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Hooniverse 24 Hours of Lemons Racing – Project Update 2

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The race is this weekend and we are almost on schedule. Our Park Bench Racing #451 2002 Buick Regal is physically complete and ready-ish to race at the 24 Hours of Lemons Halloween Hooptiefest at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. We’re waiting on tires from our sponsor, BFGoodrich, thank you so SO much, which should be here by Wednesday, and there are about a dozen other minor things, listed below, that need tending to.

Aside from the car, personal safety is an issue that each one us took upon himself. I have a helmet but I don’t have a race suit, race undies, shoes, or gloves. Also, everyone has been telling to get a HANS device, evidently because they care enough about me being alive, or at least not in a vegetative state. But this safety stuff is not cheap.

The basic Lemons-spec safety gear, sans helmet, can be purchased for between $300-$400. A fancier, multi-layered, suit and accessories can easy double that price, and that is still just the starting point of which $1000 can easily be reached. HANS device is a whole other thing, with prices ranging from $600 to $1000. Ouch!

I did the math, because a fool and his money…, and then I googled. In the end I ended up renting a multi-layered suit, shoes, gloves, and a HANS device from racesuitrental.com. The whole thing is $275 + $850 in deposit. I have also purchased a pair of proper socks. I have not made a decision on racing underwear, which is not required, but suggested, with my fancy race suit. I like this renting idea, because if after this race I decide that racing isn’t for me, I won’t have thousandths of dollars worth of stuff sitting around the house.  

Hit to the jump to see what else we got left to do, some exciting news, and sponsor update…

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Andy working on the bench/spoiler, under which we grew some grass.

Video!

Justin Lapriore, of letsmakemedia.com, whose videos you have seen here and here, contacted me about making a documentary video on our 24 Hours of Lemons racing attempt, and Lemons overall. Judging by Justin’s other videos, this is going to be great!

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Our fishing pond, with beer cans floating around, and a froggy. Still looking for the “fisherman”

Sponsors!

  • BFGoodrich is sending us a set of set of g-Force Sport COMP-2 tires. Stay tuned for more details on these tires.
  • Turner Motorsport will provide us with some high-temp brake fluid. Thanks guys!
  • Anonymous donor and the Hooniverse overlords gave us some cash for race-related expenses and fees. Thanks again!
  • Blipshift.com will hook us with some t-shirts! Maybe hoodies too, since it’s gonna be cold!

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To-do list:

High Priority:

  • Schedule appointment for tire change – Andy
  • Get BFG tires and mount Wednesday – Andy
  • Get spare parts – Kamil
  • Create race day notebook – Andy/Kamil
  • Clean and prep car trailer – Justin
  • pack tools, spare parts – Andy/Justin
  • Mount or secure parking brake – ??
  • Acquire and mount skeleton or other Halloween character – ??
  • Create a history book for the judges – Justin
  • Secure lower radiator hose – Justin
  • Acquire and install windshield banner and sponsor stickers – Kamil
  • Contact pit crew worker/slave/manager guy – Kamil
  • Pit call sign – ??
  • Bottle holder and bottle (is it even legal?)
  • Judge’s BRIBES!!! – Kamil

Medium Priority:

  • Alignment
  • Mount lemons on car
  • Replace brake fluid on Friday
  • Lists of hotels, gas stations, junk yards, repair shops, restaurants, coffee shops, liquor stores (tax free, baby!), and strip joints!

Low Priority:

  • Side exit exhaust
  • Gauge cluster visor
  • Door schemes with drivers’ names

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Currently there are "43 comments" on this Article:

  1. SSurfer321 says:

    You definitely want underwear with a rented race suit. That's not someplace you go commando.

  2. JayP2112 says:

    The offset on those Mustang wheels look pretty damn good.

  3. frankthecat says:

    …is that Meatwad on the driver's rear door?

  4. mdharrell says:

    "Bottle holder and bottle (is it even legal?)"

    I've seen people use CamelBaks or similar systems hanging from the roll cage behind the seat, but if you mean a separate bottle that must be picked up and held, then that's a very bad idea. Running a length of tubing up under the helmet is one thing, but opening the visor to take a swig of something hand-held is entirely another. Besides, it also violates this:

    "3.24: Cockpit De-Scuzzification: Anything loose in the cockpit can be a deadly missile in a crash; remove or secure any loose items…."

  5. fodder650 says:

    So for the NASCAR paint we went with a nod to Jeff Gordan and Kyle Busch. Nice start.

  6. muthalovin says:

    Don't forget about racing diapers, too.

  7. Scandinavian Flick ★ says:

    I am really digging that theme. Nice work!

  8. fodder650 says:

    Hey Kamil did you choose the 451 number? That may be bad karma for a race car.

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  9. dwegmull says:

    The car is nice and everything, but is that a rail speeder I see in the background of the lead photo? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speeder

  10. LTDScott says:

    Very smart to rent the safety gear for your first race. It's a significant investment, and not something you want to buy unless you're sure.

    I'm still rocking the foam donut. I know, not smart, but every time it comes time to race, I'm already buried in expenses so thoughts of buying a HANS becomes a low priority. I might actually rent one for my next race, since there's a chance it might be my last for quite a while.

  11. Felis_Concolor says:

    Before I identified that loop in the first photograph, I thought your team were all fans of Japanese monster movies.

  12. buzzboy7 says:

    I made sure to jump in head first. Multilayer gear for my first ever race. Luckily I( and the rest of my team) was hooked by the shiny lemons bait.

  13. salguod says:

    I like that you're optimistic enough that you'll be ahead of someone that you made 'LEMON' readable from behind. :-D

  14. Pinkerton1 says:

    Congratulations for keeping the Hooniverse entry in the spirit of the rules. No BS laps, and blessings upon your transmission. Depreciation on decade-old GM sedans is HORRIBLE. A good-running non-crashed 2004 Regal with no rust (upper midwest) recently set us back a whopping sum of $1000.

  15. P161911 says:

    And for your next race paint the car black and turn it into a 2004 Regal GNX! Add power bulge to hood.

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