SaturnFest 2009 Starts Now

SaturnFest 2009

It is with tempered excitement that I officially announce the start of SaturnFest 2009. The format for this year's event will be diferent from in the past. The familiar 5-day schedule has been expanded to 31 days, and the over-the-top celebration will be more reflective and subdued. Personally, I am still finding it hard to prepare a "celebration" so close to the brand's untimely death. Couple that with reports published almost on a daily basis about more retail facilities closing — leaving thousands of folks out of work during the holidays — really saddens me.

With that being said, General Motors may have killed Saturn, but they can't do the same to the enthusiasm we all feel for both our cars and the company that once designed, built, and sold them. And that's really the reason why I think its so important for there to be a SaturnFest this year. For the next several years, our small Saturn community is going to need to lean on one another for support like never before. As more and more Saturn retailers close, the familiar faces we've come to know and trust will disappear. We're all part of the same "extended" family, brought together by the cars we chose to buy for one reason or another. So as 2009 winds down, let's gather together every day this month for a look back at what made Saturn so special. You can follow SaturnFest posts either on the main page or in the SaturnFest subsection.

Thanks for being a part of this one last SaturnFans.com virtual homecoming. I hope you enjoy the show.

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Flashback Friday: First Saturn Sold Today in 1990

On this date in 1990, Saturn sold its first car. According to the St. Petersburg Times, the first Saturn - the blue SL2 sedan shown above - was sold just after midnight to Elaine Terry at Saturn of Clearwater. "I wanted an American-made car and decided to give it a try," Mrs. Terry told the newspaper. It was a 25th wedding anniversary present. USA Today and CNN were reportedly at the retail facility to document the event. "I kept it for 10 months and put over 5,000 miles on it. People all over the country wanted to buy the car from me. One man in Las Vegas was talking up to $100,000 for it."