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The Lounge / Re: 2018 SAAC Annual - it's out
« on: January 06, 2019, 10:41:13 PM »
It seems that almost no one in Canada has received their annuals.
Let's give this a couple of weeks before doing anything else.
In the mean time, there is always the electronic version for your reading pleasure.


The Lounge / Re: 2018 SAAC Annual - it's out
« on: January 05, 2019, 11:19:42 PM »
Did any of our members in the great white North (Canada) get their copy yet?


SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Re: The future of the SAAC
« on: August 22, 2018, 01:22:02 PM »
In the spirit of support of SAAC:

1) As a reminder, SAAC is a for profit corporation.  Any donations, just like any other income will be taxed...just like any other income.  They will see maybe 50% of any donation...maybe.  Why are we 'assuming' they need money ??

This is completely INCORRECT. SAAC is a Not-For-Profit organization, a 501(c)3 organized as such under Connecticut law.


SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Re: The future of the SAAC
« on: August 21, 2018, 01:17:54 PM »
FWIW I have been a SAAC member off-and-on since the early '80s. Off more than on I'm sure.

In fact, my membership just ran out. I never received one of those SAAC Member "badges" on the old forum (which was fine).

I don't own a Shelby and don't plan to. My family has always been a Ford/Mercury family and I am fascinated by the design, engineering and racing history of Shelby American/Shelby Automotive and it's interconnections with the Mercury Cougars.

I came here to learn and share.

I've met some outstanding people on the forum and through that contact have been able to contribute my services, advice and/or images from my personal collection to several different efforts at restoring, promoting and educating people about the cars we all love.

I have gotten invaluable advice and learned more since joining these SAAC forum(s) than all my years in the club before that.

I don't plan on maintaining a full-time membership, so if that becomes required to contribute here then, well I guess I couldn't be member.

Not saying that is any great loss, just wanted to make the point of what would be gained (?) or lost by the changes being discussed. There is lots of stuff going on behind the scenes that isn't apparent to those that maybe aren't as into making connections and sharing.

- Phillip

I don't know if you are aware of it, but SAAC offers an Affiliate membership. The Affiliate membership differs from Classical membership in that Affiliate members do not receive anything in the mail. Classic members get a membership card, decal and the 360 page Shelby American Annual magazine every year. Affiliate members get access to the magazine online, and enjoy all of the other benefits of being members, including being able to take advantage of Ford's X Plan. Affiliate membership is $25 per year, regardless of where you live. Classic membership is $50 per year for US residents, and $75 in Canada and elsewhere.

We would love to see you rejoin us, either at the Classic or Affiliate level. If you have any questions, please email me


SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Re: The future of the SAAC
« on: August 19, 2018, 10:56:23 PM »
Thanks Jay and Ron,

Location of board members is not a big deal. We have the conferencing technology, Skype for example, to allow board meetings to be held at anytime.

Since there is a The Board Room section on the forum, I would suggest the agenda for the board meetings be placed there and allow members to post ideas and suggestions to be included in the agenda. 

As you can probably imagine, the last three months worth of board meetings have dealt almost exclusively with convention details. I believe that all those countless hours paid off in the form of a great convention. Yes, the convention was not perfect (no one ever is), so after the convention, the next board meeting dissected the convention, discussing the shortcomings, and making suggestions for next year's convention.

The next conference call will start the discussion about many of the items touched on here.

A word to the wise: The board certainly recognizes the importance of the SAAC forum to members and non-members alike. However, the board members do not read each post, nor do we have the time or desire to answer every question raised, especially rude comments from non-members who are trying to stir up trouble. If you SAAC members have a concern, let us know. We take suggestions from members very seriously.

For you non-members, join SAAC and show your support for these cars and the rest of the great people associated with this club.


SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Re: The future of the SAAC
« on: August 18, 2018, 08:27:37 PM »
Where exactly is club headquarters these days? Inquiring minds want to know?  8)

SAAC HQ is no longer in just one location since about 2009.
The Board of Directors consists of the following:
The Membership Office (Jay Talbott) is in Lexington, KY. Curt Vogt, Howard Pardee and Rick Kopec (Director Emeritus) are located in CT. Ron Richards is in New York, Dirk Gasterland is in Wisconsin, and Jim Dolan is in Naples, Fl.

Our Registrars are located in CA, CT, FL, NV and NJ

Because SAAC administration has grown beyond just two or three people, SAAC HQ is a virtual office located in many places, manned by hard working volunteers who have put SAAC ahead of their personal and business lives. Because of these hard working people, SAAC is continuing to operate in an ever-changing world. We are addressing the challenges mentioned in some of these threads, and will be communicating our direction soon, as Ron has indicated.


I came up with an idea that may work for the Tshirts. Get one of those tyvek envelopes from the post office. Put the right postage on it and your address. Write on the inside of the flap what size shirt you want. Send the envelope and price of the shirt to whoever is in charge of ordering them. They order enough to cover the extras. They take all the envelopes to the convention and some of our great volunteers stick your shirt in your envelope and at some point drive past a local post office and drop them off.
Too late for this convention but maybe next time.

Sounds like you are volunteering for to send the Tee shirts from the convention. This is a thankless, so I am glad someone is stepping up to the plate.

We did this in the past, and it is not as easy as it sounds.

People can easily order the shirts from the store if they are available, or, if someone like you wants to mail them from the convention, we will post your home and email address and your can implement this great idea.

All the best,

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