Nines 351 – January-March 2018
In Memoriam 7
SOC 2017 8
Still Going Strong 9
The Saab Heritage Car Museum USA 12
Chasing Land Speed Records 14
Saab by the Numbers 16
The Guppy 19
Las Vegas to Sturgis 26
A Sonett Christmas 33
Pebble Beach Dream 36
SCNA and Club News
Saab Clubs News 10
Saab Services and Discounts 26
NEVS News 30
North American Saab Clubs and Contacts 34
SCNA News 35
From the Archives by Bruce Harbison 6
On the Column by Chip Lamb 18
Professional Perspective by Chuck Andrews 20
Through a Windscreen Darkly by Linnea Krajewski 22
Classified Ads 38
|Dear SCNA Members,
I trust you have all seen the recent Wheeler Dealer’s episode, the one with a few minutes of footage from the SOC 17 in Pomona. If you haven’t, you can find it on Amazon Video and purchase the episode for just a few dollars. Many of our Saab friends, or at least their Saab’s, had a cameo appearance, and we had fun hosting Mike and Ant last summer. SCNA has observed an exciting uptick in web hits and inquiries since the episode first aired in October, and luckily, we had our newly updated website live in time for my television debut. I appreciate the hard work of our board members and others to get the site up and running and for helping SCNA remain visible and viable for the future.
While we have been working hard on planning for SOC 18, there have been regional events and celebrations to enjoy as well. The New England Saabs group planned another successful Mt. Washington drive, and I am proud to announce that my car won a Cayden’s Choice Award at the recent Wedding Show on 9-3-2017. Congratulations to Brad and Keira on your special day, and thanks for sharing it with so many of your Saab family and friends.
In the midst of all this, I managed to pick up another Saab recently. Although the power of the 2.8 Turbo is excessive and the XWD unnecessary, I find myself the proud owner of a 2009 9-3 Aero with XWD. The sticker price of this amazing vehicle was more than $45,000 when new in 2009, and the car has most options available at the time. I am reminded of how amazing the XWD system is, especially when mated to the Electronic Stability Program, or ESP. This system incorporates the ABS and TCS systems to anticipate the drives intention, and make adjustments to each wheel individually. This system, only available in the Turbo X, the 2009 Aero XWD and the 2011 9-3x Sport-combi, represents the pinnacle of design and technology for the last generation 9-3, and driving this car is invigorating.
Now I can be assured to arrive in style on August 9, 2018 at the 36th annual Saab Owners’ Convention.
President, Saab Club of North America