http://www.saabrun.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=126From Marc Fails:
150 in 2004?
Get ready For SAABs @ Carlisle 2004
We all look forward to this time of year, with the 2004 car show and SAAB Event season almost upon us; it's time to start thinking about, what else? SAABs @ Carlisle 2004. Sadly however, we learned yesterday that Carlisle Events Co-founder, Chip Miller has passed away at the age of 61. Chip, his partner Bill Miller and the entire Carlisle staff have been instrumental in helping us build the event. We want to honor the memory of Chip Miller this year with another Club Participation Award and a donation to The Chip Miller Foundation.
The Central Penn SAAB Club, with the support of their friends from The Washington DC SAAB Club (WASSAAB), The New Jersey SAAB Owners Club, The New England SAAB Association, the New York SAAB Owners Club and The Swedish Underground, will converge at The 16th Annual Carlisle Import Kit and Replicar Nationals, May 21-23, 2004, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
We will once again be up against some stiff competition for the club participation award, which SAAB owners took away from the long standing owner of the trophy, The Mid-Atlantic Fiero Owners Association, by the slimmest of margins; One SAAB in 2002 and only six cars in 2003. Our Fiero friends, lead by Bob Schlag, were shocked once again at the outcome, and they will certainly pull out all the stops to regain their place on top. The SAAB loyal have proven we are the best chance of outpacing the well-organized Fiero group, as we bested the BMW's by more than 60 cars, and the Volvo's came in third in 2003, after only fielding about a dozen cars in 2002.
With the support of several area dealers, including Lehman SAAB, Kelly SAAB, Eisenhauer SAAB, Hunt Valley SAAB and Sports Car Service, and vendors Viking Wheel Service and State of Nine, we will again host The People's Choice Awards. SAAB's will be parked on the show field by model type; Aeros on Aero Avenue, Viggens on Viggen Valley Road and so on. There will be door prizes, a silent auction, and the best part; lunch provided free of charge on Saturday, with only one small catch. You must complete your voting ballot: "No Votes, No Vittles". The soup was a big hit last year, and the food committee reassures me that it will be on the menu once again this year. Hopefully, we'll get a break from the terrible weather, as the event is a week later this year.
This year in order to participate, you must be registered through us to ensure that your car(s) count in the official participation contest. If you register directly with Carlisle, it has become increasingly difficult to track down every last car for the vote tally. If you want to park with us and enjoy the SAAB festivities, this isn't too much to ask. Other regular features of the event will include a Friday evening dinner, Saturday afternoon tour through the scenic rolling countryside, and a dinner stop along the way. SAABs @ Carlisle T-Shirts will be available, with original artwork by John Webber. The 2004 artwork will feature a convertible this year.
For more details, or to be added to the e-mail distribution list, contact Marc Fails at [email protected] or 717.215.4216. The Carlisle Fairgrounds is easily reached from either Pennsylvania Turnpike Exit 16, or Interstate 81. Hope to see you there. Additional information, including on-line registration and payment will be another added feature this year. Information will be posted at: www.centralpennsaab.com within the next week.
President, Central Penn SAAB Club
"Be there or be square",
Board of Directors, Central Penn SAAB Club