Mark Marcon’s Saab hot rod…

Mark Marcon from Toronto dropped into the shop today (Just Saab) to show off his favorite ride, a modified Saab 9-3 Turbo XWD.  He was in town to provide  software support for a local heath center.


Mark Marcon’s car has extensive modifications.  A stage 2 kit from Bill Blair at Vermont Tuning including water and methanol injection from Snow Performance which is all good for 400 horsepower and 425 ft/lbs of torque.  Pretty stout!  Other upgrades include full suspension mods and Oz wheels all wrapped up in unique graphics.  Canadians are the nicest people, but they like to get where they’re going quickly!

The interior is upgraded also… the steering wheel sports AMG paddle shifters wired direct to the ecu, no waiting around for electrons to travel around the can bus.  Aftermarket nav unit and carbon fiber trim round out the driver experience.

Saving the Air Force…

Years ago during a Memorial Day Parade in Amelia, Ohio, an Air Force jet crash landed in my front yard. Well not landed exactly, because he was on the ground, but did crash, when a wheel came off.


Luckily, I had a well stocked garage at the time, and we dragged the jet up on to the lawn and began major surgery.  Luckily the problem wasn’t too severe, and a couple of bolts and a cotter key (and then some starting fluid) got the Air Force recruiter guy back in action.  Always glad to do our part for Uncle Sam.


This was my front yard at the time, around 1974 or so.  The obligatory  reliable Ford Ranch Wagon, a Jag XK140MC and a nice old mid 60’s VW convertible.  Those were the days…..