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! 😁
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.
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.
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.
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 alsowitnessedpioneersin the field blossomandfight onthrough the storms.
Andregardless of thespeculationsthat may revolveamongst the community, there’s no doubt in my mindthat these guyspossessextremeknowledgeanda forever burningpassionforSaab.
What I’m talking about and what caught my attentionis the Saab nuts at NordicPerformancein Norrköping,Sweden, and their custom built 9-3SS Aero.I’ve seen thisbuildemergefroma mind so detailed,accurateandrefined,that you’re still able seethe typicallinesandshapeswe all knowsowell,despite the fact thatthis is an extremelymodifiedcar.The custom-builtfrontandthe cocky appearance overall gives youagood idea ofwhat liesbeneath the surface. So, hereby I would like tointroducethis stunning andimpressivebuild to the rest of the Saabworld…
“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..
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
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
Nordic custom made extractor manifold
5-speed Quaife gearbox kit with OBX slip differential
RolfUhr,the driver ofthisracecarisnostrangerto Saab.Ever sincehe got hisdriver’s license back in 1971, witha SaabV4as his firstcar, – he hassince thenbeenfaithful towards thecar brand(with the only exceptionoftwoOpel vectra’sperformedinStcs).He’s pretty much done it all,rally,rallycross, and ice rallyandracing,a constant involvement in the brand in many different ways.Rolfactually stoppedactive competingin 2002,but since he receivedan invitationto jointimeattackin 2015,he’sbeenhooked.Theyacquireda9-3SSthat Saabthemselves hadbuilt to run as a long-lapcar,andit was equippedwitha1,9TDIdiesel 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’restickingournecksoutthis year,andweare determined toplaceSAABbackonthe mapas a race car. And we’re planning to do that with our custom built and reinforced original Saab. “
Believe it or not, it´s 40 years since the Saab Car Museum opened its doors for the first time at Tunhemsvägen in Trollhättan in 1975. Come and celebrate with us Saturday October 24 between 11.00-16.00! We celebrate with open house, cake and coffe! Bring your Saab and your memories of 40 years of Saab enthusiasm!
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!
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. Note: 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.
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!
The 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.
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???
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