Saturday afternoon. Kiel, near the Baltic Sea. Out of town, a pack of sports cars battling Hamburg traffic through the dense traffic. Maserati, Lamborghini, Porsche, Ferrari, a new Alpine A110 (!), A few Audi R8. On the opposite lane: Saab. A handsome number of 9-5 NG sedans, sports cars and 9-4x.
What is funnier? Definitely exclusive are the Saabs, which are on their way through the city center. The 9-4x has only one low, 3-digit number worldwide. Significantly rarer is the 9-5 NG sports estate, of which only the pre-series vehicles exist. To be honest: A Porsche, Maserati or Lamborghini, on the other hand, is off the peg. The Alpine Not. But that is still very new.
The Saab family meets
Everything started the day before. From lunchtime, the yard of the Saab center began to fill up. Vehicles from Germany, Switzerland, Austria, UK, Poland, Sweden, Denmark and other countries. Pilots wanted is something like a family reunion. An extended family, spread over many countries, meets every two years. Many participants are already in 3. Time. You know each other, you talk, you do not just talk about cars. Many acquaintances have created friendships and lasting contacts. Saab connects, and even newcomers quickly get in touch and are integrated.
In terms of vehicles, everything is represented, from the basic model to the fully equipped aero. Regardless of whether linear with diesel and halogen light, or V6 XWD. Almost all Saab are in a neat annual or almost new car condition. A highlight of Pilots wanted 2018 were certainly the two newly built 9-5s from the Lafrentz crew. Once in the classy "Merlotröd ”and once in the sporty“ Viggen blue ”. Both colors that unfortunately never existed in the series. And both 9-5 in new car condition. This aroused some desires among the fans. There were already serious inquiries for newly built vehicles during the event. Rebuilt, or better than ex works, is possible. Swedish individuality for a high 5-digit amount.
In the evening, the Saab family met at Gosch on the keel line. The Saab Dinner took place in the best sunshine on the Kieler Flaniermeile. The delegations of Orio Germany and the Switzerland. The former officially because it showed its presence with a stand. Second privately and out of pure Saab passion on site. The mood was relaxed, there were nice conversations, and in the evening in the hotel the party continued with beer and other drinks and talked a lot about Saab ...
After breakfast at the dealership, it was on Saturday on the track. Almost 120 kilometers, and I was co-pilot with Jochen in his 9-5 Aero XWD. A very well maintained Saab, one does not notice his 162.000 kilometers at all. The Drive-Sense works like the first day, the interior is almost new. So Saab driving is fun, even if the roadbook occasionally allowed interpretation options and we drove a few extra kilometers. The route was as always great, rural region, coast and city center alternated, it was not boring for a moment. Unfortunately, the meeting ended after the exit and then coffee and cake way too fast. Now we have to wait another two years for Pilot's wanted 2020.
And one more thing: The 9-4x fit well into the 9-5 family and made the event even more exciting. Maybe you should schedule them at upcoming meetings?
I no longer drive a 9-5 NG, it has been sold and I met my ex-car and its new owner in Kiel. I think the Saab has come into good hands, everything fits. So we went back south in the 9-3 Aero, which also acted as a taxi for Max and Felix. your transatlanticist stayed for maintenance in Kiel and will be picked up in a few days. In the height of Hanover we overtake a beautiful, well-kept Saab 9-5 OG. As a greeting, there are turn signals left, turn signal right, it continues.
A few miles later I discover the 9-5 in the rearview mirror. He stalks, overtakes, and the pair in the 9-5 with Hanover plate waving excited. Both are happy as the snow kings. We wave back, have fun. Family reunion at Tempo 160 on the highway.
That too is Saab.