RMSC News 2013 Issue 5 September-October 2013

From your Club President

Our Rocky Mountain Saab Club has had a great year. With the legacy of Saab be- ing part of history, we still have a lot of enthusiasm amongst our members.

This summer we gathered together at Red Rocks Park in our great City for a photo shoot to be assembled for the cover of NINES Magazine, the official Saab Club of North America Magazine.

I want to thank Tom Nelson for making this happen. This issue #325 was dubbed as our club magazine as almost half of the publication printed was submitted on behalf of our members.

Summer BBQ's, summer drives to visit remarkable car collections oth- ers want to share their personal col- lections with, Colorado National Monument, Denver Auto show, small car shows, tours, and not to mention our club projects. I truly appreciate all who participate.

We are planning another great up- coming year of events. We will keep all posted. Saab will always be im-

The October 8th meeting will be 7PM at Brecken- ridge Brewery at 5th and Lipan in Denver. Agen- da includes a report on the various club projects and John Libbos who worked for Saab 1987- 2012 and now works for Maserati.

portant to our style. Thanks for being a member of our remarkable club.

Photo by Charles Stoyer

RMSC Meeting Minutes August 13th 2013

by Larry Beetham (photos by Charles Stoyer)

The meeting was brought to order by club president Jerry Danner, welcoming 3 new members: Marshall Warnick from Arvada

with a 2003 Dolphin Gray 9-3 convertible; Robert Morales with 2 9000’s, a ’97 CSE & ’94 Aero; and Tom Willison with a ’92 900

CV and an ’80 900 5 Dr.

This month is the annual business meeting

with board elections for 4 of the 7 positions open for Jerry Danner (Current President), Larry Beetham (Current Secretary), Bob Buck & Darrell Christianson. All 4 were willing to run again, though I declined to fill the position of secretary next term after serving for the past four years. There were

no additional members to come forward for nominations so all four were retained unani- mously. Note that the RMSC board mem- bers are elected at-large and then elected to positions by the board. Officers are elected from the board members only. Positions oth- er than President, Treasurer and Secretary are appointed from the general membership. The new board is now Jerry Danner

(President), Paul Bottone (Treasurer), Dar- rell Christiansen (Secretary) and At-Large members are Larry Beetham, Bob Buck, Dave Snider, and John Clary.

The remainder of the business portion of the meeting was a review of the finances and stating that the main goals of the club are to

RMSC Meeting Minutes August 13th 2013

by Larry Beetham (photos by Charles Stoyer) (continued)

have fun, learn about cars and participate in road drives and social events.

Paul Bottone reviewed the final plans for the

Labor Day weekend drive to Grand Junction reminding us that there are 13 different wine tours available and multiple auto museums and shows. He will be leaving Friday night and the hotel reservations are in nearby Fruita.

Membership Chairman Tom Nelson stated in addition to Yahoo Groups we are increasing our Facebook presence with 32 members now. With 130 registered in the club he en- courages us to join the groups.

Progress has been made on Project Colleen, some rust on the front fender turned into a fender replacement. Jerry had pictures and description of the process of removing and preparing the structure to glue on the new metal, which is a newer method instead of spot welding and has very good results. The club spent 2 hours with 4 people working on it but we have about 8 hours of work left; he also had pictures of earlier work done last winter on the tranny and headliner.

Jerry also had pictures of Project Rob, the

’86 900 SPG that showed the spare tranny, rack and pinion and other parts that are all removed and will be a puzzle to put back to- gether and of the 1958 93B that he recently bought from Barry Nash, this car was previ- ously owned by Pete Carson.

The group spent several minutes sharing random stories about Saabs, reminiscing and socializing, the next meeting in October is planned to cover pictures of the upcoming SOC13 and word of SOC14 in Redmond, Oregon next August.

We adjourned early at 8:40.

Grand Lake Stroker “Barn” Find

by Charles Stoyer (Photos by Jerry Danner)

Last Fall, my wife and I bought a house in Grand Lake CO. To get there, we drive on Golf Course Road, which winds around quite a bit. On one of the turns was a Saab 96. Of course I noticed it right away.

As the months went by, I looked a little closer and noticed it was a bullnose, which of course meant it was also a 2-stroke. I told myself I need to stop by

some day , introduce myself and find out what the story about that car was.

I did mention it to Jerry Danner, who is the RMSC president and also a collector. He said he was inter- ested. I never quite got up the nerve to stop by and knock on the door, though.

One day in August, when I was scouting and prepar- ing for a bull moose hunt, I was up there for a few

days with my 1993 900T ragtop. As I was driving by there were two women standing in the driveway talk- ing; one had a bicycle. So I figured this was my big chance and I stopped.

Diane was the owner of the car, recently widowed and so the project planned for this car had thus come to a halt. She said her cousin was interested and wanted to buy it. I gave her my card with phone and e

-mail and said if her cousin did not buy the car to contact me and I would see what I could do to find a buyer. I told her I was a member of the Rocky Moun- tain Saab Club.

She had fond memories of the car and remembered it would go almost anywhere in the winter time, which lasts quite a bit longer in Grand Lake than it does down here in the Front Range, not really more snow but certainly more snowpack since it never melts.

Grand Lake Stroker “Barn” Find