Maybe the team's car and/or theme was just mind-bendlingly awesome (yet didn't run well enough to contend for the Index of Effluency), or maybe the team just threw the best pit party after the first race session. Whatever the reason, the Organizer's Choice winners represent the best of the 24 Hours Of LeMons!
A-Team, Dodge Daytona
Just bringing a Daytona to a LeMons race shows that the team knows how to find a real crapcan, and somehow the A-Team managed to come in 11th overall at the Gator-O-Rama '09 race.
Team Turbö Schnitzel, Merkur XR4Ti
The Schnitzels are the the only team to have both an Organizer's Choice and a Heroic Fix trophy in their garage, and they earned 'em both! At South Spring '09, they wore their horrifying crypto-German costumes (complete with beer steins) all weekend long. They worked on the car wearing them, they hung around the Penalty Box wearing them, and for all we know they slept in them. In addition to that, they managed to entice an Atlanta sausage company into setting up a sausage-and-kraut stand at the race track. For that, a slam-dunk Organizer's Choice (and they should have been in the LeMons Legends 2009 list, only I spaced on them).
ZZ Über Das: Spy Versus Spy, Volkswagen GTIs
At the Goin' For Broken '09 race the Organizer's Choice was split between two teams running matching GTIs, one black and one white. The team kept a couple of guys in full Spy Vs Spy costume all weekend, and they were seemingly everywhere. On top of that, they put together some great Prohias-grade Spy Vs Spy comic strips, which they stuck all over the paddock. Sure, their cars blew up… but who cares?
Piranha Racing/Shrimp Boots, BMW E30s
Another double-team Organizer's Choice award was given at the Laissez Les Crapheaps Roulez race, and it went to a pair of teams from Cajun country. Why? Best pit parties in the history of the race!
Chard Beef Racing, Buick Regal
The Chard Beef guys rebuilt and/or replaced their engine about a dozen times during the course of the New England '09 race, and they kept a positive attitude the whole time. Good work!
Blanco Basura Racing, Honda Prelude
These guys really got off on the wrong foot when they first encountered the Chief Perp at the '07 races, but then they became treasured regulars, coming in second overall at the Goin' For Broken race. Getting the Organizer's Choice at the Buttonwillow Histrionics was sort of a Lifetime Achievement award for the Basuras.
Barfing Duck, Saturn SL
We gave the Barfing Ducks a hard time over their weak theme at the South Spring '09 race, and then their car got crushed by a tree a few weeks later. Rather than give up, they converted it into an excellent Batmobile and drove it to 9th overall at the South Fall '09 race.
Mostly Harmless Racing, Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
Not only did the team bring a horrible beater Karmann Ghia decorated with a big Hitchhiker's Guide face, they wore full costumes and drank Pan-Galactic Gargle Blasters during the race. In addition, one of their members- a super-skilled Spec Miata demon- had ditched his old team (which had famously fled the People's Curse) and renounced their evil works, rather than keep driving Miatas.
Eyesore Racing, Mazda Miata
Eyesore is the only team in LeMons history to own both an Overall Win trophy and two Organizer's Choice trophies. Head over to their Legends of LeMons entry to learn more about them.