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22/06/2004 12:02:15   Simon   Dear V4 fans,
I'm sure that most of us appreciate our utilitarian little Saabs but HOW MUCH or WHAT UNUSUAL things have the members here attempted, or managed to carry in / on their 96's?
The question presented itself to me the other day when I managed to fit a passenger together with 2,000 Compact Disks in the car! - comfortably enough to take said passenger onto Radio 1 where he then performed without the need of untying himself from knots. Non of the seats were removed, just the rear seat laying flat and no cd's up front. Amazing really - I thought he'd have to cab it from the pressing plant.
PS: The most interesting reply 'wins' one of the aforementioned 2,000 ;)  
22/06/2004 12:47:48   Richard   A full beer ceg from the local, which required both front seats pulling out to get it in the back and then the seats were slid back on the runners to drive it.  
22/06/2004 14:26:36   Simon   Dear Richard, an excellent responce and one which has certainly set the pace (extra worthy due to the nature of your cargo he he ;)  
22/06/2004 17:24:19   Alec   I sold my old 95 to a washing machine mechanic who loved the car as he could fit 2 washing machines and all his tools and spares in with no problem at all!  
22/06/2004 17:47:15   Senor Burt   I've used two 96's to carry all our band gear back from a gig. I used to use my 95 to cart round my mobile recording studio. Big old analogue gear. Tascam 38 8-track and 16-8-2 desk in flightcases and loads of other boxes of gear. Swallowed it all no problem.
Were those some the free CD's they give radio 1 to bribe their way onto the play list? Who was this aforementioned artiste travelling in such style to his wireless appearance? Anyone I might have heard of? (probably not)  
23/06/2004 17:13:10   Rupert Elmore   I had 65 victorian house bricks in the back of my 96 a couple of weeks ago, still went round bends quite well!!  
23/06/2004 18:16:00   john wyatt   I had a pair of VW camper front doors in the back of the 95 just before it went, they are pretty big doors.

24/06/2004 18:23:11   Curtis   I had a spare engine dropped in the passenger footwell with the passenger seat off the runners and put over the back seat . It was interesting the first time I tried to brake.

25/06/2004 20:50:02   David   Our large brown Chesapeake Bay Retriever dog (Chez) just loves my brown 95 - thinks it's his personal transport! - matching colours. Whenever I open the front door he just leaps in. Doesn't think much of the back when the seats are down - too hard for him  
27/06/2004 14:22:15   cilla   When I was 17 yrs old (a log time ago!) I had my first saab 96, my Dad was a railway driver and did not drive. He used to cycle 5 miles to work and back every day, one night it was snowing hard so I suggested trying to get his even then old style bike into the back of my little saab so that I could drive him to work and keep him dry.
Well after much deliberation we succeeded, Dad and I plus his bike plus his varios lights, sandwiches and flask, overcoats, strong boots and blankets just in case we got stuck drove the five miles to work and back in my very much loved little car, safe as houses!  
27/06/2004 20:51:47   ian   blimey i thought you were going to say he put his train in there with that would take some beating!!  
28/06/2004 12:38:26   Alistair   I managed to get an engine & box in the boot, plus 2 V4 doors in the back seat space once.

Other than that, how about 3 years of accumulated university crap all fitting into my 96. Oh, but it did take 2 trips though...!!!  
07/07/2004 14:05:22   steve h   Not a great achievement but..

Have you noticed how Ikea flat packs spookily fit exactly in the boot of a 96 with 10mm clearance all round. Makes you wonder what Mr Ikea drove.

Oh and a full PA system, plants, catering equipment, honeymoon lugage, plus everything else need to get married, plus our cat perching on top of it all, from london to south wales.  
12/07/2004 23:42:12   simon   Dear Posters,
Thank you for your contributions, I have really enjoyed your submissions - keep em coming - laughing at more than one; all good & Ian's reply almost provided blader leakage!.
I guess that I'll close the 'competition' at the end of July but for now:
The artiste Saab'ed to the Radio~1 session, was MC Darrison (hear his set with DJ Fresh {who flew in from NYC-impressive but then let himself down with a non-Saab arrival} on Mary Anne Hobbs' / Breezeblock pages) and the CD's were by none other than "the future of urban music" Obedientbone. Find out more at and/or buy this Wednesday's Independent newspaper.

I almost had another story myself; trying to sneek a babe into this years Glastonbury Festival hidden in the boot but even my size 6 yoga miss would not quite fit under the ply floor :(

Oh made me think of another: Broadcast camera and support kit (lots of BIG, heavy flight cases) as well as a minijib camera crane with 125kg of ballance weights. I had to remove the passenger AND rear seats, the car listed horribly, was 'interesting' to stop and generally rather terrifying to drive (West London to South Coast, I hired a van for the return journey).
Are there any country stories of sheep to market, or pigs to stud? What about stationary chicken sheds? Oh its getting late forgive the ramblings. . .  
13/07/2004 10:25:07   Senor Burt   Never heard of him. Is he one of those gentlemen who talks while another man plays two records at once(presumably the aforementioned 'DJ Fresh')?
Never heard of Obidientbone either. But I get the feeling I wouldn't really want to. I'm pretty sure urban music is not part of my varied musical taste.  
13/07/2004 10:39:51   Alistair   Sorry, what's "urban" music - is it music made by townies (by which I'd class most music!)- and as I live in the country, am I allowed to listen to it?!

I'll get me coat, just off to the local maypole for session of country dancing with a load of old folkies...

13/07/2004 11:32:41   simon   Obedientbone all live in tiny Devonshire hamlets. They utilise cello, double bass, snake charmers and thumb pianos, with live drums.
While on Saturday play 'urban' music accoustic as part of the (Joe) Strummer-ville / bbc restoration vote in Bridgwater.
Be there and rock the Restoration Vote!

So what is 'urban' music? Answers on a post card 'cause I dunno we've just done our own thing & then just got up and excepted the award / title.
Can inner-city muso's win a 'rural' award?  
13/07/2004 17:12:06   Senor Burt   In my day urban music was playing a piano in the street.
Obedientbone certainly look a different kettle of fish to the usual toss that's classed as urban music.  
15/07/2004 09:57:10   simon   Dear Bert,
join us in Bridgwater on Saturday (or watch the BBC Restoration programme).
Obedientbone will be piano'ed and soaped box bass'ed up, in the street outside the Concrete Castle (world's first concrete building) for that truly unplugged 'Urban' experience.
Ps Lady Demelza is beautiful, amazing and unique - don't miss out ;)  
30/07/2004 08:18:56   simon   Well it's gotta be Bert,
mobile recording studio in 95, gear in 96's, together with an initial reluctance to embrace new concepts in music. Three v. strong merits.
I have taken out the internal friction pins from the rear windows opening/locking mechanisms and replaced them with split pins. Thus one can remove the rear windows VERY quickly and simply which is essential when transporting large long items. Such as the 5m Rowan tree which was my passenger last weekend.  
30/07/2004 10:23:51   Senor Burt   Whoo-hoo! I'm dead excited.
It doesn't make me any less reluctant to embrace new concepts in music though. Come to think of it, I didn't know there were any new concepts. I thought they were just taking the old ones and rehashing them in a far less interesting way.  

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