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A few of us got together a couple of weekends back, for our last of 3 preparation sessions for the SAAB TakeOver Convoy to [email protected] 2018. We only had a handful of SAABs to show up for this final preparatory session, however, boy-oh-boy did we have a enjoyable and very productive day --- followed up with a great dinner, a toll road sprint and a fantastic dessert run!!!

Unfortunately, yard work filled my morning and early afternoon, yet the wrenches were turning around 10:00 AM over at Mark's SAAB Compound. When I arrived, Mark and Elizabeth were still hard at it --- detailing. Still on the agenda; installing foglight kits, swapping diverter valves, retro modding grilles, painting turn signal light bulbs, retro modding foglights, oil changes and the big do88 intercooler swap.

We had several garage bays available to work in, however, everyone chose to work outside. It was a hot day, but there was a slight breeze and enough shade trees to make the outside conditions perfect for our to-do-list. Elizabeth spent the rest of the day detailing her freshly sprayed Dolphin, tinting her foglights, plasti dipping her grille and doing a retro mod to her turn signal bulbs that we just knew would not work --- she proved us wrong in the end. I had to tip my hat to this lady, she worked tirelessly --- into the darkness of night, turning down help, jack stands, ramps, a lighted garage and water. She was handsomely rewarded for all of her efforts and hard work 7 days later at the [email protected] awards ceremony --- more on this and an amazing [email protected] event in a post to follow.

Mark was more so concerned with a private one-on-one session he had scheduled with MikeD, the following week --- his preparation was more so geared toward bolting on some performance hardware. He started with a smoking new, hot and stealthy foglight kit. He then turned his attention to his new chrome diverter valve, once installed we had to go on a quick road test --- to pace the new downpipe and valve. The backroads proved willing and Chili Red was able. Darkness and time did not allow for us to tackle the do88 install on this day. However, have no fear, messiguy01 lent his expertise and hands and stepped up to the plate, the following week to knock it out of the park!!

After a full day of wrenching, it was time for a meal, a sprint and some dessert. We all quickly cleaned up, changed clothes and made the drive over to Chili's for dinner --- we brought the best of Chili's with us to [email protected] and it was the LIFE of the post Saturday night awards party ---- again, more on this in a post to follow. Upon our arrival at Chili's we found a SAAB waiting on us in the parking lot and we took some time to visit with it and this sparked a photo op with Chili Red in front of the Chili's logo. After a great meal, we quickly and very easily decided to take the long 35 minute trip all the way across town to The Fan District. We do not have a Kilwins in Richmond, VA but we do have Shyndigz --- the #1 dessert only restaurant in town and man-O-man is it the joint for feeding your sweet tooth --- unbelievable!!! We hit the toll road at 11:40 PM, with only 20 minutes to drive 26 miles --- it was time to sprint, the SAABs got in formation and went for it. We safely made it through the doors at Shyndigz, 6 minutes prior to the midnight closing time.

We brought Saturday night to a close with a Peanut Butter Pie: a graham cracker crust with a thick layer of chocolate ganache and filled with peanut butter mousseh and a pair of Key Lime Pies:a graham cracker crust filled with a creamy, sweet, fresh limes and tart filling --- it was nothing like Campbell's Soup, but it sure was "mmm mmm good"!!!! By the time we said our "goodbyes" it was early Sunday morning and the 6 day count down, was now only 5 days and ticking to our big SAAB TakeOver Convoy!!!



On Deck:
1) May 25th - Street Racing Nights at Dominion Raceway 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

2) May 26th - TrackAttack and TrackAttack Elite at Dominion Raceway 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM

3) May 27th - SAAB Klubben of Charlottesville Monthly Meeting 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

4) June 8th/9th - eEuroFest http://limerock.com/eEuroFest

5) June 8th/9th - Endless Mountain Vintage SAAB Jamboree http://www.endlessmountainssaab.com/events
 

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The newest member to the Virginia SAAB Driving Club braved the weather and took to the track on a wet, stormy and rain filled early evening session at Dominion Raceway, in his Stage 3 MapTuned 9-5 Aero.

We love to take advantage of every opportunity to get out on the track and run some laps and it becomes more fun as we add/introduce more SAAB enthusiasts into the fold of running the road courses. It is not about racing or driving as fast as you can, it is about; learning more about your car, its limits and capabilities, improving your driving skills and having a whole lot of fun in the process. One of the best introductory programs available to those who have not driven on a road course is the TrackAttack event offered at Dominion Raceway. Most HPDE events cost $285 - $350/event and while most offer a; novice, intermediate and advanced grouping, even in the novice group --- you are running at a fast clip which requires a fast pace of learning. With the introductory program at Dominion, for only $99 you start with a very detailed 30 minute classroom session, followed by 2 - 3 paced track sessions, with critiques in between sessions and the instructors field questions at the end and stay until all of your questions have been addressed. Once you have participated in 2 TrackAttack events, you can take the next progression to the more advanced TrackAttack Elite, which offers up some right seat instruction and critique while on track --- also just $99.

The afternoon TrackAttack Elite group took to a dry and fast track at 3:34 PM, under overcast skies. WillJ arrived early, just before 5:00 PM for the TrackAttack group and was handsomely rewarded with the best seat in the house, the pole position! WillJ was slotted directly behind the pace car which was piloted by HugoH, who is arguably the best-of-the-best around the 2 mile, 12 turn Dominion road course.

You have to pre-register for these events. The TrackAttack check-in was from 5:00 - 6:00 PM, followed by the classroom session. WillJ, keeping true to form, was not only the 1st to arrive at the event and to the check-in and classroom session, he was also the 1st to hit the door enroute to his Aero, on the grid. At 6:33 PM WillJ could be seen in a full sprint on the tarmac, the skies had opened up --- it was lightning, thundering and of course raining. I thought it was excitement that had WillJ moving so fast, however, it was the weather and a certain black Aero sedan that had its windows down, as the rain begin to pour that had him moving like Usain Bolt down pit row!!!

