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Old 11-08-2006, 09:42 PM   #1
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Default Classic Saab 96 to Compete in 2006 La Carrera Panamericana

Classic Saab 96 to Compete in 2006 La Carrera Panamericana

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DETROIT - A classic 1960 Saab 96 rally car has left its homeland, Sweden, headed for Southern Mexico to compete in the grueling 19th La Carrera Panamericana (The Mexican Road Race), which runs from Veracruz to Monterrey, Mexico, November 10-16. Inspired by the heroic victories of factory Saab rally driver Erik Carlsson, driver Nicolina Hϋbert of Gothenburg and co-driver/navigator Anna Sörensson of Stockholm decided to form the team nicknamed "The Pearl."

Nearly 100 vintage cars attend the annual race, which begins in southern Mexico and races north nearly 2,000 miles to the Mexico - Texas border. The modern race is a revival of the original La Carrera Panamericana that was conducted from 1950 - 1954. The race was outlawed after a number of accidents. To find out more of the modern-day incarnation visit www.panamrace.com.

With start number 296, The Pearl team is revved-up to conquer Mexico - well, that is to say, conquer the roads, charm the country. Earlier this year, the team participated in the classic Swedish Midnight Sun Rally. Participating in this classic rally inspired the team to travel from Europe to North America and participate in the Mexican road race.

"To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time a Saab will participate in La Carrera Panamericana," Hϋbert explained. "Competing in and completing Sweden's Midnight Sun Rally really motivated us to make the journey to Mexico and be part of a living legend."

Hϋbert and Sörensson are joined by Niklas Enander and Johan Josefsson, both of Gothenburg, who form the service and communications team. To join the team in cyberspace, or simply contribute to their efforts, visit www.saabpearl.se or e-mail the team at [email protected].

The Saab 96 was introduced in 1960 as an evolution of the model 93. Among other things, it had an engine that had increased in size by nearly 15 percent. With its legendary handling, front-wheel-drive, light-weight and rock solid rigidity now joined by this new engine, the Saab 96 became an international success in road rallying in the 1960s, consistently beating higher-powered cars with its agility and poor-weather capability.

In the hands of rally superstar Erik Carlsson, this car won the prestigious 1960 RAC Rally in Great Britain. The model 96 went on to win the RAC Rally two more times, not to mention capturing the overall victory in the famous Monte Carlo rally in 1962 and 1963. As a result of these accomplishments, the Sport model of the Saab 96 was named the "Saab Monte Carlo" in 1965-1968 to recognize its amazing feat.

Technical details of the 1960 Saab 96 include:

Wheelbase: 98 inches
Weight: 1,792 lbs.
Engine: 3-cyliner; 2-stroke; 841cc; 38hp @ 5,000rpm
Transmission: 4-speed, manual transmission, front-wheel-drive
Saab is a division of General Motors Corp. Saab Automobile USA is the importer and/or distributor of the Saab 9-3, 9-5 and the 9-7X SUV for Saab Automobile AB, Sweden. For the 2007 model year, Saab markets seven car variants that perform at an EPA-rated 30 mpg on the highway. Visit www.saabusa.com for more information.
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Oooooooooh. 38hp. I bet it wins.
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I had a similar car at one point, the 95 (the wagon version of the 96). Ford Cologne V4, 65 horses strong, 4 on the tree, a freewheeling tranny and rust-free.

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