While the big Saab meetings repeatedly receive media attention, the basic work takes place in silence. In doing so, she lays the foundation for the love for an old, deceased brand. And so keep them alive. A visit to the automotive grassroots workers.
Last Saturday in Kriftel near Frankfurt. The weather conditions can be considered critical as far as antique metal is concerned. Rain showers keep coming up, not everyone likes their rolling cultural heritage. Nevertheless, a number of Saab friends have gathered in the 50 years petrol station on the main thoroughfare. Where the gas station is actually no, despite the two petrol pumps in front of the door. The appealing building in the style of yesteryear is one Opticians workshop, with great attention to detail planned and built by a pretty car enthusiastic couple.
Simone and Torsten always invite Saab drivers; the current occasion is the homecoming of the eucalyptus green 900 from the Scandinavia rally. It's easy going in Kriftel and I enjoy great hospitality. The grill glows at full speed early on, there are delicious sausages, the supply of drinks is permanent and perfect. The optics workshop is unique. A treat for people with petrol in their blood, automobile artifacts can be found everywhere, the eye can hardly get enough of it.
Despite the ambitious weather conditions, it's a wonderful afternoon with lots of fun, and Saabs of all ages parked in front of the door. The legendary Frankfurt Saab Taxi is also there, it has long since become a legend and not just in the region. It now has over 460.000 kilometers on the clock and runs and runs. Probably for a very long time.
Saab Stammtisch Alzenau
In addition to meetings and exits at the weekend, regular regulars' tables are another pillar of the scene. Only a few days later. Change of scene from the gas station to one of the many regulars.
The Saab Stammtisch in an industrial area near Alzenau is still very young and meets only for the second time. Johnny's Roadhouse Diner is adjacent to the highway and is easy to find. A large car park, the ambiance is a mix between trucker and US car meetings. It is functional rustic, but charming. Since summer and vacation time is, a few participants have canceled, only seven Saab meet this evening. From the 96, over classic 900 to the last 9-3, there is a nice Saab collection in the parking lot.
The success of a meeting does not depend on the number of participants, the burgers in the Roadhouse are also quite delicious. The talks are primarily about cars, but not just about Saab. Tesla and electrification are an issue, French brands too.
The evening is pleasant, Saab-typically relaxed. He comes to an end quickly, and if my always capricious Anna project he would not have been bitching on the highway, then he would have been almost perfect. But something old cars always have.
Saab exit Taunus
For some reason, the Frankfurt area seems to be well supplied with Saab events this year. The groundwork is successful, and it goes a long way towards the survival of a car brand that no longer exists. The upcoming date is a trip to the Taunus on August 10th in the calendar. The tour is organized by a very young team. Project-96 are behind it and Justus, who always produces the videos for blogger Jan. The registration deadline is August 4th.
Automobile basic work is indispensable if you want to keep old sheet metal sustainably on the road. The activities in the Frankfurt area are only a small snapshot of what's going on in Saab. An automotive love, against the zeitgeist. Successful, supported by a great many people, not only in Germany, who like Saab and who bring with them a lot of commitment for the organization of meetings and round tables. The mix is right, also in terms of the age structure. There is currently little to worry about the automotive cultural heritage from Trollhättan.