Just like the USPS, the show was going to go on despite the meteorological conditions. Being behind Hugo proved to be a huge plus for WillJ, he was able to learn; the track, the breaking points, the lines, the apex entry and exit points and really get a good feel for the track and his charge. The rain simply offered up another type of real life driving and learning experience. Thankfully, all of the sessions went off without a hitch and everyone appeared to have a great outing. Talking with WillJ after the last session, it quickly became apparent that he will be crowned as the 3rd Musketeer. The track bug just happened to be out and buzzing around the track on this very stormy evening at it bit WillJ hard and repeatedly --- he had such a fantastic time that he signed up for the next TrackAttack, before he left Dominion Raceway that evening. We hung out on the tarmac talking shop and SAABs for about an hour after the event. HugoH is not only an excellent instructor/driver he is an awesome guy with some wonderful "SAAB stories" --- the man grew up with our favorite Swedish marque!!!

Due to the inclement weather I did not take many pictures or shoot much video, however, I was able to get a couple of quick clips. Hopefully, we will get Chilli Red out on the track next time!!

 

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Friendly reminder: this is going to be a HUGE SAAB weekend!!!

There are several events going on this coming weekend:

1) June 9th - The SAAB Project is having a Drive to Wilmington , this is their official announcement - "The 2018 Wilmington drive event is a fun time to gather with our SAAB friends. Past attendees have driven from Virginia, Tennessee and of course local NC Saab lovers.

9:00am - We'll convene at the Target parking lot.

4711 New Centre Dr, Wilmington, NC 28405

if your facing the lot looking outward from the store there is a large grass covered feild to the far left of the lot. Let's plan to gather there.

9:30am - We will take a drive down Carolina Beach and tour the boardwalk. We will also make a stop by Britts Donuts

Britts Donuts
11 Carolina Beach Ave N, Carolina Beach, NC 28428

(Britts only takes cash so make sure to bring a few bucks for goodies)

11:30am - Down to Ft Fisher to hang out at the beach.

Fort Fisher
1610 Fort Fisher Blvd S, Kure Beach, NC 28449

Assuming the weather is good beach weather we'll be hanging out on the water for a little while.

The Plan B option is:

The NC Aquarium
900 Loggerhead Road,
Kure Beach, NC 28449)

Aquarium Admission

Adults (Ages 13-61): $12.95
Seniors (Ages 62 and older): $11.95
Military: $11.95
Children (Ages 3-12): $10.95
Ages 2 and younger and NC Aquarium Society Members: FREE

1:30pm - Head Downtown to Rims on the River Antique Car Show

http://www.rimsontheriver.com

We'll park at Convention Center Parking Deck

515 Nutt Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

and walk down to intersection of N. Front St. and Chestnut

During Rims on the River there will be also be "Perfectly Pined Up" a pin up girl contest raising funds for the Semper Fi Fund

https://semperfifund.org/event/perfectly-pinned-rims-river/

5:00pm - Dinner at The Brewery Downtown

Anyone needing to stay overnight is welcome to come over to our house and crash on the couch and or air mattress.

For those who like camping there is this option

http://www.carolinabeachfamilycampground.com/

And of course being a vacation town there are loads of hotel options".



2) June 8th/9th - eEuroFest http://limerock.com/eEuroFest

3) June 8th/9th - Endless Mountain Vintage SAAB Jamboree http://www.endlessmountainssaab.com/events


We have also added a couple of new events to the calendar:
4) June 30th, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM - SAAB Clinic, 1531 Rio Road East, Charlottesville, VA. The top Master SAAB Tech from Moore's Cadillac SAAB in Richmond, VA, now working at a garage in Charlottesville, VA has invited all of us out for a FREE basic car inspection and wheel alignment check. There will be free coffee and donuts available.

5) July 8th, 9:00 AM until - Mod2Fame Fest at Cecil County Dragway. This event was rained out last weekend. If you want to see some amazing supercars and wheel-to-wheel, you definitely want to attend this event. Stefan puts on some absolutely unbelievable events!! There has already been some people called out for grudge matches on the strip. We are trying to setup a SAAB v supercar run, with a slight handicap --- to make it interesting!


 

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As Dick Vitale would say: "It was a Diaper Dandy weekend", "A PTPer weekend", "It was Awesome with a capital A", "It Was an Awesome weekend Baby"!!! That is how he would have described this past weekend's SAAB Events --- I can only say OMG!!! We will get into all of that in a later post, with a write-up and some videos. However, our primer to this past weekend began on a cool Wednesday night.

A few of us decided to get together after work and ride down to the "Wacky Wednesday" street car races. The venue was the 4/10 mile oval at Langley Speedway and the competition was a double elimination 4 turn drag race. Chili Red and I met up for a quick dinner at Chadar Thai Restaurant and we then took to I-64 East for the 1 hour jaunt down to Hampton, VA.

We got a few nice video clip "fly bys" from Chili Red. However, I deleted(not wanting to ruffle any feathers) the best video clip of the evening --- the freshly Stage 3 tuned Chili flew through the sweeping right hander, on the exit ramp and came into the acceleration lane full throttle pulling away from my SPG. He was fully expecting to embarrass me, when I decided to have a little fun. Approaching the top of the ramp, I down shifted, put the right Puma to the floorboard, caught Chili Red with his pants down and then The Black Mule SPG took over from there --- at that point, I was just along for the ride. The SPG tracked down the 9-5 in an instant, jetted by, made a few quick maneuvers in traffic and just like that Chili Red was a memory in my rearview. The expression on his face was priceless. The moral of this story: do not sleep on a 29 year old prepped SPG, they simply get it done, period!!

