I met Simo Lampinen in Hamburg a good two years ago. Since then we have met at Saab events again and again. Whether last year in Spa or this year at the festival in Trollhättan - Simo is always there. His heart beats for motorsport and of course for the Swedish cult brand.
In the 60 years, he was a factory driver for Saab, and won 1963, 64 and 1972 the legendary 1000 Lakes Rally on Saab 93 and Saab 96. His diary is still packed to the brim today, and if you ask him where he's from, it's certainly a motorsport event anywhere in the world. And mostly with Saab.
At this year's Hamburg City Park Revival Simo will show that a Saab 96 is more than just a sympathetic car. Well adjusted, and especially with the right driver, the little Swede has wings. In the workshop of Nico Gasparatos The preparations have been going on for days, and everything is in the mood for the coming weekend.
The 96 needed a new engine block. A challenge that could be mastered with good connections to the Saab world, even in narrow time windows. Nevertheless, we were able to take a look at the Rally Saab. Live, unadorned, in the midst of work so to speak. Rally atmosphere, paired with a healthy dose of Saab passion. Everything is on schedule in the midst of hustle and bustle and the 96er will be on board with Simo on board this weekend.
The Stadtpark Revival is a fixed and important traditional event in the north. Manufacturers bring historic vehicles from their factory collections to Hamburg, because caring for tradition has become more and more important in recent years. And there are real rarities to admire, even beyond our brand. The famous hamburger Automuseum prototype For example, the Porsche 64 sends to the start.
The fact that Saab can be there with three vehicles is all the more enjoyable. Nico Gasparatos is not alone with his commitment and is from the German branch of the Saab Parts AB supported. In Eschborn, too, people know about the importance of historical vehicles, which suggests good things for the future. In addition to the Saab 96 V4 rally, there will also be a Saab 99 rally, also owned by Nico Gasparatos, from 1978 with Patrick and Kirstin Bott on board.
Missing only Saab number 3. A silver 900 Turbo, which is known from many events. He is now ready for the start and he is doing really well. How good, that's what our readers will see and hear on Thursday with the latest updates to Stadtpark Revival.
Images: Gasparatos automobiles