If you’ve read the book “The Spirit of Saab” then you’ve probably read a few of the funny stories about things that happened here in Trollhattan over the years. Those stories are often accompanied by innovative solutions that the Swedes concocted to work around some funny situations they found themselves in.
Yesterday, around a table in the lunchroom here at Saab, one of my colleagues – who shall remain nameless – shared a funny story of his own from his early days working here. No innovative solution here, just a decent laugh that I’m sure he won’t mind me sharing here.
This fellow had just got his first drive in a company vehicle and decided that the car needed a wash. It was a Saab 900, though I’m unsure of the exact year model. Anyway, Mr Newbie brings the car along to an automated car wash (automatic car wash stories never turn out well, do they?). He enters the washing tunnel and the machine proceeded to do its thing with the big brushes whirling around the car at high speed.
Whilst the big brushes did their thing, Mr Newbie decided to listen to the radio. Of course, Saab 900s of that era had an automatic antenna that would be raised by an electric motor whenever the radio was switched on.
I think you can imagine the rest.
Some horrible noises were heard as the brushes dislocated the antenna and then tried to relocate it several times in various places around the car’s bodywork, leaving a number of scratches as a reminder. To add insult to injury, a reasonable quantity of water proceeded to make its way into the hole when the antenna had previously been located.
The conversation didn’t get as far as covering whether he invented a suitably creative explanation. We were too busy laughing 🙂
So….. what about you? Any silly or embarrassing stories to tell about (mis)adventures you’ve had in your Saabs?
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