SAAC-42 - The 2017 SAAC Convention

About SAAC National Conventions

About SAAC National Conventions

SAAC has been holding a national convention every summer since 1976. These are not cookie-cutter events that use the same hotel and same race track every year. Each of our conventions is a little different and they rotate around the country. A typical convention, spread over three days and nights, includes a judged concours, a popular vote car show, open track driving, a parts swap, a vintage race, evening programs, a sit-down dinner and panels of guest speakers made up of former Shelby team drivers, engineers, designers, fabricators and race mechanics. As many as 3,000 people have attended past conventions bringing over 1,000 cars. Cobras and Shelbys, to be sure, occupy the center stage but all types of Ford-powered performance cars are welcomed: Tigers, Panteras, Boss Mustangs, new Ford GTs, Cobra, Shelby and Ford GT40 replicas, Falcons, Galaxies and Mustangs of every year and description all have followings. Conventions are open to all Cobra and Shelby enthusiasts, not only club members. SAAC’s annual summer get-togethers are the envy of other clubs.
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SAAC NATIONAL CONVENTIONS
SAAC-1 OAKLAND, CA - 8/76
SAAC-2 HERSHEY, PA - 7/77
SAAC-3 PASADENA, CA - 8/78
SAAC-4 DOWNINGTOWN, PA - 6/79
SAAC-5 DEARBORN, MI - 7/80
SAAC-6 MONTEREY, CA - 8/81
SAAC-7 GREAT GORGE, NJ - 8/82
SAAC-8 DEARBORN, MI - 7/83
SAAC-9 ANAHEIM, CA - 8/84
SAAC-10 GREAT GORGE, NJ - 7/85
SAAC-11 DEARBORN, MI - 7/86
SAAC-12 CHARLOTTE, NC - 7/87
SAAC-13 SANTA ROSA, CA - 7/88
SAAC-14 POCONO, PA - 7/89
SAAC-15 DEARBORN, MI - 7/90
SAAC-16 CHARLOTTE, NC - 6/91
SAAC-17 PORTLAND, OR - 7/92
SAAC-18 WATKINS GLEN, NY - 7/93
SAAC-19 INDIANAPOLIS, IN - 6/94
SAAC-20 ATLANTA, GA - 7/95
SAAC-21 LIME ROCK, CT - 7/96
SAAC-22 ELKHART LAKE, WI - 7/97
SAAC-23 CHARLOTTE, NC - 7/98
SAAC-24 BROOKLYN, MI - 6/99
SAAC-25 LIME ROCK, CT - 7/00
SAAC-26 CHARLOTTE, NC - 7/01
SAAC-27 FONTANA, CA - 7/02
SAAC-28 NASHVILLE, TN - 5/03
SAAC-29 BROOKLYN, MI - 7/04
SAAC-30 FONTANA, CA - 7/05
SAAC-31 VIRGINIA INTL RACEWAY - 7/06
SAAC-32 TOOELE, UT - 7/07
SAAC-33 MILLVILLE, NJ - 7/08
SAAC-34 BEAVERUN, PA - 8/09
SAAC-35 INFINEON RACEWAY - 8/10
SAAC-36 VIRGINIA INTL RACEWAY - 5/11
SAAC-37 WATKINS GLEN, NY - 6/12
SAAC-38 FONTANA, CA - 7/13
SAAC-39 ELKHART LAKE, WI - 5/14
SAAC-40 POCONO, PA - 8/15
SAAC-41 MID-OHIO - 6/23
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SAAC-42

We are presently evaluating several sites and dates for SAAC-42. As soon as we have details we will update this page.

SAAC-42 CONVENTION REGISTRATION

We are not yet ready to begin accepting registrations for our 2017 convention. This page will be updated as soon as we are, likely around February of 2017. Thanks for your patience.

SAAC-42 HOTELS

We will update this page as soon as we have details regarding SAAC-42 hotels.

SAAC-42 SCHEDULE

This page will be updated as soon as the SAAC-42 schedule has been determined.

SAAC-42 OPEN TRACK

This information pertains to the past convention. If you are looking for specifics on the convention's Open Track requirements and how the event is run, this will give you a good idea. When we have details on the location and dates for SAAC-42 in the summer of 2017, we will update all of this information. However, keep in mind that we try very hard not to change the way the event is run from year to year unless the track requirements change.


Open Track slots will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis to SAAC National members or Team Shelby members with Ford-powered cars only (exceptions can be made on a case by case basis).

If you would like to run your car but are not a member of either group, you will have to join during the registration process. No exceptions. We are expecting the Open Track spots to all be filled by convention time, so if you are serious about running then you should register in advance (a word to the wise).

The Open Track entry fee is $75 per session. Two drivers may share a car (the entry fee is based on the car — not the number of drivers; the second driver need not be a club member). All drivers must attend the daily Drivers Meeting prior to going out on the track that day, and all cars must pass a safety inspection. Open Track is NOT a competitive event. Please understand that. You are NOT racing.

