Convention FAQ – Saab Owners Convention 2022

  1. Where is the Saab Owners Convention this year?

Sturgis, in the Black Hills region of South Dakota. Most events will be held at the Saab Heritage Car Museum USA in Sturgis, with Friday and Saturday banquet dinners at The Lodge at Deadwood, in Deadwood, SD. Thursday dinner will be at the Sturgis Brewing Company, just across I-90 from the Museum.

  1. How do I register? 

Go to and fill in the online form. Lodging is not included in this registration so you must make your own hotel arrangements. Be aware that this year registration is À la carte. For each registrant you must select whether you want to show a car, which meals you want, and any additional merchandise you wish to purchase.

  1. Do I need a ticket?

 You need to pay for a registration, but we do not print or mail paper tickets. You can pick up your registration packet and materials at the Registration Tent on the museum grounds beginning Thursday afternoon.

  1. Can I register more than one person? 

Yes, after you fill in all the details for the first person, hit “Save Registrant”; in the pop-up you can “Add Another Registrant” (up to 10) or Continue to Billing.

  1. Can I bring my spouse/family/companion? 

Yes, of course! There are several options for guests that accompany you. If attending SOC at the Museum grounds, each attendee will need to pay for a registration. Each registration includes a “bag full of swag”, Museum admission, participation in People’s Choice Voting on Saturday, and tech sessions and meetings. If your companion chooses not to attend SOC at the museum, you can purchase Companion Dinner tickets: With one regular registration, you can add up to 3 tickets each for any of the dinners.

  1. Do I have to be a member to attend? 

Yes, every transaction must include one active SCNA member. A 1- or 2-year membership fee that includes 4 issues of 9s, our quarterly magazine will be added if you are not already a member. A transaction can include up to 10 people, only one of whom must be a member. (It’s a tax thing.)

  1. I already booked my hotel room. I’m done, right? 

No, the hotel room, while available at a discounted rate for our event is separate from the Convention. Please go here to view hotel information. Your SOC Registration is separate from the hotel reservation.

  1. How does breakfast work this year? Lunch? 

Breakfast is not included in Convention Registration, but check your individual hotel for options. We will have one or more food trucks at the Museum on Friday and Saturday where you can buy lunch.

  1. Are pets welcome? 

The Lodge at Deadwood has a pet policy that does permit some pets. You should check with the Lodge for specifics. For the alternate hotels, check with them for specific pets policy.

  1. Why is it so expensive? Must I pay to attend?

 SCNA is a non-profit club run by a volunteer Board of Directors. Our aim is not to make money, but rather to provide value to our members by putting on a great convention. We are trying to offer a unique experience for our members. It costs a lot of money to put on a convention, and our goal is to break even. This year, because of the unique location, there are additional overhead costs usually provided by the host hotel (tent, insurance, toilets, water stations, and more). Registration also includes an admission fee to the Museum. You may also contribute to the museum in our registration form. Sponsorship defrays a good part of the cost for attendees. Please thank our sponsors!

  1. Where do I park my car? 

Because of Show field space limitations at the museum, this year there is a separate $39 charge to show a car which will be paid at registration. If you do not wish to enter either Concours d’Saab or People’s Choice, there will be free general parking at the museum. Only registrants who have paid an entry fee will be allowed to park on the Show field.

  1. When will day passes be available, and how much will they cost?

 Day passes will not be available this year. Each attendee at the museum will be required to purchase a registration.

  1. Can I buy just Friday/Saturday dinner? 

Registrants can purchase individual meals at registration. The primary registrant can purchase up to 3 additional companion meals for guests at registration. Meals will sell out fast and will likely not be available for purchase after registration closes.

  1. Must I pay for a room in the hotel to attend the Convention? 

No. There are many lodging options available in the area, but to attend the SOC at the museum you must purchase a registration.

  1. Can I camp on the grounds of the museum? 

No, but there are many campgrounds nearby.

  1. What time does the Convention start? 

The optional Sponsor Appreciation Dinner starts at 6 pm MDT on Thursday. The main convention events start at 9:00 AM Friday at the Museum and continue until Saturday, wrapping up with the Awards Dinner on Saturday evening at the Lodge. Look for the schedule of events in your registration packet. The Saab Car Museum USA may have events planned on Sunday. People may decide to arrive early in the week or leave later and take advantage of all that the scenic Black Hills has to offer.

  1. Will the car wash station be open early?

 No, this year we do not have a car wash station. There is a commercial car wash, (Scooptown Car Wash), which is 1/2 mile away from the museum.

  1. What if I win an award but don’t attend the Saturday Awards Banquet? 

SCNA will do our best to mail your award should you receive one. Alternatively, we can have you award available Sunday AM at the museum to avoid shipping charges.