After showing up to the bustling metropolis of Willows, California, we got some Camarones de Diablo at the Mexican joint next to the motel, then headed over to Thunderhill Raceway to see what manner of
crazy person hardcore competitor would be wrenching on their sub-$500 race cars on a 40-degree night. In the rain. We're going to have to give our first Spirit of LeMons award to Team Dirty Drifters, whose Corolla's 3TC developed a rod knock during a practice run earlier. They'd already driven 500 miles down from Portland, then sent a team member another 170 miles to San Jose to buy another engine... which they'd probably start swapping back into the car at about 1:00 AM. Oh, and they also blew the differential.
We were happy to find that the Carpet Pissers will be racing, though the Pissers themselves were nowhere to be found; perhaps they were rolling a few frames. Give us ze money!
We saw this Mazda racing at Altamont in October (they came in 37th), and here it is again. Team members were too busy with a welding frenzy to chat with us.