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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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Saab History & John Moss Speak On National Public Radio

Posted on 22. Dec, 2009 by .

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Saab History has recently participated in a program called “Where We Live” with National Public Radio’s Connecticut affiliate this morning to discuss the the status of Saab along with Saab’s history in Connecticut.

mossHaving received a request to be part of this program, I extended the invite to longtime former Saab employee of 37 years, John Moss who spoke candidly about the first headquarters in New Haven, Connecticut to his experiences with SAAB over the years.

During the program, there were a number of callers that talked about their experiences with Saab in addition to a nice surprise call from our folks, the New England Saab Association that I started many years ago.

It was a good program that I invite you to listen to by clicking here to visit their website.

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Saab History’s Contributions To Saab In The United States

Posted on 02. Oct, 2009 by .

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As the new Saab Cars North America team prepares for their official start date next Monday, October 5th, I want to use this opportunity to write about Saab History’s contributions to Saab in the United States over the years.

Having led the New England Saab Association from nothing to something (1997-2001), it was time for me to take some time off. Since that time, having lived in Sweden, I developed a somewhat new found interest in Saab from that perspective and continued it while then moving to Washington, D.C. during the whole House of Sweden launch.

It was upon arrival in D.C. in 2004, when we began learning that the Saab Cars USA team was moved to Detroit from Norcross, Georgia and that the team dynamics of the organization had permanently changed.

The motivation and re-association with Saab at a greater level began somewhere in the spring of 2005, when we also learned that many people were let go, retired and that a lot of information and historical data had been literally thrown in the trash. It was here where we began to ask ourselves, what was going on with Saab Cars USA at this time and why so much turmoil? I know many people thought that perhaps at a basic level, we should do something about this loss of institutional knowledge and information for the car company that we loved.

This idea of doing something, initially began by gathering all of the Saab material, particularly videos, and launching the website, Saab Videos, in an attempt to get the information back out to the world about what was done over the years in a somewhat chronological organized order. Upon launching this website, the traffic increased so much due to demand that it sent the site into it’s own turmoil. It was decided that something had to be done, and with the material that was received which involved more than just videos, Saab History was launched a good year and a half later in the fall of 2006.

Saab History then began to grow, attracting a much larger audience while also adding more content for the original videos project. The site based on a blog format, developed from a content resource to a news blog referencing the past, present and future of Saab.

In the spring of 2007, the Saab Automobile USA team at the time, initiated by my former colleague, Jan-Willem Vester, began the first of many ongoing invites to events with other members of the media to communicate Saab as a journalist. It is here where they saw the value of my site, my visitors and what I could do for them, in promoting their products.

The following year, Saab History managed to showcase where some of that material that was not thrown out, ended up, that being the Saab USA press releases and photos at the GM Heritage Center, the Videos at the GM Media Archive. In addition to those two information resources, we of course also covered the heritage collection cars, which was also illustrated here on Saab History. As the year continued, visitors continued to grow and even double year on year and the impressions for Saab in a global sense spanned over 2,000,000 impressions per month. That same year, Saab History was designated as a subject matter expert for Saab Automobile, globally.

As 2009 came around, the news separating fact from fiction became even more important as Saab Automobile entered a 6-month reconstruction phase. As a leading resource for Saab news, customers, dealerships and former employees followed Saab History to learn about where Saab was headed during this critical year, and that continues right to this very day.

By now, those visitors that have been following Saab History from the very beginning have certainly learned more than they probably ever thought they would about Saab’s history, and that was the point. Today, visitors even include current Saab employees that are rebuilding their own company here in the United States as first mentioned. These employees now have all of the information and free education at their fingertips due to a venture that has been building up for five years now. In promoting, encouraging, educating and informing the global Saab Community, it’s time to see this effort’s information “absorbed” by the new team.

While I am a Saab Historian, editor and promoter of Saab in a global sense, with particular regional attention here in the United States, the support received from the dealers, independents, community, and the motoring public has been critical to the continued existence of this resource. This resource reflects not just the work of one person, it reflects through my efforts, the work of generations of individuals in the global Saab community from former employees to the Sinclair family today.

As the team gets underway next Monday, they need to ensure that they do not repeat the mistakes of the past and begin a fresh and innovative approach for their future Saab Cars North America team, moving forward. The question we must ask ourselves today is, will the new Saab Cars North America, find their own road to the state of independence and success for the new era, or will they repeat the mistakes of the past? Stay Tuned.

