What most quiet Southern towns want more than anything else is to block off downtown on Friday afternoon, run a parade of 89 so-called race cars down the main drag, and then endure a LeMons BS Inspection. Welcome to Camden!
All the cars in the second-annual 24 Hours of LeMons South Spring race were trailered to a field about a mile from downtown Camden, then given a police escort into town.
Some of the locals were a bit puzzled by the sight, but it wasn't long before the block-long BS Inspection turned into a huge block party, complete with food vendors, a band, and plenty of baksheesh for the judges.
Can a 15-year-old big Benz get through the inspection with zero penalty laps? Absolutely!
We were probably a bit too lenient on many of the cars, but that's how it works when you're doing inspections during a huge outdoor party.
Here's the 8th "General Lee" in LeMons history.
When it was all over, we headed back to internet-equipped Carolina Motorsports Park, so that I could share these photos of the chaos for y'all. Naturally, several teams were repairing parts they broke during practice laps earlier in the day; here's a transmission destined for a 16-valve Volvo 740 sedan.
Starting Saturday morning, the folks from TrackGeeks will be providing live streaming video coverage of the LeMons racin' action. You'll get in-car live video, Penalty Box highlights, and plenty of cars melting down in the South Carolina heat. Check it out here!
Disclosure: Murilee Martin gets crazy baksheesh from LeMons HQ for his work on the LeMons Supreme Court