Next Club Event

Saturday May 20th - Northwest Saab Owners Club Annual Meeting

Once again we will visit Griot's Garage in Tacoma.
The day starts with "tire kicking" in the parking lot from 10:00 to 11:00 and we will be looking for a volunteer with a Saab that has some problems with the paint or other items that could be addressed in the Product Demo.
11:00 to 12:00 will be Product Demos in the garage.
12:00 to 2:00ish will be lunch and meeting in Griot's lunch room.
This is the meeting where club officers are voted on by the membership. We are trying to breath some new life into the club and there will be a couple of spots opening up on the board.

So plan on attending and seeing some old friends, make some new friends, learn how to remove scratches and swirl marks from your paint, get 10% off on the finest car care products and maybe join the board of directors and help to make NWSOC great again!

GRIOT'S GARAGE RETAIL STORE
3333 South 38th Street
Tacoma, WA 98409


Recent Club Events

October 1st, 2016 - "509er" @ Maryhill Museum on Saturday

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Ray Kopczynski brought his red 1965 "Oil 1st" stroker, Pat Kopczynski drove her blue 1970 "Laura,"

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Don Goguen came with his orange 1972 Sonnet III, Reed Rector brought his green 1974 Sonett III "Esmerelda."

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In addition, Ed Millman showed up with his red 1967 Sonett II (#69 of 256) that he was going run at the national hill climb on Sunday. We also saw a Saab 99 turbo that was parked in another parking lot at the show. Shawn Irelan & his wife showed up for good conversations and offered info about some of his vintage Saabs for sale.

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While none of the Saabs garnered a trophy, the winner deserved it - and he was in full regallia - a gorgeous Volvo 544...


Information about registering, etc:
Goldendale Motorsports car show at Maryhill Museum

Additional information on FaceBook:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/nwsaabowners/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/saabclubpdx/


Our 509er will once again return to Goldendale, WA, and the Maryhill Museum for a car show on the lawn of the museum Saturday and Sunday is the Maryhill Loops Hillclimb race for vintage cars. The car show is Saturday, October 1st -- the Hillclimb is on Sunday, October 2nd.

This will be the 12th year that our club has attended and shown cars at this event. If it wasn't a special event we would not return. The Saturday concours car show is held on the lawn of the Maryhill Museum overlooking the Columbia Gorge. There is also an exceptional dinner Saturday afternoon outside on the museum grounds.

The recommended motel is Quality Inn and Suites, Goldendale, Washington, and type Goldendale in the search box or call 509-773-5881. We also have members that camp out at the nearby state campground. See links below. Motel space is limited please book now if you plan on attending.

After the dinner Saturday we will stop for a photo shoot at the Stonehenge replica. Our motel is only 4 miles from Goldendale Observatory State Park, so let's make plans on stopping and doing a bit of star gazing. 10 vintage Saabs are expected to enter the car show. Let me know if you are interested in showing your vintage Saab and we will save a spot for your car so we can park as a group. Last year's car show really grew in attendance, and we had some cars arrive late. You need to arrive BY 10:00am if you are expecting us to hold a spot for your car! Please email Ray Kopczynski: gwrepray@aol.com if you plan on showing a car.

The car show is on the grounds of the Maryhill Museum on Saturday, and a special highlight occurs at noon when the Hillclimb race cars drive in to the car show in a thundering arrival. Racing will take place from 8:30a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday on the historic Maryhill Loops Road 4 miles west of the Maryhill Museum and near the Stonehenge replica. The car show on Saturday is free for spectators and tickets for the Hill Climb on Sunday may be purchased at the gate.

The crisp and warm fall weather is perfect for a Hillclimb on the Columbia River where one of the finest vintage hillclimb events of the nation is held at Goldendale, WA. This event, the Maryhill Loops Hillclimb, is an annual event with approximately 40 pre-1970 racecars - many that have been restored to mint condition. This race is highlighted as it is one of the few genuine hillclimbs on one of the world’s most spectacular hills on the first paved highway constructed in Washington state almost a century ago. This course is featured in many car commercials and offers countless scenic viewing spots. Spectators will have the chance to view a variety of rare cars from the past including Porsches, Lotuses, Alfa Romeos, Corvettes, Austin Healeys and many more -- and -- two vintage Saabs!

Also many members with newer cars were spectators at the car show last year, so just because you may not have a car to show, do not let that keep you from attending. Hope you can make it one or both days.

A NWSOC "Placard" is available for your windshield when you go to a car show. We used them at Maryhill Museum to great effect! Download and print for yourself. The ones we used @ Maryhill Museum were on a light-blue heavy card-stock.



