What's Wrong With This Picture: All The World's Saab Owners In One Place Edition
January 5th, 2010 7:18 PM Share
Ok, so not every Saab owner made it to the “Save Saab” rally outside of GM’s headquarters today… but local Detroit businesses did report shortages of pipe tobacco, leather elbow patches and quirk. All kidding aside though, is there a better illustration of the blind passion that automobiles so relentlessly inspire? These folks had to know that 20-odd people with signs wouldn’t make a lick of difference to Saab’s fate, but dammit, they drove to Detroit anyway. From as far away as New Jersey, Kentucky and Iowa, no less. Somehow that makes the inevitable schadenfreude seem a little less satisfying.
Published January 5th, 2010 7:18 PM
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Really? This isn't all the Saab fans that are left? I thought there was a lot less than this.
I guess I don't see why anyone would feel "schadenfreude" to begin with over the end of Saab. They were never a major player; I don't recall any Saab folks (as opposed to GM people) making grandiose statements about their cars. For me to feel schadenfreude over something, there usually has to be some sort of hubris or ass**** behavior displayed first, and I just didn't get that vibe from Saab. As for GM's or Chrysler's demise, well, schadenfreude would be likely...
Did anyone show up when the F-Bodies went out of production in 2002? When the H1 was discontinued? When Olds was shuttered? Maybe GM should learn why a product line they've mismanaged for the last 15 years still engenders such enthusiasm. But then they never really understood why people were pissed off when their Olds came with a Chevy engine in it, so I won't hold my breath.
I remember prying back the bonnet of a 900 while scavenging at Al's No Bull, U Pick & Pull about two years ago. It was like the first time I looked at pornography. I wasn't sure what I was seeing.