What’s going on?

Hey there. Last week’s post notwithstanding, it’s been a while. Given that this website was always intended to be a more personal site – rather than the Saab community sites of yore – and because I’ve made a few electronic friends over the years that I enjoy keeping in touch with when I can, I thought it indulgent appropriate to…. reintroduce myself, to fill you in on what’s been going on over the last 18 months or so. There’s been a bit happening. Brabham As you might know, I left Koenigsegg to return to Australia and work for Brabham Automotive. […]

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Classic Cars Have Gone Completely Maaaaaad!!

Question – Have the prices for classic cars gone as nuts in your country as they have here in Australia? It’s reminiscent of this old classic TV ad from Melbourne back in the early 1990’s (with thanks to Turbin!) I’ll let you decide for yourself whether or not Madonna had lost the plot back then. But there’s a reasonable argument that sellers and buyers of classic cars – mostly buyers, IF they’re actually buying – have lost the plot right now. I bought and sold quite a few cars between 2009 and 2015. I bought Saabs, Alfas, my beloved Subaru […]

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The Post-Trump Lesson I Pray We’ll All Learn

I promised four years ago that I’d leave this website free of commentary on Donald Trump. Unlike the former president, I’ve kept to my word.  Well, until now, I guess. The demise of The Donald – and my god it feels good to write that sentence! – gives us a brief moment to assess the important lessons to be learned from his time in power.  There are many.  Don’t nominate a Clinton again.  There’s one. The lesson I’m mostly interested in, however, is the one Joe Biden alluded to in his inaugural address when he talked about truth and lies.  […]

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Climate change, as seen in Australia

Australian politicians are fond of looking down the barrel of a camera and saying “Australia is meeting – and beating! – its international emissions targets”. They’re lying. OK, technically they can look their kids in the eye and claim they’re not lying – just – because if you employ a couple of loopholes built into those targets back in the 1990s, Australia is (technically) meeting them. But that’s a bit like various bad actors that pay zero tax saying they meet all their tax obligations. They might domicile themselves in low-tax countries and/or use shell companies to avoid paying taxes. […]

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10 cars that changed the way I think about….. cars

This is a bit cheap, isn’t it, Turning a Facebook challenge series into a blog post? I know. I’m sorry. But it’s been soooo long since I’ve written something here and this challenge was actually quite Swadeology-ish, so why not? The idea is in the title – list 10 cars that changed the way you think about cars.  They’re not necessarily cars I’ve owned, though many are.  Cars have played a central role in my life so it’s fair to say that many of these are cars that have shaped my life, for better or worse (overwhelmingly for the better). […]

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Brexit schmexit! It’s time for Swexit.

I’m sad to report that in the next few months I will leave my employment at Koenigsegg Automotive. I will leave Sweden. And Europe. I’ll really miss my colleagues at Koenigsegg. We’ve done some amazing things together. World record things. Breaking-the-mold things. My first day at work we broke the 0-300-0 km/h record with the One:1. A few months earlier we’d broken the lap record at Suzuka Circuit. A few months later we broke the lap record at Spa. We took the 0-400-0 record by six seconds just three weeks after Bugatti set it. A month later we sliced an […]

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Photographing Brexit

It’s not that often an ordinary guy from Australia gets to be on the ground for what should be a proper moment in world history. With Brexit looming, I couldn’t resist booking a trip from ‘home’ in Sweden to London for some history-in-the-making street photography. Brexit, as you may know, has been a monumental cluster**** since the day the referendum was announced. It was poorly conceived by David Cameron, poorly campaigned for by all concerned, and has been poorly executed by Theresa May and her ever-decreasing circle of friends. The only bright side of Brexit (for me, not necessarily for […]

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Top 10 ‘Impact’ Albums of my Lifetime

This post originated from one of those Facebook tag games – Do your Top 10 albums, tag someone and get them to list their Top 10 albums….. and so on. I usually ignore 99% of those things but this one struck a chord, if you’ll pardon the pun. The original tag game says that you’re supposed to post the albums that made an impact on your life. I’m going to add that those albums should still be on your playlist(s) today – a sign of real lasting impact. The ‘rules’ also say you should only post a picture of the […]

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Leica Virgin – The Leica M8 in Paris

In the immortal words of the great millennial poet – Oops! I did it again. April 2018 saw me buy another camera. Another Leica camera. This time, it was the most Australian of Leica cameras, the M8. Maaaaaaaaaate! If you don’t know anything about the Leica M8, the one thing you need to know up front is that it was Leica’s first digital M model and as such, it was very basic. The other essentials can be gathered from this nice little 5-minute video. Note: the M8.2 in this video is not just the same model as mine. It’s actually […]

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Photography in Scotland – Glencoe and Isle of Skye

April 2018. As I’ve immersed myself more in the world of photography, I’ve developed the typical photographer’s bucket list of places to visit. The lake district in England, the peak district, the Dolomites in Italy, Iceland, Paris, Yosemite, Zion and many more – including Scotland. This trip was part vacation and part self-examination. Could I get to one of the world’s photographic hotspots, camera(s) in hand, and not make an idiot of myself? I flew into Edinburgh, picked up a hire car (Audi A1 S-Line – uninspiring but quite competent, even fun when pushed) and headed for the hills. It […]

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