Wednesday, July 27, 2005


Previous visits to Germany

Several of you have asked if I have ever been to Germany. The answer is YES! Twice, just briefly.

I was there for a couple of days in 1991 when Saab introduced the 9000 Turbo with the 2.3 litre engine. Saab USA took us to the Paris Auto Show for a few days, then let us loose on the Autobahn for a couple of days with the new cars. It was the same week that East and West Germany were officially reunited, so there were lots of Trabants and Wartburgs on the highways. Also got to visit the Wartburg auto museum in Eisenach in the former Eastern sector. I did get the new 9000 up to 150 mph (250 kph) for a short distance on the autobahn, but kept it generally under 100 mph due to the possibility of catching an oblivious Trabant driver at its top speed of about 60 mph.

The other visit was in conjunction with a Saab Clubs meet in Matsee, near Salzburg, Austria, in 1992. I flew into Munich and spent a couple of days touring there following the Saab Clubs meeting. While there I got to see the BMW museum, the marvelous toy museum in downtown Munich, and the former concentration camp at Dachau. I spent my 41st birthday at the famous Hofbrau Haus.

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