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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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Erik "On The Roof" Carlsson Turns 81 Years Old

Posted on 05. Mar, 2010 by .

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Legendary Saab rally driver, Erik “On The Roof” Carlsson or “Mr. Saab” to others, turns 81 years old today. Erik “På taket” Carlsson, or in Swedish meaning “on the roof”, was born March 5, 1929 in Trollhättan, Sweden.

The nickname On the roof, apparently originated by from the children’s book, “Karlsson på taket” by Astrid Lindgren. In this book,the Karlsson character lived on the roof of an apartment building. This “on the roof” name was given to Erik Carlsson because he had the infrequent habit of rolling his Saab rally car on its roof.

Erik joined SAAB as a rally driver, just after the first SAAB 92 model was produced and participated in his first rally with it, the Rikspokalen in 1955. Carlsson, married to Pat Moss on March 3rd, 1963, began a relationship that expanded well beyond the homefront. Patt Moss (1934-2008), a younger sister of legendary rally driver, Stirling Moss eventually became Erik Carlsson’s co-pilot through most of his successful rally career.

The early SAABs that Erik Carlsson drove were significantly underutilized two-stroke vehicles that required the driver to keep the high revolutions up while moving, which meant high speeds at all times. When driving these “strokers” at high speeds at all times, Erik Carlsson developed what was called “left foot” braking where you use your left foot to brake while in the same instance, your right foot to maintain the speed at all times.

While Erik Carlsson maintained 1st place in most of his rally circuits, the most notable rally he participated in was the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally where he was victorious.

The year following this victory, both Erik Carlsson and Pat Moss wrote a book called “The Art & Technique of Driving”.

The most recent book on Erik Carlsson’s career was published in 1999, titled “Mr. Saab”. The Mr Saab title was given to Erik “On the Roof” Carlsson by Saab Automobile as he ended his rally career to continue a public relations career for the Swedish car company.

Today, Erik Carlsson has been known to make appearances at various Saab Festivals and Saab Conventions all over the world including the recent Save Saab event in the United Kingdom where he continues to hold the Saab torch. With any luck, maybe you will get a chance to meet this legendary Saab rally champion to thank him for all of the recognition, attention and history he has brought to the Saab Automobile brand ever since.

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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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Saab Rally Driver Profile – Erik Carlsson

Posted on 28. Jul, 2008 by .

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Erik “pÃ¥ taket” Carlsson, or “pÃ¥ taket” in Swedish meaning “on the roof”, was born March 5, 1929 in Trollhättan, Sweden.

The nickname On the roof, apparently originated by from the children’s book, “Karlsson pÃ¥ taket” by Astrid Lindgren. In this book,the Karlsson character lived on the roof of an apartment building. This “on the roof” name was given to Erik Carlsson because he had the infrequent habit of rolling his Saab rally car on its roof.

Erik joined SAAB as a rally driver, just after the first SAAB 92 model was produced and participated in his first rally with it, the Rikspokalen in 1955. Carlsson, married to Pat Moss on March 3rd, 1963, began a relationship that expanded well beyond the homefront. Patt Moss, a younger sister of legendary rally driver, Stirling Moss eventually became Erik Carlsson’s co-pilot through most of his successful rally career.

The early SAABs that Erik Carlsson drove were significantly underutilized two-stroke vehicles that required the driver to keep the high revolutions up while moving, which meant high speeds at all times. When driving these “strokers” at high speeds at all times, Erik Carlsson developed what was called “left foot” braking where you use your left foot to brake while in the same instance, your right foot to maintain the speed at all times.

While Erik Carlsson maintained 1st place in most of his rally circuits, the most notable rally he participated in was the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally where he was victorious.

The year following this victory, both Erik Carlsson and Pat Moss wrote a book called “The Art & Technique of Driving”.

The most recent book on Erik Carlsson’s career was published in 1999, titled “Mr. Saab”. The Mr Saab title was given to Erik “On the Roof” Carlsson by Saab Automobile as he ended his rally career to continue a public relations career for the Swedish car company.

Today, Erik Carlsson has been known to make appearances at various Saab Festivals and Saab Conventions all over the world, and with any luck maybe you will get a chance to meet this legendary Saab rally champion to thank him for all of the recognition, attention and history he has brought to the Saab Automobile brand ever since.

I leave you with his list of lifetime rally achievements.

