Actually, I would have been out this weekend. The traditional Saab meeting at the Hamburg Oldie Tanke was on the agenda. As always on the first weekend in May. Booked with hope in mind, knowing that a cancellation would be more likely than the event taking place. The pandemic prevented the meeting for the second time and the omission of the events hits the local Saab culture in a nerve.
Meetings, trips, regulars, historical motorsport. Saab life is actually colorful. Because people need company. And small, conspiratorial communities, like the Saab lovers, need them especially. The lively exchange with one another is important and if that doesn't happen, then a lot is missing. It's been going on for more than a year now, and it's gnawing at the substance tremendously. Lonely and alone is never good, if the phase lasts too long, then one or the other also doubts his hobby.
I felt it especially in winter. At certain intervals, emails arrived in my mailbox announcing my departure from Saab. This is called a hobby task. The diagnosis? Often (Saab) loneliness, sometimes the economic situation. But mostly it was simply the lack of exchange. No trips and the meeting at the regulars' table was also canceled. Something like that doesn't go well forever.
But there is light on the horizon.
More vaccine in the next few months, an increase in production. In summer it gets better, until it is halfway good it is autumn. Until everyone who so wishes will have full vaccination protection. The summer season will still be subdued and characterized by uncertainties. The IntSaab 2021 in Finland for this reason it is still on the brink. A final decision is expected in the coming days.
2022 - 75 years of Saab
It looks better for 2022. There should be a large, international Saab meeting in Trollhättan. Actually, the next date would be 2023 if you stick to the usual 2-year rhythm. But Saab Automobile will be 75 years old next year, because it was June 10, 1947, on which the brand presented itself to the public for the first time.
An opportunity to celebrate. We ignore the fact that the brand no longer exists. Because what is on the street is important. What needs to be preserved and what is a contribution to living sustainability. Because every new car that does not have to be produced is climate protection in practice.
Will the international Saab community meet in Trollhättan in 2022? Perhaps, the odds aren't that bad. Sometimes you just have to trust the light on the horizon and hope that times will get more normal.
Because in addition to the company of other people, Homo Sapiens need one thing in particular. It's called hope.