We rolled into Langley just as the Q1 session was wrapping up. The timed qualifying laps had been run, lane assignments, pairings and staggers were set and we were ready to get it on. The races started before dust and they were full of excitement. The quickest car in Q1 and the obvious crowd favorite was an Opel GT decked out in black --- this car was straight wicked!! However, his night was over in a flash. When the lights went green, the Opel did not budge --- broken throttle cable, hasta la vista baby and good night.

With the Opel out, it was time for the Ponies to step up and they did not disappoint. The best race of the night was between a VW and a Mustang. They went straight up and when the lights went green, it was the VW that put on display a launch control clinic that left the Mustang with a 3 car deficit before turn 1. Coming out of turn 4 the Mustang did what it does best in a straight line --- he put down the power and just managed to come even with the VW as they crossed the finish line, dead heat. They ran again, however, the VW could not duplicate that impressive launch and while it was close for 4 turns, the Mustang walked away in the final straight.

It was a night of "close calls" and none came closer than the green Mazda Miata, who spun around twice and on the 2nd occasion everyone knew he was going to kiss the concrete. This Miata drew the fastest of the 2 Mustangs in round 2, the same one that put the VW to bed. The green Miata got out quick, but the black Pony made up the 1 car length stagger and had a 2 car length lead going into turn 1. As they came out of turn 2 and made their way onto the back straight, the Pony power came alive and the 2 car lead went to a 6 car length lead in a blink of an eye. Anyone watching this video would have thought it was over at this point, however, just as quickly as that black Mustang extended his lead, he ran up on turn 3 in a flash and had to get on the brakes fast and hard --- the Miata countered with a late braking strategy and cut the lead in half in a flash and then it happened --- the Miata got loose. The girlfriend of the Miata driver was sitting next to us and she let out a shrieking scream of horror, the very instant the car started to slide. Looking back over the video and hearing her scream, really lets you know just how close the driver danced with disaster. Of course, the Mustangs took the title for both lanes on this night.

At the conclusion of the races, we slipped over to the Walmart parking lot for a little SAAB troubleshooting. Chuck was having an issue with his 9-5 and we decided to put our heads together, under the lights, to tackle the mechanical issue. We purchased some clamps and zip ties to shore up all of the hoses and vacuum lines and even tried swapping DICs --- no luck. With the night getting away and the next work day waiting on us in a few hours, we decided to call it a night and wait until our next SAAB Clinic to re-visit the issue.

As we were leaving our makeshift garage/test track, obviously still upset about being embarrassed by a SPG earlier in the day, Chili Red rolled up to a yellow light at the Walmart entrance/exit and decided to floor it just as the light was turning red. Stay tuned to this thread to see Part II of this video and witness one of the most amazing SAAB-on-SAAB "shakedowns"!!!

Virginia SAAB Driving Club on deck events:

1) June 16th, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. The Crozet Car Show at Crozet Park, 1075 Claudius Crozet Park, Crozet, VA.

2) June 23rd - 24th. The SCCA Pagoda Hillclimb in Reading, PA on the 1.35 mile, 10 turn, closed road course. Gary R has entered his 1986 c900 T5d Red Notchback in this event.

3) June 30th, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. SAAB Clinic, 1531 Rio Road East, Charlottesville, VA. The top Master SAAB Tech from Moore's Cadillac SAAB in Richmond, VA, now working at a garage in Charlottesville, VA has invited all of us out for a FREE basic car inspection and wheel alignment check. There will be free coffee and donuts available.

4) July 8th, 9:00 AM until - Mod2Fame Fest at Cecil County Dragway.






 

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Endless Mountain Vintage SAAB Jamboree

On Friday, June 8th a few of us met at our regular SAAB Convoy Pit Stop #3 at 10:30 AM. We were fueling up for our 5 hour journey up to the 3rd Annual Endless Mountain Vintage SAAB Jamboree. It was set to be an epic SAAB weekend with members from our group going in 3 different directions --- messiguy01 had headed out the day before, heading to eEuroFest and Marcie and TheSaabProject were gearing up for their Wilmington Tour on Saturday, June 9th.

We originally had 7 1/2 SAABs setup to join in the SAAB Convoy, however, 1 was a little under the weather and another found a steal of a deal on a 2008 9-5 Aero Wagon and he had to go up to Philly to purchase it. On a side note: over the last few weeks, we have had a total of 5 new additions to our SAAB group family; '08 9-5 Aero SW, 2 - '85 SPGs, a '91 MCY SE Cabrio and the pride of the newbies, a '87 900T with only 34k on the clock!!! We will definitely have some upcoming videos of these beauties!!

5 1/2 strong we took to Route 15 North around 11:09 AM on what was an absolutely gorgeous day. Just over an hour into our trip, we had a minor "SAAB story" mishap. We hit a construction zone and what appeared to be a simple bump in the road, led to a sudden panic attack, followed by laughter and then relief. As the call came over the radios that a rare SAAB hubcap had fallen victim to that "simple bump", I looked in my rearview just in time to see the hubcap seemingly rolling in a perfectly straight line as if it was trying to catch up to the '79 c900 it fell off of and magically jump back on the rim it was forced off of. Just as the hubcap was catching up to its slowing host, a Honda clipped the hubcap and sent it flying into a jersey wall. "Hubcap down" blared over the radios and the convoy eased over to the shoulder, to decide if we should continue on or try to retrieve the fallen hubcap. Faced with a busy construction zone and quickly building Friday traffic, Philip decided we should push on, concluding that the SAAB hubcap had surely been run over several times and met its demise. However, we persuaded him to allow a couple of us to try and retrieve it. 2 of our SAABs drove ahead, made a U-turn and proceeded to hunt down the hubcap. We had to deal with some mad Friday traffic and tight quarters, yet much to our surprise we found the hubcap perfectly vertical and leaning on the jersey wall --- 1 small dent and amazingly every single clip was still intact!! When we got back to the convoy, we presented Philip with his once lost hubcap. The decision was made to strip the '79 c900 of the remaining 3 hubcaps, to avoid anymore potential mishaps.

