A Viggen update:
Local bodywork experts Bocchinos came and had a look at the car today. It seems things are worse than anyone thought. Getting insurance coverage may be more crucial than ever right now, as it appears there’s some creases that are fixable, but are going to take a lot of work. Even if I get coverage, Bocchinos are booked out for the next 2.5 months, so I’m going to be off the road for a little while either way.
How bad is it? They advised Steve (my mechanic) to leave the rear axle attached at this point as it’s acting sort of like a splint and they reckon the back end could well kick (further) out of alignment if it’s removed. Ouch!
Long-time lurkers at this site know that the Viggen had been crashed and repaired before I bought it. In addition to the work that needs to be done from this incident, we’ve also discovered some shortcuts the previous repairer took. They didn’t alter the character or driveability of the car, but stripped of the front bumper, they’re obvious nonetheless.
I think this’ll be an interesting journey to take on the blog and I hope things work out favourably.
One of the things I haven’t mentioned yet about my experience crashing the Viggen on the weekend, is the fact that in the 5 seconds or so it for me to go from one side of the track to being embedded in a tyre wall, I had time to register a lot of thoughts. As I think back on it, it seems like a lifetime.
Two things specifically come to mind. One was the overwhelming feeling that everything was going to be OK. That did and didn’t work out. The other was feeling very tightly tucked into my seat. We took a pretty big impact on that embankment and I haven’t felt a physical conseqence of that at all, yet. I spoke with Phil, the instructor who was in the car with me earlier today and he is the same.
Saab safety’s a beautiful thing.
Paul H in Sydney hooked me up with a forum where a friend of his shows his 9000 Aero, which like a few before it, gave up itself to preserve him. This car rolled six times down an embankment and he was able to walk away.
Needless to say he’s looking for another one.
Kroum has also hooked me up with a link to a site from Bulgaria with some pics of the Haldex XWD system. They look like cutaways that show the internals of the system and you techie engineer types will love it, I’m sure.
The Saab Festival website has a retrospective image gallery – 150 images from the 2007 festival. I’m going for a look now. Thanks to Robin M for the link.