Saabosphere – links we enjoyed this week

Let’s be honest. It’s a tough week to be writing about enjoyable links. But there are some good stories out there, so let’s take a look at them before I head off to the airport to return back to Saab HQ in Trollhattan.

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Mille Miglia is on right now and there are three Saab 93A’s entered in the event. You can view photos and commentary about the restoration of one of those cars right here at Inside Saab.

We’ll have a full review of the event when it’s over and done, but if you want some real-time updates on what’s happening there, the best place to go is SofieFromSaab’s Twitter page.

Sofie works for Saab in Belgium and she’s there covering the Mille car that’s been prepared and entered in the event by Behermans, the Belgian Saab importer.

From Sofie’s account, here’s Saab’s Technical Director, Mats Fagerhag, taking the Saab 93A prepared by the Saab Museum in Trollhattan (see link above) back to the Mille Miglia museum as part of the event.

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Saab appointed a new President and COO for Saab Cars North America, a guy formerly from Subaru, named Tim Colbeck.

Tim’s first day on the job took him to the Saab 9-4x press drive in Washington DC and while he was there, Autoblog conducted a brief interview with him for an article that now appears on their website.

It makes for some good, insightful reading and I’m very encouraged by Mr Colbeck’s background and knowledge not only of Saab, but of Saab’s market as well.

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A few articles from today’s issue of Saabs United:

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I look forward to getting back Trollywood. See you all there soon.

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  1. Eric Idle wrote a great song for Monty Python’s movie “The Life of Brian.” The song, which was also used in the hit Broadway musical “Spamalot” is called “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.” It’s a happy tune with lyrics that, with any luck, will make Saab loyalists observing the events unfolding in Trollywood smile: “Some things in life are bad/They can really make you mad./Other things just make you swear and curse./When you’re chewing on life’s gristle,/Don’t grumble, give a whistle,/And this’ll help things turn out for the best.”

    1. Let’s hope the Saab story does not continue like the third chorus of the mentioned song:

      Always look on the bright side of death
      Just before you draw your terminal breath…

      1. In “The Life of Brian,” the song definitely concludes on a sobering note. In the Broadway production, however, the jaunty tune wrapped up the show and was sung with bright, chipper lyrics. The night I saw “Spamalot,” it seemed like every person walking down the sidewalk after the show was singing and whistling “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.” Not one of them, including me, remembered the full song, yet the cheery, happy, optimistic refrain made even NY theatre goers, a generally jaded crowd, feel wonderful.   

  2.  @Swade said “…before I head off to the airport to return back to Saab HQ in Trollhattan.” With all this intercontinental jet-setting, it’s not a car you need mate, it’s a plane. Saab do some pretty sweet ones – how about a 340 with internet connection? p.s. that car that the Saab Museum rebuilt for the MM looks absolutely fantastic. Love the interior!

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