Saab want to hear from Saab Car Clubs

Saab put out a call via their Newsroom and Facebook websites today in an effort to link up with more Saab Car Clubs around the world.

Saab on Facebook

Saab’s official Facebook page has a special section set aside for Saab Car Clubs, where you can have your club listed AND post notices about events coming up in the future.

Right now, they have 48 Saab Car Clubs listed but we all know there’s more than that out there. If you’re part of an unlisted club, or even a website community, then you can have your Club listed on the site, complete with website and contact details.

If you’ve got an event coming up, you can have details of that event listed on the site too. It’s good to see what’s going on in other parts of the world and you might even attract a couple of extra people along as well.

It’s great to see Saab taking steps to cater to people via Social Media. The next step is for clubs and individuals to get on board and make use of it!

More from Saab Club España – Saab 9-5 launch event

I received an update from Jotaele at Saab Club España on the Saab 9-5 launch event and historical show they put on at La Coruña. What an outstanding event!

Saab Espana

The main purpose of the event was the presentation of the new Saab 9-5 by Darsena Motor, a Saab Dealer in La Coruña. They had a special presentation, which was an invitation event. But of course, the visual highlight for all the locals was the exhibition of classic Saabs, which too place over 3 days!

All of the older Saabs displayed in the historic presentation are owned by Saab Club España members. Jotaele tells me that the engagement and co-operation from the Saab España administration since the purchase of Saab by Spyker has everyone inspired and very hopeful for the future. The club worked together with the dealership and Saab España on this event and I think you’ll agree the results look outstanding.

A list of the cars present, supplied by Jotaele:

– Saab 92B (this was the 2nd Saab registered in Spain)
– Saab 93B
– Saab 95 V4
– Saab 96 Bull nose
– Saab 96 Long Nose
– Saab Sonett II V4
– Saab Sonett III
– Saab 99 EMS
– Saab 90
– Saab 900 SPG
– Saab 900 cabrio preGM
– Saab 9000 aero
– Saab 900 GM
– Saab 9-3 classic
– Saab 9-3 Cabrio
– Saab 9-5
– Saab 9-5 SW
– Saab 93SS
– Saab 93 SC
– Saab 93 SH

How successful was the event? Well, they expected around 200 people at the actual 9-5 launch event – and got 400!

Here’s a walkaround of the display and Wulf has some more photos from the event over at Saabworld:

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_6PTExxOgE

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Well done again to all concerned.

Monday Night Snippets – Juddy Edition!!!

Thanks for your patience today – it’s been a heck of a busy day. Heaps of work, a funeral, the re-commencement of Bootcamp and the biggest award in Australian Football – the Brownlow Medal.

Vale Jans van Goor – grandmother to one of my best friends, graceful and courageous matriarch and maker of the best Dutch almond cakes you’d ever taste.

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Speaking of Dutchies……

Some car clubs just get together for dinner and chardonnay, others do car stuff. You need both, I guess.

Saab Club Nederland did one of those activities that makes active Saab Clubs great. They organised a testing and inspection day for members. Dutch cars, like many others in Europe, have to undergo an annual inspection. This wasn’t an official inspection. Actually, it was much tougher.

I enjoyed the Tweet about it from yesterday:

Saabclub inspection day has come and gone. Weeping men everywhere. The master technicians were relentless seeing every wrong detail.

There’s some video of it below, which you should watch if only to hear the 900 exhaust at 1:10.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxgtljmRhRE

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The guy who gave me the distinct pleasure of attending Swedish Car Day in Boston last month is Pierre Belperron. His son Pascal likes to drive cars quickly on roads where most of us would exercise quite a bit of caution – rallying.

And of course, he likes to get his rally on in a Saab.

Pascal rallying in Saab 9000

That’s Pascal racing in a hill climb in Ascutney, Vermont, last Saturday. It’s an excellent photo, which you can view in full here. He’s only just bought the car and on his first run, he completed the course a full 3 seconds faster than he’d ever achieved in the 9000 and 900 he’d raced there before.

Unfortunately, on his second run, his header pipe broke off at the turbo, and in the time it took him to get the car off the circuit and stopped, the blow-torch effect coming out of the turbo melted everything in the right front of the engine bay, including the main wiring harness.

Pascal employed a little ingenuity and rigged up a temporary harness with the hope of getting the car back home to New Hampshire. Unfortunately, he didn’t make the full 100 mile journey home, falling short of the garage by 100 feet!

