Snow Makes 24 Hours Of LeMons Practice A Big, Hilarious Drifty Mess

The best weather we had all weekend for the 24 Hours of LeMons' North Dallas Hooptie race at Eagles Canyon Raceway was a few inches of powdery snow during the practice day. Needless to say, the race didn't happen, but a few of us went out for practice laps, anyway. » 3/01/15 8:41pm 3/01/15 8:41pm

The Datsun Take On Luxury Was Fantastically Vulgar

Let's play a word association game. I'm going to say a few words, and you tell me the first thing that comes to your head. Here we go: Four-speaker stereo system. Velour seats. Stirring coal. Lighted instrument panel. If you thought "Rolls-Royce Phantom," you're close. It's the 1979 Datsun 280ZX. » 4/12/14 8:47am 4/12/14 8:47am

Storybook Ending Eludes Datsun 280ZX-Engined Firebird

We were hoping— without much basis in anything resembling reality— that the L28ET-powered 3rd-gen Firebird would utterly dominate this weekend's LeMons race. Sadly, a roaring engine fire ended the aptly named FireKats' run at a major trophy. » 7/11/10 9:45pm 7/11/10 9:45pm

Engine Swap Heroes: Datsun 280ZX Turbo Engine In Pontiac Firebird!

The small-block Chevrolet engine has proven to be one of the least reliable engines in 24 Hours of LeMons racing, but there's one that's even worse: the Nissan L28. Some teams see that as a challenge! » 7/10/10 2:00am 7/10/10 2:00am

Squirrels and Datsuns, Contd.: A Chipped ZX

In our Friday edition of What’s This Engine Bay, a mention was made of a Datsun 280ZX with a squirrels’ nest in the engine bay without photographic proof. A reader has come to our rescue! » 2/22/10 10:00am 2/22/10 10:00am

What’s This Engine Bay: Merry Owners And Squirrels Edition

It's time again to test your automotive intellectual fortitude by figuring out what car this engine bay's from before you click through. Sure, you'll say you got it right in the comments, but only you'll know the truth. » 2/19/10 5:15pm 2/19/10 5:15pm

LeMons Torture Test Results: Nissan Z Car

We've seen the miserable racetrack reliability of the 240Z/260Z/280Z/280ZX/300ZX at enough LeMons races to see the pattern, but the real surprise has been the large number of Zs that managed to keep running well enough to make the top third. Will a Z ever take the overall win? Doubtful… but anything can happen on a… » 1/17/10 10:00pm 1/17/10 10:00pm

Why Don't Datsun Zs Dominate The 24 Hours Of LeMons?

It's a real head-scratcher: the Datsun/Nissan Z has plenty of six-banger power, independent rear suspension, four-wheel discs, good build quality… yet so far none has placed better than eighth in LeMons. Why is that? » 6/27/09 12:00pm 6/27/09 12:00pm

What's It Like To Road Race An Automatic-Equipped Mitsubishi Mirage?

It's fun, that's what it is! Somewhat slow fun, granted, but the crazy body roll and music blasting from the roof-mounted PA speakers compensate for the lack of power. » 6/13/09 1:30pm 6/13/09 1:30pm

Striking Black Gold In The Junkyard

You figure it's a special junkyard day when you spot a full-on art car (not like the half-assed kind you usually see), so it came as no shock when I found another cool machine nearby.
» 3/28/09 1:00pm 3/28/09 1:00pm

The 24 Hours Of LeMons Texas Gator-O-Rama Über Gallery: The Japanese

Japanese cars made up nearly half the entries at the Gator-O-Rama, with 44 out of 95 vehicles coming from the Co-Prosperity Sphere. Miatas, Celicas, and RX-7s galore, of course, but that wasn't all. » 3/22/09 9:00pm 3/22/09 9:00pm

24 Hours Of LeMons Arse Freeze-A-Palooza Über Gallery: Awesome Datsuns,…

We've started to see quite a few 300ZXs at LeMons races, in addition to the usual crop of 280Zs and 280ZXs. For reasons we don't understand, the Zs haven't been so reliable at LeMons races; at some point, though, one of them is bound to dominate a race. We're also hearing rumors of a possible 510 at a future West… » 1/09/09 2:00pm 1/09/09 2:00pm