It is ten to seven on Sunday morning. Admittedly, very, very early on vacation, but I'm invited to a SAAB meeting. There are no ifs and buts! I'm on my way through the gardens of our hotel, past palm trees and huge Boucanville plants - just wonderful here. My phone vibrates: “Tomorrow. I stand in front of the hotel: o) ”. I think perfect and step up a gear. It was arranged at seven.
A beautiful dark blue 9-5 AERO is parked in front of the hotel. Wow, a great car in very good condition. A warm welcome with Ersil and then it starts. We drive on the D400 the expressway between Alanya and Antalya -> only flying is better! The almost 120km literally go by in a flash. No comparison to the usual transfer buses or rental cars. In Manavgat there is a delicious breakfast with Börek and Cay. Satisfied and refreshed, it's back on the expressway towards Antalya Airport.
Check-in and flight are uncomplicated and on time, so that we land in Ankara later in the morning. The capital awaits us with a pleasant 28 degrees in sunny weather. As soon as we stand in front of the airport building, the 9-5 sports suit with Levent drives up. Here, too, the greeting is warm and thanks to German - English - Turkish language skills, there will soon be a lively conversation. It goes towards Golbashi, which is about 30km south of Ankara. There is a lake called Logan Gölü with several restaurants on terraces above the lake. This morning there are several rallies in downtown Ankara, so we drive around the center on the western ring of the motorway. With up to 200 km / h it goes on the almost car-empty and three-lane smooth motorway. Ready for takeoff!
Shortly before our destination, a short stop at one of the countless gas stations. In the adjacent car wash it says - yes, I can hardly believe my eyes! - a beautiful red 9000 with Swiss registration in one of the wash boxes. Mustafa usually works in our neighboring state and is currently on vacation & visiting his family at home. Perfect!!! It is my personal companion and translator for the entire day. Cok tesekkürler Mustafa!
We meet Adil and his son in a great 9.3II AERO. Together we continue towards the meeting point. On the way we pick up the 900 convertible from Adil. It will later become clear that today at this meeting two of these very rare companions come together in almost perfect condition and perfect appearance. Both convertibles were certainly on the band together, because according to VIN they are only 25 numbers apart! SAAB history. Made in Finland - driven in Turkey.
A total of 26 SAAB gathered at this meeting. In addition to the two 900 convertibles already mentioned and a chic 900 Combi Coupe, there are also beautiful 9000s (the most beautiful is of course the RED !!), several 9-3 II pre- and facelifts and some 9-5 I and of course Tunc, the one with drove his motorbike from Istanbul especially for the meeting ... Auto mechanics, actors, engineers, teachers or entrepreneurs are ... a colorful mix as with every meeting with us in Germany. After the usual setting up for photo shoots and flying over with a drone, we run into the nearby restaurant.
From here you have a wonderful view of the lake and the wide landscape. We sit together and report on our cars, how we looked, found and bought them & of course also about special features or curiosities. I'll tell you something about the SAAB scene and meetings in Germany ...
Lots of SAAB Talk in English, German and Turkish. No matter where you are in this world, SAAB drivers make you feel at home and in good hands. Thank you very much for your friendly reception, the warm conversations and your dear hospitality ...
Oops how time flies. It's already afternoon and gradually the first ones are watching the clock and slowly the first of the newly won friends say goodbye. Pity!!! We start back towards Ankara in the convertible from Adil. Just wonderful !!!!
At his home we switch to his 9-3 III and we continue towards the airport. We stop for a tasty snack on the way. Now the streets are a bit empty and we drive across Ankara to Esenboğa to the airport. Ankara is truly a beautiful city - I want to come back, but this time with my family and more time !!!
The return flight to Antalya starts spontaneously on time after the previously announced delay, which requires a short but violent sprint to the gate. Just done -> four minutes before departure we sit in our seats ... After a relaxing three quarters of an hour, which I use to type the first thoughts and drafts for this report into the tablet, we land in Aksu / Antalya. The D400 is now almost without cars and we can drive comfortably but quickly on the way home ... We are back at the hotel around ten. It will certainly not be the last meeting with the SAAB friends in Turkey!
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