We've learned that any Nissan Z makes an utterly terrible 24 Hours of LeMons car, but a super-rusty, duct-taped-together 240Z?
First a Saab takes the overall LeMons win, then a Ford Taurus SHO wins the very next race? What's next, an Eldorado?
E30s? Miatas? Supras? Forget 'em! With Day One of the '10 Gator-O-Rama LeMons in the books, the standings are dominated by a group of cars that brings tears of joy to our eyes!
We spent the day watching the Crewe Le Pew Renault Le Car buzzing around the track. No black flags, no mechanical problems. Sure, it was incredibly slow, but it had the look of a survivor. Then: disaster!
We see this all the time during the BS Inspection: team can't get their shit together to finish their LeMons racer in time, so they bring their "real" race car and ask to be allowed to drive it.
The race started two hours ago, and I've been so busy dispensing Texas-style justice that I've only now had a chance to break out the computer for a quick update.
With 120, or 140, or whatever the number of entries at the 2010 Gator-O-Rama 24 Hours of LeMons, we're totally beat. Here's a gallery of what we saw today.
Whether your team is considering a run at the overall win or the Index Of Effluency at the 24 Hours Of LeMons, it helps to know which cars have had success in the past.
I've finally finished putting together all the photos from the 2009 24 Hours Of LeMons Gator-O-Rama race, so it's Über Gallery time once again! There's a gallery for each and every Texas LeMons racer here.
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.
As you know, American-made vehicles took four of the top five places at the 24 Hours Of LeMons Gator-O-Rama, and the Stars And Stripes flew proudly over the Index Of Effluency winner as well.
As always, there was no shortage of BMW E30s at the last LeMons race, but we also saw representatives of British Leyland, German subsidiaries of the Detroit Big Three, and a whole squadron of Saabs.
For the first time ever, Detroit iron dominated a 24 Hours Of LeMons event, with American-built machinery taking four of the top five positions (if you consider a California-built Corolla to be American-built, that is).
While a Neon has won a 24 Hours Of LeMons race before, no real American car has ever triumphed... until today! Yes, the mullet-wig-wearing gentlemen of the Formula M For Mullet Mustang have won!
Clutches will fry. Engines will overheat randomly. Homemade wiring harnesses will melt down. Honda racers are going to blow head gaskets and throw rods. BMW E30s will develop undiagnosable electrical problems.
It's way too hectic around here to sit down and describe in any detail the
cruel enlightened new penalties we've created for the 2009 Texas Gator-O-Rama, but we've got a little gallery for your enjoyment.