The Saab world respects no holidays or world trips and just keeps on spinning….
Andy Rupert, of “Saab Release Me” fame, is at it again. This time he’s amping up Eggs’ parody of my Hummer experience (read that first if you haven’t already).
Andy’s addition to the ongoing ‘story’ is a song recorded to the tune of “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah”. Jump over to his site for the mp3 and the lyrics. Again, very funny stuff.
Thanks to everyone who emailed me about the Boston Globe piece. Please don’t think i’m rude for not replying but it’s been busy here.
Yes, this site got a mention (which was nice) but more importantly, we got hear something from Steve Shannon. He was in New England meeting dealers and addressing the motoring press there.
“Our research shows that the Saab buyer, globally as well as in the United States, is remarkably similar demographically,” Shannon said. “He or she is the youngest buyer in the entry-level luxury segment, the best educated, and passionate about the brand.”
This summer, Shannon will have a chance to see what’s out there for classic Saabs when the company hosts the 25th annual Saab Owners Convention in Troy, Mich., from Aug. 23-26.
“I’ll be able to mingle with the most passionate owners in the country,” he said.
Yes, we are very passionate about the brand. It’s true.
And whilst the SOC will be a great opportunity to meet the Saab faithful, can I respectfully suggest that other than some unknown crisis that threatens the brands exisence in the US this week, there’s little more that I can imagine that would be more important for a new Saab head honcho from its biggest market than a visit to Sweden this weekend for the Saab Festival.
I’m sure Steve may have visited Sweden during his time in Europe, but having come here and seen just a little of the country, the people and why Saab is important here has made me appreciate and understand the marque a little more. I think that’d be a valuable way to spend a couple of days.
I hope he’s coming.
Steve has also recently published an article on the GM FYI blog about the Saab Convertible’s recent crash test achievements. There’s no new news here from a TS perspective, but it’s good to see things from him popping up.
Prince Charles has been driving a BioPower Convertible in the UK.
There’s no quotes from future-king, but I’m sure he would have said something about Mummy liking it. Hopefully he’ll pull some strings and get some more E85 availability and those all-important London congestion charge concessions soon.
Per Eklund reached another A-Final last weekend in Hungary. It seems he employed the Steven Bradbury technique to perfection once again (Aussies and others interested in the winter Olympics will understand this reference).
Mike Jager has all the news.
I’m off to the Saab Museum and the ANA Saab dealership today.
Tonight, dinner with a couple of local Saab nuts.
And local newspaper TTELA has called up and want to have a chat, which we’re doing on Thursday. Any suggestion as to things I can say are welcome in comments.