Winds of Change.

I had a small reminder today. A reminder that things are changing, moving on. I’m only 45 years old but the signs seem to come with increasing frequency now. The first time I ever felt slightly ‘aged’ was near the end of 2007. The one constant through my conscious lifetime has been Australian Rules Football. The end of 2007 saw the retirement of James Hird, Nathan Buckley and Kevin Sheedy from their respective roles in Australian football. Sheedy had been the coach of one of Melbourne’s powerhouse teams for 27 years – since I was 10 years old. He was […]

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The Saab Car Museum Support Organisation

I’m grateful to Alex at Saabtala for posting about the Saab Car Museum Support Organisation last week. I didn’t even know this group existed prior to that post and for those of you who missed it, I figured it might be worth writing about it here. I’ve just sent through my support donation and I think it’d be worthwhile if you consider doing the same. The Saab Museum is the spiritual home of Saab Automobile. Peter Backstrom, Ola and their crew of contributors and volunteers do a sensational job of keeping Saab’s legacy alive. The Museum is visited by thousands […]

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Why Cars?

A little bit of personal philosophy to start the week….. I’ve been in a position recently to think about why some of us obsess about cars so much. I remember a time back in 2011, a year or so after the sale of Saab to Spyker was completed, but when Saab were beginning to show the first signs of trouble. I was still writing Saabs United at the time and there was much debate going on about how things were going under Victor Muller’s leadership. I was a stout defender of Victor but there were a number of people who […]

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Press: NEVS Has Exited Reorganisation

The press release…… Nevs has exited the reorganization The District Court of Vänersborg has today, April 15, 2015 decided that the reorganization of Nevs shall cease as the purpose of the reorganization is fulfilled. The reorganization of Nevs was initiated August 29, 2014 for a period of three months. The reorganization was prolonged for a period of three months at two occasions, December 11, 2014 and March 11, 2015. On March 23, 2015 the District Court of Vänersborg approved the composition proposal by Nevs after a vote where 98,2 percent of the creditors representing 98,6 percent of the amount of […]

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Apr 14 – NEVS Should Exit Reorg Today

UPDATE: According to Tom at Saabtala, the exit from reorganisation is likely to be tomorrow. That’s contrary to the story at TTELA but Tom’s been on the phone to the court so the information should be reliable. Whether it’s today or tomorrow is neither here nor there, by dinner time on the 15th NEVS should be free to make a deal. —— Just a reminder….. Today should be a significant day for NEVS and the potential for any future cars with a Saab name attached to them. According to their own press materials late last month, and a story on […]

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Classics By The Beach – April 2015

Rain was the forecast but this morning saw beautiful conditions at Sandy Bay and the cars were shining at Classics By The Beach for April 2015. Today was also Easter Sunday, so this ornament on an Alvis seemed quite appropriate. We have a couple of ‘new’ cars this month and plenty of favourites that we’ve seen before. Let’s take a look….. Mini 2+2, engineered by Broadspeed This was the car of the day, for me. I’d never even heard of a Broadspeed Mini before, let alone seen one. I’m glad I’ve seen one now. Magnificent! The Broadspeed 2+2 was a […]

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The Three Best Cars I’ve Ever Owned

This is the final chapter of a self-indulgent trilogy I started a few weeks ago. First, I recorded every car I’ve ever owned. Then I listed the three worst cars I’ve ever owned. Now, it’s time to name the three best cars I’ve ever owned (which is much easier than nominating the three worst, believe me). So…. in no particular order: Porsche 968 ClubSport My time with the 968 was frustrated by driveway hassles. The car was simply too low to get in and out of our driveway without a set of heavy wooden ramps that I built to aid […]

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Exclusive: Saab Assets Purchased by Apple Computer

Finally! After months of negotiations and more suspense than a Steig Larsson sequel, the story can finally be broken – Apple will seek to break into the car market using bargain basement technology on offer under duress in Trollhattan, Sweden. Apple is going to buy what used to be Saab Automobile from National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) in a deal that is set to shock both the electronics and vehicle industries. Speaking exclusively, Apple CEO, Tim Kook said the following today: There’s been a lot of speculation about Apple moving into this area and we can finally confirm that it’s […]

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NEVS Secures Debt Reduction, Clears Path For Reorg Exit

It’s probably been seen by most of you by now, but for the sake of completeness…… —— Nevs’ composition proposal approved by Court The District Court of Vänersborg today approved the composition proposal earlier presented by Nevs, as the stipulated number of creditor’s votes needed for the court to decide in favor of the composition proposal was achieved. The number of present creditors entitled to vote, and those who on beforehand had approved the proposal and signed a proxy for the Administrator to vote for them, amounted to 98,2 percent of the creditors and 98,6 percent of the amount of […]

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The Three Worst Cars I’ve Ever Owned

Last week I published a list of every car I’ve ever owned. This week, I give some time to which were the best, and which would have been better off as boat anchors 🙂 Let’s start with the boat anchors first, shall we? I’ll get to the three best later in the week. The 3 Worst Cars I’ve Ever Owned I’m a little torn as I put this list together. I’ve had great times in every car I’ve owned, even if some of them were a little….. junky. And then there are the questions about process…. What if there’s a […]

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