SAAC-45 National Convention June 17-19, 2020 CANCELLED

Update from HQ for SAAC 45

Well, the scales have finally tipped and we are announcing that the SAAC-45 National Convention on June 17-19 at Indy will be cancelled.
We truly have waited until the last possible moment to make this call… but the need to have a safe gathering with the quality of a National Event that we all expect has become impossible.
Let me share some of the facts that led to this decision. Indianapolis Motor Speedway is still in limbo as it relates to June events, although they have postponed the Indy 500 at the end of May. Our track partners at SVRA are still feeling a green light for their event on our weekend, but that is continually subject to the external rulings and decisions by the track and the state of Indiana.
The final nail for us to make this call came this week, in the form of official directives that would be a mandate for our event:
No spectators only registered participants. No spectators from SVRA/ Trans Am or SAAC
No dinner or banquet
No Social gatherings (our Night at the Museum)
Mandatory “social distancing”… 6 foot separation
Masks and gloves onsite required. Gloves – all staff. Masks – all staff
Shields – Registrars, Tech staff when conducting Tech inspections
At-Track Medical info done as part of registration process
No paper Event Programs or schedules to be distributed
No Driver or Car Show Packets will be handed out
No Face to Face Driver Meetings, Done via services like “Zoom” at pre-determined and published times
No food or concession services
…And on, and on and on.
With a different timeline and conditions, we might comply with some of these restrictions to go forward with the event… But looking at all of them, and realizing the risk and expense for our members to attend, it became obvious that this event would not be a fun one.
So, sadly, we have cancelled this event.
ALL preregistrations in place as of this date will be fully refunded with NO cancellation penalties.
We have officially closed the Motorsportsreg site from accepting any more transactions.
If you have already registered for the event, stand by for communications from SAAC HQ for details on your refunds; no action is required on your part.
So… what now?
Preliminary investigations are finding it very difficult to obtain an alternate track/venue date for later this year. You can imagine the number of larger events from Early Spring and Summer that need to reposition.
We are actively looking at alternatives that include joint efforts with local and regional events in the Fall.
Our intention is to do everything possible to not have 2020 pass by without a SAAC National-organized social event.
We will continue to inform the membership and fans officially though Member eBlasts, SAACForum posts and Facebook/Twitter as plans develop.
I am sure many more than your Directors are feeling sad about this… but safety, security and the ability to enjoy ourselves are mandatory factors that would be missing if we moved forward with a June date.

 

Shelby Club goes to the Movies Saturday November 16 1:30pm Matinee

All enjoyed Ford vs. Ferrari at the MJR Marketplace Cinema in Sterling Heights, MI on Saturday at the matinee. We then went to El Charro of Fraser for dinner and discussed the film.

Most agreed that it was an excellent film. If you ever met Carroll Shelby, heard him speak, heard or read stories about him, you know the events of the past are not static. So if someone points out a discrepancy or two in the movie, it’s unlikely that Mr. Shelby would have concerned himself about a few details. He would approve of it as a good story.

Thanks to Rich Tweedle putting this plan together.

 

And a thank you to our friends at Team Shelby for posters, shown below, handed out after dinner.

 

SAAC45 INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY JUNE 17-19, 2020

STOP THE PRESSES!

Dates changed to 17th-19th.

2020 National Convention
SAAC-45
Indianapolis Motor Speedway June 10-12, 2020 June 17-19, 2020.
The Shelby American Automobile Club returns to Indianapolis for SAAC-45, offering 3 days of motorsports fun. Two full days of Open Track, Indoor Concours Judging, Popular Vote car Show and the opportunity to run parade laps on the most famous track in the USA

“The ‘Brickyard’ provides the perfect venue for history, track action and car shows.”

New features to be added to our favorite activities
We are planning a Night at the Museum, an evening program like no other that will pack the room, and extra driving activities like Cruise Tours, Poker Run and Autocross..plus a few more surprises. Mark your calendars and watch for updates as they are finalized.
Initial Schedules and Hotel Information will be announced shortly.

NOTE: The iPhone says it’s 304 miles from Little Daddy’s to IMS and should only take 4 hours and 49 minutes to get there. What’s your next excuse?

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Snakes in the Grass Fizzles in the Drizzle.

While not all of us got the memo that deleted meeting at Canterbury Village, those that did show up enjoyed the hot cider and donuts.

Mr. & Mrs. Hermans didn’t let a little rain stop them.

Official start of the cruise became Neal Porter’s collection. Mr. Porter took the time to give a short history / report on each car in the building. Quite a diverse group of cars, from a ’37 Packard that two sailors on 30 leave bought in New York, to a ’53 Buick Skylark Sports convertible that was part of the General Motors “Promise of Tomorrow”, to a Dual Ghia that Chrysler should have produced, but ended as a private deal with the Italian firm. With a Boss 302, a Canadian Ford, and several other cars in between.

The cruise continued following the maps supplied by our coordinator, Mike Nyberg, there is an unconfirmed report of one member who refused to believe it was raining and made the journey to Greg’s Restaurant with the top down.

It has been confirmed that the ribs were good and the onion rings, huge. Those that went agreed it was an excellent event, in spite any complications.

Mr. Tweedle has more photos of event: Neal Porter Collection

Despite the rain, Snakes on Telegraph was an unexpected pleasure.

This snake event wasn’t even on our calendar of events, but then Jeff Grice, president of the Great Lakes Cobra Club, invited us to join them in a joint car show along with the Viper Club for the Grand Re-Opening of the Southfield Dealers Body Shop.

Several Shelby Club members attended, taking advantage of the refreshments and enjoying the music provided by the DJ.

Brian would have preferred the Factory Five Cobra, but did win a Fitbit Versa. So while he’s not riding, he’ll know how many steps he’s walking.
David Thomas was another hourly drawing winner. Four tickets to the McLaren PGA tournament at Warwick Hills.
Scott Adams brought Marlys out for dinner and drinks, when they’re free you can afford gas for the GT500.