2017 Niagara Winery Tour!

 & Picnic Lunch!
Meeting Sunday July 30th @ 10am

Hard to believe but this will be our Lucky 13th year doing this tour!  This year we’re back to Niagara-on-the-Lake area

Meeting at Southbrook Vineyards (www.southbrook.com) Canada’s first certified organic and biodynamic winery.

Next stop and our Picnic Lunch will be at Coyote’s Run Estate Winery located just below the St David’s Bench. Some snacks will be provided but be sure to remember to bring your picnic lunch and a lawn chair too!  Here we’ll go through a tasting to help pick out something good to go with your lunch!

Still finalizing details for the rest but we’ll do at least 1 more stop maybe 2 depending on time.  Then for those that wish, join us for an early dinner before the drive home.

Look forward to seeing everyone!

Paul & Alyson Stephenson

 

Meeting fellow SAAB owners at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) – June 24, 2017

      SAAB Club members and other SAAB enthusiasts are invited to attend events at CTMP on June 24, 2017. Ontario Time Attack will be conducting Racing School&Lapping day in conjunction with some other planned events by CASC-OR. CTMP is a famous racing track (formerly Mosport) just north of Bowmanville, Ontario. The track is easily accessible via Hwy 401, 407 or Hwy 35 and is located in a scenic, hilly area just off the Durham regional Hwy 20.  It is  approximately 1hr. 30min from downtown TO. The grounds are perfectly suited for a picnic and an informal gathering of SAAB enthusiasts. Cafeteria is open throughout the day and lunch is available if you don’t pack your own food.

More details at the track’s web site.

As a bonus, Martin will be there all day and he is offering free rides around the track in his Yellow Viggen. He will be busy part of the time instructing registered students at the track, but there are usually several twenty-minute sessions for instructors throughout the day starting at 9AM to accommodate guests as passengers. You will have to sign a waver and it will be best if you can bring your own helmet (SA 2010 helmet is mandatory for the track), but there are usually enough people around so one can borrow helmet as well. No worry, the speeds will not be at the racing pace, but you can get a feel for what it’s like by watching a brief video posted below. The average speed for Viggen with Martin at the wheel is 135km/hr reaching nearly 200 at the back straight. You will experience what a well prepared SAAB can do on a twisted road with no speed limits. Who knows, perhaps you will get encouraged and take an advanced driving school yourself in the future. Regardless, we hope to see your there!

A timed lap by # 283 Viggen at the CTMP, 2014. A short segment at the start followed by flying lap at speed

Sorry about the wind noise and the shaking. GoPro on the roof!

For more details contact Martin via email vp@saabclub.ca

Insurance for SAAB


Although Ontario car insurance rates have gone down slightly the basic coverage is still a big-ticket item that hurts everyone’s budget. It is particularly painful to pay yearly rates on the order of $1,000 (without collision) for a car that may be worth 2-3K total. This used to be the case for my 1991 SPG around a year ago when I got to talk to one of our fellow Club members who owns 900 convertible of similar vintage.
Hagerty Insurance is an American Company that has been a long time supporter and sponsor of SAAB Owner’s Conventions in the US and I contacted their website about insuring my SPG since my friend with the convertible was already getting coverage from them. My projected rates produced by the automated website calculator were less than one third of what I was paying so I gave them a call and confirmed the estimate. One point of uncertainty was the $ value of my SPG. Hagerty has no posted tables for SAABs and I had to basically come up with a figure on my own. Since my SPG is in pretty good condition and has a relatively low kilometer reading for a 26 year old car I gave it a conservative $3,500CAN and the company agreed. SPGs are getting rare and 1991s (last year of production) are least common. There were only 254 1991 SPGs sold in the US, 40 of them in Talladega Red. There are only 20 1991 SPGs listed on the current registry at The SAAB Network, three in red. http://www.saabnet.com/tsn/faq/spgreg/
In fact Hagerty suggested a higher value, but I explained to them that although our SAABs are becoming collector items they are still relatively inexpensive and the demand is low. I should add that the company representatives answering the phones are all very polite and helpful. What’s even more amazing that in my experience there are no long waiting times at their telephone desk. What a difference between this company and some of the other “service” providers we have in Canada!
Encouraged by my initial experience I further inquired whether I could insure my 2000 Viggen in the same way. Indeed I could and the only reason I haven’t so far is that I use my Viggen for summer driving at approximately 6,000km per year. This turned out to be too much for granting me the amazingly low rates by Hagerty. I suspect lowering my yearly km to 3,000-4,000km will do the trick and I may revisit the matter next year. Why is Viggen eligible? It is due to the relatively low production numbers of 3,000 vehicles per model year. Certain versions of Viggens such as yellow 5-doors are exceedingly rare. So it appears you don’t need an antique car to insure with Hagerty. Instead you can insure your perfectly drivable, but still rare SAAB as long as you don’t plan on driving much more than a few thousand kilometers per year. This insurance may not be suitable for everybody but for some SAAB aficionados who own more than one vehicle Hagerty may provide an alternative.