I’m off to Melbourne this evening as my nephew is graduating after his months of training at the Victorian police academy (no jokes please).
Whilst I’m there, I’m hoping to catch up with Jeff B, owner of the fine collection featured in the July SOTW calendar, including a fully Abbottised Viggen.
That reminds me, the August calendar is now running late….
Anyone reading this live in Colorado?
The Aspen Times is celebrating 125 years of publication by running various stories and ads from each year. they’ve just done a feature on 1982 with a story covering the Saab ads they used run featuring the Saabs used as police cars.
If anyone’s got a copy of it I’d love to put a scan up here on the site. You can read the story here.
The Born from Jets roadshow moves to Michigan:
Saab, the car company that’s “Born from Jets,” is the primary sponsor of the 2006 Thunder Over Michigan Air Show to be held August 5-6 at the Willow Run Airport in Belleville, Michigan. The partnership gives Saab a major presence at the show, including participation by the “Born from Jets” promotional tour…..
….The 2006 Thunder Over Michigan Air Show at Willow Run Airport in Belleville will take place Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6. Show hours are 9:00 AM -5:00 PM each day. Admission is $18 for adults at the gate and $13 for youths (age 7-15. Children age 6 and under get in for free. All event parking is clearly marked near the entrance of the show. More information can be fund on the Thunder Over Michigan Web site.
You can read about the BFJ roadshow here.
Cars! Cars! Cars! have an affinity for Saab as I believe there’s one in the Garage. Their latest take on the 9-4x thingy makes for a good chuckle.
The final point is right on:
Hey, GM, let Saab makes Saabs and maybe they’d sell.
Inside Line are also picking up on Jay Spenchian’s conversation with Ward’s Autos.
So now it’s official.
Akatsuki has a post called 10 Ways to fix GM, which is an interesting read. Not sure it’d work, but it’s a good way to spend 5 minutes and a nicely designed site.
At least he advocates keeping Saab.
Watching the competition: BMW are now going after the customers that live in caves for years on end….
One reason these buyers overlooked BMW is that they know little about the brand. Steven Bennett, an optometrist who owns two busy vision centers in Ann Arbor, Mich., admits he likes a car with some kick. “I like power. I like being first off the line,” he says. He drives a Lexus LS430, which he bought in 2002 for $54,000. When he bought the car, BMW never crossed his mind. “I’ve never driven one. I’ve just never given them a thought.”
Finally, from AutoblogGreen, a bill that’s been introduced in California looks to tax all vehicles sold that aren’t capable of running on alternative fuel. the taxes collected would be distributed to gas station owners for the installation of new equipment to distribute alternative fuels.
The chances of this bill getting up?
Interestingly though, one of the omissions in Saab’s 2007 lineup press release was a Biopower setup. When the biopower beast debuted as a concept it was mentioned as being 18 months to 2 years away, which would put it in the second six months of 2007, if they really are planning on doing it.