I thought I’d fill you folks in on the weekend we’ve got coming up here in Tassie for the Saab Car Club of Australia. This is what’s been consuming most of my Saab-energy for the last week or so.
We have two events coming up this weekend, the biggest of which is the dealership night on Friday night. We also have a track day on Sunday (yes!).
Our local branch of the SCCA enjoys a great relationship with the local dealership, Motors Saab. They support us with advertising revenue and the provision of facilities for events, as well as promotion of the club through the sales and service divisions.
Friday night’s event is an initiative of the club to try and provide some value to Motors’ clients that aren’t members of the SCCA. A lot of Saab buyers choose their car based on perceived value alone and aren’t really interested in knowing more about the brand. For those that are, we’re hoping to provide an introduction to the heritage and the possible future of Saab.
Motors Saab is a shared building and most of the floorspace is dedicated to GM’s local bread and butter brand – Holden. Tomorrow night we’re clearing all the Holdens out and filling the space up with member’s vehicles as well as some of Motors’ used Saab stock. Of course, the new cars will be there as well.
The members cars on display will be as follows:
1965 Saab 96 2-stroke
1973 Saab 95 V4
1979 Saab 99 Turbo
1988 Saab 900 Aero
1993 Saab 900 Turbo
1999 Saab 9-3 Viggen
The new car stock will include a Fusion Blue 9-3 SportCombi Aero, a 9-3 Convertible in Lime Yellow and a new 9-5 Sport Estate.
I’ll be doing a presentation covering all the Saab news from the last 6 months or so to bring everyone up to speed with what’s happening with the brand, and what sort of things they might expect to see in the next few years. There’s a heck of a lot to cover and it’s only as I’ve been putting it all together that I’ve come to realise what a big year it’s been for Saab.
Aero-X, Biopower Hybrid, Biopower, 9-1, 9-4x, new 9-3 interior, 20th Annv Convertible, new Saab Oz director, diesel in Oz. All that plus a little bit more and I’ve got about 25 minutes to get through it, as well as giving a run down of all the local cars on display.
For those organising club events, I can tell you that we’ve had a slightly less-than-expected response rate so far. We sent out around 140 invitations to SCCA members, former members and most importantly – Motors Saab clients. So far we’ve got around 40 confirmed attendees, with an expectation of maybe 10 or so more coming that didn’t bother to respond. That’s not too bad, but could have been better. I think we’ve promoted it pretty well, but you can’t force people along to these things.
The food’s been ordered. Drinks too. Tonight I’ve got to finish my notes, select an appropriate iTunes playlist, load all the memorabilia into the Viggen, clean my shoes, cut my hair, get all the cleaning products ready for the final polish tomorrow afternoon, make sure all the cables are ready for the audio/visual setup etc etc.
Busy times, but if we can provide the folks there with a greater understanding and appreciation for their chosen marque, then the purpose is served.
Sunday will be the reward for all the hard work. I get to take the Viggen out on the track for the first time. We’re going to Baskerville Raceway, same as last year. The event is being run by the local Italian Car Club and we’re joining in. Unfortunately there’ll only be a few SCCA people there as 2 events in a weekend posed a bit of a problem.
Speaking to Tony at Motors Saab this morning, he’s toying with the idea of sending one of their demo cars out to Baskerville. He has a client due for a test drive of a 9-3 SportCombi Aero next Wednesday, but what better way to give them a thrill than send them out on the track instead?
Car club life’s a pretty good thing and here’s hoping that this weekend can be the success envisioned from the start. I’ll let you know how it goes.
And if I’ve missed any important events in my presentation then please feel free to let me know in comments.