Random 24 Hours of LeMons GIF: Why Not Zoidberg?

A while ago, I started making GIFs from the 24 Hours of LeMons recaps on YouTube because I was often bored at my dayjob. So here’s one for you to enjoy on this fine Wednesday of Dr. Zoidberg trying to manage the Rocket Surgery Racing Renault 4CV’s steering wheel with his pincers. Why Zoidberg? Because the Rocket Surgery 4CV was painted up like the Planet Express Delivery Ship from Futurama and included Bender, Leela, Zoidberg, and—most importantly—Nixon’s head in a jar.

[Shamelessly clipped from the 2012 24 Hours of LeMons B.F.E. GP wrap-up on YouTube]

CraigsList: 1988 Renault Medallion, rarer than a LaFerrari

Eric Rood December 1, 2016 Craigslist Crapshoot


“Just breathe, Eric. It’s going to be alright. Breathe.”

I think I’m gonna make it. After searching almost every day for a year some time ago, I gave up hope of a Renault/Eagle Medallion ever turning up for sale. Yes, I know of one in Southern California I could have for free, ostensibly, but this $500 five-speed Medallion is for sale far closer to me in Tulsa. Almost too close. Full ad text:

“1988 Renault Medallion LX

Running & driving when parked but had a weak fuel pump. Complete car. Very few dents. Great parts car.
– 106k miles
– 5 speed manual transmission
Willing to trade for an atv, bike, motorcycle, bang bang, etc”

Why is the Medallion a big deal? Enjoy a short lesson after the jump.

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24 Hours of LeMons: Arse-Freeze-A-Paloozza 2016 Preview


The 2016 24 Hours of LeMons season draws to a close this weekend at Sonoma Raceway just north of San Francisco and Oakland. California’s Wine Country has now hosted nearly more than a dozen LeMons races, which makes sense since it’s become the de facto “home” race for the series and many teams. December races in Sonoma County can be a weather crapshoot, but with early weather forecasts calling for sun and pleasant temperatures, it should be a perfect race weekend for the 188 registered teams.

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Thanksgiving Turkey: Nissan GT-R LM NISMO

Eric Rood November 24, 2016 Motorsports


As of last Thanksgiving, Nissan’s LMP1 program still existed, in theory. It seems like much longer ago than that since the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO only raced once in June 2015 at Le Mans. The GT-R LM remains an easy target, sure, but the reality is that the program’s failures are more complex than “The design was bad” or “Everything was a heaping pile of capybara dung.” Nevertheless, I took dibs on the GT-R LM for my Thanksgiving Turkey because I’ve never been able to articulate my final thoughts on the doomed race car.

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Minimalist ‘Wrench Aesthetics’ Wrenches: Just…Why?

Eric Rood November 17, 2016 Diss-ign


Don’t you hate how modern wrenches allow you to grip the rounded handle and put leverage on stubborn bolts? Do you wish your wrenches were smaller, harder to grip, and featured Roman numerals instead of universally understood Arabic numbers? Today is your lucky day then, because Romanian designer Schneider Sarto reinvented the wrench!

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Hooniverse Goes to Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry


On a whim last weekend, my wife and I took my daughter to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago because, frankly, it’s just an awesome museum. There are all kinds of hands-on science experiments and exhibits to get the little ones interested in how the world works. I have my favorite exhibit—the Boeing 727 that flew into Meigs Field (before Richie Daley had it cratered in the middle of the night)—but I also took some time to appreciate MSI’s small and bizarre automotive exhibit, which comprises many pre-war cars, a couple of Indy 500 cars from the 1970s, and a couple more oddballs. It’s a very Hoon-worthy setup so let’s take a look.

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24 Hours of LeMons Houston Preview: Multiple-Car Teams and Glorious Buicks


While most racing series have already packed up their scoresheets (Are those a thing?) and teams have settled in for long-winter overhauls, the 24 Hours of LeMons has a considerably shorter offseason. This weekend’s “Houston, We Have a Problem” race at MSR Houston marks the next-to-last—some might even say “penultimate”—LeMons race of 2016. MSR was one of the first additions to the LeMons calendar outside of California, holding a race in 2008 and has been on the calendar annually (and often with multiple races) since. This race should feature unusually pleasant, if cloudy, weather. That said, rain is never out of the question near the Gulf of Mexico. You can get the entire unofficial entry list here, but we’ll give a brief rifling-through of the entry list after the jump.

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NHRA Funny Car headers have evolved into complicated mini rockets

Eric Rood November 7, 2016 Featured, Motorsports


An NHRA Funny Car engine makes up to 11,000 horsepower. That’s a good place to start here because it’s an incredible number that is really hard to wrap your head around, like the size of the universe or the sticker price on a Volkswagen Touareg. I only mention that because the exhaust gases expelled from an 11,000-horsepower engine exit the engine at extraordinary velocity. In fact, Jimmy Prock’s Funny Car team recognized this in 2015 and wondered what would happen if he had the crew pointed the end of the engine’s exhaust headers more toward the back of the car than perpendicular to the direction of travel. What happened? Lots of records, that’s what.

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Racing Free-For-All: European Le Mans Series

Eric Rood November 2, 2016 Motorsports

#CAR 7 / VILLORBA CORSE / ITA / Ligier JS P3 - Nissan - ELMS 4 Hours of Estoril - Circuito Estoril - Estoril - Portugal

I’m cheap. I don’t pay for even basic cable so I’m frequently left to tend to the scraps of highlights packages and replays. So when I record The DFL Show, I’m usually relying highlights shows and so forth to recap my racing. However, I usually try to catch all the racing I can that’s streamed for free on the web with a couple of exceptions (I forked over the cash for pay-per-view V8 Supercars and World Endurance Championship this year). While I no longer have time to preview the weekends here and give a heads-up on all the free racing, I can share with you some of the racing I tend to watch for free in a series of (hopefully) weekly posts. Let’s start with the European Le Mans Series (ELMS).

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Ozzy Man Test-Drives Forza Horizons 3 [NSFW Language…lots of it]

Eric Rood November 1, 2016 Forza


Just fair dinkum here: This video has Not-Safe-For-Work (NSFW) language. Not just some NSFW language, mind you; this video has all of it. If you’re not familiar with Australian national treasure Ozzy Man, he’s a bloke from Down Under who does voiceover work on popular (and occasionally unpopular) videos with some characteristically colorful Australian slang liberally applied. In other words, he has all the four-letter words and he’s not afraid to use them, particularly when testing out a new racin’ vidya game.

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