Nines 361

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Nines 361 – July-Sep 2020

Features

Roland George’s Saab Shop 8
Delaware Valley Dash and Dine 14
A Few Good Transmissions 16
Birth of the Saab Convertible 28
A Weekend at the Museum 32
Any Excuse is a Good Excuse 36
A Little Wagon Love 37

SCNA and Club News

SCNA 2020 UNconvention 12
SCNA 2020 Annual Meeting 13
Saab Services and Discounts 26
NEVS News 30
North American Saab Clubs and Contacts 34
SCNA News 35

Departments

Letters 4
From the Archives by Bruce Harbison 6
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,

I will start this letter as I have started so many of my communications over these past few months: I hope this issue of NINES finds you and your family safe and well at this strange time in the history of our Nation and of the world. Not only are many of us concerned about our own health and that of our loved ones, we are also concerned about our financial stability and how to continue to support and care for our families with so much being unpredictable. From my perspective in Massachusetts, they are beginning to open things up in phases, and hopefully that trend will be able to continue through the time of this publication.

Many of us have used this time to tackle long-dormant projects or bring cars down to the local Independent Saab mechanic for some long-overdue maintenance. One thing that has remained open is most of your local automotive repair shops. Cars and vehicle service is considered essential, and we appreciate the many repair businesses and parts suppliers who have continued to provide necessary parts and service throughout this National crisis.

While the summer is typically time to look forward to numerous regional car shows and of course our annual Saab Owners’ Convention, the SCNA board made the decision to postpone SOC 2020 and hold SOC 2021 at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, NY on July 15-18, 2021. Consider it an extra year to get your Saab ready for SOC. Please look for information in this issue about how to participate in our annual SCNA Board meeting, which will be held virtually this year.

I do have some news about two events that may happen this year in different parts of the country. We will also explore options into making aspects
of these events virtual for those who cannot attend in person but who would like to be a part of the Saab community. For those of us east of the Mississippi, a favorite spring kickoff event is usually Saabs@Carlisle hosted at the fairgrounds in Carlisle, PA. As of this printing, that show has been moved to August 14-
16 and we hope to see you there. We will do our best to keep our web site updated, but you can also check in with Saabs@Carlisle at www.facebook.com/ SaabsatCarlisle/ Finally, for those members who are west of the Mississippi, visit the website for the Saab Heritage Car Musuem USA at www.saabmuseumusa. com where you will find information about a possible event July 17-20.

Both event dates and details could change along with local and regional guidelines and requirements. Stay safe, and if things go well I hope to see you in some way at one of these events this summer!

Respectfully,

Sanford Bogage

President, Saab Club of North America