President's Letters
President's Letter - January/February 2011

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

The Saab Club of North America Board is doing the planning and preparations for SOC11, at the Hilton Parsippany, NJ, August 18th – 21st (This will be the 25th Anniversary of the Saab 900 convertible). Folks in the area requested serious consideration to have an SOC in their region and we listened. We are anticipating great participation from them and many more from the Eastern US and Canada.

During the coming months Board members will be reaching out to tentative sponsors. We hope that all who are able to assist in the presentation of this SOC will jump in and do what they can. We already have a commitment from Mike Colleran, Saab Cars of North America. There are some good speakers who are interested in doing seminars and Keynote presentations. These include: Len Lonnegren - Saab’s public relations chief from 1963 until 1989; and, Steven Rossi – marketing manager and engineer who worked with Bob Sinclair in the development of the Saab 900 convertible. We may also have a speaker from a national automobile magazine, schedule permitting. As we solidify plans, the website will be updated.

Just a reminder about the $500 certificate that Saab Cars of North America is offering on new Saabs to you, the Saab Club members. You can learn all about it here.

We will also be looking for new Board members and officers this year. Please let us know if you are interested. There will be an official request in subsequent issues of Nines.

Have a happy and prosperous New Year!

Ian Glenday
President, Saab Club of North America

 
President's Letter - November/December 2010

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

First off, the big news: SOC 2011 will take place on August 18-21 2011 at the Hilton Parsippany located at One Hilton Court, Parsippany NJ. Put it on your calendars now! More news will follow in future issues of NINES, and on the Saab Club Web sites at www.saabclub.com and www.saabconvention.com!

I am so impressed by the progress that Victor Muller and Jan Ake Jonsson have made since we met at SOC10 in July. I know that Victor gets concerned about news media claims about “this and that” and there is little he can do once it is out there. I believe his forthrightness in dealing with the media has held him in good stead and bolsters his credibility. The news from Victor and Jan Ake that Saab is working on new ventures with major automotive entities in the furtherance of the brand is the proof in the pudding! Continued success gentlemen!

From a membership standpoint we can help in their efforts by supporting our local dealers and buying new Saabs. Saab Cars of North America is offering you, our members, a $500 discount on a qualified new Saab. We are very grateful to Victor and Mike Colleran (COO, SCNA – the company) for offering this to our members. Seth and I have assisted some in getting the needed documentation in time to close on their new cars. Mike and his staff have come into play as needed to allow the sale to proceed. Thanks to all who have participated thus far and enjoy your new Saabs!

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President's Letter - September/October 2010

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

The 2010 Saab Owners Convention was extremely successful. This and subsequent issues of Nines will have many details of the events that occurred. My thanks go out to our membership for your outstanding support. Based on feedback from you we are already working on after action items.

The biggest highlight of the SOC was the participation by Saab Automobile and Saab Cars of North America. Victor Muller and Jan Ake Jonsson were accompanied to the Bertram Convention Center on Saturday by Mike Colleran. Victor and Jan Ake had a brief meeting with Stephen Goldberger and me and then they were out on the grounds and attending seminars for several hours before participating in the group photo session. In the evening, they gave a great presentation at the Awards banquet. As a surprise to the membership, Victor announced Saab’s giving a $500 certificate to SCNA members towards the purchase of a new Saab automobile. Click here for details. All present assured Victor that they will be doing their best to buy a new Saab ASAP. There was a good representation of Saab staff there including Peter Backstrom, John Libbos and Michele Tinson.

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President's Letter - July/August 2010

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

The Saab Owners Convention being held 22-25 July in Aurora, Ohio will soon be upon us. Registration for regular attendance at the convention will have closed by the time this reaches you. Day Passes to the convention will be sold at The Bertram Inn and Conference Center. The cost per day is $25; or, you can get one good for both days for $40. You can see the policy on Day Passes at the SOC website.

As stated in the last issue, we are hoping that members who have made requests for track events will sign up for the Thursday Track Day. Registered SOC members and other members not registered for the SOC can still participate by paying the $200 fee at the SOC site.

We are very pleased with the great sponsors supporting SOC10. Given that Saab was all but dead just a few months ago; these folks are helping ensure that the rejuvenation of the brand includes supporting The Saab Club of North America’s annual convention. Saab Automobile and Saab Cars of North America continue to be great supporters of the convention. We will be honored to have as our special guests on Saturday evening Victor Muller and Jan Ake Jonsson. Mike Colleran will be there with his crew including John Libbos and Michele Tinson who have been very helpful in SOC execution and coordination. We will have the Saab Heritage Collection represented, a Parts Tent, informative seminars, Saab Round Table and a great time because of their participation. Sponsor wise, many thanks to: Dave Towell Saab, Saab of North Olmsted, Sports Car Service, Mile Hi Body Shop, Trio Motors, Goldwing Saab, Iowa City Saab, Meyer Garage and Aktive Motors. Please support them!

The convention was planned by members of the Saab Club Board who have given unselfishly of their time to make it happen. I am particularly pleased to work with Stephen Goldberger, the SOC Coordinator and Club Treasurer who has done a magnificent job in bringing it together.

See you in Aurora!

Ian Glenday
President, SCNA

 
President's Letter - May/June 2010

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

As we enter the new era of Saab, your club board members continue to prepare for the next Saab Owners Convention which will be held 22-27 July in Aurora, Ohio. The convention site is The Bertram Inn and Conference Center. You can make reservations there by calling (330) 995-0200 and requesting the special rate for the Saab Club of North America Owners’ Convention.

The new SOC website has details of the event and registration. This year’s planning has been a little more difficult than usual given that the level of sponsorships is still unknown at the time I am writing this. Nevertheless, we have attempted to keep prices as low as possible to maximize the ability of members to attend with their families. Having the convention in July was done to allow more families to participate while the kids are out of school.

We are hoping that member’s who have made requests for track events will be signing up for the Thursday track day. Stephen Goldberger provided the following info for participants: "We will be generally following the 'FunDays' rules. Specific differences involve convertibles, where the 'pop-up' roll bars of the '04 and later CVs will allow them to run. Earlier CVs will require a roll cage. There will be a tech inspection where wheel lug torque and general vehicle condition will be assessed (battery hold down in place, fluids at proper levels and not overtly disgusting, tires not cracking, bulged, or cords showing, adequate tread depth if track is wet, no loose items in passenger compartment). Participants will be divided into groups based on vehicle performance and driver experience."

John Moss has graciously agreed to do a seminar and of course host the charity auction.

Our speakers for Friday evening are; Willy Hopkins and Curvin O'Reilly. You can read about Willy and his affiliation with Bob Sinclair and Saab by clicking here. Willy provided Stephen the following on their presentation. "I would suggest a Key note address along the lines of The Once and Future Saab. The focus would be on Saab advertising and marketing from about 1980 to the present. A secondary focus would be on Bob Sinclair, what he did, what worked, and why. The conclusion would be that there is very little difference between the market Saab faced in 1980 and the one it faces today. Saab's virtues have come back into fashion, and with a little care and feeding, there is no reason why the Saab brand cannot get back to where Mr. Sinclair left it. I would then like to turn the microphone over to Curvin O'Reilly, who wrote the original line 'The most intelligent cars ever built,' to talk a bit about advertising as grenade throwing, and how Saab might again use a small budget to get big results."

We are looking forward to seeing as many of you at the SOC as possible. Continue to check the websites for updates as we get closer to SOC Week!

Ian Glenday
President, SCNA

 
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