19 September 2013

Saab pre-production has started

Pre-production has started - article from SaabsUnited

September 18, 2013 in News
20130918-135944.jpgToday at 12:50, a team of three reporters from SU met with NEVS at the Saab main gate in order to witness something very special. The first car ever produced by NEVS!
At 13:22 Central European Time the first pre-production car of the NEVS chapter in the Saab history book left the production line. At an internal event hosted by the NEVS management and with some specially invited guests, SU being one of these, people gathered at the end of production-line and witnessed this historic event. A silver colored Saab 9-3 sedan had its engine started and systems tested before it left the final station of the production line and was rolled off with admiration by the spectators. A lot of people had gathered in the final assembly building and everyone felt that the Saab-spirit truly was alive.
Mattias Bergman talked about the effort of getting to the point of where NEVS are right now and how grateful he is for all the work that everyone has made.
After that Stig Runesson took over and talked about the emotions that this moment and the restart of the factory brought, a factory is supposed to sound and smell a certain way. Stig pointed out that this kind of job of restarting the factory will only happen once, probably never again.
Frank Smit described the work as walking uphill in a "tuned ski-slope" which is one where you've the night before poured a huge amount of water on in order to make it more slippery. Trying to walk uphill on that, if someone slips, others are affected as well, but right now NEVS has come a long way up the hill.
Representatives from the Swedish Government and the local government also spoke about the admirable job done by the people at NEVS.
This car is on purpose built as the old version of the 9-3 but with some new goodies under the hood. It does not have the new upgraded facelift exterior which NEVS will launch at a later time. This beta-series is mainly built to calibrate the production line systems and to test the new components. This precautionary mentality is something I consider a wise one, just imagine if NEVS would have entered full production with un-tested components and it turned out that some of them had issues, replacing these components on thousands of cars would have been a real nightmare.
We are extremely grateful to have been invited to this otherwise completely internal event at SAAB and as the only form of media be able to share this highly important event with the Saab fans of the world. That NEVS decided to invite us really demonstrates the willingness within the NEVS management to embrace the importance that is the fan-based community.
That this event was kept secret up until the point of this article also enforces the fact that NEVS wont tell the world of things they are going to do until they've done it.
It can be noted that just a few hundred meters behind car number one, was car number two! One important detail we can announce is that the chassi-number of the car has changed, from the YS3 which Saab used to have for cars built in Trollhättan to: YTN (Which I think stands for: Sweden, Trollhättan, NEVS)
From us at SAABSUNITED we can only say job well done to NEVS and a big thank you for allowing us to share this moment with the world!

1 February 2013

SOC 50th Anniversary News and Events


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The SOC celebrates 50 years

The SOC Celebrates 50 years!

This year we celebrate the Golden Jubilee of our Club. It is hard to believe that it has been half a century since a small number of totally dedicated Saab enthusiasts met in Ye Old Cheshire Cheese in Fleet Street, London, to form what has become one of the largest and most influential Saab Clubs in the world. We all owe a lot to these pioneers of the early Saabing days.


We have developed a number of ideas and initiatives to celebrate our big birthday in style, which you will read about throughout this year on the website and in Driver.


The first is a series of runs & meetings in four different locations around the country. We all have the opportunity of joining at least one of them within reasonable travelling time and distances. You will also see that you have the opportunity of making it a full weekend break in some very nice hotels or just the run if you want to make your own accommodation arrangements.


Please read on for more details of each location and we look forward to seeing you on one or more of the events near you.


Saabs go Roman

10th to 12th May 2013

Behind every stone, secrets and tales can be found when Scandinavia met Anglo-Saxon England, the Normans raged against the Vikings and the Scots clashed with the Romans, Normans and English. Could there be a more fitting place for a Saab?


After meeting up on the Friday night for dinner, we will be bedding down for the night then spending Saturday travelling through the Northumberland National Park to Alnwick Castle (the real Hogwarts). You can admire the splendour of the largest, inhabited castle in Europe or fight an imaginary battle against he-who-must-not-be-named. We will then journey through the splendour of the North-East, back towards Rothbury. Another evening of food and drink awaits, along with an opportunity to give your cars a quick spruce up in preparation for Sunday.

The Sunday will be slightly different with a visit to Kielder Castle and their classic car parade, celebrating 40 years of the Kielder Forest Drive. As a special treat, we have been invited to lead the parade along the Forest Drive of12 miles of authentic rally scenery with Saab leading the way. A fitting end.



We have now finalised the accommodation details and we will be staying at Coquetvale, in Rothbury (www.coquetvale.co.uk). We were aiming to keep the package below £100 each, based on two people sharing, but we went slightly over at £110. The reason we went over is that we found a small, private hotel with its own Italian restaurant in a perfect location with experience of car club events. The package we have negotiated includes:


·         Two nights dinner (2-course), bed, and breakfast

·         Entry to Kielder Forest Drive

·         A tour pack of interesting places to visit

·         A souvenir Rally Plate to commemorate the event


Alternatively you may wish to join us for the tours only at a cost of £20 per car to include Kielder Forest entry, the commemorative rally plate, and route instructions.

For more information and a booking form please contact Rich Bone at webmaster@saabclub.co.uk or on 0121 288 2663. Alternatively you can download the booking form here and post to: 160 Ardath Road, Birmingham, B38 9PE


Deposits will be required no later than the end of February so please do not delay.




Where it all began…Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese on Fleet Street, London

 Friday May 17th 2013


An informal dinner meeting of Saab Owners Club members at the actual venue used for the inaugural meeting of our founder members which took place on May 17 1963.


To celebrate 50 years of the SOC we have arranged dinner at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese. It has a very long history and the present building dates from its rebuild shortly after the Great Fire of 1666 but there has been an inn on the site since 1538.


