The first weekend in June (3-4th of June), the second edition of the event “Pilots Wanted” took place in Kiel, Germany. Like the first time back in 2014 it was the guys at Autohaus Lafrentz and Saabblog.net that organized this event. Some of our readers may know about Autohaus Lafrentz and I’m sure some of you think that you had heard that name before – and if you are in to the new generation 9-5, I’m sure you heard it before. The guys at Lafrentz is in my opinion specialists in the new generation 9-5, and the fact that they organizes a 9-5 meeting also tells me that they are enthusiasts. Many will also remember that they played a major part in the process with get the NG9-5 SportCombi street legal. So there is no doubt the team at Lafrentz is “a bit” more interested in Saab than the average Saab-delar, which is evident as you enter the shop… 🙂
For the first time in 23 years the UK Saab Owners Club National is being held in Wales this year from 29-31 July 2016.
This is a particularly proud moment in the short history of the Welsh branch of the Saab Owners Club Dragon Saab, due in part to the fact our club was formed only 3 years ago and also due to a very healthy and active club which has managed to secure this prestigious event and bring it back to Wales in such a short time since it’s formation.
We are now at an advanced stage in the organisation and have secured an absolutely stunning location being Pembrey Country Park in West Wales. This venue is in an incredibly beautiful part of Wales with a huge range of facilities and amenities. It is located right on the Gower Peninsula and boasts EIGHT miles of golden sands! There are also 550 acres of beautiful woodlands within the location. Also to be found is a 130m long dri ski slope and the longest toboggan run in Wales. These are just a few of the extensive range of activities available making it the perfect family location and a great venue for a Saab National.
We are able to offer caravan and camping facilities with electric or there are a number of local hotels and guest houses. Our itinerary is guaranteed to provide a memorable event with some already booking for longer to combine it with a short holiday.
Here is a list of all on offer at Pembrey, something for everyone I am sure you will agree. Plus in addition to this we have organised a great schedule of entertainment and food throughout the weekend.
- Eight miles of golden sands at Cefn Sidan beach
- 550 acres of idyllic woodlands.
- 350 caravan/camping pitches..
- The longest toboggan run in Wales.
- 130 metre long Dry Ski Slope.
- Forest adventure playground.
- Cafe Bar.
- Manicured parkland for frisbee, cricket, and football.
- Large adventure playground.
- Outdoor Laser Tag.
- Soccer Zorb.
- Picnics & designated BBQ sites.
- 8 Wildlife trails with set routes plus beach walks.
- Natural parkland.
- Visitors Centre.
- Beach kiosk.
- Sea fishing facilities.
- Corsican pine forest.
- Conservation pond with bird hides.
- Cycle Hire.
- Horse Riding.
- Pitch and Putt.
- Crazy Golf.
- Miniature Steam Railway.
We sincerely hope some of you here will decide to come along to what promises to be a national to remember!!
Below you will find links to the booking form and local area. If you would like further information please contact me at [email protected]
NEVS Technology and Engineering Department Picture from SVT
As part of the Swedish National TV´s Consumers program Plus+ they started to investigate the gasoline from Statoil. Statoil claims an added 2,7% increase in extended distance running the car on their MILES spec. 95 octane unleaded gasoline. After having reached less then the expected 2,7% on the road they turned to NEVS in Trollhättan and their laboratories. Same results where found during the controlled measurements. Statoil replies that “it differs between cars…………..”
Link to SVT Plus+ I hope it can be seen globally!
Great to see that the engine labs are up and running.
Automatic driver robot named “ROBERT” inside a SAAB 9-3 Sedan
SAAB 9-3 NG Sedan US Spec in the dynamic test cell at NEVS
Could not find any secrets on the walls………
I know many of you guys has been to the Saab Car Museum (and for you that hasn’t been there – you have something to look forward to) in Trollhättan, and this year the museum actually celebrate 40 years!
