Nines 356 – April-June 2019
Transmissions from God 8
In Memoriam 13
Dan Martin’s Auto Depot 14
Pulling Saab Rabbits out of a Hat! 24
Saving Saabs 28
Put Down that Phone! 32
It Lives! 33
Saab 900 Sound System 36
SCNA and Club News
SOC 2019 5
Saab Clubs News 13
SOC 2018 10
Saab Services and Discounts 26
North American Saab Clubs and Contacts 34
SCNA News 35
Changes to Membership Access 39
From the Archives by Bruce Harbison 6
The Doctor is In by By Kelly R. Conaty, MD, MBA 16
On the Column by Bob Miller 18
Professional Perspective by Chuck Andrews 20
Through a Windscreen Darkly by Linnea Krajewski 22
Classified Ads 38
Dear SCNA Members,
I have just returned from Loveland, CO, where we held our annual site visit at the location of the 37th annual Saab Owners’ Convention in July of 2019. We met with most of the members of the SCNA board as well as members of the Rocky Mountain Saab Club (RMSC). RMSC has built a tradition of hosting the convention every ten years, and we are working together to make this another amazing convention. Back in 1999, the year the Viggen model was first introduced in the US, the convention was here in Colorado. As we return to the Rockies twenty years later, we developed our theme around celebrating this iconic model. We hope to feature some of the nicest Viggens by offering a limited “Viggen VIP Exclusive Program,” which would allow a participant to feature a Viggen inside the convention hall as well as other special enhancements to your SOC experience. For more details, check our registration site at saabconvention.com, where you can find the link to reserve hotel room in addition to other registration updates in the days and weeks to come.
Meeting with SCNA board members in person, as well as with the active and dedicated members of RMSC, is a unique and important opportunity not only to discuss the upcoming convention, but to share ideas and develop a vision for the Saab Club of North America moving forward. SCNA recognizes the importance of strong local clubs as well as official service centers and independent shops alike to keep the cars looking and driving their best. We thank Orio Saab Original parts for their continued commitment to SCNA and to the hundreds of local service centers who rely on them for quality parts at affordable prices.
This summer, the convention will take place from July 25th – 28th at the beautiful Embassy Suites Convention Center in Loveland, CO, about an hour north of Denver. In the days before the event, SCNA is organizing a visit with Tom and Patti Donney at the Saab Heritage Museum USA in Sturgis, SD. Tom and Patti have invited Saab convention attendees, family and friends beginning on Tuesday, July 23rd to view the museum as well as a take a driving tour of the surrounding areas. If you have never visited Mt. Rushmore and the Black Hills of South Dakota, you will not want to miss the mild summer weather, iconic scenic drives, and historic towns and landmarks in the area. For more information about this and other pre-convention events, check our convention website or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you again for your commitment to Saab and your continued support of SCNA.
President, Saab Club of North America