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RallyHo Motorsports Compete in New England Forest Rally

Posted on 22. Jun, 2010 by .

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rallyhomotorsports RallyHo Motorsports Compete in New England Forest Rally

Photo Credit: Rally Ho! Motorsports

Rally Ho! Motorsports of Camden, Maine that I reported on back in 2006, are at it again, this time at the 2010 New England Forest Rally near Sunday River Ski Resort.

On July 16th & 17th, the team will be participating in not a Saab 99 as they previously used, but a 1984 Saab 900, fully outfitted to meet the needs of this international rally scene.

RallyHo Motorsports, have been in the Saab rally scene since the early 1990’s. RallyHo Motorsports consists of Mike White (Driver), John Groo (Driver), Jared Lantzy (Co-Driver) as well as Team Manager Suzanne Dunavent-White and Crew Chief Brett Rudolf.

With the experience, team size and expertise on hand, the RallyHo Motorsports team appears to have a bright future in the Rally Scene in New England. [...]

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Springtime in Sweden Event April 25th, 2009

Posted on 24. Apr, 2009 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab History

The Springtime in Sweden event, now in it’s sixth year will take place on Saturday, April 25th.

sis logo Springtime in Sweden Event April 25th, 2009The Sixth Annual Springtime in Sweden event is taking place on April 25th, 2009 in Amherst, New Hampshire.

For more information on this event and to participate and/or donate, please visit their website directly at http://www.crismanmemorial.org

   

Fifth Annual Springtime In Sweden Saab Gathering
In Memory of Kyle and Tim Crisman
Saturday, April 25th, 2009
10am to 3pm

About The Event
The event is in memory of Kyle (SPGUY) and Tim Crisman.
On the afternoon of November 3, 2002, Kyle and Tim were on their way home from a visit with their Grandmother, when they lost their lives in an automobile accident.

Kyle had a passion for Saabs and Tim was very close behind. They would spend countless hours out in the driveway working on them – Kyle on his prize 1988 SPG and Tim on his Dad’s 9000 Aero, which he hoped to someday own. One of Kyle and Tim’s dreams was to have a Saab gathering at our house. You see, we have just about three acres of field. “Perfect for a Saab gathering. Don’t you think?” That is what they would always say. So, we would like to fulfill one of their dreams. What better way to celebrate Kyle and Tim’s lives, than to have a Saab celebration in their yard.

sis1 Springtime in Sweden Event April 25th, 2009The other dream of Kyle’s was to own a 1988 SIS convertible. As you may know, SIS stands for “Springtime in Sweden”. Well, we now own an SIS thanks to so many wonderful people in the Saab world that Kyle used to chat with. The car is being restored as we speak and will someday soon be in our possession. This is all due to so many caring people that knew Kyle and Tim. So please come and join us for the very first and hopefully many more “Springtime in Sweden” Saab gatherings.

The Proceeds
All the proceeds will go to The Kyle and Tim Crisman Memorial Scholarship Fund. To date, the scholarship has awarded seven scholarships – four for the automotive/business and three in the culinary arts. Two additional scholarships will be awarded in May. There are numerous other awards that are given out during the year. Thanks to all those who have contributed.

Who Should Attend:
Saab owners/enthusiasts, car lovers of all kinds and those interested in donating to a worthy cause. Bring your own parts for swap or sale. Who knows what you might find!

Date:
Saturday April 25th, 2009

Time:
10am to 3pm

Donation:
It’s $15 to get in which includes passengers in the car

Information: http://www.crismanmemorial.org

Location: (Click here for directions)
2 Jennifer Lane
Amherst, NH

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Saab History Suggests That Saab Automobile USA Leave Detroit & Relocate Headquarters Back To New England

Posted on 27. Mar, 2009 by .

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saab departure Saab History Suggests That Saab Automobile USA Leave Detroit & Relocate Headquarters Back To New England

Photo Credit: Saab History

As Saab Automobile AB continues its reconstruction process and General Motors work out deals pertaining to their future, there are a lot of areas now that are being forgotten, namely the number one market in the world, the United States.

As others have also suggested, it seems clear that between now and December 31st, 2009, when General Motors ends its funding of Saab Automobile AB, it should be easily understood and obvious that Saab Automobile USA’s offices will no longer have any reason to be located within the Renaissance Center at GM headquarters in Detroit, Michigan.

I believe that Saab Automobile USA should not only leave the GM Renaissance Center, but Detroit, Michigan entirely. I am not the only one that thinks so, many now former Saab employees beginning in 2002, and again in 2005 chose not to move to Detroit.

