Saab CabrioChallenge 2019 – from the plains to the metropolitan, from sweet to salt, from Skaraborg to Gothenburg…

The 2019 edition Saab CabrioChallenge was driven for the 12th time in a row, and even this year we got a report and great photos from our old friend Mioh! Thanks for sharing this with us! ?
(And yes it’s 2019 edition, the 2020 “Covid-19”-edition were held for a week or so ago)

Saab CabrioChallenge 2019 – from the plains to the metropolitan, from sweet to salt, from Skaraborg to Gothenburg…

The 2019 edition of Saab CabrioChallenge took place 16th-18th of August. This event has been driven annually since 2008 and even this year it attracted a large number of happy and pleasant Saab-enthusiasts. The meeting started lightly on Friday evening på “Lumber & Karle” with a common summerbuffet for those who were in place the day before the start of the rally. Saturday morning we all gathered at breakfast, followed by welcome greeting and distribution of roadbooks. Afterwards the roofless Saabs rolled out for the roads of the pains.
Along the roads for desination Gothenburg/”Nya varvet”/Dockyard hotel we vere passing trees, churches, meadows, tractors, fields, ice cream-shops, waterways and cider manufacturers. After many lovely miles, our final destination Dockyard hotel was reached. In the evening we all gathered in the hotel’s large hall where dinner was served to us. Here we enjoyed the whole evening of good food and a nice atmosphere in a true “Saabanda”. Sunday morning started with a hearty breakfast before checkout. Sundays activity consisted of a visit to the swedish ship Götheborg.

We was all very happy and thanked eachother for a nice weekend and the organizers welcomed us all to the Saab CabrioChallenge 2020! Finding a good starting point, a nice coffee place, a good lunch place, reasonably large dinner and overnight accommodation is not entirely easy. Especially when these should preferably be connected by nice and pleasant roads. So once again, many thanks to the organizers of SCC2019! ?

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Saab CabrioChallenge 2018 – Halland – from forest and sea via beech woods to the ocean

The 2018 edition Saab CabrioChallenge was driven for the 11th time in a row, and even this year we got a report and great photos from our old friend Mioh! Thanks for sharing this with us! ?

The 2018 edition of Saab CabrioChallenge took place 10th-12th of August. This event has been driven annually since 2008 and even this year it attracted a large number of happy and pleasant Saab-enthusiasts. The meeting started lightly on Friday evening på “Två Skyttlar” with a common dinner for those who were in place the day before the start of the rally.
Saturday morning we all gathered at breakfast, and after that set up for this years group image. (This year the theme was “Organized Chaos”). After the photosession, welcome greeting and distribution of roadbooks the roofless Saabs rolled out on the roads through beautiful Halland. Along the way to the final destination Tylösand trees, churches, radio-station with thunder and seafood-lunch, meadows, ice cream-shops and waterways were passed. After many lovely miles, our final destination Tylösands Tylö Sun was reached. In the evening we all gathered in the hotel’s large hall where dinner was served to us. Here we enjoyed the whole evening of good food and a nice atmosphere in a true “Saabanda”.
Sunday morning started with a hearty breakfast before checkout. Sundays activity consisted of a visit to Svedinos aviation and car museum. We was all very happy and thanked eachother for a nice weekend and the organizers welcomed us all to the Saab CabrioChallenge 2019!

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Many thanks to the organizers and others for a really nice weekend! ?

International Saab Meeting 2016 coming up

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IntSaab 2016 Programme

It’s now less than two weeks until the International Saab Meeting 2016 (IntSaab 2016) in Linköping – Vadstena, Sweden. IntSaab is a yearly Saab meeting “on tour” in different countries. Last year it was held in Norway, the year before in Poland and so on.

Read more about IntSaab2016 here at SaabsUnited.

The focus, or theme, for IntSaab 2016 is the beginning and early history of Saab cars. As you may know, the first Saab wasn’t built in Trollhättan. The UrSaab was built in 1946 at the Saab airplane workshop in Linköping and the premiere display of Saab 92 was held in 1947 at the Saab staff restaurant Terrassen in Linköping as well. Saab 95 was also assembled in Linköping.

IntSaab 2016 has 600+ registered participants from all over the world. There will be pre-tours from different cities in Sweden, starting Monday-Tuesday, where the guests travel in their Saabs and are shown to some of the most beautiful places in our country (on the way to IntSaab 2016).

Friday and Saturday is filled with activities and events in the cities of Vadstena and Linköping. Sunday 14th of August there will be an open Saab meeting and market at the Vadstena castle (yes, we’ve booked a castle). This will be the largest Saab meet in Sweden 2016, with approx. 1 500-2 000 visitors.

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Vadstena Castle. By Zeddok [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons.
A program for IntSaab 2016 can be found here: IntSaab2016.com, Weekend Programme
We also have a Facebook event for Sunday: Öppen marknad & träff – IntSaab2016 (in Swedish)

IntSaab 2016 is arranged by Svenska Saabklubben (the Swedish Saab Club) and managed by our (awesome) voluntary working members. More stories and pictures from this meeting will follow here at SaabsUnited.

