Inspiration

Should I keep my Saab 900 completely stock? Should I change it and personalize it?

I am leaning towards the latter.

As for inspiration, how about this other 900, same color and body as mine… I imagine mine somewhat like this one: lowering springs, blackened bumper strips, dark side flashers, lowered an inch, add some Bosch fog lights to the front bumper, and my Rona Silverspoke wheels instead of these, and that’s my Saab…

What do you think?

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Snowless winter

If you had been visiting me three weeks ago you would see snow everywhere, the stereotypical continental European winter, with temperatures well below zero, road work crews salting the roads, rear wheel drive cars sliding around, etc.

Well, a week before Christmas the temperature took a swing to the warm side and it started to drizzle, then rain, then drizzle again… and all the snow melted away! On December 31, 2012, when these pictures were taken there was no snow left.

I took my 900 on a nice forest road nearby, catching some nice photos during the warm winter day. The road sees very little traffic, so much that it doesn’t have the usual German road side markers, and for a kilometer or two it is unpaved. Meandering through farms, horse stables, pulp mills, and the Franconian countryside, the forest road passes surprisingly close to a busy Autobahn. While cars zoom by as fast as they can on the expressway, here in this bucolic road I take it easy, enjoying the green winter and the warm air.

Enjoy the pictures!

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Datsun Roadsters @ Petrolicious

I have featured a Petrolicious video before, and what can I say? The producers behind these videos have their automotive heart in tune with mine.

Petrolicious videos are known to highlight the personal connection owners have with their cars, with the car taking the role of a pet, or a loved family member. In this case there are two cars, two Datsun Roadsters, owned by two different car guy, united by the love for the same machine. What I write here does no justice, so just watch the video below.

Napa Valley Roadster from Petrolicious on Vimeo.

When it rains it pours…

I am the kind of guy who would rather own used cars than new cars. Both of my cars are completely paid off, and as far as I see it, I spend less on maintaining two used cars than what I would pay monthly for a new car. And one of my cars is 25 years old and done depreciating, so I’ll sell it for what I paid for it, as long as I maintain it. I am not burdened by $500 monthly payments and mandatory full insurance on my cars.

I also believe when you work on your own car you create a certain bond between man and machine, and you get to both know and love your car more. If the car is a piece of shit however that could lead to one hating the car more. Love and hate are two sides of the same coin after all… New cars with their warranties and modern complexities are less inviting to the home mechanic, as you would rather take the car in and get it done under warranty, since you’re paying for it anyway! As a DIY mechanic I like to get down and dirty in my cars, fix them, and get that satisfying feeling of knowing that the car was repaired right, and that I did it. You don’t get that feeling when you pick the car up from a dealership maintenance bay.

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What is blue, mean, British and poised to take on mountain passes?

The 2014 Jaguar XFR-S, that’s what. The car is proof that the British can still make great, sexy looking cars. Don’t miss the video below for some wild British blue action.

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One of one: 2012 Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin Cabriolet Sky Blue Edition

I am a total sucker for classic cars, but also have a deep love for the recently defunct Swedish brand, Saab. I own two of them and cherish every moment I am behind the wheel of these machines. Saab people are some of the coolest car people I ever met. With the recent demise of the brand now there are lots of talk about the Saabs being auctioned from either port storage in the US, or former factory cars like the gorgeous Saab 9-5 SportCombi that never saw the inside of a dealer showroom.

2012 Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin Cabriolet Sky Blue Edition

Well, this one is truly unique. This is the 2012 Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin Cabriolet Sky Blue Edition. Quite a name for a a one of one car, that has an interesting story. After the Saab factory in Trollhättan stopped producing Saabs in 9 June 2011 there were a number of cars left on the production line in various stages of incompleteness. This car was one of them. The cars were then received by Swedish dealership in the world, ANA of Trollhättan, and underwent final assembly and inspection as any regular Saab would.

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Wartburg 353 Tourist presentation by WarreGT

The Wartburg 353 is what I call the latest in trailing edge technology. It was the last car in the world sold with a two stroke engine. The last car in the world sold with a shift lever on the steering column. Also the last car made in Europe made with a body on frame construction. Trailing edge technology it is!

This video does a good job of presenting this car to the masses.

Don’t understand Finnish? No problem, just make sure you turn on the closed captions for this tongue-in0-cheek video on one of the iron curtains most endearing cars.