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George Vapaa

  • Owner Name: George Vapaa
  • Location: Wilmington, DE USA
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  • When did you purchase your Formula S?:
  • Serial #: ?
  • Body Color: Yellow with blue stripe
  • Chassis color: Blue
  • Engine: SAAB 940 mixer with Solex 40 PII
  • Transmission: SAAB 4 speed with 9/42 r&p
  • Wheel & Tire package: Standard Saab steel wheels front, widened in the rear. 4" front, 5" rear. Dunlop L-series 450-15 front, 500-15 rear
  • Brakes: Disk. Monte Carlo 4 bolt F&R
  • Ownership history and / or racing history: ?
  • Intention to vintage race: Yes. The car is actively vintage raced.

Comments: George's car was restored in the 90's and is possibly the most actively raced Formula S in the world.


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Finally looking at the engine damage from PVGP 2013

Originally posted: 20 January 2014

Back in July of last year the Formula S had a bad day at the PVGP. The engine had started easily and was running very strong but didn't last. It suddenly sounded awfully flat so I reached up and killed the ignition. That was about 6 months ago and I haven't felt like looking at it until now.

Honestly, I assumed that we broke a piston ring again. I was a bit surprised to find out otherwise.


 Yes. That's the crank you can see through the bottom of the case. That's bad. That means only one thing... The big-end rod bearing gave up and the rod swung out and took out the bottom the case. There's not enough clearance to deal with that kind of failure.

Here are some more pictures of the mess. It is impossible to see from the photos, but the big-end hole on the center rod not only lost the bearing completely, but also is now severely elongated.






 This engine block is on its second bottom half. It has some scratches in the bore and has been a ring-breaker several times. I think it may be time to retire it and start on a new one.