Saab 60th – The Racers

Following are photos and comments by 1985 Gripen, who attended the Saab USA 60th Anniversary press event, which included not only a drive in the new 60th Anniversary Edition Saabs, but a drive of some pristine old school Saabs from GM’s own Heritage Collection.

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In the foreground is the racing car developed for the Skip Barber racing series. In the background is the Quantum IV.

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The Quantum IV. Rear wheel drive SAAB.

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The hood emblem. I can’t seem to keep my hood emblem from fading or chipping. I don’t know where the heck they’d find a replacement for this one!!!

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This is a picture of Bob Sinclair in the race car whose development he was largely responsible for. He told us that he had never actually sat in it before. I wanted to record the event. He plopped himself down into the car but it’s an extremely tight fit. One of his knees got caught on the steering wheel, so he removed the steering wheel. Once in the car he relayed a hilarious story which I’ll document here:

At an event both Bob Sinclair and Erik Carlsson were attending in recent years there was a *name deleted* Formula One car on display. Erik told Bob that he wanted to sit in it. There was nobody around to ask permission, and Bob noted that Erik’s a pretty big guy and that looks like a pretty tight fit. Well, Erik wouldn’t take no for an answer. He climbed into the driver’s seat with a sudden thud and checked out the cockpit. When he was done he found it was very difficult to extricate himself. So Erik reached his hands out on either side of the cockpit onto the bodywork and began to push to lift himself out. They suddenly heard a loud SNAP! Turns out Erik was pushing against some very thin carbon fiber bodywork which couldn’t sustain his weight. He told Bob, “Bob, you’ve got to help me get out of here before someone finds me!” So Bob had to reach in and was tugging on Erik trying to free him. Eventually Erik was able to get out, presumably without being discovered by the car’s owner. When I later asked Erik for confirmation of this story he told me “I had to remove the steering wheel to get out”.

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The emblems on the rear of the SAAB race car. You can tell it’s 80’s vintage by the “SAAB Scania” logo, and the fact that Bob Sinclair was responsible for its development. Jay Spenchian told everyone they call Bob Sinclair’s time as President “the go-go 80’s” as that was a period of great sales for SAAB USA.

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The rear of the “Skip Barber” (for lack of a better name) SAAB race car and the nose of the Quantum IV. Just ignore the oil, OK?

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  1. Would be nice to have more detail of these two racing-Saab’s! Especially technical details! Very godd postings, by the way. Here in Norway it is cold and dark now, nice to see Saab’s in the sun! šŸ™‚

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