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Per Eklund Prepares Heikkinen For Finnish Rallycross

Posted on 20. Apr, 2010 by .

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Photo Credit: Photo: © Lennart Pettersson

Mike Jager has recently covered Per Eklund’s protege, Toomas Heikkinen where he will participate in the first two events of the 2010 Finnish Rallycross Championship.

It was in March where we first learned that Heikkinen is being groomed by Eklund for future rallycross events with the Eklund team.

The Swedish Rallycross Championship, the ‘Rallycross Norden’ events and probably eight events of the 2010 FIA European Rallycross Championship is the plan for Per Eklund this year. Like Michael Jernberg yesterday, Andréas Eriksson this last saturday, and Kenneth Hansen last week, Eklund also attended Strängnäs Motorstadion for some testing before the season. He had this time only brought his “old” SAAB 9-3 with him. “Everything underneath is the same – it is only the model that is older – otherwise it is just as fast as my other Division 1 cars,”he explained.
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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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10th Anniversary Norwegian Holiday Festival – Washington, D.C.

Posted on 12. Nov, 2006 by .

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125px-flag_of_norwaysvg.pngThis year marks the 10th anniversary (1996-2006) of the Norwegian Embassy along with the Norwegian Chamber of Commerce will be having an authentic Norwegian Holiday Festival at Union Station here in Washington, D.C. This Festival is free, and will include, vendors, free Glög served at the Tree Lighting Ceremony in the main hall, authentic food served, a concert as well as various exhibits. There is even going to be a large life-size Polar Bear carving from a 2,300 lb block of ice by award-winning ice carver.

If you can make this event, it is definitely worth going to!

For more information, please visit http://www.norway.org/xmas/unionstation2006.htm

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KICK-OFF
Toys for Tots Regional Kick-off and Model Train Launch
The giant Norwegian model train has been popular with visitors every December for 10 years, as it winds through the mountains and fjords of Norway. This year it gets a major anniversary face-lift with new and refurbished houses, an expansive forest and new moving elements on display. In addition, there will be two new large train sets. Each is painstakingly hand modified by our expert model builder to become true replicas of trains actually running in Norway today. The start of the train marks the kick-off for the 2006 U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign.
When: Tuesday, November 21. The event starts at 9 a.m. After the kick-off, the train will run every day through January 7, 2007. (Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday, Noon – 6 p.m.)
Where: Union Station, West Hall, 50 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E., Washington, D.C.
Admission: FREE, no tickets
Info: 202-333-6000 or 202-289-1908 www.dctoysfortots.org
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OPENING CEREMONY
Tree-lighting
For the 10th year in a row, the Norwegian Government gives a 30-foot tall Christmas tree as a gift to the people of Washington, D.C. Renowned actor, Earle Hyman, will flip the switch to light the 8,000 lights on the tree. The 80 year old actor is best known for his role as Bill Cosby’s father, Russell Huxtable, on “The Cosby Show,” but is also a distinguished stage actor. He taught himself Norwegian so that he could read Henrik Ibsen’s plays in the original language. The ceremony includes choral song and appearance by Ambassador of Norway, Knut Vollebaek.
When: Tuesday, November 28, 6 p.m. The tree will be up through December 27
Where: Union Station, Main Hall, 50 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E., Washington, D.C.
Admission: FREE, no tickets
Info: 202-333-6000 or 202-289-1908.
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BAZAAR
Norwegian-American Holiday Bazaar
Norwegian-American organizations host a shopping extravaganza featuring traditional crafts from Norway, including hand made items, jewelry, calendars, trolls, dolls, holiday ornaments, pewter items, sweaters, and food.
When: Friday, December 1, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday, December 2, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Union Station, Main Hall, 50 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E., Washington, D.C.
Info: 202-333-6000 or 202-289-1908.
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NORWEGIAN FOOD
Taste of Norway
Taste traditional Norwegian holiday fare at “Taste of Norway.” Get your free, delicious sample platter of hot food and assorted Christmas cookies. Norwegians dressed in “bunad,” the national costume, will serve the culinary Holiday treats.
When: Sunday, December 10, from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., or while supplies last
Where: Union Station, Main Hall, 50 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E., Washington, D.C.
Admission: FREE, no tickets
Info: 202-333-6000 or 202-289-1908.

Norwegian Menu at Center Cafe
The head chef, Willy Hansen, at Norwill Gourmet Food Service – a purveyor of fine Scandinavian food, has prepared a Norwegian menu to be served at Center Cafe.
When: November 27 – December 29, Mon-Fri: 8 am – 8:30 p.m., Sat-Sun: 11:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Union Station, Main Hall, 50 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E., Washington, D.C.
Info: 202-333-6000 or 202-289-1908.
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CONCERTS
Tord Gustavsen Trio at the Kennedy Center
The acclaimed jazz trio featuring Tord Gustavsen on piano, bassist Harald Johnsen, and Jarle Vespestad on drums, is back in town. The New York Times describes their music as “slow music that melts off the bandstand into puddles of feeling, backed by a low-key funk rhythm; it’s séance music.”
When: Thursday, December 7, 6 p.m.
Where: Terrace Theater, Millennium Stage, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street, N.W., Washington, D.C
Admission: FREE, no tickets
Info: (800) 444-1324 or (202) 467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org
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Maja Ratkje and POING
The Norwegian trio POING (Frode Haltli accordion, HÃ¥kon Thelin double bass, and Rolf-Erik Nystrøm saxophone) are joined by composer/vocalist Maja Ratkje for a program f Ms. Ratkje’s music as well as improvisations. According to The Wire: “Ratkje’s voice is gloriously possessed by the tongues of more split personalities than there are angels on the head of a pin.”
When: Sunday, December 17, 2 p.m.
Where: National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.
Admission: FREE, no tickets
Info: (202) 783-5000. www.nmwa.org
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Nordic Voices at the National Gallery of Art
The six-voice a cappella ensemble consists of young musicians who have graduated from the Norwegian State Academy of Music. Their musical background includes church music, composition, choral conducting, singing and teacher training. The group’s vast repertoire ranges from medieval to modern music.
When: Sunday, December 17, 6:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.)
Where: National Gallery of Art, West Building, West Garden Court at Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C
Admission: FREE, no tickets
Info: (202) 842-6941. www.nga.gov
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EXHIBIT
Exhibit of Polar Norway
A spirit of adventure, long traditions of hunting and research, and its geographical location are some of the reasons why Norway considers itself a polar nation. This exhibit highlights aspects of Norway’s acivities in the Arctic and Antarctic, reflecting how these activities have shaped contemporary Norway.
When: Monday, December 4 – January 7, 2007
Where: Union Station, Main Hall, 50 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E., Washington, D.C.
Admission: FREE, no tickets
Info: 202-333-6000 or 202-289-1908.
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Ice Carving of a Life-Size Polar Bear
Watch an award-winning ice carver create a polar bear out of a 2,300 lbs. block of ice
Where: Union Station, West Hall, 50 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E., Washington, D.C.
When: Tuesday, November 28, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Admission: FREE, no tickets
Info: 202-333-6000 or 202-289-1908.

Book events
A series of book events for children and adults.
Where: Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E., Washington, D.C.
When: Early December. Please see www.norway.org/xmas
Admission: FREE, no tickets
Info: 202-333-6000 or 202-289-1908.

SEMINAR
LNG and Safety in Maritime Transportation
Seminar on gas transport from the high north to the U.S. market. Organized by the Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce.
When: November 28, 2006, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Ronald Reagan Building, International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Info: (703) 509-4570, beate_orbeck@hotmail.com. To register: (703) 698-1565, anordvik@naccma.org

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