It is raining mercilessly this Tuesday as I make my way to Hamburg. On the way I pick up Jan, then we drive together to Saab Gaworski. Feels like Hamburg is a huge construction site, turning into the finish line is prohibited and not recommended with a patrol car in the back. The bypass costs 10 unscheduled minutes 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 Saab loves and lives, even though times are getting tougher and customers are naturally no longer. Nevertheless, one is confident for the future, and a walk over the area and through the workshop also shows me why. Keeping the vehicles on the road in everyday life is only part of the task. A well-stocked spare parts warehouse and an experienced team are available. Saab replacement cars ensure that no one has to do without his beloved automotive environment even during a long workshop visit.
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 the Hamburg Saab fans will appreciate the presence of Gaworski. Except for large paint jobs nothing is done externally, for body shop, engine overhaul and other activities you have skills in your own team. A nice example of a successful restoration is a red 900 coupe parked in the yard. It looks very good, makes me ponder for a fraction of a minute. A classic 900, had not had a long time? The rain is so intense now that I have to do without a detailed visit.
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, with its 5-based team, is a partner of Orio AB. Currently, one is looking for a master who could strengthen the team and lead the company into the future later. Small workshops, the direct line to the owner and to the one who screws on the car, are particularly valuable. The scene and the brand benefit from it. I wish there were more.