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Swedish Rally Car Hero in a SAAB with engine trouble

Saab 99 Turbo

Swedish Racing Car Hero Ola Strömberg is well known for his “wild” driving style in his SAAB 99 Turbo. Ola Strömberg is a 70+ old ex Saab driver who was competing with Stig Blomqvist and Per Eklund in the old days, but was until last year active in swedish 1300 Rally Cup.

Ola is from in Orebro, Sweden and his first appearance was in Britain 1977 RAC Rally in a SAAB 99, then he  Rallied SAABs until 1984 then Opel & Ford, afterwards Returned to SAAB in 1987 until 1995, and at the end of the Saab career – Last rallied in Britain in a SAAB 900 in 1994.

In this hillclimb event Vårdkasloppet in 1983., his engine blew in practice, and they swapped it over night. For some unknown reason the new engine ran way too rich, and the only way to make it to the top was to not lift. At all. The car didnt run right so he was forced to go full throttle – Full throttle all the way,,,

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Ola Strömberg is fighting an engine that will not run unless he is on full throttle at more than 5500rpm. The contrast between the balls out attack and the ridiculously calm voice of Ola over the intercom is hilarious.  That’s damn impressive especially considering he is talking, giving a play by play the entire run.

According to one of the viewers, the problem was was a hole in the intercooler from a stone, thats the problem with the engine.

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This rally driver is really unbelievable, here’s another interesting moment in the British RAC racing race – Ola’s roll on the 1977 RAC Rally.

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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