SCNA News July/August 2007
As I mentioned in the last issue of Nines, local Saab clubs are the lifeblood of our activity. The best witness to that was the Saabs @ Carlisle 2007 put on by the Central Penn Saab Club. Ron Nichipor, CPSC president and all club members who worked on and participated in this year's event should be proud of their accomplishments which included beating out Volvo for having the highest number of cars in attendance at the Cars at Carlisle, Import, Kit/Replicar Nationals. Saab Automobile USA was there with bells on as they brought the entire Saab Heritage Collection thanks to Jan-Willem Vester and Steve Shannon the new General Manager. Linnea Krajewski, the SCNA Secretary was there soaking up all things Saab and thoroughly enjoyed the event.
The SCNA Board decided to recognize those volunteers who regularly contribute to the cause. Such recognition will be a year's membership extension in SCNA dues, which as we all know includes 6 issues of Nines. The first to be recognized were: Stefan Vapaa for his work on the Club website (http://www.saabclub.com); and, Chris Moberg for maintaining the SOC website (http://www.saabconvention.org). All of our members appreciate their contributions!
After mentioning SOC09 last issue, I received the following from the Rocky Mountain Saab Club President, Bruce Harbison:
Our Board of Directors and the membership of RMSC are pleased to announce the appointment of long-standing member Paul Bottone as SOC09 Chairman. Congratulations Paul! Our commitment to host the Saab Owners' Convention in 2009 is now over two months ahead of schedule! Paul and his appointees will be working very soon on choosing a site.
I'd like to reiterate that the SCNA is looking for a local club or dealership(s) to work with us on SOC08. With this year's SOC being centrally located for many SCNA members in North America, and SOC09 being in Colorado, we are leaning towards an SOC08 in the Northeast. Please contact me or any SCNA Board member if you are interested in doing SOC08 or SOC10 for that matter.
I am looking forward to seeing all my Saab friends at this year's SOC. The GLSC folks continue to do a great job in preparing for this event. I would encourage all who have never attended an SOC to seriously consider going this year. Because it is a special anniversary year, Saab will be providing unprecedented support. We will have special guests and speakers, exposure to the GM and Saab Heritage collections and the first unveiling in North America of the 2008 Saab 9-3. All this with the ability to show of your Saab or prove its true capabilities on the Dyno and even win prizes for doing so -- what more could a Saab nut want?
See you in August!