It took a while for summer to get going here in Sweden but the weather finally turned a few weeks ago, with clear blue skies, bright sunshine and average day temperatures above the 25C mark as a result. Picture these ultimate conditions as the backdrop for a unique SAAB meet in Emmaboda, held in the spirit of the late Erik Carlsson.
We arrived relatively late to the venue, a former airfield in Emmaboda in the south of Sweden. I had had the meeting on my radar for quite a while and actually hadn’t planned to attend (after all, it’s about a 6 hour drive from Stockholm) but as I had to change my summer vacation plans due to some shifting business priorities, I ended up being in the neighborhood after all. My wife normally is somewhat hesitant to attend SAAB meetings but this time it was actually she who both reminded and encouraged me to make a short detour when we saw the road sign “Emmaboda”.
I made a few phone calls to some other SAAB fans who I knew were on site already to find out that while it was quite late in the afternoon, it was definitely worth heading over and check out the many SAABs that were still around. There had been several hundreds of SAABs lined up on the old air strip earlier in the day. The event set up by Svenska Saabklubben and car magazine Bilsport was organized very well, with separate parking sections by model, some track racing and a prize ceremony at the end.
It was great to see all the cars and to speak with the many SAAB fans. It seemed that I was not by far the one who had traveled the furthest… there were two cars that had just completed their tour through Norway as part of the IntSaab2015 event and another SAAB with Swiss origin… Anyway, as I only arrived relatively late, the pictures I took don’t include the racing part and the full overview of all the attending cars, but I trust you’ll enjoy the images that I was able to capture anyway…