Nines 358

Nines 358 – October-December 2019


Saab Owners’ Convention 2019 8
Swedish Motors 28
Drive it! 31
Sunroof Motor Repair 32
Museum News 36
Quite the Saab 37

SCNA and Club News

SOC 2019 8
Saab Services and Discounts 26
NEVS News 30
North American Saab Clubs and Contacts 34
SCNA News 35


Letters 4
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
Nix’s Saab Shots By Karis Nix 24
Classified Ads 38


President’s Letter


Dear SCNA Members,

This summer, like many recent summers for me, has included miles of driving Saabs around different parts of the country. In early July, I flew into Dallas to pick up a 40K 9-3 SS for a friend back home in Boston. I then drove to Denver, where I joined members of the Rocky Mountain Saab Club in preparing for SOC 2019 in Loveland. While some volunteers and board members were getting ready for the convention, I took a ride in my 9000 up to Sturgis, SD to join Tom and Patti Donney at the Saab Heritage Car Museum USA for a day of helping out followed by an evening dinner right inside the museum. There was a great turnout, with over 100 people for dinner, including Peter Bäckström from the Saab Museum in Sweden and Tim Colbeck from Orio, who marked the occasion by matching the donations, doubling the amount Tom and Patti received to go towards the many projects at the museum.

We left Sturgis on Thursday morning on our way to Loveland, where SCNA and RMSC worked together to organize a memorable SOC at the wonderful Embassy Suites facility. Thanks to the help of Jerry Danner, we were able to negotiate use of the adjacent parking lot to allow people to drive his storied “reverse steering” 900, and to stage our group photo with the mountains and beautiful if not slightly menacing Colorado sky in the background. We had over 30 Viggens on hand, and almost 200 cars at the height of the convention, proving that Saab owners continue to travel from near and far to attend SOC. In addition to the strong vehicle turnout, this year brought an increase in sponsorship participation by independent shops and parts suppliers across the country.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the volunteers who helped out at SOC, and especially my fellow SCNA board members, who put in many hours both before and after the convention to make sure that everything went as smoothly as possible.

Speaking of the annual Saab Owners’ Convention, I am pleased to announce that we are in final negotiations with a hotel near Albany, NY, to host our next SOC, July 16-19 2020. We have narrowed down our search, including some sites that we have held SOC at before, so check saabclub. com for our most recent updates. My hope is that, over the next year, we are able to announce the dates and locations of future SOCs, including a special Saab Owners’ Convention in Sturgis!.


Sanford Bogage

President, Saab Club of North America