Saab CabrioChallenge 2017 – a journey in Södermanland

Saab CabrioChallenge celebrated this year 10 years, and even this year we got a report and great photos from our old friend Mioh! Thanks for sharing this with us! 🙂

This years Saab CabrioChallenge took place 7th-9th September, and we started from Vidbynäs (Nykvarn) and ended up in Trosa. This event has been run annually since 2008 and attracted even this year a large number of happy Saabers. Friday evening there was arranged a common dinner at Vidbynäs Castle for those who were in place the day before the start of the rally. Saturday morning all gathered at the castle for a welcome greeting and distribution of the roadbook and a great looking Saab CabrioChallenge cap, we rolled in to central Nykvarn for the mandatory group-photo.

After the group-photo was taken the rain stop for the day, so we was able to cab down before we hit the road through Södermanland. Along the road towards the final goal of Trosa, trees, churches, lunch restaurants, meadows, ice-cream stands and watercourses were passed, before we after many wonderful miles hit our final destination – Bomans Hotel. In the evening everyone was gathered in the hotels large hall where a fine dinner was served for us, and we enjoyed the whole evening with good food and good atmosphere in true Saab-spirit.

Sunday morning started with breakfast and after we checked out we took a drive to Sparreholm Castle to visit their museum and retro cafe. Satisfied and happy we all thanked everyone for a nice weekend and the organizers wished all welcome to Saab CabrioChallenge 2018.
For more info about Saab CabrioChallenge, visit www.cabriochallenge.se
And now, the pictures!

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2017 SAAB Museum Festival, a recap.

The festival was worth going there, not only because of the cars and the talks with other “saabisti”, but because you learn lots of things of the past and maybe the future.

For example, by checking the VIN of the very last 9-5 wagon in the museum I’ve learned that my car “Redna” is one of the last 20 cars with the 2.3L engine. The ones with the 2.0L engine have a different serial number.

Redna. Credits: RedJ

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The last day of the 2017 Saabmuseum festival.

It feels a little bit melancholic to write about the last day, as I could also write about the third day of the festival, but today was a gray day, and not only because the sky had just that colour.

After two days of meeting people you haven’t seen for a long tima a having great talks with them about our beloved cars and how the future could turn out, today was the day for good byes, but I prefer to say see you at the next festival .

Todays main event was the flee market.

Saabmuseum festival fleemarket. Photo: RedJ

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I thought it would be somewhere else !!

On my last post, I wrote about the new head of communication, Fredirk Fryklund, not being in Trollhättan during the Saab Car Museum Festival on the second weekend in June. So, why can I say so?

During the last weeks the guy in charge of the social media accounts at NEVS has been repeating that they soon will show to the public what they have been working on.

nevsofficial Sharing a photo from the Swedish Minister of Enterprise and Innovation Mikael Damberg @sverigesregering who paid NEVS a visit today. He got a tour of our test labs as well as a sneak-peak of what’s coming next… Don’t worry, we’ll share with the rest of you soon too.

From NEVS’ official instagram account.

I talked to somebody with a little bit more insight at NEVS, and he thought about the Auto Shanghai 2017, which will start on Friday, and media days are already ongoing, but after going through the floor plans, I wasn’t able to see NEVS anywhere.

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Saab Car Museum Festival 2017 (June 9th)

Next generation Saab fan in front of previous generation Saabs. “Black Saab rules!”
As most of you already know (judging by the scarcity of available hotel rooms in the area), the bi-annual festival is starting on June 9th. For three whole days Trollhättan will be filled with Saab aficionados and fans.
This year’s highlights:

  • Saab cars – 70 years
  • 40 years of turbo
  • A tribute to Per Gillbrand
  • Saab 9-5 – 20 years during the weekend

I thought it would be the 9000 Talladega run in focus this year, but I guess I was wrong.

If you have not attended before, what you can expect is thousands of fans gathered in and around the museum (the main hub of this event). At other locations in Trollhättan spare parts can be found (and/or harvested for more vintage models). Tip: Get there early! There are even some professional vendors trying to get in on the action so they can sell you the same parts at a significant markup later. I.e. good bargains can be struck.

Various Saab veterans are milling about the event as well. Lots of great stories straight from the horse’s mouth! Incidentally, the museum usually staffs a veteran outside these events as well, but it is rare to get so many in the same spot. The festival’s biggest “problem” is that some events take place simultaneously so it is difficult to cover it all. There is usually something of interest for everyone.

Saab sign saved

The single most photographed sign in Trollhättan, the Saab sign by the north gate of the Stallbacka plant, is going to be donated by Nevs to the Saab Car Museum. This since Nevs are mounting their own new sign in place, but they still care for the Saab car heritage and wish to preserve the Saab sign.

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The handover of the sign will be made at the north gate on Thursday the 8’th of December at 14:00. This will be a public event, with visitors being welcomed. Representatives from Nevs and Saab Car Museum will attend this event as well.

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