Polish Saabers build calendar for 2011

I haven’t done a desktop calendar here for a few months, so this is a nice little reminder for me to get out there and harvest a few more photos.

The good people at Saabturbo.pl have held a good natured competition with people submitting photos for inclusion in a calendar running from Nov 2010 to May 2012 (an 19 month calendar).

The ‘winners’ can be viewed here at Picasa. They’re all fantastic shots, so congratulations to all involved.

Here are a few samples…..

If I’ve figured out the credits right, then this one was taken by J Depo:

Polish Saab Turbo calendar

And this one by R. Wolski:

Polish Saab Turbo calendar


BONUS – there’s also a 2011 calendar based on photos from the Saab Support Convoys held in Poland.

You can view a PDF version of that calendar at Google Docs.


I absolutely love this sort of stuff. It’s the sort of thing that the Saab Pride campaign of a few years ago was built on – people going out of their way to show their cars off at their best.

It’s also really encouraging for those concerned to have their Saabs appreciated so much by their fellow club members.

Does your club do a similar thing each year?

Reasons to hold on to your car….

A few years ago I ran a competition at Trollhattan Saab called “Saab Pride”. Various people wrote in with some great photos of their car, telling stories of things they’d done with their car, why they love their Saabs, etc. It was a tremendous success and almost spawned a book (stay tuned, still considering the possibilities on that one….).

One of the entries came from a guy named Bjarne. He was a Swede living in the United States.

Bjarne Saab 9-3

I thought it was pretty funny that a Swede went to live in America but bought his 9-3 SportCombi through the European Delivery Program. Not only did he get it a bit cheaper, he got a trip home to Sweden as well!

So….. I just received an email from Bjarne with a bit of follow up news.

The family have now moved back to Sweden, but given that they had so many good experiences in the US with their 9-3 SportCombi, they decided to bring that home with them! They just didn’t want to part with the memories.

Now, Bjarne’s feeling like they’ll never EVER be able to part with the car. Why?

Last week there was another major event involving this car. My second child, a daughter, was born in the back seat! We understod it was cricital and tried to get to the hopsital in time, but on the highway (only a few minutes away from the hopsital) my wife told me that the baby would come. And so she did, while I was going 150 km/h on the highway.

Everything went well and we are happy. The leather seats are still in great shape!

Congratulations to the family on the new (and safe) arrival of the little Bjarnette.

And long live the Saab 9-3 SportCombi that’s seen so much of the world and provided so many memories.

A great story.

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