Porsche Winning LeMans Media

As I sit here writing this, we’re around three hours from the end of Le Mans. Porsche is leading with the #2 Audi catching them at a pace fast enough to take the lead. Can Porsche hold on and claim a Le Mans victory in it’s first tilt in 14 years? It’ll be an outstanding achievement if they can. But I wanted to share a little of Porsche’s media output during the race. I recently gained access to Porsche’s press area and having spent a little time in this sphere myself, I have to say I’m super-impressed with the timeliness […]

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Formula E Demo In Las Vegas (Baby!) on Monday

[hr] [dropcap]C[/dropcap]ould Formula E be the turning point for interest in electric vehicles amongst car guys? The FIA-sanctioned racing formula will race for points for the first time in September, but this coming Monday, January 6, will see the first public demonstration of the vehicles in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fully-electric race car completed its successful test debut earlier this year and will now be showcased to invited guests, media and the public during a special event at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino – driven by former F1 driver Lucas di Grassi. Formula E, as the name suggests, is […]

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Regularity 2013: Baskerville

Last weekend I had a conundrum on my hands – do I take the Alfa GTV6 I’m trying to sell out to a track meeting and risk something bad happening to it? Or stay home and do…. whatever. I ummed and ahhed about it for a few hours, worried about the possible consequences as well as the cost of buying a helmet – and of course, I did it. I had an incentive, I have to admit. I managed to talk our youngest, Geoffrey, into coming along in his zippy little small-port Toyota Corolla. Of course, I couldn’t let the […]

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Targa Tasmania Gallery and Awards

I love Targa Tasmania. I love the celebration of driving and cars and petrol and all that caveman stuff. This year’s fleet was on show in Launceston last night and as I’m currently working in the north of the state, I thought it wise to pop in and have a look. This year is unofficially dubbed (by me) as the Year of Renault. There are always plenty of Porsches at Targa and a good smattering of your modern Japanese REXEVOs but it’s rare to pick up a third dominant thread of cars. That changed this year with Renaults making a […]

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Grense Rally in Trollhattan

Not so much a Saab event, but a Trollhattan event….. Last night I popped up to the Saab Museum, which was the start and finish point for the Grense Rallyt, a smaller regularity rally. There were only 18 vehicles in the field, but it was nice to see them come back to the museum and cross the finish line. I thought I’d share some of the photos from the event with you here. I have to confess that I don’t know much about this event and where it fits into any larger schedule of historic rallies here in Sweden. It […]

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Saab Monte Carlo takes record at Bonneville Speed Week

This is pretty exciting stuff for a Saab nut. I’m always keen to see how people run their older Saabs and it always puts a smile on my face when I see something like this. My first correspondence with Bertil Sollenskog was last year (2010), when he had a failed first attempt at Bonneville. He had some mechanical issues last year that couldn’t be sorted out at the flats themselves, so he brought the car home to fight another day. He wasn’t discouraged, however. Having been told that it usually takes at least two failed attempts before people can get […]

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2011 Midnight Sun Rally – Full tilt boogie

A few days ago, I brought you some video footage from the regularity class at the Midnight Sun Rally. That’s where most of the Saabs were featured. Following is a video from the historic class, the flat-out version of the rally that doesn’t feature quite so many Saabs, but does feature a lot of action. Enjoy your viewing. —— My apologies to a few of the Saab drivers that I missed. My camera was running so low on battery power towards the end that I was turning it off between cars. Sometimes it didn’t start up again quickly enough. There […]

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2011 Midnight Sun Rally – Regularity Class

The 2011 Midnight Sun Rally ended just over a week ago and there were a lot of Saabs entered in the event. If you haven’t seen the Midnight Sun Rally photo album yet, then make sure you click on that link and check it out. Most of the Saabs at the event competed in the Regularity Class. This is not full-tilt rally driving as you might know it. Regularity, as the name suggests, is all about driving to a regular schedule and being consistent in that. In the case of the Midnight Sun Rally, this meant driving to achieve an […]

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Saabs at the 2011 Midnight Sun Rally

I’ve got a swag of photos from the Midnight Sun Rally, held around Västerås last weekend. I don’t have any of the cars on the dirt, though. I only shot video there, which I’ll post very soon. These stills were taken at Rally HQ in Västerås, where the cars would assemble at the end of each day. I’m not sure if I got everyone, but I got a lot of them! Here’s a selective collection of larger images, with a more complete gallery below. Click to enlarge. —— This blue 99Turbo is the latest car built by the Saabs United […]

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Saab 900 – Climb to the clouds

A few days ago, I posted an article here on Inside Saab, written by a friend of mine in Boston named Pierre Belperron (a guy I’ve previously referred to as “the second-hardest working man in all Saabdom” due to his diligent work as Service Manager at Charles River Saab). The article was called Bare Naked Saabing (highly recommended reading) and the subject of the article was a hillclimb project car built by two of Pierre’s sons, Pascal and Marcel. The car, a Saab 900, was finally used for it’s new purpose on the weekend in a hillclimb event called Climb […]

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