We write the weekend after Easter. The season has started a long time ago, the daily SAAB sightings are skyrocketing and the weather at Easter was already very warm in summer. Will that be one weekend later? We hoped we had it, unfortunately it did not happen. But luckily the weather is the only disappointment today - but all in a row.
What was organized last year in a private circle, now takes place for the first time in public. The meeting in the Harz. After more and more drivers in Justus reported on the report of the first issue last year and expressed interest in the next meeting, we decided to open the circle and invite other drivers. So twice divided on Instagram, once mentioned in the video on the appropriate YouTube channel and already the number of participants has almost quadrupled. Meaning: 5 became almost 20 cars.
Like last time, they came back from all directions. From Hesse, Hamburg, Berlin or just around the corner. Even a 9-3 with Bavarian license plate had arrived. Almost all participants travel several hundreds of kilometers that day, to be able to talk for a few hours, to meet new drivers and to enjoy one or the other drink with the appropriate catering from the grill.
As far as the fleet was concerned, (almost) every SAAB decade was represented again. An 900 from 85 marked the oldest participant, a 9-3 SC with handle kit the most modern. In between, two SAAB in Talladega hue (Attention rarity!), An 16 S Vollturbo and various 9-3, from Combi to diesel to Viggen collected. For Blogger Justus it was also the first longer exit in the newly acquired 900i 8V.
The 96 project
Among others, the boys from the Saab project 96, and their talladega-red 900 Aero. Both have recently started restoring an old SAAB 96 and want to do the whole project as well as the scene together. About all backgrounds, where the car comes from, how the idea came about and what the current state of the restoration is, in the next weeks more on the blog!
The project definitely promises SAAB excitement - and deserves it for us to take a closer look at the blog. If you do not want to wait and want to know more, I will put the appropriate Instagram account on the one hand and the website of the two on the other.
The Porsche disaster
The meeting also took place again at the usual place, a large parking lot in the small village Langelsheim. A place that seems to be not only great for a SAAB meeting, but also seems to be popular with other brands. Because shortly after the official start of the meeting, they suddenly appear.
The Porsche drivers.
At least 40 cars, more or less neatly lined up in rows of three, find their way to the very parking lot where the small alley of SAABs has gathered. From the classic 911 to the wickedly expensive GT3. The regional Porscheszene tidies up properly. The Zuffenhausers stand close to the SAABS, squeezing through between an 9000 CD and 900 Aero. In the end, only one remains. The pure arrogance of Porsche drivers.
Smiling, they look over to the Swedes, almost as if they do not want to hear the cars from the Göta Canal. From 40 drivers so only one gets involved in a little nice conversation, listens with interest and confesses in the end: even a SAAB can be a pretty fancy car. And so we all agree quickly in one thing: To be glad that your own scene does not show such a miserable picture in public.
For a Porsche driver, the event is already finished before. Had he managed to crash his Carrera Cabrio against the only lantern in the large parking lot? With broken rear apron and damaged tail light, he pulls away, wildly cursing over the fact that his parking sensors would have pointed him to the impending obstacle so did not even. What remains is a smile on the faces of SAAB riders, while others would call it karma.
Anyway, the Porsche wave is not permanent and after 15 minutes all German cars are gone again.
The next generation
And at some point then exactly what Justus and I had feared all along. The sky opens its doors, wind is blowing and it quickly gets uncomfortable. After 3 ½ hours, the place is cleared, the SAABs roll from the yard. We from the Orga team manage to escape the rain for half an hour, fly back in the convoy and use the last rain-free minutes for a small photo shoot.
Are we satisfied with our first meeting? In any case. Despite the very mixed weather, more SAABs have arrived than originally thought, among them almost only young SAAB riders looking for access to the scene and thus having a chance for clever networking among like-minded pilots.
Also, the question of whether there will be another edition is quickly resolved. And the answer is clear: YES. Like last year, there will be another meeting at the usual place at the end of the season. Then also advertised here on the blog, so that other drivers also have the chance to attend the whole spectacle. We are already looking forward to thank all drivers, who have gathered for the spring edition!