President's Letters
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 - July / August 2015

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

As I write this edition of the President's letter, word is coming from Sweden/UK that Saab racing icon and brand ambassador to many US conventions, Erik Carlsson, has left us.

It's bittersweet to share enthusiasm on the countdown to the Saab Owners' Convention 2015 (SOC15) in Lexington Kentucky, while thinking back on how many times Erik has made an appearance and delighted Convention goers for many of the past events. To that end, we will have a tribute to Erik at this year's SOC. We encourage all of our members and those that have met Erik and shared in his wit and charm to post their Erik moments on our Facebook page. We will also be collecting moments for the Convention web site.

Moving forward, registration is open at www.saabconvention.com, rooms at the Griffin Gate are filling up, but we did add 20 more rooms to our block for Wednesday and Thursday as of this writing. If you want to stay on property, don't delay!

In this month's edition of NINES you will find the ballot for the annual SCNA board elections (on page 25), to be conducted during the meeting at the Convention. Please take the time to fill it out and mail it in to make your vote count.

Daryle Powers
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

 
President's Letter - May / June 2015

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

Spring is here! Finally, another winter for the record books closes for many of our members, especially in the Northeast who just can’t seem to catch a break from the snow.

What’s needed are some good thoughts to warm you up and get you in the spirit – how about registering for SAABs@Carlisle, May 15 to 17?

The SOC 2015 planning team had a terrific meeting in February at the host property. Registration is now open at http://www.saabconvention.com - and while you visit the site, check out the new look and feel we have for the Convention.

Aaron Clow, our dedicated webmaster, worked in collaboration with our newest Board member and webmaster Jonathan Dennis to create a website that is more responsive for use on mobile and tablet devices. Welcome Jonathan to SCNA and a big thanks to Aaron for all of his support on both the Convention and the Club websites throughout these past years.

With the Convention come the Annual Board meeting of SCNA and the annual elections. If anyone would like to get involved, please consider joining the Board. You can contact any of the current Board members through the Club website.

Convention registration and elections ballots will be in the July/August issue of NINES for those that would like to mail in their information.

Daryle Powers
President, Saab Club of North America

 
President's Letter - March / April 2015

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

Where have they gone?

I don’t know about you, but as a Saab driver, I continue to seek out other Saabers in parking lots, driving on the highway, and in driveways as I make my way around. And, probably like you, I continue to see Saabs of various years and models in my travels. But what about the Pontiacs, Hummers, Saturns and Plymouths? Where did the Oldsmobiles disappear to? Hard to believe that with the GM and Chrysler dealer network committed to maintaining those vehicles that they should have become phantoms of the roadways in short order.

And yet, we still see 9-5s, 9-3s, and various other Saab models on the road. Its quite a unique group of drivers, those who continue to see the value and enjoyable experience of driving their Saabs and keeping their cars on the road through their local OSC, favorite Indie, or through DIY repair with parts sourced from many of the advertisers in NINES.

In 2015, the momentum keeps going – SAABs@Carlisle is coming up this May, followed by the International Festival in Sweden in June, with August around the corner for the annual US Owners Convention in Lexington, KY. Tell your friends, those on the fence about ever having been at a SAAB event.

Start on your Saab Owners' Convention 2015 planning today and book your room. Reservations for the Griffin Gate Marriott (host property) can now be made online: https://resweb.passkey.com/go/2015SAABOWNERSCONVENTION.

As an alternative, you can call their toll-free line at 877-901-6632 and be sure to mention the SOC’15 to get the group rate. Please note, if you plan to book a room outside of the event time window, the online system will show unavailable, the link is only for the dates of SOC.

PS: Follow the club on Facebook and SAABnet for more Convention details as they become available. Got an event? Feel free to post it to our Facebook page!

Daryle Powers
President, Saab Club of North America

 
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