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President's Letter - September / October 2016

Dear SCNA Members,

made my most recent friend the last time I purchased a used Saab. I bought a classic 900, and the seller and I spent the day together talking about everything from cars to education, careers and life. Robert, a long-time Saab driver, had owned a string of 900s, and he made just the right updates to keep the car in good driving condition. The perfect first car for my 19-year-old cousin.

We have had the car for about a month, and my cousin absolutely loves driving it. One minor issue with the battery terminal connector, and just the other day he came to my house with the car to help learn how to fix it. He is eager to learn about how the car works and how to best take care of it. I asked him if people have been waving to him, and he did say he has gotten a few as I told him he would.

One thing I value in SCNA is the people I have met, through SOC as well as local and regional events. Whenever I have an unusual noise in my car or when I am having trouble finding a part made out of “unobtanium,” I know I can call on at least a dozen of my Saab dealers, mechanics and friends for help and advice.

finish this letter on the eve of my departure for SOC 16 in Atlanta. My 1997 900 SE Talladega has been thoroughly inspected and tuned by expert mechanics from independent Saab shops. Both official and independent parts and service providers are a vital part of the Saab community, and it is important that we do what we can to support them now and in the future.

Thank you.

Sanford Bogage
President, Saab Club of North America

 
President's Letter - July / August 2016

Dear SCNA Members,

Summer is here, and many of the annual events have begun. This year, I drove my 1997 Talladega down to Carlisle to spend the weekend with the Central Penn Saab Club and Saabs@Carlisle. There were a few things that I needed to get the car show ready for the Saab Owners' Convention (SOC) in August, and Carlisle was the perfect place to get help and advice. I found my carbon fiber dash thanks to the Carr family members who had spotted one earlier that day. I was also able to pick up a new hood emblem from the guys at Orio and a set of custom mats from Dan at State of Nine. Finally, thanks to Al Huseman who helped me adjust the temperature so that I could drive home without maximum heat.

I knew that my friends, fellow club members and Saab drivers in general would help me get my “Tally” ready for SOC 16. Many members enjoy attending events to reconnect with old friends and show off their cars, but the SCNA does so much more to promote the Saab brand and to help keep Saab vehicles serviceable for years to come. I have received confirmation from Randy Friedley at Dan Deery Toyota that the Hawaii cars have arrived in Iowa, and the SCNA played a role in that sale. My next goal for the SCNA is to help find a way to collect, catalog and disseminate the many parts that are scattered around the country.

It’s that time of year again, and I would like to urge members to consider getting more involved in the leadership of SCNA. In this issue, you will see a ballot on page 7. You can nominate yourself or another person for an open position. There are always open board seats, so please consider serving to help steer SCNA into the future.

See you at SOC16!

Sanford Bogage
President, Saab Club of North America

 
President's Letter - May / June 2016

Dear SCNA Members,

As you read this letter, our registration should be up and running for SOC 16, August 4-7 at Stone Mountain, just outside of Atlanta, GA. My last letter had the incorrect dates, so I want to be sure to clarify that the convention runs Thursday through Sunday. While SOC officially begins on Thursday night at or Sponsor’s Appreciation Dinner, this year we have organized a bonus visit to the famous Talladega Speedway to commemorate 30 years of Saab Turbo endurance.

SCNA, along with Sports Car Service and Orio, have teamed up with Talladega for an opportunity to visit and drive your own Saab around the famous Talladega track. What is even more exciting is that Bill Jacobson from Sports Car Service in Delaware is bringing his very own 1996 Talladega with him to SOC. I for one cannot wait to see that car drive around the track, not to mention driving my own 97 900 Talladega 5-door up those steep banked corners. Look up our registration site at www.saabconvention.com for more information and to register for the SOC 16 and the Talladega Run.

Finally, an update on our faraway cars from Hawaii. I am pleased to report that the vehicles were sold to our favorite ‘Saaboholic’ - Randy Friedley at Dan Deery Motors. Randy was instrumental in the distribution and sale of hundreds of the final Saab vehicles that lingered in different locations for more than a year, so it seems only natural that he would also help bring these Saab’s to the mainland for sale. For more information, you can call Randy directly at 319-529-8530.

See you at SOC 16.

Sanford Bogage
President, Saab Club of North America

 
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

 
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