The best Saab holiday pictures 2012 are fixed! The fans of our brand have decided and 762 votes have been cast by the deadline. The race was close! With a very thin lead and 126 votes the holiday picture of Erik "Schweden im Rastplatz" was voted first.
A picture skilfully combining the roots of Saab in aviation with a modern 9-3. On 2, with only 6 votes gap, came the holiday picture of Ivan. "Saab 900 II on Thasos", and I am particularly pleased because it also honors the Saab 900 II by the community.
Place 3 occupies with Benjamin's 82 9-3 I in front of English scenery, which fits very well. This gives us three Saab generations in the first places.
As announced, there are special prizes, which the jury awards freehand. The most original Saab pictures, we have awarded two of them, have very different motives.
From Torsten from the Hamburg area comes the picture "Saab 95 and 96 in the garden". It shows that we understand how to celebrate and have fun with our classics.
That on a Saab picture does not necessarily have to be a Saab, but that our passion for the iconic brand continues, we can see in the picture "Saab on the beach". No Saab in sight and still absolutely great made by Stefan.
Another special prize, and this is particularly important to me, is in the category classic. There are fans among us who care about almost forgotten Saab models with love. One of the "basement children" is the Saab 90. Anyone who invests in such money and time makes this out of pure passion. This is Saab Spirit, and such a Saab 90 is at home in the Hamburg area. The classic special price 2012 goes to Volker!
Let's get to the last special price. The longest vacation trip. Not every sender has given his mileage, but a lot of Saab riders are really "... at home on long distances". Nice, when an old advertising slogan becomes reality. The longest travel route to the south came from Ralf. 6.822 kilometers of holiday travel are an announcement, and he has earned the special price.
With this we are at the end of the year with the best Saab pictures. The addresses now go to Eschborn, where letters are prepared and packages are packed. It may take a few days for everything to get underway, as the two responsible people, one of whom I am, are traveling a lot this week. But we do everything to ensure that the shipments arrive at the recipients before Christmas.
The branch of Saab Parts AB in Eschborn supported us generously in this competition. For me, the company, which is based at the old headquarters in Nyköping and operates the helpdesks for Saab drivers worldwide from Trollhättan, has our remaining authority over Saab. The thanks from the blog team goes to the Saab team in Eschborn!
A few more personal words at the end ...
It was the first competition of its kind on the blog. I learned a lot from it and at the beginning underestimated the onslaught and the workload. So many pictures and so much encouragement are a positive signal for the brand and the community. Saab, as a non-manufacturing brand, lives and is more alive than many other brands that build cars every day, but that are only commodities and do not arouse emotions. That's the good side of the story.
However, the point has now been reached where a private, volunteer and thus limited blog reaches its limits. The balancing act between family, job and blog is becoming more and more adventurous and my family needs a lot of tolerance. You have to draw conclusions from that. For example, there will not be a Saab diary on the blog next year unless someone can find it. And there will only be a re-run of the photo contest if volunteers find support to the blog and the team. It is up to the readers! Because "we are Saab"!