Saab History On The 2008 Saab Owners Convention

Posted on 23. Jul, 2008 by in 2000-2009, Events

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The 2008 Saab Owners Convention is just 29 days away, and takes place at Devens Commons, now a partially-retired United States Army base approximately 1 hour West of Boston, Massachusetts on August 21st through the 24th.

I find this year’s event an appropriate location taking place on such a milestone year for the Saab Automobile brand, Saab USA, the Saab Owners Conventions as well as for me and my family:

The following are some notables reflecting these milestones:

* The first SAABs imported into the United States in 1956, took place at an old Navy port in Hingham, Massachusetts.

* Massachusetts, within New England, is the largest market for Saab Automobile USA to this day.

* This year marks the 30th anniversary since the debut of the 1978 Saab 99 Turbo for Saab Automobile, which is why you will see this Saab Owners Convention maintaining this theme throughout the weekend.

* I started the New England Saab Association in Massachusetts almost 10 years ago, and this year they are helping to plan the 2008 Saab Owners Convention.

* The highest performing Saab 9-3 Turbo-X had its North American debut in Boston, Massachusetts in November which also included a sequel this past May in Boston, Massachusetts again for a Turbo-X test drive.

* As for me, I grew up in Massachusetts, and quite interestingly enough, my family all owned our first Saabs here since the early 1970’s including the Ninety Nine EMS, a Ninety Six as well as a number of Nine Hundreds and Nine Thousands. This will be my first Saab Owners Convention in Massachusetts, so this is an important pilgrimage to make.

* This is the 10th year since meeting my fiancee in 1998 in none other than a 1987 Saab 900 S 3-door in cirrus white. This year I am pleased to say that we’ll both be attending this convention in none other than an upgraded throwback to our first date, a 1992 Saab 900 Turbo 3-door 5-speed, again in “cirrus white”.

* This year is not only the 18th year of ownership of General Motors of the Saab Automobile brand, but it’s also 18 years since the last time there was a Saab Owners Convention in Massachusetts (1990 – Sturbridge, MA).

As you can see, there is a lot to reflect on at a global, national and local level at this year’s 2008 Saab Owners Convention, so “find your own road” to Devens, Massachusetts this August!

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