LeMons racing's highest award, the Index of Effluency, goes to the vehicle that achieves the most from the least. This time we saw a Daihatsu Charade finish 34th and a Plymouth Belvedere finish 33rd... but one car beat them both.
How many times has the 24 Hours of LeMons ripped out the hearts of Nissan Z lovers? I can think of at least a dozen races in which Zs led or at least contended for the lead... and then disaster!
The Honda Prelude has been one of the real heartbreakers of LeMons racing— plenty of power, great handling... and a head gasket that might as well be cut out from cereal-box cardboard. Today, however, a Prelude leads!
After sweltering in the Northern California sun all day at the aptly-named Arse Sweat-A-Palooza 24 Hours of LeMons race, all coherence has been boiled out of my brain. Let's get right to the photographs.
Even though it blew both head gaskets at the Goin' For Broken LeMons, the Pendejo Engineering XJS managed to knock out a fourth-best (out of 108 cars) lap time of 2:16.339.
The second-annual Goin' For Broken race turned out to be a serious nail-biter, with the cruising-to-massive-victory Death Cab V8olvo blowing up with 40 minutes to go and an E30, a Miata, and an SE-R battling for the win.
Serious LeMons fans know that the Index Of Effluency— given to the team that accomplishes the most with the crappiest car— is the true top prize, and the Dust-N-Debris Dodge Shadow utterly dominated the IOE this time around.
Even after an SE-R Sentra (OK, fine, an SE-R 200SX) won a LeMons race last year, conventional wisdom held that Nissans can't really compete in the series. Forget conventional wisdom, because the Rogue Squadron SE-R just beat 107 cars!
With over a dozen cars wearing the Cone Of Shame (a traffic cone bolted to the roof, indicating that the team is one black flag from being booted from the race), it's easy to forget that some teams race clean.
What else needs to be said? The Angry Hamster Z600 team loaned us the Short Bus, and you'll need a tactical nuke to blast us out of it. No, we can't do wheelies, because there are no seat backs.
Once again, the BumperCam captured the action at the 24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections, shooting a photograph every 10 seconds, all day long.
A long, long, long day of inspecting so-called $500 cars for this weekend's Goin' For Broken 24 Hours of LeMons (moved to Thunderhill after Reno-Fernley went bust) has finally been wrapped up, and the car selection is staggeringly good.
The folks at LeMons HQ have become quite weary of the BMW E30. However, it remains possible to get your allegedly 500-buck E30 into even the most overcrowded race. How? Do what Team Special Deliverance did and Ford Ranchero-ize it!
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.