Lochem, The Netherlands – September 9, 2023 – Known among aficionados as “Saab-City,” Lochem is gearing up to host a remarkable event that will bring together Saab enthusiasts from all corners of the world. The legacy of the iconic Saab brand continues to thrive, and the upcoming event, NatSaab 2023, promises to be a celebration of everything that makes Saab a cherished and enduring automotive icon.
For over 60 years, the Saab dealership Saab van Aalderen has been an integral part of the Lochem community, serving as a haven for Saab enthusiasts and a reliable hub for Saab-related services. Even though the Swedish factory faced bankruptcy more than a decade ago, Saab van Aalderen remains one of the most respected Saab-specialist establishments in the Netherlands, a testament to their dedication and expertise.
NatSaab 2023, scheduled for the second weekend of September in the picturesque town of Zwiep, is an event that resonates with the passion shared by Saab enthusiasts. The organizing team, with a strong local presence, reflects the tight-knit nature of the Saab community. Ton Eikelenboom, owner of Hoftijzer, himself a devoted Saab driver, generously provides the venue for the event, offering his company premises and a spacious barn. Piet Bouwmeister, the owner of Saab van Aalderen, is deeply involved as a sponsor, and Miranda Reuvekamp from Laren plays a pivotal role as the social media coordinator and PR powerhouse behind NatSaab.
NatSaab draws inspiration from IntSaab, a larger European event that brings together thousands of Saab enthusiasts annually. With approximately 2,400 members, Saab Club Nederland plays a central role in preserving the Saab legacy. The club’s members receive the Saabberichten magazine four times a year, expertly curated by Erno Reuvekamp, Miranda’s husband.
The picturesque town of Zwiep will set the stage for NatSaab 2023, following the success of last year’s event in Brabant. This year, Saab enthusiasts will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of activities, exhibitions, and presentations, all centered around the iconic Saab brand. Around 250 Saab vehicles are expected to grace the event, meticulously displayed by model type on the Hoftijzer premises, allowing attendees to appreciate and compare the unique features that have defined Saab vehicles over the years.
The event goes beyond mere car displays, featuring a lineup of engaging speakers, workshops, and interactive sessions. Dirk Koppen of SaabPartners from Meppel will share insights into the art of crafting near-new Saabs through recycling and a vast inventory of original parts. Dion Hillebrink will conduct a workshop on Saab tuning, while Çetin Soysal of Hedin Parts and Logistics will present on the availability of Saab components. Karl Wevers, former director of Saab Nederland, will provide valuable insights into the past, present, and future of the brand.
A highlight of the event will be the unveiling of a mysterious Saab vehicle shipped all the way from Sweden, keeping attendees in eager anticipation. The day’s activities include an auto parts market, a trunk sale of Saab-related items, a parts quiz, and various activities for children. Saab van Aalderen’s contribution of a paintable car adds an interactive element, and the presence of a functional Saab 006 miniature car will offer attendees a unique experience.
Miranda Reuvekamp emphasizes the importance of camaraderie and inclusivity in Saab Club Nederland. As the world’s oldest Saab club of its kind, the club remains active through regional events, ranging from meetings and lectures to barbecues and road rallies. Efforts are ongoing to engage younger members, ensuring the legacy of the brand lives on through generations.
The event is made possible by the dedicated efforts of dozens of volunteers, both from within the club and the local community. This collaborative spirit is a testament to the enduring sense of neighborliness in Zwiep.
Saab Club Nederland’s commitment to preserving the Saab heritage is further demonstrated by its efforts to facilitate collaboration between various businesses involved in the provision and repair of Saab parts, especially for older models. This cooperative approach aims to keep these classic cars running on the roads for as long as possible.
As part of their commitment to giving back, NatSaab 2023 will feature a raffle, with proceeds going to Odensehuis Amsterdam. This organization is dedicated to providing dignified lives for individuals with dementia, embodying the values of compassion and support that define the Saab community.
NatSaab 2023 promises to be a gathering of Saab enthusiasts that transcends the boundaries of time and geography. With its rich history and enduring legacy, the Saab brand continues to unite people who share a common passion. As Saab vehicles are celebrated and their stories shared, the event embodies the spirit of community, camaraderie, and a shared love for the open road.