Pictures From The SOC In Iowa

August 4, 2012 in Fan Stuff, USA

We’re starting to get our first bunch of photo’s in from Iowa thanks to Mark Marcon and photographer Richard Moore. Seems they had to run for cover at one point because of a serious storm hitting but last we heard it had cleared and things were good again.

Please keep the photo’s coming and good luck to all the participants who are up for some hardware.

6 responses to Pictures From The SOC In Iowa

  1. Mark, how did you get there? Did you drive? I just googled it and it looks likes the drive is almost 1400kms for you…… WOW!!!

  2. Added some SOC Iowa pictures into the photo album page, sorry for duplicates!

  3. NTP/Mark is Look like he is ready to tackle the Mille Miglia !

  4. @Jason: Longish drive :) Rode in convoy with Peter Gilbert for Milwaukee leg. Scott Hutchings [Saab Club of Canada President] and son Sam did it one go from Toronto! [Next year Convention returns to North East/ New England (exact location TBD)].

    A short, sharp vigorous storm passed within an hour (fortunately hail-free). Dinner highlights included local and longtime Dealer Herald Friedley’s reminiscences (he declared us Enthusiasts ‘Raving’ :)) and the results of the Concours and People’s Choice Awards…Inter alia, (definitive list can be found at SOC Website) Peter Gilbert won 1st Prize in the Viggen category and Richard Moore (responsible for many of the photos provided here) fought valiantly for his 2nd place in the 9-5 group (Greg Abbott achieved Gold for NG 9-5). I squeeked out a top finish in the 9-3 2003 + and have Donna Couple of Abshot Signs and Richard Ramlogan of Thornhill Tints to ultimately thank for that! [Sights on Mille Miglia indeed, Sapan]. Rocky Mountain Saab Club was well represented on podium too (with Jerry Danners and colleagues bringing home plenty of Top Honours).

    Super time all round w Kudos to Organizers (including Meyers Saab).

    An event Curvin would have thoroughly relished.

  5. SOC12 was a surprisingly good event …. considering it is the first without representation from Saab. Could it have been better? Sure, I think it is safe to say that most conventions “could have been better”. But, since I started attending these events with SOC07, there have been much worse! My hats off to Annette and team for a very well executed event and a great location!

    One interesting fact: A few weeks back, the Friday of the Canadian July long weekend to be exact, my 2005 9-5 Aero SC was rear ended. While the damage seemed to be manageable (I drove the car for 3 weeks or so after), but lack of parts (new or used) saw the car written off by the insurance company. Between their payout and the fact that I found a 2004 9-5 Aero SC (identical in almost every way except auto vs. manual and 1/2 the kms), I was OK to see the car go. I took possesion of the “new” car on Tuesday July 24th and started bringing it up to spec immediately. Major service, wheels and tires moved over from the other car, spoiler swapped over, NAV system removed and re-installed … all in a rush just so I would have a Saab to drive to SOC12.
    And the car hasn’t missed a beat!

  6. I uploaded some more pictures in the photo gallery. Enjoy!

    SOC2012 was well represented from as far away as New York, Ontario, Maine, Texas and Colorado. Wow what a drive for them. And great attendance too from Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois and Wisconsin. I thinks its so great people drive so far to share their cars.

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