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President's Letter - March / April 2017

Dear SCNA Members,

Today, on the ride home from work, I actually had to put on my sunglasses for a few minutes. This pleasant reminder that the days are indeed getting longer helped boost my mood after a day of work. I know that pretty soon there will be an afternoon when the weather is just right to open up the sunroof on my way home.

In December, my Saab friend Ben Choiniere and I drove the Talladega down to Delaware to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Sports Car Service in Wilmington. Each year, SCS owner Bill Jacobson hosts a holiday celebration and birthday party at his shop. Outside there were Saab’s parked everywhere ranging from vintage 96’s to brand new 2011 9-5’s with everything in between. The showroom was filled with some of the nicest cars from Bill’s extensive collection, including a few of his GM Heritage vehicles and dealer display and show cars. A wide array of tasty treats could be found, including hundreds of homemade Swedish meatballs and some tasty Aquavit! Inside the immaculate service area, along with plenty of chairs and beverages was an array of customer cars as well as some of the nicest pre-owned Saab’s around.

Special appearances were made by John Moss of CT and Jerry Danner, who had flown out from Denver to see his new purchase, a 1959 93B that had once belonged to Saab Cars President Bob Sinclair. We all enjoyed hearing and talking about, sitting in and simply looking at that beautiful car and so many other vehicles, pictures and other rare pieces of Saab memorabilia. I wonder which car Bill and his crew will bring to Carlisle this year…

Upcoming events:

Carlisle May 19-20 in Carlisle, PA hosted by Saabs@Carlisle

eEuroFest 2017 June 9-10 in Lime Rock, CT hosted by eEuroparts

SOC 17 August 17-20 in Pomona, CA August 17-20 hosted by SCNA

See you in the spring!

Sanford Bogage
President, Saab Club of North America

 
President's Letter - January / February 2017

Dear SCNA Members,

Throughout the holidays and into the New Year, we can often become nostalgic as we reflect on the things that we have and appreciate. At SCNA, we have loyal members and we thank them for their contributions to NINES and to the annual conventions. No matter where we hold SOC, local Saabs and Saab enthusiasts join those who come from farther away to meet and talk cars with each other. I appreciate the generosity of Saab owners, and their willingness to share their parts, knowledge and elbow grease with other owners. This past November, Tom and Patti Donney opened their showroom, garage and home to SCNA board members and friends as you will read in this issue. Tom’s amazing collection and his commitment to preserving the Saab brand inspire us all.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many mechanics who help keep our cars running. While some cars are resting for the winter, others are still being put to everyday use. I just had a serious problem with my 97 900 Talladega, and my local mechanic was able to obtain a used part and have the car up and running within a week. There are still thousands of Saabs registered in California alone, and we look forward to seeing more West Coast Saab’s at SOC 17 in Pomona. We are likely to see some well preserved, rust free if not sunburned cars. Most importantly, we will meet and hear from some of the independent mechanics who have worked for years to keep these vehicles running strong.

Thank you for being a part of the Saab community, and have a safe and enjoyable 2017. I look forward to seeing you at SOC 17, August 17-20 in Pomona, CA.

Sanford Bogage
President, Saab Club of North America

 
President's Letter - November / December 2016

Dear SCNA Members,

What a truly memorable convention we had this past August, and I want to thank the many volunteers from the Atlanta Saab Club and S & J Motors for hosting us and for all of their help on the ground. Thanks to our SCNA members and volunteers, we were able to hear from Joel Manby, former Saab CEO, who last spoke at the 1997 Convention in Waterville Valley, NH, where they introduced the Saab 9-5 to the public.

I also want to extend a special thank you to Sports Car Service for helping to make our Talladega Day a reality. Not only were able to drive our own cars on the famous race track, but we had some very special participants including vehicles from both the 1986 and 1996 Talladega challenges as well as Peter Backström and Olle Granlund, who traveled from Sweden to join us.

Ole was one of the head engineers at Saab from the early projects like the V4 engine through the turbo and APC systems, and many of Saab’s other first-in-the-industry achievements. It was also his idea to prove the durability of the turbo by using factory spec cars in what would be the World Record breaking 1986 Talladega challenge, so it was only fitting that Olle joined Tom Donney in one of the original 1986 9000s on the track. Check out our store at saabconvention.com to order your SCNA group photos, Talladega photo books and other SOC and SCNA merchandise.

Upon my return from SOC, I joined some friends at the 17th annual Swedish Car Day, which brings out hundreds of Saabs and Volvos in the New England area. At this show, I started getting the itch for a vintage 900. Talk with my Saab friends taught me that 1982 was a great year for the 900 Turbo since by then were using the 5-speed transmission, and the APC system was also introduced during that production year. I am pleased to announce that I was able to find a beautiful black 2-owner car with only 120K documented miles, and it was within the 100 mile AAA towing radius from my home. Look forward to future updates as I join my SCNA and New England Saab friends for some autumn rides in my “new ’82.”

Sanford Bogage
President, Saab Club of North America

 
President's Letter - September / October 2016

Dear SCNA Members,

made my most recent friend the last time I purchased a used Saab. I bought a classic 900, and the seller and I spent the day together talking about everything from cars to education, careers and life. Robert, a long-time Saab driver, had owned a string of 900s, and he made just the right updates to keep the car in good driving condition. The perfect first car for my 19-year-old cousin.

We have had the car for about a month, and my cousin absolutely loves driving it. One minor issue with the battery terminal connector, and just the other day he came to my house with the car to help learn how to fix it. He is eager to learn about how the car works and how to best take care of it. I asked him if people have been waving to him, and he did say he has gotten a few as I told him he would.

One thing I value in SCNA is the people I have met, through SOC as well as local and regional events. Whenever I have an unusual noise in my car or when I am having trouble finding a part made out of “unobtanium,” I know I can call on at least a dozen of my Saab dealers, mechanics and friends for help and advice.

finish this letter on the eve of my departure for SOC 16 in Atlanta. My 1997 900 SE Talladega has been thoroughly inspected and tuned by expert mechanics from independent Saab shops. Both official and independent parts and service providers are a vital part of the Saab community, and it is important that we do what we can to support them now and in the future.

Thank you.

Sanford Bogage
President, Saab Club of North America

 
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