Getting my first article out on Saabblog.net turned out to be a trivial task. Lack of inspiration, technical issues or other "normal" reasons, but really because of the very high standard I believe this site holds.
When Tom contacted me I would be interested in contributing to the site. I have been reading the blog for quite a while already and been consistently impressed by the great variation in topics, the depth of the articles, the balanced views expressed by the authors and most of the passion for the SAAB brand. Being asked to contribute feels like a real challenge to live up to a very high standard.
My love for this unique brand was sparked when I was about 10 years old. My best friend's father owned a SAAB dealership in a brand new acacia green 99 Turbo is deeply engraved in my memory. The feeling of great acceleration mixed with admiration of the distinctive design and the different technological innovations that struck me then, still lives on firmly today (in fact, I would argue has grown further over the years!).
The first SAAB I could afford to drive myself way back in 1999 was a scarabee green 9-3OG, shortly followed by a 9000 CSE, several 9-5OG SportCombi's and a 9-3NG SportSedan. My current driveway is SAAB-only… I'll be sharing some more details about my different gems in due course, but what I can reveal already is that a 9-5NG SportCombi with VIN number 17 is among them…
What to expect?
Saabblog.net is first of all "Pure SAAB" (as Tom stated in his recent article on the direction of the blog). We are always open for feedback and new ideas.
So does this mean that the entire site is now available in English? Probably not. While some content may also be available in English, the 1: 1 translations.
A similar pace to Tom, I have a very demanding day job as well as expect updates on a "best effort" basis.
What is help though are tips, pictures, videos etc., so send them my way and / or post comments to this article!