Saabs @ Carlisle Starts Today

Saabs @ Carlisle started today, and we hope to bring you photos from it soon. In the meantime if you plan to participate (or you’d like to see how they’re organizing it), you’ll find information after the break. Sorry I won’t be able to be there, but I hope everyone has a great time! I should make it to the SOC in Parsippany in August.

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Issue 14: Last minute details and more numbers.

Here’s a few statistics gleamed from our final registrations:
  • 22 states are represented.
  • Every model and body style ever sold in the US is coming: 92, 93, 95, 96, Sonetts I, II and III, 99, 900, 9000, NG900, 9-3, 9-5, 9-3SS, 9-2X, 9-7X, new 9-5, and the upcoming 9-4X.
  • Saabs registered span 55 years, from 1956 to 2011.
  • Every year from 1985 through 2011 is accounted for.
  • 15% of all cars registered are classic 2-digit cars.
  • 1 in every 4 cars coming is a Classic 900.
  • Over 1 in 5 cars are convertibles.
  • Silver/Grey cars narrowly edged out Black, but together they combine for almost half of all cars.
In case you missed the links I sent out earlier, here’s the ever-popular Schedule of Events and What to Bring / Instructions.
Speaking of missing things, please see below for more information about our sponsor Swedish Motors and be sure to see their fantastic 1977 SAAB 99 Turbo Test Car at the show!
Swedish Motors logo
We are Central PA’s dealership alternative for Audi, BMW, MINI, Saab, Volvo & Volkswagen. Offering Auto Repair, Vehicle Sales and a full service New & Used Parts Department. We are conveniently located near Harrisburg, Lancaster and York, Pennsylvania. A short drive from Baltimore, Maryland.
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Sutliff Cadillac Saab returns as sponsor for People’s Choice Lunch.
The Sutliff family has been providing outstanding sales and service to central Pennsylvania for over 75 years.  Sutliff Auto, Inc. is a two-time winner of the prestigious Jack Smith Leadership Award, GM’s highest level of dealership recognition.  Sutliff Auto, Inc. offers sales and service at four convenient locations; Sutliff Buick-GMC-Cadillac, Sutliff Cadillac Saab, Sutliff Suzuki, and Sutliff Volkswagen.  Sutliff Auto employs 35 ASE certified technicians, 10 of whom are Master Technicians and stocks over $1,200,000 of parts inventory.  Sutliff Auto recycles waste oil, oil filters, antifreeze, batteries, tires, scrap metal, and paper waste.  Sutliff Auto, Inc. supports and actively participates in the United Way, Red Cross, Boys and Girls Club, and Safe Kids, with local affiliates.

Don Fatzinger Automotive

People’s Choice Sponsor Don Fatzinger has been a CPSC member since 2002, and a sponsor since 2004.


Don Fatzinger, owner of Don Fatzinger Automotive in Robesonia, PA, has been an automotive technician for over 35 years, and ASE certified for over 25 years. His present independent Saab repair shop was established in 1991, after working for Saab dealers in West Lawn and Lancaster, Pa. He recieved the status of Saab Qualified Technician in November 1987, but has been working on Saabs since his first car, a 1958 93b, bought while studying engineering at the University of Pittsburgh in 1968.


His love of the margue expanded to racing when he was hired by Charles Grabiak, MD to prepare his 1978 99 Turbo for SCCA racing, where the doctor won SCCA national races and qualified for the national runoffs at Road Atlanta in 1980. He also had his own successes in PHA hillclimbs racing a VW type 1 in the Touring 2 class, won his class at Weatherly Hillclimb, and placed second in year-end points in 1976.

Don has a one-person operation at his garage, where he does repairs on all Saab models, and also has a small vintage parts business. His wife, Ruth, is also an enthusiast.  She owns a 1984 900 turbo, and her daily driver is a 1989 SPG.  Don and Ruth won the fun rally at the 2009 SOC at Copper Mountain, Colorado.  They also host the yearly SAABtember Riverfest at their cabin on Conowingo Reservoir at Peach Bottom, Pa.

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Kelly Cadillac Saab is again the sponsor for the Saturday SAABarbecue dinner.

Kelly Cadillac Saab is located at the intersection of Routes 283 and 722 in Lancaster.  The Kelly Family has been selling vehicles in Lancaster for over 25 years.  Kelly Cadillac Saab is owned by Kelley and Geoff Kelly.  Kelly Cadillac Saab was successful in assisting with “Save Saab”!.  They launched a very effective website,, which features testimonials from hundreds of very satisfied Kelly Cadillac Saab customers.
Kelly Cadillac Saab has two dedicated Saab Technicians, Sonny and Mark.  Sonny and Mark KNOW Saabs and they are genuinely concerned about customer satisfaction.
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General Sales Saab returns to sponsor the Sunday Competition of Colors for their second year.
Ruggeri’s General Sales Cadillac and SAAB  was established in 1934, selling Cadillacs and Oldsmobiles. The Ruggeri family has been running the dealership since the 1960’s, and when Oldsmobile was discontinued they purchased the SAAB franchise from Clews and Strawbridge SAAB in Frazer, PA. In their 8th year with the SAAB franchise, Ruggeri’s General Sales is proud to have weathered the storm with SAAB enthusiasts the world over, and emerged still as one of the premier SAAB dealerships in the country, and Pennsylvania’s largest for the 4th year in a row.  They are also the only dealership in the country to win both the Cadillac Master Dealer and SAAB Unlimited Dealer awards in the same year.

Conntech is celebrating its 15th year in business, servicing Saabs… any year, any model. We also have new, used and vintage parts. 


