3 years on – Saab Support Convoys

It’s January 17, 2013, here in Australia and three years ago, on January 17, 2010, Saab’s fate was hanging in the balance. General Motors seemed determined to close Saab down and Spyker were equally as determined to buy the company. As a community, we were determined to send GM a message – Saab was a company worth saving. The first Saab Support Convoy was actually held in Detroit on January 5th, just before a GM board meeting. It was based on an idea that started in Holland – a gathering to celebrate Saab, no matter what the company’s fate would […]

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Vale Curvin O’Rielly

It’s with a very heavy heart that I pass on some news that landed in my inbox overnight – the passing of Curvin O’Rielly on Friday night, US time, after a brief but tenacious battle with cancer. Curvin worked in the original Mad Men era of advertising in the US. He only recently started a blog called Ace of Admen, and you can read a few of his advertising stories there. Sadly, he never got the opportunity to share more of these stories online. They were inevitably entertaining and there were always lessons to be learned. I first met Curvin […]

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Happy Birthday, Dad

If my father were still alive, he would have been 79 years old today. He passed away in 1985 from a cancer that probably would have been relatively easy to treat in 2012. In fact, it probably should have been treated back then. He was first diagnosed with a tumour in March 1985, which was ‘successfully’ removed and declared to have been a benign tumour anyway. By September, that benign spot had another tumour and just two months and five surgeries later, he was gone. Right: my favourite photo of Dad with my grandmother, circa 1936. That’s about as much […]

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Heading home

It’s time to head back to the Land of Oz. I’m not sure when I’ll be back close to Sweden, but hopefully it’ll be sooner rather than later. I miss the place already. My thanks to everyone who’s been so kind to me on this trip. I have a lot to write about when I get back home, all because so many people were so generous with their time while I was here. Thanks to: Predrag, Ann-Marie, EVERYONE at Saab, Mats, Ingvar, Christian, Mike, Hilary, Mr Saab and Britt-Marie, Nic, Johan, Stefan, Ben and Dave. You’ve all made this trip […]

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Sweden Diary – Day 4 of my visit to Trollhattan

Saab V4 compressor

Yesterday was a busy day and a very enjoyable one. I’ll write more detailed notes on the visits at a later date, but there’s a summary below. I guess the dominant feeling from this visit, aside from the happiness at being back here and seeing colleagues and friends again, is one of sadness. I’m coming to a better understanding of the personal loss that I’ll have in my own life by not being able to pursue my career with Saab here in Sweden. This job would have been fantastic and that’s a significant loss in itself, but more than that, […]

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Cars I’ve owned – Holden Gemini

Do I hang my head in shame or simply accept my humble roots? I’ll say it up front: I’ve owned not one, but two Holden Geminis. My first ever car was a 1977 Holden Gemini in what I’ll call baby blue. I don’t know what the real name for the color was. The 1977 Gemini had the round headlamps on the front, whereas the 1978 model had square headlamps (more about that shortly). The Gemini was essentially an Opel Kadett with a 1600cc Isuzu engine in the front and a 4-speed manual gearbox. This is an image of an Opel […]

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Things I remember from when I was young…..

I thought it best to write them down as sometimes I forget, or perhaps just neglect to remember. Not a comprehensive list of things. Far from complete, but not a bad start for one evening’s work. —— – Pa, according to my memory, had a brown 1960’s Holden. I think it was a HD, but it could have been a HR. That car is the earliest memory I have. Either that, or falling asleep in the family car after visits to Uncle Ron and Aunty Barbara’s house. – My sister used to get me to brush her hair. – We […]

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