As you know, the Northeast region of the United States is where Saab began its stateside operations in 1956. The Northeast region is also still Saab’s most significant share of the market. Over the past few years, the sales in this region have been reduced due to the lack of institutional knowledge being applied to the Saab brand in the areas of Products, Promotions, Placement and dealership development. Ralph Millet & Bob Sinclair’s team at SAAB Motors, Inc. & Saab-Scania of America, Inc. respectively, did an incredible job in these areas. During their long tenures the company’s headquarters was located in the Northeast region of the United States at both New Haven (10-years) as well as Orange, Connecticut (20-years). It was location that was certainly a factor at building a stronghold in this geographic region over 30 years, it was certainly not irrelevant. Another example besides Saab, would be L.L. Bean in Maine, as a current model of this kind of geographic influence on building a strong and loyal customer base over a period of time due to proxemics.

Let’s also not forget as Saab History has been recently brought up to speed on, it was General Motors that forcibly moved Saab Cars USA, Inc. in 1992 to Norcross, Georgia from It’s Orange, Connecticut campus. This decision to make this move was against not only the wishes of the Saab leadership and staff, but also against the advisement of a Boston based consultancy firm that did a 1-month review of the pros/cons of moving out of New England. Their findings, stay in New England, your number one market. It’s one thing to relocate headquarters from one place to another, but when you’ve built a loyal following and customer base over 30 years and leave, you are not just relocating, you are turning your back on your roots. It’s time to return home.

When Saab Automobile emerges from reconstruction, there will need to be a clear and concerted effort in re-establishing itself in in the United States beginning with the relocating of the Saab Automobile USA headquarters relocating back to where it began. I can envision a new low overhead headquarters in the greater Boston, Massachusetts region named “Saab Automobile of North America, Inc”, complete with the GM Heritage Center & Saab Media Archives stacks also relocated within, as the first step in the right direction.

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New England Saab Association – Logo Change

Posted on 29. Apr, 2008 by .

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The New England Saab Association, an all-inclusive Saab club in the New England region of the United States that I started back in 1997, are now in a period of growth. This growth period is due to new leadership and an evolving membership base that have not only supported their website re-launch last fall, but have also recently supporting the updating of their logo, shown above.

From meeting with Seth Hedstrom, the new president of the NESA at the recent “Springtime in Sweden” event this past Saturday I asked why the logo was decidedly changed as I read their first official well executed newsletter, and here is his response.

“The club needs to be reflecting fresh and new ideas, and this new logo is our second change including the website update that maintain these focuses”

These words were encouraging and indicative of a leadership at the NESA that is doing their best to leverage the best past practices as well as the current trends and demands in the Saab club scene today.

I leave you with another quote from Seth in the latest NESA newsletter:

I think our progress so far shows that what will make this club excel in combining the diverse talents we all have with equal distribution, so as to always keep this an enjoyable experience. We are all here to have fun: to take a break from our professional, academic, or otherwise boring routines. That is what you can rely on in return for your contributions. That is my promise to you, and that is our goal of the club.

Best,

Seth Hedstrom

For more information, please visit their website http://www.nesaab.org

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The Fifth Annual Springtime in Sweden Event

Posted on 27. Apr, 2008 by .

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Photo Credits: Saab History & Christopher Campbell

sis logo 150 The Fifth Annual Springtime in Sweden EventOn Saturday, April 26th, 2008 the fifth annual Springtime in Sweden took place in Amherst, New Hampshire from 10am until 3pm.

This event is in memory of Kyle (SPGUY) and his Brother Tim Crisman who lost their lives on the afternoon of November 3rd, 2002 in an automobile accident on their way home from visiting their Grandmother.

The idea of the annual Springtime in Sweden event was created, due to Kyle and Tim’s dream to some day, have a large Saab gathering at their home. sisa The Fifth Annual Springtime in Sweden EventThis dream continues to reflect their wishes each and every year and this year, a record 70 plus Saabs turned out on a picture perfect day filled with sunshine to show their support.

The name “Springtime in Sweden” denotes a vehicle, specifically a limited-edition 1988 Saab 900 Turbo Convertible that Kyle dreamt about owning some day. This vehicle, now celebrating it’s 20th Anniversary this year (1988-2008), is now in the Crisman family due to a number of supportive and kind individuals from the Saab community who worked together so that this dream would be realized. This Springtime in Sweden or “SiS” Saab is now celebrated amongst the other Saabs at this annual event. The Crisman Family indicates that there is also a second Saab SiS in the works, so in due time, we shall see two.

viggens The Fifth Annual Springtime in Sweden EventThe proceeds of this event go to the Kyle and Tim Crisman Memorial Scholarship Fund. This scholarship, which has awarded seven scholarships over the years, four for the automobile & business areas and three for culinary arts will be awarding two more this May.

In addition to this event, the Crisman Family also have organized a 5K Race/Walk event that takes place this August 9th, 2008 at 10am at Souhegan High School, also in Amherst, New Hampshire.

To date, the Kyle and Tim Crisman Memorial Scholarship Fund has awarded more than $30,000 to Souhegan High School students and other organizations in and around their region.

At the end of the day, all of the Saab owners and enthusiasts gathered around for an award ceremony thanks to a number of sponsors, but also, more importantly, a thank you from all of the members of the Crisman family for attending this memorable event.sis group The Fifth Annual Springtime in Sweden Event

Today, the annual Springtime in Sweden event is now referred to as the kickoff for all Saab events in the North East.

