Held only once every two years, the Saab festival in Trollhättan is probably the largest SAAB gathering in the world. Norway, Finland, Denmark, Iceland (!), Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Czech, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Belgium, The Netherlands, China, the United States and Australia (did I miss anyone?). For me it was my 3rd festival and this time the excitement already started on the day prior to the official opening.
Stockholm / Kiel-Gothenburg-Trollhättan
My daughter and her boyfriend joining me on our mini-convoy from Stockholm south bound. Rather than head straight to SAABcity, we had decided to join (at least partially) the pre-tour Organized by Car dealership Lafrentz and our very own blogger Tom. The journey with our 9-4X, 9-3N and 9-5NG SportCombi to Gothenburg on Thursday 6 hours and just before midnight we reached the hotel. Kiel, Germany would be available at 09: 15. SAABs already waiting for the arrival of 43 participating cars and another 20 SAABs that were heading for the festival. SAAB friends, the engines were again to head over to Trollhättan.
First stop: NEVS
The preparation of this year's festival had a few ups and downs if you ask me. Looking at it from the positive side, the announcement about the festival actually taking place already happened in November. The organizing committee (the Saab Car Museum, Saab Turbo Club of Sweden and Saab Club Sweden) went the extra mile again to put a very attractive 3-day program together. Exhibitions, different seminars and workshops in and around the Museum on Friday, racing on the Kinnekulle Ring Racetrack on Saturday and the traditional exhibition of all attending SAABs and a flea market on Sunday.
Missing on the official program this year were the Festival dinner on Saturday and activities in the SAAB factory. Trollhättan. The Trollhättan. The fact that NEVS was missing on the program was probably even more remarkable. Recommendations on different car wash alternatives were included in the festival program, but not a word on NEVS. Very strange. Independently of what is NEVS technically the SAAB name is the SAAB AB, the vast majority of this year's festival is "what not invited". NEVS from having a presence at the museum area and the official program is not hard to understand, it's close to becoming an SAAB fans. Apparently things were somewhat normalized later than 9-3EV which allowed to park in front of the Museum on Sunday anyway.
As I wrote earlier, NEV's put a pretty compelling program together for the first festival day. So compelling that several groups of people in Sweden have come to Trollhättan. And so did we ... more on this in my next post!