Apr 14 2015

Annual General Meeting – Wednesday April 15th

As in the past, this is your club … to make it better, we need your participation. Please plan to attend and feel free to “stir things up”.
All positions are up for grabs, even if the current member is willing to continue in the role.

Location: eZone

Time: 7:30pm start (people start gathering for dinner around 6:30pm)

Feb 18 2015

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Jan 23 2015

Sunday February 1st: Winter drive: Groundhog Day edition




Here we are in the snow.P1000894(1) The thing about Ontario, it’s pretty flat. You don’t have to scale a mountain to be on the “Roof of Ontario”!P1000895(1)Update: weather looks promisingly wintry for the next week, so we are confirmed to go Sunday February 1st.

We will meet at 10:30 AM at Tim Horton’s in Shelburne. It’s 800 Main St. West, at the corner of Highway 9/10 and County Road 124 (neé Highwaty 24) at the west end of Shelburne. Depart on the drive at 11 AM sharp. See you there. Bring your snow tires!

See the event listing for map.

By popular demand, the Saab Club will be reprising the Winter Drive. It will take place on either the first or second Sunday in February–the 1st or 8th.  Please stay tuned–we need to watch the forecast, which currently goes out to Thursday (and do you trust it anyway?). I’d love to wait until we know what Wiarton Willie predicts, but that’s a little too late. Masybe I’ll take my Saab out to a field this weekend and see if it sees its own shadow.

We’re surely going to have less wintry weather than last year. Hopefully there will still be plenty of snow on the roads in early February.

Nov 03 2014

Update: Saab OEM parts 10% off plus free shipping in Canada

Update March 2014: free shipping can be had for orders under $100. Best to talk to Budd’s or other Saab dealers for the latest situation. The dropping Canadian dollar is not helping prices, but that’s going to be true of ordering online from any US vendor. I found Saab OEM prices to be still competitive with my most recent orders this month.

Update January 2014: the free shipping is now for orders over $100. You can talk to the parts folks at Budd’s for any questions. Orders less than $100 will still receive reasonable shipping costs–probably much less than many of the on-line places.


Update: ordered Monday, package sitting on the front porch Thursday evening. It was a box plenty big enough to package the Toronto white pages telephone directory (for those of you who remember such things). Inside it, along with some air bladders, was a bulb that’s half the size of the eraser at the end of a pencil (hey, you remember pencils with erasers?).

I just visited Budd’s Saab, which has relocated to South Service Road just west of Dorval Drive. There is no longer a Saab sign, but there are plenty of Saabs in the lot.

Budd’s offers a 10% discount on parts to Saab Club of Canada members. Their prices are MSRP and pretty reasonable.

What is more interesting to Club members who are beyond the GTHA is that, for the very same price that you can order in a part and pick it up, Saab Parts NA offers free drop shipping. What this means is you can phone in your order, and it will show up anywhere in Canada in 3-5 business days via FedEx. No shipping charges, no duty charges. Same as if you ordered the part and picked it up at Budd’s or another Saab dealer. Doesn’t matter if it’s a small part or something big like a windshield or bumper: shipping is free.

Also, if you totally need a part quicker, there is reasonably-priced express shipping available. You probably won’t be able to get a windshield shipped that way anyway, but for say an engine part, it’s a good way to get the part you need in a day or two.

I’m testing out the shipping. I anticipate one of the one-off bulbs in my car will arrive at my house by the end of the week.


Oct 31 2014

OMG it rolled away!?

The first time I saw this I thought my parking brake had failed and my car had rolled down the driveway and along the facing street.


No, my parking brake is okay. It’s just rare to see a couple of similar Saabs in close proximity! This other car seems to park there a couple of times a month. Never seen the owner, though.



Oct 05 2014

Fall Colours Tour Report

The Tour went very well. Although this weekend’s cool weather served as a reminder that autumn is definitely upon us, this did not interfere with us having a great day out driving our Saabs in the hills of north Peel and Halton. Finishing at the Halton County Radial Railway was a nice way to end the outing. Thanks to everyone who joined us (we had 11 cars and 28 adults and children) and a special thanks to Ed Trejis for organizing the day.

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Sep 08 2014

THIS WEEKEND: Fall Colours Tour, Sunday October 5th

Update 3:

To clarify, we’ll be meeting at the Tim Horton’s in the plaza on the SE corner of Hurontario and Mayfield at 10:00 AM Sunday. Departure on the tour is 10:30 AM. With luck we will be ahead of traffic, and have plenty of time at the streetcar museum without the day getting too long for everyone, particularly kids (hope to see some families come!).

If you are coming from the Mayfield Road exit of the 410, turn left at Colonel Bertram (lights just before you get to Hurontario, turn right into the plaza, and make your way to the Tim Horton’s.

Update 2:

  1. The Fall Colour Tour is open to everyone. You don’t have to be a member of the Club, but we do hope you bring a Saab!
  2. The Club will be covering the cost of admission to the Streetcar Museum. If you participate in the Tour, your admission is covered. This is a great chance to visit the museum and see and ride streetcars from Toronto and from other parts of the province and Canada.
    p.s. Kids love the museum, and the museum is kid-friendly! So bring the family!

Update 1:

The route will be about 65 km. Most of it will be on nice (and hopefully less-travelled) rural roads at 80 km/h. We will pass through Glen Williams, Limehouse, probably Cheltenham, and maybe Campbell’s Cross–I haven’t decided on a couple of route variations yet. We’ll have at least a couple of photo stops in parks on the way.

The streetcar musuem has some food available:

East End Café for Ice Cream – we try to keep that going until the middle weekend of Oct but with weather – no guarantees. The West end usually has Hot Dogs and Hamburgers, and some microwavable meals as well as pop, chocolate bars, chips.

Also, if people are interested in a “real” meal afterwards, does anyone have a suggestion? We will be a relatively close to Guelph, Rockwood, and Acton, and Milton will be on the way for those heading for the 401. I saw a couple of restaurants at Mohawk Racetrack right by the 401.

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