The Saab heart was beating particularly hard in the north this weekend. The following applies more and more: Saab is what is on our doorstep or - in this case - in the Kiel Saab Zone.
"Pilots wanted 2014" already started on Friday with the check-in of the first Saab pilots and a summer barbecue in the evening. In the morning, the organization team had completed the “Saab Welcome Packages” for the participants, sponsor Triboron The information booth was built and artist Alexander Heger prepared his exhibition of Nordic Saab art.
The next day, in the best of weather, around 35 Saab 9-5 NG, including 8 sports trunks, stood for breakfast after breakfast Saab center Kiel ready for the exit. Katrin and Markus Lafrentz had prepared a road book for the Saab crews for the more than 50 kilometer drive through the Kiel area. In 5 groups, the Saabs were sent to the track around noon.
My 9-5 NG acted as a press vehicle and I had one with me Orio Germany GmbH Managing Director Jan-Philipp Schuhmacher a prominent navigator on board. With the ambitious press and photo team in the back seats it went on the tour. First at the airfield in the direction of the Olympic center, then on small side roads. Fantastic viewpoints provided the opportunity for a photo shoot, and the colorful Saab troupe from different countries attracted the attention of tourists and locals.
At Gut Wulfshagen, an unplanned stopover was made that was not in the road book, and more and more 9-5 NGs gathered in the manor without prior agreement. While some were already driving, the next big Saabs rolled into the yard, and we had a lot of fun. A small ferry that crosses the Kiel Canal continued in the direction of Kiel, and after around an hour and a half the exit, which our team completed without errors, was unfortunately over.
The track itself was so well liked (again kudos to Katrin and Markus!) That not a few participants drove the track a second time in the afternoon. Gradually, the vehicles gathered in the yard, which was reserved that day only for the last large sedans and station wagons from Trollhättan. There was coffee and cake, the atmosphere was relaxed and relaxed, some festival feeling was noticeable. The situation in Sweden was an issue, but more on the sidelines. More important is what connects, the heart that beats for the brand, the friendship of the international community among each other.
The Saab Day in Kiel ended much too soon with a dinner together. While most of the participants returned home the next day, some fans had not yet had enough Saab Feeling. They take advantage of being so high in the north, and continued to travel towards Trollhättan.
What is left of the two days in the Kiel Saab Zone? Except for the fact that who was not there, missed something great. On the one hand, the realization that people are even prepared to book a North Atlantic flight for 24 hours of Saab flair in Germany! Then we travel with us, celebrate, enjoy the good Kiel beer and return to work on the US East Coast on Monday.
On the other hand, the certainty that country and language boundaries do not exist when it comes to our Saab passion. That one wins friends, by the love for the small car brand from Trollhättan. That is not little in our time!
Finally, a big thank you to everyone who made “Pilots wanted 2014” possible and without whom we would never have been able to take off on our Kiel Saab sightseeing flight. To the Lafrentz family, who gave us hospitality again and gave us all generous hospitality. To the Orio Germany GmbH, which generously sponsored us again this year, as well Triboron Germany. And finally to Till with his CardyourCar Shop, who, like our fan shop, also ensured that the “Welcome Packages” for the participants were a bit fuller.
More pictures of “Pilot wanted 2014” from our photo team will soon be available on our event page.
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