SAAB spirit @ timeattacknu.se series 2016 – contestant #1

Nordic Performance

I, like many other of us, have witnessed the true Saab spirit fade away amongst the enthusiasts, – one by one.

However, during these years, I have also witnessed pioneers in the field blossom and fight on through the storms.
And regardless of the speculations that may revolve amongst the community, there’s no doubt in my mind that these guys possess extreme knowledge and a forever burning passion for Saab. 

 

What I’m talking about and what caught my attention is the Saab nuts at Nordic Performance in Norrköping, Sweden, and their custom built 9-3SS Aero. I’ve seen this build emerge from a mind so detailed, accurate and refined, that you’re still able see the typical lines and shapes we all know so well, despite the fact that this is an extremely modified car. The custom-built front and the cocky appearance overall gives you a good idea of what lies beneath the surface. So, hereby I would like to introduce this stunning and impressive build to the rest of the Saab world

“The Eliminator” Nordic Extreme 

Saab 9-3SS Aero ’05

With it’s top speed on 240km/h @ 7000rpm, 500HP/550Nm (2,0bar boost pressure, ethanol) and 480hp/500Nm (petrol), and a total wight at 1120kg/2470lb(without driver), – this beast is high-speed tooled from a solid billet of pure power and adrenaline.

And here’s some of the specs..

Chassis:

  • Full rollcage by Chromoly / lightweight steel built by Bröderna Båge
  • Öhlins 3-way shock absorbers w. Öhlins coilovers front & back
  • 357mm front brake discs w. six piston brake calipers, rear ventilated Aero brake discs,Yellowstuff brake pads
  • 9×18″ ET 20 OZ Titanium racing alloys
  • Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 235/35-18 tires

Engine:

  • T8 racing engine management system by Nordic
  • Fully forged B207R 1998CC engine
  • Darton engine sleeves
  • Verdi forged rods
  • JE custom made forged pistons
  • Balance shaft deleted
  • 1200CC Bosch Impedance fuel injectors
  • Chain-driven water pump
  • Garret GTBB 30/76 turbo
  • DO88 intercooler
  • Nordic custom made extractor manifold
  • 5-speed Quaife gearbox kit with OBX slip differential

Rolf Uhr, the driver of this racecar is no stranger to Saab. Ever since he got his driver’s license back in 1971, with a Saab V4 as his first car, – he has since then been faithful towards the car brand (with the only exception of two Opel vectra’s performed in Stcs). He’s pretty much done it all, rally, rallycross, and ice rally and racing, a constant involvement in the brand in many different ways. Rolf actually stopped active competing in 2002, but since he received an invitation to join timeattack in 2015, he’s been hooked. They acquired a 9-3SS that Saab themselves had built to run as a long-lap car, and it was equipped with a 1, 9TDI diesel engine. At the end of last season they decided to replace the engine with a custom built B207R engine, and they decided to go all the way up to Pro Class at timeattacknu.se series (meaning free modifications with only requirement of street legal tires). The first race this year is held at Kinnekulle racetrack, Sweden 3rd-5th of June. 

“We’re sticking our necks out this year, and we are determined to place SAAB back on the map as a race car. And we’re planning to do that with our custom built and reinforced original Saab. “

Rolf Uhr, Nordic Performance

 

For more info, pictures and updates, follow Nordic’s journey here on Facebook

Timeattacknu.se Facebook page

Photos by APEX-FOTO

 

Saab CabrioChallenge 2014

From our friend Mioh we got a little report and a nice picture from CabrioChallenge 2014.
As always when I read and hear about the CabrioChallenge I’m thinking “damn, NEXT year I’m going to join them…”. This year wasn’t a exception, and I guess I’m saying the same next year 😉
Thanks Mioh for sharing!

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This years CabrioChallenge took place in a glorious sunshine, on the west coast of Sweden, on Saturday August 16th. CabrioChallenge is a annually event since 2008, and this year it attracted a large number of happy and pleasant Saab enthusiasts from Sweden and Norway.

The meeting jumped the gun a litle easy Friday night in Håverud with a dinner for those who were at location the evening before the start.

On Saturday morning we were all gathered at the aqueduct in Håverud. After the welcome greeting, a light breakfast and distribution of the roadbook the topless Saabs was heading westbound, to the coast. On the roads though Dalsland we were passing churches, lakes, some mooses, petroglyphs and two very short rain showers.
cabriochallenge004_2014_02Note: In the right speed it’s no problem to ride topless in even heavy rain. However, a problem can occur when you have to slow down because speed limits or traffic in front of you…

In Grebbestad we saw the sea for the first time during this meeting, and then we followed the coast southbound. On some beautiful roads on the mainland next to the coastline we drive through villages like Fjällbacka, Hamburgsund, Bovallstrand och Hunnebostrand. When we arrived Kungshamn the lunch was served a few meters from the sea with Smögen in sight. Here we also take the now obligatory group photo.

