Sep 20 2016

Sunday October 2nd: Fall Colours Tour

p1000983The date for the Fall Colours Tour has been moved up to Sunday October 2. The leaves are starting to change early, so hopefully we will be close to peak colour.

Meet at the Highway 400 Northbound ONRoute King City (Canadian Tire gas bar/Tim Horton’s) just south of King Sideroad.

We are planning for a scenic drive in the Barrie region, with a lunch finish at a microbrewery restaurant.

As always, we welcome any Saab, whether Saab Club member or not, and of course all Saab Club members are invited, hopefully in their Saab!

Sep 19 2016

Classic Hillclimb Followup

waiting in the pit lane was OK with me but my "crew" got soaked

Waiting in the pit lane was OK for the driver but the “crew” got soaked. Behind the SAAB in line are 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass, 1978 Porsche 911C, 1968 Rambler American, 1970 Porsche 911T and many others. Over 40 cars participated in the event.

tacked in between 1986 Jaguar XJS and a 1973-race prepared Volvo P180

After the race the red SAAB is tacked in between 1986 Jaguar XJS and a 1973 race-prepared Volvo P1800

Pre-race parade

Prior to the race cars were lined up on the main street for viewing by residents

The inaugural 2016 Brack Classic Hillclimb was a memorable affair. Glad to report that my red SPG performed very well. Not a hint of trouble even when pushed to the limit. My all-weather Michelins proved to be quite adequate in rainy conditions with some standing/running water on the course. The event consisted of three phases. First was the Friday afternoon parade in downtown Owen Sound to give local residents a chance to look at the cars. Second was the race itself that took place on a winding, narrow road to Ingliss Falls just south of Owen Sound. The third was a gathering after the race to exchange stories, take group photos and enjoy the banquet. All in all it was a successful event which promises to become a tradition. A few photos are shown above and a link to one of my timed runs will show you what the hillclimb is all about. For me the most attractive feature of this event was a wonderful mix of cars and their owners. It was a good forum to show off  a classic SAAB and my SPG attracted its fair share of admiration and comments.

Shown in the link is the second timed run. This was my slowest but most entertaining run due to heavy rain and standing water. A short clip before the run shows a gorgeous 1956 MGA raced previously at Sebring. Just listen to the sound! In my run I hit rev limiter in 1st, 2nd and 3rd gear. I could feel some wheel spin exiting the hay bale chicane but still ended up doing highly illegal speed in the 4th gear at the checkered flag. It was a brief but intense experience to say the least.

https://www.dropbox.com/sc/k45g0g6msajju5q/AAD0YzknYpdTBVTPnT5sbBrCa

 

Sep 08 2016

Classic Car Hillclimb September 16-17

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In conjunction with the Cobble Beach Classic Auto Show there  will be a Hillclimb race event for classic and modern cars in the Owen Sound area on September 17th. Our SAAB Club vice president (Martin) has registered for the event with one of his SAABs. He will be driving a nearly classic red 1991 SAAB 900 SPG. The car’s engine is stock with approximately 180,000 km. The suspension has been modified with Abbot springs, adjustable Koni shocks and the front wheel’s geometry has been given some negative camber to reduce the understeer. SAAB club members and other interested SAAB enthusiasts are encouraged to spectate and give moral support to this brave project. Let’s hope the car can survive this event without a major breakdown. You can learn more about the show and the Hillclimb at this website:

http://mowoguniversity.com/brack-classic-hillclimb.html

Aug 23 2016

Fall Colours Tour Advance Notice

Stay tuned for more details of the Saab Club of Canada’s Fall Colours Tour.

We are planning for a scenic drive in the Barrie region, with a lunch stop at a microbrewery restaurant.

As always, we welcome any Saab, whether Saab Club member or not, and of course all Saab Club members are invited, hopefully in their Saab!

Jul 28 2016

Winery Tour 2016 Pics!

Jul 05 2016

Niagara Winery Tour 2016

 

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Our Picnic lunch this year will be at Greenlane Estate Winery

Our next stop is a surprise, something for the senses but it’s not wine!

Last stop is Westcott Vineyards to relax and enjoy the view!

For those that wish to stay for supper we’re off to the Jordan House

Jun 29 2016

Niagara Winery Tour – Corrected date

The ever popular Niagara winery tour is confirmed as July 24th this year, more details to follow….don’t miss this one!

As always all are welcome.

Meet at Red Stone Winery @ 10 a.m.

Picnic Lunch – BYO!

4245 King Street
Beamsville ON, L0R 1B1
Phone: 905-563-9463
Toll Free: 1-844-563-9463

http://redstonewines.ca

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