Huy 2013 “The Show”

DSCF0532Last weekend saw the 3rd International Saab Gathering in Huy, Belgium, the home town of Etienne.
A convoy of nine cars from the UK made the trip via the Chunnel arriving in Huy just after 2pm. Other Brits were already there cleaning their cars and getting ready for the display on Sunday.

After booking into the various Hotels we were invited to Etienne’s house for a welcome drink. So many people with standing room only and the local road was a sea of Saabs.
Later in the evening over 80 Saab fans sat down together for a fantastic meal at the local Bar called O’Malleys. I think the majority of fans were still there at 11.00.

Sunday morning saw a wet welcome to the day, yes it was raining, but it was steady light rain and this did not stop the cars arriving at The Town Square from 7am to park up for the day. The sun did arrive by late morning.


There were a few tents there with items to sell and see as well as to be able to register for the afternoon tour and goodies from the show.

Etienne was there himself directing the first cars into place and it was by chance that I was parked outside the Town Hall which is a very beautiful building. As more and more Saabs arrived the Square filled up and the small spur paths and then the large car park on the front. Etienne counted in excess of 170 Saabs by the end of the day. I saw cars from France, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Luxembourg as well as Belgium and The UK.

The visitors were asked to vote for their favourite Saab of the show and the prize went to a very nice Saab 96 Sport owned by Henti Brusten.

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There is a report in French at Jeff, Remi and Etienne’s shared website Saablog-in and many links to photo’s.
My photo’s are here and my friend Carl has put his here.

Once again a fantastic weekend out in Belgium and we look forward to the next Huy invasion in three years time.

3rd European Saab meeting in Huy

This weekend sees the third European Saab get together in Huy in Belgium.

Organised by Etienne, with help from his good friends Jeff and Rémi plus a few others, this is going to be a very large gathering of Saabs in one place.

The party gets going on the Saturday when many of the Saab owners will start arriving from all over Europe. UK, Sweden, The Netherlands, France, Belgium, Luxemburg, Switzerland to name but a few. A dinner has been arranged for the evening with lots of food, wine, beer and laughter.

Sunday morning will see many Saabs parked all around The Town Square and this is when you will get the chance to mingle and chat about your favourite brand. Around 2.30 there will be an award for the best car and then just after that a car tour is arranged to visit the local area. There is a meal arranged for Sunday evening for those who wish to stay another night.

A few of us from The UK are planning to arrive together just after lunch on the Saturday, We are convoying from Calais so you may see us on route.

It promises to be a super fun weekend. So if you are close by or fancy a road trip please come along and join in and make this European Meeting the biggest yet.


Thankyou Etienne for the 2nd European Saab gathering

I know a lot of people would have thanked him on the weekend, but I just wanted to pass along a personal thankyou from afar to Etienne, the guy who organised the 2nd European Saab gathering in Huy last weekend.

Huy Saab Meeting

Photo from Golfhunter’s Flickr account.

Everything I’ve heard about this event tells me it was a first-class affair, organised on the ground in Huy by Etienne himself dealing with the local authorities. Friends of Etienne in England (Robin M), France (Golfhunter) and Holland (the Dutch club and forum) helped get some people along and there were a few notices here on SU as well.

The end result – a massive 263 Saabs from Europe taking over the central area of the town and a fantastic display of Saab cars and enthusiasm.

263 Saabs! With multiple people in many of them.

This was an event that in terms of turnout and support for Saab, rivals many of the excellent conferences and conventions that go on around the world, and it was down to one bloke on the ground to put the whole show together.

Outstanding commitment and fantastic work. And the number of emails I’ve received complimenting Etienne on the way the day unfolded bears witness to this.

Congratulations, mate. Well done.

I hope any future iterations of this event in Huy get the support they deserve.


Etienne and Golfhunter write for the Saabhuy Blog, which is changing it’s name to Saablog-in. All you French-reading types should bookmark it and check it out.

Monday Night Snippets – winter hotness edition

The 2nd European Saab meeting in Huy, Belgium, turned out to be an outstanding success.

There were 263 Saabs parked in the city center in Huy on Sunday.

That’s a fantastic turnout and I’m sure a wonderful celebration of Saab ownership. We’ve had a few photos and stories come through already, but I’m sure there will be a lot more over at Saabhuy in the next few days.

Congratulations to Etienne for the hard work and to everyone who travelled to be there.


Here’s a challenge for Saab’s future 9-3 successor.

The current 9-3 base model retails at around $40,000 (if you can find one, or someone to sell you one – they’re still getting started downunder).

Renault has just released a hot looking three door hatchback – the Megane RS250 Cup – with a 2-litre turbo, true race-bred suspension and brakes. The engine produces 250hp and 340Nm, and accelerates to 100kph in 6.1 seconds.

The car sells for $42,000.

It doesn’t look as useful as a Saab when it comes to practicality and I’m not totally convinced on what the build quality will be like, but it sure looks like fun.

The challenge is out there. Strip one down, power it up, and give us a little fun with this new baby.


Speaking of speed machines, here’s a world record run by a ride-on lawnmower over at Jalopnik.

The Saab connection? The film was made by Ignition3, whose owner (Dick L) happens to be an absolute Saabnut.

Nice work, Dick!


Greg Abbott has brought some hotness to winter driving, adding some black wheels with winter tires to his 2010 Saab 9-5 Aero.


Greg Saab 9-5 Winter Wheels

Greg Saab 9-5 Winter Wheels

Photos: 2nd European Saab meeting in Huy

A few photos have started to drift in from one of the Mad Dutchies. A gaggle of the Mad Dutchmen made it down, so I hope they haven’t ruled out the possibility of the 3rd European Saab meeting in Huy 🙂 .

It looks like the weather wasn’t totally co-operative, but it’s a good looking bunch of cars there, including one of the new, low-emissions TTiD cars. I see a few of my English mates made the crossing safely as well.

More pics are available here. A sample is below.

UPDATE: New photos available here and here. Great stuff!


Congratulations to Etienne and the organisers for what looks like another fantastic event there in Belgium.

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