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NatSaab 2023: Roaring Success With 285 Saab Cars And More Than 500 Enthusiasts

NatSaab 2023: A Spectacular Gathering of 285 Saab Enthusiasts and Their Beloved Cars

NatSaab 2023: A Gathering of Saab Enthusiasts in the Netherlands

Zwiep, Netherlands – On a sunny Saturday, September 9, 2023, Saab enthusiasts from all over the Netherlands gathered at Lindeboomsweg 5 in Zwiep, near Lochem, for the 2nd NatSaab event. Organized by Saab Club Nederland, this annual celebration of all things Saab proved to be an enormous success. With a staggering 285 Saab cars and over 500 passionate Saab fans in attendance, the event not only celebrated the beloved Swedish brand but also showcased the enduring love for these unique automobiles.

A Stunning Turnout

One of the remarkable highlights of NatSaab 2023 was the overwhelming attendance. The event was originally planned for the grounds of Hoftijzer Lochem, but due to the unexpected surge in visitors, organizers had to expand to the meadow opposite the original venue. This accommodating move allowed for the inclusion of a whopping 285 Saab cars, ranging from modern models to timeless classics.

However, NatSaab 2023 wasn’t just about the cars. It was a gathering of like-minded individuals who share a deep appreciation for the Saab brand, its history, and its distinct charm.

Innovative Conversion: A Saab 9-5 Transformed from Gasoline to Electric Shines at NatSaab 2023
Innovative Conversion: A Saab 9-5 Transformed from Gasoline to Electric Shines at NatSaab 2023

Electric Innovation: The Saab 9-5 EV

Among the many Saabs on display, one vehicle stole the spotlight – a fully electric Saab 9-5. This impressive creation was brought to life by Saab specialist J & D van den Bosch from Vinkeveen, marking a pioneering moment in the Netherlands. The electrification of classic Saabs reflects the ongoing evolution of the brand and its commitment to sustainable transportation.

Activities for Everyone

NatSaab 2023 catered to both Saab aficionados and casual visitors alike. The event featured a bustling market with over 30 stalls offering Saab parts and memorabilia, including brochures, pins, caps, and scale models. Enthusiasts had the chance to learn more about Saab tuning and the technical rejuvenation of older Saabs through engaging presentations.


Saab Enthusiast's Paradise: Over 30 Stalls Overflowing with Saab Parts and Memorabilia at NatSaab 2023
Saab Enthusiast’s Paradise: Over 30 Stalls Overflowing with Saab Parts and Memorabilia at NatSaab 2023

For the younger generation, a SaabWorld Cup race was organized using Saab 006, a miniature Saab specially designed for children. Additionally, children could explore their creativity by participating in a Saab-themed painting activity, generously provided by the well-known Saab dealer Van Aalderen from Lochem.

A Charitable Endeavor

Beyond the joy of celebrating Saab’s rich heritage, NatSaab 2023 had a philanthropic side. A raffle was held at the end of the day, with more than 125 Saab-related items generously contributed by attendees. The proceeds from the raffle, totaling €805, were donated to the Odensehuis Amsterdam, an organization dedicated to providing support and a voice for people living with dementia. Furthermore, the event collected deposits that will also be channeled toward supporting the Odensehuis.

A Glimpse Into the Future

The success of NatSaab 2023 has already set the stage for the next chapter in the Saab Club Nederland’s annual tradition. Enthusiasts can look forward to another NatSaab event in 2024, promising more Saab cars, more camaraderie, and more opportunities to celebrate this iconic Swedish brand.

Saab 96: A Key Player Among the 35,000 Saab Cars Still Cruising Dutch Roads
Saab 96: A Key Player Among the 35,000 Saab Cars Still Cruising Dutch Roads

A Love Affair with Saab

The enduring appeal of Saab cars was evident at NatSaab 2023. With a staggering 35,000 Saab automobiles still on Dutch roads, it’s clear that the brand’s unique combination of innovation, safety, and individuality continues to captivate a dedicated fanbase. Among these Saabs, nearly one-third are convertibles, showcasing the versatility and timeless allure of these remarkable automobiles.

35,000 Saab automobiles still on Dutch roads

NatSaab 2023 was a resounding success, bringing together Saab enthusiasts, young and old, to celebrate their shared love for this iconic brand. From classic Saab models to innovative electric conversions, the event showcased the enduring legacy of Saab and its place in the hearts of enthusiasts across the Netherlands. As the Saab community looks forward to future gatherings, the spirit of camaraderie and passion for these Swedish cars remains stronger than ever.

*The photos were taken by Dick Groen on behalf of Saab Club Nederland and are royalty-free.

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