There may be a few vacant spots available on the morning of the event due to last minute cancellations, and if so they will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis at Tech Inspection. We cannot guarantee that any spots will be available at that time so we strongly recommend registering in advance. Pre-registration insures that you will receive advance information which will help you to understand how the event is run and exactly what will be expected of you when you arrive with your car at Tech Inspection. You may run your car as hard (or as easy) as you feel comfortable doing. We run rain or shine; there will be no refunds in the event of less than perfect weather.

OPEN TRACK SCHEDULE

THURSDAY

7:00

7:15

8:00
8:30
9:00

9:30
10:00
10:30

11:00
11:15
11:30
11:45
Tech Inspection opens

Drivers Meeting (mandatory for all running on Thursday)

Green Group on track
Orange Group
Red Group

Green Group
Orange Group
Red Group

Green Group
Orange Group
Red Group
SAAC sessions end for the day

FRIDAY

7:00

7:15

8:00
8:20
8:40

1:00
1:20
1:40
Tech Inspection opens

Drivers Meeting (mandatory for all running on Friday)

Green Group
Orange Group
Red Group

Green Group
Orange Group
Red Group

Open Track Information and Rules - Open Track participants must be familiar with these rules.

Driver's Medical Information Form - Each driver must print out and complete this form, and then bring it to Tech Inspection.

Open Track Tech Inspection Form - This form must be printed out, completed, and then brought to Tech Inspection.



Popular Vote Car Show

Popular Vote Car Show

Popular Vote Car ShowThe Popular Vote Car Show has been part of SAAC conventions ever since the second one, in 1977. While the judged concours car show is the benchmark for Cobra and Shelby standards of excellence, the popular vote show is just the opposite. There are no standards, and that’s what makes it so enjoyable. It is open to every car. And while concours entrants strive to improve their cars by a half a point at a time, competition in the pop vote show is as low-key as it can get. There is no advanced registration: Show up, park your car, and step back so everyone else can enjoy seeing it.

Over the years we have structured this event in several different ways, from having judges evaluate the field and choose “winners” using generic classes (Meanest Looking Cobra, Fastest Looking Shelby, Most Likely To Give Small Children Nightmares, Most Unique, Most Likely To Attract Law Enforcement, etc), to asking celebrity judges choose the winners in several different classes, or to having entrants and spectators vote on the car of their choice in upwards of three dozen separate classes. This final method seems to be the most popular with convention attendees.

The pop vote show is typically scheduled for the morning of the final day of the convention, to allow for the largest number of cars. Envelopes are taped to the windshield of each car showing that car’s class, and perforated ballot sheets are given to everyone who wishes to participate. Owners and spectators separate individual ballots and “vote” for the car of their choice by placing a ballot in the envelope.

Popular Vote Car ShowThere are no specific standards to guide voting. If someone likes something about a particular car, that’s all it takes to get their vote. Often a unique option or accessory (a Weber induction system or competition options) will be enough. In other cases originality, low mileage, or the patina of long term storage will induce someone to vote for a particular car. There is no “right” or “wrong” and, as a result, it is impossible to predict the voting outcomes. Winners are a surprise to everyone.

A window for voting (usually between 10 a.m. and 12 noon) permits participation without dragging things out all day. Once the voting window closes the envelopes are quickly collected and delivered to the Vote Counting Committee. It is not necessary to count the ballots in every envelope; only the ones in each class that obviously have the most in them. By 3 p.m. ballots have been counted and everyone gathers around the car show control point where winners are announced and awards presented.

Popular Vote Car ShowPopular Vote Car Show classes are adjusted from year to year. Since there are no advanced registrations, there is no way of knowing how many cars to expect. So the classes are based on the number of cars that were entered in the show the previous year. Entry fee is $10 per car. A list of typical classes looks like this:

260-269 Cobra CSX2000
260-289 Cobra Competition
427 Cobra CSX3000
427 Cobra Competition
Cobra CSX4000/6000/7000/8000
Ford GT40
1965 GT350
1965 GT350 R-Model
1966 GT350
1966 GT350 Hertz
1967 GT350
1967 GT500
1968 GT350
1968 GT500
1968 GT500KR
1969 GT350
1969 GT500
1970 GT350
1970 GT500
Tiger
Pantera
2006-2007 Ford GT
1969-1971 Boss 302/351/429
2007-Present Shelby GT500/GT500KR
2010-Present Shelby GT/GT H/GT350
2011-2012 Boss
1964-1973 Mustang/Stock
1964-1973 Mustang/Modified
1974-2004 Mustang/Stock
1974-2004 Mustang/Modified
2005-Present Mustang/Stock
2005-Present Mustang/Modified
1992-Present Mustang Special Edition
Cobra Replica
Shelby Replica
GT40 Replica
Special Interest
Special Interest Competition

 

Popular Vote Car Show

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