November 1956 Saab Soundings Lauded Great American Mountain Rallye Victory

As news of this fall’s Great American Mountain Rally Revival gets out, we have contacted and have been contacted by people interested in this rally.  One of these people is Bruce Turk, who is perhaps the most knowledgeable person in the USA on Saab issues.  Bruce provided me with some information that I have never seen before about the 1956 running of the Great American Mountain Rallye.  After that event the Saab company published a special issue of a corporate document known as “Saab Soundings”.  The November 1956 “Saab Soundings” was a “Special Rallye Edition” that focused on the Saab rally team that was entered into that year’s Great American Mountain Rallye.  I have posted a complete copy of this issue of “Saab Soundings” below:






The Saab crew and car, Car #51, that won the 1956 Great American Mountain Rallye are shown below.

The Saab That Won The 1956 Great American Mountain Rallye

The victory by Saab in this rally did wonderful things for Saab car sales in the USA.  Saab management saw the benefits of participating in rallying and they expanded their overall rally program and made the smart move of hiring Erik Carlsson as their rally car driver.  This team resulted in numerous rally successes and established Saab’s reputation as a significant, rugged, and reliable rally car.

If you have any questions or comments about the Great American Mountain Rallye or the Great American Mountain Rally Revival, then please leave a comment below or you can send me a private email message at the following address: shanna12 at comcast dot net

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