Saab Pride – Seattle Style

It’s my great pleasure to present yet another entry in the Saab Pride of Ownership competition, where are entrants can win fame, fortune, and five books (amongst other things!).

Today’s entry comes from the only city in the US that I’ve ever visited. Once home to Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain and still home to Bill Gates , Pearl Jam, the Sonics (for a few more years at least) and the two chicks from Heart, one of whom was a real hottie back in the 80s.

This is Mychal’s Saab 9-3 Viggen (woohaa!) and his story is below. As always, click the photos to enlarge.


The night shots are in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, Washington where the car lives. The cross walk is great as it is the only old school one where it still has the hanging lamp over the walk way. It was about 10pm and I just pulled the car in to the middle of the road and started shooting. There were some people walking by who gave me some strange looks and one car drove by and was clearly a little upset at me for taking my half of the road out of the middle.

This is the Sweden of the northwest. There are three hardtop Viggens here (one of them is another blue one) and at least two ‘verts. We even have three Swedish grocery stores where you can get fish in a toothpaste tube!

Seattle Viggen

Seattle Viggen

The day time forest shots are in Eastern Oregon near a small town named Ukiah. I had driven 90mph for 6 hours and my ass was still feeling great(wow those seats are comfortable) and had no problem driving my Swedish truck on the 4×4 roads in to camp where I was meeting my Grandpa and Great Uncle. It was my grandfathers first time seeing the new Saab and he being a tinkerer had to have be pop to hood so he could take a look around. He was really impressed with the steering rack clamp and brace. He helped me completely rebuild the exhaust on my old 79 EMS which gave me back some serious seat of the pants HP.

Seattle Viggen

Seattle Viggen

The Viggen is my my third Saab I started with a 1979 EMS which my brother thrashed otherwise I would still have it. I went from there to a 1989 9000 which was a great car. I was taking my grand parents out for dinner when we go smashed in the driver side passenger door and read panel by a 1969 FORD truck at about 30mph. Being a Saab everyone was fine and the car still drove no problem.


The successful running of this competition wouldn’t be possible without the support of Elkparts, who are – right this second – hand-crafting their own wooden models of UrSaab to distribute to good little Saabers on Christmas night. Make sure you leave John a biscuit and some milk šŸ™‚

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  1. the “cross walk” shot has attitude, which seems to be very much part of the viggen spirit. nice. great lighting on the night shots, too. thanks.

  2. badass. Ballard is def the swedish area around here. a friend and i drive through there just to see lotsa saabs :D.

    Ballard is Baller-d.

    What happened to the 5 spoke viggen rims?!

  3. I don’t know what happened to the rims. I got the car with these rims and they are terrible. i am getting replica rims in the spring and they are going to be my summer wheels and the chrome ones are going to be the winter wheels.

  4. yeah eggs thanks for the attempt but in you edit it makes the car look a little purple. With the yellow street lamp light it changes the hue just a little and I corrected it as much back to the right blue as I could and still maintain the right lighting for the rest of the shot.

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