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In Memoriam: Hans Wagemans – A Saab Community Legend

Honoring Hans Wagemans: A Saab Legend's Timeless Journey

A timeless tribute: Hans Wagemans, a beacon of the Saab community, stands beside his Saab 96, a symbol of enduring passion. This image captures a moment of pride and joy, as Hans leans on his classic car, his smile as genuine as his love for Saab. Together, they represent a legacy of automotive enthusiasm and a bond between man and machine forged in dedication and love.

With deep sorrow and respect, SaabPlanet.com joins Saab Club Belgium in mourning the loss of Hans Wagemans, whose recent departure has profoundly touched us all. Hans was more than a member of our community; he was its heart, its inspiration, and one of its brightest leaders. Today, we pay tribute to a man whose passion for Saab cars transcended boundaries, whose life was an example of true dedication and love for the brand we all cherish so deeply.

Hans’s connection with Saab was not just a passion; it was a life story. As the son of a salesman in a Mercedes-Saab garage, Hans absorbed the Saab ethos from his earliest days. His early foray into the automotive world, including a rally career in a Porsche 356 and Mini Cooper S, was merely a prelude to what would become a lifelong devotion to Saab. Transitioning to Saab, Hans drove various 96 models until the early ’70s, cementing his love and commitment to the brand.

However, Hans’s contribution to the Saab community far exceeds his passion for driving. As one of the founders of the Saab 96 club, the precursor to today’s Saab Club Belgium, Hans was a pivotal figure in shaping and growing our community. For over two decades, he tirelessly organized Saab stands at various fairs, where his enthusiasm and knowledge attracted many new members. Under his leadership, the club acquired the now legendary Saab van for transporting and storing fair materials, yet another testament to his dedication and commitment.

Captured in time: A young Hans Wagemans behind the wheel of his favorite Saab 96, in a classic black and white photograph. This moment frozen in time showcases a youthful Hans, filled with enthusiasm and ambition, as he navigates the road ahead. The Saab 96, an icon of design and engineering, serves as the perfect companion for his adventurous spirit. This image is a testament to the beginnings of a lifelong journey of passion for automotive excellence.
Captured in time: A young Hans Wagemans behind the wheel of his favorite Saab 96, in a classic black and white photograph. This moment frozen in time showcases a youthful Hans, filled with enthusiasm and ambition, as he navigates the road ahead. The Saab 96, an icon of design and engineering, serves as the perfect companion for his adventurous spirit. This image is a testament to the beginnings of a lifelong journey of passion for automotive excellence.

Hans was not just a technical advisor within the club; he was a mentor, friend, and inspiration to us all. His ability to restore any Saab 96 or 900 classic and return it to the road, safely and happily, was nothing short of magical. His willingness to always help, to never hesitate to roll up his sleeves and get the job done, left a lasting impression on all of us.

We bid farewell to Hans with heavy hearts but also with deep gratitude for all he has done for the Saab community. His legacy will live on through every Saab story we share, through every model we restore, and through every drive we take with love for the brand that shaped his life.

We invite everyone who knew Hans, as well as those who felt his impact, to join in paying tribute to this remarkable man. His funeral will be held on Saturday, March 9th at 11:00 am, at the St. John the Evangelist Church in Beveren. While Hans wished for no flowers or wreaths, we encourage you to share stories, memories, and gratitude in his honor.


With our deepest condolences, we wish strength to Hans’s family and numerous friends. Hans Wagemans may no longer be with us, but his spirit, his smiling presence, and his boundless love for Saab will forever be a beacon for our community.

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