The SAAB events this year are coming in quick succession. Exactly one week after our meeting in Harz, Tom, Justus and myself are in Hamburg for the meeting. Like every year, the oldtimer gas station calls for already 4.Treffen. For me a home game, for Justus and Tom more like an outing.
Hamburg is a small stronghold in the scene years after the bankruptcy. The density of cars and competent workshops - many drivers in other regions of the nation would certainly be jealous of the Hanseatic city.
So the meeting at the tank for me already belongs to Hamburg as the Elbtunnel and the Michel. And so much to say: This year, too, the organizational team from the Stammtisch Schleswig-Holstein-Hamburg could look forward to a new visitor record. But more on that later!
After the Harz meeting was ended early due to the unstable weather, we hoped that at least the Hanseatic city would lure with good weather - wrong thought. Hamburg is unstable on this Saturday, defending its reputation of constant "storm weather".
Sun and rain alternate irregularly. Dark clouds are followed by clear skies with sunshine and vice versa. In just two weeks Justus and I will be at the meeting in Osnabrück. We hope then - on meeting Nr.3 within 4 weeks - finally good weather!
One record chases the other!
Nevertheless, as many cars on this day as never come on the tank. No matter what the weather is, the oldies roll at times every second. The first cars are on the site even before the official start and until the end come and drive again and again new vehicles. The site is sometime against 13: 00 clock full and there is nothing left, all the others have to park outside - unfortunately!
On this day there are sometimes 70 cars on the site at the same time, with all the cars that have to be parked around it we sometimes get over 100 visitor vehicles - record!
From the two-stroke to the classic 900 Turbo. The scene flexes its muscles, shows what can happen in the north in terms of SAAB. The number of visitors, which will be between 200 and 250 at peak times, also matches the car rush - here too: record! Another record is the small but fine collection of sonnet models. The sonnet - a topic a few days ago on the blog - is or has always been a rare representative of its kind at meetings. It is all the better that eight sonnets have appeared with two sonnet II V4 and six sonnet III - that should be newer Germany record.
No record, but also special, was the accumulation of 9000 CD models. The CD, in the 9000 family is almost referred to as the black sheep. Not often produced, no folding seat and the notch provide many fans of the brand for distance. The four vehicles that arrive on this day are all special. Three cars are on the road as a daily driver, two have run under 72.000 KM and one is just imported fresh from Japan - the owner is contacted, a story to the vehicle follows on the blog!
The regional workshops show presence.
The presence of regional workshops can also be considered a success. The SAAB workshops use such meetings to show presence is correct and above all important (!). The more beautiful with that Gaworski and Lafrentz Not only blog supporters were on site, but also workshops like Gasparatos the SAAB Garage Hamburg or from Lübeck with their masters stopped by. Such performances not only unites the scene, it also creates trust among the drivers! Matthias Meise and his 9-5 win the prize for the longest journey among the workshops. He accepts just 700 Km that day - that's great support!
The scene is united
The first vehicles will then disappear again at 16 p.m. Which is okay, although the weather is getting better. The Hamburgers held out a long time and bit their teeth. In the end, we are certain: this fourth meeting can be seen as a complete success for the brand, but also for the scene. Hundreds of people come together on this day and that without a large program or the like. Simply because of SAAB. Just talk to like-minded people, plus a grilled sausage and a cool or hot drink. It can be so easy. Add to that the automotive diversity, with classic and classic cars and the presence of all the important SAAB workshops. The 4th of May once again showed how the scene around a dead brand can be organized and - what is important - above all can present.
And even if the date for issue no. 5 is not officially yet, I can only say one thing: the Hanseatic city is always worthwhile. And especially the first weekend in May. So: save the date for 2020!