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For the SoCal VSA Volvo Fans;

We’re off to a number of unusually warm and ideal driving days in this New Year for our events.  We all know that we also drastically can use some rain but hopefully not on our forthcoming ones. The following activities and events are open to all and should be of interest to all motoring enthusiasts:

[1] The Annual 2014 VSA Temecula Valley Wine Tour - set for Saturday Feb. 15, 2014. This year’s starting point is the intersection of the I-15 and Hwy 76. There’s a large commuter parking lot behind the Mobile Gas Station to meet in. Please plan to be there at 10:00 AM since we also plan to leave promptly at 10:30 AM.  All of the details about the trip including which wineries that we’ll be visiting is available and downloadable from our website This year we will be picnicking at the last winery so I encourage you to either bring your favorite lunch time items or you can still buy some snacks from the Winery. For our friends who may be coming from out of town there’s a few places with salad bars in the local supermarkets. I also like a place called “Barons Market” (31939 Rancho California Rd) with 2 large salad bars and bakery fresh bread and begets and deli meats. Also feel free to bring table cloths and as much picnicking items that you’d like.

[2] The L.A. Art Show 2014 - Our long time members Tom & Vickie Lamb were approached by Volvo of N.A.  - a major sponsor of the show -  to use their pristine 1962 Volvo - Jensen P1800 for this year’s LA Art Show 2014. There were 35,000 attendees who were able to admire both Tom & Vickie’s car and 2015 samples of a V60, S60 and XC60. This was a very special event for Tom & Vickie & I’ve attached an article covering it for your perusal.

[3] We now have extra 2014 SoCal VSA Annual Calendars available.  The demand was so great that we had to order extras for those who asked for them. I’ll have them with me for the Temecula Valley Wine Tour and they are $10 each for our members and $12 for non-members. Kindly contact me via email to reserve copies for yourself.

 We are always looking for your input for other events, tours, shows and trips that you may want to recommend for your fellow Volvo enthusiasts. Our website’s 2014 Calendar tab lists the events that we usually have and there’s room for more from you.

Be safe and best regards to all,

Tom Dougherty
SoCal VSA Chapter Coordinator

Events past...

Volvo/Saab Gathering, Show & Picnic
Vasa Park, Agoura Hills, CA
May 19, 2013

Held in conjunction with the Nordic Spring Picnic.  All show cars granted free admittance.  Park features food, entertainment including swimming pool, water slide, log-rolling contest, paddle boats, games, tube slide and Vasa Mine.

Here's a link to the event flyer.

For More Information Contact:  

Vasa Seaborg



1/14/12  -  We are many, we are SAAB!

10AM  Gather at Marvin K Brown in Mission Valley at 10AM, followed by a convoy to Ikea.  We'll be there until 3PM.  Bring your Saab and show your support!



Best Saab Fleet

Who holds bragging rights to the “Best Saab Fleet in North America”? A knowledgeable panel of experts will recognize the top three at this year’s convention.

Many Saab enthusiasts pride themselves in having, not just one, but many Saabs in their garage or on their driveway. But what makes a collection, or fleet, the best? We suspect elements of a winning entry to include variety and rarity of models, visual condition, and certainly photographic presentation. Since the transport of multiple vehicles to SOC can be near impossible, even when you reside close to the venue, this provides an avenue for you to participate in an expanded way, even for those who cannot attend.

Select Your Best. Entries may contain three (3) to five (5) vehicles (all Saabs of course!) and must be accompanied by an entry form. Please review the contest rules and submit materials as follows:

1.    Create your own photo display board (no larger than 20” x 30”) and bring it to the convention... or

2.    Send photos of your fleet with titles and captions. We’ll prepare a standardized display board for the convention (for this option, materials must be received no later than July 30th).


Mail to:
SOC Best Fleet Committee
c/o Larry Beetham
658 E Phillips Dr. N.
Littleton, CO 80122-2863

Download the Entry Form

View Contest Rules

Saab Photo Contest

In keeping with SOC tradition, a photography contest will be held with the following categories: Car Portrait, Impressionistic, and Snapshot. Awards will be presented to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners as determined by popular vote. Contest ballots will be included with registration materials.

Submissions of your Saab themed photo (3”x5” to 8”x10” in size) will be accepted at the event check-in and are limited to one entry per category, per registrant.

All winners will be announced at the Saturday Awards Dinner.

For questions regarding contest rules, please contact Larry Beetham at or 303-519-7641. 

To all who are registering for SOC09, please register early as we have deadlines for ordering merchandise as T-Shirts.  Do not delay, register now!!!