Of course haven’t our dearly loved museum been at the current location since 1975, there has been some changes since then. When the museum opened the doors for the first thime it was locates in the basement of the old Saab-ANA building, in Tunhemsvägen. For you guys that has been to Trollhättan and know the area, we’re talk about the building where Brandt sell Volvo cars today, near Hjulkvarns Camping. After some years the museum was moved to the current location, and some years after the relocation the exhibition area was doubled. The next big step was in 2005 when Saab gave the the museum a makeover and opened it up the way we know it today.
As we remember from a couple of years ago, it was not obvious that the museum could celebrate 40 years – so my challenge to all of you is to visit our museum. Not just at the big events such as the Saab festival, but why not spend some hours at the museum in the weekend or if you have a day off with no plans? Gather some friends and/or family and take a road-trip to the museum in your Saab, and just enjoy… Sounds like a perfect day for for me!
So the short and direct invitation from the museum goes as this:
Believe it or not, it´s 40 years since the Saab Car Museum opened its doors for the first time at Tunhemsvägen in Trollhättan in 1975. Come and celebrate with us Saturday October 24 between 11.00-16.00! We celebrate with open house, cake and coffee! Bring your Saab and your memories of 40 years of Saab enthusiasm!
If you want to read more about the history of the museum, check out the Saab Car Muesum webpage
I also want to remind people about the Saab Car Museum Support Organization, that is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to promote Saab Car Museums business. You will find more information here about this great way to support the museum.
WHAT: Saab Car Museum 40 years celebration
WHERE: Saab Car Museum, Trollhättan
WHEN: Saturday 24th October, 11:00-16:00
SU has written articles on the two teams racing Saab 9-3 STCC cars in the STCC Racing Series here in Sweden. Yesterday Daniel Haglöf who is not only the driver parallell to Emma Kimilänen in the PWR team but now also the team manager after that Peter “Poker” Wallenberg has stepped back. Peter is still with the team that bears his name. Daniel managed to make a dual Saab win with Göransson from the Tidö Team in second place.
This is the most important SAAB Racing victory in a very long time! Great work in the PWR Team. Congratulations! – Jörgen Trued
Thus putting the Cyan Volvo of Thed Björk in third position. But it was really close racing for that third place and if the race would have been one more lap I am convinced that the other PWR driver Finnish driver Emma Kimiläinen would have made it a trip Saab win. Let hope for that in the near future. Lets hope Daniel puts SaabsUnited on the VIP list at PWR for next season so we can do even more and in depth stories about the team and its success.
This years Saab CabrioChallenge took place in a brilliant sunshine in darkest Småland, Saturdag, August 15th. This event has been arranged annually since 2008, and this years attracted a large number of cheerful and pleasant Saab enthusiasts from Sweeden, Norway, UK and Australia.
The event had a soft start on Friday night at Wallby Säteri in Vetlanda with a snack and a dinner, for those who were there the day before the start.
On Saturday morning we all were gathered at Wallby Säteri. After a welcome greeting and the distribution of the roadbook the roofless Saabs roll in to the forests of Småland. On the roads through Småland against Västervik and the sea in east we passed trees, churches, lakes, trees, ice cream shops and several well-known places from Astrid Lindgren’s World. At noon we came to Frödinge dairy, and here we take a light lunch on the grass in best picnic style. After lunch we drove through Smålands tree dense landscape to the spot for the now obligatory group photo. Our final destination for the day was Västervik, where it was arranged a “Sportcar Day” this weekend. Saturday evenings activity at this event was a motorcade through cental Västervik and out to Gränsö Castle. Of course our sporty Saabs was attending in this motorcade, together with other sporty cars such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Jaguar, Aston Martin, Koenigsegg, Porsche and others. When the motorcade was finished we went to our hotel, where a fancy dinner was ready for us. Here we enjoyed the entire evening of great food and a nice atmosphere in true Saab spirit.