“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” – Sir Winston Churchill*

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Saab Rally Team Compete in New England Forest Rally

Posted on 15. Jul, 2009 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.

Driver Luke Sorenson and co-driver Geoff Clark 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.

The last time I was at the New England Forest Rally, formerly called the Maine Forest Rally, was in 2001 when I was with the New England Saab Association. At that time there four participants in Saabs! Here here for Luke & Geoff this year for keeping the Saab rally spirit alive in the North East which began back in 1957 with the Great American Mountain Rally.

nefr.jpgThe official entry is in and the team has their sights set on the new england forest rally, scheduled for July 17th 2009.

Veteran saab ralliest Geoff Clark & Luke Sorensen will take the reigns as co driver for the event. Stay tuned for more information regarding the event as the team prepares.

For more details on this rally and to see them in action, please visit this website directly.

New England Forest Rally
July 17th & 18th, 2009
Hosted at Sunday River Ski Resort
Newry, ME
GPS: 44d 28′ 25.21N
and 70d 51′ 22.28W

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Boston Globe Covers Saab 9-3 “Art Car” By Rebecca Perlo

Posted on 01. Dec, 2008 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab History, Swedish Car Day 2001

In 2001, I first found out about this car through a friend who saw the vehicle located in a parking lot, then both of us later saw the first Boston globe writeup on it titled “Chaos Car”.

After reading the piece in the Globe about Rebecca Perlo, of Boston, Massachusetts and her car, I decided that on behalf of my club, the New England Saab Association, to invite her the 2nd annual Swedish Car Day in Brookline, Massachusetts later that same year.

I vividly recall the looks by everyone in attendance that day, as she drove out onto the grass with the rest of us. I was honored that she made an appearance showing her “dare to be different” 2000 Saab 9-3 hatchback with an artistic flare.

Here is the video done on chronicle showcasing this “Chaos car”, as well as an exerpt from the recent coverage yet again, by the Boston Globe titled “Artistic license”.

“Artistic License”

Rebecca Perlo’s toy collection is simply overwhelming: Nemo, Simba, Fantastic Man, and “Evil” Homer Simpson action figures; Barney, Bugs Bunny, and Princess Leia Pez dispensers; Playskool people, Lego people, Rock’Em Sock’Em Robots, and Mr. Potato Head.

Throw in some yo-yos, a miniature slot machine and a rubber ducky or two, and lots of other stuff, and the number of toys in Perlo’s menagerie hits 1,000, maybe even 1,500. Where does she keep them all? Glued to the hood, roof, doors and fenders of her 1999 Saab.

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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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The Saab USA Technical Training Facility – Wallingford, CT

Posted on 02. Oct, 2008 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab History / 2005

The Saab Automobile USA Technical Training facility began operations in Wallingford, Connecticut 1998 and operated until the spring of 2005, when it was closed down.

aero.jpgThis facility was where Saab Master Technical Trainers, John Moss & Jay Flagge spent most of their days training dealer service personell across the United States.

Since its operations consisting of training service personell, it also became an annual venue hosted by Larry West & the New Jersey Saab Owners Club for technical presentations that were welcomed by Saab Owners & Enthusiasts from all over the North Eastern United States.

aerotcs.jpgHaving attended one of these seminars during my time with the New England Saab Association, I can tell you that they were an extremely informational and invaluable experience that I will never forget!

These presentations for club members, owners and enthusiasts alike consisted of the following:

1998: Classic 900 5-speed transmission teardown and inspection
1999: Saab two stroke/V4 transmission teardown and inspection
2000: Saab ABS Brakes
2001: ?
2002:Basic Auto Electrics, wiring diagrams, testing methods, Tech II, etc.

Source: New Jersey Saab Owners Club

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Saab Sonett III AutoX Video – South Portland, Maine

Posted on 29. Sep, 2008 by .

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With the impending rain, I managed to film NESA’s Chris Moberg’s 1971 Saab Sonett III at the Autocross (Auto X) today in in South Portland, Maine in addition to the photos I took earlier.

The photos don’t do this experience justice, but this film certainly does and I am surprised by how well it came out given that it was taken with a point and shoot camera in the rain!

As I mentioned in my earlier piece, even though rain from Hurricane kyle was upon us, you can certainly see the skill of the driver prevailing in this extremely wet autocross.

I think another autocross in the snow even, would be a great opportunity for many Saab clubs including the New England Saab Association, to build their membership base and foster some enthusiastic participation.

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