Saabosphere – links we liked this week

First things first – I’m looking forward to seeing some photos from France today, as French Saab fans gather in Paris in a show of support for the company. This is an initiative of Saab France as well as supporter websites, Saab Actu, Saablog-In and saabsunited.fr. It’s wonderful to see gestures of support like this, done the right way. I know from a few messages here and there that some other gatherings were in the planning stages and if they do end up happening, please do let me know. I’d be happy to pass the word around so that interested […]

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Saab Sonett sets Bonneville land speed record

I wrote about Bertil’s experience at Bonneville Speed Week last week. Bertil set a new record in the J-PRO class in his two-stroke Saab 96. Bertil wasn’t the only person running a Saab at Bonneville this year. He wasn’t the only guy to set a new land speed record in a Saab, either. Tom Donney was there, too, with his two-stroke Saab Sonett II. Tom’s name will be familiar to many. He’s collected classic Saabs for years and runs a specialist transmission workshop and vehicle sales operation from his base in Fort Dodge, Iowa. And if you’re good with names, […]

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Saab Monte Carlo takes record at Bonneville Speed Week

This is pretty exciting stuff for a Saab nut. I’m always keen to see how people run their older Saabs and it always puts a smile on my face when I see something like this. My first correspondence with Bertil Sollenskog was last year (2010), when he had a failed first attempt at Bonneville. He had some mechanical issues last year that couldn’t be sorted out at the flats themselves, so he brought the car home to fight another day. He wasn’t discouraged, however. Having been told that it usually takes at least two failed attempts before people can get […]

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2011 Midnight Sun Rally – Full tilt boogie

A few days ago, I brought you some video footage from the regularity class at the Midnight Sun Rally. That’s where most of the Saabs were featured. Following is a video from the historic class, the flat-out version of the rally that doesn’t feature quite so many Saabs, but does feature a lot of action. Enjoy your viewing. —— My apologies to a few of the Saab drivers that I missed. My camera was running so low on battery power towards the end that I was turning it off between cars. Sometimes it didn’t start up again quickly enough. There […]

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2011 Midnight Sun Rally – Regularity Class

The 2011 Midnight Sun Rally ended just over a week ago and there were a lot of Saabs entered in the event. If you haven’t seen the Midnight Sun Rally photo album yet, then make sure you click on that link and check it out. Most of the Saabs at the event competed in the Regularity Class. This is not full-tilt rally driving as you might know it. Regularity, as the name suggests, is all about driving to a regular schedule and being consistent in that. In the case of the Midnight Sun Rally, this meant driving to achieve an […]

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Saabs at the 2011 Midnight Sun Rally

I’ve got a swag of photos from the Midnight Sun Rally, held around Västerås last weekend. I don’t have any of the cars on the dirt, though. I only shot video there, which I’ll post very soon. These stills were taken at Rally HQ in Västerås, where the cars would assemble at the end of each day. I’m not sure if I got everyone, but I got a lot of them! Here’s a selective collection of larger images, with a more complete gallery below. Click to enlarge. —— This blue 99Turbo is the latest car built by the Saabs United […]

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In the Inside Saab garage parking lot – Saab 9-4x

I just wanted to post a quick note on the new wheels in the parking lot tonight. This is my chariot for the next few days……. click It’s a Saab 9-4x Aero – 2.8T V6 with XWD – and I’ll be taking it up to Västerås tomorrow for a few days of action at the Midnight Sun rally. I’ll be arriving in the afternoon and taking in all the final day’s action, checking out all the Saabs in play and of course, sharing plenty of photos and maybe some video here in Inside Saab. —— Mrs Swade and I took […]

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Events: 2011 Midnight Sun Rally (Midnattssolsrallyt)

Saab will be present at the 2011 Midnight Sun Rally, to be held in the Västerås municipality, around 50km northwest of Stockholm. The rally runs from July 13 to 16. The Midnattssolsrallyt is organised by KAK, the Swedish Automobile Club and is the prime event on the historic rallying calendar in Sweden, a racing segment with a huge following here and elsewhere in Europe. The Midnight Sun Rally will feature a lot of Saabs this year, and Saab have been prominent in the race’s history, too. The race was first run in 1950 and Saab’s first victory was nine years […]

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Saab 900 – Climb to the clouds

A few days ago, I posted an article here on Inside Saab, written by a friend of mine in Boston named Pierre Belperron (a guy I’ve previously referred to as “the second-hardest working man in all Saabdom” due to his diligent work as Service Manager at Charles River Saab). The article was called Bare Naked Saabing (highly recommended reading) and the subject of the article was a hillclimb project car built by two of Pierre’s sons, Pascal and Marcel. The car, a Saab 900, was finally used for it’s new purpose on the weekend in a hillclimb event called Climb […]

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Bare Naked Saabing

A good friend of mine named Pierre Belperron works at Charles River Saab, one of the top Saab dealers in the US. Occasionally, Pierre also writes articles on their company blog. I post a collection of notable reading in a weekly post here at Inside Saab that I call Saabosphere. This article was so good that I asked Pierre’s permission to post it here in full. The article arose because two of Pierre’s sons, Marcel and Pascal, have just finished building a Saab rally car that they’ll run in a hillclumb event this weekend in the US. I hope you […]

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