us. For example I have a set of brand new 18″ 9-3 TurboX wheels. But where can I find the part number easily and where can I post it in a easy task way so that that potential buyer somewhere on the globe can see that they are for sale.

I propose that a parts platform as described had a 10% kickback on all transactions to SU and the potential NEW International SAAB Club. That money could ultimately be used to procure and produce sought after parts that are really gone and near impossible to find. Just like the silver plastic that sits under the rubber belt on the 99 76-78 models. Agreements can be negotiated with DHL or UPS for a collective best deal for the shipment. Who knows we just might have a CEO for a carrier here on SU who could help out. Same goes with someone with the expertise in setting up a program for the searchable parts function described above.

It is time for SAAB people to really Unite again.

 

 

 

MapTun Car Meeting 2016, 5th of May in √Ėrebro Sweden

https://youtu.be/ttOdKNor92Q

Film from the 2014 Event

Let us hope this will be the best SAAB event this year in Sweden. The the event focuses on SAAB¬īs but any other great car is welcome. See other Saabs meet with people for MapTun, SaabsUnited and various vendors. So mark the day as a car day in Your calendars. √Ėrebro is easily accessible for most people in sweden. Right in-between Stockholm and Gothenburg.

CEO Fredrik Bengtsson of MapTun welcomes You all to an exciting car day with some great surprises!

So put som polish in Your car and join for a fine day with great people

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Italian Convertible Sunday

(From our friend Talija, translated by my wife, comes a report from a recent club meeting)

Last Sunday in Italy (Friuli district) an annual gathering of 900 OG convertibles took place.

This year only six beauties turned up. At last year’s meeting more than 20 retro convertibles attended. All belong to longtime owners who know each other.

Organizers of the meeting of the club were SAAB 900 CABRIO AMATORI TRIVENETO.

We discussed food (an important topic for a conversation in Italy), the destiny of Saab and how sad that the glory days of the great brand rests in the past. And how great, that these Swedish convertibles were made in Uusikaupunki, Finland. ūüôā

Passing cars saluted us with a solid blast of their horn ‚Äď their passengers all waves and smiles.

Next meeting of the SAAB 900 CABRIO AMATORI TRIVENETO (Italy) club is scheduled for September. Region Veneto. (Venice)

Saabs on ice in Norway!

Last weekend (13th-15th of February) the classic Saab club in Norway, “Gammalsaabens venner” (GSV), had their annual winter-meet on a ice track.
The track is located in southern Norway, at Dagali, approximately 220km Northwest from Oslo. GSV was from the beginning a club for the two-strokes, later all cars older then 21 years were welcome, and for a few years ago all Saabs are welcome in the club.
I got this text and some awesome pictures from one of the attendants, Oscar Emil Lea. Thanks for sharing this with us!

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The weekend started Friday evening when people start showing up, for a dinner and company into the evening.
Saturday we met at the ice-track at 9:30 in the morning and prepared the cars for driving. Some put special tyres with serious studs like they use in rally, other used their usual road-legal tyres with or without studs. At 10:00 the driving started with the smell of two-strokes and the sound from tuned V4-engines. At this point you could drive as you wanted around the track with no program, and took place in “√ėvre Svangtj√łrni” at the river “Numedalsl√•gen”. The track is a machined ice track that was made a few hours before arrival and had several hairpins, chicanes and some great stretches. The speed was high and the “fun-factor” was at top!

At 12 o’clock was it time for the traditional “Ice-track soup”, rolls, coffee, hot chocolate and a quiz. After a hour break the skill driving started. This was at a different track, and the run consisted of slalom up to a roundabout and round it and park in a “garage”, then we was reversing the same way and end up parking in the “garage”. The cars was divides into three classes; rallystud, stud and studless.

Some of the cars got minor damages from the driving at the ice-track, one broke a driveshaft, another damaged the tow hitch, some plastic and a bumper, but all took it with a smile…

Later this evening there was a common gathering a the local hotel with dinner, prizes for the winners from the quiz and the skill-driving and good company into the evening. In total there was approximately 20 cars on the track during the weekend, all from two-stroke to a 2010 9-3.

Sunday is as always a day for breakup and departure after breakfast, but it isn’t more then a year until next time!

For more pictures, visit Oscars Flickr page – there is about 1100 pictures from this event…

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