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The “Save Saab” Gathering In Brookline, Massachusetts

Posted on 18. Jan, 2010 by .

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There were approximately 88 Saabs in attendance at the “Save Saab” gathering in Brookline, Massachusetts.

This gathering was where the annual “Swedish Car Day” is typically held each fall.

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Saab History – Year In Review

Posted on 18. Dec, 2008 by .

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Saab History celebrates it’s second full year since it officially launched this website in the fall of 2006.

As you may know, Saab History is still an independently founded and managed grassroots awareness campaign that in the form of a promotional website. The objective of this ongoing project is to educate people through the viewing of the history of Saab through written, photographic and audio/ visual content consisting of Saab Automobile’s past and present and future.

This year in review marks the second year anniversary for Saab History, following the first year in review I posted back on December 18th, 2007, exactly one year ago.

As you will see below, we continue to see a number of significant milestones that Saab History has made possible.

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A lot of more material has been gathered over the year since Saab History officially took formal internet presence and here are the current statistics:

These include 2,500 content rich posts, nearly 450 videos in the Saab Film Archive, 60 finely crafted and detailed scale models, 40 books in the Saab Book library, nearly 60 Saab magazines with over 30 Saab soundings that can be downloaded in electronic format in the Saab Magazine archive, 14 Saab Accessory Catalogs that can also be downloaded, and an ever growing archives section dating back to 1947, the year SAAB began as an automobile manufacturer.

I have even launched a services section for parties interested in taking advantage of my abilities. Secondly, there is also a products section reflecting the Saab History t-shirt program that began around the middle part of the year.

While this year is hard to compare to last year’s “launch” year for the site, also being the 60th anniversary year, it has developed substantially in terms of content and in the past month. As of this week, the site statistics for visitors alone have grown more than double of what they were in the beginning of the year due to switching to a new hosting server! Now that is incredible!

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Saab History has also been fortunate to have received support in the form of site sponsorship from 6 Saab dealerships, 2 Independent Saab Garages and 1 Saab Parts & Accessories vendor over the course of this year.

Saab History urges more site supporters to join these sponsors that get substantial advertising, in order to keep the site up and running for next year as this is currently the only financial mechanism ensuring the continued success of the site.

A strong thank you goes to my advertisers for making this site’s presence financially possible.

This advertisers / site sponsors are as follows in the following order of first come, first serve.

New Salem Saab – Albany, New York

Saab Colorado Inc – Denver, Colorado

Swedish Motor Cars – Washington, D.C.

Cherry Hill Saab – Cherry Hill, New Jersey

JMK Saab – Springfield, NJ

Herb Chambers Saab – Boston, MA

Shaw Saab – Norwell, MA

Saab USA Parts – Boston, MA

Jim Ellis Saab – Atlanta, Georgia

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Saab Film Project

The first area of focus that Saab History continues to tirelessly work on is the Saab Film Project, formerly Saab Videos.

The Saab Film Project is an effort within Saabhistory.com to assist in the preserving and transferring of any films old and new to digital format for the record. Over the past few years, a number of films have been donated to Saabhistory and with that, these films with the help of donations from Saab Enthusiasts worldwide, have contributed to the successful professional processing of such films from analog to digital format.

It is expected that as more films surface and various phases continue to be built upon, this project will continue to serve as a platform in this film conversion process and thus will be permanently designated as a work in progress.

Saab History thanks everyone who has contributed to this effort, but this ongoing effort is far from over, but now the material is getting harder and harder to obtain.

Saab Automobile’s history is an incredible one that keeps getting better each day and without a centralized source for all of this material, it will be hard to track and maintain and properly archive it for generations to come.

This is why I launched Saabvideos as well as Saabhistory.com, and I hope to keep this service going as long as it is possible.

The 1992 Saab 900 Turbo Project

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In December, 2007 my Wife and I acquired a 1992 Saab 900 Turbo that was in rough shape, and thanks to a some colleagues of mine, both JG Service and Granite Embedded, we managed to full restore the vehicle to great working order inside and out.

Over the course of nearly 9 months, the Saab 900 Turbo Project was complete, just in time for the 2008 Saab Owners Convention in Devens, Massachusetts.

The Lost Dealerships Of New England Project

There have been a number of Saab dealerships over the years closing up shop for one reason or another and I thought out of respect for the efforts that took place at these dealerships, the people that gave their time, they needed a respectable place in which to reflect their presence.

The Lost Dealerships of New England project was my idea in an attempt to meet this obective.

While there are stil a significant amount of Saab dealerships that existed over the years that are no longer in business, it is my hope that the community at-large will contribute material proving these dealership’s whereabouts along with all the necessary supporting documentation such as photographs, dates, times, etc.

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Over the past year there have been many exciting events, activities, launches and other venues that Saabhistory has participated in or been involved in one way or another. I have provided you a brief taste of some of the higher points for your enjoyment below:

These events have in most cases, hyperlinks to my full reviews and associated content, so if you are interested in viewing them further, please don’t hesitate to click through to them for more information.

Below are the events I participated in and some cases took the initiative to organize and/or be a part of.

January

A Visit to Saab Automobile USA’s headquarters, the GM Rennaissance Center in Detroit.

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The Saab 9-3 Turbo-X At the GM Style Event – Detroit, Michigan

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2008 Saab 9-4x BioPower Concept World Premiere at the North American International Auto Show In Detroit, Michigan.

