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Quantum One and Two featured at the Simeone Foundation Museum

The Simeone Foundation Museum and Sports Car Service have combined their efforts again to present their second show highlighting SAAB. This time it is all about road racing SAABs. The title is "The SAAB Racing Spirit Lives On" and runs from May 9th through the 24th.

Twenty cars were accepted into the show in all. A full list and descriptions are included below.

Like last time, my Quantum Two has been invited to take part and I am honored to assist.

 

My Quantum Two

For this show, two of my Dad's cars were invited, the Quantum One and his Sonett V4 "Spyder".

 

George Vapaa's (Dad's) Quantum One

 

Dad's Sonett V4 "Spyder"

 Here is a complete list of the cars shown and their descriptions:

Photos from the Simeone Foundation Museum are here: http://www.simeonemuseum.org/media/photos/special-exhibits-photos/the-saab-racing-spirit-lives-on-may-9-24-2015

OWNER

YEAR

MAKE

MODEL

Sports Car Service

1956

SAAB

Sonett I

George Vapaa

1959

Quantum

One

Stefan Vapaa

1959

Quantum

Two

Chuck Christ

1960

SAAB

93 F

Tom Cox

1960

SAAB

93 F

Sports Car Service

1964

Quantum Motorcar Corp.

Formula S

Tom Donney

1966

SAAB

96 Monte Carlo

Chuck Christ

1967

 

Brand X

Len Schrader

1967

SAAB

96 V4

George Vapaa

1968

SAAB

Sonett V4

Lane Motor Museum

1968

SAAB

Sonett V4

Tom Cox

1971

SAAB

Sonett III

Ron Wilcox

1971

SAAB

Sonett III

Sports Car Service

1970

SAAB

96 V4

Jack Baxter

1976

SAAB

99 EMS

Claude Hutchings

1980

SAAB

900

Sports Car Service

1990

SAAB

Barber SAAB Pro Series

Sports Car Service

1996

Saab

900 Turbo

Robin Bank

1999

Saab

9-3

Rich Kushner

2005

Saab

9-3

 

1956 SAAB Sonett I

Race enthusiast and SAAB engine developer Rolf Mellde was the main visionary behind creating the 2-seater roadster that would become the Sonett I. The name Sonett was derived from the Swedish phrase, “Så nätt den är” meaning literally "so neat they are". This example is #6, the last of a total of 6 prototypes constructed. It has raced with the VSCCA at such tracks as Pocono, Lime Rock, Schenley Park (Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix), and Fairmount Park (Philadelphia Vintage Grand Prix). This car can be seen on permanent display along with a grand collection of vintage SAABs at Sports Car Service in Wilmington, DE.

Owned by: Bill Jacobson, Sports Car Service

Wilmington, DE

 


1959 Quantum One

Originally designed and built by Walter Kern of MA in 1959, this car is based on Saab 93 components (drive train & suspension) and competed in the Sports Car Club of America’s H-Modified class for several years starting in 1960, primarily in New England but also in the 6-hour race in Marlboro, MD.  It has been raced in vintage events with the Vintage Sports Car Club of America since 1989. For more information, visit www.quantumsaab.com.

Owned by: George Vapaa

Wilmington, DE

 


1959 Quantum Two

The second of the Quantums designed and built by Walter Kern is currently vintage raced in its “barn find” condition. The installed engine is a replica of the SAAB Competition Department supplied 750cc two-stroke it raced with in the early 60's. That original engine was returned to SAAB after the car's competitive career concluded. While the body, such as it is, left something to be desired, the engineering in the chassis is rather impressive. Note the torsion spring suspension and twin outboard radiators with air fed from behind the front wheels and exiting through the doors. For more information, visit www.quantumsaab.com.

Owned by: Stefan Vapaa

Wilmington, DE

 


1960 SAAB 93F

Sporting an 850cc engine, this car was originally raced by Rex Harison of Salt Lake City, UT. It was brought east in 1999, restored to competition specs, painted, and numbered to replicate Joseph Christ's (Chuck's father) 1964 season car. The car has raced at Watkins Glen , Elkhart Lake , Sebring , Virginia International Raceway, Summit Point , and numerous other tracks. It is one of the most visible vintage SAABs in North America, due in no small part to the bright orange color common on competition SAABs of the era. Mary Anne Fieux and Chuck Christ co-drive the car in the Pennsylvania Hillclimb Association series.

Owned by: Chuck Christ

Orwigsburg, PA

 


1960 SAAB 93 F

Over nine different people have owned this Saab (so far). It began as a Pennsylvania hillclimb racer in 1965. Driven by Dennis Snyder it had many 1st place finishes at Jefferson, Duryea, Giants Despair, and  Hershey hillclimbs. It’s hillclimb days ended in 1974. It changed ownership a few times with no additional records of races. In 1989, Wendell Francis rebuilt the car into a vintage racer, taking it to Road Atlanta several times with various drivers. It was rolled in 1989 at the Summit Point “Blue Gray Challenge”. In 2003, its present owner re-purchased it to continue its vintage racing career. You can see hot-shoe driver Randy Cook taking the turns with the Vintage Racing Group (VRG) at the Hershey, Watkins Glen, Lime Rock, and Thompson Speedway events.

