I only had one must-do task today (cleaning up the dog poop in the back yard) so when I saw that there was still snow on the mountain this morning, I figured it was time to go get a shot of the Viggen in something close to its natural winter habitat.
A wash came first, just a quick one. I couldn’t let Drew see a photo of it with his beautifully painted wheels still covered in brake dust. It wasn’t just the photo opportunity, it was also a chance to take it up a winding mountain road and get a fuller appreciation of the steering rack clamp and brace I just got fitted.
And so off I went. My football team was playing today and the game was broadcast on the radio. We weren’t only playing, we were whipping the opposition – and all four members of the rest of the family support the team we were playing, so there was a lot at stake. I was driving, my footy team was winning, does life getting any better?
Apparently it doesn’t, as it all went downhill from there.
My mountain road drive was held up by a bunch of tourists sitting on around 40 km/h, but that didn’t really matter in the end as they closed the pinnacle road due to ice. It was a beautiful day for photos too. The dusting of snow was sitting on the top 100 meters or so and it was clear blue skies all around.
I should mention that by this time my football team had conceded it’s four goal lead and was now trailing by a few goals, so that was going bad as well.
I did manage to snap off this shot on the way back down the mountain. The snow sitting atop the mountain in the background just teasing me. Click to enlarge.
Look closely and you’ll see the work that needs to be done on the front spoiler. It’s been almost a full year since some paint was taken off the front of it. I did it at Baskerville Raceway last year and am returning back to Baskerville next week for another dose. I can’t wait!
The drive home also yielded this Ovlov C30 sighting in West Hobart. Is is a funky-ish looking car in profile, though this isn’t a particularly flattering angle. Given that this will most likely be a major competitor for the coming Saab 9-1 compact car, it’ll be rather imperative that Saab get it right. One thing that’ll be part of that is making the car as practical as what Saabs of old were. This C30 doesn’t look like it does that well in that regard. The lady driving this one had two small dogs in the back – and I mean small – and they looked cramped in there. This one appeals to me on an aesthetic level, but I question the practicality. Hopefully I’ll get to drive one some time soon.
As my football team was getting the last drops of dignity drained from it, one of our local Saab owners dropped by for a chat. John recently purchased a new MY2006 Saab 9-3 V6 Aero as part of the 60th Anniversary promotions here in Australia. It’s black, beautiful and produces many smiles when he talks about it.
Just the way it should be, and a nice way to finish what was otherwise a lesser day.