President's Letters
President's Letter - January/February 2013

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

I hope the holiday season was good for all of you. Things with Saab Parts North America continue to move forward. Parts availability is getting better every month. Current progress is an agreement with GM for all of the GM supplied components that have been difficult to obtain. Also of note is the industry leading 24 month or 24,000 mile parts warranty on all Saab parts purchased through Saab retailers.

News from Sweden seems to be that there is progress with NEVS and time will tell what the future holds for them and for the future of Saab automobiles. It appears the hiring process has begun, so things are definitely moving forward. Let’s hope things progress quickly!

Membership in Saab Club of North America is more important than ever during this time. Keeping the Saab community connected and intact will only help all of us as we move into future years of Saab ownership. Ask your Saab friends if they are members and if they are not, encourage them to join. Through your support the club will be able to do more to support the Saab community.

Annette Adams
President, Saab Club of North America

 
President's Letter - November/December 2012

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

Things in the Saab world are beginning to settle down. Most of the remaining vehicles at the port will have been sold by the time of printing and parts fulfilment at Saab Parts North America is getting back to normal. From what I understand, agreements with most if not all of the domestic suppliers have been signed and parts are arriving from Sweden daily. There are exciting things coming from Saab Parts North America and we will do our best to keep you posted.

NEVS is employing over 100 people at this time and we will all have to wait and see with the future brings for this innovative new company. Many of the key players in this new venture are names familiar to the Saab world and it makes me hopeful for the future of the company.

Heading into the winter season in Iowa brings the need to prepare the fun vintage vehicles for storage during the snowy and salty winter months and the installation of snow tires for those daily driver vehicles. I always hate to see them all being put away for the winter. Hoping everyone in the Saab community has a wonderful holiday season and keep those Saabs rolling!

Annette Adams
President, Saab Club of North America

 
President's Letter - September/October 2012

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

No, the world has not come to an end, and the Saab community is well and healthy. I know this because I have just spent a few days in Iowa City, Iowa, with some of the nicest people I know at the 2012 Saab Owners’ Convention. Annette, Marty, and all the Adams clan did a fantastic job of hosting one of the best SOCs I’ve ever attended.

The Heritage collection was well-represented, courtesy of Tom Donney, who included his record-setting Sonett fresh from Bonneville. Jerry Danner was in attendance with his usual enthusiasm and big smile. Gary Stottler, Nick Taliaferro, Chuck Andrews, and John Moss, my favorite auctioneer, made for a fun and informative time for all.

Two of our club’s most prestigious awards, the Larry “Stroker” Williams and the Bob Sinclair awards, were given to two most-deserving recipients - long-time racer Jack Lawrence and past SCNA President Lester Ewing. This is truly a new era. Rumor has it that SOC13 will be in the northeast, possibly upstate New York. Hope to see you there.

Ed Smith
Vice President, Saab Club of North America

 
President's Letter - July/August 2012

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

What an interesting time in the Saab world! As of this writing, the fate of Saab is still up in the air. Positive movement toward the purchase of Saab parts is being made and things are hopefully back to normal stock situations once this goes to press.

As for the sale of Saab Cars, progress is being made with a couple of buyers and final negotiations are still taking place. Who will be the ultimate winning bidder? What will that mean for Saab in the United States? We really won’t know until the final announcement is made.

What we do know is that Iowa will be the place to be in August. We’re anticipating a large crowd of Saab enthusiasts to descend upon Iowa City and take it by storm. Event planning is under way and registration is being taken at www.saabconvention.com. Also that weekend, we will be having our annual board meeting and election of officers. The official ballot can be found in the current issue of Nines. If you won’t be attending and want to cast your vote, please do so via the proxy bid. Bids can be mailed to the hotel for tabulation, they just need to arrive prior to August 3, 2012.

Personally, I can’t wait for August to be here! Since Iowa City is my home town, this is an especially exciting convention for me. Hope to see all of you there!

Annette Adams
President, Saab Club of North America

 
President's Letter - March/April 2012

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

The Saab Club of North America is getting planning for the Saab Owners' Convention 2012. We need your help! Tell us what kind of events you want to see and we will do our best to incorporate as many of your ideas as possible. Survey links have been e-mailed to past attendees and there are links available on our Web site if you did not receive one. We’re looking for attendee opinions as well as non-attendee opinions. We can learn as much from those who did not attend as those who were able to join us.

As the climate of Saab is ever changing, uncertainty of what support (if any) we will be getting in the form of a parts tent, test drives, and other normal factory supplied support. At the time of this writing, there are five interested parties getting ready to make a bid for Saab in its entirety. We hope there is a successful bid and a quick recovery for the brand.

What we can do in the meantime is to make our club an informational hub for Saab owners. If a buyer for Saab in its entirety is not found, we will need to work together to keep the cars we love running into the future. Our hope is that the Saab Club of North America can be a facilitator to that goal. Suggestions from the membership as to how to achieve this would be appreciated and you can contact me directly at the contact page.

We know that some dealerships and repair facilities have decided to no longer service Saab vehicles, so if you know of a shop that needs to be taken off our listings in NINES and the Web sites, please pass along that information to Ian Glenday via our contact page. If you have a great shop that is currently servicing your vehicle, pass along that info as well. These are uncertain times in Saab history for sure, but together we’ll be able to continue to drive enjoy our Saabs for many years to come!

Annette Adams
President, Saab Club of North America

 
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