Me and my family decided to go to Trollhättan to visit the Saab festival this Saturday. Rain was pouring down in Gothenburg when we started our journey.
We found a good parking place close to the museum. The parking alone, was almost like a Saab festival in itself.
Rain was still pouring downs as we were greeted by a bunch of wet 900s.
After a few minutes the rain faded and we could actually see the sun. We had some shorter showers later, but all in all it was a pretty nice day. Me and my oldest son took a bunch of pictures. I will publish a number of these in a set of posts the coming days. So, keep posted!
Some interesting cars have shown up on the Swedish auction site “kvarndammen”.
First up is “the millionth Saab”. Manufactured January 22nd 1976. The description mentions “some corrosion”.
This limo was used by Saab’s management. A little bit of corrosion… And two seats were never equipped with seat belts, so Swedish authorities deems it unfit for public roads.
Or how about an all electric Saab, batteries not included? This car is what remains from a project dating back to 2011 when Saab Automobile AB partnered up with Electroengine, Boston Power, Innovatum Teknikpark and Power Circle. Minor damage to the rear bumper but otherwise in perfect condition.
Last, but not least, a genuine Saab 92 from 1950! 680km on the odometer. Some damage on the left side. Proper green.
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.
Convertibles at a SAAB festival some years ago with my Silver 9-3
It has come to the knowledge of SU that the SaabInt16 meeting in Vadstena has made a lot of Swedish SAAB entusiasts upset. The reasons why is primarily that the Swedish SAAB Clubs members are not invited to participate in the event. Club members can get limited access by working for the event organization and get a T-shirt basically. The cost for the meeting is set to 150 EUROS a sum that no previous SAAB meeting has reached up to. One wonders what could cost so much. I have spoken to some Swedish SAAB enthusiasts and collectors and they do not feel invited and are not going to participate at all. This obvious exclusion of Swedish SAAB people is worrying. One guy called me and said the only reason now to be a member is the get the special old-timer insurance through MHRF. I feel sorry for the prospective international visitors who will come to sweden and will not get to meet with so many swedes as they have used to do at previous SAAB meetings in our country.
An intersting alternative for swedish and foreign SAAB enthusiasts would be to gather in Trollhättan on the extended weekend of june 5-6. This is an interesting weekend since the 6th is the Swedish National Day. But not only that but also the BIG national automotive celebration day. Virtually every car club in sweden is engaged in some activities this day.
The Saab Club is no exception. This year they will join forces with the Volvo Club in a really nice activity. It all starts at 09:00 with a gathering at the SAAB car museum in Trollhättan. Around 11:00 the drive / rally starts with the finish at the Volvo Museum in Gothenburg /Göteborg a 1-2 hour drive depending on what activities are on the road. The cost for this event is 200 SEK. I visualize that foreign Saab enthusiast without a car can ride “shotgun” with fellow Swedish Saabpeople who would gladly share some space in their cars and split the fuel bill. When the meeting is over in Gothenburg I would guess a lot of Saabers will head back to Trollhättan. This day would certainly be a memorable day for an Saab enthusiasts. Saabs and Volvos in a shared event on the National day with flags parades etc. Besides that it is usually good weather and the nights are bright and short.
If this sounds like a good idea I bet we could arrange a meeting at the Saab Car Museum on the day before Sunday the 5th. Just a nice gathering with cars and possibly a trunk/swap meet.
This is an idea that could be done without a BIG organization and lots of money. It is just about on the day 2 months to the day. So what do You think?
Volvo Museum in Gothenburg
SAAB Car Museum in Trollhättan and my ex.TX
Picture take at the Midnattssolsrallyt 2008 – Volvos and my Olive 96 MC Rally
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.
As I promised you a couple of weeks ago, I have a clip of the Saab-peoples way to honour Erik Carlsson. Not one minute silence – we do it the Saab-way and honour Erik with three minutes of two stroke music.
As the most of you know, we got the sad message on Wednesday 27th of May that Erik Carlsson had driven his last mile. Erik is the true “Mr. Saab”, and in all respect for other that do and have done a great job for Saab, Erik is probably is the greatest. Erik promoted Saab very well in the years he was challenging with a Saab, and maybe even better after he started working with public relations for Saab (at that time I’m not sure “public relations” was a position – but that was what Erik do). I had the honour to meet Erik a few times, and two things impressed me very much. The one thing was how patient he was, everybody that wanted a autograph or a picture together with Erik get it – the other thing was a remarkable memory regarding people he had meet earlier. It was like “where are you from” the first time we met, “you was from Norway, right” the second time, and after that like “how is it going in Norway”….
At the Saab-festival 2015 in Trollhättan last month, there was a ceremony commemorating Erik Carlsson. Instead of a a moment of silence, there was a few two-stoke Saabs that was started up to honour Erik. Later, Peter Bäckström from the Saab Car Museum had Gunnar Palm, one of Eriks co-drivers, at the stage and shared some memories from his time with Erik. I captured this with my pocket camera without a tripod, so I’m sorry for the motions – it was a bit difficult to hold the camera in the exact same position over my head for half an hour or so… 😉 I also have a clip of the two-stokes, that I will share with you later. But here is Gunnar and Peter with some great stories – ENJOY. (English language)
Rest in peace Erik, you will never be forgotten.
edit: I got some reports that there was some problems with the sound on the YouTube-clip, that is now fixed.
On the day today is it just one month until weekend me and many of you have looked forward to the last half year – the Saab Festival 2015 in Trollhättan. As you now have sorted out (or remember) does the festival start Friday 5th of June and end on the afternoon Sunday 7th of June, and will be a weekend full with Saab-activity.
The program for the weekend is well known for those of you that had attended on a Saab festival before, but this year the program Saturday is different from the latest festivals. But if we start with Friday first; this day will there be activities in and around Saab Car Museum, the exhibition will be open and there will also be Saab-relates seminars. At Trollhättan Art Gallery (about 200m from the museum) there will be premier for the Ronny Lutz (yes, the guy who make the amazing Saab X-ray paintings) exhibition, and some other work he has done. At the evening there is no official program, so that will be a great opportunity to meet new and old friends!
This year Saturday gives us a track day on the program again, this year at Kinnekulle Ring in Götene, about 1h 15min from Trollhättan! (see driving directions below) Take your Saab to Kinnekulle, and you will get the opportunity to test it at the Racetrack. If you don’t have experience in track days, but still want to test there will be a possibility for those that want to drive slower too. The day on the track is organized by Saab Turbo Club of Sweden, with help from the Swedish Saabclub and Club Sonett Sweden. If not the track day tempts you, what about a drive around Kinnekulle-area? Later, on Saturday evening there will be something to eat in Trollhättan Folkets Park, and I guess there will be some Saab-related talk that evening 😉 This year there will not be possible to buy tickets online, tickets will be to buy at Saab Car Museum.
Sunday is pretty traditional, with activities around Saab Car Museum, like car exhibition with rewards for most beautiful car in different categories, Saab Flea Market, Saab seminars, an the best thing (which apply to all weekend), great company with Saab-people!
For many of you guys the festival isn’t complete without a visit at ANA Used parts dept., and they will also be a part of the festival – I guess they also will have some great deals as usual.
I guess many of you have made arrangements about the accommodations, if you don’t have its about time to do it. I know some of the hotels in Trollhättan are near to full-booked, but there is still hotel-rooms and camping availabe in Trollhättan and area around. If you don’t know where to stay, check out Trollhättans tourist agency to get a overview.
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