SU Calendar – September 2009

It’s the start of a new month and that means the desktop calendar you downloaded last month is now out of date. Sorry Brendan, but it seems that time has passed your 99T by!
This month’s calendar features an image we’ve seen here before, in the original Saab Pride competition, if I recall correctly.
The image was taken by Arild. It’s his 2003 Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan on the Swedish/Norwegian border. The car is Hirsch tuned and it’s Dolphin Grey in real life, though the Nordic winter light blued it up for this photo.
Calendar Guy has tweaked it a little to add some more contrast from the original blue-themed image and it’s come up a treat!
Click the image to enlarge to full 24-inch widescreen size and then you can re-size it to your needs and apply it to your desktop.
And here’s a little bit of background about the location:

… Saab is standing by the lake Røgden on the border to Sweden. It was December 22nd and cold, but not much snow. The area is called Finnskogen or Forest of the Finns in English. Finnskogen was populated by Finns who fled from famine in Finland in the 17th century. They settled in Finnskogen because it’s an area of lots of woods and lakes that reminded them of home. The story says that when the border commission came to draw the border between Norway and Sweden, one Finn living on the Swedish side put Norwegian soil in his shoes and swore under oath that he was standing on Norwegian soil, and so the land was declared Norwegian.

SU Saab Desktop Calendar – August 2009

It’s here!
Yes, I’m loving the Saab 99 Turbo at the moment, so it should come as no surprise that the first calendar of the new series features Brendan B’s beautiful black Saab 99 Turbo.
The photo was taken at his recent track session at Oran Park in Sydney and I’m most appreciative for Brendan’s permission to use the image here.
Thanks also to a new contributor to SU – Calendar Guy – for putting this together so well and so quickly. It’s on my desktop already and is looking sensational!
The image above links to a massive 1920 x 1200 image, suitable for a 24-inch screen.
Click the image to enlarge, then do a “Save As” to download it to you computer (right click on your mouse). You should then be able to resize it to your monitor’s requirements.
Welcome back, desktop calendars!! What an awesome way to admire your fellow readers’ rides.

Bring back the calendars?

A few years ago, I used to produce a Saab O The Week calendar on a monthly basis. The calendar would use a photo of a reader’s car, and I’d photoshop the calendar dates for the month onto the image.
It was fun, but when I changed computers and didn’t have photoshop anymore, it became a bit of a pain and fell by the wayside.
I’ve just received an email from Joe F, and it’s got me thinking that maybe it’s time to bring the calendar back.

…….Anyway, this next part is going to sound silly, but every month I download the Saab Desktop Calendar from the Saab International website and the one for August hasn’t been put up yet. Are they discontinuing these? Are they so busy they’re not updating the website? Is another firm taking over Saab’s web based marketing? So this may sound trivial but it’s important to me!

I’m not sure what’s going on with the official Saab calendar, but what I liked about the SOTW calendar was that it was YOUR images that featured in it.
Call it another Saab Pride exercise.
In fact, I’m quite sure that we’ve got quite a few calendar-worthy photos amongst the many Saab Pride emails still sitting in my inbox.
a) Bring the desktop calendar back?
b) Is it OK with you Saab Pride entrants if I pick a shot every month from those entries in order to produce the calendar?
Comments are open.
Here’s a sample from back in February 2006:

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