People’s Choice Award

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. Learn more about the Concours de Saab.

Vehicles entered in People’s Choice are judged by the vote of 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 classes to accomodate the following: 2-digit (SAAB 92, 93, 95, 96, 97 [Sonett]), SAAB 99, SAAB 900, Saab (and SAAB) convertibles, SAAB 9000, Saab 9-2X, Saab 9-3, Saab 9-5, Saab 9-4X, and Saab 9-7X.

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 car’s 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!


A row of vintage Saab 96s, Iowa City. Photo courtesy of Tim Thompson.


Saabs being judged for the People’s Choice Award.


Inside of a vintage Saab being evaluated for the People’s Choice Award.