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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:02 pm 
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I've just noted that the SAAB Museum festival is slated for 10th to 12th of June 2022.
I know it's a long way away.....

I'm up for it, who else?


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:05 pm 
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We are thinking of going. We went to the one last year. We didn't rush too much. We had a few nights in Copenhagen on the way up.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:17 pm 
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We were there in 2015.
Drove all the way in the ol' 96, from the north of NL.

A night near Bremen, two nights on the island of Rugen, (where I have relatives).
Ferry from Rugen to Trellborg.
Returned over the bridge from Malmo to Copenhagen.

Brilliant week....

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 1:08 pm 
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There is a plan emerging here in the South West, much of which is being discussed on Facebook. There are 2 trains of thought and approach - a driving trip to Stockholm and thence to Trollhattan for the Festival (75th Anniversary of Saab cars) - and a fly-drive. Looking forward to the driving trip as my first choice - in the 900 vert, of course, as I don't fancy driving my stroker that far. Maybe I should find a co-driver and tow the 96 on its A-frame for use in Sweden 8) .

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 24, 2020 11:54 am 
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Well, that sounds good.
It is certainly is much better driving, than going flydrive. I mean where's the fun in that. Boring!!!!

I don't live even remotely close to the South West, but if something is arranged, could you keep me in the loop?

What Face ache page are we taking about specifically David?

I would probably take the North Shields ferry to Ijmuiden in the north of NL.
We could meet up somewhere in Northern Germany.
I'd hopefully be in my V4 96.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 24, 2020 2:06 pm 
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Hi Andy,
I've looked for the link on the GWS pages but it may be a way back - Naranto (David D) is masterminding the driving trip via Harwich-Hook of Holland and Robin & Alex are planning a fly-drive with us all linking up in Trollhattan. I'll keep looking for other links and let you know.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 24, 2020 2:32 pm 
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I'd be interested in going to the festival in 2022, driving up there, and if there is a convoy from Northern Germany we'll connect there, we'll be sure to make a few stops in Holland and Luebeck on the way.

Plus if there is another 9-5 photocall like they did a few years ago I'd love to get Helga into the line-up.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 24, 2020 7:18 pm 
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heli-saaber wrote:
Hi Andy,
I've looked for the link on the GWS pages but it may be a way back - Naranto (David D) is masterminding the driving trip via Harwich-Hook of Holland and Robin & Alex are planning a fly-drive with us all linking up in Trollhattan. I'll keep looking for other links and let you know.

That's why I don't use Face- ache much, once stuff goes off the bottom of the screen it's hard to find.
Long live the forums!

I know David Dallimore, I'll E mail him.

Although Harwich is a long way from where I live, it has one advantage. You can book flexi fares, in case your plans change.
The DFDS route from North Shields, is strictly no refunds.

I looked at these routes for the 2019 SAAB festival. I didn't go in the end, but did all the price comparisons. I've got a Spreadsheet, with all the costs, at that time. Ferry/Petrol/hotels etc.

Hope to see you at Swedish day 21!


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2020 9:55 am 
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My "Plan A" is to travel Dover-Dunkerque (DFDS) or Dover-Calais (Eurotunnel) and drive across through Belgium (Antwerp is a bit of a nightmare) to catch up with the gang somewhere in Holland. Driving up to Harwich seems a bit too much out of the way and "my" route saves a bit of time so I can, maybe, visit friends en-route. Such a shame that DFDS Harwich-Esbjerg is no longer operating (I think I've said that before!).

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2020 11:39 am 
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heli-saaber wrote:
There is a plan emerging here in the South West, much of which is being discussed on Facebook. There are 2 trains of thought and approach - a driving trip to Stockholm and thence to Trollhattan for the Festival (75th Anniversary of Saab cars) - and a fly-drive. Looking forward to the driving trip as my first choice - in the 900 vert, of course, as I don't fancy driving my stroker that far. Maybe I should find a co-driver and tow the 96 on its A-frame for use in Sweden 8) .


Check the rules for A Frame towing. As far as I know, all wheels have to be off the ground, ie, Trailer. to get through France. Not sure about other countries.


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Just a dream - but thanks for the info on France. Maybe everything will change by summer 2022!

