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 8:22pm 5/11/08 8:22pm

Just received the following text message from Murilee: "[Team Black Metal V8olvo has] gone from 44th place to 19th so far today." Continue following the team's progress along with all our coverage here. » 5/11/08 5:48pm 5/11/08 5:48pm

Details, Driver Name Emerge In Tragic Altamont LeMons Crash

While Murilee and the rest of Team V8olvo musters on with thoughts still on yesterday's tragedy at the 24 Hours of Lemons race at Altamont, we here at the Jalopnik Detroit bureau are lending a helping hand with coverage. We've just received news from the Gulf 39 team on the identity of their teammate behind the wheel… » 5/11/08 1:52pm 5/11/08 1:52pm

Tragic Death Reported At Altamont 24 Hours of LeMons Race

We all saw the report from Murilee just under an hour ago, and now we're hearing from numerous sources that the 24 Hours of LeMons race has taken a tragic turn. Our sources tell us the driver of the Volvo 242 Turbo in Gulf Oil colors (pictured above before the race, and below from the Thunderhill LeMons race last year » 5/10/08 8:03pm 5/10/08 8:03pm

The LeMons People's Curse Award: Doomed 7-Series

One of the traditions of the 24 Hours of LeMons race is the People's Curse award, in which participants vote for their least favorite car. The "winner" of this vote is then destroyed early in Day Two, and let that be a lesson to jerky drivers and/or cheating teams who spend far over the $500 limit on their cars! At… » 11/09/07 10:15am 11/09/07 10:15am

The Alfetta That Deserved To Win LeMons

While there was no shortage of underdog cars to root for at the 24 Hours of LeMons race at Altamont, cold reality made it clear that none of the Detroit battleships, Tercel wagons, or even the Jag XJ had any chance in hell of beating the BMWs and CRXs. But there was one underdog that was consistently among the race… » 11/01/07 1:30pm 11/01/07 1:30pm

Heroic LeMons Yank Tank: 1975 Buick Century

As we make our way through some of the more interesting cars at the recent 24 Hours of LeMons race, we find a few machines that never really contended, yet inspired maniacal rooting straight from our underdog-loving hearts. This included a couple of game-but-outclassed Tercels, several trouble-plagued RX-7s… » 10/30/07 1:00pm 10/30/07 1:00pm

More Smash: Can You Really Have Too Many Pumpkins Pics?

By now you've seen sexy Murilee's mondo-gallery of extra Pumpkin Smash pinups. Well, here's mine. The difference? Murilee has a $20 camera that fits in his pocket while I have a huge rig costing over a grand. And his photos look better. That's an art school education for you. Real quick: all pit shots are pre-race.… » 10/29/07 5:00pm 10/29/07 5:00pm

Drive Your Camaro Over Some Pumpkins At Altamont!

After our crypto-live-blogtastic coverage from Altamont Saturday, we've now taken the time to prepare a couple of über-galleries of the Pumpkin Smash enduro race. We've got track shots, crowd shots, pit shots, and more. Jump like a Ford Escort getting bounced into a stalled Camaro for the gallery. » 10/29/07 3:00pm 10/29/07 3:00pm

Front-Drive Traction Fails The Escort... Again

Much as we're rooting for the front-drive underdog in the Pumpkin Smash enduro, this Escort has some handling issue in addition to its inability to take Monte Carlo-style punishment. Jonny caught some nice stills of the most recent mishap, and here's the video for y'all. At the moment, we're on a break from the… » 10/27/07 10:15pm 10/27/07 10:15pm

30 Second-Gen Camaros and an Escort!

Most of the cars here in the Altamont Pumpkin Smash- which features smashed pumpkins all over the track, not to mention soapy water- are 2nd-gen GM F-bodies and mid-70s Monte Carlos, but we've got a couple of Cadillacs, a pink '76 T-Bird, and a lone Ford Escort. Survive, little Escort, survive! » 10/27/07 9:15pm 10/27/07 9:15pm

Punk Rockin' the Pumpkin Smash

Murilee and I are here — LIVE! — uh, "blogging" the annual Pumpkin Smash at Altamont. Just cause the Hell's Angels got it so wrong don't mean Jalopnik will. OK, we got 60 or so mostly Monte Carlos and 2nd-Gen Camaros are racing around on Pumpkins! Seriously my friends, there is nothing not to absolutely love. The cars… » 10/27/07 9:15pm 10/27/07 9:15pm

Welcome To Pumpkin Smash!

I'm here at Altamont Motorsports Park for the second weekend in a row, this time covering the Pumpkin Smash Enduro race for your metal-crunching, Detroit-V8-powered enjoyment! The Loverman has rolled up in his gleaming new Lexus, and we're meeting up in Belvedere Adrian's Serro Scotty trailer for beer and sausages… » 10/27/07 8:30pm 10/27/07 8:30pm