Nines 354 – October-December 2018
SCNA and Club News
|President’s Letter – October-December 2018|
|Dear SCNA Members,
I write this letter to you heavily under the influence of Saab. Having recently returned from SOC 18 in Solomons, MD, and just a few weeks later to attend the 19th annual Swedish Car Day at the Lars Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA. These two shows are among the biggest Saab gatherings in the country, and I have met so many new enthusiasts while reconnecting with others from all over the world
In Maryland, we were pleased to welcome over 200 cars and nearly 400 people to the 36th Saab Owners’ Convention. Like so many before it, this year’s convention was full of familiar faces as well as new and exciting members of the community. In addition to thanking our title sponsors, Orio the exclusive supplier of Saab Original parts, the Saab Heritage Car Museum USA and eSaabParts.com, there are so many other individuals and businesses who have worked to make both of these events such huge successes. It didn’t hurt that the weather held out for us, but it is really the individuals who dedicate their time throughout the year that make Saab gatherings so unique and special. In addition to the tireless efforts of my fellow SCNA board members, I would also like to thank the many volunteers
I would also like to thank eEuroparts for pitching in to help us with an exciting track day. On the track, we were able to see some famous cars like the 1990 Skip Barber car, formerly of the GM Heritage Collection, and a 1964 Quantum IV 2-stroke race car restored by Kevin Pampuch. These amazing cars are owned by Bill Jacobson of Sports Car Service, who also brought his ’96 900 Talladega along just for kicks.
Seeing those historic cars drive around the track at high speeds was almost as thrilling as driving my own car around the 2-mile long road track. I have spent time and money improving the performance and handling of my 2011 9-3 Aero, and I was impressed with how it handled on the track. Just wish I had purchased my eSID before the track day!
Mark your calendars for next year’s convention in beautiful Colorado. We are still finalizing the details of the hotel, but the weekend that we are focusing on is July 25-28, 2019 and it will be in the greater Denver area. The Rocky Mountain Saab Club is already working on a spectacular mountain drive among other activities you will not want to miss. More information in upcoming issues.
President, Saab Club of North America