Dear SCNA Members,
Despite what feels like a daily rain storm here in the
Northeast, it looks like Spring is finally here. I was able to get
my convertible on the road, and today I had a nice ride
home from work with the top down. The show season has
officially started as I just dropped off some SCNA Board
Members on their way to the Saab Festival Trollhättan,
Sweden. A few weeks back, on May 17-19, we headed
out to Pennsylvania for Saabs@Carlisle, hosted by the Central Penn Saab Club at the Carlisle Fairgrounds. The weather cooperated for the most part, and they had a great turnout with over 200 cars. While many of them were old favorites, there are always some new ones in attendance.
One particular highlight was a beautiful classic 900 5-door with right hand drive that was fresh off the boat all the way from Australia. I was lucky enough to drive down with Ian in his beautiful 900, which another Saab friend had just picked up from the port in New Jersey after a long trip from Australia (don’t ask me why or how it ended up in New Jersey). That wasn’t the only super clean Saab at the Carlisle show, but it is always exciting to see a newer 5-door since the model had such a short run on US soil.
It was great to see the folks from Orio as well as Brad from Swedish Motorsports, who had two representatives form MapTun on hand to tune cars for people on site. Both of these sponsors, and many more, will be represented at SOC in Loveland, CO, July 25-28. Check out our press release, which has been printed in another article in this NINES. We are highlighting the Viggen model, which celebrates its 20th year this year, with a special Viggen package. Go on line to www.saabconvention.com for more information on how to register for the convention or the Viggen package.
For those who may have a few extra days of vacation time saved up, you should consider taking a ride up to Sturgis to see Tom Donney at the Saab Heritage Museum USA. They will be hosting an event at the museum on Wednesday, July 24, and we will caravan down to SOC on Thursday the 25th, arriving in time for the Sponsors Appreciation dinner. Information about the event and how to register for a hotel room can be found at the Saab Heritage Museum web site at https://www.saabmuseumusa.com.
We are busy planning the convention, and look forward to seeing you there or at another more local event sometime soon.