: SAABs @ Carlisle 26th May 2004

26th March 2004, 03:59 PM
150 in 2004?
Get ready For SAABs @ Carlisle 2004

We all look forward to this time of year, with the 2004 car show and SAAB Event season almost upon us; it’s time to start thinking about, what else? SAABs @ Carlisle 2004. Sadly however, we learned yesterday that Carlisle Events Co-founder, Chip Miller has passed away at the age of 61. Chip, his partner Bill Miller and the entire Carlisle staff have been instrumental in helping us build the event. We want to honor the memory of Chip Miller this year with another Club Participation Award and a donation to The Chip Miller Foundation.

The Central Penn SAAB Club, with the support of their friends from The Washington DC SAAB Club (WASSAAB), The New Jersey SAAB Owners Club, The New England SAAB Association, the New York SAAB Owners Club and The Swedish Underground, will converge at The 16th Annual Carlisle Import Kit and Replicar Nationals, May 21-23, 2004, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

We will once again be up against some stiff competition for the club participation award, which SAAB owners took away from the long standing owner of the trophy, The Mid-Atlantic Fiero Owners Association, by the slimmest of margins; One SAAB in 2002 and only six cars in 2003. Our Fiero friends, lead by Bob Schlag, were shocked once again at the outcome, and they will certainly pull out all the stops to regain their place on top. The SAAB loyal have proven we are the best chance of outpacing the well-organized Fiero group, as we bested the BMW’s by more than 60 cars, and the Volvo’s came in third in 2003, after only fielding about a dozen cars in 2002.

With the support of several area dealers, including Lehman SAAB, Kelly SAAB, Eisenhauer SAAB, Hunt Valley SAAB and Sports Car Service, and vendors Viking Wheel Service and State of Nine, we will again host The People’s Choice Awards. SAAB’s will be parked on the show field by model type; Aeros on Aero Avenue, Viggens on Viggen Valley Road and so on. There will be door prizes, a silent auction, and the best part; lunch provided free of charge on Saturday, with only one small catch. You must complete your voting ballot: “No Votes, No Vittles”. The soup was a big hit last year, and the food committee reassures me that it will be on the menu once again this year. Hopefully, we’ll get a break from the terrible weather, as the event is a week later this year.

This year in order to participate, you must be registered through us to ensure that your car(s) count in the official participation contest. If you register directly with Carlisle, it has become increasingly difficult to track down every last car for the vote tally. If you want to park with us and enjoy the SAAB festivities, this isn’t too much to ask. Other regular features of the event will include a Friday evening dinner, Saturday afternoon tour through the scenic rolling countryside, and a dinner stop along the way. SAABs @ Carlisle T-Shirts will be available, with original artwork by John Webber. The 2004 artwork will feature a convertible this year.

For more details, or to be added to the e-mail distribution list, contact Marc Fails at neuswede@comcast.net or 717.215.4216. The Carlisle Fairgrounds is easily reached from either Pennsylvania Turnpike Exit 16, or Interstate 81. Hope to see you there. Additional information, including on-line registration and payment will be another added feature this year. Information will be posted at: www.centralpennsaab.com within the next week.

Marc Fails
President, Central Penn SAAB Club


"Be there or be square",
Ron Nichipor
Board of Directors, Central Penn SAAB Club

28th March 2004, 11:52 AM
Photos from 2003:


Photos from 2002:


Looking forward to this years event, hopefully the weather will be warmer and drier.



31st March 2004, 04:44 PM
Hmm, shame it's not mid April, as I will be just south of Philly in NJ then.

1st April 2004, 03:27 AM
Registrations are now being accepted for Saabs @ Carlisle 2004. We have
installed and tested the registration and payment pages which can be
found at: http://www.centralpennsaab.com/sacreg.html. Once you have completed the registration form, it will be sent electronically to us, and you willreceive payment instructions. You can either mail us a check, or utilize the preferred method, Paypal, to pay securely on-line.

We must have your registration no later than April 20th in order to
process everything and have it to Carlisle by April 22nd. Please register early and minimize the last minute chaos. This has become no small event over the past 2 years, with over 100+ cars and nearly 200 people. We have relied on our prize raffle to offset some of the expenses, which blossomed as well. Things like name badges, awards and even equipment rental like tables have been paid for out of our members pockets. New this year will be nicely prepared plaques for First Place in each Category. Second and Third will receive nice certificates as in years past.

