It is raining mercilessly on Tuesday when I am on my way to Hamburg. On the way I pick up Jan, then we drive together to Saab Gaworski. It feels like the whole of Hamburg is a huge construction site, turning into the target street is forbidden and not recommended with a patrol car behind you. The bypass costs 10 minutes that were not planned until we finally roll into the yard of the workshop.
The Gaworski family runs one of these smaller workshops, which I greatly appreciate, and unfortunately they are less and less. We are greeted friendly, the morning coffee is quickly on the table. Jan and I talk to Joerg Gaworski about Saab. You've been there since the early 70, and an impressive collection of wall certificates testifies to your commitment to the brand.
Here one loves and lives Saab, even if the times are tougher and the customers naturally no longer get. Nevertheless, one is confident about the future, and a walk across the site and through the workshop shows me why. Keeping vehicles on the road every day is only part of the task. A well-stocked spare parts warehouse and an experienced team are available for this. Saab replacement cars ensure that no one has to do without their beloved automotive environment, even when they are in the workshop for a long time.
Generalists and traditionalists
A second pillar is restorations. Classics from the Göta Älv get a second or maybe even third life. In the workshop, employees work on a Saab 99 during their visit. The way to his rebirth is even longer, but the direction is right. The engine is already overhauled, the body expertly welded. Some spots are partially repainted in the rare green hue. During the conversation, I quickly understand that there are generalists at work who work with years of experience and expertise on old vehicles.
Such companies are no longer easy to find, and I suspect that Saab fans from Hamburg will appreciate Gaworski's presence. Except for large paint jobs, nothing is done externally; you have competencies in your own team for body construction, engine overhauls and other activities. A nice example of a successful restoration is a red 900 Coupe parked in the courtyard. It looks very good, makes me wonder for a split minute. A classic 900, not had it for a long time? But the rain is now so intense that I have to forego a detailed inspection.
The Company Gaworski Like the brand itself, it has a long and eventful history. At times as a Saab dealer, then a short break, later as a service partner. Today the company and its team of five are active as a partner of Orio AB. We are currently looking for a master who could strengthen the team and lead the company into the future. Small workshops, the direct line to the owner and to those who work on the car are particularly valuable. The scene and the brand benefit from it. I wish there was more of this.