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Quantum I at Thompson (in period)

In April of 1960, the Quantum One competed at an SCCA race at the Thompson race course in Connecticut. It is likely that this was the first competitive event for the car, since the photo caption from the Sunday Globe indicates that it was taking part in the SCCA's annual school for new drivers.

 

 

This next photo is also appears to be from Thompson, but based on the flora it can not be from April. Grasses would not have been that high and the shrubbery and trees would not have so many leaves on them. It looks more like a summer photo to me. Also, it appears to me that the car is carrying a different competition number in the two photos and in the one below, lacks the aluminum panel filling the roll bar hoop. So it is likely from a later event in 1960.

 

Additional photos from Walter Kern's scrapbook show the car competing at Thompson again at a later date. While we are unsure of the year, these photos show that the Quantum One competed and won 1st place in the H Modified category while finishing in 6th overall. Since the car has the second generation bodywork in these photos and the date is recorded as May 21st, this would probably be be at least the third time it competed at Thompson and is probably 1961.

 

 

Driver and attendee unknown

 

Driver unknown

 

This photo shows the engine configuration when raced. Identifiable are a 750cc eight bolt engine block, GT cylinder head with custom water outlet, Solex PII carburetor, and SAAB tuning kit air cleaner. Also notable is the diagonal engine bay brace, which has gone missing in the intervening years.