President's Letters
President's Letter - May / June 2016

Dear SCNA Members,

As you read this letter, our registration should be up and running for SOC 16, August 4-7 at Stone Mountain, just outside of Atlanta, GA. My last letter had the incorrect dates, so I want to be sure to clarify that the convention runs Thursday through Sunday. While SOC officially begins on Thursday night at or Sponsor’s Appreciation Dinner, this year we have organized a bonus visit to the famous Talladega Speedway to commemorate 30 years of Saab Turbo endurance.

SCNA, along with Sports Car Service and Orio, have teamed up with Talladega for an opportunity to visit and drive your own Saab around the famous Talladega track. What is even more exciting is that Bill Jacobson from Sports Car Service in Delaware is bringing his very own 1996 Talladega with him to SOC. I for one cannot wait to see that car drive around the track, not to mention driving my own 97 900 Talladega 5-door up those steep banked corners. Look up our registration site at www.saabconvention.com for more information and to register for the SOC 16 and the Talladega Run.

Finally, an update on our faraway cars from Hawaii. I am pleased to report that the vehicles were sold to our favorite ‘Saaboholic’ - Randy Friedley at Dan Deery Motors. Randy was instrumental in the distribution and sale of hundreds of the final Saab vehicles that lingered in different locations for more than a year, so it seems only natural that he would also help bring these Saab’s to the mainland for sale. For more information, you can call Randy directly at 319-529-8530.

See you at SOC 16.

Sanford Bogage
President, Saab Club of North America

 
President's Letter - July / August 2016

Dear SCNA Members,

Summer is here, and many of the annual events have begun. This year, I drove my 1997 Talladega down to Carlisle to spend the weekend with the Central Penn Saab Club and Saabs@Carlisle. There were a few things that I needed to get the car show ready for the Saab Owners' Convention (SOC) in August, and Carlisle was the perfect place to get help and advice. I found my carbon fiber dash thanks to the Carr family members who had spotted one earlier that day. I was also able to pick up a new hood emblem from the guys at Orio and a set of custom mats from Dan at State of Nine. Finally, thanks to Al Huseman who helped me adjust the temperature so that I could drive home without maximum heat.

I knew that my friends, fellow club members and Saab drivers in general would help me get my “Tally” ready for SOC 16. Many members enjoy attending events to reconnect with old friends and show off their cars, but the SCNA does so much more to promote the Saab brand and to help keep Saab vehicles serviceable for years to come. I have received confirmation from Randy Friedley at Dan Deery Toyota that the Hawaii cars have arrived in Iowa, and the SCNA played a role in that sale. My next goal for the SCNA is to help find a way to collect, catalog and disseminate the many parts that are scattered around the country.

It’s that time of year again, and I would like to urge members to consider getting more involved in the leadership of SCNA. In this issue, you will see a ballot on page 7. You can nominate yourself or another person for an open position. There are always open board seats, so please consider serving to help steer SCNA into the future.

See you at SOC16!

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

 
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 - 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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