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GeoffC
V4 Fanatic

United Kingdom
494 Posts

Posted - 01 May 2020 :  14:28:18 Show Profile Reply with Quote
In an effort to keep this section alive I have posted a collection of images showing some of my efforts in competition using Saabs spanning many years. Starting with my very first black 1968 V4 (1 road rally and 3 single venue events), my 1969 ex-works V4 (several events over nearly 10 years) and my Sonett (1 private Curborough Sprint day - so far!).

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The image in the middle is the advert that inspired me as a 14 year old to go rallying myself - seen on the wall of Findley and Wilks's Co Durham garage after having a test drive in a 96 driven by Phil Wilks (fastest test drive ever!!) which resulted in my Dad buying his first Saab. As a family we went on to owing 30 plus Saabs and myself and my brother are still owners, Sonett III and 9-3x 2.0T station wagon for me and 900i vert, 900 8 valve Turbo and a 9-5 Aero for him. My eldest son has a 900 Carlsson and a 9-3Tx awd so keeping up the tradition.

I know there are more "rally" Saabs out there than have been for some time, so hoping this inspires some of you to share some images. It's been a long time since anyone posted here - the advantage of this forum over Facebook is that entries don't slide down the list and disappear so, got to be worth some of you posting some images on here hasn't it?

NB I am trying to locate PUP 96K which was sold again in 2017 to someone in the Ripon area of N. Yorks - anybody having any info please let me know.

UK_Sub
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2317 Posts

Posted - 02 May 2020 :  10:44:20 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Hi Geoff,

Thanks for sharing the photos - I reckon that would make a great article for the Saab Enthusiast magazine, let me know if you're keen!


Cheers,
Simon
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Dirtbiker
V4 Mad

United Kingdom
870 Posts

Posted - 02 May 2020 :  11:51:16 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Hi Geoff,
Really enjoyed your pics from the past thread so the more photos you can post the better!
I'm happy to post a few photos for anyone who finds it tricky - they can email pictures to me garethdthomas500@gmail.com
Cheers
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GeoffC
V4 Fanatic

United Kingdom
494 Posts

Posted - 03 May 2020 :  18:41:10 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Thanks Simon happy to contribute to the magazine if needed.

I can put more up but most of mine have been on before at sometime so I was hoping for some fresh ones.
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GeoffC
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United Kingdom
494 Posts

Posted - 05 May 2020 :  14:14:32 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Some more pics Dirtbiker







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Woody
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2538 Posts

Posted - 09 May 2020 :  13:47:22 Show Profile Reply with Quote
To follow Geoff's lead here's a few from my archives:-
May 1972 Tour of Lincs - Standard apart from Koni shocks and Biltema Sump Guard - no roll bar Tyres Dunlop SP44s std rims.





Oct 1972 Dukeries Rally - Addn of John Aley Roll bar and Biltema Gp2 Exhaust and Contour Bucket & Recliner seats, 4.5in Sonett Steels. Intercoms added to helmets with control box clipped to roll bar.




Edited by - Woody on 01 Feb 2021 00:35:46
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GeoffC
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United Kingdom
494 Posts

Posted - 09 May 2020 :  16:15:13 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Good selection Woody - what tyres were you running on?
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Woody
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2538 Posts

Posted - 10 May 2020 :  17:09:10 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Dunlop SP44s 165x15 on the rough and Dunlop SP Sport/SP68 on the airfield all on 4.5in steels. ( There's more to come )
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Woody
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
2538 Posts

Posted - 11 May 2020 :  16:53:35 Show Profile Reply with Quote
A practice session in the forest April/May 1973. I had just had the engine tuned which upped CC to 1531, ported cylinder heads, rally camshaft and Conversion & Tuning cross-over inlet manifold with two 40 DCOE Weber side-draught carburettors.
This is where I discovered I needed beefier suspension to cope with the yumps, then the Crown Wheel and Pinion let go in the standard transmission.













Edited by - Woody on 01 Feb 2021 00:45:34
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GeoffC
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United Kingdom
494 Posts

Posted - 11 May 2020 :  19:21:05 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Going well there until the diff went! Great pics.
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melle
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United Kingdom
3371 Posts

Posted - 11 May 2020 :  21:54:12 Show Profile Reply with Quote
At least you were wearing your safety tie Woody!

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Gavinc
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United Kingdom
103 Posts

Posted - 06 Jun 2020 :  03:44:22 Show Profile Reply with Quote
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My 99 will possibly be known to those of you who subscribe to the Driver, or those who I have met on the last two RAC rallies.

96V4 stage rally car
99 stage rally car.
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Gavinc
V4 Fan

United Kingdom
103 Posts

Posted - 06 Jun 2020 :  03:50:30 Show Profile Reply with Quote


Sorry, even with Gareth helping I'm struggling to get pics to work!

96V4 stage rally car
99 stage rally car.
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Gavinc
V4 Fan

United Kingdom
103 Posts

Posted - 06 Jun 2020 :  03:53:36 Show Profile Reply with Quote


Before I get shouted at for posting pics of a modern Saab, I've also got this one. It doesn't get out as much as the 99, but has slowly been developed over the last few years.

96V4 stage rally car
99 stage rally car.
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Gavinc
V4 Fan

United Kingdom
103 Posts

Posted - 06 Jun 2020 :  03:56:57 Show Profile Reply with Quote


This was taken at last years Carlisle Stages in the Kielder forests.


96V4 stage rally car
99 stage rally car.
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Dirtbiker
V4 Mad

United Kingdom
870 Posts

Posted - 06 Jun 2020 :  22:26:01 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Glad you got the links working. Where was the 99 photographed? Blasting along that open track on the hillside must have been huge fun!
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