With all 4 hubcaps reunited and safely tucked away in the trunk, the SAAB Convoy was once again rolling. We made a quick pitstop in Gettysburg, PA, to visit with Al's mother and then we were back on the road. Enjoying the weather, radio chatter, Pennsylvania mountains and beautiful scenery, the next 3 hours, simply melted away. We reached our final exit around 6:40 PM and at 6:53 PM we were pulling into the beautiful venue for the weekend's festivities. As we climbed the steep driveway entrance and leveled out on the showfield, we were absolutely blown away by the number of vintage SAABs already present. There were approximately 37 SAABs already on the grounds. We had missed a full day of seminars and demonstrations, however, we had arrived just in time for the final event of the day --- the Vintage SAAB Road tour through the beautiful PA countryside!! Later that evening the tents went up, campers plugged in and then the lawn chairs came out. We sat around talking SAABs into the night.

Saturday morning came around quickly. As the sun peered out over the mountainous skyline, people started to get back in motion. It was not long before the SAABs started rolling into the showfield. After a wonderful breakfast, it was time to get things started. The day was once again filled with seminars, tech sessions, demonstrations, great food, an awesome auction and car show and numerous sidebars all across the grounds. We were treated to a Jack Lawerence seminar that was choke full of information on racing SAABs and how to get the most out of your car --- he knows all of the "tricks of the trade"!! We witnessed an engine install, listened to a great presentation on how to restore a SAAB, were walked through an awesome engine build of a 96 that had a big turbo retro fitted and coupled to a SDS Engine Management System. We were also walked through an absolutely stunning '69 96 that had the most incredible trailer I had ever seen --- completely designed and built by the owner.

The weekend was simply incredible. It was easily the largest gathering ever of "vintage" SAABs. Just under 60 SAABs came through the event. There are only 12 rare 96 "Bullnose" sedans known to still be registered and running in the states --- 8 of them were at this show. There were 15 model 95 wagons on the showfield!!! Along with the Bullnoses and 95s, there were 93s, a pair of rare model 96 Jubilees, Sonett IIs/IIIs, a Notchback, several 96s, 4 c900 models and even a few 9-5s and 9-3s. One of the most impressive things about this show and the cars, in addition to seeing some drop dead beautiful vintage SAABs, these cars were driven to the show and I do mean driven!!! There was only a handful of SAABs that were trailered in. 2 SAABs were driven down from Vermont 400+ plus miles. One SAAB traveled 700+ miles from Indiana. However, the long distance award easily went to the gorgeous red '69 96 that came all the way from Kansas, pulling a trailer --- that is an astonishing 2300+ miles round trip without a single hiccup!!!! These vintage SAABs are not only beautiful, they are very durable and easy to maintain.

The reports I received on the eEuroFest event, during the entire weekend, sounded spectacular!!! Although, the Vintage SAAB Show was a smaller, more laid back and hands on event, it too, was just spectacular!!! I was able to get my hands dirty with the engine install and the best part was being able to sit down, in a quiet spot and have a one-on-one conversation with the incredible and legendary Jack Lawrence --- he is a walking encyclopedia of SAAB and racing information. I was absolutely blown away by how knowledgeable Mrs. Lawrence is of SAAB and all of the races they competed in. There were so many legends of the SAAB community at this show and they were all equally as approachable and willing to share knowledge, sources and SAAB stories.

When the show finally wrapped up, a few of us headed over to Bingham's Restaurant for an incredible meal and a mouthwatering dessert. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone traveling in the Lenox, PA area. After dinner, we headed back over to the show grounds to get some rest. Philp had a lead on a SAAB repair shop that was closing, so we decided to stay an extra day, make a detour on the way home and do a little shopping. We met up with the shop owner on Sunday afternoon and made a friend for life --- what a wonderful guy!! We did a lot of shopping and even more talking. The shop was filled with Classic 900 parts and after several hours of shopping and talking, we were left to try and load everything into our cars during a downpour, that did not want to end.

All-in-all it was indeed an epic weekend!!!






Also, we are happy to report that EricL took home a 1st prize trophy from the Crozet Car Show last weekend. His one-off SAAB 95 "Woody" Wagon, won the European Class.



We will be adding a few more smaller events to our calendar, leading up to the SAAB Owners Convention. One very important event is taking place on July 19th and 20th, from 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM, in Washington DC. Not trying to bring politics to this forum, however, anyone that collects SAABs and buys parts abroad should be aware that we are potentially facing a 25% tax on imported parts. My source for rare parts and rare accessories is overseas, so this could be a possible nightmare, with large financial consequences. Visit https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=DOC-2018-0002-0001 for more information. You can voice an opinion or make a comment on the website and you may also register to have you voice heard, during the 2 day hearing.
 

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An old friend contacted me about a month ago with some unexpected news. He used to work at Moore Cadillac SAAB in Richmond, VA. and had retired many years ago from working on SAABs. The news: Joe, a Master SAAB Tech, had come out of retirement to become the manager at the Charlottesville, VA Sears Automotive Center and invited our Virginia SAAB Driving Club over for a free; SAAB Car Clinic, vehicle inspection check, wheel alignment check and a cookout.

