How To Win The 24 Hours Of LeMons: Three Top Racers Share Their Secrets!

First of all, I must make it perfectly clear that all serious 24 Hours Of LeMons aficionados consider the Index Of Effluency trophy, which goes to the team that accomplished the most with the crappiest car, to be the real »10/23/08 3:00pm10/23/08 3:00pm winner of the race. However, winning that prize requires a combination of guts and madness that…

24 Hours Of LeMons Veteran Awaits Crusher In Long Beach Junkyard

Is it better for a car to go out in a blaze of glory on the racetrack than to die an ignominious death of a thousand minor failures? We can all ponder that question as we study the corpse of the Team Come From Behind Probe, which didn't finish in the top 50 at Altamont but hung in there for most of the race despite… »7/09/08 3:00pm7/09/08 3:00pm

Huge Wing, Eyeballs Propel Make:Way Escort To 33rd-Place LeMons Finish!

Even though we vowed to crush Team Make:Way's Escort like a drained beercan beneath our hobnailed racing shoes (as the Lord Humungus would say about their car, what a puny plan!), the little slushbox-equipped Escort managed to evade the wrath of Odin and hang on for a respectable 33rd-place finish at the race. They… »5/16/08 4:20pm5/16/08 4:20pm

Broken Parts And Bleeding Knuckles At The 24 Hours Of Lemons

We've seen the cars that finished the race, but what about the ones that spent more time in the pits than on the track? Our pit space was sandwiched between a couple of never-say-die teams: the Snowspeeder Pilots Association, whose MR2's engine ate its rod bearings, and Team SSPP22, whose Volvo 780 Bertone broke its… »5/15/08 4:00pm5/15/08 4:00pm

Pimps, Pirates, and PMS: The Art Cars Of The 24 Hours of LeMons

We really want to love art cars, but the problem with a lot of them is that the artists involved just don't get cars. For every genuinely awesome Camera Van or Pedal Regal, you get a hundred beater 323s with plastic army men or dinosaurs epoxied all over the sheet metal. But take heart, fans of car-as-art, because the… »5/15/08 1:00pm5/15/08 1:00pm

1976 Audi Fox Wagon: Choice Of Discerning Pit Crew Members!

The cars driven by the team members and audience at the 24 Hours of LeMons race tended to be more interesting than what you'd see in your typical East Bay parking lot. I saw an AMC Hornet with a trunk-mounted computer, a small-block XJ6 with a wicked-looking hood scoop, and this very clean Fox wagon... which turned… »5/13/08 4:20pm5/13/08 4:20pm

When You Go From 44th To 15th Place In Six Hours, You Get A Few Dings

When racing started at Altamont on Sunday, we knew we had some catching up to do; thanks to overestimation of fuel consumption, some pit slowness, and a penalty incurred by yours truly (more on that later), we started the day in 44th place out of 90 cars. We had the power, we had the skilled drivers, and we had a… »5/13/08 2:00pm5/13/08 2:00pm

Don't Count Out Detroit: Chevy Finishes Second At LeMons!

Last October, the highest-placed Detroit car at the 24 Hours of LeMons Altamont race was the Spirit of San Diego '81 Chevy Malibu, grabbing a not-too-shabby 20th place. This time around, minus the fins and plus some mean-looking black paint, a good ol' American V8/rear-drive machine has left all them furrin cars (save »5/13/08 10:00am5/13/08 10:00am

Yes, Those Were Vacuum-Operated Skulls On The Black Metal V8olvo's Roof

With all the excitement of the race, I totally forgot to post photos of what the Black Metal V8olvo actually looked like by the time we had it all painted and bedecaled. Thing is, we didn't have time to apply the decals until we actually got the car to the racetrack. First of all, some commenters have wondered about… »5/12/08 2:00pm5/12/08 2:00pm

Meet The Latest 24 Hours of LeMons Champions: Krider Racing Death Proof!

In the 24 Hours of LeMons race at Thunderhill last December, we watched a Nissan Sentra SE-R place fifth (if not for a wheel stud failure, they'd have done even better). We thought the Krider team members were pretty cool guys, so it was great to see them at Altamont; this time their ride was an Acura Integra with a… »5/12/08 10:00am5/12/08 10:00am

Krider Racing Wins 2008 24 Hours of LeMons Race At Altamont

The inaugural race of the 24 Hours of LeMons season just concluded and we're being told it looks like the winner's Krider Racing in their Integra. Murilee will have more shortly from Altamont but he predicts our very own Team Black Metal V8olvo will come in somewhere in the top 20. Give 'em all a round of applause for… »5/11/08 8:22pm5/11/08 8:22pm