Tuesday Snippets

The Jalopnik top blogger competition (they’re basically soliciting audition pieces for a new weekend editor) is turning up some interesting articles.

Here’s another Saab one, the second of the competition. Not as well written as the the one from yesterday IMHO, but a good tribute to the Saab 900 nonetheless. And here’s a good one about track day fever.

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Someone at Volkswagen thought the new New Beetle needed to look more like a PT Cruiser?

Yechh!

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More prominent Saab Billboardage – this time from Zurich, Switzerland.

Click.

Saab Ad Switzerland

Thanks to Nikolay for the pic!

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Just to show the Saabs United Historic Rally Team moves in lofty circles…..

One of our major sponsors is a company called Mellowood Medical, a company run by SU regular and one of the most affable guys you can meet, Mark Marcon (otherwise known as North Toronto Punter). Mark’s company develops, supplies and supports software for use in In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) clinics.

Professor Bob Edwards, 85, has just been named as a Nobel Prize winner for his work in the IVF field, which has given hope to many aspiring parents since the first IVF birth back in 1978.

Here’s Mark with Professor Edwards, whom he’s met on a number of occasions. This photo was at a conference back in 2008. Mellowood Medical are very proud to say that Prof Edwards’ clinic has been a client of their for the last 10 years.

The SaabsUnited Historic Rally Team – bringing you lots of rally fun, and occasionally, babies!

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I think this is taking the whole Park n Ride concept a little too far…..

VW evoking memories of Saab EV-1?

From Autoblog….
Volkswagen have a new ad for the VW Polo that channels a little bit of Back to the Future and a lot more of Grease for a kind of Gen-X movie mashup commercial.
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The ad starts with a gang of teens looking a lot like the T-Birds but cruising around in a town very much like Hill Valley from Back to the Future. They pull up on seeing the Polo and burst into a diner/cafe thing just like Biff and the gang in BTTF.
From there on it’s all Grease as they supposedly have a race, with the hip young Polo dude-of-the-future getting the girl at the end (and showing her the operation of a seatbelt in a very gentlemanly manner).
The positioning of the future car in the 1950’s setting definitely evokes memories of the Back To The Future franchise and keen Saabophiles may recall that there was a Saab in the second Back to the Future movie.
That car was the Saab EV-1. Back to the Future II came out in 1989 but despite the Saab EV-1 being built four years earlier, it still looked futuristic enough for inclusion on the movie set.
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And yes, Wikipedia and IMDB are a godsend for stuff like this!

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