The clinic was last Saturday. We had a perfect weather day and a good turnout of SAABs. The SAAB Clinic kicked off at 9:00 AM and lasted well into the afternoon. Joe and his staff took perfect care of us. We all had a great time and we each were given a complete diagnostic readout on our; wheel alignment, battery health and tire condition.

The SAAB collections in Virginia are continuing to grow. Over the last several weeks, 8 new SAABs have made it to the group; 2 - 1985 Black SPGs, a 1991 MCY c900 SE Cabrio, a 2006 Black 9-7X, a 1985 Embassy Blue c900, a 1990 Black c900 Cabrio, a 2008 Grey 9-5 Aero Wagon and a Silver 3 door Viggen. Fortunately, 3 of the 7 came out to this SAAB Clinic, to be introduced to the group.

Not only has Joe offered to invite us back, he even extended some very generous discounts on: 1) oil changes, 2) batteries, 3)tires and 4) service, to our SAAB Club!! The Charlottesville group is definitely excited about this new local alternative and a couple of them have already been back for service and to take Joe up on the club discount!!


***I was just alerted that for some strange reason this video is not playing through SAAB Central. Simply click on the title, 1st line in the box: "Sears SAAB Car Clinic - YouTube", that will take you directly to YouTube where it plays correctly.***


Yesterday was the big day for the Mod2Fame Fest up in Maryland. A few of us got together, but we decided it was such a nice day that we would just hangout by my cousin's pool, instead of going up to the track. Stefan is editing the video from the track and it should be ready to post this week. After the M2FF event was over, a few of the guys came through with their Supercars and we hit a few corners to close out the day.

My most exhilarating ride was in the one off custom designed 2018 Lamborghini Huracan --- it was absolutely sic!!! I know they say SAABs are "Born From Jets", but the Huracan TRULY looks like the cockpit of a fighter jet --- a car/glovebox manual simply will not cut it, you basically need a solid week at the Lambo Training Academy in order to operate this piece of art. I have never seen a car with more toggle switches, buttons and multiple digital displays. I know it may sound crazy to some, but after spending the evening, catching some serious Gs, riding in a '18 Huracan, a '18 720S and a '06 F430, I was totally happy, excited and content to return to the comforts and familiarity of my "basic" SAAB!!!

Virginia SAAB Driving Club On Deck Events:

1) July 21st - S.A.A.B.S. SAAB Car Clinic SOC Prep hosted by Swedish Performance in Wendell, NC.
 

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SAAB Owners' Convention 2018 Opening Day Track Tour Event

The 2018 SAAB Owners' Convention got underway with a bang. We had an Opening Day SAAB Track Tour Event at Dominion Raceway. Our Grand Marshal for the event was 6-time National Champion, Don Knowles, 1 of only 4 SAAB Cars USA Factory Sponsored Race Car Drivers, who competed in the very competitive Showroom Stock Class.

Planning for this event got underway back in October 2017 and it would not have been possible without the great group at Dominion Raceway. Messiguy01 worked tirelessly to help promote this event on social media and even ran a contest to give away a free admission voucher.

The fun actually started the night before the scheduled event. Don Knowles rolled into town Wednesday evening. For those of you not familiar with Don Knowles, he is a very accomplished SAAB race driver. He has won numerous racing titles, set 3 world land speed records, set 9 international speed records, has been featured in Sports Illustrated and he is still racing and instructing. Messiguy01 and his brother were also over by the track Wednesday evening, bringing in some of his SAABs. We all met up at the host hotel around 7:45 PM, along with some other SAAB enthusiast and we went out for dinner. Mr. Knowles entertained us with many of his racing stories for the next hour or so.

The next morning a few of us met with Mr. Knowles in the hotel dining area for breakfast. Once again, he was in typical SAAB racing instructor form, going over various racing techniques and tricks --- complete with hand drawn illustrations. When the clock struck 8:30 AM we all made our way out to the hotel parking lot, got in our SAABs and made the 1/2 mile trek over to Dominion Raceway for a day packed with fun and thrills.

The Dominion Raceway team of Edwin Pardue(GM) and Steve Britt(Owner) really rolled out the red carpet for us. The track parking lot was already dotted with SAABs and the paddock was beautifully set up with several of Bill Jacobson's magnificent SAABs on display, from his amazing collection. His tent was already up and his transporter/trailer was open for us. As 9:00 AM approached, the parking lot was filling up and the anticipation and excitement was starting to stir.

Everyone assembled in the upstairs 118 Bar and Grill, for a briefing and then it was back out to the parking lot to corral our SAABs. We all lined up on the grid for a group picture and what was supposed to be a simple "1-time around, to get familiar" lap. However, some of us failed to get the memo or simply got caught up in the excitement. On that "1-time around" lap there were so many SAABs out on the track that those of us in the back got separated from the group by turn 8. The majority of the group headed into the paddock area and onto the oval track after that 1 lap. However, about 6 SAABs never saw all of the others come off of the track and when we got back around to the start, confusion set in, followed by 7 minutes of all out bliss!!! For the next 3 laps it felt like Formula 1 at Silverstone!!! Fortunately, for me, I had asked my friend Patrick to pilot me around the road course in my SAAB, to start the day and give me a lesson in the correct racing lines. Patrick is not as well known as Ivan, on the local timed event circuit, but he is by far the fastest!! I had a former Indy Car Developmental Program Driver behind the wheel, while I was right seat and slightly nervous. They had to send out a Dominion Raceway vehicle to direct us off of the track and over to the NASCAR oval, but not before we had our moment of F1 fame.

