Many of you will want to participate in the Concours de Saab or People’s Choice competitions. These show events are a great tradition of showing other Saab owners and convention goers just what can be done with time, patience, and a love of "getting things right." Below you will find the Saab Club of North America philosophy and some pointers for success in People's Choice. If you've modified your Saab to fit your own personality or set out to show what how much your Saab could be improved using different parts and pieces, then People's Choice is right for you! If your Saab is a well-maintained original or a restoration to factory specifications, then Concours de Saab may be your best choice. For the Concours de Saab details, click here.
Vehicles entered in People’s Choice are judged by SOC attendees rather than appointed judges. Cars are parked in specific categories with other similar vehicles and SOC attendees write down the number of the car that most takes their fancy in each category.
Categories change from year to year, but generally you can assume there will be the following: 2-digit (SAAB 92, 93, 95, 96, 97 [Sonett], sometimes 99), SAAB 99, SAAB 900, Saab (and SAAB) convertibles, SAAB 9000, Saab 9-3, and Saab 9-5.
The Saab 9-2X & 9-7X have been very poorly represented at recent conventions, but given a better showing in 2012 there could be categories for the Saabaru and Trollblazer as well. If you own one, remember that less competition simply means an easier win, so keep an eye on this convention site and look for the category listings to be posted soon!
Often there will be a grouping of high performance cars and there is also often a grouping for "under 21" owners.
Success in Peoples Choice involves presenting a vehicle that catches people’s attention. A nice clean original car will be smiled upon as judges (the voting public) keep walking past. To go for the win you need to be presenting your car in person and with signage. If your just-a-baby 2008 9-5 already has 200,000 miles on it, let everyone know with a big "200,000" splashed across the windshield! If your classic 99 has lots of upgrades, print up a list and display it where it will catch people’s attention, get them to stop to read it and talk to you!
Friendly cars get remembered! That means YOU need to be presenting and talking to people and showing some bling to slow the passers-by so you get a chance to present your car to them. Perhaps most important – be sure to display your cars voting number where people can see it! No one will vote for your car if the number sheet is still in your welcome bag back in the room!