After lunch and the photo-shoot we drove through Bohusläns hilly landscape to the final destination for the day; Vann Spa (“Water Spa”) at Färlevfjorden. Here we enjoyed rexaxing baths, good food and a nice atmosphere the entire evening in a true Saab spirit!

Sunday morning started with a dip in the sea, and a real breakfast. After that we checked out we headed in a convoy for Saabs home-town, Trollhättan. In Trollhättan we visited Saab Car Museum and tasted the Saab Ice Cream the museum sells.

Satisfied and happy the participants thanked for themselves, and the organizers Anna, Fredrik, Lena, Andreas, Jessica and Mikael thanked the participants for a great weekend and wished everyone welcome to Saab CabrioChallenge 2015, scheduled to Småland and with a end somewhere at the east coast.

For more info; http://www.cabriochallenge.se/

 

Saab-meeting in Gävle last Sunday

Last Sunday there was a realy nice Saab-meeting in Gävle, Sweden, a couple of  hours north of Stockholm. I finally decided Friday evening to set of early Saturday morning in my 9-5 Aero, and thought this will be a nice trip over the weekend. And sure it was! Keywords are nice people, great warm weather (approx. +30 deg. C) and good looking cars in wonderful surroundings!

DSC_9201_50The local guys from Gävle had like when I visited them last year done a very good job planing the meeting; they had managed to borrow a 2014 9-3 Aero from the local dealer in Bollnäs so visitors could have a closer look at the car, Saab Turbo Club of Sweden was there with their clubshop and a some great guys talking about the club, there was local company that have new body-panels for SAABs for sale, and finally the guys from Gävle that have a tent there they sold lottery tickets for their big lottery. Their lottery is worth a few words, it’s probably one of the few lotteries where the value of the prizes are bigger then the value of all the tickets… 🙂 So if you’re early on site you actually can buy all the tickets and still earn on it compared to buy all the prizes. The most of the prizes are related to cars and are sponsored by many companies, like our friends at Maptun – so it’s no local home-made handicraft you can win here!

We first meet up at the local SAAB-dealer in Gävle, Eriksson Bilteam, and after some small-talk and kicking some tyres we went together to the meeting point a few kilometres outside Gävle city. Here you had the chance to look at the different cars from the classic two-strokes to the newer 9-5s. Here could you find almost all of the common Saab-models, the one I noticed was missing was the 92 and 93, and the more rare 9-4 and 9-7. Actually I spotted a 9-2x, hard-to-find here in Sweden.  A accurate number of cars and guests that was visiting during the day is hard to say exactly, since there was no need to sign up, and many came and left during the day, but I heard 120 cars, and I believe that is quite right. There also where some great activities during the day; Throw a turbo as long you can, hold a flywheel as long you can, and my favourite: a Saab-quiz. If you was hungry or warm after all the activities, it was possible to buy a grill buffet in the restaurant, or you could simply go 100 meters from the cars for a refreshing dip in the lake.  At the end of the day a few of us cruised the few miles down to Tierp Arena, a world class drag-racing arena for a very interesting guided tour, and some pizzas afterwards down town Tierp.

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All in all a really nice weekend, I will definitive come back next year if I have the chance!
A few photos from the day, I managed to forgot my big memory-card at home, so I found a 512MB card in the Aero, but some photos are better then none photos! 😉
PS. This young mate over here was totally lost in the middle of the road, or maybe it was more comfortable to walk on asphalt???

Saab Swedish sales data January April 2014

It is a long time since the last post in the category ssd (Saab Sales Data), but at last I’m once again able to report about new registered Saab cars.

You may say, that I could have started in January, as NEVS already appeared in the statistics back then with 5 cars, but those where registered for a company, and you will be right if you assume that that com pay was NEVS.

So the Numbers for the first moths are as follow

  • January 5
  • February 15
  • March 6
  • April 47
  • Total 73

Six of those 73 cars have been registered to a private persons. So I would say that NEVS has delivered 6 cars in April. Among the other 67 cars 50 of them have been delivered to Saab dealers as test cars, and as Tim told after his visit to his local dealer in Växjö, the interest in those cars is big. I would say that the remaining 17 cars are either company cars for the NEVS management (imagine them driving Audi or Volvo) or test cars as you where able to test drive the 9-3N from february in Trollhättan.

The figures aren’t impressive, but as long s they keep increasing over time, they can be seen as a first step in a long journey.

Saab Turbo Club of Sweden – A Track Day

Hi everyone!

One of our members in the Saab Turbo Club of Sweden, Mikael Öhrman (mioh), have been very nice and put up this great movie from our latest track day within the Saab Turbo Club of Sweden.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWthmcKfefQ&feature=youtu.be

The movie shows many glimts on what we are doing when it comes to a track day.

How we in the steering board of STCS, together with our friends in the Racecrew, are preparing the track the day before.

Then some of the activities we are preforming during a track day.

Many thanks to Mikael Öhrman for the movie!

 

Best Regards
Michael Törnros
President of Saab Turbo Club of Sweden

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