First contact behind the camera

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Saabs went beyond my horizon for over two decades. With one exception: from a gate of the garage line lying behind our East Berlin prefabricated building I saw, if I was lucky, now and then a lovingly groomed Saab 99 roll.

Saab 900 Cabriolet by Hendrik
Saab 900 Cabriolet by Hendrik

How he got lost in the automotive diaspora is still a mystery today. For me as a teenager rather a curiosity. The dreams hung on sparkling stars, leaping horses or white propellers turning against a blue sky.

A fortunate circumstance helped me to film behind the iron curtain during filming before the turn. It was thanks to the emerging private television that free staff for film and television at that time was virtually impossible to find. My choice fell on a small noble advertising production company in Bad Homburg.

Saab predecessor: Moskwich
Saab predecessor: Moskwich

First project: A commercial for Teves brakes, on the groundbreaking ASR system. In order to present this new feature as effectively and as neutral as possible, the Saab representative in Frankfurt sent an 900 convertible with a pre-production ASR. For me, who was the only car to have owned a Moskvich station wagon, an unreal vehicle. Scented leather, electric windows, the electric hood, luxury everywhere. And of course the rich sound, unbelievable.

We shot in the Taunus. The Saab should start on a slope without spinning wheels fast take a serpentine and stop with a full stop right in front of the camera. I drew a line on the street, the stuntman made three attempts, perfect. So camera to the stroke, sharpness and action. The engine roared, elegantly the convertible took the corner rushing towards me and ...

Some inspiration made me jump into the ditch, the camera flew over me with a whistling sound. The stuntman chalk pale, I chalk pale, otherwise luckily unharmed, needed a break and a new camera.

When my senses were back together, I packed the pitiful remains in the spacious convertible trunk to get a replacement. The team enjoyed the spring sun and I took the first time in a Saab place. It had been some time since I was behind a wheel and an unknown car, caution was required. I found the ignition, the beast hissed, the roof floated back and off we went. But beware! What happened when I stepped on the gas pedal was scary to me. So I glided gently through the Taunus until this semitrailer twitched in front of me. 40 km / h, 30 km / h, 20km / h. Then a long straight slope, no oncoming traffic, why not overtake? So left out and gas.

What happened then still makes me shudder. A jolt went through this car and an invisible catapult shot me past the 20 meter truck. My heart was thumping, I was infected. The first Spargroschen ranged for a silver 84er 900i two-door and after a few years finally for a white 900 Turbo Cabriolet with S charging. This has been with me for more than twenty years. The 9-5 station wagon family car was a not so great story but no reason to curse the old Swedes.

Considering that the first encounter with a Saab could have been my last, I have remained faithful to the brand.

5 thoughts on "First contact behind the camera"

  • Nice story! There was a lot of adrenaline in one day. It would be something for the bankruptcy-bad luck-and-breakdown gallery: make a brake film and then knock the cameraman over ... Great anti-advertising for a “groundbreaking” system !!
    Have fun with the beautiful convertible (in white I like her best).

  • I enjoy every evening, when I come from work and can take a hefty pinch of saab history, I look forward to the saabigen stories every day, saab lives as long as we let them live!

  • Very nice story.
    Is there a link to the commercial?
    Or was the second camera also overrun?
    Greetings from the Taunus, Torsten

  • Instinct takes precedence over “being in love”…. 😉
    How good that you can continue to enjoy SAAB!

  • Nice .. Nice to read ...

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