Sunday Snippets – the kitchen sink edition

Here’s something I didn’t know:
The Saab factory team still holds the Pikes Peak Open Class hillclimb record.
I’m not sure which run it was, but the 2002 run by Per Eklund in a 9-3 Viggen was pretty darn good. You can see the video here. Wait until about 3:20 when you get to the in-car camera so you can see just how scary-fast that car actually was.
Yes, PT, you should buy that Viggen.
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One of our Aussie Saabnuts and former Chairman of the Saab Car Club of Australia – AlAero – is in Sweden at the moment and is loving it.
“Sleds everywhere!” was the email I got.
He hits Trollhattan on Monday so if you’re there and you see a dark haired bloke with a funny accent at the Saab Museum, go up and say G’day.
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One of European mates, Z!, whipped up a pretty good sketch of the 2010 Saab 9-5 wagon back when the spyshots came online.
He’s now turned his hand to the sedan, which is once again, looking good.
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I’m not sure we’ll get the Nesbitt-nose on this one (the U-shaped swoop on the hood a-la the 9-3) but these do look really good.
And isn’t the look of pencil on paper somewhat akin to the warmth of music on vinyl?
More of Z’s work is available on Flickr – and in bigger sizes, too.
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Ezra Dyer is a young automotive writer who’s already established a considerable reputation. I love his work and don’t get to see enough of it.
His latest print work is in Automobile Magazine, where he’s written a piece from the point of view of a sad General Motors that has to get rid of it’s favourite Swedish project car because the wife says it’s taking up too much room and he’s never going to finish it, yada yada yada.
If your local news stand sells Automobile, look for the August edition.
Click to enlarge this snippet. The last line’s a doozy.
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It looks like there’s a new magazine in Germany with a feature on the Saab Sonett.
The webpage is here, though the online preview doesn’t show the Saab.
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Who’s seen Transformers 2?
Did you spot an Aero-X in there? I didn’t think so.
There were several websites last year that were adamant that there was going to be a Saab Aero-X in Transformers 2, despite evidence to the contrary. I won’t mention them here but this is a small, subtle reminder that linkbaiting false stories is a no-no and the results will be noticed.
Big daddy swadediddly is watching…..
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Saab O The Week – Ängelholm edition

I was cleaning out some email folders last night when I came across this photo of the Saab Aero-X from a few years ago.
Aside from just being maaaaaaagnificent, the curious thing about it is that it was taken at a Swedish airforce installation in Ängelholm, which of course is the home town of a certain Swedish supercar company.
If they only knew back then what we know now…….they might have left it there for prototyping 🙂
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Memo to a young, new Saab – build the Aero X!

OK.
I know I’m now getting into the realm of fantasy, but it’s late, my internet service provider was down all afternoon until just an hour ago, and I need something to cheer me up.
So I thought I’d tap this story from Autoblog, which claims that Citroen are actually considering building their GT car, which was initially designed as an actor in a video game.
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It’s called the GTbyCitroen, it looks quite desireable and most of all, would be a massive “look at me” from Citroen. Much like 8C Competizione was for Alfa – my goodness what a beautiful car that was. Just writing it’s name gave me goosebumps.
Back to the GT:

The indication of Citroen’s deliberation reportedly comes straight from the mouth of the company’s product guru Vincent Besson (think Bob Lutz with a beret and a dangling Gauloise). Apparently Citroen has received a number of prospective orders from potential buyers who’d like to see the supercar drive off their plasmas and into their garages.

Ignore the stereotypes. The news here is of a car company willing to take something to the edge. Citroen have re-discovered some of their mojo in the last few years. They’re selling (in comparative terms) like hotcakes here in Australia and look great on the road.
A marquee model like this would do them no harm at all in the publicity stakes.
And what better way for Saab to reintroduce themselves to the world as a new, fresh and independent entity that by doing what we’ve all been wishing they’d do since way back in 2006 – by building the Aero X.
Imagine if they were unveiling a real production model!
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It doesn’t have to have the fancy canopy top. I just needs to look this cool and drive as good as it looks.
I’d love to some some Saab engineers doing what the Holden guys did with the monaro, what the Saab guys back in the old days did with the original Sonett. Get out into a shed on the weekends and figure out how to get this done.
Now THAT would be a statement about Saab being able to do something under their new owners.
OK, time to wake up…..

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