The best Saab holiday pictures 2012 have been chosen! The fans of our brand decided and 762 votes had been cast by the deadline. The race was close! With a very slim lead and 126 votes, Erik's holiday picture “Sweden on the rest area” was chosen in first place.
An image that skilfully combines Saab's roots in aviation with a modern 9-3. Ivan's holiday picture came in second place, just 2 votes apart. “Saab 6 II on Thasos”, and I am particularly pleased because the Saab 900 II is also recognized 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.
The picture “Saab 95 and 96 in the garden” comes from Torsten from the Hamburg area. It shows that we know how to celebrate and have a lot of fun with our classics.
In the picture “Saab on the beach” we can see that a Saab picture does not necessarily have to be a Saab, but that our passion for the cult brand continues. No Saab in sight and still absolutely great made by Stefan.
Another special price, and this is particularly important to me, is in the Classic category. There are fans among us who love to take care of almost forgotten Saab models. One of the “cellar children” is the Saab 90. Whoever invests in such money and time does so out of pure passion. That is lived Saab spirit, and such a Saab 90 is at home in the Hamburg area. The classic special award 2012 goes to Volker!
We come to the last special price. The longest vacation trip. Not every submitter has stated his kilometers driven, but a lot of Saab drivers are really "... at home on long distances". It's great when an old advertising slogan becomes reality. The longest travel route indicated to the south came from Ralf. 6.822 kilometers of vacation travel is an announcement, and he earned the special price with it.
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 also been reached where a private, voluntary and thus limited blog reaches its limits. The balancing act between family, job and blog is becoming more and more adventurous, and my family in particular is required to be very tolerant. You have to draw conclusions from this. For example, there will be no Saab diary on the blog for the next year, unless someone can be found who can look after it. And there will only be a new edition of the photo competition if volunteers are found to support the blog and the team. It's up to the readers! Because “we are Saab”!