The Saab Museum in Trollhattan is re-opening this weekend. Hurrah!!!
I figured it might be a good time to share this little story. My own bit of mischievous Saab Spirit in action….
I went back to Sweden in January. My main aim was to clean up my flat, sell my car, and most importantly, catch up with friends and former colleagues from Saab.
On my last day in Sweden, I spent some time at the Nova restaurant, next to the Saab museum, giving a presentation to some of the Saab workers who gather there each Friday morning. Peter Backstrom also presented at this meeting. It was pitched as a battle of the heavyweights 🙂
Between the meeting and getting my taxi to Landvetter airport, I spent a final hour or so at the Saab Museum. It was only a matter of days at that point, since the announcement that the Saab Museum had been saved thanks to a deal done between the City of Trollhattan, Saab AB and the Wallenburgs.
As a result, there were a few items at the museum that were no longer needed.
I’d already packed away my Saabs United Award trophy, which I wanted to bring home for a little while, but I couldn’t resist securing a few of these other small momentos to carry with me.
These are kept in my wallet. If you don’t recognise them, these are two of the stickers that Sweden’s state debt collectors, Kronofogden, placed on a few of the cars at the Saab Museum. Any car with a sticker on it was earmarked for liquidation in order to reclaim debts being managed by Kronofogden. As the museum was now secured, the stickers were no longer necessary.
One of them was liberated from the window of the Saab 9x Concept Car. I can’t remember the other one, but I think it might have been from a Saab Sonett III.
It’s just a little momento from my time at Saab and a reminder of all that went so horribly wrong back in 2011.