Bad Idea Funtime: Could You Corner Balance A Car With Truck Nutz?

My 944 has a problem: when the gas tank starts to empty, the back end gets light. I've ruined its perfect 50-50 weight balance by taking off the heavy glass hatch. I don't have any fancy-schmancy metal ballast just lying around, however, I could probably source quite a few Truck Nutz. » 3/06/15 11:53am 3/06/15 11:53am

Snow Makes 24 Hours Of LeMons Practice A Big, Hilarious Drifty Mess

The best weather we had all weekend for the 24 Hours of LeMons' North Dallas Hooptie race at Eagles Canyon Raceway was a few inches of powdery snow during the practice day. Needless to say, the race didn't happen, but a few of us went out for practice laps, anyway. » 3/01/15 8:41pm 3/01/15 8:41pm

Why Your Tires' Treadwear Ratings Are A Load Of Crap

Between amateur endurance racing and the Sports Car Club Of America's "Street" autocross classes, there's quite a few series now mandating around 200-treadwear rubber. So, of course, different tire manufacturers are "readjusting" ratings of existing tires to cash in on the action. » 12/14/14 11:25am 12/14/14 11:25am

24 Hours Of LeMons Was A Wet Miserable Time And Stef Schrader Loved It

What do you do when you have a family emergency the week before a 24 Hours of LeMons race, and your folks tell you to do the race anyway? You race the car, that's what. » 11/29/14 11:00am 11/29/14 11:00am

24 Hours of LeMons Team Recreates The Porsche Tractor With A Diesel 911

Hella Shitty Racing brought us the world's first turbodiesel Porsche 911 in Ferkel the Nein-11, a Volkswagen Jetta TDI swapped 24 Hours of LeMons entry sure to make purists everywhere cringe. Now they have their diesel Porsche appropriately themed. » 11/18/14 2:10pm 11/18/14 2:10pm

The Delightfully Awful Cars And Characters Of 'Halloween Hooptiefest'

The 24 Hours Of LeMons on-track battle of beaters is raging at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend. Car & Driver's Murliee Martin brings us a hilarious photo album of the cars and... costumes. » 10/26/14 10:34am 10/26/14 10:34am

Speedycop's Race-Ready Family Truckster Is Amazing And For Sale!

The gaudy, overwrought Wagon Queen Family Truckster is probably one of the best visual gags in National Lampoon's Vacation and says more about the excesses of the American auto industry than many books on the subject. But I don't think that's why LeMons legend Speedycop built one. He built it because he could. » 9/30/14 11:00pm 9/30/14 11:00pm

There's Only 16 Of These Canadian Cars Left And One Raced At LeMons

See that red 1960 Falcon there? Notice anything weird about it? Anything Canadian weird? Like maple leaf badges or a strange grille? That's because what you're looking at isn't a Ford Falcon. Hell, it's technically not even a Ford. It's a Frontenac. And one of the few left just raced at the 24 Hours of LeMons. » 9/24/14 10:30pm 9/24/14 10:30pm

This Jurassic Park Explorer Is A Race Car

The 24 Hours of LeMons is part motorsports, part theater. Nobody does the theater part better than Speedycop. You know, the guy who made the upside down Camaro. Well, here's a perfect Jurassic Park Explorer recreation from him. And it's going racing this weekend. » 8/08/14 12:55pm 8/08/14 12:55pm

How To Feed Yourself At A Race Track

Welcome to race weekend. Paddock food is a meaty and often greasy wonderland of diet-wrecking treats ranging from teams' own gourmet cuisine to E. Coli burgers from a sketchy stand that was probably last given a good clean in the 1950s. Prepare your anus. » 5/26/14 2:00pm 5/26/14 2:00pm

The Jalopnik Guide To Buying Racing Gear (For Men And Women)

If you intend on driving a racecar—even if it's a total crapcan—you're going to have to look the part. Bonus: all of that Stiggy get-up prevents you from going up in flames if and/or when your questionable machinery decides it doesn't like its fuel lines anymore, hooray! » 3/28/14 4:05pm 3/28/14 4:05pm

This 87-Year-Old Ford Model T Mashup Is Surprisingly Ready To Race

The frame dates back to the Calvin Coolidge administration, but the front end is decidedly Nixonian, while the engine is practically Vanilla Iceonian. It's a hot rod with parts through the ages that can handle a race course. It's the "Road Race T." » 3/24/14 3:00pm 3/24/14 3:00pm

This Is The World's First Turbodiesel Porsche 911

What car best represents pure driving focus and the last word in refinement? The Porsche 911. What engine best represents the absolute opposite of that? A TDI motor pulled from an old Jetta. And now the two are married together for the first time. » 3/18/14 2:00pm 3/18/14 2:00pm

How to Decorate Your Crapcan Racecar

Whether you're entering a series that encourages creative team themes or not, you've still got some basic accoutrements to add to the outside of the car before it's ready to race. Here's how to add things that hopefully won't fall off your car. » 3/11/14 4:10pm 3/11/14 4:10pm

How Much Should You Spend On Your Crapcan Race Car?

There are some things you just don't talk about in polite company: politics, religion and finances, for example. Since that's the case, I'm going to let loose this monster fart and talk about how much money it costs to run a crapcan team — and how much you should charge teammates to run your car. » 3/07/14 9:00pm 3/07/14 9:00pm

Noted LeMons Loon Speedycop Is Building A Twin-V8 Lincoln

Whatever point you're trying to make, Speedycop, you've made it. A track-worthy airplane, an upside-down Camaro, silly wordplay realized to the maximum degree possible — we get it. You like building insane LeMons cars. Well, we love it too, and that's why it's nice to see his new project, a 16 cylinder Continental. » 3/05/14 4:40pm 3/05/14 4:40pm

How to Share Shop Space Without Killing Each Other

Most crapcan racecar builds involve some form of shared shop space, be it with other teammates or with other amateur racing types who have a shop. Here's some advice on how to finish your car while keeping your (and their) sanity intact. » 2/25/14 4:00pm 2/25/14 4:00pm

The Most Useful Tools For An Inexperienced Car Mechanic

Congratulations on your purchase of a hopeless project car, be it a crapcan racer or some other monstrosity that "ran when parked." Here are the tools you need to source to keep it from becoming a permanent piece of landscape art — especially if you don't usually do this sort of thing. » 2/17/14 4:00pm 2/17/14 4:00pm

How To Pick The Right Teammates For Your Crapcan Racing Team

Now that you have the right car for your crapcan racing project, you need other people to drive and/or work on it with you. Choose wisely, or you'll be at each others' throats. » 2/10/14 3:00pm 2/10/14 3:00pm