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SCNA News November/December 2009

President's Letter

Saturday, June 21, 1980 was the longest day of the year 1980 in the Northern Hemisphere. It was also the date of inaugural "Longest Day at Nelson Ledges" 24 hour race. The country was still in the throes of its second oil crisis, brought about by the Iranian Revolution and subsequent Iran-Iraq war. The sports cars of the day included the Porsche 924, Mazda RX7, and BMW 320, but at the end of the Longest Day, a Saab 900 Turbo was at the head of the pack.

The Saab Club of North America will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Longest Day at Nelson Ledges victory by holding its annual Owners' Convention in Ohio from July 22-25th, 2010. The festivities will commence with an optional Track Day at Nelson Ledges Road Course on Thursday, July 22, where attendees will have the opportunity to drive the very course where Saab's turbocharged 900 showed its stuff to the country.

Nelson Ledges, 1980The remainder of the Convention will be in the vicinity of Akron, Ohio. The optional Sponsor's Appreciation Dinner will be held Thursday evening, followed by technical and historical seminars on Friday and Saturday, Friday and Saturday banquets, the Concours and Group Photo, and Sunday Morning Saab Roundtable and Charity Auction. Self directed Scenic Drives through the Summit County Metro Park and Cuyahoga Valley National Park will be available to allow participants a view of Northeast Ohio's most scenic venues.

There are many area attractions for those who wish to include the Owners' Convention as part of a family vacation. They include: Geauga Lake's WIldwater Kingdom, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, National Inventors' Hall of Fame in Akron, Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Hale Farm and Village (a recreation of an 18th century Ohio farming community), Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens (the estate of the Siberling family, founders of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company), and more. Links to those attractions will be found at the Convention Web site, www.saabconvention.com, in the coming months.

The 2010 Convention will be the first convention held since Saab's formal reorganization under the Koenigsegg Group and the establishment of the new marketing and support subsidiary, Saab Cars of Noth America. The new 9-5 will be recently available by then, and the 9-4X will be ready to launch. It will be an exciting time to celebrate Saab's past and look forward to its future. Please join us in Ohio.

Ian Glenday
President, SCNA