Fast and clever – a winning combination.

Pascal – we hope the car’s back out there soon!

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OK, to the Brownlow Medal. I can’t miss out on commemorating this occasion (if only just for you, Mr Bitmead!!).

The Brownlow is the highest individual honor that a player can receive in the Australian Football League. The hot favourite for the medal was a thuggish goon player named Dane Swan, from the most hated club in the country, the Collingwood Football Club.

Instead, the surprise winner – one of only 13 men in around 80 years who has won it more than once in his career – was the Captain of the magnificent Carlton Football Club – a warrior by the name of Chris Judd.

The fact that he has the most attractive girlfriend in the AFL doesn’t hurt, either.

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Congratulations, Juddy!!!!

I was so happy I did a SnoopyDance!

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRfmzPZ3Yoc

And if that’s given you a little taste for the greatest game on the entire planet, then watch this.

Tips – a goal is kicked when the ball goes untouched through the two center posts. A ‘mark’ (what you guys would call a catch) allows a player to take a kick without the pressure of being tackled. And remember, there’s no padding on these guys 🙂

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIReSJhQor0

Saab Aberdeen Owners Club

This is a nice follow up story.

A while ago, I posted an image of a Saab 96, taken by RonC in Aberdeen, Scotland. It’s pretty unusual to see a Saab 96 in Aberdeen, much less one with Dutch plates and some personal scripting on the paintwork.

The hope was that we’d find the owner(s) of the car and perhaps connect them with Ron.

Well, that happened, and the Saab Aberdeen Owners Club has now been formed and they’re in the early stages of hooking up with the Saab Owners Club GB.

The Saab 96 belonged to a couple named Melle & Geertje and they did eventually hook up with Ron.

At the local premiere of the Saab 9-5, Ron also met up some lads who were looking at forming a local Saab Club, even setting up a website to kick things along.

I’ll let Ron tell the rest:

The result was an afternoon meet up on Sunday 18th July at the Grampian Transport Museum located in Alford; set in a picturesque area 26mls [42kms] from Aberdeen. There were four Saabs and eight folk which included: Melle & Geertje, Graeme [one of the founders of the SAAB Aberdeen Owners Club site] and his wife, a couple of friends of mine [one a Saab man, the other a Ford devotee] and my wife Alison and me.

And another Saab Club is formed. It’s a beautiful thing.

If there are any other people in the Aberdeen area looking to hook up with a bunch of like-minded folk, then the website you’re looking for is Saab Aberdeen Owners Club.

Thanks to Ron for the follow up!

Sydney Saabs meet

I haven’t done a post about events here in Australia for some time and these photos from Sydney last weekend were so good I just had to show them off.

See, we have some pretty nice Saabs here downunder as well!

The event was a BBQ for members of the NSW division of the Saab Car Club of Australia. My thanks the Ferd for sending on the images (and as you can see, I’m kinda taken by that early model blue 900 – ooh la la!).

Click to enlarge.

2010 Italian national Saab club meeting

OK, after seeing these pictures, I’m now fully prepared to move to Italy!!!
The national Saab club in Italy, called Saabway, hosted an event last weekend that in some ways built upon the great Saab Support Convoy they held earlier this year.
The event started off in Franciacorta – the location of the Italian SSC – where they all whet their automotive appetites at the Franciacorta Go-Kart track.
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They had their own mini-SaabWay GP there, before heading off to the big boys track in their Swedish Go-Karts!
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Cars went out in groups for 30 minutes at a time. They all a good representation through the years, with all models ranging from the classic Saab 900 to the Turbo X in attendance.
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Franciacorta is actually a renowned wine region, so I’m sure they all quenched their thirst to some degree after all that excitement.
After staying overnight at Lake Iseo, they headed off to Colli San Fermo on their own tarmac version of Pike’s Peak.
Scroll down and I’m sure you’ll agree that both the roads and the view justified the efforts!
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The Saab community in Italy is a comparatively small, but very dedicated one. When it comes to enthusiast cars, many Italians prefer German brands. It wasn’t always that way, of course, but in more recent times, that’s the way things have turned out.
The SaabWay folks are really optimistic now that Saab have been sold, that ownership by Spyker will see that situation change in coming years.
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SaabWay – we see you!
Congratulations on a great meeting in a beautiful part of the world.
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Here’s to more great meetings like this amongst Saab clubs of the world in the future.
Now, where’s my passport…….?

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