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Edmond Stoops 

Yesterday, when I was young, I became a Roy Clark fan. I still am and always will be one. During my college years in Tulsa I always got a kick out of driving past his home. Farewell, Roy. Tulsa, and the rest of us, will miss you. #royclark #guitar #guitarlegend #tulsa

With our final race in the Quantum IV at last August’s Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion (@weathertechraceway) behind us, I believe the time has come to get this warrior back on track; perhaps as soon as next month. Stay tuned. #vintageracing #car12 #anson #supervee #groundeffects #wingsandslicks

“WHOO invited this guy?” Sunny, the California Gnatcatcher that tirelessly protects my backyard from tiny insects of all sorts, meets up with some rather stiff company atop the weathervane. #backyardbirds #californiagnatcatcher #oneofthesethingsisnotliketheother

Being away from home means having to forego the annual raising of the backyard flag so I'll share a past photo of it with you here. It is hard to believe it has been 17 years. #neverforget #911 #nyc

I had grand plans of posting something every day during the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. However, since we arrived here last Monday it has been pretty much nonstop with all the unloading, setting up, getting through tech inspection and so much more. Here’s a quick look of the Quantum IV heading out down “Gurney Alley” (really) for our first practice session last Thursday. The car performed flawlessly; the driver, a bit less so. Still, nothing tops being here. As always, many thanks to our friends and sponsor, @lartedesign. Thanks, too, to @j_and_b_imports_ for all their help in getting the Quantum IV ready. #vintageracing #lagunaseca #saab #saabquantum #saabrussia #montereycarweek #twostrokepower #openwheel #car12 #rolex #autoweekusa #rolexmontereymotorsportsreunion #RolexReunion #dangurney #dangurneyforpresident

Let’s talk about helmets. Besides offering all-important protection, the paint scheme of a driver’s helmet can be a very personal thing. For example, the helmet I’ll be wearing at the upcoming Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion features tributes to two great men. The winged letters, “DFS,” at the top are the initials of the greatest man I ever knew, my father. Below that are tributes to another hero of mine (on, and off, the track). I had the great privilege of spending time with, and getting to know, Dan on numerous occasions. Like my father, he was the personification of the word “gentleman.” As always, many thanks to our friends and sponsor, @lartedesign. Thanks, too, to @j_and_b_imports_ for all their help in getting the Quantum IV ready. #vintageracing #lagunaseca #saab #saabquantum #montereycarweek #twostrokepower #openwheel #car12 #rolex #rolexmontereymotorsportsreunion #dangurney #dangurneyforpresident #RolexReunion

If you know the expression about wannabe cowboys being: “All hat and no horse,” this is kind of like that. “All show and no go,” perhaps. This is the mighty Jack, holding on for dear life a few years back at @weathertechraceway Laguna Seca during the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Despite the lack of an engine, tires, and chassis, his lap times were pretty darn good. As always,thanks to our friends and sponsor, @lartedesign. Thanks, too, to @j_and_b_imports_ for all their help in getting the Quantum IV ready. #vintageracing #lagunaseca #saab #saabquantum #saabrussia #montereycarweek #twostrokepower #openwheel #car12 #rolex #autoweekusa #rolexmontereymotorsportsreunion

Happy Birthday to fellow vintage racer, and greatest guitar player of all time, @mark_knopfler - shown at the wheel of his Maserati 300s in the first photo and with legendary racer (and “Local Hero”), Sir Stirling Moss in the second image. Mark and I have a great deal in common. We are both avid car guys/vintage racers and we are both musicians; he is amazing on the guitar whereas I’m amazingly bad on the piano. Okay, so we just have the car thing in common. Mark has taken part in the vintage races @weathertechraceway Laguna Seca in the past (driving a Lotus 23) so hopefully he’ll come back one day and give it another go. #markknopfler #vintageracing #direstraights @maserati #maserati300s #weathertechraceway #fingerpicking

“Smoke ‘em if you’ve got ‘em.” The weather at @weathertechraceway Laguna Seca is like a box of chocolates. A few years ago, after days of perfect weather, our morning qualifying session was run in a heavy fog that quickly turned into rain. With our skinny, spec Dunlop tires it was like racing on ice. Heading into the famous Corkscrew” I locked up the right front doing my best to slow things down a bit. We are looking forward to the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion (and good weather) less than two weeks away. As always, many thanks to our friends and sponsor, @lartedesign. Thanks, too, to @j_and_b_imports_ for all their help in getting the Quantum IV ready. #vintageracing #lagunaseca #saab #saabquantum #saabrussia #montereycarweek #twostrokepower #openwheel #car12 #rolex #autoweekusa #rolexmontereymotorsportsreunion #RolexReunion

And then there was time I opened the mailbox and discovered we had made the cover of @AutoWeekusa. What a great surprise. That’s the Quantum IV (the red car) flying through @weathertechraceway Laguna Seca’s famous “Corkscrew” just inches behind the Lotus driven by my late friend, Alan Patterson. We are loading the trailer today in preparation for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion later this month. Maybe we’ll make the cover again!
As always, many thanks to our friends and sponsor, @lartedesign. #vintageracing #lagunaseca #saab #saabquantum #saabrussia #montereycarweek #twostrokepower #openwheel #car12 #rolex #autoweekusa #rolexmontereymotorsportsreunion #RolexReunion

The cockpit of the Quantum IV. During the two years I spent restoring the car I worried (just a little) the shifter being on the left would take some getting used to. When I finally drove the car for the first time I never gave it a second thought. It’s been that way ever since. We will be running in the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion in a few weeks at @weathertechraceway Laguna Seca with help from our friends and sponsor, @lartedesign. #vintageracing #lagunaseca #saab #saabquantum #saabrussia #montereycarweek #twostrokepower #openwheel #car12 #rolex #RolexReunion

As promised, here’s some in-car video of the Quantum IV at @weathertechraceway Laguna Seca from a past running of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. With only 940cc, compared to everyone else having 1100cc (and only 3 cylinders compared to their 4), we work hard to stay in the fight. Hopefully we’ll get more good video in a few weeks. @lartedesign. #vintage-racing #lagunaseca #saab #saabquantum #saabrussia #montereycarweek #twostrokepower #openwheel #car12 #rolex #RolexReunion

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