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Jan-Willem Vester (1958-2009)

Posted on 07. Dec, 2009 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab Automobile USA

It is with great sadness that I share with you the news that Jan-Willem Vester, former Manager, Saab Automobile USA Corporate Communications has passed away today at the age of 51 after a prolonged illness.

A colleague, friend and my first contact when I started Saab History, Jan-Willem Vester has been greatly missed ever since he departed the Saab community earlier this year, and will be forever remembered by family, friends and colleagues.

Jan-Willem’s life began as a young child growing up in the Netherlands with a family that worked in the automotive industry. His Father, worked as as a teacher at a local automotive school and owned a number of family vehicles such as the Peugeot 404 and 504. It was during this time, that Jan-Willem’s interest and curiosity continued in this industry where he began visiting a local auto museum in the area. It was after a number of visits to this museum, which ran numerous films that he first encountered a Saab 96 with legendary rally champion, Erik Carlsson at the Safari Rally.

As he got older, his interest and curiosity about the Saab continued even though his region was effectively split up into only two automotive enthusiasts’ camps, the BMW or the Alfa-Romeo. It made Jan-Willem wonder if there could be something like an even smarter go-between. In his travels around his neighborhood following that first taste of a Saab on film, he began noticing more Saabs in real life such as a bright white ’72 Saab 99 and an orange ’73 Combi Coupe, owned by a local architect. And so the fascination for Saab continued. […]

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Saab 9-3 Aero Convertible takes on Pikes Peak

Posted on 09. Oct, 2008 by .

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An automotive journalist decided to take a 2009 Saab 9-3 Aero Convertible up Pikes Peak.

As you know, Pikes Peak in Colorado was where Saab sponsored races in 1997, 2000 and 2002.

This test drive as illustrated in the video is certainly “unique” because this journalist ultimately believes that the Saab 9-2x, was the best Saab ever made, so I guess there’s not much else to say.

Stacy Bishop | For The New Mexican

10/8/2008 – 10/9/08
For a racing driver, there are few things in the area more exciting than the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. West of Colorado Springs, the most-visited mountain in North America rises to 14,110 feet and, each July, all kinds of wildly tricked-out machines are flung along its narrow road. The “Race to the Clouds” challenges with 156 turns over 12.42 miles of gravel and asphalt, where grades average 7 percent and guardrails are rare.

Source: The Santa Fe New Mexican

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