OUR MISSION STATEMENT
“To preserve the Saab automobiles for future generations to enjoy and inspire the Spirit of Saab through repair education, parts production and a library of Saab literature.”
I never planned on having a SAAB Museum but sometimes circumstances force you to make decisions. In the early winter of 2012 I (along with Bill Jacobson) were the successful bidders on the 10 Saab cars from the General Motors Heritage Collection. (That had been sold to SAAB Spyker during the 2009 General Motors bankruptcy).
Having acquired these cars my wife Patti and I had some soul-searching to do. Our collection of cars had now become larger than us. What I mean is before the General Motors heritage collection cars entered into the picture, I was like any other collector (albeit at a bit of more passionate than most) in that we had many Saab we had restored, planned to restore or purchased in excellent condition. They ranged in years from the first Saabs ever made in 1950 all the way through the last year 2011.
But now with the addition of the GM Heritage Cars (13 cars as of August 2018) the need to preserve the history of the Saab automobile’s for future generations became more apparent. So in 2015 we established the Saab Heritage Museum USA as a 501 (C3) nonprofit foundation.
We did this because we knew forming a museum would be a greater task then we as individuals could obtain. And that without the help of the Saab community at large (and other auto enthusiasts who would want to help preserve the marquee) it would be a daunting task.
We looked at many sites including Phoenix, Minneapolis, Des Moines but settled on an usual place…STURGIS, South Dakota! Sturgis offers a low humidity environment which help preserve the cars at 3,500 feet elevation.
Sturgis also hosts an annual motorcycle rally that produces 350,000-700,000 visitors in a 2 week period.
The Black Hills offers many sunny days with over 3 million people a year visiting each year. Such places as Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial, Devils Tower National Monument, Needles Highway, and the Badlands. Also where else can you go and see Buffalo roaming wild at Custer State Park!
The Historic town of Deadwood is a mere 12 miles away where people like Wild Bill Hichock and Calamity Jane use to call home. Also the Black Hills is home to many car groups including the Corvette club, the mini Cooper club, the Mustang club just to name a few (as well as now the Saab club!!)
The Saab museum is located right off of exit 32 on Junction Avenue which leads north to downtown Sturgis. But if you turn South the road instantly becomes Vanocker Canyon road and within a mile you are in the beauty of the Black Hills National Forest!
Also South Dakota lacks state income tax!
Help us keep the Spirit of Saab alive today for the future Saab enthusiast’s of tomorrow!