Storybook Ending Eludes Datsun 280ZX-Engined Firebird

We were hoping— without much basis in anything resembling reality— that the L28ET-powered 3rd-gen Firebird would utterly dominate this weekend's LeMons race. Sadly, a roaring engine fire ended the aptly named FireKats' run at a major trophy.

Storybook Ending Eludes Datsun 280ZX-Engined Firebird

The FireKats were doing pretty well through the middle of Sunday's race session; no hope for a win on laps, but a sure thing for a Class win (Class Ugly often produces the most exciting competition in LeMons racing). Then, trouble on the track exit. Damn!

Storybook Ending Eludes Datsun 280ZX-Engined Firebird

The well-roasted FireKatMobile was finished for the weekend, which left the way clear for the Little Buckaroo Baja Bug to grab the Class Ugly trophy.

Storybook Ending Eludes Datsun 280ZX-Engined Firebird

This race also featured the debut of the LeMons Supreme Court official BAKSHEESH! T-shirt. Here we see Judge Anna modeling a neckline-modified green BAKSHEESH! shirt.

Storybook Ending Eludes Datsun 280ZX-Engined Firebird

Pretty cool, eh? Plenty of racers went home with BAKSHEESH! shirts, including Chief Perp Jay Lamm... who ended up getting cavity-searched in a concrete interrogation chamber— or at least sweated for quite a while— by angry TSA enforcers at Denver International. It turns out that the TSA doesn't approve of shirts printed with Arabic words. Who knew?


Disclosure: Murilee Martin gets crazy baksheesh for his work on the LeMons Supreme Court.