Events: 2011 Midnight Sun Rally (Midnattssolsrallyt)

Saab will be present at the 2011 Midnight Sun Rally, to be held in the Västerås municipality, around 50km northwest of Stockholm. The rally runs from July 13 to 16.

The Midnattssolsrallyt is organised by KAK, the Swedish Automobile Club and is the prime event on the historic rallying calendar in Sweden, a racing segment with a huge following here and elsewhere in Europe.

The Midnight Sun Rally will feature a lot of Saabs this year, and Saab have been prominent in the race’s history, too. The race was first run in 1950 and Saab’s first victory was nine years later, with Erik Carlsson at the wheel of a Saab 93. It ran until 1964, when it changed name to The Swedish Rally and became part of the World Rally Championship. Again, Saabs were prominent in the post 1964-era up until 1980 with Ake Akersson, Per Eklund and Stig Blomqvist having plenty of success.

In 2006, the Midattssolsrallyt name came alive once again, but as an historic rally. This year, only vehicles made before 1982 are permitted entry into the rally.

I’ll be at this year’s rally and will bring you all the Saaby action as quickly and as often as I can. It should be an absolute blast!

Here are a few photos from last year’s rally, which had an overnight stop in Trollhattan during the 2010 Saab Festival. The Saab 99Turbos seen in these pictures belong to the Saabs United Historic Rally Team. Click to enlarge.

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This has been added to the Events page. There’s a lot going on and Inside Saab will be there to see it all. And there are even more events still to be added.

If you’re going to be at one of them, make sure you come up and say hello.

And if you’ve got an event happening that I might be able to attend for Inside Saab, please do let me know. There are no guarantees, but hopefully I can get there, share some Saaby good times and tell some Saaby good stories here on the website as well.

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7 Comments

  1. I hate living so far away and can’t attend these types of events.  One day, I’ll be able to travel to Sweden and see the cuontry and see some of the many car events that are held.  I’ve travelled a lot in my day but unfortunately, never to Sweden.  The closest I’ve come is Norway which is a very beautiful country.  Perhaps I can time my visit to also pick up a new Saab, eh?

    1. CF, the time you want to plan for is the next time a Saab Festival is on.  It’s usually mid-year and not too far away from the Midnight Sun Rally.  It’s the absolute perfect time for a Saab visit.  And if they/we do manage to get Euro Delivery off the ground again then yeah, you’d be able to pick up a new car, too (assuming you’re a US resident).

  2. Terrific photos, as always, Swade.  Which reminds me of a question I’m always meaning to ask: does Saab have any plans, once finances return to normal and it’s business as usual, to sponsor any official modern rally teams, or other autosport teams?  Thanks.

    1. Never say never, but I think we’re a long, long way from that at the moment.  On the plus side, one of our potential investors in Vladimir Antonov does own the WRC now (can’t remember the name of what he bought off the top of my head, but I believe he’s now the WRC equivalent to Bernie Ecclestone in Formula 1, though much less visible).  Saab has a great heritage in the sport and it would be a natural fit, but it’s a very expensive venture and we don’t have the resources for that at the moment.

  3. I hope Saab leta you have a 9-5 sc whit you to västerås, and park it at a nice visible place,
    nice free advertising. 🙂

  4. Midnattssolsrallyt is a very nice event, I watched when the cars arrived at the Saab Car Museum last year. This year I would like to visit a rally stage, do you know any good location you can especially recommend Swade?

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