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.
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.
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 Prickstine, the Bavarian Ranchero, and so many other twistedly great cars at the Goin' For Broken LeMons, it takes something special to stand out from the crowd... which is exactly what the Cannonball Bandits are doing right now.