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West of Sweden SAAB is sponsor of the Saab Heritage Collection and Chairman’s Invitation Display. West of Sweden is the pre-eminent source of parts for 2-stroke and V4 powered SAABs and were the preferred vendor to the GM Heritage Collection from 2005-2009.
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If you’ve been to SAABs @ Carlisle, then you’ve probably eaten a meal catered by The Corvette Grille.  In addition to the Saturday lunches, CPSC member Mike Beare and his crew also have roasted the succulent pigs for the SAABarbecue dinners.
The Corvette Grille is home to the 2nd Best Wings in the World in 26 flavors, awesome cheesesteaks, steaks, 1/2 pound Angus burgers, cheesesteak soup and a huge selection of beverages including 14 beers on tap.  Don’t let the name intimidate you — SAABs are always welcome at the Corvette Grille.
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Rob Riccardelli and Times Square Lighting have been providing SAABs @ Carlisle  with sound for public address and music for as many years as we’ve had electricity.

In 1934, Times Square Lighting opened its doors in the heart of New York City. Manufacturing theatrical lighting and accessories, this family-owned business quickly became known for their reliable, high quality products, and incomparable customer service.
With the continued growth and success of this once small company, Times Square Lighting relocated to Stony Point, NY where they began to manufacture not only products geared toward the theatrical market, but added lines for the architectural and display lighting industries as well.
Today, Times Square Lighting has over 75 representative locations nationwide and they continue to remain at the top of the industry list. Times Square Lighting gives sincere thanks to all of their customers for they have played a tremendous role in the growth, success and longevity of their company.

WASSAAB is sponsor of the Long Distance Award.


WASSAAB was created in 2000 when a group of dedicated Saab enthusiasts surfing a well known Saab website noticed that many were right here in the National Capital Area.  A “GTG” formed and it soon evolved into what it is today:  100+ members dedicated to the enjoyment, enhancement and preservation of these fine Swedish Automobiles.


The name “Saab” is actually an acronym for the original company, Svenska Aeroplan Akiebolaget, roughly translated to Swedish Airplane Company.  After WWII, the company planners soon realized that post-war Europe was in desperate need for personal transportation, thus, the Saab 92 was built, and they’ve never looked back.


From the humble beginnings with a two cylinder, two stroke engine, to today’s 280 horsepower turbocharged V6 in the 9-3 SportSedan, WASSAAB welcomes all vintages, all interests surrounding SAAB.

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The Saab Club of North America returns as sponsor for 2011, and is proud to announce the Saab Owners Convention.  SOC ’11 will be held in Parisppany, NJ on August 18-21.  Click on the banner above or go for more information.
Quick Links
Schedule of Events 

What to Bring / Instructions

Carlisle Visitor Info

Weather Forecast

Caravan Information  


Virginia/Maryland/DC Group: Leaving 12:00 – 1:00 on Friday from the Exxon Station at 400 S. Jefferson Street, Frederick, MD and traveling North on Route 15.  Contact Ben Hinkle for more information.


Massachusetts Group: Leaving 8:00 AM Friday from North-Central MA, traveling on 84 to Port Jarvis, then through the scenic Delaware Water Gap and on to Carlisle.  Contact Jim Coggeshall for more information.


Indianapolis Group: Leaving 6:00 AM Friday, traveling through Columbus at 9:00 AM and meeting with the Louisville, KY group, then traveling 70/76 to Carlisle.  E-mailPerry Ellingtonfor details.

Did You Miss

You can still come to Carlisle, it’s just a little more difficult to get everything ironed out.  Here’s what you need to do:

1.  Register directly with Carlisle Events for the show.  Please list your club affiliation as “SAABs @ Carlisle” so that we get credit for your car!


2.  Send an e-mail to George Basehore detailing your name and the name of everyone in your party, full mailing address, phone number, e-mail address, and the make, model, year and color of every car you’re bringing.  Also indicate what meals you will be attending.  (Friday dinner and lunches on Saturday and Sunday are free.  Dinner on Saturday is $20 per person.)


3.  PayPal $10 per person badge fee and $20 per person for Saturday Dinner to[email protected].


NOTE: The above process will only work until Wednesday, May 18th.  After that you will need to register at the show by paying at the main gate and at our registration table.




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3 thoughts on “Saabs @ Carlisle Starts Today”

  1. The sun is shining in Carlisle – I know – I am here in my Nocturne Blue 9-3 Aero SC XWD with my son. Please introduce yourself if you are reading this! Looking for some little things for my 1980 900 Turbo 5 door which will come next year. Looks like a great turnout of vintage and new Saabs.

  2. I won’t be able to make this year but I went several years ago and it was great. Saab folks were more than friendly and my family got to look at other cars while I hung out mainly in the Saab area.

    My family couldn’t believe it as we were driving out on 78 and there were all these Saabs heading in
    the same direction.

    Its going to be a great weekend.

  3. What an amazing weekend! As a first time attendee of any Carlisle event I have to say I was impressed by everything. The 9-4x looked awesome- I just can’t wait to drive it! The Heritage Collection and Chip Lamb were an incredible addition to the biggest tent outside of Barnum and Bailey’s. : ) With all his expertise and knowledge, this enthusiast enjoyed hearing Mr. Lamb talk about the 6 historically important cars SAAB had there, and I was even privileged enough to take a ride thru town in the 93 which was the top of my weekend. Thanks to all who attended- especially to Chip, John Libbos (SCNA Product Manager), and all the staff of CPSC who made it happen. If you missed this event, I strongly recommend you make room in your 2012 schedule for the 3rd weekend in May now…

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