When you bring a 40-year-old air-cooled Volkswagen to a LeMons race, you expect to finish way, waaaay down in the standings. When your Type 3 Fastback pulls off a 39th-place (out of 123) finish, you get the Index of Effluency!
GM continues its dominance of LeMons racing's top prize, with a Chevrolet Beretta hanging with the VWs and Toyotas for an excellent ninth-overall finish.
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 Rocket Surgery Racing '56 Renault 4CV was, in the words of LeMons Chief Perp Lamm, "three weeks from being ready" when the race started... yet the Rocket Surgeons last-second frenzy-o-wrenchin' got the car onto the track Saturday afternoon.
When an East German car with an ill-advised Subaru/Volkswagen drivetrain swap finishes mid-pack in a 24 Hours of LeMons race, those rusty Warsaw Pact hands tend to grab the Index Of Effluency trophy and hang on for dear life.
When you bring a Renault Le Car with skunk tail and fur to a LeMons race, you've already got a big jump on the Index Of Effluency competition. All you need to do is keep the thing running all weekend.
Is there any way that a Chevy Citation X-11 that doesn't blow up during a weekend of road racing can be denied the Index Of Effluency? We didn't think so, either. Congratulations, Schumacher Taxi Service Craptation!
If you're a serious 24 Hours of LeMons fan, you know that the Index Of Effluency (given to the team that overachieves beyond all expectation with an all-around terrible car) is the real top prize. Who's leading after Day One?
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.
Yes, a Volkswagen Karmann Ghia with a Hitchhiker's Guide theme defied the odds and took the 2010 Cain't Git Bayou 24 Hours of LeMons Index of Effluency trophy.
Is it possible for a $300 Volkswagen Quantum Syncro to survive all weekend in a road-course endurance race? No. How about taking 9th place overall, in front of E30s, RX-7s, Integras, and other allegedly faster cars? Again, and emphatically, no.
Y'all picked some genuinely great cars for the first Forza Motorsport 3 Jalopnik-branded content pack, but some of us have this sickness that makes us want to race the likes of the Leyland P76. Let's make our voices heard!
We've learned that any Nissan Z makes an utterly terrible 24 Hours of LeMons car, but a super-rusty, duct-taped-together 240Z?
Sure sure, some folks get excited about the LeMons car that gets the most laps, but the Index Of Effluency winner gets the real bragging rights. Today, General Motors takes another big win thanks to the Track Pillagerz! Buick LeSabre.
Since the very first 24 Hours Of LeMons race, we've heard speculation about the possibility of a LeMons Corvette. You can get cheap beat-to-hell C4s, sure... but can you get one to fit under the 500-buck LeMons budgetary limit? Yes!