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Saab Rally Team Compete in New England Forest Rally

Posted on 23. Jun, 2010 by .

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Photo Credits: Pete Kuncis

The Saab Rally Team here in the North East, are at it again, this time as an entry to the New England Forest Rally here in Maine this Friday, July 17th in Bethel, Maine near Sunday River Ski resort. Their team will be joining the RallyHo! Motorsports team as the only Saab entries in the forest rally.

Driver Luke Sorenson and co-driver Joshua Jenny, will be taking their 1975 Saab 99 rally car that we’ve seen participate in numerous rallies here in the North East region of the United States over the years. […]

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RallyHo Motorsports Compete in New England Forest Rally

Posted on 22. Jun, 2010 by .

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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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Saab Sighting Of The Week "Saab 9-3 Convertible

Posted on 06. Apr, 2010 by .

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Photo Credit: Ross

Saab History frequenter Ross in Bridgeton, Maine has recently submitted a photo of a Saab sighting from a visit to Provincetown in Cape Cod, Massachusetts during the summer of 2009.

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Saab Sighting Of The Week "Saab 9-3 In Portland, Maine"

Posted on 30. Mar, 2010 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab History

Saab History has discovered yet another small business owner in Portland, Maine that owns a Saab. This business is Brian Boru, a notable Irish Pub located right in the heart of old port in Portland.

I find that now that I walk by this pub, I refer to it as Björn Borg, not just because the owner drives a Saab, but because the crown in the logo reminds me of Sweden’s National Emblem, “Tre Kronor” (Three Crowns).

In the meantime, I’m now going to track down the other Small business owners here that also own Saabs, including the one that drives a similiar 9000 as mine with the license plate “SMALBIZ”.

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A Historical Reference Of Known Saab EV Projects

Posted on 25. Mar, 2010 by .

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As the electric vehicle market continues to grow, Saab History is interested in learning more about individuals taking on the task of converting their Saab vehicles to become fully electric.

The following list has been compiled below of those that have successfully converted their vehicles to electric power. If you have successfully converted your vehicle or know someone who has, please contact Saab History to be added to this list to be showcased here.

A Reference Of Known Saab Electric Vehicle Projects

Brandon Hollinger (Pennsylvania, USA) – 1970 SAAB 96 EV

Mark Kandutsch (Maine, USA) – 1972 Saab 96 EV

Christen Johansen (New York)- 1972 SAAB 96 EV

Duke University (North Carolina, USA) – 1972 Saab Sonett III EV (Current Project Status Unknown)

Walter Kern (Connecticut) – 1974 Saab Sonett III EV (Owner Passed Away)

Mark Ward (Missouri) – 1995 Saab NG 900 EV (Ran, but project ended due to garage fire)

Seth Leitman (New York, NY)- 1998 Saab NG 900 EV

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The 4 Saab Promo Ads (Intro, Moose, Snow, XWD)

Posted on 24. Mar, 2010 by .

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Saab History has recently learned about the four Saab promo spots “Intro”, “Moose”, “Snow”, “XWD” that were going to be launched a year ago. These ads (although unfinished) were apparently produced for the 2008/2009 season for the Saab USA website prior to ownership change of the company. According to an insider, the ads were going to be included as part of the website’s site design, but that all was canceled when GM went bankrupt.

These unfinished videos look very intriguing and it would have been nice to see these launched at some point, especially with the Saab 9-3x and the continuation of Cross Wheel Drive in the 9-3 lineup. I am certain all of the ads would have been very effective in the North East and other areas in the United States that see snow and ice. I know that the Moose ad would be very appealing to the people in Maine, that’s for sure.

These ads were done by McCann Erickson, the ad agency that Saab USA transitioned to in September of 2007. The ads we have seen since this ad agency became the “agency of record” for Saab USA, included three, “Recycle” featuring the 9-3 convertible, “Read The Road” featuring the 9-3 Sport Sedan with XWD and finally an ad with the 9-3 Sport Combi. These four ads would have been added to already impressive ad spot lineup.

