The wildly creative and prolific builder of bonkers racecars for the 24 Hours of Lemons races, Speedycop, had a bit of a tragedy early this morning when his helicopter-turned-racecar-and-boat, the Speedycopter, caught fire and burned while en route to a radio interview in Philadelphia.
The 24 Hours of LeMons shitbox racing series is, arguably, one of the three pillars of modern society, along with the Kiwanis Club and our nation’s easy and ready access to taquitos. One of the icons of LeMons is a mysterious figure named Speedycop who always manages to build some genuinely insane cars. The Speedycop…
It sounds odd that Jenson Button will not drive McLaren’s Formula One car before he fills in for Fernando Alonso at the Monaco Grand Prix, but it makes sense if you’ve ever been on the level of failure McLaren’s dealing with. McLaren’s car is so bad, they’re even starting to act like a 24 Hours of Lemons crapcan…
Onboard cameras are all but ubiquitous in race cars now, yet the audio that comes from them often isn’t so great. You may hear the car in the background underneath a harsh layer of windy sounds and mount rattles. Here’s the best cheap fix to bad or nonexistent onboard video audio yet.
Are you the aging oligarch of a major racing series? Are you tired of seeing cars qualify on ovals one at a time? Have you grown bored of qualifying formats that people understand? Are you looking to spice things up for no reason? The backwards slalom is the answer.
I’ll be honest: I usually don’t care about iOS updates until apps break or I get tired of dismissing reminders to update. However, this latest update allows me to communicate entirely with car stickers, so I can’t hate it. Why write words when I can get the same point across with a 356 or a 919? Also, my own race car…
This week, I discovered that everything I thought I knew about life, the universe, and high-performance driving might well be backwards.
Few things are more dangerous in racing than your car dying on track in the middle of a turn. You’re probably going to get hit unless the car starts right back up. It’s just a matter of when and how hard. I took a hard hit in February and then spent three hellish months recovering from a concussion.
There’s one thing the 24 Hours of LeMons is adamant about: documenting your cheating. Any parts added to the car either need documentation or they’ll be assigned a value in inspections. If you swap “found” parts into an FD Mazda RX-7, you’re going to invoke the “Pratt & Miller Rule,” as this team did.
If you ever wonder whether you still care about your “ran when parked” race car that you haven’t had time to look at in months, go race someone else’s car of the same model. The single best thing I’ve ever done for my Porsche 944 was to go race someone else’s Porsche 944.
If any ordinary car goes boom during a 24 Hours of LeMons race, it’s just a run of the mill (and probably expected) mechanical failure. When a GM U-body “Dustbuster” van dressed as a spaceship blows up, it’s an event worthy of setting to “Also sprach Zarathustra.” Stanley Kubrick, eat your heart out.
It’s a bad sign when you blow up in the inspection line. From the 24 Hours of LeMons race at Barber Motorsports Park. Live streams from the Sonoma race can be viewed here.
The easiest way to go racing on a road course — bar none — is through an amateur endurance series. You can split costs and seat time with friends, and compete in an open, friendly environment of like-minded gearheads. But is there a race near you next year? There’s now a map for that.
[Enough Christmas already. Bring on Easter. Here’s our Volkswagen Type 3 Easter Bunny making the rounds at the 2011 Gator-O-Rama 24 Hours of LeMons race at MSR Houston.]
[The beautiful chaos of a 24 Hours of LeMons race. From the Return of the LeMonites race at Miller Motorsports Park, 2015.]
It’s almost like there are certain mistakes you can’t help but make in the first time you get out on a race track.
Take a scrap Porsche 911 shell that would have otherwise ended up as raw material for toasters and stuff a Volkswagen TDI engine in the rear, and we’ll love your LeMons team forever. Destroy the car’s front end but make it back on track after only two and a half hours and you’re gunning for Repair of the Year.