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'Saabs on the Marches' Driving tour 26th to 28th June 2015

A leisurely tour of the Brecon Beacons and the Wye valley in beautiful south Wales, starting at the Hampton by Hilton hotel in Newport, with a meet and greet on the afternoon of Friday 26th June, followed by an evening three course hot buffet. Saturday the 27th will be spent touring the Brecon Beacons then returning once again to the Hampton hotel for an evening three course hot buffet meal. The tour will be continued on Sunday the 28th June finishing after lunch, allowing plenty of time to travel home.

 

Designated a national park in 1957, the Brecon Beacons National Park 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 beong Waun Fach at 2,660 ft.

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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.

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Our package for the weekend will include:
bed, breakfast, evening buffet and commemorative rally plate and route instructions.

The cost will be £190 per double room.
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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 01935 431196. Alternatively you can find more information and the booking form on our website.

http://www.visit-brecon-beacons.co.uk/places-to-visit.shtml

Non-refundable deposit of 50% per couple to be paid by 20th April, total amount paid by 1st June please (cheques only) to the SAAB OWNERS CLUB OF GREAT BRITAIN LTD

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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.

 

GALLOWAY HILLS RALLY

As the final round, the Galloway Hills Rally was not a scoring round for us and my driver took the decision not to contest it, giving me a chance to dust off the 99 for another blast through the woods. Martin MacCabe, a Scottish Championship regular kindly agreed to read the notes. With a two car team bolstered by Grant Inglis in his lovely new MK2 Escort we made a good spectacle as the service barges towed us into the Rally HQ in the pretty town of Castle Douglas.

 

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

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

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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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