Team DDT's 280Z Survives Day One... Barely

Since we're looking hard at the Datsun Z as a potential Team Jalopnik car for the May race at Altamont (though the Renault Fuego Turbo is the current favorite, followed closely by the Dodge Mirada), we've been following the progress of Team DDT's '79 280Z with great interest. They spent much of Day One among the top… » 12/30/07 9:30am 12/30/07 9:30am

Jalopnik Support Crew Shout Out: Belvedere Adrian

We just want to give a little shout out to one of Alameda's finest sons, Belvedere Adrian. While he doesn't get paid the suitcases stuffed with cash that Murilee and I do, we did get the Gawker Overlords to cough up $1.66 to buy him a pair of gloves at the WalMart. True story. Except for the part about the Gawker… » 12/30/07 9:15am 12/30/07 9:15am

The Most Menacing LeMon At Thunderhill: Mazdasaurus Wrecks

After day one wrapped up Murilee and I went team to team and took an informal, anonymous survey of which car they were most afraid of. A few cars, like the Rockford Pile and the Size Matters Fury got a vote here and a vote there. But it soon became a statistical impossibility for any car other than the Mazdasaurus to… » 12/30/07 1:00am 12/30/07 1:00am

The Only Truck In The Race Gets Sidelined By Engine Woes

If you're going to race a truck at this race, you might as well make it a Toyota! In most-unToyota-like fashion, however, this '83 ate a main bearing early on in the race and is now being wrenched on by some very focused team members. Before the auto-parts stores closed, they managed to obtain new bearings, and now… » 12/29/07 11:45pm 12/29/07 11:45pm

Doctors of Automotive Journalism Must Drink and Junket

Since Belvedere Adrian is here with his Belvedere (no, not this Belvedere- we mean the nice one) and Serro Scotty trailer, we decided to take a break from the 37-degree weather and whomp up some eatin' vittles. Even though the trailer isn't exactly balmy, we're out of the chilly wind as we snarf our sausages and… » 12/29/07 9:00pm 12/29/07 9:00pm

What Do You Do With Two Garbooned Alfetta Engines?

Anyone who followed our coverage of the Altamont 24 Hours of LeMons race in October knows that we really, really enjoyed seeing a 1979 Alfa Romeo Alfetta participating in the race. And not just participating, but contending... well, until a blown head gasket sidelined the car. So we were overjoyed to find that the… » 12/29/07 8:15pm 12/29/07 8:15pm