Saab weekend in Hamburg

It's sunny, dry, best turbo-weather. The highway north is heavily frequented and prevents the Aero from flying. So it goes with switched on, definitely not adaptive cruise control with constant 140 km / h in the direction of Hanseatic city. The Saab runs velvety with around 3.000 revolutions, behind Hanover then waiting for the first traffic jam.

1. Hamburg Saab meeting, Brandshof.
1. Hamburg Saab meeting, Brandshof.

Why is not clear, but the freeway is an adventure of its own this Friday. Two compact SUVs destroy the plastic bumpers in the middle of a traffic jam, a Rover 75 quits service on the leftmost lane. The enthusiasm of the rover driver and other road users is restrained - as is the sympathy. The man has to move his wreck by hand towards the edge of the road. At some point, everything dissolves, Hamburg comes into view. The slow ride is rewarded. A consumption of 8.5 liters per 100 kilometers is a sensation for a 15-year-old Saab hatchback with 4-speed automatic, full motorways not only have bad sides.

Hamburg is full, complete! 1,6 million visitors at the port birthday! I park the Saab at a elevated train station and continue on public transport. In the Hafencity I meet Mark and family, later we all sit comfortably in a restaurant and enjoy the sunny weather. Around us the automotive life is raging. Extremely many-cylinder, very expensive. More Bentley Cabriolets than Dacias, lots of AMG, BMW M, S and RS blends from Ingolstadt. You do not even need to talk about Porsche. They seem to be the Hafencity's Volkswagen. If you have the necessary change, you will find it difficult to achieve individuality with automobiles. At least in Hamburg.

You need something special to get noticed. A DeLorean that is no longer individual at the latest when suddenly two copies are standing next to each other. Or an Isdera. It remains a one-off all weekend. And Saab? The Saab density in the Hanseatic city is high. But it has noticeably decreased, and if you look closely, you can see that at least half of all Saabs have their good years behind them and will soon disappear.

The fact that there are fewer and fewer vehicles is not noticeable the following day. We are already against 10.00 clock at the historic gas station at Brandshof, the construction is still running, but the first vehicles are already on site. Throughout the day, more than 50 Saab classics drive the gas station. Not counting the amount of 900 II, 9-3 I and Turbo X that need to park outside the door. These would probably have been 100 Saabs. At times 5 or 6 9-3 I are parked in line on the street, my 2001er Aero in the middle of it.

The 1st Saab meeting in Hamburg was an attempt, so the organizers let me know. A test of whether something like this is accepted in the city and its surroundings. The result: it will be, very much! And not just in the surrounding area, but far beyond. The Swedes and Dutch probably had the longest journey. Potential is untapped and a repetition is planned for the next year. With a little program, shady seats, maybe more gastronomy. It would be nice, but I already liked the first performance. Thanks from the bloggers for hospitality, great conversations and a lot of Saab commitment!

In the late afternoon I leave Hamburg. The highways are full, the cruise control is used again. While it is comfortable in the direction of Hannover, I think about the meeting at Brandshof. The amount of cars that had to park outside did not make me happy.

Saab has so few model lines that the number of cars is falling dramatically; shouldn't all vehicles be allowed into the yard in the future? And, honestly, a well-preserved 900 II Turbo Coupe is rarer and more exciting today than 10 black Saab 900 I's parked in line at meetings. A sensitive subject, I am aware of that. But maybe something to worry about ...

The autobahn empties after Hanover. It becomes calmer, the route freer. The 2001 9-3 Aero docks onto a beautiful, new Carrera. The ride becomes faster, 200 plus X on fast, long motorway curves are fun. Now it becomes clear what a spoiler and Viggen Body Kit do. The Saab is, in the best tradition, designed for high speed. Aerodynamically stable, the fatter it is on the road, the faster you drive. Sure, there are modern cars that can do this even better. But on this day the Aero impresses me again. Saab had just done a good job.

It is logical that consumption climbs upwards. Up to Hanover there was still more than 75% fill level in the tank. It's empty in front of the front door. The consumption is around 12 liters, which is still moderate if you accelerate quickly on the slopes. Above all: 15 years old, Hirsch Performance, 4-speed automatic! Brilliant. What is nicer than a Saab weekend with nice people and plenty of space?

9 thoughts on "Saab weekend in Hamburg"

  • Dear Saabians, Saabists,

    I also drive a Saab 9-5 chrome goggle 2008 as a TID. I do not even call a real Saab for many, but in my opinion a Saab is and remains a Saab. Whether as a diesel or gasoline or or. We Saabfahrer must keep together more and more in the next few years. At a Saab meeting, I think all Saab should be welcome. Otherwise the event was successful for the first time. Thanks and MfG from Itzehoe.

  • Saab 9-3 I, as Aero or Viggen, just awesome! Timelessly beautiful and still damn fast

  • In any case, the 900 II and 9-3 I mutate into real “eye-catchers”. That was not evident 2 or 3 years ago. I also think that good specimens have risen in price recently.

  • The slight tail I had on the 9-3 Aero Cabrio / 2004. Very uncomfortable to drive at high speeds. The old 9-3 with Viggen Kit, however, is absolutely full. I would be interested to know how a 9-3 I is without the kit on the road. Can a reader say something about it?

  • A request / thought of the organizer:
    Please the 2. SAAB meeting without (!) Simultaneous port birthday.
    HH is so crazy overcrowded at the port birthday, it "inspires" the masses ...
    SAABians might like it a little “quieter” ... 😉 and safer on the streets.
    HH offers touristy even without Harbor Birthday, Harley Days, Cruise-Days etc. a lot of input !!!

  • Well, I found the “leisurely” gliding at 130, 140 km / h always the most relaxed way to arrive. On a trip from Saarbrücken to Göttingen, the consumption was 7,2 liters in the end - admittedly, with a long construction site at 80 km / h. On the way back there were then 7,8 liters / 100 km.

    On the contrary, when I let the old 9-5 “fly”, it got uncomfortable at 180 km / h at the latest - the rear became light, the road holding was somehow decoupled and indirect, the rebound after bumps was very delayed. It was technically possible, but arriving relaxed is no longer an option.

  • I would like to have been in HH. Nice to know that there will be a sequel!

  • Well ... For the 900 II and 9-3 I you can still get spare parts in the Opel / GM shelf ... But not for the others, which were almost completely built by Saab and equipped with parts that came from other suppliers, some of which no longer exist such as the Lucas company, which had its own injection system for the 900 I 16V, for the LH-Jetronic from Bosch for the same model there are parts or suppliers like Hella with the SW that do not have this manufactured / reproduced ... .

  • Yes, the 900II and 9-3I Coupé are slowly becoming classics too. I own a laser-red 9-3I coupé myself and am increasingly being applauded on it, my sister drives a 900II coupé and reports something similar. The prices for well-preserved vehicles with reasonable mileage also seem to be increasing recently ...

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