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President's Letter - March/April 2014

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

Spring Fever, Cabin Fever, whatever you want to call it, this winter has dragged on long enough for many of us. Even as I write this, a winter storm is hitting New England, having just hammered the midsection with snow and ice. And there's more to come....or so that rodent in Punxsutawney, PA has indicated. But on the horizon, lies the upcoming car show circuit - SAABs@Carlisle hosted by Central Penn SAAB Club (May), the first ever Canadian SAAB Owners Convention to be held in Toronto (June) and of course, the national SAAB Owners Convention held in Bend, OR this coming August just to name a few.

But you don't have to wait or be near a "Big Show" to satisfy your Spring Fever. Track down one of the local clubs supported in this magazine or if your are really "social," consider following them on Facebook. Several local clubs that I am aware of are planning meet and greets, cars and coffee get-togethers, scenic drives and so on. Not finding something to scratch that itch? Reach out to a local club member or club president and offer to put something together.

Planning is in full gear for the SOC'14 with our three events chairs in the Northwest. There are some interesting activities and speakers being discussed, more to come when the registration goes live in the coming months but stay tuned to the Convention website - www.saabconvention.com - for the agenda and other Convention details as they develop.

Before I leave you for this edition, I wanted to take a moment to reach out to all members to see if anyone has an interest in joining the SCNA Board. We have 2 board seats coming up for re-election this year and have 1 departure. Feel free to email me or any board members (details on how to contact us can be found here) with questions or to offer your name for ballot inclusion. As a reminder, elections are held during the Annual Meeting at the US Convention.

Daryle Powers
President, Saab Club of North America

 
President's Letter - January/February 2014

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

Holiday festivities are over, the ornaments are packed and stored, those unwanted gifts exchanged and winter has set in. On the bright side, NEVS Saab 9-3s are rolling off the assembly line in Sweden. Albeit, this is not the mass produced quantities of previous years but NEVS is taking a slow, quality first approach with online only sales and roughly 10 cars or so produced in a given week. While these not-so-new styled 9-3s are not coming to US shores anytime soon, this is at least, a good directional start for NEVS and we hope that the news in 2014 continues to be positive.

Speaking of positive news, reports from Dan, Calye, and Phil of the Northwest Saab Owners' Club are very good that planning for SOC 2014 in Bend, OR is well underway. Preparations are being made for a terrific West Coast event, in partnership with SCNA. More to come on convention activities and registration as we get closer to Spring. Follow us on Facebook and SAABnet for convention details.

As we all look towards Spring, remember now is a great time to get your projects out of hibernation and begin planning for the upcoming shows and events that are just around the corner. Look to our SCNA advertisers and partners here in NINES to help with sourcing the parts you need to complete your projects. If you have an event that would like us to help promote, please contact us through the club Web site.

Daryle Powers
President, Saab Club of North America

 
President's Letter - November/December 2013

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

Hibernation. 

For many of us, it is that time of year when we put up the show cars and Convertibles for winter slumber. But it is also a perfect time to work in the garage and get that project for the next season of driving enjoyment. Recently, while checking out 'the list (CL)" I have noticed some really interesting Saabs coming up for sale. 

Some might call them barn finds, I call them opportunities. Why not pick up one of these cars and spend some time working on the project, invite some friends over and work on it together. There is nothing more satisfying than taking that non-running "diamond in the rough" and hearing it turn over for the first time. You can spend the rest of the winter months getting that car ready for the spring shows. 

This time of year is also when family, friends, spouses and significant others rack their brains to find just the right gift for you. Why not make simplify the process and make sure you get exactly what you are really hoping for and not another pair of socks or t-shirts. Several of our advertisers have a "wish list" section on their sites. 

Consider this your own, personal gift registry. Make a list then send it out to your gift givers. They will appreciate the time back no having to hunt around for just what you want stuffed into your stocking!

Happy Holidays to all, 

PS: Considering give that car away if you are unable to work on it or finish the project - too many SAABs are heading to the crusher these days. NINES Classified is a great way to submit your cars availability to others. 

Daryle Powers
President, Saab Club of North America

 
President's Letter - September/October 2013

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

Another successful Owners' Convention is now behind us. I hope everyone who attended the festivities in Albany, NY enjoyed themselves, met some new friends and reconnected with friends from the past. I want to express a big thanks to all of our sponsors who made this event possible - eEuroparts.com, Saab Parts North America, Performance Automotive, MileHi Body Shop, Albany SAAB Shop, Charles River Saab, State of Nine and several others who remain dedicated to our club and our members.

As we approach the fall season, it is time to put the tools down and spend time running back country roads in one of the projects I worked on during the summer. There is nothing better than discovering surrounding towns and attractions just a few miles of home. This year, I plan to spend a day logging miles on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Where will your Saab be taking you? Wherever you end up, be sure to bring along a camera because there is a photo opportunity around every corner -- and to make it worthwhile, I have a few SOC wearables left over to give away for the best ones.

So take some pics of your Saab this fall, submit the photo on our Facebook page (I'll be watching) by November 1st, and the top three photos with the most "likes" on the club page by November 15th will receive whatever I have left.

Get out there and enjoy your Saab!

Daryle Powers
President, Saab Club of North America

 
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