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Lester Ewing (a)

  • Owner Name: Lester Ewing
  • Location: Shreveport, LA USA
  • Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • When did you purchase your Formula S?:
  • Serial #: 4101
  • Body color: Blue with white stripe
  • Chassis color: Silver
  • Engine: SAAB two-stroke
  • Transmission: SAAB 4-speed (Richard Brown personalized build with carefully chosen gears)
  • Wheel & Tire package:
  • Brakes:
  • Ownership history and / or racing history: Previously owned by Bill Weiss who likely got it directly from Quantum Division. Body had "Driver Jim Haynes" painted on the side.
  • Intention to vintage race:

Comments: Prototype chassis.

 

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Weber 40 IDA on Lester Ewing's car

Originally posted: 11 May 2011

Lester has sent some more detail photos of the manifold that was made to fit a Weber 40 IDA. Apparently, someone (not Lester) used a SAAB manifold that is rather rare, possibly the rarest of all, and welded a 3/8" plate on it as an adapter to fit the Weber.

 

 

 

More photos of 4101

Originally posted: 25 December 2010

Lester sent some (11) more photos of his Formula S chassis #4101.

 

 

↓ Youngest son Gregory, now 18

 

↓ Back from the powdercoater

 

↓ All of this nice suspension was moved to 4129

 

 

↓ As was this carb and engine setup

 

 

 

 

 

 

Letter from Jim Haynes regarding #4101

Originally posted: 04 December 2010

This is an excerpt from an email conversation I had with Lester about his Quantum Formula S chassis #4101. It describes some of the race history of the car and confirms that it ran as a Formula Junior at one time.


Wait a sec...
I have a letter here from Jim Haynes...
It is addressed to "Randy".
I suppose that is probably Randy Cook.

There's no address or last name.
It is dated 10/21, but no year.
It is on SCCA letterhead.

It reads (typos included):

"
James E. Haynes
Vice President
Special Projects

You are in luck as I am probably the only person who knows that a Quantum SAAB ran as a Jr. in 1964....I drove the factory car for Hank Rudkin (owner of Quantum) in 1965 and finished 4th in FC at the run offs with only an 850cc engine... attached are 2 pages from the 1964 SPORTSCAR (books are from SCCA lirary and hard to copy) that will solve your problem with SVRA...Lime Rock race was test outing and as far as I know the only F Jr. entry for the car as Jr went out in 1966...

Jim Haynes
"

The attached results show that he did indeed finish 4th in F Jr. (7th overall) at the "New England Region SCCA National Races, Oct. 17 & Oct. 31, 1964" in the "formulas" race. It looks like a mixture of "FL" (Formula Libre), FJ, and FV.  The first 6 cars in the race were all Lotuses.

 

 

 

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