Day (1st Annual)
Lars Anderson Transportation Museum, Brookline MA.
October 15, 2000
The 1st annual Swedish Car Day was a resounding
success in my humble opinion. Having spent Saturday night at
my friend Ethan's house in Charlestown I was able to get there
early. We were the first to arrive, other than Tim from Charles
River Saab. We talked to Tim about the upcoming day and Tim
gave us directions to a local bagle shop so we went and picked
up breakfast. As Ethan and I were pulling out of the bagle shop
I saw a 95 in my rearview mirror. The Saabs had started to arrive!
Back at the Transportation Museum
we parked the car on the lawn next to Ryan Emge (organiser of
While the majority of the cars arrived I was busy waxing my
car and trying to make it presentable. I guess those comments
about my dirty car at Saabtoberfest motivated me! It was great,
leisurely waxing the car as more and more familiar faces and
some new ones showed up.
I met a number of new Saab owners and was once again amazed
at the camraderie that these cars generate. One big difference
between us and the volvo people was that we seemed to be more
a group of enthusiasts and the volvo contingency seemed to be
a lot heavier on the corporate side. I guess you have to pay
people to drive certain kinds of cars!
Charles River Saab donated prizes for the raffle and many people
won some fabulous stuff. Yours truly finally won something at
a Saab event- a $100 gift certificate to Charles River Saab!
Jeff Proposki's lightning blue classic 900 viggen won peoples
choice, of course. That car is unbelievable- the few pictures
I took don't do it justice. The vintage crowd made a strong
showing with a plethora of beautiful sonetts, a very nice blue
96 and a lovely 95. Classic 900's were in abundance and there
were a good number of ng 900's, 9-3's and 9-5's. Viggen's and
Aero's have quite an appeal- the examples that showed up were
The end of the day always comes too
early at these events and this one was no exception. Tim had
mentioned that the museum would be happy if 20 cars showed up.
We certainly mustered more than that, not even counting the
volvos. The success of the event was a tribute to the great
people at Charles River Saab and all the enthusiasts that showed
up. Many people worked hard to make this a successful event.
I'd especially like to thank Tim for his hard work and dedication
in organizing such a fun and enjoyable day! If you didn't get
to Swedish Car Day this coming year I highly recommend marking
your calendar for next years event.