Pretty much exactly one year ago, the 5 year anniversary of the SAAB 9-5NG was celebrated with a special meet in Trollhättan. The event had been so successful that plans to organise the next 9-5NG specific meeting were made and on Saturday 5 September, thirteen 9-5NG Sedan’s and one SportCombi gathered at Läckö Slott, a beautiful castle on the shores of Lake Vänern.
First stop: Jönköping
We left Stockholm early in the morning and headed south on the E4 motorway. Saturday mornings are usually a good time to drive and before we knew it we had reached our first stop: Jönköping.
On the 330 km long road south, two other 9-5NG’s passed in opposite direction, but as we were closing Jönköping a gorgeous artic-white Aero appeared in my back mirror and this time the car was following me to the parking lot of the local shopping mall, the place where most participants would gather.
After having enjoyed breakfast at Sweden’s world-famous furniture store, the engines were started and the 140 km long drive to Lidköping (the city where Läckö Slott is located) commenced. It was a wonderful sight with this many of SAAB’s most beautiful models on the road. We turned out to be a real attraction with many spectators giving thumbs up and hastily trying to get their phones out of their pockets to take pictures of the unique combination of SAAB’s.
Along the way we had received a decent dose of rain in the morning, which unfortunately meant that all the carefully polished cars weren’t looking really spotless anymore. No problem… we stopped at the local car wash and about 20 mins and very careful treatments later, all the mud was gone and the convoy was looking bright and shiny again!
With roots in the 13th century, Läckö Slott has played an important role in the region over the years, in particular as a fortified castle in the defence line against the Danish and Norwegians. It has been in use as a museum since 1935 and today it became the backdrop of our impressive line-up of 9-5NG’s!
Countless engaged discussions and several 100’s of pictures later we left for the city centre of Lidköping to take even more pictures and to close off the great day with a group dinner.
The group split off to head home again yet some of us stayed the night over in a hotel in neighbouring city Skövde. And also in Skövde our cars became “head-turners” with a local blogger posting a spontaneous article after he had seen our cars parked outside of the hotel.
It was a great event indeed. Many thanks to all attendees and spectators, but especially to Kristoffer Bengtsson, Stefan Hammer, Oskar Persson, and Erik Punt for organising! I’m looking forward to next year’s 9-5NG meeting!