The 2017 Automotive Bucket List (Part 2)

After publishing what has turned out to be Part 1 of the 2017 Automotive Bucket List, last week, a few people pointed me towards cars that made me extend my thinking a little. The first two are both cars that I’ve thought about in the past and by rights, they should form part of my thinking today, too. To recap last week’s potential purchases: Mini Cooper S JCW Jaguar XKR Maserati GranTourismo Porsche 911 (996) Alfa Romeo 156 GTA Morgan 3-Wheeler The Mini and the 911 are the clubhouse leaders as we turn for the back nine (of which there […]

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The 2017 Automotive Bucket List

Life has been a little bit unconventional since I last published an automotive bucket list back in 2014: I’ve taken a new job, which I absolutely love, but it’s a job that came with a 30% pay cut compared to my old job. I’ve moved half way around the world. I’ve formally separated from my wife and the relative financial security that that relationship allowed. I’ve bought an apartment here in Angelholm, which means I’m not only tied to a mortgage again, but I’m down to one parking space, too. Given those changed circumstances, one can hopefully understand why automotive […]

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Please Support Jim’s Ride for a Cancer Cure

It’s that time of year when I ask you – once again – to support the endeavours of our mutual friend Jim Coggeshall as he participates in the Pan Mass Challenge to raise money for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. This is Jim’s seventh tour in the Pan Mass challenge and my guess is that we’ve been supporting him for at least 6, or maybe all 7 of those rides. Jim is a cycling fanatic, an owner of 4 fine Saabs (and a very nice MG), a connoisseur of fine music and just a general all-round great guy. I first […]

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Saab Festival 2017

Everyone’s Saab Festival is different. Some people go for the cars. Some people go to dream. Some people go for their once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to Trollhattan. Some people go just to catch up with their mates. I last went to the Saab Festival in 2015 and I don’t think I wrote anything here about it. I was winding down from my previous job and about to start a new job at Koenigsegg and I just wanted to be there and enjoy the moment. It was great. At previous Saab Festivals, I’ve worked feverishly to get all the news and pictures from […]

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The Classic Car Market is Now Officially a Game for Mugs

I only started writing out my automotive bucket list 5 or so years ago. I’d owned a lot of Saabs in the years that I was writing about them and my attention started to wander. I bought my first Alfa 33. I bought an MX-5. I bought a few more Saabs and then, when the Muller-era at Saab came to an end, I turned my attention to all-things-but-Saab. I’ve been watching classic car prices ever since and for the most part, I didn’t see prices as being overly intimidating. I remember some time around 2012, I could have bought a […]

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Peak Porsche?

I read a story on Petrolicious a few weeks ago that piqued my interest. It asked whether we’ve reached ‘Peak Porsche’ yet – a question to which there is no certain answer but one would have to hope that the silliness will end some time soon. There is absolutely no doubt that the Porsche 911 is a rare and truly worthy recipient of the over-used ‘icon’ label. It has endured. No matter which model you talk about over the car’s 50+ year history, the 911 has always been elegant, reliable and in the top quartile of the performance scale for […]

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Classics By The Track – Suzuka Circuit

Sooooooo…… One of the great parts about my new job is that I get to attend amazing events sometimes. The first job I did with Koenigsegg was actually a few weeks before I formally started working for them. It was mid-May when I hopped on a plane bound for Japan, to attend the Sounds of Engines event at Japan’s most celebrated racetrack – Suzuka Circuit. There were a lot of cars on the circuit that weekend, typically they were cars that had some sort of connection to the circuit, such as a race win. There were some winning Formula 1 […]

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My New Job

I’ve mentioned the fact the I’ve got a new job a few times on this site. Well, it’s time to spill the beans…… When I was a kid, around 10 years old, I sat an entrance exam for a fancy private school. Well, I say ‘fancy’, it was fancy for a family of our humble means but it was really just a mid-tier private school. Anyway, I went along to this entrance exam and as adults are prone to doing with young children, they asked me what I want to be when I grow up. As children are prone to […]

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Vale Erik Carlsson

Ironic that this should happen just a few hours after NEVS’s positive news……. but it’s turned into a sad day for Trollhattan and Saab fans in general. It’s with great sadness that I report today on the passing of a Saab legend, perhaps the biggest Saab legend of all – Mr Erik Carlsson. Erik passed away in his adopted England today after a short illness. He was surrounded by family. “Mr Saab” was born in Trollhattan, Sweden, in March 1929 and the story of his life is inextricably bound to the city and the car company that was based there. […]

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NEVS Take On Two NEW Chinese Owners/Partners

Here’s the press release, and there’s a little more to read below it. Nevs grows with two Chinese strategic part owners Together with two new Chinese part owners Nevs will establish its second global factory with focus on electric vehicles and a second global research and development center in the city of Tianjin, neighboring Beijing City and Hebei Province, three highly-integrated economic regions with a population over 100 million. With the new part owners, Tianjin city’s Tianjin Binhai Hi-tech industrial Development Area (THT), and the Beijing State Research Information Technology Co., Ltd. (SRIT), Nevs has got two new strategic partners. […]

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