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

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

So, You Think You Want To Race A Crapcan? How To Pick The Right Car

Cheapo beater endurance racing series such as the 24 Hours of LeMons and ChumpCar are a great chance to do wheel-to-wheel racing for a relatively small price. In these series, the first decision you make is often the one that can make you a racing hero or destroy what's left of your sanity. So how do you pick the "right" … » 2/03/14 3:20pm 2/03/14 3:20pm

Should We Require Pre-Race Physicals For Amateur Racing?

I'm a huge fan of the LeMons racing series. I was saddened, like so many others, to hear that a driver died in the most recent South Carolina race. It seems that the driver died because of a heart attack, which is exactly what happened in 2008, the only other LeMons race death. Is it time for medical checks for amateur … » 9/24/13 2:04pm 9/24/13 2:04pm

The Most Absurdestest Drag Race Ever

By now we all know about Speedycop's Dr.Moreau-esque automotive creations: the racing Cessna, the upside-down Camaro, the Geo Metro Limo — and now you can have the rare joy of seeing them drag race against one another. » 9/03/13 1:14pm 9/03/13 1:14pm

Join Me On A Tour Through The Concours d'Lemons

I'm a fan of pretty much any Lemons-related event, and the Concours d'Lemons that's held as a much-needed counterpoint to the late-Bugatti valve-stem-cap-orginality-debaters over at Pebble Beach is a great show. After a morning of looking at cars with vastly better earning potential than you, this gathering is a… » 8/23/13 6:30pm 8/23/13 6:30pm

What I Learned From The Most Disappointing Race Weekend Ever

All racing is endurance racing for the people whose blood, sweat and grease go into building and prepping a race car. Therefore you can imagine the massive disappointment I felt when all that work seemed to go out the roll cage when my car was shunted just minutes into a race. The only bigger FAIL would come from not… » 6/27/13 10:08am 6/27/13 10:08am