A Visit to the Saab Automobile USA Heritage Center

A Visit to the Saab Automobile USA Media Archives

March

Saab History Covered the Saab Reflective 9-X BioHybrid Event in NYC

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Saab History’s Correspondent, Etienne covered the Saab 9-X BioHybrid Launch in Geneva, Switzerland

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Saab History Test Drove the Aero-X Saab-Salomon Skis at Okemo Mountain, Vermont

April

Springtime in Sweden – Amherst, New Hampshire

May

Saab History Participated and Covered the 2008 Saab 9-3 Turbo-X Test Drive Event in Boston

June

Saab History Relocates To New England

July

Saab History completes the 1992 Saab 900 Turbo Project

August

Saab History Attends & Covers the 26th annual 2008 Saab Owners Convention – Devens, Massachusetts

October

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Saab History’s Correspondent, Etienne covers the Saab 9-X Air at the Paris Auto Show

Saab History Attends Swedish Car Day 9 in Brookline, Massachusetts.

November

Saab History Visits Shaw Saab – Norwell, MA

December

General Motors Announces The Plan to Sell Saab


Saab History urged General Motors to sell Saab
, and during this month they have indicated that Saab is not part of their future, and they have already begun shopping for a buyer for the brand, beginning a new era for Saab Automobile AB.

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Saab History had an eventful second year and internally speculated that General Motors would plan to sell Saab by 2009, and was right!

As you can see, it was quite an interesting year where things got off to an excellent start, however it’s almost as though everything did a 180 degree turn systematically, in the last 6-months.

I was initially concerned about the end of the year for Saab Automobile, but I trust that the brand has a bright future, depending on the ideals and intelligence that the new owner brings to the table.

In just the last month as started, especially since moving to a new server, this website has been increasingly growing in terms of visibility on a global scale, so much so that the e-mails that I have been receiving have been simply, overwhelming. However, I am up to the task as always and continue to be interested in Saab’s future, now that the preparations are being made for a 4th era, for Saab Automobile.

As always, I enjoy your visits, contributions and insight and look forward seeing more of you in the new year as I continue to update this website for more news and information spanning the past, present and future for the Saab brand.

Thank you again for your encouragement and I urge you to help support this site in any way you can to ensure that 2009 continues the success of this independent effort in preserving Saab Automobile’s History in the making.

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Saab Sighting Of The Week – Turbo-X SportCombi In Maine

Posted on 21. Oct, 2008 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab History

This past Friday, I noticed a beautiful 2008 Saab 9-3 Turbo-X SportCombi on Interstate 95 North with Massachusetts plates bought from Saab History site sponsor, Herb Chambers of Boston.

Interestly enough, Herb Chamber of Boston hosted the Saab 9-3 Turbo-X test drive took place this past May that I participated in, so it’s probably no surprise that when one sees any limited edition Turbo-X models in New England, the majority of them must be from Herb Chambers due to exposure and the inventory they had.

Ironically enough, I met up with my colleague from Herb Chambers Saab at the recent Swedish Car Day 9 in Brookline, Massachusetts who indicates that he even knows about the owner of this Turbo-X!

As I headed off of the highway, I could not help but notice that they were continuing on in the direction of, Freeport, Maine, home of L.L. Bean.

What a great Saab Sighting of the Week, thanks to always having my camera available at all times!

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Swedish Car Day 9 – October 19th, 2008

Posted on 03. Oct, 2008 by .

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Swedish Car Day 9 takes place this year on October 19th, 2008

I can’t believe it’s already been 9 years already since the first Swedish Car Day took place. The first Swedish Car Day or SCD, took place in 2000 which was in fact, the first Saab event for the recently organized, New England Saab Association.

If you have never attended Swedish Car Day, I would strongly suggest you visit my photo archive from last year’s event SCD 8.

Here is the first press release about this event:

July 28th, 2000

CRS in conjunction with Boston Volvo Village, announces the first annual Swedish Car Day at the Museum of Transportation in Brookline on Sunday, October 15th, 2000. The event will be held on the lawn of the museum, starting at 10:00am with vehicle judging at 2:00pm. The museum of Transportation is a delight in and of itself, and I would encourage one and all to pay a visit. The lawn events schedule is listed on their website www.mot.org, and the Automotive section of the Boston Globe will often mention upcoming events. The museum has a wide spectrum of special days for insterested constituencies; we can now add Swedish Car Day to the outstanding annual events the Museum will host.

We invite any interested owner to display their SAAB/Saab pride and joy, and there will be judging of vehicles in several categories, including people’s choice. We hope to draw a large contingent of interesting SAABs, new and old, to show the Volvo crowd where the real passion in Swedish automobiles lies. Prizes will be awarded.

Besides the vehicles displayed by their owners, SAAB and Volvo will present an array of new vehicles, refreshments from SAAB on your hand for those seeking an insiders view of their favorite car. We also have extended invitations to other vendors whose products are relevent to Swedish automobiles. We hope to see many friends, old and new at this event.

This 9th Anniversary event will evidently focus on the history, how it began and evidently have some more surprises this year.

For more information about this event, please visit the Swedish Car Day Website as well as the Museum of Transportation website as well:

What: Swedish Car Day 9

When: October 19th, 2008 – 10:00am until 2pm

Where:

Larz Anderson Auto Museum
15 Newton St.
Brookline, MA 02445

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