Once we were reunited with the SAAB herd, we filed into the infield of the oval track. We lined up for a group photo in the infield and then we were treated to a very informative speech by the 14 year old prodigy and driving sensation, Zach Lightfoot, who is a 2-time Champion, having won 40+ races. He spoke to our group, while flanking his #7 US Legends race car. Zach started out racing for Smithfield Racing, he now races for Zach Lightfoot Motorsports. One could not help but be impressed with Zach's; knowledge, humility, racing accomplishments and dedication. This young man had someone to turn into his race car and send him head 1st into the wall at 85mph. He suffered a broken fibula, tibula and a ruptured patella. Everyone thought his racing career was over, yet in 4 short months, Zach was back in the saddle!! Zach's racing instructor, Chris Johnson, also shared some of his knowledge with us. After the racecar seminar, it was back to our cars and off for 3 very slow Parade Laps on an absolutely packed 4/10 mile oval.

As we were easing out of the oval and back over to the road course, the 2 open wheel SAAB race cars were able to stretch their legs on a now empty and inviting banked oval track. After our 3 Parade Laps on the road course, it was time for lunch, some live music and a wonderful message from our guest speaker and Grand Marshal, Don Knowles. The weather was clear but very hot, so everyone was happy to catch a break back in the glorious AC of the 118 Bar and Grill. Chef Tim and his staff served up a delicious lunch and Big Rob provided the live music from the stage, followed by our guest speaker.

After Don Knowles concluded his speech, it was time a driver's meeting, for those that were going to participate in the 2 higher speed Track Attack sessions. Chris(pace car driver) and James(chase car driver) went over the track layout and session rules with us and then answered our questions. It was now time for all of the F1 dreamers to strap in and get back on the track. The Track Attack sessions were awesome. Ralph, in his mint condition white Sonett II and Chris in the Elite Motors 9-3 SS race car, absolutely stole the show out on the road course!! Messiguy01 was bestowed with the honor of piloting the Elite Motors race car for session 2. Overall we had a blast at Dominion Raceway!! The event went by way too fast!! It would have been nice to spend a full day at the track, however, the dash was now on to make the very scenic trek to the host site for SOC '18 --- the breathtaking venue of the Solomons Island Holiday Inn Marina and Convention Center.

While the majority of the SAABs pulled right out at 3:00 PM, a few of us hung around to chat and close things down. Around 3:40 PM our quaint little SAAB Convoy of 7 took to the first, very twisty back roads and then arrow straight Rt. 301 over the 135 foot high, 1.7 mile long Harry Nice Bridge. This was followed up with us crossing the 140 foot high, 1.4 mile long Governor Thomas Johnson Bridge onto Solomons Island --- wow, what a drive!!!!

A big thank you to everyone that made the SOC '18 Opening Day Track Tour Event possible and a huge success. A special "thank you" to the official event photographer, Seth Bengelsdorf --- this man was unbelievable and took some amazing pictures at the track and at Solomons Island, as well as Don Carpenter and Richmond Luster who also provided pictures and video clips for this video.

SOC '18 was simply amazing. Please be sure to see the series of videos that AutoAutopsy put together. We are also proud to report that the Virginia SAAB Driving Club members won a whopping 12 award and as always the Klenes' absolutely stole the night at the SOC '18 Awards Banquet!!! Our club worked as volunteers alongside the wonderful group from the Maryland SAAB Club --- what a great group of enthusiasts!!! In closing the biggest "thank you", hands down, has to go to the Board Members of the SAAB Club of North America --- those ladies and gentlemen did a phenomenal job, they are all truly "SAAB Ambassadors"!!!!



**** for some strange reason this is the 2nd video that is not playing through SAAB Central. Simply click on the title, 1st line in the box: "SAAB Owners Convention 2018 - YouTube", that will take you directly to YouTube where it plays correctly.****
 

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Hey all. We have one more chance to show up and show out for 2018. European Cars of Williamsburg is hosting their annual car show in just two weeks and has always been a great event. Last year, we brought together 10 Saabs to the showfield, the most of any mark at the event! See you Oct. 13th!





 

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November 11th @ 2:00 PM EST:

Glenn Brooks of The SAAB and Travel Radio Show will be getting together with SAAB Master Tech, Chris Rizzon of Rizzon SAAB located in Dorset, VT. along with the moderator, Scott Patterson, to have an Audio Tech Chat.

To listen in / ask questions you can log in via;

1) Phone: 1 646 558 8656 USA

or

2) Internet: https://zoom.us/j/563903100

The meeting ID#: 563 903 100
 

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The Virginia SAAB Driving Club is revving up for a busy and fun filled 2019, with more; Track Days, Shop Tours, Scenic Road Drives, Parts Runs, Tuning Sessions and Wrenching Days. Our January and February calendar is already filling up!!

Upcoming Events:

1) January 12th - Restoration Workshop/Clinic. We will be taking a SAAB Convoy to Cars & Coffee at MAAP, in Harrisonburg, VA. Following C & C, we will be going inside the amazing garage/showroom at MAAP for a clinic, put on by a 25 year veteran of some very nice concours level restorations. We will meet at Cville Coffee, 1301 Harris St in Charlottesville, VA. at 8:00 AM and the SAAB Convoy will depart at 8:30 AM.

2) January 20th - Frozen Roulette Drift Series at Richmond Raceway, 600 E. Laburnum Drive in Richmond, VA 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

3) January 26th - Learn How to Wrap Your Car. We will be going back to MAAP, the premier VA Motorsports shop run by 8x Porsche Team National Champion owner, in Harrisonburg, VA and learning the techniques of vinyl car wrapping. There will be a full demonstration of a select car. We will meet at Cville Coffee, 1301 Harris St in Charlottesville, VA. at 7:00 AM and the SAAB Convoy will depart at 7:10 AM.

