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Mountains, Moors and More! – 15-17th September 2017

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As promised in the last edition of the Driver, here are more details on the SOC/UKS Scottish Weekend to be held in the Scottish Borders over the weekend of the 15th to the 17th September. We will be based at the Bruce Hotel in Newton Stewart in Dumfries and Galloway, which is an AA 3 star rated hotel

(see - pricing details follow.

The weekend will start on Friday the 15th September when we will all meet at the hotel to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. Dinner and a social evening will follow.

Saturday will start with breakfast (including Haggis for those that want it!) after which we will leave for a tour of approximately 90 miles around the surrounding countryside. There are some superb roads around the area, and many which we will travel are unfenced single track roads. Along the way there are many pubs, tea-rooms and cafes should a stop for sustenance be required.

The highlight of the trip will be crossing the Raiders Road. This is a 10 mile unsealed gravel forestry track, which passes through the forest and alongside a river. A small toll of £2 per vehicle is payable for this. The track is generally in excellent condition, and will allow you to explore your Saab’s rally pedigree (although at a slower pace!). There will also be the opportunity to visit the Red Deer Range (for which there is no charge) where you should be able to view Red Deer (deer permitting). The route also follows part of the Red Kite and Osprey trails so the opportunities for rare wildlife spotting should be good.

Saturday evening will be back to the Bruce Hotel for dinner and another social evening which may include a light-hearted quiz. It had been hoped to include a distillery tour, but sadly the only local one that does tours have closed their shop etc for renovations, so we will have to leave that experience for another year.

Sunday morning will again start with breakfast at the hotel after which we will leave for a visit to the Creetown Gem Rock Museum which has a fantastic display of gems, crystals, minerals and fossils. The museum also has a gift shop where you can purchase examples and jewellery or you can order bespoke items. After a look around we will partake of morning coffee, before heading along more minor roads across the moors to Gatehouse of Fleet where there is a selection of cafes, pubs and the Mill on the Fleet exhibition centre. Mindful of people having to drive home, mileage on the Sunday has been kept to around 25 miles, so at Gatehouse of Fleet we will say our goodbyes and head our separate ways.

We have managed to organise a discounted rate for this event with the Bruce Hotel of £100 per twin or double room for one night Dinner, Bed and Breakfast and £75 DBB single. If for any reason you do not want dinner, the B&B rates are £70 twin/double and £60 single per night. Please book your hotel direct with the Bruce on 01671 402294; you will need to quote Saab Owners Club or UKSaabs to get the discounted rate.
Please let me know if you book so I can arrange the museum etc on 01561 320776 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Cost for the weekend will be £25 per vehicle, which will cover souvenir rally plates, entry to the Gem Museum for up to 2 people and morning coffee there. Places are strictly limited, as the Bruce Hotel only has 19 rooms (18 are available as I write this as mine is booked!) and the hotel always fills up for weekends. Obviously, it will be a first come, first served basis so book your room straight away and then let me know you are coming. If you find all the rooms have gone and you want to attend, let me know and I will see what can be done as there are two other hotels in close proximity, but there is no guarantee of price or availability, the only sure way is to book now.
For anyone who would prefer a camping or caravanning option, unfortunately the nearest camp site is about 10 miles from Newton Stewart, but I am happy to pass on details if you want them.
For those that are local, you are welcome to join us for the day/s at the same £25 per vehicle cost up to two people, extra people will be at cost plus a bit! Last booking date for day visitors will be Sunday 3rd September to take advantage of the discounted rates.

If you require more details etc or want to book day packages, contact me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone on 01561 320776. I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at Newton Stewart.

Nick Walker

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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.



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.

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Local Branches

South Yorkshire Saab

South Yorkshire Saab are no longer meeting.  If anyone would like to take up the baton in this part of the world please contact Elli Wilson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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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Essex Saab Group

Come and join us and chat with like minded individuals about all things Saab. We are a small but friendly group and the group is run by it's members for its members.

Meeting dates: 2nd Sunday of the month. Please check our website or the SOC Event calendar, to confirm dates.

Meeting location: Halfway House, on the A127, Brentwood, CM13 3LL, (Off the east bound slip Road, Brentwood and Orsett A128 turn off).

Special Event: We are holding a meeting at the Secret Nuclear Bunker, Kelvendon Hatch, on Saturday 14th July 2018, between 11am - 4pm. Tickets are £20.00, which include entrance, buffet and an audio tour that last approximately 90 minutes.

Special Event: We are holding a meeting at the Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey, on Sunday 16 September 2018, between 10am - 4pm. Tickets price £22.00 and will include entrance, buffet and the attractions. There is a small fee for the land train.. They are opening especially for us, so the more SAABs that attend, the better.

View our website for further information and how to purchase the tickets, for the special events


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Charity: We proudly support the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance. 

NEXT MEETING:  8th July 2018 -Halfway House, A127, Brentwood.

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