President's Letters
President's Letter - March/April 2013

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

The holidays are now behind us and cabin fever is quickly turning into spring fever. Many parts of the country where our members are scattered have experienced mother nature teasing us with unseasonably warm weather and then reminding us that winter isn't quite just over yet. But, if you are like me, you are thinking about getting your classic Saab out of hibernation or giving your daily driver a good wash and wax. My thoughts are also focused on the 2013 SAAB Owners Convention in August. I am pleased to inform all of you that this years event will be held at The Desmond Hotel & Conference Center in Albany, NY, August 15-18. Planning is underway by the events committee, like us on facebook to keep up to date on progress and registration opening!

News on the Saab Parts front is that owners of 2010-2011 are now able to obtain warranty coverage through the Saab Secure program (pdf download). This is great news for owners of vehicles that were the last to roll off the lines in Sweden and provides peace of mind that these cars will be on the roads for years to come. Saab Parts North America is continuing to add to their inventory every month and have secured 179 certified service points around the country. I continue to be amazed at the dedication and commitment of Saab leadership to ensure that customers and fans of the brand continue to receive support.

A few days remain for the "Saab Spirit Lives On" exhibit at the Simeone Auto Museum in Philadelphia (February 22 - March 17). Bill Jacobson, owner of Sports Car Service in Delaware and a perennial Saab Club of North America supporter, will have his collection on display with Saab models ranging from 1956 to 2011. Visit www.simeonemuseum.org for event details.

As we come into Spring and out of the winter blues, remember to give oncoming Saab drivers a wave or thumbs up, it's a small gesture to keep that SAAB Spirit alive and something that only our community can do to put the "whee" smile on every drivers face.

Annette Adams
President, Saab Club of North America

 
President's Letter - January/February 2013

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

I hope the holiday season was good for all of you. Things with Saab Parts North America continue to move forward. Parts availability is getting better every month. Current progress is an agreement with GM for all of the GM supplied components that have been difficult to obtain. Also of note is the industry leading 24 month or 24,000 mile parts warranty on all Saab parts purchased through Saab retailers.

News from Sweden seems to be that there is progress with NEVS and time will tell what the future holds for them and for the future of Saab automobiles. It appears the hiring process has begun, so things are definitely moving forward. Let’s hope things progress quickly!

Membership in Saab Club of North America is more important than ever during this time. Keeping the Saab community connected and intact will only help all of us as we move into future years of Saab ownership. Ask your Saab friends if they are members and if they are not, encourage them to join. Through your support the club will be able to do more to support the Saab community.

Annette Adams
President, Saab Club of North America

 
President's Letter - November/December 2012

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

Things in the Saab world are beginning to settle down. Most of the remaining vehicles at the port will have been sold by the time of printing and parts fulfilment at Saab Parts North America is getting back to normal. From what I understand, agreements with most if not all of the domestic suppliers have been signed and parts are arriving from Sweden daily. There are exciting things coming from Saab Parts North America and we will do our best to keep you posted.

NEVS is employing over 100 people at this time and we will all have to wait and see with the future brings for this innovative new company. Many of the key players in this new venture are names familiar to the Saab world and it makes me hopeful for the future of the company.

Heading into the winter season in Iowa brings the need to prepare the fun vintage vehicles for storage during the snowy and salty winter months and the installation of snow tires for those daily driver vehicles. I always hate to see them all being put away for the winter. Hoping everyone in the Saab community has a wonderful holiday season and keep those Saabs rolling!

Annette Adams
President, Saab Club of North America

 
President's Letter - September/October 2012

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

No, the world has not come to an end, and the Saab community is well and healthy. I know this because I have just spent a few days in Iowa City, Iowa, with some of the nicest people I know at the 2012 Saab Owners’ Convention. Annette, Marty, and all the Adams clan did a fantastic job of hosting one of the best SOCs I’ve ever attended.

The Heritage collection was well-represented, courtesy of Tom Donney, who included his record-setting Sonett fresh from Bonneville. Jerry Danner was in attendance with his usual enthusiasm and big smile. Gary Stottler, Nick Taliaferro, Chuck Andrews, and John Moss, my favorite auctioneer, made for a fun and informative time for all.

Two of our club’s most prestigious awards, the Larry “Stroker” Williams and the Bob Sinclair awards, were given to two most-deserving recipients - long-time racer Jack Lawrence and past SCNA President Lester Ewing. This is truly a new era. Rumor has it that SOC13 will be in the northeast, possibly upstate New York. Hope to see you there.

Ed Smith
Vice President, Saab Club of North America

 
President's Letter - July/August 2012

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

What an interesting time in the Saab world! As of this writing, the fate of Saab is still up in the air. Positive movement toward the purchase of Saab parts is being made and things are hopefully back to normal stock situations once this goes to press.

As for the sale of Saab Cars, progress is being made with a couple of buyers and final negotiations are still taking place. Who will be the ultimate winning bidder? What will that mean for Saab in the United States? We really won’t know until the final announcement is made.

What we do know is that Iowa will be the place to be in August. We’re anticipating a large crowd of Saab enthusiasts to descend upon Iowa City and take it by storm. Event planning is under way and registration is being taken at www.saabconvention.com. Also that weekend, we will be having our annual board meeting and election of officers. The official ballot can be found in the current issue of Nines. If you won’t be attending and want to cast your vote, please do so via the proxy bid. Bids can be mailed to the hotel for tabulation, they just need to arrive prior to August 3, 2012.

Personally, I can’t wait for August to be here! Since Iowa City is my home town, this is an especially exciting convention for me. Hope to see all of you there!

Annette Adams
President, Saab Club of North America

 
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