Owned by: Thomas K. Cox

Hernwood, MD

 


1964 SAAB Quantum IV “Formula S” 

Introduced in 1963, the Quantum IV was sold as a kit through SAAB dealers in the United States. For $1,097, the kit consisted of a chassis and body. The purchaser then would add the suspension and drive train from a Saab 96 to create their racecar. This particular example was restored by Kevin Pampuch in the late 1990’s. He raced it with the Vintage Sports Car Club of America at Lime Rock, Roebling Road, Summit Point, and the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix.  For more information, visit www.formulasaab.com.

Owned by: Bill Jacobson – Sports Car Service

Wilmington, DE

 


1966 SAAB 96 Monte Carlo

This SAAB was owned by the late Bertil Sollenskog. It holds world records earned at the Bonneville Salt Flats and the Ohio Mile in Wilmington, Ohio. Bertil broke the existing world record at the Bonneville Salt Flats in August 2011 with a two-way average of 110.187 mph. Then in September of 2014 his crew from Chicago set another record of 112.642 mph. Bertil also set a new record with the East Coast Timing Association in September 2013 with a standing mile speed of 97.3815 mph at the Ohio Mile. On the way to the Simeone Museum, Tom made a stop at the Ohio Mile on May 2nd and 3rd to set new records in 3 classes; J/Pro - 107.6040 mph, I/Pro - 105.3124 mph, and H/Pro - 104.9196 mph. The car's two-stroke engine is currently equipped with fuel injection and reed valves.

Owned by: Tom Donney

Fort Dodge, IA

 


1967 “Brand X”

This car is chassis #1 of two built and is a copy of an Elva Mk6. It is the ONLY copy recognized by the official Elva registry! It is powered by a SAAB 750 GT engine. The body is from a Begra MK3. It uses all SAAB suspension and brakes with an Austin Healey Sprite steering rack. Joseph Christ built and campaigned the car until it was sold in 1969. It ran first as an H-Modified class car then later as a D-Sports Racer at venues in the northeast. Chuck Christ purchased the remains of the car and restored it to the original 1967 H-Mod livery, including numbers cut from the original 1960's stencils. It has recently competed at Pocono, Summit Point, Virginia International Raceway, and with the PHA (Pennsylvania Hillclimb Association). Weighing only 800lbs, it is quite nimble.

Owned by: Chuck Christ

Orwigsburg, PA

 


1967 SAAB 96 V4

1967 was the first year the 96 received the V4 engine. This early example still has the small windscreen used on the two-stroke models. It started racing in the SCCA in 1976. In 1980 Willie Lewis purchased the car and raced it in the GT-3 class at tracks in the northeast as well as in support races at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and Trois-Rivières. Willie retired the car around 1983 but he went on to win the Barber SAAB Pro Series in 1986 and became an accomplished pro racer. Len Schrader arranged to return the car to competition some 20 years later. Having been well preserved in a barn, it required little to go racing again. Len currently races the 96 with the VRG, SVRA, HRG, and at the Lime Rock Vintage Festival.

Owned by: Len Schrader

Seabrook Island, SC

 


1968 SAAB Sonett V4

A total body-off 2-1/2 year restoration was completed in 1986, including the owner-designed custom bodywork. The car's competition history began with autocross events in 1996, then transitioned to vintage racing in 2005. With outright wins at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix and the Mount Equinox Hillclimb, it continues to be highly successful in regional events sanctioned by the Vintage Sports Car Club of America and the Vintage Racer Group throughout New England and the mid-Atlantic States.

Owned by: George Vapaa

Wilmington, DE

 


1968 SAAB Sonett

This Sonett was originally a V4, rallied with the SCCA. It was later backdated to 2-stroke power within SCCA rules and has become one of the most raced Sonett 2-strokes in the United States. It raced in both SCCA and HSR vintages races all along the east coast at such tracks as Sebring, Moroso, Road Atlanta, Roebling Road, and Mid Ohio, to name a few. Randy Cook and Ken Payne built the car into a vintage racer and then co-drove at the HSR Rolex Endurance Series in 1991, where it won the under one liter class. After its final race in 2005, where it took 1st in class at Sebring in the 4-hour Enduro, it was retired to the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, TN.

