Sunday, 05:10 a.m. The 9-5 merges into the freeway, the adaptive bi-xenon headlights switch to freeway lights. They cut up the darkness, the Saab flies through the night with a bright beam of light. I have 1.200 kilometers ahead of me - or two tank fillings. The path leads to the east.
The Saab friends Saxony have invited to the autumn trip around Bautzen; Mark and I like to come. Würzburg, Bamberg, Hof, always towards Leipzig. The highway is practically empty, the Saab has unlimited travel on unlimited sections. The Hirsch system produces a sporty, robust sound that has goosebumps potential. The Saab is also on the road at speeds beyond the 200 km / h. Only flying is nicer ...
08: 50 clock, near Leipzig. I ended up with co-blogger Mark, who naturally hoisted the Saab flag. A pair with a 9-3 Aero Cabriolet with Viggen Body Kit is added, and in formation flight we head towards Bautzen. A short refueling stop. We meet a 9-3 II with Swiss registration. The dispensers are now fully occupied with Saabs. The Swiss, who actually comes from Saxony, can not believe it.
10:00 a.m., Radeberger Marktplatz. We fly to the meeting point on time, and the parking lot at the market fills up in the next hour with more and more vehicles that are “Made by Trollhättan”. Saab's colorful team drives Saab 99, Saab 900 and 9000. There are also 9-3 from both series and 9-5 from both series. Vehicles in every condition, from new to used, people of various ages and from a wide variety of professions. You are all Saab that day, very relaxed. From the blog there are Saab safety vests for the participants, useful and suitable for the coming cold season.
11:00 o'clock. The colorful Saab troop starts to exit. It's on small, winding country roads around Bautzen. Picturesque valleys and villages whose names I have never heard of. But there is also one in small Saxon towns Saab service… The 900s produce the bubbling sound while driving through, the 9000 in front of us delights with the typical turbocharger whistling when accelerating, the 9-5 growls smokily through the small towns. Saab drivers could identify this sound image immediately. Here comes a pack of Saabs before you even see the first vehicles.
Rest in Cunewalde, followed by lunch, Saab Talk. Open hoods, petrol talks. Not a few use the stops for a seat test in the Saab 9-5 NG, which is a rarity on the tour. But not the only one. A Saab 900 with Heuschmid Body Kit is also included, never seen before, super rare, maybe the last survivor and probably another theme on the blog soon.
It continues through Saxony, which shows its best side. Passers-by wave at city crossings, everyone has fun. Life could be so easy. It follows a photo stop with Saab flag, which defiantly blowing in the wind, then it goes on towards the highway. Before Saab's colorful troupe disintegrates, the traditional Saab muffins are distributed at the last stop. Then the participants say goodbye to a day that passed much too fast. Many thanks to the organization team and the two muffin bakers. You are wonderful!
20: 00 clock. At Mark, there is still a strong coffee, then it goes back to Frankfurt. The 9-5 seems to enjoy every meter of the ride, it's just home on long hauls. In rain and darkness it goes in the direction of Bavaria, the traffic is dense, but almost without Saab participation. The 9-5 and I meet only a single Saab with Polish approval on 450 kilometers.
23:00 p.m., near Schweinfurt. The mobile rings, a Saab friend from the exit answers. He is now on shift work and wants to know how the drive home is going and whether everything is okay. Typical Saab community, I think, already the right troop!
Shortly before midnight. The 9-5 is in the carport, crackling to itself. 1.200 kilometers more are on the clock, and every meter was pure driving pleasure. The Anna project is parked next to the 9-5. The 9000 would also like to have flown to Saxony. Maybe next year, when the Saxon Saab friends take the next trip…