SAAC 44 at Beaver Run/Pittsburgh International Race Complex July 11-13, 2019

Scott Harrison

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This could be a fun event for many of you. One of the few events you can get Track time with your Cobra. Pittsburgh International Race Complex is only 4 1/2 hours away. The track as been expanded since we were there years ago with One Lap, and it's a relatively safe track.

Although not yet formally announced on the SAAC site, you can get much info here: http://www.teamshelbynortheast.com/upcoming-events/

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INTERESTED:

Scott & Jon Harrison
John Evans & Julie
Doug Smith ?
Corey Zimmerman
Vic Chambers ?
Franck ?
 
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Scott Harrison

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2019 East Coast Grand Nationals & SAAC-44
Thursday, July 11th through Saturday, July 13th, 2019

Taking place in the Northern Pittsburgh area on Thursday, July 11th through Saturday, July 13th, 2019, Team Shelby and SAAC will be hosting both the Team Shelby East Coast Grand Nationals, and SAAC-44, the Shelby American Automobile Club’s National Convention! The event is open to all Team S…helby and SAAC members, as well as anyone who appreciates all things Shelby. The clubs are working to bring you two days of high performance driving at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex, a road rally tour and Poker Run of the western Pennsylvania area, dinner events and programs on both Thursday and Friday evening, alternate activities for those who choose to not track their cars both days, Concours and popular ballot cars shows, and a few surprises as well. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in all portions of the event, as all activities are open to both Team Shelby and SAAC members, and can be selected during registration.

Besides our two days of Open Track and wheel-to-wheel Vintage Races, as an added bonus, members from the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix will join us at the track, as one of the opening activities of Pittsburgh’s 2019 Race Week, for three full days of exciting track action, culminating the following weekend (July 20th and 21st) in Beautiful Schenley Park with cars shows for all marques, an automotive vendor village, food courtyards, and of course the Vintage Racing taking place in and around the Bob O’Connor Golf Course. Shelby American will be the featured marque of the Vintage Grand Prix this year, so Team Shelby and SAAC members will feel right at home, and are encouraged to stay in Pittsburg for Race Week, enjoying the events that are planned for each day.
Registration to open in early 2019!
 

Scott Harrison

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Team Shelby East Coast Grand Nationals / SAAC-44
Popular Ballot Car Show – Saturday, July 13th


As more information is starting to roll out about our “little Shelby gathering” out by Pittsburgh, PA, in mid-July, we wanted to share a bit of info about one of the favorite non-driving event activities, the Popular Ballot Car Show!

Past conventions have used various ways of creating classes and awarding recognition, from a rigid class list with 1-3 places per class, to just a panel of VIP’s walking around and selecting a few cars that catch their eye. Each way has its own merits and faults. More often than not a class method is used, but unfortunately, not all of the trophies end up being awarded if the individual classes are not fully represented. Every year, this topic is reviewed to try to make the show better for all…and we have a new approach for 2019.

For this year, we are using a “hybrid method”, which has been used very successfully in local and regional Shelby shows. It recognizes the best in a total of 33 different classes for all years and models of Shelby’s and High Performance Fords, plus a “Top 25” and additional special/VIP picks.

SAAC 44 / TS East Grand Nationals Car Show Classes

Class # Class Name
1 CSX 2000 289 Cobras
2 CSX 3000 427 Cobras
3 CSX 4000 through 9000 Cobras
4 1965 GT-350
5 1966 GT-350
6 1966 GT-350 Hertz
7 1967 GT-350
8 1967 GT-500
9 1968 GT-350
10 1968 GT-500 & 500KR
11 1969 & 1970 GT-350
12 1969 & 1970 GT-500
13 1969-1971 BOSS Mustang
14 2012-2013 BOSS Mustang
15 2007 – 2009 GT-500 All
16 2007-2009 GT-500 KR & Super Snakes
17 2010-2014 GT-500 All
18 2010-2014 GT-500 KR & Super Snakes
19 2010 to Present GT-350
20 2007 To Present GT & SGT
21 2006 to Present GT-H
22 Shelby Trucks
23 1965 to 1973 Mustangs Stock
24 1965 to 1973 Mustangs Modified
25 1974 to 2004 Mustangs ALL
26 2005 to Present Mustangs ALL
27 Special Edition Mustangs (Saleen, Roush, etc)
28 2005 to Present Ford GT
29 Exotic Ford (Pantera, Tiger, etc)
30 Replicas ALL
31 Competition Cars
32 Special Interest
33 Classic Shelby Mustang Tribute

TOP 25
Peoples Choice (1)
Team Shelby Pick (1)
SAAC Pick (1)
Sponsors Choice / Celebrity Pick (2)


All show entrants will be given a perforated voting sheet and envelope for their cars. The empty envelope goes under your windshield wiper, then the entrants will walk the showfield and put a ticket (i.e. a ‘vote’) in their favorite cars envelope, thereby creating the Top 25 award winning group. Separately, a panel of judges from SAAC and Team Shelby will walk the field and select the first place car for each of the 33 classes. If a car wins both a Top 25 and a first place, the car will only be awarded the first place, which allows for more winners overall. No car can win two awards. Likewise, if a car wins a “special/VIP award” (SAAC or TS Pick, People’s Choice, etc.) it is also removed from the top 25 and the first place competition. The goal is to give out all the awards and also give more cars the chance of winning and being recognized.

