Two X1/9s, Three Alfettas To Turn Arse-Freeze-A-Palooza 24 Hours Of LeMons Red, White, And Green!

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We're about ready to wrap up the year's 24 Hours Of LeMons racing season with the infamous Arse Freeze-A-Palooza race, which is designed to destroy families- already fraying at the seams after months of frantic wrenching on the property-value-lowering "race car" in the driveway- by starting on the day after Christmas. It will all be worth it, though; when we found that a V12 Jaguar, a Corvair, and a Peugeot 505 Turbo would be racing, we knew this would be one of the all-time best 24 Hours Of LeMons events... but then things got even better!

You see, we've got a mole inside 24 Hours Of LeMons HQ, Ecurie Ecrappe member TheEastBayKid, and he's leaked the super-secret Arse-Freeze-A-Palooza '08 team list to us.You'll get to see the whole thing pretty soon, once I've got all the links to team sites sorted out, but the real highlight is the fact that not just one but two Fiat X1/9s will be on the track at Thunderhill next month. There's a '76, run by the Famila Italia Advance Team out of Portland, Oregon, and there's the '80 that the Italian Stallions of Woodside, California, will be campaigning. They're sure to show those six MR2 teams a thing or two about real mid-engined race cars, right?
And that's just the beginning of the fun for you fans of Italian racing machinery! In addition to the pair-o-Fiats, the Team California Mille Alfetta will be back in action, along with a second TCM Alfetta stablemate. Not only that, the Pendejo Engineering Alfetta will be returning to Thunderhill as well; you might recall the heartwarming Alfa camaraderie between the two teams last year, when they made one good engine out of two garbooned ones... and then proceeeded to blow up that engine as well! The Alfettas are very quick on the track, quick enough that they'll contend for sure if they can be kept running.
You think the race still lacks sufficient Italian iron? Well, rumor has it that the Ecurie Ecrappe '71 Spider will be on the track, too, making a grand total of six Italian cars in the race!


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The Index is going to be a bloodbath.

French, Italian, British...

None of which are known for their reliability.

Months ago, when I first heard tale of an XJS competing at Thunderhill, I was certain that the index would be a walk for such an automobile.

Then I heard tale of a Corvair, and a Peugeot entering... It just got tougher, but the Jag still had a pretty good shot at the IOE.

But to now hear that there is not just an X1/9, but two of them...

The question is now merely which X1/9 should win it.