From Essen to Frankfurt. Of the High Price show the shiny sheet to the base. Contrasts could hardly be more exciting. It's cold this Saturday. Normal pre-Easter weather, the thermometer is climbing hard over the 0 grade mark. In addition a cold north wind blows, and it falls a little snow.
The word of the winter barbecue makes the rounds. But, there is no unsuitable weather, at most the wrong clothes to do so. The 9000 must be washed urgently, at these temperatures it must do the car wash instead of washing area. The car wash is free - of course. Who washes his vehicle already in snowfall and this cold?
Winter barbecue at Saab Service Frankfurt
Then the 9k taxi can play, collect 2 friends, and off you go to Frankfurt-Fechenheim. With its huge space, the Saab is the ideal taxi for up to 5 people - and the best touring sedan anyway. The Saab Club Rhein Main and Wolfgang Messer invite you to a barbecue in the car dealership, Saab Service Frankfurt supports the event. 30 to 40 friends of the brand had agreed, but they will appear in the uncomfortable conditions?
Of course, because who drives a Swedish car, makes the wind and weather little. The yard is full, other vehicles park on the street. The workshop is partially vacated, the grill is in the yard. For food and drink is well taken care of, the atmosphere is relaxed.
The Saab classics dominate this meeting. Well-groomed 900ers, a surprising number of 9000, and even older vehicles are in the majority. This corresponds to the current trend in the Saab world. For every diesel that disappears into the export, a customer unexpectedly comes up with a classic, I'm told. The order situation in Frankfurt is good, the place in the workshop should be more.
In addition: since that Saab center Mainz the flags finally overtook, it pulls the former customers to Frankfurt. Of course one speaks on such a day almost only "gasoline". The themes are endless, but the scene manageable. Again and again vehicles appear whose history you know. And vehicles are restored that were given little chance a few years ago. And which, with a heavy heart, had almost been written off.
High-gloss classics are virtually absent in the Saab world. And that's good. Maybe that's why everything that has been so much about the brand in recent years is closer to real life. In Frankfurt people meet this day who enjoy pure joy of their Swedish car. Who do not let go of discussions, and who live their very own way of sustainability.
The afternoon in Frankfurt is over too fast. At some point I get cold, the 9000 gives the taxi back and brings me and my two friends home. In the meantime Carl Benz Street parks the probably only Saab 9-5 NG taxi in Germany. Always nice to see, and yet it makes you think. Because it stands for what could have been.