It’s Thursday March 29th here and that means three things…
Firstly, for those of you with a Saab 60th Anniversary calendar, either the desk unit like mine or the big wall calendar, we’re about to move from Re-Axs month to ignition-between-the-front-seats month.
Seems entirely appropriate (sort of) as this happened in the Saab 99 and this month has been the month of Saab 99 love, though that would make the calendar a month late, but that’s not entirely inappropriate either.
Second, it means we’re near the end of the month and that means it’s almost sales data time!!
Saab USA’s 9-3 sales tanked in February, so it’ll be interesting to see if there’s a rebound in March. This is also the traditional shot-in-the-arm month in the UK where new plates are issued and everyone goes car-buying crazy.
Swedish sales were steady in February. Hopefully they will be in March too.
Thirdly, I enter my 38th year tomorrow. Yikes!!
Ryan has an interesting video of Stig Blomqvist winning a Swedish rally back in 1980 in a 300hp Saab 99 Turbo. As I watched it yesterday I couldn’t help but note that it’d probably be one less trophy in the cabinet if they moved broken vehicles off the course and had safety cars like they do now.
Still, you gotta drive the race that’s presented to you and Stig set consecutive lap records to get himself back into the race.
I need to do some statistical work on this, but the often-questionable The Truth About Cars has a very interesting 5-year report card on Cadillac’s “Art and Science” resurgence.
And apparently the stories about a V12 Cadillac Ubercar aren’t true. I wonder if AutoWeek will cop a blast for that one. I only wish all the stories about Cadillac were as baseless.