President's Letters
President's Letter - September / October 2017
Saturday, 23 September 2017 00:00

Dear SCNA Members,

As I write this letter, we are making the final preparations for SOC 17 in Pomona, California. Planning for this convention has been an enormous undertaking, and I would like to thank all of the SCNA board members who have helped us despite the long distance for almost every one of us. While all of the board members played their own individual and vital roles, we certainly could not have done this without the help of Ria Levine, our Secretary and currently our only board member living in California. I would also like to take a moment to thank and congratulate Daniel Cahill for volunteering to finish out the term of SCNA Vice President. Daniel has been an active club and board member for the past few years, and he was one who believed strongly that SOC should come to California.

The SCNA board is currently working on developing a more predictable system for determining the locations of future SOC’s, and through this we hope to find properties that better suit both our budget and our desire to host a comprehensive experience that Saab owners’ realize is vital in the longevity of the brand.

One other area of focus is an increased involvement in the many local events that happen throughout the country. There are big events like eEurofest and Saabs@Carlisle, but there are also smaller events sponsored by local clubs and dealers. In early July, I drove out to Rhinebeck, New York for a gathering of Convertibles at Vert Fest. The Milwaukee club recently put on their second annual meet-up, and there is one planned for early August sponsored by a shop in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Right after SOC, we will have Swedish Car Day in the Boston area and I just found out about another event in late September up in Montpelier, Vermont sponsored by Crossway Auto Center.

These are just a few of the events that Saab owners everywhere want and attend, and SCNA hopes to continue the work of supporting local events and continuing to help our members better share ideas, service information, parts support and friendship in order to keep our cars on the road for many years to come.

Sanford Bogage

 

 

President, Saab Club of North America

 

 
President's Letter - July / August 2017
Monday, 26 June 2017 11:13

 

Dear SCNA Members,

The car season is beginning in full swing. After attending a few small gatherings and teaming up with some friends to help “wake up” some cars for the season, I attended the Carlisle show on May 19-20th, hosted by Saabs@Carlisle. With over 200 cars registered, plus more Saabs scattered around the lawn, it was a fun show with so many models represented. Everything from the 2-stroke 93’s and Sonetts all the way up to the newest 9-4x and 9-5 models, it was a great time to connect with old friends and make a few new ones as well.

I drove down in the 1982 900 Turbo that I purchased last September, and it ran the 400 plus mile trip flawlessly. I was honored to win first place, and as I said at the show: “I’m not only Saab Club President, I am also a client,” because my car would not have been able to get into the condition that it was without the help of dedicated Saab mechanics and the continued availability of vital parts that are necessary to keep these wonderful machines on the road. Saab owners care about preserving their cars for future generations, and nobody demonstrates that desire more than Tom Donney.

As Tom’s Saab collection grew over the years, he began to feel like a caretaker rather than an owner of some of the most well-preserved Saabs in existence, and that feeling motivated him to find a location where the cars could be stored, showcased and shared with others. I am pleased to announce that Tom and Patti Donney have just signed an agreement to purchase 7 acres along with a 38,000 sq. ft. facility in Sturgis, SD, to house the Saab Heritage Museum USA. (See story on page 17.)


On behalf of SCNA, I would like to congratulate Tom and Patti, and I invite you to SOC in August where they will share more details about the
establishment of the first museum in the United States dedicated specifically to the Saab brand.

Respectfully,

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 - 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 - 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

 
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