SAABs @ Carlisle 2011 Set-Up Day Barber SAAB Pro Series Race Car
SAABs @ Carlisle is an annual event of SAAB Automobile enthusiasts, hosted by The Central Penn SAAB Club at The Carlisle Fairgrounds in Carlisle, PA. The event is the largest regional SAAB owner gathering in North America and one of the largest SAAB gatherings in the world. Growing from humble beginnings in 1999 with only 3 cars, the event hosted 368 participants and 278 SAABs in 2011. This video is of the Set-Up day on Thursday.May 19, 2011. The car is the SAAB Barber Pro Series Race Car, owned by The SAAB Heritage Collection. The car is being unloaded for the show by Transport Driver Clay Culver, with assistance from Don Fatzinger and George Basehore of the Central Penn SAAB Club.
The SAAB rally cars at SAAB Car Museum
From the very beginning in 1949 SAAB was active competing in Swedish and
European rallies. Most famous is Erik Carlsson (on the roof), winning the
RAC rally in 1960, -61 and -62 and the Monte Carlo Rally in 1962 and -63.
The rally activity continued until 1980 where changes in regulations made
The last rally cars made were the powerful 99 turbo, 1978 - 1980.
The History of the SAAB - Saab Automobile AB
In the midst of WWII, from manufacturing engines, to aircraft, to cars.
Saab Automobile's history began
Saab Automobile AB is a Swedish premium car manufacturer. It was formed in
1945 when Saab AB began a project to design a small automobile. The first
production model, the Saab 92, was launched in 1949. In 1968 the parent
company merged with Scania-Vabis, and ten years later the Saab 900 was
launched, in time becoming Saab's best-selling model. In the mid-1980s the
new Saab 9000 model also appeared.
In 1989 the automobile division of Saab-Scania was restructured into an
independent company, Saab Automobile AB. The American manufacturer General
Motors took 50% ownership with an investment of $600 million, and then in
2000 exercised its option to acquire the remaining 50% for a further $125
million; so turning Saab Automobile into a wholly owned GM subsidiary. In
2010 GM sold Saab Automobile AB to the Dutch automobile manufacturer Spyker
After struggling to avoid insolvency throughout 2011, the company
petitioned for bankruptcy following the failure of a Chinese consortium to
complete a purchase of the company; the purchase had been blocked by former
owner GM, which opposed the transfer of technology and production rights to
a Chinese company. On June 13, 2012, it was announced that a newly formed
company called National Electric Vehicle Sweden (Nevs) had bought Saab
Automobile's bankrupt estate. According to "Saab United", the first Nevs
Saab 9-3 drove off its pre-production line on September 19, 2013. Full
production restarted Monday December 2, initially the same gasoline-powered
9-3 Aero sedans that were built before Saab went bankrupt, and intended to
get the automaker's supply chain back up and running as it completes
development of its new Nevs products.
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Saab 2-stroke barn find
This car had been stored in a barn for nearly 30 years when I found it, and
with good help from my son and a friend organized a rescue operation in the
August 2012. Here is what happened that sunny day south-east in Norway.
Make your own HO routed copper tape slot car track
This is our home made routed MDF wooden track with coppertape raced
For modification of the pickup shoes see this video:
Saab Owners Club 2010 Scottish Weekend
Here is a short video at a Saab Owners Club event on the 19th-21st March
2010 which my parents do each year, this was held at the Royal Hotel in
Bridge of Allan. Photos are available on http://www.classicsaab.co.cc/
Yes, You Can Build a Sick Vintage Rally Car - AFTER/DRIVE
Ever wanted to go back in time, when screaming two-stroke Saabs were the
kings of rally? Find out how you can, with Bruce Turk, Saab jedi-master and
vintage rally dude.
On the car's specs Bruce adds: "It now has a 850cc three cylinder two
stroke motor that started life as a 750cc but the block was bored out to
850cc. It has Monte Carlo 850 pistons, a GT 750 crank shaft, a dual Solex
"Super kit Carb, lightened flywheel, heavy duty clutch (extra springs
added) fully ported intake and Exhaust
ports to rally spec II specifications and a Spec II rally 4 speed Saab gear
box which is very rare I might add... Oh, estimated HP is 60 BHP"
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