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This picture was taken at the Limerock Inaugural Event on August 28th 1957. On the left is Raymond Saidel in 7C101 (Blue Car) and on the right is Robert Columbosian in 7C102 (Red Car). Ray finished 4th after having to ease up with a defective right rear brake, while Columbosian finished 6th. These to combined for many top finishes throughout the 1957 season.

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This picture shows Norm Leeds talking to Ray Saidel(in the car) in 7C104, this was the newest chassis which had all of the suspension upgrades. Lou Turner had drilled this chassis like swiss cheese. "weight is Horsepower" Lou would say. This became Rays team car by July 1957 season and through the 1958 season. The 1st Mk II (Blue 7C101) was given to Ray Heppenstahl to campaign in the mid Atlantic states. The car was wrecked at VIR one month later.

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Ray Saidel (left) giving Ray Heppenstahl some information on the Jomar which Heppenstahl was given to campaign in the southern Atlantic for exposure. This car (7C101) was crashed by Heppenstahl at the VIR Inaugural race.

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Limerock NE Regional saw Team Jomar ready for action with Ray Saidel(left) in 7C014 and Robert Columbosian in 7C102. Working on Columbosians #99 is mechanic Jack Welch.

 

 

 

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Also in July Saidel finally recieved chassis 7C105 which was a race chassis fitted with a fiberglass body. This car was featured in the July 19th 1957 edition of Autosport. This article also contained pictures of several notchback coupes under construction.

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This is the 1st Coupe 7FS101 at the Liverpool dock ready for shipment to Ray Saidel in the USA. Trevor is seen on the left. Note: No Spare Tire or Bumperettes

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By October 1957, Ray finally got his first coupe. It took over a year from when he ordered it. 7FS101 was fitted with an 1172 flat head 4 cyl English Ford with a Shorrock Supercharger for a little extra umph. Thus the two different chassis designation FS= Ford Supercharged and C= Climax. These early coupes had no radio or heater and/or cabin ventilation. Most all of these cars were retrofitted by Lou Turner to include Studebaker vents cut into the side of the foot wells as well as a vent strip cut into the top of the bonnet for ventilation. this car was very well received at the Boston Auto Show. Raymond liked the little coupe but after several customers complained about the short roof line he penciled a sloping back onto one of the pictures and sent thi to Bernard Williams in hopes of a fastback design change. He got it.

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Also in the fall of 1957 Ray acquired an english wheel to ease the teams panel beating soon to resume over the winter. The english wheel allowed for much smoother lines and created the MK III Jomar. Ray used the hanger queen chassis of 7C103 which TVR had sent the modifications to the suspension for. Once again, Lou Turner set to drilling all possible weight from the chassis, and hand created the egg-crate grill seen in the picture. As the spring of 1958 loomed Ray had a customer who had been reading about the Jomars and wanted one to campaign on the west coast. To promote the Jomars, Ray sold the car to Seaman Bearing Company, Phoenix, Arizona. The car was driven by Curley Brayer who later purchased the car from Seamen Bearing. Currently, we are still looking for this car, and know that it was trade into a Las Vegas foreign car dealership in the late 1960s. From an Article in Classic Motorsports I contacted Frank Payton, Frank had purchased the car from a guy on the west coast/Vegas area. He prepared the car and raced it a bit. Changed the rims to bolt on style. Sold the car to someones brother who was starting in racing. As he was trailering to Elkhart lake for a race (350 miles) car and trailer were badly damaged. Painted Blue at the time. Possibly late 1960s

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February of 1958 brought the last of the Nocthback Coupes with bumperettes and external trunk mounted spare tire. Within 1 month the first Fastback Jomar would be shipped to New York in time for Rays placement in New York Auto show, rendering the Notchbacks obsolete and hard to sell even at a loss.