13–15 August

IntSaab2021 Blog

IntSaab-21 and CoVid-19

That’s a two years difference, but still these two events are inevitably going to overlap.

Will IntSaab2021 Finland be canceled? The decision will be made in the beginning of May. The outlook is not very good at the moment, although some thin rays of light can be seen at the end of the tunnel. Finnish government is currently painting quite a positive picture about the summer to come, but as this is an international event, we must closely look into how things develop in the rest of Europe. It doesn’t look positive, but as said, we’ll communicate the outcome in three weeks time.

We currently have almost 400 preliminary registrants and 63 % of them are from abroad. These are encouraging figures, given the circumstances. They are a clear indication of a strong interest towards the event and we couldn’t be more thankful. They also confirm that we made the right decision when choosing Himos of all our location alternatives, as Himos wouldn’t have problems housing this or even a much larger crowd. Cooperation with Himos has also been outstanding throughout the three-year preparation phase.

The IntSaab2021 event is not crafted by the small core team alone, but there’s a large and growing body of partners – an absolute necessity for an event like this. The partners have lived with us through the uncertainty and also adapted their plans when required. Regardless of whether the event takes place or not, we are already thankful for all support we have received. It’s been a fantastic ride.

Our club is known for its broad palette of events in different parts of the country. It’s not without sorrow I think about everything we’ve already had to cancel this year. There was supposed to be a nice winterish track day in Lapland, a traditional spring picnic by the Finnish Railway Museum, the season-starting 1st of May cruising events organized by various car clubs… all canceled. But there will be a future, a future where Saabs and Saab enthusiasts will meet again, and there will be a third Finnish IntSaab event.

The picture accompanying this post is from the Ouninpohja special stage – the yellow house jump. It was taken a week ago. The road is still muddy after a snowy winter and would hardly bear anything but very light sunday driving, but in just a couple weeks, the beautiful Finnish summer will take over and turn the stage into pure rallying happiness.