2009 North American Saab Owner's Convention

This year the annual convention will be held from August 13 to August 16 at the beautiful Copper Mountain Resort in Frisco, Colorado.  The event will be hosted by the Rocky Mountain Saab Club in conjunction with the Saab Club of North America, the Vintage SAAB Club of North America and Saab USA.

For all available details on this event, please click HERE!


2009 Colorado Rocky Mountain Tour -- Saabs Run the Rockies 

You are invited to join Saab enthusiasts from all over the world in touring the Colorado Rocky Mountains during the five days following the 2009 Saab Owners Convention in Colorado, hosted by the Rocky Mountain Saab Club. 

The tour will span  August 17 through 21, 2009, and will start with a tour check-in meeting at the convention site at 8:00 am on the 17th.  Tour details will be provided upon registration.

Many Colorado scenic areas will be visited, including Trail Ridge Road in the Rocky Mountain National Park, reaching an elevation of 12,183 ft.  Using various side excursions, you may see world famous ski areas, including Aspen, Snowmass, Vail, and Telluride.  Enjoy Colorado's four national parks;  the world's largest outdoor hot springs swimming pool with its large water slide and soaking pool;  explore ancient Anasazi Indian cliff dwellings;  ride a scenic route on a turn of the century narrow gauge railroad;  see beautiful canyons, picturesque mountain lakes, old mining towns (have you heard of Baby Doe), Colorado's own version of the Grand Canyon and our "Little Switzerland";  and experience the beauty of various spectacular highway segments like "The Million Dollar Highway".  The tour will be capped off by a banquet dinner on the last night.

Come and join us by filling out the attached registration form.  Upon registering, you will be provided an 'Accommodation List' of the overnight lodging in each of the five overnight locations so that you may make your own individual overnight plans and reservations, plus a list of driving and traveling tips to prepare yourself for Colorado's mountain touring.  Your registration fee will also include a Tour Book detailing each day's map segments, directions, points of interest, and mileage, plus a tour related T-shirt, a personalized pin-on button, and car number decals.  These items will be available at the tour check-in.  Tour fees for the car driver and any other occupants are shown on the registration form.  These fees are separate from the convention fees.

For more information and registration forms, please visit The Rocky Mountain Saab Club and/or contact the coordinators below.

Rich Hruda - Tour Coordinator

Bruce Harbison - Registration Coordinator


2nd Annual Swedish Car Fest

This year the event is being held in Redondo Beach by the SoCal Chapter of Volvo Sports America and the SoCal Saab Club.  For a PDF copy of the event flyer, please click HERE!

2008 SCVFA Swedish Car Fest

Our cousins in the Volvo camp are putting together  another event in southern California -- SAAB enthusiasts are welcome.

Ricky and Ronnie's Cruise-In Diner
1301 W Sepulveda Blvd
Torrance, CA  90501

Exit the 110 freeway at Sepulveda, go west to 2nd light at Normandy.

More info:

San Diego Volvo Sports America - Annual Temecula Wine Country Tour

On March 2, 2008 join the Volvo guys on their annual trip to Temecula wine country.  Meet at the Mobil gas station on Temecula Parkway/Highway 79 South at 10:00 AM and start the tour at 10:30.   Three wineries are on the agenda, with a picnic lunch at the last one, finishing up around 2:00 PM. 

Contact Tom Dougherty of the SD VSA with questions.

San Diego SAAB Owner's Group holds its first gathering of 2002!

On January 26, 2002 the SDSOG held a two-part gathering, sponsored in part by the folks at Marvin K. Brown Auto Center.  The morning session was held at MKB with a complimentary breakfast, lots of test drives and some very generous door prizes.  The afternoon had us up at the Deer Park Winery and Auto Museum where we had lunch, talked SAABs and toured the amazing and eclectic stash of vintage cars.

By Invitation of the San Diego Chapter of Volvosport of America - June 23, 2001

Local Volvo, SAAB and Austin-Healey enthusiasts joined The Orange County and San Diego Volvo Clubs on a day trip to Julian on Saturday June 23, 2001.

SAAB Owner's Convention, July 2000

The 2000 National SAAB Owner's Convention was held in Lime Rock, Connecticut and Kerhonkson, NY from July 5th to July 9th.  If you didn't attend, you missed a really great time.  We've placed a slide show of the event on our sister site, VSAAB.COM.  Click HERE for a look!  (Requires Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or later...)

1st Annual Summertime in SoCal SAAB Gathering -- Saturday June 26, 1999

This summer's southern California gathering of the SAAB-faithful was a great success!  
HERE for details and photos from the event!


Other Upcoming Events

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