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Nov 21 2013

“Saabs in the Snow”: proposed winter event–please let us know your interest!

The Saab Club of Canada is planning a winter driving event. We will get out of the grey salt slurpee that all our urban areas turn into a few minutes after  snow falls, and enjoy some scenic driving, as much as possible on white, crunchy, wheelwell-clogging snow–weather permitting, lots of snow.

In fact, I was so glad I got the winter tires on the car Saturday before the weather got too abysmal, I took a drive up to Beaver Valley on Sunday. These are actual shots of an actual Saab on actual back roads in Beaver Valley!

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The event will likely be on the last Sunday in January or the first Sunday in February, a.k.a. the coldest time of year in Ontario.

You will absolutely need proper winter tires to participate in this event.   Membership in the club (unlike other social events) will also be required.
Due to the possible conditions and situation of this event, both of these conditions are mandatory.

So set the seat heat to the level you want (or, in a Saab like mine, just turn it on), feel the tires bite on the hard-packed snow of rural roads in midwinter, and enjoy the drive.

Here’s a quick explanation of the choices in the poll below; I think all would be planned to be around three hours, or four hours max:

  1. Beaver Valley Back Roads: we will travel over backroads which are open and plowed, but being gravel are not salted or sanded. There will be some very steep and curvy sections to test your traction (control?). Let me repeat, though, these are ploughed public roads. I have driven them in winter in my 1978 Trans Am. Saabs should have no problems.
    Starting point: Shelburne
    Finishing point for lunch: Meaford or Thornbury on Georgian Bay
    Speed and roads: varies, from quiet 80 km/h county roads to twisty ploughed backroads at 40 km/h
  2. Tiny Beaches: we will travel through the various beaches north from Wasaga Beach via shoreline cottage roads. There will be snow-covered sections. We will pass a number of empty, snow-covered parking lots. No one would want to have a bit of fun driving around on an empty snow-covered parking lot would they?
    Starting point: Wasaga Beach, or possibly Stayner or Angus
    Finishing point for lunch: Penetanguishene or Midland
    Speed and roads: mostly 50 km/h cottage roads, hopefully snowy. Like this year’s fall colours tour, basically.
  3. Snow Belt Highways: fastest and least challenging driving, heading generally northwest on some kind of loop. Honestly, I hope you don’t pick this. I can suggest some routings if you want to go on a solo excursion.
    Starting point: Orangeville or Fergus or Shelburn
    Finishing point: it would be nice to have lunch in Southampton, Port Elgin, or Kincardine, but I suspect that that leaves too long a drive home
    Speed and roads: 80km/h on provincial and county roads, hope they’re not icy

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  1. TRAVIS

    Question: Which “Saab’s in the Snow” event appeals to you?

    a) Beaver Valley Back Roads
    b) Alternate 1: Tiny Beaches
    c) No thanks, I’ll curl up by the fire with a good book
    d) Alternate 2: Snow Belt Highways

    Answer:
    All events i.e.: Beaver Valley Back Roads; Tiny Beaches; and the Snow Belt Highways; all sound awesome!!! I will vote for the location that has the steepest hills/valley’s, sharpest corner’s and hair-pin turns, and the event which has with the most ice & snow coverage.

    Love my Saab 9-3 Aero XWD Sport Sedan, especially during the winter months when traveling on ice/snow-covered roadways, with mild to treacherous” conditions . The XWD System from Saab definitely supersedes Audi’s “Quattro” ; Mercedes-Benz’s “4MATIC” ; and BMW’s “X-Drive” all round!!!

    Definitely count me in on this upcoming Sunday, January 17, 2014 for the “Saab’s in the Snow – January 2014 event”, presented by the The Saab Club of Canada.

    – Travis D’Souza –
    – 2009 Saab 9-3 Aero V6 XWD Sport Sedan -

    1. Ed

      Hi Travis;

      Sunday is the 19th, not 17th, but you knew that. :-)

      Beaver Valley will definitely fit your criteria for hills and curves. We will all have to drive nicely, though, because we don’t want to hit another Saab, or put our Saab in the ditch. Also, my car is not XWD, and I am leading. :-)

  2. 2SSWs

    Sounds great, but Sundays are out for me.

    1. Ed

      That’s unfortunate. The Club’s drives (winery tour, fall colours tour) are normally done on Sundays. I guess you miss out on those too?

      I can certainly provide a suggested routing. I may also head up there beforehand to check out conditions. That will not necessarily be on a Sunday. If you are adventurous, you can join me. :-)

      1. 2SSWs

        This is rather late, but, though I have no snow tires, I’m a bit flexible as to time and mildly adventurous. Let me know when. I’ll try to check this page more often!

        1. Ed

          Mmm, believe me, you’re going to need snow tires for the roads that I have in mind, even with AWD. I’m going to make it a requirement for the event.

  3. saabscott

    This sounds like a lot of fun Ed.

    Thanks very much for coming up with this idea. Even if it is only a couple of people, it could be a lot of fun!

  4. Ed

    Please leave any comments or questions here. Hopefully we have a success and maybe an new Saab Club of Canada tradition?

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