24 Hours of LeMons Preview: ‘The Cure for Gingervitis’ at Gingerman Raceway

The 24 Hours of LeMons begins its Midwest season this weekend at Michigan’s Gingerman Raceway, a favorite track among the region’s racers, with the “Cure for Gingervitis.” This race marks the 12th visit to the track since 2010 and the mix of technical corners and lake-effect rain (and occasionally snow) makes for an interesting LeMons weekend every year. With 80 cars registered (unofficial entry list here), it also is the second-biggest race LeMons race at the Michigan circuit. Naturally, rain is forecast along with mid-50s temperatures and the ever-present wind off nearby Lake Michigan should keep teams properly uncomfortable while wrenching on their busted hoopties. Read on for the preview.

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Year of Endurance: 12 Hours of Austria at Red Bull Ring

Eric Rood April 6, 2017 Motorsports

Endurance-racing season is headed into its busy season with a number of 12- and 24-hour races lined up from now through The Big One at Le Mans in June. Your faithful endurance-racing addict correspondent will try to have you covered on as many as possible, including the Nurburgring 24 coming up at the end of May and Le Mans, among others. This weekend finds the endurance racing competing in the Creventic-promoted Hankook 24H Series. Let’s take a look at the coming race.

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Caption this: Moments before a mauling next to your shiny 1930 Ford

Eric Rood April 5, 2017 Caption This

Nothing says “Gerald, that’s a bad idea” like luring a young bear in the wilderness next to your Ford Sport Coupe, new for 1930! I’m no wildlife expert, but I’m pretty sure I know what’s about to happen here. We’re not exactly sure how this is going to sell cars—the ad copy (after the jump)—doesn’t address bear maulings, but maybe there’s some lost-to-time market research value in this.

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24 Hours of LeMons: ‘Arizona D-Bags’ Preview

You wanted 24 Hours of LeMons previews, all three of our readers, and you’re going to get another one today. This weekend, the series heads to Inde Motorsports Ranch south of Tucson for Arizona D-Bags. The new facility may reside in almost-Mexico, but this year’s race, the second ever there, suggests a growing field of Arizona-based LeMons racers. Let’s take a look at the upcoming Arizona D-Bags.

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Year of Endurance: 24 Hours of Silverstone

Eric Rood March 29, 2017 Motorsports

As an unabashed fan of endurance racing, I’m eager to share with Hooniverse’s readers previews of all the major endurance races in 2017. The latest installment for the coming weekend is the 24 Hours of Silverstone, the season-opener for the Touring Car Endurance Series. It’s not the high-profile race of a Sebring or Le Mans, but the racing should be good enough to entertain the fan of endurance racing. Let’s take a short look.

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24 Hours of LeMons: Sears Pointless 2017 Preview

Remember that part of Truth in 24 where Jason Statham growls “It always rains at Le Mans?” In the 24 Hours of LeMons, that would be “It always rains at Sonoma.” Ok, not really, but LeMons’ spring and winter races at Sonoma regularly seem plagued by rainstorms that make the already-difficult track even more challenging. This weekend’s Sears Pointless at Sonoma Raceway may find rain threatening LeMons West Coast opener, but with a solid crowd and two Hooniverse writers around to guide you through the livestream of the race, this should be a good one.

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Review: 3M Rust Preventer Spray

Despite the mild Midwest winter that I’ve enjoyed mostly bottled up in my house writing, I’ve noticed an ever-expanding problem on my daily driver: rust. While I’m not particularly inclined to think twice about it, I intend to keep the car until it ceases to be and would like to preserve it a little. I fully intend to (learn how to) repair it correctly, but I thought I’d see first if this 3M Rust Preventer could help slow the conversion of car to iron oxide.

[Editor’s Note: 3M™ sent us this product to test. We didn’t tell them how rusty our cars already were.]

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The Double-LS Swap You’d Expect From Charnal House Racing

You’d be hard-pressed to find a group of enthusiasts who better exemplify Hooniverse’s central mission statement than Charnal House Racing. We’ve shown you their work here before: junkyard aficionado and fiction writer Crab Spirits turned a Honda CBR engine and a Subaru 360 into a “Rolex watch made out of garbage.” The Charnal House crew includes Crab and several others and their most recent epic build, which joins the stable of the now-twin-turbo Geo MetSHO 24 Hours of LeMons racer, is a most-peculiar LS swap. There’s no General Motors in this car at all; instead, their newest drift-car project is a Lincon LS with a turbocharger slapped on the 1UZ-FE V8 from a Lexus LS400. The build has been painstaking—read through the build thread on Ziptied.com for the particulars—but the LS-swapped LS has a running engine at last. That sounds pretty dang good, doesn’t it?

[Source: Ziptied.com]

Year of Endurance: 12 Hour of Sebring and 12 Hours of Mugello Previews

Eric Rood March 16, 2017 Motorsports

In my ceaselessly selfish endeavor to follow as many long endurance races in 2017 as possible, let’s take a look at an endurance doubleheader that includes one American icon and one relative newcomer to the game. The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship hosts its second round of the season, the 12 Hours of Sebring, at Sebring International Raceway this weekend. That caps the two-race beginning to IMSA’s season in Florida after an exciting 24 Hours of Daytona. In Italy, the Hankook 24H Series holds its own second round, the 12 Hours of Mugello.
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Opinion: Your Vape Pen Went Through My Tire And You’re A Nitwit

Eric Rood March 3, 2017 All Things Hoon

I’m not always an angry human being, but after getting raked over the coals to have a fuel pump replaced in my wife’s 2011 Chevy Malibu 10 days ago, I was less than enthused to run over some knob’s errant vape pen with the same Malibu on Wednesday evening. What was normally a four-minute drive to pick up my daughter turned into a four-minute drive with a 15-minute scissor-jack tire change because some genius left a vape pen in the middle of a residential street.

Knowing that I’d be out some money and also knowing the jackass whose vape pen stuck in the sidewall would never be found, I did the only thing I know: Screamed into the void of the internet. Yeah, it’s probably pointless and stupid, but if’s there a better use for CraigsList than pointless and stupid posting, I want nothing to do with it.

[Source: Me on CraigsList]