Owned by: Lane Motor Museum

Nashville, TN

 


1971 SAAB Sonett III

This is one of the Jack Lawrence built “wide body” Sonetts. It was originally delivered to Alistair Oag.  Alistair raced the car from 1978 to 1980 at several tracks in the northeast including Watkins Glen, Mid Ohio, Nelson Ledges, Summit Point, and Lime Rock. It then changed owners 4 times and had various drivers that extended its competition history in the area. In 1997 Tom Cox purchased the car and refreshed it to get it race-ready again. When Randy Cook is not driving Tom's 1960 Saab 93F he will climb behind the wheel of this car.

Owned by: Thomas K. Cox 

Hernwood, MD

 


1971 SAAB SONETT III

This SAAB Sonett was made into a race car in 1978 for the SCCA’s F Production class. In 1983 it won the SCCA Runoffs at Road Atlanta. In 1987 the SCCA reclassified the Sonett to GT4, where it won numerous SCCA NASPORT championships. Presently  Number 97 is being prepared for the SCCA’s GTLite class.

Owned by: Ron Wilcox

Woodruff, SC

 


1970 SAAB 96 V4

In 1971 IMSA created the “Baby Grand” series to provide an inexpensive way to go road racing. Number 37 was originally a white 1970 model but was later updated to a 1972 with the 1700 cc V4 motor and painted orange. It was given the nickname of “The Pumpkin”. After running the “Baby

Grand” series it went on to compete in the BF Goodrich Radial Challenge Series. It raced at such tracks as Bridgehampton, Pocono, Virginia International Raceway, and Daytona, where it was clocked on the back straight at 152 mph while pushing 8500 rpm.

Owned by: Bill Jacobson, Sports Car Service

Wilmington, DE

 


1976 SAAB 99 EMS

Fitted with a SAAB “B” motor with minor modifications, this car won the Twin Sixes race at Sebring, FL in 1992 and was also the 1992 series Endurance racing champion in the Improved Touring B class.  The only modifications allowed in the class were race safety equipment, suspension, and exhaust. It raced from 1988 to 1995 at southeast tracks such as Road Atlanta, Daytona, Rockingham, Savannah, Sebring, and Atlanta Motor Speedway. It was raced by its owner, Jack Baxter, for its entire 7 year career. In that time it completed every 24 hour endurance race at the famous Nelson Ledges road course in Ohio, which amounted to over 112,000 racing miles.

Owned by: Jack Baxter, S&J Automotive

Atlanta, GA

 


1980 SAAB 900

This 900 was prepared to race oval dirt tracks and with the owner and driver Claude Hutchings at the wheel, it was the car to beat during its racing career that began in 2005. Over a 4-year period it took home 48 feature wins at various northeast tracks, including three track championships at Brewerton Speedway, NY. With a normally aspirated 8 valve engine that was balanced and blueprinted by Brad Shaffer of Kansas City, MO it has pulled 244 crank horsepower on the dyno.

Owned by:  Claude Hutchings Jr., Tired Iron Repair

Sauquoit, NY

 


1990 Barber SAAB Pro Series

In 1986, Saab Scania and Skip Barber came together to create the “Barber SAAB Pro Series”. Fitted with a virtually stock 225 HP, 2.0 liter, 4-cylinder SAAB Turbo engine the series ran from 1986 to 1994. Many successful racecar drivers such as Robbie Buhl, Bryan Herta, and Juan Pablo Montoya, began their professional racing career in a Barber SAAB.

Owned by: Bill Jacobson, Sports Car Service

Wilmington, DE

 


1996 Saab 900 Turbo SE

This car is one of 6 “new generation” 900s that Saab famously ran at the Talladega Speedway in October of 1996. Saab was out to break many of their own national and world speed records set at the same track just a decade before. With over 25,000 miles completed at average speeds of over 140 MPH (including time for refueling, tires, oil changes, and driver changes), Saab topped many of their own records and set 22 new ones.

Owned by: Bill Jacobson, Sports Car Service

Wilmington, DE

 


1999 Saab 9-3

The Tired Iron Repair/RBankRacing.com #184 Saab 9-3 Turbo made its endurance racing debut at Road Atlanta in February of 2014. It won the prestigious 14 Hours of Daytona that year and also racked up race wins at Watkins Glen and Road Atlanta. Fitted with a stock 2.0 liter engine, the car has been lightened and safety equipment has been added. When it leaves the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum it will head straight to Daytona to attempt to defend its title.

Owned by: Robin Bank

Pittsburgh, PA

 


2005 Saab 9-3

This car was created, along with a twin in black, by JL Racing in Canada to run in the Castrol Canadian Touring Car Championship. It won its first race and went on to win many more races and podiums over a four year career. With extensive modifications such as the addition of an limited slip differential, larger turbocharger, a stripped and acid dipped body, and slick race tires, the car was rated at between 350-450 crank hp using 94 octane fuel and recorded a 1:35 lap at the very demanding Mosport race course.

Owned by: Rich Kushner

Marietta, PA