Swedish Day continues to grow with each year, and the latest event – on Sunday, May 12 – brought a record 281 cars together. The mixture of Volvos and Saabs from all eras, ranging from the distinctive sound of two-stroke 92s to the fire-breathing V70Rs with plenty sleek convertibles and svelte saloons in between. The host venue of Haselbury Mill, Somerset provided a picturesque backdrop for the neatly lined up rows of cars, club and specialist stands, amongst the usual Mill facilities.
A row of classic Saab 900s on an elevated knoll greeted those who entered, including a stunning light blue flat-nosed turbo 5-door, while on the other side a large oval of cars filled the first lawn. A tweaked V40 T4 in Autumn Gold went nicely with a number of 300bhp V70Rs, contrasting but still unified with a white Amazon, silver C70, and black Saab 9-3 Turbo X – not the only one of those either! Three Lime Green 9-3 convertibles were lined up next to a darker green 92 next to the pond, and across the river we found a Willow Green 9000CS underneath a willow tree. This 9000CS was owned by Bill of Saabits, who was able to provide us the inlet manifold pipe seals that our 900 Turbo needed. Other enthusiasts milled about the various jumbles of parts, speaking to owners, and generally enjoying the show that next year hopes to exceed 300 cars.