A thank you to the Crisman Family for hosting this annual event. I look forward to returning to Springtime in Sweden in 2009!

For more information on this event and to participate and/or donate, please visit their website directly at http://www.crismanmemorial.org

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Saab History Relocates to New England

Posted on 14. Apr, 2008 by .

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travels Saab History Relocates to New England

Photo Credit: Saab History on Interstate 95

It’s been quiet here lately on Saab History over the past week and for good reason. As a native New Englander, and founder of the New England Saab Association, I am pleased to tell you that Saab History has now relocated to New England.

There’s an old saying in New England that I have not and will never forget and it goes like this: “You can take a New Englander out of New England, but you can’t take New England out of a New Englander

Ever since 1956 when SAAB began importing their vehicles on the port of Hingham, Massachusetts, New England continues to be Saab Automobile USA’s stronghold.

95 Saab History Relocates to New EnglandThe trip took place today as I followed the helpful leader in the caravan, longtime colleague, Carl of the Saab Ipod device, while we briskly raced up the North East corridor of the United States on none other than Interstate “95” (Nine Five).

Throughout this trip from Washington, D.C. to New England., the Saab sightings were of course, numerous. As we entered New England, we payed homage to both of Saab Automobile USA’s former headquarters at both 100 Waterfront Street, New Haven as well as 60 Marsh Hill Road/35 Executive Boulevard, Orange both of which were within minutes of each other in Connecticut.

In summary, this highly anticipated relocation will be mutually beneficial to my family as well as my friends, and coincidentally, you the reader. Please expect to see more detailed material, more news, and more unique content like you’ve never seen before.

As of today, Saab History has made it safely and securely back to New England.

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Saab History Reviews Aero-X Skis At Vermont Ski Resort

Posted on 28. Mar, 2008 by .

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aeroxskis Saab History Reviews Aero X Skis At Vermont Ski Resort

Photo Credit: Saab History

This weekend, I will be reviewing the Saab-Salomon Aero-X Skis that debuted in December of 2007 at a ski resort in Vermont that has previously collaborated in promotional events and activities with Saab Automobile USA.

These unique skis were inspired by the Saab Aero-X concept car that was launched in the spring of 2006. The Aero-X is the halo vehicle for all of Saab’s future design language as exhibited in the recently updated production model 2008 Saab 9-3 as well as the 9-4x BioPower and 9-X BioHybrid concept cars.

Here is a copy of the original press release on the Saab-Salomon Aero-X Skis:

SLALOM WITH SAAB AND SALOMON

Independent thinking car brand Saab has teamed up with leading sports brand Salomon to launch an innovative new ski. Named the ‘Salomon Aero X’, the ski is inspired by the award winning Saab Aero X concept car and is an expression of Salomon’s very latest technology. The skis add a totally new dimension to the performance of carving as they deliver unrivalled control on demand.

Benoit Saint Venant, Head of Design at Salomon, “This collaboration is testament to the fact that Saab and Salomon complement each other perfectly and understand each other’s independent-minded target audiences. Both brands are celebrating their 60-year anniversary this year and together represent cutting edge design when it comes to sporty, activity-related products.”

The Aero X skis are the first to feature ‘hybrid’ technology – rather like car axles the front and back of the skis have very different functions. The front half of the ski is designed to enable the skier to maximise the turn and to continue to gain power through it, allowing the skier to choose and control the radius of their turn.

The two highly innovative companies, both known for their dynamic design and performance, first embarked on joint initiatives in early 2001. The Aero X ski is the latest collaboration and there are further projects in the pipeline for the outdoor sports sector.

The Salomon Aero X ski range offers maximum performance thrills with full assistance, so that every turn becomes intuitive and skiers can unleash the power while remaining totally in control. The Aero X ski is priced at around £500. For details visit www.saab.co.uk or www.salomon-sports.com

Notes to Editors
About Salomon Aero X skis

Construction: Fiberglass Monocoque Double Wall
Layout: Alutex Layout
Base: UHMW Graphite and designed base
Spaceframe
System: Protrak MG
Core: Full woodcore
Guarantee: 2 years

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1992 Saab 900 Turbo Arrives Safely in New England!

Posted on 16. Dec, 2007 by .

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Saab History’s 1992 Saab 900 Turbo has safely arrived in cold, wintery New England, thanks to Bill Jacobson at Sports Car Service in Wilmington, Delaware.

This recently rescued Saab will be safe and secure away from the complexities of the city here in Washington, D.C. at a Saab Shop in a calm countryside setting in rural New England between now and the summer of 2008.

There will be a rather large list being created that involves everything that the car will require in order to get it in good order in all respects, mechanically, electrically and cosmetically.

This car is currently an anomally in New England as it is completely rust free inside & out, so a very solid car to work with.

I will keep you up to speed as this project continues!

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