And The Arse Freeze-A-Palooza LeMons Winner Is: The Metro Gnome Motorcycle-Engined Geo!

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Toilet plunger differential grease seal and all, the Metro Gnome CBR900RR-powered Geo has won the 2008 24 Hours Of LeMons Arse Freeze-A-Palooza!


Many said it could never happen, and others said they couldn't be legit, but the 900cc Metro Gnome proved them all wrong and/or pumped up the conspiracy theories to higher levels. The internet connection speed here reminds me of one of those circa-1976 300 baud handset-cradle modems, so you'll have to wait until I get back to civilization for the in-depth coverage of what transpired over the weekend. For now: Congratulations, Team Metro Gnome!



Not to sound like a sore loser, but I still call shenanigans on this car. The car was featured for sale on Jalopnik last year for $2500.....


More research reveals this:



I emailed Murilee on November 21st claiming BS on the value of this car. Well take a look at the last link and see what date user "avendlerdp" (the purchaser of the car) edited a bunch of his posts! Looks like some tracks were being covered up.

Not only that, but it now has a 900 engine instead of the 750 it had when it was sold! I'm sorry, but I don't believe that they were able to talk a $2500 car down to $500 AND afford a swap to a bigger engine (doubtful anyone was in the market to down swap, but I suppose they could have sold it).

There were plenty of other blatant cheaters out there (the people's curse Crown Vic for one) and I won't deny the Metro is awesome and one fast machine. And this car winning didn't affect our finishing position (32nd) at all, but I really feel it's against the letter and spirit of the rules of LeMons. Let it run with a penalty. Hell, the Krider Integra got -1500 laps because of all its trick equipment and cheating and I passed it at least twice

*puts on flame suit*