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2020 3:34 am 
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heli-saaber wrote:
My "Plan A" is to travel Dover-Dunkerque (DFDS) or Dover-Calais (Eurotunnel) and drive across through Belgium (Antwerp is a bit of a nightmare) to catch up with the gang somewhere in Holland. Driving up to Harwich seems a bit too much out of the way and "my" route saves a bit of time so I can, maybe, visit friends en-route. Such a shame that DFDS Harwich-Esbjerg is no longer operating (I think I've said that before!).


Quite frankly I wouldn't go anywhere near Dover, even if the crossing was free!
I'd sort of hope the utter sheer chaos there that appears to be on the make at the moment due to the pandemic, will have abated by 2022, but I wouldn't count on it!!
As you say, Harwich Esjberg would be the best..... :D , but I don't think it's coming back, though there have been rumours from time to time, that someone else was going to take it over.

There's a petition going to try and get the Harwich - Esbjerg ferry re-started. Link below.
https://www.change.org/p/dfds-seaways-r ... y-crossing

Also a FaceAche page
https://www.facebook.com/groups/4181601 ... 9/?fref=ts

ps don't forget to get your green card, International driving licence, (The "correct" one, there are three different types), and good comprehensive medical cover.
By then, we might need visas as well.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2021 2:40 pm 
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It's all bound to have changed / been sorted out (hopefully!) by then. Ferry & crossing bookings will open for summer 2022 in around January 2022, so we'll just have to keep everything crossed for sensible regulations and availability of countries to visit. It's already been agreed with the EU that we won't need IDPs, that EHICs will be recognised and that plates with GB and a Union flag (not individual UK countries' flags) will be permitted. Two pairs of stickers ordered for my youngest 2 Saabs, from my local Autobitz shop.
For me, getting through this year with my health and sanity intact will be a good step forward :) .

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2021 10:59 am 
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My cross-channel options are: eurotunnel - nice and quick and straight onto the A16 or the DFDS boat to Duinkerque - excellent breakfast on board and stock up at the nearby Carrefour - any spare room in the car is taken by some French produce, cheese, bread, Cremant and beer/cider. Then, depending on where we stop in NL - The Hague, Leiden or Groningen dictates whether the journey to Luebeck is done in 1 or 2 days.

How I would do the rest of the trip is undecided. Having driven to North Jutland for an NSU Treffen the drive through Schleswig-Holstein and Jutland was IIRC very pleasant. Driving across the Oresund bridge would be interesting too (which prompts me to ask, has anyone seen the US version of The Bridge yet? Thoughts on a postcard please). Might come back by boat.

I know Robin Morley has been talking about it on the Facebook group - I am watching his arrangements as we have virtually identical cars (except his has privacy glass and I have the famous windscreen).


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I really like the DFDS "voyage" to Dunkerque - it's a couple of hours' break, especially if I've driven to Dover that day & have ongoing travel (usually to Brussels). It's worth paying the small extra amount to access the business lounge - it's never been full - free coffee/snacks and lunch (reasonably priced) served to your seat. It's pretty much the only sea time I've had since leaving the Navy in '92, apart from Merlin helicopter trials on a T23 frigate and a week onboard a USN aircraft carrier in the early days of the CV(F) (now the QE class) project. Very happy days. :D

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2021 3:00 pm 
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I am now starting to do some "pre-planning" for this.
I was booked on a cruise on the Danube from Budapest to Passau (Bavaria), (a company reunion), last year. which was postponed to this year, which is now postponed to next year.
The dates have been around 31st of May to 5th of June, so I'm thinking, take the old 96 across to the continent, find somewhere to stash it in NL, or north of Germany for the week, that I'm on the cruise, then pick up the car and go to Sweden. I could obviously drive it down to Passau (near Munich), still have to find some where to stash it, then hammer it back north again. I'd prefer to fly, or take the train, between NL/Northern Germany and Bavaria.
Sooooooooo, does anyone know anywhere in NL, or northern Germany, where I could pay to safely store the car for a week, under cover.
I'm sure there are garages/organisations that do this, and I could spend a bit of time raking the internet, but word of mouth, or recommendation, is always better.

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The GWS group is planning to use the Harwich-Hook of Holland route. I'm going earlier and linking up with a Classic tour to Sweden and Norway before peeling off to Stockholm to join up with the GWS group tour (a few days in Stockholm before heading for Trollhattan and the Festival). It's going to be a nice long (and very expensive) holiday but what the heck, I deserve it!

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