Saturday August 6th Steam-up car show, Antique Powerland, Brooks, OR

What is Antique Powerland? Well it's 62 acres with 16 partner museums generally related to antique farm machinery. Antique Powerland hosts The Great Oregon Steam-up two consecutive weekends every summer and it is their largest event of the year. In addition to all the museums being open and tractors and old engines brought in and displayed, there is one heck of a swap meet with lots of rusty iron and enough antiques and collectibles that anyone could find something to treasure. One of the on-site museums, The Northwest Car and Motorcycle Museum, hosts a car show on their 3 acre grass show field. Our club has participated in this show for many years with up to 13 vintage SAABs displayed.

Classic 900 and earlier models are eligible for the show. If you have a Saab newer than a C900 your welcome to attend the event as a walk in and you can spend time with us at the car show. We will have a pop-up for shade and extra chairs. So plan on spending the day and see 100-year old steam tractors being driven around the grounds and also powering threshing machines, a working steam powered saw mill and even eat some ice cream made on a steam powered ice cream churn. But wait there's more, after the show we take a scenic drive to a member's home for a barbecue dinner and right next door is a Saab only wrecking yard to tour.

RSVP required to: Ray Kopczynski: gwrepray@aol.com for car show participation and or the BBQ after the show. We need to know how many spots to save for the SAABs and how much food is required for the BBQ.

More info on Antique Powerland at their web site: http://www.antiquepowerland.com/
3995 Brooklake Rd NE Brooks, OR 97303


July 31: Summer Swedish Car Cruise In at Griot's Garage in Tacoma

Ingvar expects this event to be larger than the XXX winter event in Issaquah.
Call Ingvar for details. 206-434-9482


July 9th and 10th Historic races Portland International Raceways Portland OR

This is always a fun event where club cars are grouped together in "corrals" and you get to take a lap and a half of the track during the racers and corner workers lunch break. Some changes this year and same as in the past cars wishing to park in the corrals must have advance tickets, you can not buy a ticket at the gate for the infield car corral parking. Your ticket also gets you in Friday, however there usually is not any club participation. We usually do a group dinner after the races Saturday.
Car Corral: $45 Three-day admission for two, and 1 car (Autocross, Parade Lap available to corral participants)

As for ordering tickets, your members may do so individually (as opposed to ordering as a group in the past)
Tickets will be ordered through Ticket Tomato:
https://www.tickettomato.com/event_group/104/portland-vintage-racing-festival/

Might be a good idea to drop Bob an email after buying your tickets so we have an idea how many cars to expect. For more info:
Bob Dorste: vintagesaabs@dutchcanyon.net


Sunday July 3rd Wings and Wheels car show. Narrows Airport, Gig Harbor, WA
It's an aviation event with a car show - featuring bi-plane rides, amazing cars and aircraft, live music and the Smoke 'N' Thunder Jet Dragster making a 300 mph runs down the runway, plus three hours of aerial demonstrations and displays, featuring warbirds and aerobatic airplanes. We must enter as a group to park together, please contact Dan Morley: blue69sonett@yahoo.com if you want to show your vintage or classic Saab and park with the other Saabs.

http://www.freedomfair.com/wings-wheels.php


Saturday June 4th: 8th Annual All Swedish National Holiday Classic Car Show

June 4, 2016 - The 8th Annual All Swedish National Holiday Classic Car Show sponsored by the Swedish Club for all early pre-1986 Volvos and Saabs (30 years old), and for our Swedish Club members that can also show their Classic American and Foreign cars at any age for this event.

Open for parking at 10 AM for the car show; 11AM – 3 PM Car Show; Raffles; and numerous awards for cars showing at this event with lots of fun. Gary Ramstad, Swedish car show coordinator at 206-365-6913, ramslfp@hotmail.com .

The Swedish Club will offer an “Open House” to the public, and the Crown Café will be open for lunch, drinks from 12-2 PM with the “Million Dollar View of Lake Union.” This is a great time to show your old Classic car and visit the Swedish Club. The Swedish Club is located on lower Queen Anne at 1920 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98109. Website is www.swedishclub.org.


Sunday June 12th Old School Reunion

Event page on facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1417882081870543/

Where to buy tickets ($10 per person, cars are free in advance:
http://tickets.thefoat.com/happenstanceevents/The+Old+School+Reunion+-+Seattle+2016/tickets/event-33757/

Old School Reunion Home Page:
http://theoldschoolreunion.us/

Event is supposed to start at 10:00, but usually I try to get there around 9 at the latest before it gets too crowded. It used to be up in Bothell, but this year the event will be at Kelley Farm in Bonney Lake.

