Chard Beef Regal On Third Engine, Corvair And Saab 99 Still Battling For Effluency Glory

They're well into Day Two of racing at the 24 Hours Of LeMons New England, and there's no letup in the drama!

Chard Beef Regal On Third Engine, Corvair And Saab 99 Still Battling For Effluency Glory

If you care, the Kielbasa Kids Honda Civic is still the lap-count leader, with the three Alfa Milanos ready to pounce if and when that fragile Honda head gasket lets go… but in the real battle, the 1971 Saab 99 refuses to cede the Index Of Effluency trophy (given to the team that accomplishes the most with the most hopeless vehicle) to UDMan's 1963 Chevrolet Corvair.

Chard Beef Regal On Third Engine, Corvair And Saab 99 Still Battling For Effluency Glory

The Corvair has had zero mechanical problems, but by all accounts the handling has been on the scary side and the little air-cooled Chevy has been a regular defendant at the LeMons Supreme Court. The Saab… well, it breaks a lot, but it's actually getting around the track quite smartly during its periods of functionality.

Chard Beef Regal On Third Engine, Corvair And Saab 99 Still Battling For Effluency Glory

Meanwhile, the Team WWF Datsun 510 has emerged as a possible longshot IOE candidate. Yes, we know, the 510 is actually a pretty good car and wouldn't normally be in the running for Effluency honors, but this one is so incredibly rusty that even native New Englanders are shocked that it didn't break into thousands of tiny pieces in its first 30 seconds on the track. While all this has been going on, the Chard Beef Buick Regal is now on its third junkyard engine of the weekend, and it's a testimonial to the massive and widespread mechanical carnage at this race that it's still in 40th place.


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Photo sources: Ron Vickers, Christine The Arc Angel, SmokeyBurnout