RMSC News 2014 Issue 3 May-June 2014

From your Club President

I love our Rocky Mountain Saab Club!!! What makes me love our club is our members. We have got to know each other over the years. Think of how many years this has been. When our club got started there was no internet! There was no Facebook!

There was no twitter! Just the good old fashion Postal Service and the telephone. I remember print- ing our Club reminders on post cards, licking stamps and mailing out 40 cards every other month. We were lucky to get 15 members attend the meet- ings. That was our method of announcing the up- coming event. Announcements were only to get members to the meeting and all members were in the Denver Metro area.

The July 8th meeting will be held at the Brecken- ridge Brewery (5th & Kalamath) at 7:00PM. Agen- da includes Reviews of ACC Concours, Estes Park Festival, SOC14, Ray Middleton’s Vintage Airplane Rebuilding Hanger and Demonstrations.

Look at us now! We have 168 members subscribed to Yahoogroups. 65 members on Facebook totaling 233 members. That might not be an accurate count as some members are both on Facebook and Ya- hoogroups. We put out to the world our Club's ac- tivities and interests. When we announce a meeting or event, we type a message and hit send. People show up! How easy is that? When the mention of our Rocky Mountain Saab Club comes up in the Saab community, people know us and say “Great Club!” They know us! Our Club has done remarka- ble events and people still talk about them. Our two National Conventions in 1999 and 2009 put us on the Saab map. I’ve got to tell you, this would and could not have happened without the help of our Members.

Our Club's board of directors are working hard to continually improve. We want our Club to be fun and enjoyable, period! We have a lot of things planned this Summer so stay tuned to your messag- es. Every month through August has something planned.

Again I want to thank each and every one of our members for participating in our cause. We just might have something up our sleeve in 2019 that will require big help from our members. If anyone of our members have any ideas or input as to any- thing fun, cool, event or just want to throw in an idea, please feel free to contact any of our directors listed on our web site or contact me directly.

Have a Great Summer and Please Drive Safe. (Photo by Tom Nelson)

RMSC Meeting Minutes May 13th 2014

by Larry Beetham (photos by Charles Stoyer)

The meeting was brought to order by club president Jerry Danner, welcoming new members David Ban- ner who has 2 Saabs and Garry and Karen Gray, who bought late club member Quackenbush’s Pur- ple Sonett III. Several members tried to lure them to

register in the upcoming Ability Connections Colo- rado Car Show and Concours d’Elegance, since Bush had it in the show for several years.

Tom Nelson brought up his challenge to buy a beer for someone (anyone?) that knew any history of the

Sonett III in a picture he had emailed to members. Bruce Harbison recognized it had been donated to the club and was on Tom’s back 40 for about 5 years, it was then bought by John McQuiney and is being rebuilt near Omaha, NE.

Miles Bendixson showed a couple of issues of “Scandinavian Press” Magazine for 2 notable rea- sons, one was a Saab & Volvo Festival/Show on June 8th in Seattle and the other one had a picture of his painting for the Saabs Run The Rockies con-

RMSC Meeting Minutes May 13th 2014

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

nected to SOC09.

This was the last club meeting before the annual Ability Connections Colorado (formerly CP of Colo-

rado) Car Show and Concours d’Elegance in Little- ton; Greg Russell covered a few items and encour- aged registrations.

Karl Kingery donated several Saab brochures, Nines Magazines, books and issues of Auto Re-

storer magazines that were up for grabs to mem- bers.

For SOC14 planning, Paul Bottone talked about the benefits and finding Top-Tier gasoline on the road and where rooms are available for the tour that

starts Saturday Aug. 2nd. Jerry stated that there is support to bring Erik Carlsson and Peter Bäckström

from Sweden to attend this year.

After a short break, Jerry presented on computer diagnostics that has evolved since about 1991, demonstrating with his Tech II, from there we di- gressed to the simplicity of 2-strokes and carbs! Upcoming events are the Scandinavian Festival in

Estes that will have member’s cars on Sunday June 29th, Volvos we be on Saturday the 28th, and a trip to Ft. Collins on Saturday July 12th to tour Ray Mid- dleton’s airplane restorations and the New Belgium Brewery, we also will be scheduling a club BBQ in August at Jerry’s.

