Festival, first day. It is important to work through the first exciting program. For the first time you have the opportunity to lend a hand in two locations and to expand long sought after parts. Those who take the trouble to drive to Lidköping will also be rewarded with a large selection of new parts. For us, too, that is the reason to leave the Sport Combi and start in the 900 in the direction of Lidköping.
On the way we meet several Saab, the Nordic high beam fires in continuous use Greetings to every Saab driver who comes to meet us. Half way there we join two more 900ers and the convoy heads for the junkyard.
New parts for a fair price
In the parking lot offers an almost classic image - 100% Saab, from all corners of Europe. It will not be the last time that we will be parked exclusively by Saab.
Inside, as previously announced, various stocks of new parts are waiting. They are neatly stacked in the original Saab boxes. In addition to Griffin and Aero front aprons for the 9-3, eg new alternators and water pumps are waiting for all 9-5 NG owners. Not far from the alternators there are also air conditioning control panels for the old 9-3 and 9-5 models. The vulnerability of small displays is known and often good advice is expensive. Even with Justus old 9-3 adopted the ad along with the SID. Both were exchanged and dropped out shortly thereafter. Here you could have bought completely new parts for really slim money to put an end to the problem once and for all.
We leave the new product behind us and look for the way to the open space, where neatly sorted and sorted by year of manufacture all common Saab stand. Where - all common? This is wrong, 80% of the cars are built in 2000 or younger, a few 9000 as well as 900 and an 96 - that's it then already at old stock. We stop briefly, take the 96 window regulator unit for our friends from the Saab project 96, and release the only CD from its rear bumper. Together, we pay just under 28 EUR, for an almost new bumper and the windows. A really fair price. We stow away the cheap parts and make our way back to the troll city.
The presentation by NEVS
Among other things, we still lack the most important "accessory" for this weekend - the Festival Pass. We have paid just 20 EUR pp, get access to the museum on all three days of the festival, the presentations there and once again 15% on all parts of the junkyard. A worthwhile investment that turns out to be a win-win situation for festival visitors and museums.
We also make use of the festival pass offer and visit the performance of Frank Smit. A former Saab employee who switched to NEVS and got the glorious task of doing some publicity for the festival NEVS to operate. The hall is full, guests of honor such as Simo Lampinen are greeted with much applause, but really much does not hang. The lecture is typical of NEVS, again many announcements what one plans everything, which works are close to the serial production and which partners one could win. Key questions such as those for a model for Europe will be answered with "in a few years". We are just as smart after the talk as before and who reads the blog from afar, is on the same level.
One sentence remains, with which Smit certainly makes few friends. When asked by the audience, he answers that Saab's bankruptcy was the best thing that could have happened to Trollhattan and e-mobility research. This process has been accelerated enormously, the company NEVS would have a great future ahead.
A murmur goes through the crowd, incredulous look at me unknown seat neighbor and I look at us. Did he really say that? Maybe you have to say such a sentence as a NEVS employee, maybe you would have left it better in the heart of the museum. No matter. The point is ticked off quickly, as most of NEVS I do not rate the statement very much.
Even at the NEVS stand one seems to have only a short interest in the festival. Who wanted to have information about the last Saab had to hurry, already in the early afternoon of all three event days, the NEVS booth has empty chairs. Pity about the missed opportunity.
The 9-4x and the Saab vintage 2020
The rest of the day remains unspectacular. We meet different Saab friends from all over Europe, talk to young pilots from Holland, Israel and Sweden. At the end, both cars will be washed for the next festival day, because tomorrow will be the "Exhibition Day" of the festival. We are not sure yet that we will be testing an 9-4x, and will see an outstanding presentation with 5 completely new concept cars from the former Saab Chef Designer. The festival is going on excitingly!