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President's Letter - March / April 2016

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

Greetings, SCNA Members!

I am proud to introduce to you the most recent member of my automotive stable. I recently purchased a silver 1997 Saab 900 SE Talladega 5-door in Silver Metallic. Since we have decided to celebrate the 20th and 30th anniversary of the Saab endurance challenges in 1986 and in 1996, I thought that it was only fitting for me to arrive in a car that best fits the venue. I had been looking on line for the right car when I located this well preserved 141k 5-speed at Kingsway Motors in Fairfield, CT. As soon as I spoke to James, I knew that he was someone who knew and appreciated Saab vehicles. They worked with me on a fair price and even arranged for a driver to deliver the car to Boston. I have driven it a few hundred miles and I am pleased to report that it looks and runs beautifully. I can’t wait to drive it down to Atlanta for SOC.

As I write this letter, I have so many exciting things to report about our plans for the upcoming convention in August 4-7. In just a few weeks, a few of our board members will join me in visiting the Stone Mountain resort for our site visit. We will finalize the logistics of SOC and get the numbers ready for registration to open in early April. As part of our site visit, we will be talking with representatives from the Talladega Superspeedway to determine the best way for us to celebrate this important endurance milestone. Make sure to check out our web site in the upcoming weeks for more information about Talladega and about the Saab endurance challenges.

In January, we sent out over 300 letters to official Saab Service Centers and many independent shops as well. We have already had some commitments for sponsors, and this year we hope to welcome some new independent shops in addition to our favorite parts suppliers and web sites. Consider talking to your service center about sponsoring SOC 16. As President, one of my goals is to increase our ability to communicate to Saab shops across the country, and we have done that by compiling one of the most extensive lists of Saab repair facilities anywhere. SCNA can be the network that brings together Saab drivers with the parts and service centers that will keep their cars running for many years.

Finally, make sure to check this issue for a story about the only Saab dealer in Hawaii. Let’s just say we may have located the last few brand new 2011 Saabs still available for sale in the United States. Now, if only there was way to drive there…

As always, I welcome your feedback and comments. Please email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sanford Bogage
President, Saab Club of North America

 
President's Letter - November / December 2015

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

Greetings, SCNA Members!

Late summer and early fall in New England provide for mild sunny days and clear skies, and I have spent the last few weekends enjoying my 1994 C900 Turbo convertible. Each time I drive that car it reminds me of how much I love the classic 900. With today’s cars and all of their computer controls, it is nice to drive a car with a gearshift, analog gauges and the look, feel, and of course the undeniable smell of an old Saab.

Days like these help me understand why some people have never moved beyond the classic 900; it is such a perfectly balanced car. My 1991 900 Turbo was the first car I ever drove to 200,000 miles, and it was running beautifully when I sold it to the next owner. Fortunately, my current 900 I only drive for leisure, so the miles build up much more slowly. Not only does my convertible represent my commitment to the Saab brand, but more importantly it represents the kindness of the Saab community which has helped me with large tasks like the automatic to 5-speed conversion to small tasks like finding a wooden shift knob, gauge set or new horn buttons for my steering wheel. I could not have built my car without the support of my friends and mechanics in the Saab community, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all. I’m sure that many of you reading this can relate to one Saab owner helping out another with parts, advice and a shared desire of continued enjoyment.

Last week was our monthly conference call, but my first as president. We have all been boosted by the positive feedback from members about SOC ’15, and your board members are working hard on plans for next year’s Owners’ Convention. I am excited to tell you about some of the things we are discussing with an eye towards the future of the Saab Club of North America. First and foremost, I am thrilled by the energy our friends at the Saab Club of Atlanta have shown in scoping out possible locations for SOC ’16. We hope to have more specific details in the near future, but I can safely say that we will be in the greater Atlanta area this summer. We have also established a sub-committee to begin planning for SOC ’17 which will take place on the west coast, most likely in southern California. My goal is to announce the date and location of SOC ’17 at the convention this summer and moving forward, we will make efforts to continue making the announcement for the following year at the convention.

As always, I welcome your feedback and comments. Please email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sanford Bogage
President, Saab Club of North America

 
President's Letter - January / February 2016

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

Greetings, SCNA Members!

Like many of you who enjoy driving your Saabs in all sorts of winter weather, I spent the last few weeks getting my cars ready for winter. For my Classic 900, that means storing the car and keeping the battery charged up while it awaits the sunny spring days. For my 9-3 Aero, getting ready for winter means preparing the best wheels and tires for winter driving. Last year, I picked up a set of 17” Gary Fisher rims to use as my dedicated winter wheels. With a set of good snow tires, a front wheel drive Saab has been sufficient for just about anything New England can throw my way. There was that one unforgettable winter I spent with a Turbo X and 4 Blizzak tires, but that story is for another letter.

While we have been preparing our Saabs for winter, the SCNA board members have been busily planning the next few summer Saab Owners' Conventions. I hope you have had a chance to complete the member survey that you should have received via email. The Saab Museum in Trollhättan recently announced that throughout 2016 it will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the famous Long Run Challenge at the Talladega Speedway in Alabama. I urge you to look up the videos related to this event, and to another challenge done in 1996. SCNA will join the Saab Museum in celebrating these endurance milestones at SOC 2016. Readers of Nines most likely already know about SOC 16 August 4-7 at the Marriott Evergreen Resort in Stone Mountain, GA. We have some exciting speakers and a range of events and activities in the works to make this a memorable SOC. Be on the lookout for more information about the next few SOCs both in Nines and on our web site.

As always, I welcome your feedback and comments. Please email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sanford Bogage
President, Saab Club of North America

 
President's Letter - October / November 2015

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

As I write this letter, I am getting ready to head out to the Saab Owners' Convention (SOC 15) in Lexington, Kentucky. I look forward to attending the convention, seeing old friends and making new ones. More importantly, it is always exciting to see different Saabs, meet owners and learn their personal Saab stories. At every convention, I meet someone from the local area who loves their Saab but who didn’t realize there was even a formal Saab club or an annual convention. I myself was a Saab owner for many years before I knew about the SCNA, and after being involved for a relatively short time I find myself serving as the new president.

So much has happened with Saab since I begin attending SOCs, Saabs@Carlisle in PA and Swedish Car Day in MA almost ten years ago. I think that, today more than ever, the Saab Club of North America has an important role to fill for its members and for fellow Saab owners everywhere. SCNA and theSAABsite.com, in cooperation with the volunteers who organize the SOC and our other generous sponsors who continue to support our favorite brand, all stand committed to keeping Saabs on the road for many years to come. Saab enthusiasts across the country contact us to offer literature and vintage memorabilia to display and use for our charity auction. During the SOC planning process this year, we discovered at least one former dealer with a substantial Saab parts inventory that they were trying to sell us at a discounted rate. We continue to follow up on these leads to help make each event unique.

Over the next few years I hope to see SCNA continue to sponsor more regional events and expand its digital footprint which will promote the brand to upcoming generations. Please use NINES as a resource not only to tell us about your event, but to let other Saab lovers in your area know how they can participate. Don’t forget to tag SCNA and other local groups in your Facebook posts so that we can continue to spread the word that Saab is still here. 2014 data revealed that approximately 485,000 Saabs are still registered in North America, and that does not include all of the “project” cars that may lack a current registration.

Finally, please let us know if you have any comments or suggestions, or if you would like to get more involved in planning future events.

Sanford Bogage
President, Saab Club of North America

 
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