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Re: [Marlboro_Raceway] Re: Saab at Marlboro

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  • Rick Mandelson
    Ron You will have to ask Eddie Diehl about him adjusting the carburetor thru the fan between the Bowl and the Chicane. Rick www.rickmandelson.com ... From:
    Message 1 of 3 , Aug 10, 2012
      Ron
       
      You will have to ask Eddie Diehl about him adjusting the carburetor thru the fan between the Bowl and the Chicane.
       
       
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      Sent: Friday, August 10, 2012 6:07 PM
      Subject: [Marlboro_Raceway] Re: Saab at Marlboro

       

      My hat is off to anyone who could competitively drive a SAAB 93/96 in
      competition. I had the misfortune (for me) to be invited to co drive
      one in a relay race at Pocono many years ago. This particular SAAB 93
      was much modified and sported an ex ice racing (lake Naomi PA) 850cc
      2cycle engine. The throttle on that beast was more like an on/off
      switch. I can still recall the corner workers diving for the barricades
      when they saw me approaching their corner. I was in the grass almost
      as much as I was on the track. When I applied the power it came on
      with a bang, broke the front wheels loose and I couldn't steer. When I
      lifted to get traction the treacherous little beast tried to trip over
      its outside front tire and put me on my head. It was the most
      frightening ride I've ever had in a race car. As I recall the car was
      painted in the Italian flag across the car much as the team Javelins did
      with the red, white 7 blue in the T/A. The scream of that little 850 2
      cycle was absolutely shattering. They were tough as well as fast (in
      the right hands) though. I remember reading a race report of a 12 hour
      at Marlboro where one of the SAAB's managed several barrel rolls in the
      early hours of the race and went on to finish either 2nd or 3rd.
      Great stuff, great memories. Ron P.



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