PORTLAND, Ore. (April 25, 2015) — Privateer regional competitors are some of the fan favorites at Rally America events, especially when they’re campaigning cars as crowd-pleasing as Garth Ankeny’s cherry red 1969 Saab Model 96 Deluxe, which is being piloted by Tom Kreger and co-driver Russ Kraushaar in Group 2 this weekend at the Oregon Trail Rally.
“We don’t see a lot of Saabs racing anymore, at least not in the United States, but they’re great little rally cars,” Ankeny said on opening night of the Oregon Trail Rally, as fans gathered around the car, camera phones in hand, during Parc Expose at Portland International Raceway before the Wagons Ho! regional rally at Oregon Trail Rally.
For Ankeny, a Portland local who owns Trackside Motorsports and A-n-T Tire & Wheel, it’s important to bring rally history into the present. He first got hooked on Saabs in the mid-90s after a few drinks with Satch Carlson at the Rally of the Lost Patrol lead to him digging a car out of the mud in Carlson’s field…
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