Saab Master Technicians Compete for Championship



5/17/98

NORCROSS, Ga. - Top Saab master technicians from around the nation put their diagnostic and mechanical skills to the ultimate test in the 1998 Saab Master Technician Challenge, held April 16-17, 1998 in Alpharetta, Ga. Sixteen semi-finalists performed diagnostics and hands-on repairs on specially "bugged" Saab competition cars during the two-day event. Four national champions emerged to go on to the Saab World Competition to be held at Saab's international headquarters in Trollhattan, Sweden, June 8-12. The champions are Donald LaChance, Euro Motorcars, Bethesda, Md.; James M. Larkin, Saab of Greenwich, Greenwich, Conn.; Peter M. Robson, North Shore Saab, Glen Head, N.Y.; and Steven C. Ruff, Morrie's Saab, Minnetonka, Minn.

More than 80 Saab master technicians spent an average of 45 hours taking the qualifying test covering Saab knowledge and repair/service expertise. Those scoring among the top 16 were selected as semi-finalists to compete in the 1998 Saab Master Technician Challenge.

The competition was broken down into eight "stations" that tested the technicians' skill and knowledge in many areas of automotive service. For each station, the technicians were judged on proper repair procedures, use of diagnostic equipment and special tools, and use of service information. "The contest challenged each technician's hands-on skills, diagnostic skills and research abilities," said Randy Risley, Saab technical training manager. "These are the same skills that a top technician uses every day at the Saab dealership. This contest provides an opportunity to identify and recognize these highly skilled Saab master technicians."

Saab Cars USA technical trainers, regional technical representatives, technical service specialists, and district service and parts managers judged the competition, sending the top four national champions to the Saab World Competition in Trollhattan, Sweden in June. The national finalists were given a number of prizes including a Fluke Multimeter, courtesy of Kent Moore Tools, or a Saab watch from Saab Cars USA, Inc. All of the contestants enjoyed a resort weekend with a companion at Lake Lanier Island in Georgia.

1998 SAAB MASTER TECHNICIAN CHALLENGE FINALISTS
(in alphabetical order)

 National Champions       Saab Dealership          Citv. State
  Donald LaChance         Euro Motorcars           Bethesda, MD
  James M. Larkin        Saab of Greenwich        Greenwich, CT
   PeterM. Robson        North Shore Saab         Glen Head, NY
   Steven C. Ruff          Morrie'sSaab           Minnetonka, MN

 National Finalists       Saab Dealership          City. State
   Dennis Bennett        Saab of Charlotte        Charlotte, NC
    Kevin Green             TischerSaab             Laurel, MD
     Jay Howard          David O'Neal Saab         Raleigh, NC
   David Lawrence       Herb Chambers Saab          Boston, MA
   Nicholas Muti           Spreen'sSaab           Hackensack, NJ
  Peter T. Nelson     Saab Service of Orange        Orange, CT
  Ernest A. Orban     Wallace J. Scott Motors  Briarcliff Manor, NY
     David Plum          Reinertsen Motors         Denville, NJ
 Michael H. Porter       Saab of Charlotte        Charlotte, NC
Joseph Sheridan, Jr.        Bianco Saab          Corte Madera, CA
 DanielWinterhalter      Countryside Saab         Maplewood, MN
    DonaldWollum          Euro Motorcars           Bethesda, MD

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