“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 successful bidders on the Saab cars from the General Motors heritage collection. (that have been sold to SAAB Spyker during the 2009 General Motors bankruptcy).
Having acquired these cars my wife and I had some soul-searching to do. Our collection of cars have 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 or purchased in excellent condition. They ranged in years from 1950 all the way through 2011.
But now with the addition of the GM heritage cars the need to preserve the history of the Saab automobile’s became apparent. So in 2015 we established the saab heritage car museum USA as a 501 C3 nonprofit foundation. We decided we had to give up things in order for the greater good of a long term museum.
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 later on this task) it would be undaunting.
We looked at many sites including Phoenix, Minneapolis, Des Moines but settled on an usual place…South Dakota! Sturgis offers a low humidity environment which will help preserve the cars at 3,500 feet of elevation!
Sturgis hosts an annual motorcycle rally that produces 350,000-700,000 visitors in a 2 week period.
It offers many sunny days with over 3 million people a year visiting the Black Hills. Such places as Mount Rushmore National memorial, Crazyhorse monument, devils tower, needles highway, and the badlands. Also where else can you go and see Buffalo roaming wild at Custer State Park!
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 are 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 to 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!