2016 is 30 years since Saab gave headlines worldwide. Three Saab 9000 Turbo, taken directly from the assembly line in Trollhattan and without modifications, ran non-stop at maximum speed for 21 days and nights at Talladega Superspeedway, Alabama.
After 100 000 km with an average speed of 213 kph the drive, named Saab Turbo in “The Long Run”, not only confirmed the reliability of the Saab 9000 cars and the turbo engines, but also resulted in two World Speed Records and 31 International Speed Records. Our achievement with “The Long Run” set new standards in the automotive industry. The turbo charged engine proved to be extremely reliable and is consequently used by the majority of car manufacturers today.
The 30-year jubilee of this historical performance will of course be celebrated and during 2016 the Saab Car Museum Support Organization will arrange a number of events and seminars related to “The Long Run”. Examples of activities and some facts, see next page.
The world record drive at Talladega would not have been possible without a number of dedicated partners assisting with expertise, materials and engagement. Garrett, Shell and Pirelli were the main sponsors, sharing with Saab the pride and joy of achieving results never accomplished by anyone before.
The celebrations during 2016 will not be possible without support from external partners. The Saab Car Museum Support Organization started in 2012, is staffed by volunteers and financed by member fees and donations from loyal Saab fans. But there are limited possibilities to do something extra.
As a member of the Global Saab Community we hope that you will support the celebration activities and we would highly appreciate any financial contribution to Saab Car Museum Support Organization.
We hope you will find this interesting and look forward to celebrate “The Long Run” together with you.
Saab Car Museum Support Organisation
Talladega event “The Long Run”
Well known Saab author, artist, and former designer, Lance Cole, has launched an artwork (see attached image) as a tribute to Erik Carlsson who passed away last month.
Lance is the author of two Saab books (‘Saab Cars: The Complete Story’ being current) and numerous magazine and media features on Saab – including an obituary to the company upon its demise, and a recent (British) national press obituary to Erik Carlsson.
Lance says: “Erik was very kind to me on the few occasions I met him. As he was to so many, he was a true hero and an amazing man. I wanted to capture the exuberance of his driving and the spirit of Saab, so how else but via a painting of his toreador red Saab 96 two-stroke depicted on a snowy Monte Carlo Rally scene en route to victory.”
A donation from sales of the print will be made to the Saab Museum Trollhattan Sweden
The painting is in acrylic and is available as a high quality print in three sizes:
A4+ sized (8.3x 11.7 in+ / 210 x297 mm+) print with small external border in an open edition. Price: GB£25.00 / USD$39.00 / EUR34.00
A3 sized (11.7 x 16.5in/297x 420mm) print with internal border as a 500 copies limited edition. Price: GB£ 45.00 / USD$70.00 / EUR62.00
A3+ sized print with large external border to 14x18in+/ 355x457mm+) as a signed, numbered 1 of 250 limited edition collectors print. Price: GB£75.00 / USD $118 / EUR103.00
A small number of artist’s remarques will be available upon request at GB£100.00
Foreign exchange rates apply at time of all orders
To order your print,
and arrange payment (including PayPal) and consignment in a tube by standard post, inclusive.
Note: To inhibit unauthorised copying, the red hue of the low res image in this article has been altered from the original.
Image Copyright Lance Cole (c) 2015; All Rights Reserved
The Saab Club of North America would like to welcome our newest Saab Service Provider, Svensson Automotive, in Lafayette, CA. Svensson Automotive is offering a 10% discount on parts and service when you present your Club Membership card at the time of service write up. The shop is an official Saab Service Center providing geniune Saab replacement parts and factory trained and experienced Saab technicians. Check out the Saab Service and Discount page for contact information, and thank Svensson Automotive for their dedication to Saab Club members when you stop by!
Do you want to test your knowledge on Saab? If you think you can tell the difference between an Aero Convertible and the Talladega Auto Coupe then you’re probably on your way to becoming an expert. http://www.motorparks.co.uk/ has a great section on practically every vehicle the Saab has ever built from 1977 onwards. Head over to the Saab technical pages and discover a wealth of information. Data sheets cover over 1,200 different Saab models from the past 30 years. It’s the perfect spot to sharpen your knowledge on not only your most loved models, but vehicles you never even knew existed!
National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB has recently updated the Saab website to include information about the company executives, Saab's planned product range, and a news page.
Currently, NEVS is "extending and further developing the Saab brand in passenger cars with a new visual identity founded on Scandanavian heritage, where the four distinctive seasons, long distances and extreme road conditions have shaped the Saab passenger cars." The company has signed a licensing agreement with Saab AB to use the Saab brand for its products and services, and the Saab wording will be featured in dark grey or silver on future products. For more information, and to also view the "four season" logos, visit www.saabcars.com.