You gotta love Easter holidays, huh? Especially when the weather’s good.
Given that things were looking good and that we hadn’t been for a spin in a while, a couple of we Tasmanian Saabisti got together to stretch the legs a little. There was only three cars in the group, but it was a great run through some beautiful countryside.
In the group were Bill H (Saabill) in his 1993 c900 Turbo 5-door and Drew B (with his parents and grandmother in tow) in his 1977 Saab 96 Souvenir Edition. Oh, and your truly in you-know-what.
Following is a bunch of photos from the day, snapped from all three cameras. Click on any of them to enlarge.
We took off around 11am and headed south, down to the region known around here as ‘the Channel’. Drew led the way in the fully loaded V4 (fully loaded with people, that is), that way we were assured of hanging together.
There’s not many pics of the drive as the drive itself was too enjoyable to be fussed with cameras. After an hour or so we stopped at a pub in a town called Cygnet for lunch (porterhouse steak for me), And after that started to wander home.
Bill and I exchanged keys after lunch. I drove a leg of the trip home in the 900 and he took the Viggen for a spin. It was really good to get back in a 900 again. I used to own one, but it was an auto and never delivered many thrills. This was actually the first manual 900 Turbo I’ve driven in quite a few years. It was great fun, but soooooo different to the Viggen.
I mean no detriment towards the 900 at all when I say this, but I’d become complacent about a few things with the Viggen – until I got out of it and drove another car. The 900 seats are incredibly comfortable and Bill’s car is one of the most solid-feeling Saabs I’ve driven. There was one tiny dash rattle, from a speaker, but other than that the car is totally tight and feels great.
Back in the Viggen though, I was able to appreciate the progression from the 900 to the next generation. The seating position, the armrests on the doors that sit where your arms actually are, the shorter shifter and the brakes – oh, those big brakes that I’d just thought were normal.
Drew’s 96 was fully loaded with all the family, but just kept on going and going. He mentioned that it didn’t feel much different fully loaded than what it does with just him driving.
I certainly looked great on the road and attracted a number of admiring/puzzled glances as we drove along. It didn’t miss a beat all day.
Photos ahead. Enjoy.
Drew mentioned that I might photoshop some more hair into this one. I didn’t, but you can feel free to import some famous hairstyles and then email them to me. I’ll forward them on and maybe we can even do a Drew gallery!
This is the man himself and his 1977 Saab 96 Souvenir Edition. It was one of the last 150 produced for the UK market.
The family in the 96. Love those driving lights. Original accessories and quite hard to get in good condition, if at all.
Bill hanging out with his 900.
It’s a 1993 model and turbo’s are actually rather uncommon in that vintage. most of the 1993 models here in Australia were the 900i model with the 2.1 litre non-turbo engine.