Erik Carlsson – Lifetime Highlights
Year Rally Finish Car Co-driver
1955 Rikspokalen 1st Saab 92
1957 1000 Lakes 1st Saab 93  
1959 Swedish Rally 1st Saab 93
1959 German Rally 1st Saab 93
1960 RAC Rally 1st Saab 96  
  Akropolis Rally 2nd Saab 96
1961 Monte Carlo Rally 4th Saab 96  
  RAC Rally 1st Saab 96
  Akropolis Rally 1st Saab 96  
1962 RAC Rally 1st Saab 96
  Monte Carlo Rally 1st Saab 96  
  East African Safari Rally 7th Saab 96
1963 Monte Carlo Rally 1st Saab 96  
  Liège-Sofia-Liège Rally 2nd Saab 96
1964 Monte Carlo Rally 1st Saab 96 Sport  
  San Remo Rally 1st Saab 96 Sport  
  Liège-Sofia-Liège Rally 2nd Saab 96 Sport
  East African Safari Rally 1st Saab 96 Sport  
1965 BP Australian Rally 2nd Saab 96 Sport
1966 Coupe De Alpes Rally Last Saab Sonett II  
  Akropolis Rally 2nd Saab 96 Sport  
1967 Czech Rally 1st Saab 96 V4
1969 Baja 1000 3rd Saab 96 V4  
1970 Baja 1000 5th Saab 96 V4

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Motorsport News Interviews Per Eklund

Posted on 10. Mar, 2008 by .

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Per Eklund, Saab Automobile’s current rally champion, has recently been interviewed in Motorsport News out of the United Kingdom.

I highly suggest you read this interview below, it covers a great deal of his early beginnings in the rally scene.

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The Great Per-Suader

Per Eklund is 61, but still has plenty of passion for the sport

The British and European rallycross championships need a father figure like David Richards or Bernie Ecclestone. That is the opinion of Swedish motorsport legend Per Eklund. The 1999 European rallycross champion is entitled to voice his opinions after contesting more than 1500 events in his illustrious 43-year career. His tally includes 83 world rally championship starts and 20 Swedish national titles in rallying, rallycross and hillclimbs.
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Saab Rally Team Dominates Sandblast Rally

Posted on 13. Feb, 2008 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab Rally

Our favorite Saab Rally Team from the North East region of the United States has dominated the recent aforementioned Sand Blast rally that took place in South Carolina this past weekend.

Please read their writeup in their own words about the experience below:

The deep sand and rugged terrain of the sandhills region of South Carolina proved to be a challenge to both driver and vehicle in the 2008 running of the Sandblast Rally.

The day started well with a refreshingly warm morning and abundant sunshine as the rally cars lined up at the ceremonial start and Parc Expose in Cheraw SC. With the importance of finishing this event weighing heavily on the SAABrally.com team, we took some time to survey the competition. Eight other vehicles filled the entry list of our competitive Modified 1 class. Surrounding our 1975 SAAB 99 were Porsche, Mitsubishi, Datsun, Ford and Nissan, all well prepared and poised to attack the stages.

The first stage was no warm-up at over 15 miles in length. A good stage time would be necessary to secure a shot at an overall 2wd and class victory. We set off into the sand with a fury, knowing that carrying as much speed as possible would give us the momentum needed to get through the knee deep sand washouts and canyon like ruts. We finished the first stage by catching the 4wd car that had started a minute in front of us. Comparing time with the other competitors we were surprised to learn that our time was nearly a minute quicker than any other 2wd car! This gave us confidence and left us in a good position, but we knew we would need to stay consistent and drive smart since we still had a long day ahead of us.

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Saab Rally Team Finishes at Black River Stages 2007

Posted on 15. Oct, 2007 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab Rally

The Saab Rally Team in the North Eastern part of the United States has done it again at the Black River Stages 2007.

This team is managed by driver Luke Sorenson and co-driver Seth Strait, both experienced veterans in the Saab Rally scene. This team has been consisently been coming in on top at the recent rallys they have participated in. This team has been doing it all from a launch of the website this past fall, to the development and sale of custom designed and engineered Saab rally parts to winning rallys, I can’t wait to see what is next in store for the Saab Rally team.
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Saab 9-2x Owners Gather at Wachusett Mountain Resort

Posted on 30. May, 2007 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab History

saab9-2xwachusettmountain200.jpgOn June 17th, 2007, Saab 9-2x Owners will be travelling from all over the North East region of the United States to join in on the festivities at one of the largest Subaru Festivals in North America this year that is taking place at Wachusett Mountain in Princeton, Massachusetts.

This event is being sponsored by the New England Subaru Club and will be running a number events throughout the day at this location.

The Saab 9-2x was a joint endeavour between Saab Automobile and Fuji Heavy Industries (Subaru) and was offered only in the United States market from 2004 until 2006 and is now considered by this enthusiastic group of individuals who frequent the Saab9-2x forum, a collector’s item.

Here are some of the features of the event:

Parking for over 2000 attendees
Huge vendor midway
Live DJs spinning throughout the day
Thousands in prize give-a-ways
Technical seminars
Kids tent
Car show and awards
Race and rally car expose
Special Subaru celebrities and keynote speaker
And much, much more to be announced….

For more information on the Saab 9-2x, please visit the following posts:

Saab USA Heritage Collection – Saab 9-2x
Saab 9-2x, A Tribute (2004-2006)

For more information on this event, please visit the event website directly here

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