Another aspect of the show, which we hope will make it enjoyable, will be the relaxing of the rigid class structure. We will still group by classic and modern Shelby, real Cobras, etc, but not try to make the show field a rigid parking puzzle. If you are with a bunch of friends, this also allows for you to park together and enjoy the show with each other.

The car show is a joint effort by both SAAC and Team Shelby, and we hope all either enter their cars, or attend. The final location has yet to be determined. If you wish to help at the car show, we welcome all volunteers.

More details will be forthcoming, but we wanted to get this info out early so all can see this part of the convention, and start detailing your rides now.

We look forward to seeing you at the show!
 

vamach1

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Not many real Cobras are at SAAC events these days but it's worth going since it is pretty close. The amount of Shelby Mustangs at SAAC shows is still pretty impressive.
 

Scott Harrison

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It's on my calendar, but I'd prefer to go with others.
I'm planning to go with Jon, trailer the Cobra and take a Mustang for the track.

It's unusual, but SAAC itself has no information on their web site (http://www.saac.com/) or Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/saachq/) about registration, hotels, schedule, costs, etc etc...

Only the regional clubs have posted the information:

https://shelbyclub.wordpress.com/natioanl-news/
http://www.teamshelbynortheast.com/2017-team-shelby-east-coast-grand-nationals/
 
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Scott Harrison

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SAAC 44 INFORMATION IS NOW AVAILABLE @ http://saac44.com/

> REGISTRATION & FEES PUBLISHED ON MOTORSPORTSREG https://www.motorsportreg.com/event...and-nationals-pittsburgh-international-296859
>"HOST" HOTEL ALREADY BOOKED (DOUBLE TREE BY HILTON)
>TWO DAYS OF OPEN TRACK; THREE 25 MINUTE SESSIONS/DAY $300/DAY
>CAR SHOW, CONCOURS, RALLY, POKER RUN, CRUISE, DINNERS, SWAP MEET ETC
>YOU NEED TO BE A SAAC OR TEAM SHELBY MEMBER FOR OPEN TRACK

I MADE MY HOTEL RESERVATION NEARBY AT :
Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Cranberry
2000 Garden View Lane
Cranberry Township PA 16066, US
 

zimmy

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I, too have reservations at Hilton Garden Inn. Let's get some more people interested. It will be a great time.
 

Scott Harrison

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I registered for the various events. Open track, dinners, car show, parade laps..SAAC is not cheap.:mad:
registration Summary- Jon and Scott 1.jpg


I'm told that Carroll will return to sign autographs. So, don't miss out!:lol:

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vamach1

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I registered for the various events. Open track, dinners, car show, parade laps..SAAC is not cheap.:mad:
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I'm told that Carroll will return to sign autographs. So, don't miss out!:lol:

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KOPEC has made a living for 40 years off the club. I foresee the club being dead by the 50th unless it is run by an organization with elections and not a one man show and his buddies like it has been for decades. I'm not begrudging his efforts, it's just time to hand over the reigns before it's too late.
 

Eric Nelson

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KOPEC has made a living for 40 years off the club. I foresee the club being dead by the 50th unless it is run by an organization with elections and not a one man show and his buddies like it has been for decades. I'm not begrudging his efforts, it's just time to hand over the reigns before it's too late.
"reins"
Unless you were making a pun...
 

Scott Harrison

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TTT...Anyone else going?

Going:
Scott & Jon Harrison
John Evans & Julie
Corey Zimmerman
Joe Drumheller

Still undecided:
Doug Smith ?
Vic Chambers ?
Franck ?
 

Scott Harrison

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EVENT REPORT:

We had a great time. The track is now 3 1/2 miles long, and the new "south" course is awesome with elevation changes, esses, and a additional 9 turns. Lots of runoff room, newly paved surface, big paved paddock. The improvements they have made since I was there 12 years ago is impressive.

After a complete washout on Thursday, we had 2 beautiful days.
The car show had hundreds of cars. I never saw so many late model Shelby Mustangs. There was only 2 or 3 original Cobras, and a dozen of continuation ones. Shelby had their. Trailer with several of their latest offerings. FORD performance had the 2020 GT500.

SAAC partnered with Team Shelby NE hosting the event, but the coordination was less than spectacular.

Overall it was a great weekend. It could have been better if more of you deadbeats had joined us.

I'll post pictures later.
 
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