Will plan to meet up for breakfast at Mignon's Cafe (1012 Main Street in Sumner) at 7:45ish, try to be inside the restaurant by 8. People can email me at shickster227@hotmail.com or call me at 253-328-0693 if they are interested in meeting for breakfast. More info on the restaurant:
http://www.yelp.com/biz/mignons-cafe-sumner


Saturday April 9th, 2016: PACCAR Technical Center Open House


Ever wonder how many times a spring will flex before it breaks? How about how many potholes in the road you can run through before some suspension part breaks? See these and many other technical displays. There will even be a display of antique trucks from the American Truck Historical Society. Even if you don’t enjoy trucks, come on out for a nice drive and check out the tulip fields.

Join us Saturday, April 9th, 2016 for a trip to PACCAR's Technical Center west of Burlington. Once a year PACCAR opens the technical center to the public to view their very impressive site. There will be PACCAR trucks, KENWORTH & PETERBILT, on display. There may even be a Dutch DAF and maybe a British FODEN, also owned by PACCAR. Just about the whole building is open for the public to walk through and inspect.

As an added bonus after leaving PACCAR, you can tour the tulip fields which are just a few miles south of the PACCAR site. This event always takes place during the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. We will be meeting up for breakfast at 9:30am in Mt. Vernon at the Farmhouse restaurant: 13721 Laconner Whiteny Road. Those of us going to the open house after breakfast will be able to park together in a club parking area.

Contact Robert Shick to RSVP for breakfast and any questions.
Please RSVP by April 3rd to Robert Shick at 253-328-0693 or email: shickster227@hotmail.com

http://www.paccar.com/products-services/paccar-technical-centers/
http://www.tulipfestival.org/


Saturday April 16th IRDC drivers training school
One on one drivers training in your car on Washington's newest race track The Ridge, located outside of Shelton.
$295 per driver, not a bad price when you consider lap days run $180 and up. When I took this class 8 years ago the cost was $250 and I swore that the entertainment value of just the flag training portion of the class was almost worth the price of the class. SPACE IS LIMITED if interested sign up now. Completing this class will qualify you to attend lap days at this and other race tracks.

https://www.motorsportreg.com/events/irdc-driver-training-tnt-enduro-ridge-motorsports-park-events-347074#.VqJQaE-1mt_


"509er" @ Maryhill Museum on October 3-4, 2015 Our 509er will once again return to Goldendale, WA, and the Maryhill Museum for a car show on the lawn of the museum Saturday and Sunday is the Maryhill Loops Hillclimb race for vintage cars. The dates are October 3rd and 4th.

This will be the 11th year that our club has attended and shown cars at this event. If it wasn't a special event we would not return. The Saturday concours car show is held on the lawn of the Maryhill Museum overlooking the Columbia Gorge. There is also an exceptional dinner Saturday afternoon outside on the museum grounds.

The recommended motel is Quality Inn and Suites, Goldendale, Washington, and type Goldendale in the search box or call 509-773-5881. We also have members that camp out at the nearby state campground. See links below. Motel space is limited please book now if you plan on attending.

After the dinner Saturday we will stop for a photo shoot at the Stonehenge replica. Our motel is only 4 miles from Goldendale Observatory State Park, so let's make plans on stopping and doing a bit of star gazing. 10 vintage Saabs are expected to enter the car show. Let me know if you are interested in showing your vintage Saab and we will save a spot for your car so we can park as a group. Last year's car show really grew in attendance, and we had some cars arrive late. You need to arrive BY 10:00am if you are expecting us to hold a spot for your car! Please email Ray Kopczynski: gwrepray@aol.com if you plan on showing a car.

The car show is on the grounds of the Maryhill Museum on Saturday, and a special highlight occurs at noon when the Hillclimb race cars drive in to the car show in a thundering arrival. Racing will take place from 8:30a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday on the historic Maryhill Loops Road 4 miles west of the Maryhill Museum and near the Stonehenge replica. The car show on Saturday is free for spectators and tickets for the Hill Climb on Sunday may be purchased at the gate.

The crisp and warm fall weather is perfect for a Hillclimb on the Columbia River where one of the finest vintage hillclimb events of the nation is held at Goldendale, WA. This event, the Maryhill Loops Hillclimb, is an annual event with approximately 40 pre-1970 racecars - many that have been restored to mint condition. This race is highlighted as it is one of the few genuine hillclimbs on one of the world’s most spectacular hills on the first paved highway constructed in Washington state almost a century ago. This course is featured in many car commercials and offers countless scenic viewing spots. Spectators will have the chance to view a variety of rare cars from the past including Porsches, Lotuses, Alfa Romeos, Corvettes, Austin Healeys and many more -- and -- two vintage Saabs!

