The New England LeMons races definitely give us a different mix of cars, compared to the rest of the country: more Civics, more Subarus, fewer RX-7s. Speaking of Civics, would you believe Civics in three of the top ten positions?
It looked like the Near Orbital Space Monkeys' BMW 528e had the 2010 New England 24 Hours of LeMons in the bag, but a certain Civic just kept looming closer and closer in the rear-view.
Dropping an L28ET yanked from a Datsun 280ZX Turbo into a third-gen Firebird and racing the result was a good idea, which makes today's swap a great idea!
When we started the race in hot, muggy Connecticut, 75 or so cars set out onto the track. When the race session ended at 10:00, only 35 cars were still running... and a BMW E28 had the lead!
We didn't have time to inspect all 90 entrants on Friday, which means we'll be getting up at oh-dark-thirty to inspect the remaining cars before the cars hit the Stafford Motor Speedway track at noon Saturday. However, it's clear that the makings of a mighty three-way race for the Index of Effluency— the top LeMons…
Even though we tend to emphasize the Index Of Effluency winners, the team that takes the overall win at a LeMons race has accomplished the nearly impossible: keeping a $500 car running all weekend and avoiding penalties.
As we keep trying to make clear, the Index Of Effluency is the top prize, the pinnacle of all LeMons awards.
There's been a lot of talk at LeMons HQ about organizing a LeMons Hall Of Fame, but nobody agrees on the half-dozen or so cars that deserve first-round acceptance. Let's look at 41 LeMons Legends from the '09 season instead!
With ten races during the 2009 season, 24 Hours Of LeMons HQ decided it was time to deal out season awards. They even used some sort of pseudo-scientific point system to determine the winners, which gave BMW a big win.
No, we haven't forgotten to do the traditional ÜG for the most recent LeMons race- we're just limping across the finish line in the manner of a Lancia Scorpion with 6 burned valves.