The rain has a firm grip on the festival grounds this Sunday. The good mood is limited, should the last day of the festival come to an end in the well-known parts market. So the weather blurs the mood and we start towards the festival area with pouring rain ...
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... that was already quite well filled at the time - despite the weather. On this day, however, the dealers and all other sellers have to demonstrate their talent for improvisation and protect the sometimes valuable and still originally packaged goods from the rain.
The parts market extends over the large parking lot in front of the museum. Traders from all over Europe came to this event and put the handle in their hands. For those who spend more time in the scene, it's the usual suspects who spread their plastic sheets over their accessories this Sunday morning. It rains almost continuously, only rarely do the clouds of Trollstadt take a break. We exchange our technical equipment for rain jacket, and shield and stow the cameras in the 900, where you are dry - the victim of the readers who have to do without comprehensive images of the parts market.
So we sneak over the parts market with wet shoes. We are not really successful, although the selection is great. Anyone looking for long-awaited parts will find it here at the latest. For us there is only an original set of moldings for the 9000, a steering wheel and the caps for the AHK of Svenska Saab clubben also land in the 900.
Uncomfortable return journey
After a few hours Justus and I have enough. The bad mood turns into madness. Our departure was scheduled for Monday, but we still book the ferry back to Denmark at the museum. We leave sooner than expected and leave the rainy Trollhättan behind us. Shortly after Gothenburg, the cloud cover then tears open, the sun is shining and it is unexpectedly warm. At the pier, we meet another participant of the festival, the trunk full of parts. He tells us that he used the festival to bring his 9-5 project home.
Our return journey takes us back through Denmark at night to Germany. Shortly after Kolding, the 900 becomes noticeable. At Tempo 110 he gives an uncomfortable jerking, which will increase more and more in the course of the ride. We reach Hamburg with Tempo 80, the 900 shows meanwhile clearly what he thinks about acceleration - and yet he has to bite just 500 kilometers to Darmstadt on the teeth. In the end it turns out that the pot of the drive shaft has quit its service sometime in the Danish darkness. But the 900 is tough and runs the remaining miles towards Hesse, but then indulges in a multi-week break. Because the worn-out part has not existed for a long time, the search for a good used one is difficult.
The festival - a conclusion
And although the festival ends for us wet and jerky, the weather never really wanted to play, ends a remarkable festival. Again unique cars were honored, lectures like that of Simon Padian revived the myth of the revival of the small brand again properly. With the number of visitors and cars exhibited, the trend behind the brand and the classic Saabs could end up pointing up instead of down. And who knows, maybe the set records will be a thing of the past in two years time. It would definitely wish the small brand of the Göta Alv.
That was you, the little article series on the Saab Festival 2019. For all readers who can not get enough, we recommend a look at the Instagram account of the blog as well as the small video series part 1, 2, 3 from Justus.