Ye Old Cheshire Cheese is a traditional City pub in what was once the heart of journalism for London and, indeed, the rest of Great Britain. We have kept this event informal to reflect the original meeting held in the wine cellar bar of the pub.


Food at this traditional "spit & sawdust" pub is simple but excellent, as befits a place that has hosted Samuel Johnson and Mark Twain. A set three-course menu will be available for £27.50.

Londo at night

Unlike the other regional 50th Anniversary events, we have not arranged a tour as we expect most people will travel by public transport. Nor have we arranged any accommodation for this event. There is so much variety and choice of accommodation in London that we felt for those wishing to stay, it was easier for you to book a hotel to suit your budget and preference. For those who are local you can return home easily. For those wishing to stay over but who are unsure about accommodation in London, we have prepared some suggestions. Please contact Alistair Philpott for details.


Those staying in London are free to enjoy the many attractions our capital city has to offer. There is no need to do things as a group if you do not wish to but feel free to make plans with your friends if you wish.


However, we would recommend a visit to the Science Museum to see the 1956 Saab 93B in their display of small European cars from the 50s and 60s!


We very much hope to see as many of you there as possible. Numbers are strictly limited to a maximum of 50 so please be sure to book early or risk disappointment!


For more details and a booking form please contact Alistair Philpott at registers@saabclub.co.uk or on 01845 587176. Alternatively, you can download the booking form here and post to: The Granary, Manor Farm, Newsham, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 4DJ


Deposits will be required no later than the end of February so please do not delay.



Peaks and Dales

 Saturday June 1st 2013


This is the 10th run in the Peak District area organised by the North West group. The run is around 120 miles and will start as usual at Windy Harbour Hotel in Glossop, Derbyshire and cars will start leaving at 8-30am.


A route that will be provided will take you on a mystery tour of Derbyshire and will visit some local places of interest with stunning scenery on the way.

Some people will stay at the Windy Harbour where camping/caravanning is also available or you are welcome to just come for the day. There is an evening meal arranged on Saturday evening which costs £16 per person.


For those staying Friday evening we will have the usual optional trip to Compos Fish restaurant in Holmfirth which is a 20 min drive away.


We look forward to seeing you in June for what will be an interesting day with all our Saab friends. Our thanks go to Mike and Veronica who, as usual, will plan the route during the Winter for our enjoyment.


The booking form for this run is not currently available on the website. For a booking form please call Richard Elliott 01457 852944 or email technical@saabclub.co.uk



Saabs on the Marches!

 28th to 30th June 2013


Come and join us for a weekends driving tour taking in the beautiful Welsh countryside of the Brecon Beacons and Wye Valley. Designated a National Park in 1957, the Brecon Beacons is situated in mid-Wales and contains some of the most spectacular and distinctive upland formations in southern Britain, The park occupies 519 sq miles of mountains, moors, forests, pastureland, lakes and the broad Usk valley. The easternmost highlands in the park, lying between Abergavenny and Hay-on-Wye, are the Black Mountains (old red sandstone) the highest point being Waun Fach at 2,660 ft.









 Our tour will be based at the Hampton by Hilton Hotel on the outskirts of Newport. This new modern four-star luxury hotel serves a complimentary hot and cold buffet breakfast to start your day and there's a friendly bar where you can end your evening.


Recreational amenities include a fitness facility, there's complimentary wireless Internet access in the hotel's public areas, and the guest rooms come with desks, sofa beds, LCD televisions and blackout drapes.









Our package for the weekend will include:


  • Two nights dinner, bed and breakfast
  • Dedicated free secure parking area for Saabs only
  • A tour pack of interesting places and rest stops along the way
  • A souvenir Rally Plate to commemorate the event


The cost will be £90 per person based on two people sharing. If you wish to make it a longer break by extending your stay, we have negotiated a B&B rate of £25 per person with an additional £20 single supplement for the Sunday night.

Alternatively, you may wish to join us for the tours only at a cost of £20 per car to include the commemorative rally plate and route instructions.


For more information and a booking form please contact, Alex Rankin at therankins565@btinternet.com or on 01935 431196. Alternatively you can download the booking form here and post to: 14 Southwoods, Yeovil, Somerset BA20 2QG




Deposits will be required no later than 28th February 2013 with full payment by 18th May 2013 so please do not delay.




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4 February 2012

BBC reveals F1 line-up for 2012


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Jake Humphrey, Eddie Jordan and David Coulthard are joined by commentator Ben Edwards.


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31 January 2012

SOC on Top Gear?


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SOC on Top Gear?


Not quite true but some of our member's cars will feature in a film covering the history of Saab later in the current series.


We were not able to make this public until the series started last night due to agreements that we had with the Top Gear team.


Following the their approach to us a few weeks back we have now supplied almost all of the cars for 2 days of location filming. However, although some of us were present even we do not know the full content of the film so it will be a bit of a surprise to all of us. It will, we are sure, contain some of the normal Top Gear humour so we don't all expect to escape unscathed! We are assured that, overall, Saab will come out looking good.


Sorry but we are still not in a position to list all of the actual cars but I can tell you that they cover over 50 years of Saab production. You may already have seen two or three of the cars in the trailer at the start of the show, including my 9-5.


We do not know for sure when the Saab film will feature but our friends in Top Gear have indicated that it will be mid to end of February. Even they do not know yet as they tweak each episode right up to a few days before filming the show.


This was a great opportunity for our Club and some of our members to be involved in such an exciting and long awaited project. Although it has been an enormous amount of work there have been few opportunities for such a level of publicity for both the Club and the Saab brand.


I will post updates here as I hear more from them.




Mike Philpott


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