Saab Gripen book, by a fellow Saab enthusiast

I have a journey with Saab that is now well into its second decade. Mine is a 9.3 convertible bought in 2003 and garaged in Perth, Australia. It is the only car I have owned which I thought the people who made the car liked their customers as opposed to being a calculated price/features trade-off. There is one photo of the car in the public domain, taken in 2008 with a boat I had:

My Saab 9-3 Convertible

A few years later a girlfriend ran the boat onto rocks. That is a story that I can only tell if I am heavily sedated. The Saab story is far happier so I will continue with that one. As a hobby I took up climate science, in which I published books and papers predicting solar-driven cooling. As a consequence of those efforts I met some of the good and the great, including Vaclav Klaus, then President of the Czech Republic. I was also invited to give a lecture on climate science in a US Senate hearing room in 2011. That led to a role with a Washington think tank and the publication of a book on geostrategic issues entitled Twilight of Abundance.

That led in turn to an interest in defence issues. One of the biggest issues in defence is the fighter aircraft that the western world will rely upon. I am not the only analyst who finds the F-35 highly deficient. The question then is “What do we replace it with?” Happily there is a fighter aircraft available now that does not have any shortcomings at all – the Gripen E from Saab.

The Gripen E has much the same capability as the Eurofighter Typhoon and the Dassault Rafale. They are all good aircraft but the Gripen E is half the price of the other two and costs a lot less to operate. I wrote about how good the Gripen E is in a book called Australia’s Defence published in 2015. Believe it or not, the Gripen E, if armed with the right missiles, is almost as good as the F-22 which would cost three times as much if you could get one.

In late 2015, Saab sent two people to see me in Perth, Australia to discuss fighter aircraft design. One travelled from Linkoping and the other from Bangkok. They said, “We like your work Mr Archibald. You just made some small mistakes and we hope you don’t mind if we point them out.” The journey from Linkoping was 30 hours of flights and connections each way.

I told the Saab man from Bangkok that I would write a book entitled American Gripen: The Solution to the F-35 Nightmare. That process started with an article of the same name published online in early 2016. That article was well received and republished in a number of languages. So I persevered and the book, American Gripen: The Solution to the F-35 Nightmare, is now available on Amazon.

I have not been to Sweden yet but I have been to Norway a few times. In the 1990s, I used to visit friends who were stationed in Stavanger. A couple of years ago I was invited to a climate workshop on Svalbaard. I have an ongoing interest in things that affect the climate of the Scandinavian countries.

My Saab convertible is a happy car and my whole Saab story is a happy story.

Contributions improved (and pink link added)

As you may know, we accept and welcome post contributions here at SaabsUnited. There may not be any new Saab cars built, but there are still many Saab cars, enthusiasts and clubs out there. And we want to read about your Saab experiences here at SaabsUnited.

After having spent some time this Christmas on the user base of SaabsUnited, I can tell you that we now have almost exactly 6 000 registered users. And they have all been “upgraded” from subscribers to contributors. Any new users are also automatically set to contributors.

So everyone registered here at SaabsUnited can now (easily) contribute with posts.

When a new post is submitted by a user, an email is sent to the moderators of SaabsUnited. We can then review the post and publish it, or add comments and send it back for (eventual) rewrite. This review system, with the emails, is brand new and will surely improve our work (and speed up the process for new posts).

I have also added a permanent page about the contribution system with a pink link in the top menu of SaabsUnited. Hopefully this will make it easier for our visitors and users to contribute. Oh, and there’s a thought behind the pink link. Click it and you’ll see. 😉

Last but not least, we still have our regular SaabsUnited editors. Not all of them are as active as before – and there aren’t as many new Saab news nowadays – but several of them still contribute (both here and in other ways), which is much appreciated!

Feel free to let us know in the comments below if there’s anything else that we can do to improve the contribution system here at SaabsUnited. And do contribute with your Saab posts here!

Some video of my Trollspeed NG900

This is my 1996 NG900. Engine hand built by the owner of Trollspeed, Frank Stromqvist; Car built and modified by Automotion Saab and Eurowise Performance.

Hope you enjoy!

