Congratulations

To Geelong Football Club…
…for cementing their place as one of the great football teams of the modern era by coming back from behind to win the 2009 Australian Football League Premiership.
Footy really is the gretest game in the world.
To Me…
…for selling my MX-5 – at my asking price – to a really good bloke from Newcastle, who flew down to look at the car this morning.
The Saab 99 Turbo Project can now start in earnest…..and I’m seriously considering painting it Jet Black Metallic like a Turbo X. I have to paint it anyway, so why not paint it the color I’d really like?
Just an idea.
I’m so jet-laggedly tired it’s not funny. Goodnight.
To You…
…For whatever you’ve done or might do this weekend that’s worthy of congratulations. Well done.

The Theme Song in Swade’s 2009 Soundtrack

Well, as all of you regular readers know, our intrepid host, Steven Wade, has seen the light and admitted that his dalliance with the Mazda MX-5 was disappointing and, well, a little less satisfying than his first love, the Saab 99 Turbo.
And I quote:

…the MX-5 just doesn’t ignite any passion within me. It’s a lot of things, but an automotive aphrodisiac is not one of them. Not for me, at least.
… I have learned that I should have waited for the Monte to become the fun car I tried to acquire with the MX-5. That would have left garage space and a whole pile of money for the car I believe will really satisfy my Saab lust – another 99 Turbo.

Note the words used — “ingite”, “passion”, “aphrodisiac”, “lust”.
It’s a tall order to come up with a theme song that sums all of this up. One that requires the right words, the right tone and the right level of melodrama. I think that I’ve found it. And frankly, I’m surprised that I didn’t make the connection before.
So, for what it’s worth, this song is dedicated to Steven in Hobart. Everything’s going to turn out fine…. (after the jump)

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Profit from my experience

As disclosed a short time ago, I am a qualified CPA here in Australia. The Australian Society of CPA’s once used the marketing phrase “Profit from our experience”. Given that marketing is the art of selling something rather than actually providing something, this is the first time I can personally say I’ve been able to use that phrase sincerely.
I should mention early on that this is a third piece in a series that seems to be developing here about my [hopeful] transition from serial car trader to satisfied car owner. It might help to open these in a new window and read them first…… if you haven’t seen them already, of course.
Part 1 – Hopelessly devoted to….changing cars
Part 2 – Legend
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I’ll cut to the chase – if you’re an ‘X’ person, then don’t get tempted by ‘Y’ because ‘X’ is you. You can go after ‘Y’ if you like, but you’ll most likely experience some sort of remorse whilst ‘X’ waits on the sidelines for you to finish chasing your tail.
Now, the longer version……
My two greatest loves in the world of Saab automobiles (so far) are the Saab 99 Turbo and the Saab 9-3 Viggen. One old, one new. One nostalgic, raw and maybe slightly touchy, the other new, comfortable and quite reliable.
Both met their own unfortunate demise and I’ve been trying to fill the holes in my automotive life ever since. Only one attempt – the Alfa Romeo 33 16V – came close to the expectations I had for it, I’m afraid.
Here’s where I’ve made my biggest mistake – and had what I think is my biggest revelation.

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Friday Snippets – bad Fiat. BAD!

Fredrick Reinfeldt doesn’t care about saving the ship, only the people on it.
I care about those people having an identity, and about them being saved.
Fredrick Reinfeldt’s government would prefer to see Fiat take over Saab. I’d rather not see that happen, and here’s one very good reason why.
Fiat may be planning on bringing Dodge vehicles to Europe…..branded as Alfa Romeos. As a former Alfa owner and a remaining lover of the Alfa heritage, I can barely think of anything more unpalatable.
It’s looking more and more like GM in a fancy suit. No thanks.
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There are more spyshots of the Saab 9-5 out testing this week.
In Colorado:
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And somewhere else (Dutch website)
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It’s looking good, still.
Can’t come quick enough.
Thanks to various parties for links!
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The weekend cometh.
I believe it might be a holiday weekend for you US Saabers, correct?
Anyone got any particular plans of interest? I’m going to get my hands a little dirty playing with the MX5. New interior bits have arrived so I’m going to bling it up a little.
I know it’s low on their priority list, but an MX5-like Sonett would be such a thrill. Simple, tossable and fun.

Sunday night snippets – Koenigsegg/Saab pause edition

Did anyone else feel like this weekend was a long pause after all the stuff we’ve been going through with the Saab sale?
It’s like we’d all been holding our collective breath for so long, and finally we had a chance to exhale again.
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Stay tuned as I’m chasing a couple of important interviews right now.
Questions have already been sent off for one and I’m trying to line up an appointment with the other.
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A brief update on the Swedish media from ctm:

di.se claims the K-Saab deal was handed over to judge Robert Gerber in New York on Friday, who seems to be the judge supervising the GM Chapter 11. Decision by him early next week, which kind of syncs with remarks by Swedish Government officials late last night about a deal being done very soon and probably announced next week.
DN.se have talked to “auto experts” that claim that Saab will change their brand name to Saab-Koenigsegg… Yeezz…

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Spotted by 1985Gripen on a photo gallery website:
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There’s a fantastic piece on Top Gear’s James May in the Mail on Sunday.
A must-read for TG fans.
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Note to all:
Check your coolant and if need be, flush your cooling system.
I flushed the system in the MX-5 yesterday and I swear it mustn’t have been done in about 5 years prior to that. The water was brown!
The car ran too hot when I drove it home from Melbourne last weekend, but a good flush and a run over Grasstree Hill this afternoon showed that it’s now running as sweet as a nut!
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What you’ve seen going on here, on the front page of this site, is only about half of what’s been going on in the background.
In a frenzied time like this, you need some cool heads around you to keep you from boiling over and there’s been a few times where I’ve almost boiled over, even in the last week. I guess that’s why companies have a Board of Directors.
I don’t have such a board here, but I do want to acknowledge and thank Kroum, PT and Turbin for being the cool heads in a crisis this week.
If you only knew……

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