My apologies for the late start today but we’ve had two minor health scares at home in the last 24 hours. I’ve just returned from the doctor’s rooms where word is that I’m not dead. Which is good.
The other health scare concerns our 1994 Saab 9000 CS, which decided to slowly void itself of all automatic transmission fluid yesterday, noted mostly by the strange metallic sounds it was making when my wife picked me up from the office in it.
It’s at the doctors at the moment and we’re awaiting a diagnosis.
As the online SOTW calendar has ceased for 2007, I’m going to be doing wallpapers instead, but with a mind to do a published calendar (i.e. on real paper that you can hang on a real wall). Once again, I’d like them to be shots of people’s actual cars and I’d like them to be freaking excellent – the best user-generated Saab wallpapers on the web: that’s the goal.
If you have a magnificent piece of Swedish automotive machinery that isn’t a Volvo (yes I’ll publish a Koenigsegg if someone’s got one), and you have some skills with a camera – then please get busy. Great shots are the order of the day and please email me the biggest files you can, preferably at 300dpi.
Anyone that’s had a SOTW entry published here before is more than welcome to email me big photos of ones previously published. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
I also have some T-shirts in mind, too. Very plain but clean design. If anyone’s got some ideas for a T-Saab T-shirt then please feel free to let me know. I’ve got my own idea in the works, but one should always be open to suggestions.
The T-shirt and calendar idea is an initiative to raise some money so I can get to Sweden in June. Several people have graciously suggested a tip jar, however I’m not a believer in getting something for nothing.
There may also be a few housekeeping changes around here in the next 2-3 weeks. Any suggestions are welcome in comments (and I promise I’ll try to act on suggestions this time).
Saab are promoting the use of E85 as a way to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and help the environment. The US market also sees it as a way to reduce dependance on foreign sources of fuel (i.e. oil from the volatile Middle east).
Promoters of E85 and other alternative fuels are fairly diplomatic and positive about it, wanting to accentuate the advantages of their alternative technologies. The petroleum producers themselves are getting into greener technology. Even if it’s just window dressing they’re at least having to face the shift in market expectations due to the environment and the political reality of the world we live in.
Then there’s these guys, who are quite blunt about the product they’re selling.