4) February 2nd - SAAB Parts Run. If you plan on holding onto your SAAB and you are a DIYer, you do not want to miss out on this opportunity. We will be meeting up in the early morning hours to head out to a SAAB repair shop that is going out of business. A big thanks to messiguy01 for getting the ball rolling on this one --- it will be a SAAB Parts Run to remember. If you have a vintage or classic SAAB, this shop has plenty of used parts available. There are also a couple of SAABs on the yard that will also be available to take whole or pull parts from. Contact us directly for more information on this trip. We will be meeting up in Richmond, VA.

5) February 3rd - TrackAttack. The SAABs will be taking on the 2.0 mile, 12 turn road course at Dominion Raceway from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM. The format includes classroom instruction with a professional driving coach and several 20-30 minute on track sessions in your car.

6) February 16th - SAAB Road Tour to Maryland. We are putting together a scenic tour to Maryland, that will include a tour at one of the East Coast most well known importer and restorer of classic foreign automobiles, with lunch in the Baltimore Harbor - Fells Point at the best mussel restaurant on the East Coast. Stay tuned for updates.

7) March 24th - SAAB Pioneers Speaking Engagement. We will be host a fantastic speaking engagement at the monthly meeting of the SAAB Klubben of Charlottesville at a site TBD. We will have 2 guest speakers on hand; 1) The past owner of the original SAAB Dealership in Charlottesville, VA and 2) One of the very 1st SAAB dealers in the state of Virginia.

Stay tuned to this thread for updates, videos and a very important announcement on an all-inclusive coast-to-coast, border-to-border and state-to-state all SAAB enthusiasts hands on deck National SAAB event --- everyone can participate!!
 

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Last Saturday, even though the weather was a little suspect, the turnout for the Restoration Clinic --- through the Automotive Surfaces Institute at MAAP, resulted in all of the available slots being filled up. The weather was quite brisk, which made for a wonderful run up Route 33, carving up some curves and going over the Blue Ridge Mountains. Even though the forecast was calling for 8" of snow, oddly enough, the sun was shining as we descended into the Valley.

Once at MAAP, the 1st order of business was to order a delicious Pumpkin Spice cappuccino, to warm me up. Totally unexpected was to see John Barrick, a JMU alum and current GM Engineer. For those of you not familiar with John, not only did he redesign the Cadillac CTS chassis, he also was the chief engineer of the Cadillac STS-V Sport Sedan development. While in graduate school John was a 2-time National Karting Champion. One of his most impressive accomplishments was co-driving the 2000 Cadillac STS Pace Car at 8 different race tracks, including Gingerman Raceway and runs at the 24 Hours of Le Mans(2X) and tackling the Pikes Peak Climb. The Pace Car was a 350hp V-8 32-valve port fuel-injected NorthStar engine producing 345 ft-lbs of torque with StabiliTrac 2.0, a full safety roll cage and a fire suppression system. It was later auctioned off at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction.

Cars and Coffee started up at 9:00 AM and the Clinic got going at 11:00 AM. The guest speaker was Mike Gassman of Gassman Automotive & Upholstery, with over 25+ years of knowledge and skin in the game, he shared several of his trade secrets with us. For the 1st 40 minutes Mike talked to us about his business and how he got his start. He then went into some of the famous Concours level restorations he had done, one being a Platinum Level Award winning 1952 Ferrari 212 Inter Geneva Coupe Vignale. The car scored a near perfect score at the Concorso d’Eleganza, a 99.998 out of 100 points!!!

After the introduction, we got straight down to business. I had no idea that it was going to be a full "hands-on" clinic. Our 1st task was to cover some cardboard door-panel insert style pieces, which really captured my full attention, since I was in the process of restoring mine, on one of the SPGs. He brought out several rolls of high quality vinyl and leather. After showing us the very subtle differences between the rolls, no way to distinguish by look or feel --- only way to differentiate was to turn the hide over, he gave us several pieces to cover on our own. He walked us through the process and I must say, by simply following his instructions, the results were amazing!!!

The next task involved a technique / process that I had never heard of before, it was called "Flocking". It involved applying a velvety velour type of monofilament polyester fibers that would adhere to practically anything; dash, glovebox, glass, plastic, metal.....The entire process was incredibly easy, fast and inexpensive --- a complete flocking kit cost only $30 -$40. The prep and application took less than 20 minutes for a small piece. The results produced a piece that had the look and feel of alcantara.

The wonderful staff at MAAP, treated us to lunch after the upholstery session and then it was on to shaping metal. The in-class prop was a track prepped Porsche 944T, that had suffered some light metal damage to the front passenger side quarter panel. Mike took time to explain to us the necessary tools required and he also, gave us a lesson on fillers, that I will never forget.

We will be back at MAAP next month, to watch the same 944 being professionally wrapped. I am very excited about returning for the next clinic. I cannot say enough great things about Cole and Michael at MAAP, they will be taking some of their students down to the Amelia Concours d'Elegance in March.


Link to Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qhOaRsRpr0 or simply press the blue title bar at the top of the YouTube image "MAAP Restoration Clinic - YouTube"

 

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Saab club events in VA

New to Saabs , but went in whole hog and would like to get together with some other like minded folks.
My son found a 92 900 Turbo in a field and I've been restoring it. new top new paint and had the interior redone as well as the many mechanical repairs I've done. So I got the bug from that and purchased an 04 9-3 T convertible and have made that my weekend car. I hope to be able to come out to a few events and learn more.
 

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@BillLodge:

Welcome to the forum and the wonderful world of SAABs!!! We can all relate to your SAAB experience. Practically all of us have multiple SAABs. 3 of our members are also new to SAAB; 1 purchased a 9-4X 2 months ago and he loves it so much that he purchased another, 1 purchased his 1st SAAB 3 years ago and he now has 4, the 3rd guy has grown his collection to 12 SAABs in about 2 years. SAABs are great cars and quite addictive!!!

