Goodbye Mr. SAAB!

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Yesterday one of the best rally driver ever is gone! We’ll remeber you Erik Carlsson – Mr. SAAB!

The motorsports world has lost a legend with the passing of famous rally driver Erik Carlsson at the age of 86. If you’ve ever seen a photo of a vintage Saab sliding around a corner or blasting through tree-lined roads, there was a good chance that Carlsson was behind the wheel. The man was so tied to the Swedish auto brand that he earned the nickname Mr. Saab.

Rally Legend Erik "Mr. Saab" Carlsson and the Saab 9-3 Aero Carlsson
Rally Legend Erik “Mr. Saab” Carlsson and the Saab 9-3 Aero Carlsson

David Evans has a very sweet obituary to the man, who got his start buying a Saab off of a farmer and tearing ass around the local and then-unrestricted roads.  Autosport has another obit right here as well, and Hammings,  classicandsportscar too…

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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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