Tuesday it was time to head for Loen to meet the “real” IntSaab participants. After a late night on Monday, it was nice to have a day with a shorter distance – to Loen was it about one and a half hour to drive. We arrived to Stryn, and after a quick wash we roll into Loen. As a local – I have driven through Loen hundreds, maybe thousands of times – I thought it should be easy to find the site for the event. First we drive trough the city on the main road, then through the city on a smaller road, but nothing that could look like a place for a Saab-convention. OK, we where early but to not see anything I thought seems little fishy. So after a little phone-call, we found it, at the combined school and community center, the exit from the main road was about 50 meter after where we choose the smaller road back to the city… All those times I had driven by the exit from the main road, I’d always thought that area belong to the nearby camping site. :p So this was todays lesson, I learn a new thing every day!
This is part 2 in the IntSaab 2015 journey, you will find part 1 here
Monday was the big day for the Swedish guys, one of the biggest highlights for every tourist in Norway – Trollstigen. The journey through the eleven famous hairpin bends that takes you up to 850 meter over sea at the roads highest point. This road is one of Norways biggest tourist attractions, in 2014 approximately 850 000 people visited Trollstigen. But we had to drive a few hours before we get there. To get to Trollstigen we decided to go via Stryn and Geiranger, and in that way we got the chance to visit another spectacular place. Some of you maybe remember the picture I shoot of my “new” 9-5 about a month ago, and to my big surprise was the lake now ice free, and not much snow left in that area. But we headed forward on that road, an afer a few kilometers we came to our first target of the day, the road up to Dalsnibba. Dalsnibba is a viewing point 1500 meter over sea level and has a great view down to the more famous village Geiranger. From Dalsnibba and down to Geiranger it is approximately 21 kilometer if you follow the road, and since Geiranger is at sea level we climb in an average of ~7%, but in reality it is much steeper because there is parts of the road that is pretty flat also. Up to Dalsnibba we had to pay 110 NOK since is it a toll road, the road it is not a part of the public road system, it is just open during the spring/summer and the only purpose is to bring tourists up to enjoy the great view. We also stopped at Flydalsjuvet, to get the classical Gerianger-view. If you ever have seen a advertisement from “Visit Norway”, the chance is pretty big you have seen that view.
Luckily we was at the Dalsnibba early, on the way down to Geiranger we met about 10 buses with passengers from the cruise ship you see in the picture, so I guess there was pretty full up there when all that people arrived. Down in Geiranger there was as usual heavy traffic and much people running around, that was not the place to be if you are afraid for your car… We had only a short stop in Geiranger, so we continued our journey up Ørnevegen with the famous Ørnesvingen, another road with nine hairpin bends. That road is road you see in the background on the pictures with view over Geiranger. This area has for sure many main-roads with hairpin bends, if I have counted right we travel 5 distances this day with spectacular hairpin bends. So if you have a thing for this type of roads, I can highly recommend you to go from Stryn, up to Langvatn and take road 63 via Geiranger – Eidsdal – Trollstigen and you will end up near Åndalsnes. We came just in time to Eidsdal for the ferry departure over the fjord, if we had missed it it hadn’t been the worse thing since there was two ferrys shuttling over the fjord, but for a native it always is a good feeling and maybe almost a sport to wait as little as possible for the ferry 😉
So, after a quick dinner and some tart since one of my travel companions had his birthday, we were off to Trollstigen. Since we came from the “Geiranger-side” we was already at the top, so we stopped at the visitor center for a quick walk to the viewing point in the mountain side. The two pictures above is taken from that viewing point, and as you can see you have a first class view to the traffic up and down Trollstigen. As you can this is not a motorway exactly, the road varies from 4-6 meters wide. So when two buses, motorhomes or cars with caravans meet in heavy traffic, it is quite interesting to see how drivers behave. Call me wired, but I can look at this for a quite long time…
So we drive Trollstigen a few times, while we wait for some company. A other Norwegian with a Hirsch-equipped 2011 2.0T Aero (9-5 of course, but I guess you already had guessed that) got scent of that we was in the area (OK, he had heard some rumors on Facebook), and of course we want to take a look at his car and shoot some pictures! So after admiring each others cars and a trip down Trollstigen, all three cars drove in a convoy to Ålesund quite satisfied.