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Saabs @ Cadwell

 The 2015 National will be held at Cadwell Park in the glorious Lincolnshire Wolds from Friday 3 to Sunday 5 July, combining a Track Day on the Sunday with the usual festivities of our annual national event. It is appreciated that the date is earlier than usual, however members have been asking for an event where cars move and this is the closest date to the ‘normal’ date which we could secure.

Follow this link for full details

Click here for an online booking form or here for a downloadable PDF.  Please note that catering arrangements on the pdf are incorrect (much improved!).  Click for details

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Hot off the press - the 'Nordic Cars' episode of "For the Love of Cars" featuring several Saabs and SOC members will be shown on Channel 4 on Sun 17th May at 8pm.

NOTE: Membership purchase Online is working again. Please also see http://www.saabclubmembership.co.uk/

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.

After a spell in the army he returned to Nystrom’s and started driving cars. He saw the first SAAB 92 prototypes testing on the dirt roads around Trollhattan and began to take an interest in the cars as they were built in his home town.

It’s quite ironic that his first big car event was to be in a Volvo, as navigator in the 1953 Swedish Rally.

Eventually he bought a second hand SAAB 92, became regional champion in 1954, and with success came some help from the factory in the form of spares and repairs. After he started winning rallies more help came his way and an old works car was lent to him after his own car broke its steering whilst leading the Swedish Rally.

With more assistance from the factory more and more success came his way. He finished second in the 1959 European Rally Championship. He entered his first Monte Carlo Rally in 1960 and his first win came in 1962. He won again the following year but will always be remembered for his three consecutive RAC rally wins in 1960,1961 and 1962. He retired from competitive driving after the Baja 1000 in 1970 and I think its fair to say that he was probably the first Superstar rally driver occupying  the position that is nowadays afforded to people like Petter Solberg and Sebastian Loeb.

Since retiring from competitions Erik has worked in the PR department of SAAB and has been involved with many SAAB projects including the Talladega SAAB 9000 Long Run in 1986.  A long lasting Public Relations exercise which has featured Erik is the “SAAB Safer Winter Driving” that started with  American journalists test-driving on Swedish winter roads. It was so successful that journalists from other countries became involved.

Erik is also heavily involved with SAAB Clubs throughout the world, attending events, judging classic car shows, presenting prizes etc.  He, together with his late wife Pat (who was the sister of Sir Stirling Moss), has been President/Patron of The SAAB Owners Club of G.B. Ltd since 1965 and has attended most of the Club’s important anniversaries through the years. He can also be seen at most of the International SAAB Club meetings.

“Mr SAAB” is a friendly, approachable person and his “Erik, call me Erik” puts you immediately at ease.

Picture:- Monte Carlo Rally 1963. Erik Carlsson´s 2nd straight win.

SOC Event Calendar

Wed Jun 03 @08:00 -
South West Saab
Sat Jun 13 @09:00 -
Peaks And Dales
Fri Jun 26 @09:00 - 12:00AM
Saabs on The Marches
Fri Jul 03 @09:00 - 05:00PM
Saabs @ Cadwell
Sat Jul 04 @09:00 - 05:00PM
Saabs @ Cadwell

Classifieds

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Motorsports

  • Valentine To Delight At Goodwood Festival Of Speed 11-14th July

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    London Art expert Jim Valentine will be smoking his Saab 2 Sroke Bullnose around the twisty rally track at the top of the hill during the FoS. If you are lucky enough to have tickets to the best mobile motorsport show in Europe, go and check Jim out in action and smell that lovely 2 stroke oil!

     
  • Saabs in June 2013

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    Two Saabs and two rallies on the same day, 22nd of June is going to be busy for our Saab crews. Tyrone Lawton will be contesting this weekends MIldland rally in his Malbrad C900 8v. This year the event will be held solely at MIRA testing ground taking in 60 miles of challenging roads only normally available to the car manufacturers.http://www.rallyofthemidlands.com/

    Steve higgins will be at the same time smoking the saab flag on the RAC rally championship round at Carlisle in his white Saab 2 stroke. The Dmack Carlisle stages is a completely new event created by the RAC championship for 2013 and will take in some of the best gravel stages in the area. http://www.racrallychamp.org/Carlisle_Stages/news.htm

     
  • Myers To Enter Harry Flatters Rally

    Severn Valley 20121

    Hugh and Debby Myers are out to prove husband and wife can have a very happy existance competing in the same car together. You wont find too many disagreements in this car as the crew take on the tarmac of Eypnt Military ranges in their bright green Saab 96 v4. They are hoping to add to their points tally, which is holding them second in class in this years BHRC against some powerful Escorts.

Local Branches

  • Dragon Saab Branch

    Dragon Saab hold their Club Meetings on the first Tuesday of every month 19:30 onwards at the

    Ty Nant Pub
    Ty Nant Road
    Morganstown
    Cardiff
    CF15 8LB 

    Contact Chris Redmond
     T: 07970 000164

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  • West Midlands Branch

    This page will hold details and notes for the West Midlands & Warwickshire Branch

     
  • BEDFORDSHIRE, HERTFORDSHIRE & BUCKINGHAMSHIRE Branch

    This page will hold details and notes for the West Midlands & Warwickshire Branch

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