13 January 2010

Save Saab - Owners Convoy on 17th Jan 2010


Details at a glance:

Participants list: Click here to add your name


Individual Saab owners from various areas meet at :


  • From Midlands, Northern areas - 
8.30am-9.00am M1 Jct 15a - Northampton Services (Rotherthorpe)
  • From London, Kent and Essex areas -
 9.00am-9.30am M25 Jct 23 - South Mimms Services
  • From West, South-West areas - 
8.00am-8.30am M4 between Jct 12 and 11 - Reading Services
  • Proceed to Luton via M1, Jct 10
  • 10.00 - 11.00 - Meeting of Saab owner convoys CAR PARKING and line up of cars at Stockwood Park, Discovery Centre London Road LU1 4LX Luton
  • 11.00 - 12.00 - Time for meet and greet, Car Show, photo shoots, etc.
  • 12.00 - > - Depart of Cavalcade for Drive by to the Saab UK Headquarters,
 Griffin House Osborne Road Luton Bedfordshire, LU1 3YT
  • Proceed via A505 to Imperial War Museum, Duxford
  • 13.00 onwards - Arrival at Duxford Museum and line-up of 50 cars
  • Best examples of 62 years Saab car history in front of Wing Co Joe's CafĂ©
  • Raffle of Saab memorabilia

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The Worldwide community of Saab owners is not only following the news concerning the proceedings of the negotiations of GM with prospect buyers of Saab, but is trying to have their voice heard as well!

Where, with the sale of other parts of GM operating companies, the main concerns were about employment of the local staff, in the case of Saab the loyal fans and proud owners of cars of this iconic marque want to keep this unique Brand alive.

Of course, we also want to support the thousands of people who work in this business in Sweden and the UK.

Throughout more than 60 years of the existence of Saab cars, the dedicated engineers in Sweden have developed many technical innovative solutions, benchmarking the industry and leading the way in safety and fuel efficient technology.

We don't want to see this legacy split up, the teams of dedicated engineers being torn apart and State of the Art production lines being dismantled and sold as scrap!
Our fear is that GM Is reluctant to sell Saab as a functioning entity for fear of creating a possible future competitor.

In our opinion this risk is non-existent as Saab owners are a species in their own right. Saab used to build unique cars, appealing to it's own group of admirers.
Cars with character, stubborn and firm. Cars for people who enjoy the driving experience, not floating smoothly suspended over a US highway, but to be out there on the twisty narrow European roads, with fog and rain and snow and ice.

Unfortunately GM appear not to be aware that it was it's specific character that made Saab such an appealing car. This large car manufacturer tried to re-brand it as a more luxurious brand, for middle class, middle of the road clients in an attempt to pump up the production volumes. This did not work out.

Like good food and wine, smaller production volumes can give the best quality because of the attention, quality control and specific taste. Something that you love or hate, but not a product you swallow without giving it a second thought.

Despite the cool Scandinavian image of the brand, Saab drivers are passionate and emotional about their brand. Don't let it die, but give it back to the people who love and will care for it, and who like to drink their Aquavit without Coke.

To further improve the awareness of our Appeal, the worldwide Saab community is organising Save Our Saab Support Convoys on 17th January 2010 in many countries.

The UK Convoy will head for the Saab UK headquarters in Luton, from where a cavalcade will commence to the Imperial War Museum in Duxford as a tribute to the aerospace legacy of Saab.

We kindly ask the Media to give as much coverage as possible to this subject to prevent the silent dismantling and death of a unique brand that has already given so much regarding safety and technical innovation to the car industry and can continue to give us so much more!

You can contact us via email:
josephine.gatsonides@laposte.net
07738470117

More information can be found on:
http://www.saabsunited.com/
http://www.uksaabs.co.uk/
http://www.rescue-saab.com/en/index.html




 

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