President's Letters
President's Letter - March / April 2017

Dear SCNA Members,

Today, on the ride home from work, I actually had to put on my sunglasses for a few minutes. This pleasant reminder that the days are indeed getting longer helped boost my mood after a day of work. I know that pretty soon there will be an afternoon when the weather is just right to open up the sunroof on my way home.

In December, my Saab friend Ben Choiniere and I drove the Talladega down to Delaware to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Sports Car Service in Wilmington. Each year, SCS owner Bill Jacobson hosts a holiday celebration and birthday party at his shop. Outside there were Saab’s parked everywhere ranging from vintage 96’s to brand new 2011 9-5’s with everything in between. The showroom was filled with some of the nicest cars from Bill’s extensive collection, including a few of his GM Heritage vehicles and dealer display and show cars. A wide array of tasty treats could be found, including hundreds of homemade Swedish meatballs and some tasty Aquavit! Inside the immaculate service area, along with plenty of chairs and beverages was an array of customer cars as well as some of the nicest pre-owned Saab’s around.

Special appearances were made by John Moss of CT and Jerry Danner, who had flown out from Denver to see his new purchase, a 1959 93B that had once belonged to Saab Cars President Bob Sinclair. We all enjoyed hearing and talking about, sitting in and simply looking at that beautiful car and so many other vehicles, pictures and other rare pieces of Saab memorabilia. I wonder which car Bill and his crew will bring to Carlisle this year…

Upcoming events:

Carlisle May 19-20 in Carlisle, PA hosted by Saabs@Carlisle

eEuroFest 2017 June 9-10 in Lime Rock, CT hosted by eEuroparts

SOC 17 August 17-20 in Pomona, CA August 17-20 hosted by SCNA

See you in the spring!

Sanford Bogage
President, Saab Club of North America

 
President's Letter - May / June 2017

Dear SCNA Members,

Being a part of the Saab Club has been an exciting experience for me. This is certainly not a position where you are often recognized on the street, but being a part of the SCNA board has offered many unique and memorable opportunities.

Just a few weeks ago, members of the board and I traveled to Pomona, California in order to visit the Sheraton Fairplex site for SOC 17. Part of our task was to scope out a few drives to find one that we hope to lead on Thursday, August 17, and Right Solution shop owner Walter Wong offered up a few ideas. Then, he threw the keys to a well-worn but capable SPG to VP Daniel Cahill, who returned with a wide smile and assurances that we have found the location of our summer drive. Coincidentally, Daniel now has the itch to add a classic 900 to his expanding Saab collection.

On the way home from California, I flew through Denver to spend a few days with my father. Of course, we took a ride to see Jerry Danner at Mile-Hi Automotive, and Jerry graciously introduced me to his staff and invited me to his home to view his personal Saab collection. My timing was perfect, as it was just a few days after he had started and driven the ’59 93B that I wrote about in my previous letter (and you can read about on page 8 in this issue! - Ed.). This amazing car will be attending the convention this summer in Pomona with Jerry, who has attended every SOC since the beginning more than 30 years ago.

By our next issue, the show season will be gaining momentum. In addition to local and regional club events, look for stories about Saabs@Carlisle in May and the eEuroFest in June, starting on page 24. Don’t forget that registration is now open for SOC 17, so check out https://saabconvention.com for more information and to reserve your slot.

Respectfully,

Sanford Bogage
President, Saab Club of North America

 
President's Letter - January / February 2016

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

Greetings, SCNA Members!

Like many of you who enjoy driving your Saabs in all sorts of winter weather, I spent the last few weeks getting my cars ready for winter. For my Classic 900, that means storing the car and keeping the battery charged up while it awaits the sunny spring days. For my 9-3 Aero, getting ready for winter means preparing the best wheels and tires for winter driving. Last year, I picked up a set of 17” Gary Fisher rims to use as my dedicated winter wheels. With a set of good snow tires, a front wheel drive Saab has been sufficient for just about anything New England can throw my way. There was that one unforgettable winter I spent with a Turbo X and 4 Blizzak tires, but that story is for another letter.

While we have been preparing our Saabs for winter, the SCNA board members have been busily planning the next few summer Saab Owners' Conventions. I hope you have had a chance to complete the member survey that you should have received via email. The Saab Museum in Trollhättan recently announced that throughout 2016 it will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the famous Long Run Challenge at the Talladega Speedway in Alabama. I urge you to look up the videos related to this event, and to another challenge done in 1996. SCNA will join the Saab Museum in celebrating these endurance milestones at SOC 2016. Readers of Nines most likely already know about SOC 16 August 4-7 at the Marriott Evergreen Resort in Stone Mountain, GA. We have some exciting speakers and a range of events and activities in the works to make this a memorable SOC. Be on the lookout for more information about the next few SOCs both in Nines and on our web site.

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 - November / December 2015

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

Greetings, SCNA Members!

Late summer and early fall in New England provide for mild sunny days and clear skies, and I have spent the last few weekends enjoying my 1994 C900 Turbo convertible. Each time I drive that car it reminds me of how much I love the classic 900. With today’s cars and all of their computer controls, it is nice to drive a car with a gearshift, analog gauges and the look, feel, and of course the undeniable smell of an old Saab.

Days like these help me understand why some people have never moved beyond the classic 900; it is such a perfectly balanced car. My 1991 900 Turbo was the first car I ever drove to 200,000 miles, and it was running beautifully when I sold it to the next owner. Fortunately, my current 900 I only drive for leisure, so the miles build up much more slowly. Not only does my convertible represent my commitment to the Saab brand, but more importantly it represents the kindness of the Saab community which has helped me with large tasks like the automatic to 5-speed conversion to small tasks like finding a wooden shift knob, gauge set or new horn buttons for my steering wheel. I could not have built my car without the support of my friends and mechanics in the Saab community, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all. I’m sure that many of you reading this can relate to one Saab owner helping out another with parts, advice and a shared desire of continued enjoyment.

Last week was our monthly conference call, but my first as president. We have all been boosted by the positive feedback from members about SOC ’15, and your board members are working hard on plans for next year’s Owners’ Convention. I am excited to tell you about some of the things we are discussing with an eye towards the future of the Saab Club of North America. First and foremost, I am thrilled by the energy our friends at the Saab Club of Atlanta have shown in scoping out possible locations for SOC ’16. We hope to have more specific details in the near future, but I can safely say that we will be in the greater Atlanta area this summer. We have also established a sub-committee to begin planning for SOC ’17 which will take place on the west coast, most likely in southern California. My goal is to announce the date and location of SOC ’17 at the convention this summer and moving forward, we will make efforts to continue making the announcement for the following year at the convention.

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 - 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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