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“Saved by a Saab” – A Journey of Resilience and Discovery

Navigating Life's Highways in a 1974 Saab 99: A Review of Nancy Hill's Essay

Nancy Hill and her Saab 99

As a community of Saab enthusiasts, we understand that a car is more than just a mode of transport – it’s a companion on life’s journey. Nancy Hill’s essay, “Saved by a Saab,” published on Indianapolis Monthly website, resonates deeply with this sentiment. Hill masterfully intertwines the story of her 1974 Saab 99 with a personal narrative of overcoming anxiety and discovering self-reliance.

The Heart of the Story: More Than Just a Car

Hill’s essay begins with a vivid memory from her childhood, setting the tone for her lifelong passion for driving. The detailed recollection of her experiences with various vehicles, from a VW Beetle to a Mustang, paints a vivid picture of a life intertwined with cars. But it’s the Saab 99, an orange (let’s remember here the novella “The Pumpkin Mobile” – A Special Novella by DiVitto Kelly Dedicated to a Special Saab 99), previously stolen and recovered vehicle, that takes center stage as a symbol of her struggles and triumphs.

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A Journey of Self-Discovery and Overcoming Fear

Hill’s narrative takes a profound turn as she delves into her battle with panic attacks. The Saab becomes a metaphor for her internal struggles – a flawless exterior hiding a tumultuous interior. Her journey with the car mirrors her path to confronting and managing her anxiety. Hill’s candid and poignant description of her experiences offers a raw and relatable perspective on mental health struggles.

Nancy Hill proudly standing beside her cherished orange Saab 99, the car that played a pivotal role in her journey of overcoming personal challenges.
Nancy Hill proudly standing beside her cherished orange Saab 99, the car that played a pivotal role in her journey of overcoming personal challenges.

The Saab as a Catalyst for Growth

Hill’s essay is more than a story about a car; it’s about growth, resilience, and the courage to face one’s fears. The Saab 99 is not just a vehicle but a vessel for Hill’s transformation. Her adventures, from solo trips to Perrysville to travels with friends, illustrate how the car helped her expand her world and embrace life’s possibilities.

Recommendation for Saab Enthusiasts

For fellow Saab lovers, “Saved by a Saab” is a must-read. Hill’s story will resonate with anyone who sees their Saab as a significant part of their life’s journey. Her narrative is a testament to the resilience and versatility that Saabs embody. It’s a reminder of why we cherish these cars – not just for their engineering or design, but for the stories they help us write in our lives.

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A Tribute to Saabs and the Roads They Travel

Nancy Hill’s essay is a beautifully written tribute to Saabs and the extraordinary journeys they take us on. It’s a story of personal growth, emotional resilience, and the unique bond between a driver and their car. As Saab enthusiasts, we can all find a piece of our own story in Hill’s narrative. Her essay is a compelling read that reaffirms why our Saabs hold such a special place in our hearts and lives.

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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