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Sure enough, fans of the Dutch-owned Swedish manufacturer will descend on Aurora to participate in this year's 2010 Saab Owner's Convention. Why Aurora, Ohio? Because 30 years ago, that was where Saab took the checkered at the "Longest Day at Nelson Ledges" 24 hour endurance race. To mark the occasion and celebrate escaping the steely death grip of General Motors, the three-day event will feature a keynote address from none other than the company's charismatic head honcho, Victor Muller. Word has it that Saab's current chairman, Jan-Åke Jonsson will say a word or two as well. Perhaps tellingly, in past years, GM sent lower-level executives to gladhand at the Saab Owner's Convention, but this is the first time in memory that such high-ranking officials have committed to make the scene.

Meanwhile, a track day will kick off with test drives of the new 9-5 Aero Sedan open to any and all who choose to participate. Saab will also have a 9-3 Aero Convertible on hand to pore over as well. As you might have guessed, there will also be a handful of car show events on the schedule, complete with awards for people's choice, Concours d'Saab and best Saab Fleet in North America. Fortunately, the whole collection doesn't have to be in Aurora to pick up the gold on that last one. The shindig starts tomorrow, Thursday, July 22 and runs through Sunday, July 25, so if you've got a Saab-loving bone in your body, you know where to be. Hit the jump to see the full press blast.

[Source: Saab Cars North America]

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Hundreds of Saab Enthusiasts Celebrate the Company's Independence at the Saab Owners Convention

ROYAL OAK, Mich., July 20 /PRNewswire/ -- -- Keynote speakers include top corporate leaders - Victor Muller & Jan
Ake Jonsson
-- Seminars, banquets, charity auction and vehicle competitions
-- All-new 9-5 Aero Sedan available for test drives
-- Saab heritage vehicles on display

The 2010 Saab Owners Convention will be a landmark event as it coincides with the 30th anniversary of Saab's victory at the legendary "Longest Day at Nelson Ledges" 24 hour race. The Saab Club of North America has organized a wide-range of activities during the July 22-25 event, to be held in Aurora, Ohio. Keynote speakers for the Saturday night banquet will be new owner Victor Muller, CEO of Spyker Cars NV and chairman of Saab Automobile AB, and Jan Ake Jonsson, CEO of Saab Automobile AB.

"We applaud the members of the Saab Club for their continued loyalty to the Saab brand throughout an extended sales process," said Mike Colleran, president and COO, Saab Cars North America. "Saab is back and back to stay - we thank the Saab Club for their efforts in helping to save Saab."

Festivities will commence with Track Day on July 22 at the Nelson Ledges Road Course, which is the very course on which Saab's turbocharged 900 showed its stuff to the country in 1980. The all new Saab 9-5 Aero Sedan will be available for a test drive and a 9-3 Aero Convertible will be on display throughout the weekend. The remainder of convention activities will be held July 23-25 at the Bertram Inn and Conference Center in Aurora. Activities include technical and historical seminars, banquets, and a charity auction. Self-directed scenic drives through the surrounding area, such as the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, will be available to provide participants a view of Northeast Ohio's most picturesque venues. Also, a wide selection of Saab parts and accessories will be available for purchase on site.

As always, a highlight of each Saab Owners Convention is the opportunity for Saab enthusiasts to participate in a variety of competitions and vie for various awards. For example, there is the time-honored tradition of showing off the "best of the best" Saab vehicles in the Concours d'Saab and People's Choice competition. Additionally, a few Saab enthusiasts will win bragging rights to the 2010 Best Saab Fleet in North America award: this category is open to Saab owners across the country, even if they cannot attend the event.

"Members of the Saab Club sincerely extend their gratitude to Mr. Muller for his tenacious efforts to save Saab and Jan Ake Jonsson for his continued loyalty to Saab," said Ian Glenday, president, Saab Club North America.

The 2010 event will be the first Saab Owners Convention since the sale of Saab to Spyker Cars. It promises to be an exciting venue to celebrate Saab's past--and future. For more information about the 2010 Saab Owners Convention, or to enter the Best Saab Fleet in North America competition, visit the website http://saabconvention.com/.

Saab entered the auto business in 1949 with the first model 92. Its aerodynamic shape and advanced technology drew from the company's roots as an aircraft maker, and helped create what was to become a loyal and passionate customer base. Spyker Cars NV purchased Saab Automobile AB from General Motors on February 23, 2010.

The Saab Club of North America was founded over twenty-five years ago as a way for Saab owners and fans of the marquee to come together and celebrate this unique car from Scandinavia. The primary mission of the Saab Club of North America is to gather Saab owners once a year to honor Saabs and the rich history of this brand. For more information on the club, please refer to http://www.saabclub.com/

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I hate to nitpick, but it's "pore over", not "pour over". "Pore" (as a verb) means "to study meticulously" while "pour" means "to cause to flow".

