Yesterday’s The Wall Street Journal brings readers an interesting, true Saab story about an American family whose Saab entered their DNA. In this story, the lead role is Cathy Blinken, 51, a sourcing expert with Citigroup living in Rutherford, N.J., who met Saab cars while she was still a child.
Growing up alone with her parents because her brother was much older, Cathy spent her childhood in the back seat of their 1969 Saab 96. She and her parents traveled all over Amaerica at that time in that cute little Saab.
As she says herself, Thanks to these numerous trips, she has learned a lot about cars and everything that goes with cars. She learned to navigate with the help of maps, then how to drive cars with a manual transmission, which are a real rarity in the US, and how to easily overcome roads under snow with the help of Saab.
As a result, Saab became part of her DNA and passed on her love for this favorite Swedish brand to her family. This has resulted in something similar to many “Saab families” around the world who own and drive only Saab cars. Today, her family owns five of them.
As for her choice of her personal car, there was no dilemma – her choice was a black 2001 Saab 93 convertible, which her family found in South Carolina and bought for her for her 40th birthday just over ten years ago.
Cathy passed on her love for Saab cars to her husband David who also drives a Saab convertible but is yellow in color. And she didn’t stop there, she passed on the “Saab fever” to their children, so their two sons in college also own Saab cars, and they all drive Saab cars with a manual transmission.
Such a typical Saab story, and yet special in a way. And that’s not all, that Saab 96 in which Cathy grew up, is still on wheels and in good condition thanks to her uncle where she is now and who has completely renovated the car.
Thanks to WSJ for conveying this warm Saab story to readers, and we are transmitting it here and want to keep it from oblivion and join a large number of similar Saab stories.