We are a pretty active group, in addition to our scheduled events, we often get together after work, to turn wrenches, go on parts runs or go out looking at SAABs for sale. Many of the guys are very capable backyard mechanics and very knowledgeable. We also have a SAAB parts guy, who keeps us all happy with parts and the occasional rare SAAB accessory.

A few of us are meeting up tomorrow, to head down to Swedish Performance in Wendell, NC. They are excellent mechanics and they go out of their way to keep our SAABs in great shape, often opening their shop up for us on weekends.

We are looking forward to meeting you and your son. If you have any questions or need anything, we are all here to help you out. One of our friends, just relocated his SAAB repair business from PA to a small town just outside of Lynchburg --- may be a good local source for you. We get over to Virginia International Raceway a few times during the year, which is in your area.

Also, the owner of one of the very 1st SAAB dealerships here in Virginia has decided to retire. He has already moved to Lynchburg. His shop is about an hour from Lynchburg and he has invited us over, next month, to his repair shop to collect any parts we want. Stay tuned to this thread for event updates.
 

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Would look forward to meeting you all and am planning to go to C-ville for that talk you mentioned. NEED to find out where your mechanic is, as I can't do it all. Saabs have consumed the better part of last year working on thinking about and dreaming what could be.
 

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@BillLodge:

We would love to have you and your son to come up for the SAAB Klubben of Charlottesville meeting, featuring our 2 very interesting SAAB speakers in March. We normally meet at Cville Coffee, however, we are anticipating a larger crowd for this meeting, so we are currently looking for a larger, more suitable space to host this event. I will update the thread as soon as a location is selected.

I will get you the contact information for the SAAB mechanics in your area, via a PM.
 

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Virginia SAAB Driving Club - Event Calendar

Recently added events to our Event Calendar:

1) The complete 2019 SCCA "Track Night In America" schedule was just released and we plan on attending the following nights at Dominion Raceway in Woodford, VA. Come out after work and relieve some stress during three, 20 minute sessions --- with professional driving instructors on-site to offer; tips, critiques and helpful feedback
-April 18th
-June 27th
-Aug 15th
-Sept 19th

2) The Washington DC Region's Racing School for Competition License is $199, with special incentives and further discounts for our members. This training weekend will fulfill the SCCA obligations for anyone looking to acquire their competition license. If you have dreams or aspirations of racing competitively, you will definitely want to attend on March 23-24 at Summit Point Motorsports Park in Summit Point, WV.

Take a minute to review the additional information on these pages;
- https://files.constantcontact.com/0db51261101/5670ee5b-8559-41ea-84cc-ae4772080324.pdf
- https://www.wdcr-scca.org/racing-school/

Also, if you are a novice, have entertained the idea of racing for fun on a competitive stage/circuit and would like to see what it is like, in the UK --- The Ginetta G40 Ginetta Racing Drivers Club(GRDC) is an absolutely amazing and unparalleled program!!! For approximately $40,000 you get: a brand new race spec'd/street legal Ginetta G40, track/classroom training to obtain your competitive license, entry into the novice 8 race series across some of the UK's best tracks(Silverstone, Snetterton, Donington and Brands), plus access to a complete factory race team of mechanics to keep your car fit throughout the series.

Carfection just finished up a 7 video series on - "How To Become A Racing Driver", which follows journalist Mike Channell, who saved his money for 10 years to fulfill a childhood dream. The series is a much watch and extremely informative. Carfection follows Mike through the process of; picking up his brand new car at the Ginetta factory, to taking his 1st drive, to having an accident his 1st time on the track, to watching this complete novice come into his own.


- www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIkATjEOLe0&list=PL0a16lfLrWtxAgLsQKnMiT-i1-DZruUC-
 

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Virginia SAAB Meet & Greet Event

On March 31, 2019 the largest-ever Virginia "SAAB Meet and Greet" Event will take place at the magnificent 600 acre Castle Hill Cider Estate. While savoring the large assembly of timeless SAABs, you can take in the breathtaking mountain views and make yourself at home in the SAAB Parts Cedar Pergola or enjoy a stroll to the SAAB Viggen Lake, for some stunning optics.

Partake in an indoor display of some very unique and rare SAABs and meet some of Virginia's 1st SAAB dealers. Courtesy of our many sponsors, scores of prizes will be handed out and a lot of "SAAB swag" will be shared.

All of our guest will be invited to revel in the private SAAB Aero lounge, complete with a cider/wine bar and a very alluring fireplace. We will also have a "SAAB Town Hall" discussion in the upstairs Turbo X Loft, with several special guest speakers and some very important SAAB announcements --- all SAAB enthusiasts will want to hear what is in store for the SAAB Community!!

A huge "thank you" to Saabnet, for being our Headline Sponsor. Additionally, we would like to thank all of the Virginia-SAAB Meet and Greet Event sponsors; Krona Performance, SaabTech, International Imports, RBM Performance Parts, Hotcakes, SAAB Club of NA, Nines, Swedish Performance, State of Nines and the Central Penn SAAB Club.. We also want to thank John R, for giving us a spectacular host venue and Amy K, for all of her photography and artwork.


March 31, 2019 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Castle Hill Cider Estate
6065 Turkey Sag Drive
Keswick, VA
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We are looking forward to having you and your son to attend the Virginia SAAB Meet and Greet event. This event is really growing and growing fast --- we already have 73 RSVPs!!! Every week we have been receiving shipments of "SAAB Swag", gifts and certificates from the wonderful sponsors. Saabnet, is our headline sponsor and they have really come through, as always, with some really nice branded items. We will also be making some very exciting SAAB announcements at the event.

We are all diligently working and the members of the SAAB Klubben of VA SAAB club have really been working hard getting the word out in the local community.

Based on the numbers thus far, we are already talking about making this an annual event in Central Virginia!!
 
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