Next weekend will see the thirteenth – and final – Swedish Car Day run by my mate Pierre Belperron on behalf of the Village Auto Group and what used to be Charles River Saab.
Pierre was kind enough to invite me to the 2010 Swedish Car Day and I can testify to it being an absolutely outstanding event. There are always plenty of fantastic Saabs on hand and quite a few Volvos as well (if you’re into that sort of thing ).
The 2012 Swedish Car Day will be held at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, Mass. As you can see from the photo, the Larz Anderson is an amazing venue and a fitting place for such a distinctive gathering of vehicles.
As well as its regular exhibits, the Museum is currently holding an exhibition of British vehicles to celebrate the appreciation American soldiers developed for them when stationed across the pond during World War II. So if you’re into that sort of thing, you’ll get double the pleasure from your visit.
Pierre has been the driving force behind Swedish Car Day since its inception. He’s running this year’s event, too, even though he’s now changed employers and is working for a Suuby dealership in New Hampshire. That’s how much this day means to him. Of course, the hosts for the event are still the Village Auto Group, which in part comprises Charles River Saab, Volvo Village of Norwell and Boston Volvo Village.
With Pierre now working elsewhere, it’s unknown – some might even say doubtful – that there will be a Swedish Car Day XIV. This could be your last chance to attend this event, as well as being your last chance to support Pierre and the incredible service he’s given Saab owners in the north east over an extended period of time.
The SCD I attended back in 2010 was a magic day with over 200 vehicles in attendance, the most wonderful people and hospitality and absolutely perfect weather. I can’t promise the last one, but I know the cars and the people attending will be first class.
I really hope that all Saab owners in the north-east have got Swedish Car Day 2012 in your diary. My only regret is that I can’t be there myself to share in the fun, and see off Pierre’s tenure in style.
Swedish Car Day 2012 is on next Sunday, August 26.
Here’s a fun little preview video from the 2011 event. I’m pretty sure I spotted Jim Coggs’ Saab Sonett III in there!