Saab Pride – Lithuanian Style!!

I’m going to have to do another list soon that covers all the POO competition entries received so far. The list of locations is just amazing, and you can now add Lithuania to that list!

Entries for the Saab Pride of Ownership competition close December 31st. The conditions and rather brilliant prizes are at that link, and the competition comes you via the support provided by my mates at Elkparts.

Today’s entry is from Vaidas in Lithuania. As always, click the images to enlarge.

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The Landmark

The landmark seen in the photo is “The Palace of Concerts and Sports” in Vilnius, Lithuania. The building has been built 36 years ago, back when Lithuania was still a part of the USSR. Like many such projects, it had several nearly identical copies built in other cities throughout USSR.

Saab Lithuania

The massive building has been abandoned for the past few years as it couldn’t compete with modern newly-built arenas of similar purposes. The plans for the site include massive projects for complete redevelopment, however, it is rather likely the building will be renovated and preserved as an example of the architecture of that era.

Saab Lithuania

The Car(s)

The car in the main photo is a 2007 9-5 Linear, while the other photos also include a red 2003 9-3 Aero and a blue 2000 9-3 SE. At the time of this photo-session they all belonged to our family, however, the blue 9-3 has been sold as both me and my brother have gone to study in the universities in UK, leaving the 9-5 as my dad’s car and the red 9-3 belonging to my mother. It is quite obvious that ever since the purchase of the blue 9-3, our family has been quite satisfied with Saabs and got quite attached to each model. Saying good-bye to the blue one was an emotional experience πŸ™‚

Saab Lithuania

Coincidentally, every time our family got a new Saab, we made a long European road-trip in the summer. The first 9-3 had it’s performance tested in the motorways of Italy and German Autobahns, the red Aero was driven across Denmark, Sweden and Norway all the way to the North sea and the 9-5 had a chance to try out the winding roads of Slovakian Tatra mountains (attaching a photo taken out there too). Every trip was a joy and I’m pretty sure my dad will go for a Saab next time again πŸ™‚

Cheers

Vaidas

Saab Lithuania

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That 2007 Saab 9-5 design looks very, very good in these shots.

I like it more each time I see it now. Especially in black.

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8 Comments

  1. Glad to hear such positive comments πŸ™‚
    To tell the truth, I was a bit worried the entry got lost somewhere in Swade’s inbox, then again, with such a number of POO entries from around the world the queue must be quite long πŸ™‚
    BTW, the Aero has also been featured as a SOTW back in May 2006 πŸ™‚

  2. Being American I really didn’t know much about Lithuania until recently. This despite the fact that I’m part Lithuanian. My paternal great-grandfather was Lithuanian.

    I was watching the television show The Amazing Race and they went to Vilnius. It’s absolutely beautiful. I even saw an NG900 on a Lithuanian road in one of the shots!

    I would like to go to Lithuania on vacation someday, maybe as a part of a big trip when I win the lotto.

    Oh yeah, great photos too, Vaidas! The lighting with the clouds in the sky and all looks great.

  3. Vaidas! What an amazing photography acumen you possess! With proper adjustment, I could envision that first shot (landmark) gracing the cover of Saab first-party marketing materials NO PROBLEM. In fact, I myself am a photo editor and have adjusted a copy to really pop… shoot me an email if you’re interested and I’ll send it along πŸ™‚

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