So What's The Deal With This People's Curse Business?

After the thrice-Cursed Black Widow Miata team fled the People's Curse at the 24 Hours Of LeMons New Orleans, LeMons fans have been going through an Agonizing Reappraisal of the whole crush-a-car-at-each-race idea. » 6/13/09 10:30am 6/13/09 10:30am

This was the , and it earned the Curse by virtue of its newness and V8 power, plus its perceived…

The 24 Hours Of LeMons Detroit-ish Uber Gallery

A week or two (or three) after every 24 Hours Of LeMons race » 10/02/08 2:00pm 10/02/08 2:00pm, we put up a big, browser-crashing collection of all the photos we were able to scrape up of all the cars. Yes, it's Über Gallery time once again! Because the Jalopnik guys on the scene were pretty busy , we don't have quite as many photographs as we've had…

Seven Lap Fiero's LeMons Exploits Chronicled In The Gray Lady's Pages

The Pontiac Fiero may be one of the most perfect 24 Hours Of LeMons racers that very little money can buy. On paper, it looks like it should dominate: mid-mounted V6 engine, lightweight plastic body, and so on… but Fieros always blow up » 9/28/08 2:00pm 9/28/08 2:00pm at LeMons. That's what makes them so great, because the spirit of the race is…

LeMons Racing Through The Eyes Of Car #99

It's 2:00 AM on race day in a nondescript warehouse farm just outside of Detroit. Bryan and I are bending the roll cage hoop while Bill cuts the mounting plates and Ben notches tubing. Our Celica-turned-race car » 9/17/08 3:30pm 9/17/08 3:30pm sits dejectedly on jack stands, gutted and ready for welding. Preparation work that normally takes weeks…

The Top 52 Lemons Of The 24 Hours Of LeMons Detroit-ish

We're still in 24 Hours of LeMons racing season, and that means it's time to show the top finishers in the most recent race: LeMons Detroit-ish, aka LeMons Toledo! » 9/16/08 4:00pm 9/16/08 4:00pm In fact, we've got shots of the cars that managed at least one lap in Toledo last weekend (which featured more Crown Victorias than a typical ). When…

In Toledo, Team First Blood GMC Sonoma Takes People's Choice... And…

The People's Curse is a hallowed 24 Hours of LeMons tradition, in which the teams vote to destroy the car they hate the most. Sometimes the Curse goes to a car suspected of blowing past the $500 spending limit (e.g., this BMW 740 » 9/15/08 8:00am 9/15/08 8:00am), sometimes it goes to a car driven too aggressively (e.g., ), and sometimes it goes to…

And The Winner Is... The Sofa King Toyota Supra!

After leading for much of the race, the #2 Sofa King Supra just grabbed the win in Toledo. They overcame a 5-lap BS Inspection penalty… which isn't surprising, given that this team is made up of guys who work at Pratt & Miller » 9/14/08 3:30pm 9/14/08 3:30pm. We'll have the People's Curse- and more- for you when the photos arrive; for now, make the…

Lemons Detroit-ish Entering Final Stretch!

Even with numerous machines getting knocked out of the Toledo Death March, the survivors continue to roar around the track in the quest for the Flag That Is Checkered. I've just received word on the People's Curse, photos of which will be posted as soon as someone at the track can get connected to some internet tubes;… » 9/14/08 1:30pm 9/14/08 1:30pm

Fiero Recovers From 7-Lap Altamont Nightmare... Then Gets Wrecked In…

The tale of the Pontiac Fiero entered by some Car & Driver » 9/14/08 1:00pm 9/14/08 1:00pm guys (not, as I may have implied earlier, actually sponsored by ) at the in May was indeed heartbreaking: after 's sister Erica spent three days towing the car all the way out from Michigan, the plastic Pontiac managed before clutch and transmission woes…

Mechanical Carnage Abounds In Toledo, Sawzalled Supra Now Leads

According to TheEastBayKid » 9/14/08 12:40pm 9/14/08 12:40pm, 16 out of 54 cars have been knocked out of the race by ain't-coming-back-nohow mechanical problems ranging from thrown rods to garbooned suspensions to fires… oh, wait, another message just came in: two more dead cars just dragged off the track. Perhaps the lemonicide results from the lack…

Jalopnik-Powered Toyota Celica Back Up And Running In The Early Morning…

Some heroic late-night wrenching — and a quick trip an hour north to Detroit — after yesterday's disastrous loss of a front wheel » 9/14/08 11:30am 9/14/08 11:30am — has helped the get back on the track here at the Toledo-Detroit LeMons race. intern Andy Didorosi was at the helm when the Celica (and its Swedish roof) hit the track again around 6:30…

Innovations In The 24 Hours Of LeMons Judicial System: The Sarah Palin…

You think Sarah Palin might have imagined, back in her Mustang Grande days » 9/13/08 10:30pm 9/13/08 10:30pm, that one day there would be a racing penalty named after her? Strange the way one's life can take such twists and turns, eh? So, the way the Sarah Palin punishment works: First, the miscreant must don a camouflage mask, put on lipstick, and…

Jalopnik Celica Gets Into Race After Heroic Fix, Goes On Black Flag…

The '88 Celica GT-S » 9/13/08 10:15pm 9/13/08 10:15pm, manned by Jalopnoids Andy Didorosi and Ben Wojdyla, showed up for tech inspection three hours and 22 minutes after the race began, then proceeded to rack up three black flags for what calls "hitting stuff." He also says they're "pretty quick when they're out there." And… oh, no! Late-breaking…

Five Hours Into The Race: BMW Leads, Size Matters Fury In Top Five!

There have already been some casualties, including the current contender for the We Got Screwed award: the Hot Rod Lincoln, which threw a rod driving off the trailer » 9/13/08 9:32pm 9/13/08 9:32pm. The , which was seriously fast at , was the early leader, but then it… threw a rod. Lots of connecting rods flying around Toledo tonight! Now we've got…

Rapid Fire Louie Like Rambo Got Bullets: Team First Blood Prepares To…

Get ready for another 24 Hours of LeMons weekend, folks, because the Detroit(ish) race » 9/11/08 12:40pm 9/11/08 12:40pm is coming up this Saturday! The Toledo race may be the most punishing of all the LeMons events, because it's the only one that literally runs for . Last year's Detroit People's Choice winners- who work as designers for The General…