Feature:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38ApQtl9Qyw

Dyno: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmg5BvrxaQk

Saab CabrioChallenge 2016 – Friendly Västermanland

It’s has gone a year, and like last year is this time of year time for a new edition of Saab CabrioChallenge. I got a report and some wonderful pictures from our friend Mioh, thanks for sharing! 🙂

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This edition of Saab CabrioChallenge took place in a fantastic sunshine last Saturday, August 20th. This event has been arranged annually since 2008, and attracted even this year a large number of cheerful and pleasant Saab enthusiasts. This year the CabrioChallenge start in Hallstahammar to Färna. The event started as usual little easy Friday evening at “Brukshotellet” in Hallstahammar for those that were in place the day before start.

Saturday morning all attendants were gathered at “Brukshotellet”, and after a welcome greeting and distribution of the roadbook the topless Saabs roll into central Hallstahammar for a obligatory group photo. After the photoshot was over was it time to explore the roads by friendly Västmanland. Along the road to the destination Färna trees, churches, ancient monuments and lakes was passed. When we reach our final destination Färna mansion the afternoon coffee was served, and for those who wanted their spa at our disposal. Later Friday evening all of us was gathered in the mansions main hall there a fine dinner was served for us. We enjoyed the entire evening with good food and nice atmosphere in true Saab-spirit.scc2016_mioh_logga

Sunday morning started with spa for some and a proper breakfast for all of us. After we had checked out all of us headed for Köping where we visited Bil & Teknikhistoriska Samlingarna (Car and Technological Museum). We got a really excellent guide at the museum with great empathy and expertise guided us through the history.

Satisfied and happy we thanked each other for a nice weekend and the organizers wished all welcome to Saab CabrioChallenge 2017.

http://www.cabriochallenge.se/

And now – the pictures!

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Phoenix entered production, kind of.

Phoenix in Geneva
Saab PhoeniX concept at the Geneva Motor Show 2011

The Saab PhoeniX concept was not understood by everybody when it was presented at the Geneva Motor Show back in 2011. But it was the concept that should have started a new phase in the life of Saab as a car company. It was quirky enough to be declared as a Saab, and some years later a company in southern Germany did imitate it at some point when they created their most futuristic car at that point.

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Saab invasion at Ramsele oldtimer meetup

Last week I went with my family on a vacation trip to the northern part of Sweden. Northern Sweden is beautiful with its vast landscapes of high mountains, deep valleys, huge forests and coast. This time of the year the sun never sets either. The scenery is breathtaking, especially behind the wheel of a Saab 9-3X.

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Saab cars at Ramsele oldtimer meetup

Besides the family vacation, we also went to an oldtimer meetup in the town of Ramsele. There we met up with the Saabklubben localsection of Norrland. A member of the club had arranged for a dinner with a tour of the local power station Storfinnforsen the evening before the meetup. We even got to drive our Saabs across the dam (which, if I remember right, is the largest concrete dam in Sweden).

All Saabs are welcomed in Saabklubben and the cars on the tour ranged from Saab 93 to Saab NG9-5.

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Restoration of 1987 900T16 Cab

DSC_0160Here are two of my SAAB’s in sunny weather at my summer house.

I bought the Cab last autumn in Malmo and drove it to my summer-house in south-west of Sweden, in the belief that I had a car for the summer season 2016. It was not passing the MOT this spring – because of rusty floors. When uncovering the metal from the inside, I realized that I had a big job waiting in replacing the rusty floor panes. I have bought another (cheap) 900 with fine floors which I will “move” to the cab. Another project was to get all the vacuum controlled devices work. After replacing about 6m of vacuum rubber tubes, things started to work again – even the cruise control! The soft top and the rear window has to be replaced – it has probably been replaced some years ago by a non-professionel person, bad workmanship. The rear window lifts are not working – no 12V supply to the switches, even though the front lifts work (same fuse).

These cabs (900OG) seems to increase in value these days since they are approaching the magic age of 30 years. SAAB enthusiasts do everything to keep SAAB’s running! That’s the good reason why I want to save this Cab.

So far my SAAB’s are: 1987 900T16Cab, 1972 96 (newly restored by me), 1997 9000CSE and my daily car 2011 9-5 NG. I will keep you posted as the Cab restoration proceeds.

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