Citroën DS, V8 Swaps Aplenty at the Sears Pointless BS InspectionS

Not sure how many cars the LeMons Supreme Court inspected for violations of the $500 budget rule today; supposedly 150 or so showed up, but many failed the safety test and never made it to us. Anyway, it was plenty!

Citroën DS, V8 Swaps Aplenty at the Sears Pointless BS InspectionS

Does a Malaise era Lincoln Town Coupé belong on the storied Sears Point aka Infineon Raceway track? Of course!

Citroën DS, V8 Swaps Aplenty at the Sears Pointless BS InspectionS

Provided it has a functioning 8-track, that is.

Citroën DS, V8 Swaps Aplenty at the Sears Pointless BS InspectionS

The Italian Stallions Fiat X1/9 team cooked up some meatball sandwiches for everyone.

Citroën DS, V8 Swaps Aplenty at the Sears Pointless BS InspectionS

It turns out that post-apocalypse Australian Hasidim drive Ford Capris. Meet Team Mad Maxeltov!

Citroën DS, V8 Swaps Aplenty at the Sears Pointless BS InspectionS

How's this for meta-what-the-hell weird: a VW team with a LeMons Judges theme! Yes, they are dressed like yours truly and Judge Jonny.

Citroën DS, V8 Swaps Aplenty at the Sears Pointless BS InspectionS

Best bribe of the day? A free Ford Tempo to use as the Judgemobile. We'll use it to mount the Ghost Ride The Whip box this weekend, and then it will probably meet a fate that will sadden Ford_Tempo_Fanatic. Sorry, FTF!

Citroën DS, V8 Swaps Aplenty at the Sears Pointless BS InspectionS

The Team Schitroën Air Prance Citroen DS (actually an ID19, if we're honest) appeared to be close to race-ready as of 9:00 PM, after one of the craziest last-second thrashes we've ever seen at a LeMons race. Run by the same lunatics that won the Index of Effluency with a 1962 Austin Mini at the Buttonwillow Histrionics last summer, this car had sat for 20 years before being purchased for 300 bucks a couple months back. It drove a slow lap around the paddock under its own power at about 4:00 PM Friday, which was the first time it had driven anywhere since the 1980s.

Citroën DS, V8 Swaps Aplenty at the Sears Pointless BS InspectionS

Tomorrow it will hit the track and show us how well a hydropneumatic suspension holds up to the ultimate torture test.

Citroën DS, V8 Swaps Aplenty at the Sears Pointless BS InspectionS

Meanwhile, we can't even count the number of Stupid Engine Swaps we saw. There's this RX-7 with a Ford 302. There's a Toyota pickup with a seriously set-back Chevy small-block. There's a Volvo 244 with a Chevy 350. There's a Jaguar XJ6 with a Chevy 350. There's an E30 with a Ford 302. And, of course, there's the ol' Ford 302-powered V8olvo, now decked out as the "Death Cab." We're waiting for the first Porsche 944 with 928 engine swap.

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