Was it a spring trip or a Pentecost meeting? Ok, it was late spring, and it was at Pentecost, so we call it Pentecost. What we should remember for the end of this report.
It was time to plan the spring trip 2017 but alone? No, that alone is no fun. So call Tobias, he has already done that, and asked if he would like to have time. Quickly an appointment was found and we met in the winter in Radeburg.
Radeburg should also be our starting point of the tour, as it is easy to reach with its motorway connection for the Saab friends with a further journey and not too far away from our stop in Coswig.
Tobias had probably already a distance in mind and and so we drove off his track and I wrote along diligently to be able to create the track later in the calculator.
At the end the records looked like this ...
"Radeburg Lidl-to market right-Krebsmühle-left Dobra-sharp left-then right through the ponds Lang-Lötzschen direction Theindorf-left highway against A13-over bridge-Feitelsdorf-Ebersbach-Reinersdorf-straight direction Göhra-Nauleis-Hohndorf-Basslitz -links Grossdobritz-Buschhaus-Laubenhöhe-Coswig Spitzgrund- "
So we drove to Coswig and then on to Wilsdruff.
In Wilsdruff, it was already quite dark and we found the old station as an ideal destination for our exit, he offered in comparison to the market just enough space for the Saabs.
We then drove from Wilsdruff back to Radeburg where I had left my 9-5, I enjoyed the ride in Tobi's 99, just great.
In Radeburg we went to eat something when a trucker came in, placed his order, and he somehow got to talking about the Saab 99 that was standing in front of the door. And hey presto you had a topic with a total stranger trucker and it turned out that his parents also drove Saab and he always thought the cars were great.
The tour is fixed: Radeburg-Coswig-Wilsdruff.
But why Coswig, what does Coswig have to eat there at noon and stick with 30 + Saabs?
Well, in Coswig there was a hard-working engineer Emil-Hermann-Nacke, who was the first car manufacturer in Saxony and unfortunately now more and more forgotten. It was therefore advisable to establish a link between the automobiles from Sweden and those from Coswig (SA).
It was a Pentecost meeting ....
On the 05.06. 2017, Whitsun ab 10: 15 was a meeting place in Radeburg on the Lidl car park. When I arrived there with my family and our 9-5 SC against 10: 00, almost 10 Saabs were already at the meeting point, we were really surprised to see so many Saabs so early.
The parking lot slowly filled up and the first conversations began, we know each other by now. 😉 There were also a few new Saab friends there for me, which always makes the whole thing so interesting. Karina and Mark had their muffins with them, which by now have almost become a tradition. Which of the two actually bakes them? 😉
Against 11: 00 it was over 30 Saabs and we started our tour. The weather was perfect, the column stretched like a string of pearls through the landscape around Radeburg in the direction of Coswig. Without losses and breaks in the column we reached Coswig. It was a tour without stress and we could watch as a "broom wagon" beautifully the snake, which moved through the country.
The Saab friends Saxony on the way to the Pentecost meeting. Picture: SFS
30 Saabs ... Image: SFS
A statement for the brand. Picture: SFS
At the city hall in Coswig we all had enough space to park our Saabs and we went to the culinary part of the exit.
And now back to Emil-Hermann-Nacke.
After the meal we had the opportunity that Mrs. Hamann (one of the authors of the book about Emil-H-Nacke) could tell us something in a presentation about the life and work of Mr. Nacke. I think that only a few knew Mr. Nacke and his cars until then. I found it a successful show, not too technical and yet very interesting.
I would also like to thank Mrs Hamann again, for taking the time for us at Whitsun and for starting on Monday and not Sunday. Sunday had rained like crazy. If you would like further information, you can do so at the following address: www.emil-hermann-nacke.de
Then the tour continued in the direction of Wilsdruff.
On the way there Mark and Heiko even had the chance to photograph their Saabs in front of the factory gate of Mr. Nacke. On the left is Paul to see if Heiko already has his name 9-5 NG, unfortunately I do not know. Heiko?
And while we're at Paul, it was my first contact with the blog car, I was clearly curious, logically I wanted to look at the and compare one or the other part of the car with our 9-5 from the year 2002. He is really great there Paul, not only because of the very nice rims, which I had never seen before. He also lacks the rust in the typical places where the 9-5 otherwise show a tendency to rust and so he is really a fine car. He liked me anyway.
Back to the tour ....
After intermittent losses we had then captured on the other Elbe side all Saabs again. And it went closed to Wilsdruff on.
And now comes the most beautiful moment of the tour for me. We had chosen the train station as our destination in winter, but we did not know what it would look like if we set up a train on 30 Saabs.
As I said, I was with my family the broom wagon and we came in Wilsdruff last on the court. And there were almost all there, lined up like here in the picture.
The place, the ambience, the whole Saabs, it was just amazing and for me the most beautiful moment of the tour, just a great feeling.
Oh, we wanted to remember "Whitsun". I agree. It looks like most of the participants think that we are having a Whitsun gathering from the spring trip, it would have the advantage of being able to plan ahead in advance. I would look forward to meeting 2018 at Pentecost.
Until then, maintain the turbos and keep the Saabs on the road.
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