Tunachuckers Amazon Burns, BumperCam Catches The Action

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I've built a successor to the original LeMons BumperCam camera, and the Heroic Fix Award-winning Volvo Amazon-driving Tunachuckers let me install it on their C pillar. Then their new B20 engine got a bit fiery.

Here's a shot of their driver, moments after escaping his burning car at the side of the racetrack. BumperCam 2.0 (aka C PillarCam) captured plenty more good shots as well, so check back later for highlights.

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That engine compartment looks pretty bad, but the Tunachuckers say they have all the parts they need to get the car back on the track tomorrow. In fact, they're already tearing it apart as I write this. Go, Tunachuckers!

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We're working on it now...looks like the SU carbs are OK, though the oil dashpots were melty, luckily we had replacements. All the hoses were pretty much wasted, as were the wires- all 3 or them, more or less.

I was driving when it happenned, and noticed the engine stumbling right before noticing the flames shooting through the zoomies. I was going to pit, and then decided just to bail into the grass. The brakes were gone, one of the hoses was burnt through, so I skidded to a stop and bailed out. The CMP fire crew came and worked their majic- those guys were fast and did their work wonderfully. Mucho kudos for putting out the flames and saving what was left of our car.

Will update with progress...right now it looks promising for tomorrow but you never know what got roasted. Hopefully if we do get back out there we'll be able to keep our tuna susho-style rather than seared Ahi.