Respectfully submitted, Larry Beetham

Goodbye Sonetts

by Jerry Danner

There comes a point in one's life where you need to remove the tangible items that do not do anything for you. As you know I have collected many older Saab 96's & Sonetts. I have eight 96's and three Sonetts.

Two Sonetts are Sonett II #79 & #119 of 258 built and one Sonett V-4. I am 60 years old and 6'4" 255 lbs and can feel my knees when I get low in the sad- dle. What does this have to do with anything? Let me tell you....

I had a reality check. The older you get and the size I am, it is harder to get in tight quarters. Tight quarters for me are Sonetts among other things like crawl spaces under your home and attic's. I have been thinking about this for a while. Why have anything you enjoy and cannot truly enjoy like getting into the gems. My Sonetts is what I am talking about. I really enjoy the 96's. The reason I really enjoy them is I can get into them easily. You know where this is going! I have a extremely difficult time getting into Sonetts. I finally released my desire to have these rare cars so I decided to find new owners of these gems.

#79 I sold to my mechanic Tim Lepar. According to the factory service log, Carl Lepar, Tim's Father, ser- viced this vehicle at Saab Denver on south Broadway

from 1969 to 1971. Carl eventually purchased this car. Tim was young at the time and remembers this car. After Carl passed away, Tim took possession of this vehicle. Tim came across hard times and needed to sell it. Jim Addison purchased this car and was go- ing to restore it. As desire goes, it sat for 10 years

with nothing done. I heard Jim was going to sell it. I contacted Jim and eventually I purchased this vehicle. Prior to purchasing it I knew Tim owned this car. I gave Tim the opportunity to buy it before I took pos- session. Tim, at that time, could not afford it and Tim was happy I would be the owner of it. As time goes on, it sat in my garage for ten years also. When my reality check happened, Tim came to mind. I gave Tim the first opportunity to get his Father's car back. Tim thought that car was untouchable from me.

There was no one person that I know of to own this car than Tim. Tim deserves this car. The money was not the issue because I wanted Tim to own the car, period!!

#119 I sold to Tom Nelson, a member of our Rocky Mountain Saab Club. Our Saab Club was offered this gem when the Owner Chips Barry had a tragic acci-

dent where he lost his life. I purchased this car in 2004. I have known Chips for 30 years. He was al- ways a Saab enthusiast. Our Saab Rocky Mountain Saab Club was offered this car by his wife Gail Barry however declined. Tom and I both wanted this car and at that time Tom was having a reality check also. Tom had too many cars so Tom let me buy it. When my reality check hit me I thought of Tom. Tom sold a vast majority of his cars and now was in a position to move on this car. Tom is the new owner of #119.

The Sonett V-4 was named Sarah. This car was origi- nally offered to our Rocky Mountain Saab Club as one of our Club project cars. All of our Club projects,

Goodbye Sonetts

by Jerry Danner (continued)

like Sarah, are named after the previous owners. I purchased Sarah 10/2010 from our Club as this pro- ject was too large and too time consuming as a Club. When I had my reality check I decided to sell it. I ad- vertised Sarah in Saabnet's Classifieds. This car was a Colorado car also with absolutely no rust. Frank

Out with the Old and in with the New (Old)

by Jerry Danner

Schlitz transferred the funds to me and off to Bel- gium the car went. Frank Schlitz has a V-4 in Bel- gium with rust and his body was great. He took the

This always hurts me to see this happen with the old 96’s however these cars are extremely picked over, rusted and just boned out. There comes a time where you need to throw things out that are just worn out and replace them with a fresh batch. I had the oppor- tunity to pick up 5 replacement 96’s for the yard.

These cars have been sitting for 20 years. Relatively complete. Jim, a friend of mine, changed his business plan. Jim at one time loved these cars and was his livelihood. He now restores old cars for really wealthy clients. He has people throw large amounts of money at him for his services. He called me up and said “Jerry, I want you to take these cars off my

frame from my car and the body from his car to make one. Good luck Frank!!

Five of the eight 96's are strokers. Three V-4's. I have more Saab's than a man should have. I will miss the Sonetts. It was a pleasure to say that I owned them, however I am happy these cars are in a happy home. I am so much happier with my current car inventory. I really like Strokers!! I do not have sellers remorse of the Sonetts because all of the cars went to exactly who I wanted them to go to.

hand” Guess what I have now in my yard. You bet, I made the space.