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A “Saabalicious” Story – Erik Carlsson Stunt Driving Demo for Oman Police

Saab 900 Turbo for Oman PoliceSaab 900 Turbo for Oman Police

A “Saabalicious” story from Oman, an Arab country on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula.

Here’s another interesting story from Saab history that we believe will delight you. This story was shared on one of Saab forum by real Saab girl Kirsty Farnfield from UK.

Saab 900 fleet for Oman Police
Saab 900 fleet for Oman Police, at Ras Al-Hamra Pdo Camp (photo credit: Mr Ronald Farnfueld)

Her father – Mr Ronald Farnfield, took these photos when they lived in the Sultunate of Oman in the 1980s. The Royal Oman Police took delivery of a fleet of Saab 900 Turbos for highway patrol and high speet pursuit. FYI, Saab cars are used by many police forces in the world.

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Erik Carlsson doing stunts, he was showing the Omani police force the handling capabilities of the Saab 900 as they had just taken delivery of a fleet of them as police cars. This included driving over a tyre shredder at speed with no hands on the wheel.
Erik Carlsson doing stunts, he was showing the Omani police force the handling capabilities of the Saab 900 as they had just taken delivery of a fleet of them as police cars. This included driving over a tyre shredder at speed with no hands on the wheel. (photo credit: Mr Ronald Farnfueld)

The local Saab dealer was Shanfari Automotive (where they bought The Old Girl in 1984), they organised the shipment. Saab sent the legendary rally driver Erik Carlsson to Oman to give driving demonstrations to the Police force on the Saab’s handling capabilities.

This included him driving over a tyre shredder with no hands on the wheel.

Saab 900 Turbo - braking on a shredded tyre, no loss of control
Saab 900 Turbo – braking on a shredded tyre, no loss of control… (photo credit: Mr Ronald Farnfueld)

This is another incredible story of the rich Saab history. On behalf of all Saab fans worldwide, many thanks to Kirsty and her father Ron and her mum – she has been scanning old slides credit all photos to Ronald Farnfield, who has preserved this historically valuable Saab “pearl”.

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Saab 900 Turbo - Royal Oman Police
Saab 900 Turbo – Royal Oman Police (photo credit: Mr Ronald Farnfueld)
Goran Aničić
the authorGoran Aničić
For over 10 years, Goran Aničić has been passionately focused on Saab automobiles and everything related to them. His initial encounter with Saab cars took place back in 2003 when the first Saab 9-3 and sedan version were introduced. At that moment, he was captivated by the car's Scandinavian design logic and top-notch engineering, and everything that followed stemmed from that first encounter. Later on, through his work at the editorial team of the Serbian automotive magazines "Autostart" and later "AutoBild," he had the opportunity to engage more closely with Saab vehicles. In 2008, he tested the latest Saab cars of that time, such as the Saab 9-3 TTiD Aero and Saab 9-3 Turbo X. In 2010, as the sole blogger from the region, he participated in the Saab 9-5ng presentation in Trollhättan, Sweden. Alongside journalists from around the world, he got a firsthand experience of the pinnacle of technological offerings from Saab at that time. Currently, Goran owns two Saabs: a 2008 Saab 9-3 Vector Sportcombi with a manual transmission, and a Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin Sport Sedan from the last generation, which rolled off the production line in Trollhättan in December 2011.

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