Also many members with newer cars were spectators at the car show last year, so just because you may not have a car to show, do not let that keep you from attending. Hope you can make it one or both days.

Maryhill

A NWSOC "Placard" is available for your windshield when you go to a car show. We used them at Maryhill Museum to great effect! Download and print for yourself. The ones we used @ Maryhill Museum were on a light-blue heavy card-stock.

NWSOC Event is CANCELLED! CANCELLED! [Triple-digit temps predicted]
Saturday August 1st Steam-up car show at Antique Powerland, Brooks Oregon

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What is Antique Powerland? Well it's 62 acres with 16 partner museums generally related to antique farm machinery. Antique Powerland hosts The Great Oregon Steam-up -- 2 consecutive weekends every summer and it is their largest event of the year. In addition to all the museums being open and tractors and old engines brought in and displayed, there is one heck of a swap meet with lots of rusty iron and enough antiques and collectables that anyone could find something to treasure. One of the on-site museums, The Northwest Car and Motorcycle Museum, hosts a car show on their 3 acre grass show field. Our club has participated in this show for many years with up to 13 vintage Saabs displayed.

Classic 900 and earlier models are eligible for the show. If you have a Saab newer than a C900 your welcome to attend the event as a walk in and you can spend time with us at the car show. We will have a pop-up for shade and extra chairs.

So plan on spending the day and see 100 year old steam tractors being driven around the grounds and also powering threshing machines, a working steam powered saw mill and even eat some ice cream made on a steam powered ice cream churn. But wait there's more, after the show we take a scenic drive to a members home for a barbecue dinner and right next door is a Saab only wrecking yard to tour.

RSVP required to: Ray Kopczynski: gwrepray@aol.com for car show participation and or the BBQ after the show. We need to know how many spots to save for the Saabs and how much food is required for the BBQ.

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We're in the top-center "green space" of the above picture.

Take I-5 South (or North), Take exit 263 and head West. Turn right on Brooklake Rd. NE (*Just* past Huff Rd. NE - If you reach River Rd. NE, you've gone about 0.4mi., too far...)

More info on Antique Powerland

Short Antique Powerland video intro


Saturday August 15th; Griots Swedish Car Cruise-in

This is similar to the XXX Rootbeer Drive-in show, except we will have nice weather and a lot more cars.
9 am till 2 pm. $10 / car and bring canned food for the NW Harvest Food Drive.
If you have Parts to Sell, the SWAP MEET will be in front of your car.
Food Truck, Trophy's, Raffle Prizes, and a lot more. Any questions call Ingvar: 206- 434-9482

Griot's Garage
3333 South 38th Street
Tacoma, WA 98409


Saturday August 29th; LeMay Open House

The LeMay Open House has been an annual tradition for 38 years. This show is an amazing assortment of over 1,000 vintage vehicles, owned by the LeMay family, with additional collections of dolls, antiques, other nostalgic memorabilia and up to 500 public collector vehicles driven in and displayed. Donations and proceeds from this event benefit the LeMay Family Collection Foundation, a non-profit organization.

This is the only day that the residence site is open to the public. Free shuttle buses run between the 2 sites. Collector cars get to park on the lawns at Marymount. We will be pre-paying for reserved spots for our SAABs. Admission is $15 person; this gets you into both sites.

If you have a vintage SAAB and wish to attend and park with the group please contact Dan Morley at blue69sonett@yahoo.com prior to August 15th. If you're driving a newer car you have to park off site and take a shuttle bus to one of the sites, follow instructions on the web site. www.lemaymarymount.org

Please note, this is not the new museum by the Tacoma Dome.

Dan Morley


Saturday August 29th; Scanwest customer appreciation BBQ

Scanwest customer appreciation BBQ Saturday August 29th 10:30 till 3:30. Mike D Tuned will be coming out again for a tuning session.

Great event with food and fun. 95th and Greenwood, Seattle. NWSOC members are welcome regardless if your a customer or not.

Questions or to schedule a tune at the BBQ, 888 90 TURBO.


Pictures Please

We are alway looking for good Saab pictures for posting on this site. If you have a picture of an NWSOC event or just an excellent picture of your car you would like to see on the site, please e-mail the picture(s) to webmaster@nwsoc.org.

Input?

Now is the time to suggest events and activities you would like to attend. The club is a member driven organization. If you have an idea you would like to share send a mail to vp@nwsoc.org or president@nwsoc.org.
updated 03/24/14