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BRITAIN’S BEST LOVED CLASSIC CARS COME TOGETHER

Public vote sees 100 incredible classics assemble at Millbrook for celebration.

The SAAB 96 has been voted Britain’s 29th favourite classic car, in a poll of Practical Classics readers.

One hundred classic cars assembled at the top secret Millbrook circuit for a celebration of Britain’s favourite classics, following a survey by Practical Classics magazine.

The humble Morris Minor was triumphant in the vote and led a gathering of the top 100 cars on the high-speed bowl of the Bedfordshire test track. Behind the Minor were two other legends of British motoring, the E-type and Mini in second and third place respectively.

Assistant Editor of Practical Classics magazine James Walshe says it was a truly memorable day. ‘At one point, I could barely believe my own eyes. A hundred of the most beautiful cars right there in one place. It was an unforgettable sight. Alongside the cars, we had one hundred enthusiastic owners, who spent the occasion sharing stories about their beloved motors. It’s clear these cars aren’t just lumps of metal. They’re members of the family and will be treasured forever’.

From family cars like the Ford Cortina and Vauxhall Cavalier to exotics such as the Rolls Royce Shadow and AC Cobra, almost every type and era of historic car was represented in the survey. There was a surge of enthusiasm for modern classics too, with notable entries from the VW Golf, Fiat Panda, Ford Sierra and original Mazda MX-5.

Walshe says it’s a mark of how the classic car industry is growing. ‘An Austin Allegro might be worth significantly less than an Austin-Healey 3000 but there’s no difference in the passion for them. Owners of both these kinds of cars display exactly the same degree of enthusiasm and that’s what this survey – and the day itself - celebrated. We hope readers enjoy the results’

The full list of Britain’s favourite classics is published in the December 2016 issue of Practical Classics, on sale November 2nd in stores and online at www.greatmagazines.co.uk/pc100

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The SAAB Owners Club recognises the importance of the Motorsport heritage of the marque and provides sponsorship to those members of the club who are competing in Motorsport at various levels.

SAAB cars have been competing in motorsport since the early days of production. Many successes were achieved through drivers such as Club President, Erik Carlsson. This success continues today through Club competitors.

Club members are competing in, Historic Road Rallies, Historic Stage Rallies, Classic Runs, Sprints, Hillclimbs and many other forms of the sport.

For more information on the Club activities in Motorsport contact Richard Simpson

 

Click HERE for details of the Club Sponsorship Scheme.

Who is Erik Carlsson? - Click HERE to find out.

 

 

News from Jim Valentine (June 2016)

With the suspension of the Roger Albert Clark Rally the Saab Historic Rally Team has been somewhat in the doldrums, not helped by my taking a sabbatical to do the Peking to Paris Rally in June/July this year.
 
If you would like to follow Jonathan Lodge and me on the event see www.p2pamx.com where there's already a load of material about our preparations and testing in Morocco.
 
So to give you all plenty of time to prepare I am suggesting we put together a team of Saabs to contest the Rally Isle of Man in September, 2017 under the Saab Historic Rally Team Banner
 
If we can get a feel for numbers I will see what we can do as a team entry with the organisers.  So please get in touch if you would be interested.  Plenty of time to get a car ready between now and then....
 
If the Roger Albert runs in November 2017 we'll look to get a team entry there as well.
 
All the best,
 

Jim Valentine

 

Who was Erik Carlsson?

Erik Carlsson

 

 

Many new members to the Club ask the same question -  “Who is Erik Carlsson?”  I suppose a lot of people who were not around in the 60s have never heard of him even though this giant of a man is often referred to as “Mr SAAB”.

Erik was born in 1929 in Trollhattan, Sweden, not far from the SAAB factory, but at that time the factory was only producing aircraft. Erik was 20 when production of the first SAAB cars started.  His first passion was motorbikes, he bought a Norton 500 new when he was 18 from Nystrom’s where he was working. Pelle Nystrom was the Norton importer for Sweden. At weekends he took part in hillclimbs, motorcross, road racing and, during the winter, ice track racing.

Local Branches

South Yorkshire Saab

South Yorkshire Saab currently do not have regular meetings but please contact Keith Long for any information of any Saab related events.

Contact: Keith Long

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North of Scotland

There is no formal Branch currently in operation (largely as a result of the sheer geographical spread of members across this area) and therefore no regular meetings.
Where possible, there is usually an  SOC 'presence' at gatherings across the region organised by other clubs, motor museums or advertised on web forums (principally UKSaabs).

The dates known so far for 2017 at which we aim to be represented are:

  • 23rd Apr    FBHVC 'Drive It Day' 2017  - various local runs (I'll be attending the one organised by the Highland Classic Motor Club, Inverness)
  • 7th May     Forres Theme Day
  • 21st May   Grampian Transport Museum, Alford, Aberdeenshire - "How Many Left" event for 'nearly classic' vehicles with fewer than 500 examples on the road
  • 27th May   Rotary Club of East Sutherland Classic Car Tour, Dornoch
  • 28th May   Vintage Day, Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore
  • 8th/9th Jul  43rd Scottish Transport Extravaganza, Glamis Castle, Angus
  • 4th/6th Aug  (TBC)  Ignition Festival of Motoring, Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow
  • 13th Aug    Historic Wheels Vintage Car Rally, Brodie Castle, Morayshire
  • 20th Aug    Royal Deeside Speed Festival, Kincardine Castle, Kincardine O'Neil, Aberdeenshire
  • 26th Aug    Fortrose & Rosemarkie Classic Vehicle Rally, Fortrose, Ross-shire.
  • 3rd Sept     Motor Mania, Grantown on Spey. 
  • Early Dec    Joint SOC/UKSaabs Christmas Gathering - date and venue TBC (see UKSaabs forum for details)

Should anyone wish to hook up with other Saab enthusiasts in the North of Scotland please contact:

Derek Darnell

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East Sussex Saab

East Sussex Saab is run by its members, for its members.

Come and join us at our meet and chat with like minded individuals about all things Saab.

We meet every month at different location so please check the events calendar or our website.

Contact: Toby Field

Telephone: 01323 651032

Website: www.eastsussexsaab.co.uk

Contact Us

Please use the form for general enquires about the club.  For specific Saab related enquiries it may be quicker to contact the appropriate Saab Registrar. For membership related issues please email membership@saabclub.c.uk 

If your question is not specifically related to the club itself please give your membership number.  We are unable to respond to general questions from non-members.

 

 

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