We are fortunate to be blessed with very giving and charitable members
like Mike Beare, Garry Grimes (paid over $100 for the name badges last year), Ron Nichipor (paid for the dash cards), George Basehore, Jim Verga, John Sizer, Tom Cox, John Webber, (who did I miss?), and who have come forward with their wallets when needed, to support this event. I can't list myself here, mainly because Diane will be reading this, and we certainly don't want to tip her off as to how much I've personally spent over the past 5 years!) So with this said, we have added a $5 charge (per registration) this year to help offset these expenses. As an example, let's say you are registering 4 cars, and 2 adults. ( A total of $40: $15, $10, $5 and $5 for the cars goes to Carlisle Productions. CPSC will keep $5). If you are registering 1
car and 1 adult: (A total of $20; $15 goes to Carlisle Productions and $5 goes to CPSC). If you have any questions on this, please e-mail me at: neuswede@comcast.net and I'll gladly answer them.

Don't forget to order your T-shirts! They will once again be supplied by
John Webber and will be the same high quality shirt and graphics you
have come to expect from CPSC. Several folks were disappointed last year, as we only had about 12 extra left over, and the same will apply again this year. Because we keep the prices low, we simply can't afford to order many extras.Order them at time of your registration to ensure that you get one.

We are working on few more changes to the driving tour on Saturday. Our
dinner stop will still be at the Deer Lodge, located in Mount Holly
Springs, PA and has been well received by everyone since we started using them in 2002. With the destruction of the covered bridge last year, changes to the route will be necessary. We will likely not run to Little Buffalo State Park, as we have for the past few years, but more likely will head to Kings Gap State Park, which offers a really nice winding ascent which offers great panoramic views of the valley. The route should be another crowd pleaser again this year.

And lastly, I want to say that everyone coming to Carlisle this year
will be traveling to "The State of Independence". Yes, our Commonweath has chosen this wonderful slogan as our very own, with the approval of SAAB, no less. Look for billboards soon that will read "Welcome to the state with the same slogan as SAAB: Pennsylvania." Don't look for any conspiracies here. The guy who won the slogan contest had no idea, as he drives a Honda. Sadly, out of 22,000 entries in the statewide contest, 17 folks had the same idea.

Look for more information to follow in the next few days. We will keep
you updated on we progress towards 150 SAABs this year and try for our third participation award in 3 years. Look for some stiff competition again from our friends driving Fieros, Bimmers and Volvos once again.

Marc Fails, President
Central Penn SAAB Club

23rd May 2004, 11:23 PM
Here are some photos that I took at Carlisle, PA.



25th May 2004, 11:10 PM
GREAT PICS Jon - I didn't see ya or your car there - what days where you there? I was there in Saturday. I'll post some of my pics shortly.

well you were there when I was - note me in the Jeff cap and Hawian shirt setting up in the distance with DeLorean :cheesy:

and here's a pic of my Black 9000T 8)

Maybe we did cross paths..... :-??

25th May 2004, 11:23 PM
here are the pics I took:

DeLorean and I set up a small quanity of Saab parts - sadly I sold nothing and he sold little - if we were able to be there all weekend it woulda been better for selling. Oh well - next time.

The Cruise that lasted all but 10 miles to and back on Saturday due to an unknown wreck which shut the road down.... oh well, i had overheating problems anyways :P
Jonesey of Saabsavior has always had a very impressive Saab - lots of work has been done.

Sorry Dial Up users

26th May 2004, 10:13 AM
Nice pics if I do say so myself. I liked that C-900 that had the parts all over the place behind it. very nice looking car ;)

26th May 2004, 01:00 PM
I doesn't look like you guys brought any rare parts to sell. The one exception being the 9k intercooler.

26th May 2004, 01:12 PM
you are right about the rare parts, and I have some too I just did not have them with me at the time. I filled my trunk up with all the common folk parts and by the time I had 1/2 of those in there, trunk (seats down) was full! :lol: I did end up making about $200 by the end of the day from odds and ends, but I think next year I need to remember to get a hotell in advance with some other people to keep the price down. Also need to remember to bring sunscreen. I got cooked! Also next year I want to go all 3 days, and I'll just stick to ebay when it comes to selling stuff... IMHO, selling stuff turned out to be almost more trouble than it was worth but at least I got $200 out of it.

roller girl
26th May 2004, 03:51 PM
Awesome photos Jon...as usual...we can always count on you to get the best shots!

we only took a few photos but as soon as i can get them downloaded i shall post...a few great ones of the post event tailgate...

27th May 2004, 12:06 AM
burnsside mentioned that he can't seem to view posts anymore... wonder why?

27th May 2004, 03:13 AM
I would imagine it's because he is excluded from these forums, or has something changed :-?? :-??

1st June 2004, 09:55 PM

I'm in the back behind the NYSOC banner...the short guy with a GREAT tan!!!

Roller Girl took the picture, hence is behind the camera.

If the rest of you want to tell who you are, please do, I didn't feel comfortable posting your names...with all of your clandestine jobs etc...


1st June 2004, 10:11 PM
All I really wanted when I went down there was a cooling fan, a shift knob, and an electric seat switch. I found about 20 cooling fans. No sign of a switch and TWO people told me that they didn't bring any shift knobs with them. Damn. I thought that would be the easiest thing to find.