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President's Letter - July / August 2017

 

Dear SCNA Members,

The car season is beginning in full swing. After attending a few small gatherings and teaming up with some friends to help “wake up” some cars for the season, I attended the Carlisle show on May 19-20th, hosted by Saabs@Carlisle. With over 200 cars registered, plus more Saabs scattered around the lawn, it was a fun show with so many models represented. Everything from the 2-stroke 93’s and Sonetts all the way up to the newest 9-4x and 9-5 models, it was a great time to connect with old friends and make a few new ones as well.

I drove down in the 1982 900 Turbo that I purchased last September, and it ran the 400 plus mile trip flawlessly. I was honored to win first place, and as I said at the show: “I’m not only Saab Club President, I am also a client,” because my car would not have been able to get into the condition that it was without the help of dedicated Saab mechanics and the continued availability of vital parts that are necessary to keep these wonderful machines on the road. Saab owners care about preserving their cars for future generations, and nobody demonstrates that desire more than Tom Donney.

As Tom’s Saab collection grew over the years, he began to feel like a caretaker rather than an owner of some of the most well-preserved Saabs in existence, and that feeling motivated him to find a location where the cars could be stored, showcased and shared with others. I am pleased to announce that Tom and Patti Donney have just signed an agreement to purchase 7 acres along with a 38,000 sq. ft. facility in Sturgis, SD, to house the Saab Heritage Museum USA. (See story on page 17.)


On behalf of SCNA, I would like to congratulate Tom and Patti, and I invite you to SOC in August where they will share more details about the
establishment of the first museum in the United States dedicated specifically to the Saab brand.

Respectfully,

Sanford Bogage
President, Saab Club of North America

 

 
President's Letter - May / June 2017

Dear SCNA Members,

Being a part of the Saab Club has been an exciting experience for me. This is certainly not a position where you are often recognized on the street, but being a part of the SCNA board has offered many unique and memorable opportunities.

Just a few weeks ago, members of the board and I traveled to Pomona, California in order to visit the Sheraton Fairplex site for SOC 17. Part of our task was to scope out a few drives to find one that we hope to lead on Thursday, August 17, and Right Solution shop owner Walter Wong offered up a few ideas. Then, he threw the keys to a well-worn but capable SPG to VP Daniel Cahill, who returned with a wide smile and assurances that we have found the location of our summer drive. Coincidentally, Daniel now has the itch to add a classic 900 to his expanding Saab collection.

On the way home from California, I flew through Denver to spend a few days with my father. Of course, we took a ride to see Jerry Danner at Mile-Hi Automotive, and Jerry graciously introduced me to his staff and invited me to his home to view his personal Saab collection. My timing was perfect, as it was just a few days after he had started and driven the ’59 93B that I wrote about in my previous letter (and you can read about on page 8 in this issue! - Ed.). This amazing car will be attending the convention this summer in Pomona with Jerry, who has attended every SOC since the beginning more than 30 years ago.

By our next issue, the show season will be gaining momentum. In addition to local and regional club events, look for stories about Saabs@Carlisle in May and the eEuroFest in June, starting on page 24. Don’t forget that registration is now open for SOC 17, so check out https://saabconvention.com for more information and to reserve your slot.

Respectfully,

Sanford Bogage
President, Saab Club of North America

 
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

 
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