What is interesting is that McCann Erickson hired MadSound for the audio as well as RTT for the animation. RTT has an office on Main Street in Royal Oak, the same town where Saab Cars North America, now have their new headquarters.

I wonder if Saab Cars North America as well as McCann (if they are still their agency) along with RTT & Mad Sound can finish these videos and get them launched. It would be such a waste of time if they never see the light of day especially since they appear near complete, don’t you think?

These videos look great and should be finished up and launched, it’s not too late.

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Saab Sighting Of The Week "Saab 9-5 Safety"

Posted on 23. Mar, 2010 by .

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Photo Credit: Peter F

Saab History has received a photo by Peter F here in Portland, Maine for this week’s Saab Sighting of the week.

This photo taken by his mobile phone, depicts a Saab 9-5 Sedan in Polar white on a flatbed getting hauled away from what looks to be a rear-end accident.

I hope that the owner’s of this vehicle realize just how much Saab focuses on Safety in every vehicle they produce. If the insurance adjuster claims the vehicle totaled, one can hope that the owners are looking at the newer Saab 9-5 as a worthy replacement, just look at those crash tests!

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Mark Kandutsch's 1972 Electric Saab 96 Project

Posted on 17. Mar, 2010 by .

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Photo Credit: M Kandutsch

Saab History has recently had the great opportunity to speak with Mark Kandutsch of Bar Harbor, Maine, who has recently completed a 1972 Saab 96 Electric Vehicle Project.

This project itself, was triggered by the Doctor’s interest in creating an EV project after reading an inspiring article in a do-it-yourself magazine a few years ago where Electric Vehicle’s (EV) were featured. The project looked easy enough on paper, so the brainstorming began.

Choosing The Vehicle

Mark had previously owned Saab 99’s and 900’s over the years. His previous experience, coupled with specific needs for a vehicle that was streamlined, had no power steering and was lightweight, and without knowing about other Saab 96 EV projects like Brandon’s or Christen’s 96, he chose a 1972 Saab 96 that was for sale in the local classifieds.

Restoring & Converting The Saab 96

The 1972 Saab 96 that was chosen needed a lot of body work, so Mark spent most of his time and energy restoring the body of the vehicle complete with a new paint job and fitting “lightening bolt” on the rear trunk symbolizing the electrical energy driving this vehicle. The project began in September of 2008 and was completed in March of 2009. Mark indicates that at least four to five out of the seven months were devoted towards the body work where 2 to 3 were spent on the actual EV conversion process. He believes that if he were doing another project, he’d be able to do the conversion in about half that time being 1.5 months.

Daily Operation Of The Saab 96 EV

Since the restoration was completed in March, Mark has used the vehicle as his daily driver to and from work which is 10 miles round-trip. He does not drive the vehicle in the winter as the salt roads cause serious rust and he was not interested in reversing the restoration of his beautiful Saab 96 EV. In a given week, he can go up to 40 miles on a single charge with his current battery setup. Mark admits that he feels more comfortable charging the vehicle daily or every few days just in case he needs to make the unexpected errands going either to or from work.

Charging of the Saab 96 EV

The current charging device used to power all batteries at the same time, is powered 100% by the grid. While Mark does have solar panels on his house, they are not the latest in Photovoltaic technology and therefore aren’t capable of providing the necessary electricity needed for the charge. A typical daily charge would be about 2 hours after work, and if the batteries are fully discharged it would be about 3.5 hours max.

Another Saab EV Success Story In The Making

Today, Mark has driven the vehicle approximately 5,000 miles and has never had to walk home due his use of electrical power guages that he’s currently upgrading which will soon include the ability to monitor miles per kWh.

For more details on Mark’s 1972 Saab 96 EV project, please check out more photos and details on EV Maine.

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