It is safe to say Saabs of Anarchy’s first attempt at competing in the infamous LeMons racing series last year at Thompson Motor Speedway was a bit of a fiasco, (you can read more about our Thompson experience here and here or watch this video). Despite the two blown engines, biblical rain, and tireless work to get the car ready to go racing, we did leave with a trophy as well as the hard-earned understanding of what it takes to compete in this crap-can racing series. Saabs of Anarchy’s second attempt came at the Halloween Hooptiefest at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. After pulling the second blown engine from our Saab 9000 race car and rebuilding the original motor we (believed we) were ready. We were in good company for this race though, sharing a garage with the PA Saab Maab, while the eEuroparts.com Carbeque 900 and Full Nelson Racing’s 96 sat next door.
This is now the 4th year in a row we’ve been to the Carlisle Import and Performance Nationals in one format or another, and easily we have to say one of the best from our own perspective. Formally known as the Carlisle Import and Kit nationals, we’ve noticed the VW based Manx buggies will show up in force regardless of the name. They also seem to be mostly comprised of early risers, judging by how those air-cooled engines all fire up at the crack of dawn every year. I digress, camping out at Carlisle always adds to the whimsy of the show. If you’re into it, remember we will be having eEuroFest June 10th with the Lime Rock campground open on June 9th, we wonder if the Manx buggies will show up to that. Under the tent at the Saabs@Carlisle show-within-a-show, we were able to witness first hand what the
Fart-Hinder Racing is back for the 2017 Season – the 8th season of racing a Saab in amateur endurance racing and the 4th season for the Fart-Kontroll 1999 Saab 9-3. The venue this time was Road America in the Wisconsin countryside with the World Racing League (WRL). Four of the usual suspects signed on to our Racing Saab for this event: Captain Tim Winker, Mike Mandy, Travis McCormick and Mark Fitzpatrick. Fart-Hinder has been to Road America several times before with the ChumpCar World Series, but WRL had arranged to run the traditional road course including the Kink. CCWS has always used the motorcycle “Bend” between the Carousel and Kettle Bottoms and into Canada Corner to keep speeds down on the most difficult part of the track. WRL isn’t just any amateur series. In line with allowing faster cars to race, founder Joey Todd has required wheel-to-wheel racing experience from
As we said last year, there are few shows that we look forward to every year as much as Carlisle. Saabs@Carlisle is a Saab show-within-a-show at the larger Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals in pastoral Carlisle, PA. In 2016 the Carlisle Import & Kit Nationals merged with the Carlisle Performance & Style, and it was a huge success. Sure, it rained for what seemed like the entire weekend, but it was still amazing. This year there is no rain in the forecast and the weather looks perfect. In 2017 we’re rolling with five people in two Saabs after bringing a Saab and – gasp! – a Volvo in 2016. The show ramps up on Friday, crescendos on Saturday, and tapers off on Sunday. People drive hundreds and hundreds of miles to attend, so many people need most of Friday and Sunday to travel. We’ll be there the entire time, soaking it
When we embarked on the journey that is building a Saab racing car, we knew Do88 would be a fundamental part of the performance of the machine. When it was finally time to get to the nitty gritty, we already had all the parts we needed picked out. Of course that meant a few boxes showed up from Sweden once we pulled the trigger. In them was a Do88 intercooler, aluminum radiator, as well as a full set of hoses. After our first AER of the season at Watkins Glen International, it was clear we made the right decision. If you are looking for performance cooling products for your Swedish or German car, we have a huge number of products from Sweden’s premiere speed shop. Over 500 to be exact, but if you can’t find the right silicone hose set or performance cooler, we have a number of other options