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President's Letter - July/August 2011

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

As my term as President winds down I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your support! The other Board members and I have been overwhelmed with enthusiasm in the past few months because of the increase in membership which we are sure was driven by Saab Cars North America’s and Victor Muller’s $500 certificate towards the purchase of a new Saab. We are particularly pleased that this has brought into the membership those that had no prior affiliation with the brand or the club. If you are new, I would like to welcome you and tell a little about us.

Our primary function is to bring the membership together once a year at our Owners’ Convention. Recent issues of Nines, our website and Facebook page have covered this year’s SOC in significant detail. The dedication that our members have for the marque is reflected in the tremendous support that we have had for many years from Saab in the US and from Sweden. The company has provided guest speakers from Sweden including; Victor Muller, CEO Spyker Cars, Jan Ake Jonsson, COO Saab Cars, Erik Carlsson, the famous rally champion; and, Peter Backstrom, Curator, the Saab Museum Trollhattan; and, from the US headquarters the president/managing director and senior staff members ie, Michelle Tinson, Commutations Director and John Libbos, Product Manager. Also, we have had many of the cars from historic Saab collection on display as well as concept cars and even new car releases for the first time in North America (original 9-5). The company also provides a large amount of material from their parts warehouse for us to sell at the “Parts Tent”. The SOC includes driving events, a Dyno, the car shows, seminars, guest speakers and awards banquet. The most fun is had just by being with Saab friends that have been developed through the years. So please join us August 18th through the 21st at the Hilton Parsippany, NJ. Information is on the SOC website and on page 12 of this month's Nines Magazine.

In addition to attendance at the annual convention, I encourage all club members to join and participate in local club events. You will find these clubs listed here. One of the most recent local events that our members participated in was the famous and successful Saabs @ Carlisle conducted by the Central Penn Saab Club. We are proud to be affiliated with them.

I sincerely hope that the support that we have seen from Saab owners Worldwide during the resurgence of the brand is infectious and our new members come to love Saab as many of us have through the years.

Thanks to the Board members who did a great job preparing for this year’s SOC!!!!!!

Ian Glenday
President, Saab Club of North America