      Keep it up, Saab! We need more small manufacturers with their own niche and followers instead of a few bland megacorporations that, on a basic level, appeal to all... but are boring to everyone.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "celebrate escaping the steely death grip of General Motors"

      Oh please. That's pretty ungrateful. General Motors is the only reason Saab is still around today. Saab enthusiasts should be thanking GM with all their hearts for not giving up on them decades ago as most sane companies would have.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, would you rather a unique car company die completely after a decade of platform-sharing Saabs-In-Name-Only cars like the 92x, 97x, malibu-platform-sharing 93's, etc., etc., etc., or would you rather they be given a second chance and produce the kind of cars that made them famous? I think most true Saab enthusiasts would be willing to look past a decade or so of not-real-Saabs to have the company live on to produce the quirky awesome cars they built their reputation on for years to come.

        I feel the same way about Honda.. I'll forgive them for a decade of cars that were driven by the marketing department rather than the engineering department... but if they don't get their plan figured out quick then I'll quickly fall into the "Only a fan of Honda/Acura built before 2002" camp.

        I don't WANT to be THAT kind of brand enthusiast. I have FAITH in brands like Saab and Honda (Hell, and even GM to some extent now!) to produce cars that not only maintain the best value-per-dollar in their class, but also inspire enthusiasts and create grins on twisty backroads throughout the world.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How many lives does the cat have.
      Looks like a dead cat bounce.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Let me get this straight - the convention is in Aurora because of some race that took place in Garrettsville? Where's the connection? Apparently the author of this article sees one but I don't. Unlike most (if not all) of the writers for Autoblog, I actually live near Aurora and know that area very well so I can tell you that Garrettsville is about 15 miles ESE of Aurora. That's far. In fact they're both in different counties - Aurora is in Summit, Garrettsville is in Portage. So why Aurora? Why not closer like Hiram or Mantua, or even Nelson twp? Did the conventioneers rent out Marios International Hotel? (center of Aurora) I just don't get it. Maybe I'm missing something but to me those locales have absolutely ZERO in common. They're not even the same kind of town - Aurora is suburban and Garrettsville is rural - there's nothing there, oh except for that pickle factory. And If they're going all the way to Aurora then why not Chagrin Falls or Solon, or Hudson? Those are much more interesting towns than Aurora which really has nothing except Target, Home Depot and Geauga Lake - woops, that closed years ago. So, for the author to write that the convention is in Aurora because of Nelson Ledges is like begging the question - you're assuming the point without proof. It's actually insulting, especially for those of us who live in that area and know that area. Please do not write about places you know nothing about. Oh, and on the off chance you DO know something about that area of NE Ohio, then please, PLEASE stop smoking crack while you're writing. It's like drinking and driving - it makes you do very foolish things. Very sincerely, Brian Kravitz, Hudson, Ohio
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually, Aurora is in Portage County. I always kind of assumed it was in Geauga since that is basically where Geauga Lake is.

        Would you be bent out of shape if they said the Saab festival was going to be in Cleveland and then find out its actually Aurora? Aurora is where the hotel rooms are for Northern Portage county unless you expect execs to be camping at the ledges.
      • 5 Years Ago
      dasmith04, touche - so Aurora is not in Summit. My bad. But I think you're missing my whole point which is WHY AURORA???!!! I drive through Aurora all the time and there really is nothing there except housing and retail. And I don't believe there is any sort of conglomeration of hotels in Aurora for these people. Like I said earlier, why not pick somewhere interesting like Chagrin Falls or Hudson. (I'm not promoting my own town) Heck, why not Beachwood if they want hotels. Plus Beachwood has great highway access - Aurora does not. Just hop on 271 to 422. I'm not bent out of shape. I'm just bewildered that these people would pick Aurora. They could do a lot better for their event. BTW I'm not anti Aurora, I'm strictly talking logistics.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nelson Ledges is right outside Aurora and was actually part of the city a long time ago. Actually Aurora doesn't have anything resembling retail other than the Aurora Farms factory outlets. The Home Depot, Target, Walmart, etc are in Bainbridge and Reminderville. The only thing the city has is three world class golf courses, the only five star hotel and spa in the midwest, and a lot of cops that have nothing better to do than harass people. A lot of celebrities come to Aurora for getaways because the people don't harass them.

      Nelson Ledges has a very good amateur racetrack and there is a Porsche gathering almost every year. A whole lot of dentists go away very unhappy after they wreck their cars. Something else cool is that Mike Tyson built a giant mansion at Nelson Ledges that is abandoned. I think somebody stole the lion statues that were out front but the gate is still there with MIKE TYSON on it. Oh and tacky doesn't even start to describe it.

      The point is that if you want to have a cool car gathering there is plenty of space and the city is very private. Yes Chagrin Falls would be better but there are so many car gatherings there that this one wouldn't be special. When you regularly see a real Shelby Cobra and a Ferrari GT California parked outside the Popcorn Shop a few Saabs aren't going to draw a crowd.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Awesome! I'll try and attend! Looks like fun. Plus that new 9-5 is pretty cool too.
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