LeMons Torture Test Results: Volvo 240

Nobody pays much attention to the humble Swedish brick on the race track (unless it has a V8), but when the dust settles it turns out to be the most reliable LeMons race car in history! They have excellent brakes, well-made suspensions, and unkillable engines; solve the electrical problems and you've got a relentless… » 1/17/10 10:00pm 1/17/10 10:00pm

The Volvo 240pocalypse Just Keeps Consuming Swedish Bricks, No End In…

A couple weeks back, we saw the vast quantities of Volvo 240s at an East Bay self-service wrecking yard, and the landscape looks pretty similar at another nearby yard. » 1/09/10 12:00pm 1/09/10 12:00pm

Sawzall Chop-Top Volvo 244 Doesn't Survive Winter, Meets Highly…

We all know how the normal trajectory goes with a homemade convertible: First, a car already teetering on the brink of the junkyard meets a couple of dudes with a case of beer and a Sawzall… » 1/09/10 11:00am 1/09/10 11:00am

Volvo 240pocalypse Marches Endless Parade Of Swedish Bricks Into The…

A couple of years back, we saw that Volvo 240s were getting scrapped at a ferocious clip… and the process continues today. I visited my local self-service boneyard and found eleven 240s, out of 100 or so European imports. » 12/27/09 11:00am 12/27/09 11:00am

More British Leyland Carnage: Spinout-Happy TR7 T-Boned By V8olvo

The guys driving the V8-powered Volvo 244 were hoping to follow up their victory at Buttonwillow with another this weekend, but the Buick V6-powered Wedginator Triumph has made that goal much, much harder to reach. » 11/22/09 8:00am 11/22/09 8:00am

And The Winner Is... Mustard Yellow Volvo Doing 45 In The Fast Lane!

I'm too busy helping to break down the Traveling LeMons Circus tents to write much detail here, so just the bare-bones facts: » 8/16/09 6:20pm 8/16/09 6:20pm

First Day Of Buttonwillow Histrionics Done, Hondas Dominating!

What a day of racing! No car held the lead for more than a couple of hours, and at one point the top eight cars were clustered within a two-lap span. » 8/16/09 4:00am 8/16/09 4:00am

2 Hours To Go In Day One, V8 Volvo Leads At Buttonwillow

Remember the Black Metal V8olvo? Featuring an all-star cast of Spec Miata racers (a vast improvement over the not-so-great drivers- e.g., me- they had in the past) and great penalty-avoidance skills, they're leading the race! » 8/15/09 9:00pm 8/15/09 9:00pm

Whores, Poker, And Thrown Rods: Get Ready For The 24 Hours Of LeMons,…

Racers will be on their own when it comes to locating whores and/or poker at the Goin' For Broken 24 Hours Of LeMons, but thrown rods will be provided early and often. » 5/17/09 11:30am 5/17/09 11:30am

Ultra-Rare Or Ultra-Custom 1982 Volvo 243 3-Door Crossbreed

This 1982 Volvo 243 could be one of the rarest Volvos ever produced or it could just be a nice custom job combining the best of the 242 and 244 models. So which is it? » 2/08/09 11:15am 2/08/09 11:15am

Volvo 244 Becomes The Sashimi Tabernacle Choir!

I'm sort of an art car purist; after seeing Mutant Vehicles and LeMons madness, a Tercel covered with glued-on army men just doesn't cut it. All hail the Sashimi Tabernacle Choir Volvo! » 1/14/09 3:00pm 1/14/09 3:00pm

24 Hours Of LeMons Arse Freeze-A-Palooza Über Gallery: Swedish…

The numbers of Volvos and Saabs seem to be on the decline at LeMons races, though we're still hoping somebody will show up with a 262C Bertone coupe. » 1/09/09 2:00pm 1/09/09 2:00pm

Black Metal V8olvo Hits Wall In Practice, Sawzall And Come-Along Save…

Whew, it's been a crazy day at Thunderhill Raceway so far, as I switch between Journalist, Racer, and Judge hats/wigs. We had a little mishap in the first hour of practice today... » 12/26/08 6:15pm 12/26/08 6:15pm

24 Hours of LeMons Early Birds Get Set Up At Altamont

Teams competing in the 24 Hours of LeMons race can check in and get their cars past the tech inspection judges on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning. Teams showing up on Friday get first shot at the good pit spaces, and Team Black Metal V8olvo decided to claim some real estate today. Tech inspection went smoothly… » 5/09/08 10:00pm 5/09/08 10:00pm

Real $500 Race Cars Have Manual Transmissions... And Inner-Tube Shifter…

When we started out to build a V8-powered Volvo 244 for the May 10-11 24 Hours of LeMons race, most of the team members assumed we'd be using the good ol' C4 automatic transmission. You know, automatics are way easier to swap, with no troublesome clutch linkage to futz with. But Crew Chief Hellhammer (formerly known… » 4/29/08 4:00pm 4/29/08 4:00pm

Fixing A Volvo Weakness: Fuel Filler Relocation

While the Black Metal V8olvo crew was working on the rear of the car, we took care of the Number One Priority immediately by installing a Fiero wing. Now, you'd think that such a wing would radiate such an impenetrable aura of cool that no other driver would dare hit our car, but we figured it wouldn't hurt to get… » 4/18/08 3:00pm 4/18/08 3:00pm