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Motorsports Weekend Guide: September 19 to September 21

Eric Rood September 18, 2014 Motorsports

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Welcome to Hooniverse’s weekly look ahead to who’s racing what and where this weekend. I’ll spare you the details in too much depth, but here are some of who’s racing. Be sure to check after the jump for even more racing:

  • Le Mans comes to Texas!

  • More NASCAR Chase and NHRA Countdown

  • All kinds of short-track dirt racing

  • Only F1 in the open-wheel world

  • And other races with talent levels spread thick and thin

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24 Hours of LeMons: ‘LeMons South Fall’ preview at CMP

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Here’s a bit of 24 Hours of LeMons trivia (because everyone loves that): Carolina Motorsports Park has hosted 13 LeMons races, more than any other track. This weekend marks the second CMP race this year and it will be the 14th visit in LeMons checkered history. The LeMons Fall races are notable and distinct from the spring race in one important way: BS Inspection takes place amidst a parade of LeMons cars through nearby Camden, South Carolina, which then turns into a freak/car show in Camden’s downtown. This has become a staple of LeMons’ calendar and a race that many look forward to all year.

Early-week weather forecasts suggest that pleasant temperatures and dry-but-humid weather conditions should prevail this weekend, but rain has occurred often enough at CMP that veteran teams will be prepared for it. The full course should be enough space for the 113 registered entries, a somewhat paltry number after the overwhelming 228 that turned laps at Thunderhill last weekend. You can see the unofficial entry list here and be sure to read on for a slightly more involved and, of course, high-brow preview of the race.

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Motorsports Weekend Guide: September 12 to September 14

Eric Rood September 11, 2014 All Things Hoon

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Welcome to Hooniverse’s weekly look ahead to who’s racing what and where this weekend. The next few days of racing feature an incredibly varied mix of everything from two-wheel racing to open-wheelers racing without the luxury of internal combustion. Several series wrap up their seasons this weekend while in California, Thunderhill Raceway may see the largest road race in history. Read about those, these, and more after the jump.

  • The very first Formula E event.

  • NASCAR and NHRA “playoffs” begin

  • Two national GT series finales and a motorcycle series send-off

  • Endurance season Down Under

  • And other races with talent levels spread thick and thin

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24 Hours of LeMons: ‘Vodden the Hell Are We Doing?’ preview

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Thunderhill Raceway holds some level of distinction (almost certainly not the right word) in 24 Hours of LeMons history: It was home to the cheap-car racing series’ first event held outside of a claustrophobic oval’s “road course” in December 2007, making it also the longest-running LeMons venue. This weekend finds it trying to pen a new chapter in both LeMons’ and the Guinness record books. “Vodden the Hell Are We Doing?” finds LeMons racing on Thunderhill’s new, expanded five-mile circuit (the Thunderschleife to some).

In California, LeMons races are often space-restricted, but the long track will allow the largest race in series history and also likely the biggest road race in, well, road-racing history. I could tell you how many cars are expected and so forth, but it’s no fun if I don’t make you read on after the jump to find that out. Rest assured, however, that this race will be considerably less crowded on the track than shoving 180 cars on Sonoma Raceway’s 2.5 miles, although it seems that the paddock might be a bit cramped.

It’s a bit early to comment on weather forecasts, but it’s a pretty safe bet that it will be around 90 degrees and sunny all weekend. Most importantly, this hack writer will be traveling to California to work as a member of the LeMons Supreme Court alongside Hooniverse luminaries Tim Odell and Murilee Martin, possibly with another LeMons aficionado onboard. It’s unlikely I’ll be liveblogging this one due to travel constraints, but I will likely be posting updates on the social media. As promised, read more about the record attempt and get the unofficial entry list after the jump.

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Motorsports Weekend Guide: September 5 to September 7

Eric Rood September 4, 2014 Motorsports

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Welcome to Hooniverse’s weekly look ahead to who’s racing what and where this weekend. Last weekend, Will Power claimed his first IndyCar championship and while this coming weekend won’t crown any champions, it will see a number of quality racing series visiting southern and western Europe. Stateside, race fans will be off to see stock cars personalities, autocrossers, vintager racers, air racers, rally racers, and crapcan wrenchers. The cheat sheet is below with more after the break:

  • The rolling soap opera of F1 at Monza

  • The rolling soap opera of NASCAR in Virginia

  • All the GT racing you can handle in Yurp

  • The SVRA at the host of the former U.S. Grand Prix

  • And more races!

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24 Hours of LeMons: ‘B.F.E. GP’ preview at High Plains Raceway

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When the 24 Hours of LeMons’ 2014 schedule was released last autumn, many were excited to see Miller Motorsports Park and Sebring International added. However, the glaring omission of High Plains Raceway in Colorado seemed inconceivable. While the track tends not to draw the greatest quantity of races, the quality is almost unparalleled. Luckily, those kooks at LeMons HQ came to their senses and tacked on a date for the fifth annual “B.F.E. GP,” so named because the track is in Deer Trail, a solid hour from anything resembling civilization.

Nevertheless, the circuit includes that thing that makes road racing most fun: elevation changes and a lot of them. The crapcan field is particular diverse for this race: Of the 40 entries, there are 28 different models of car. To go a bit farther with this field: The only Ford Mustang is a Mustang II, the only Hondas are Preludes, and the only car carrying a GM nameplate is an Opel Manta. Colorado, you’re doing it right. Get the full (unofficial) entry list here and follow the jump to dive deeper down the rabbit hole.

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AmericanMuscle Car Show: 2,600 Mustangs and a pall of tiresmoke

Eric Rood September 2, 2014 Car Shows

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Our Ford Mustang-tuning friends over at AmericanMuscle racked up a number of superlatives with its sixth annual AmericanMuscle Car Show, in what likely the lumpiest collective idle sound in the entire univeres. More than 2,600 Mustangs entered the show that drew more than 10,000 people to Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pennsylvania. The show featured all of the trailer queens you might expect, but some tuner specials took part in drag races, burnout competitions, and dyno pulls to see whose pulleys ‘n’ flows pulled and/or flowed best.

Mustang celebrities like drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. and hot rodder Chip Foose dropped by with Foose announcing the winner of AmericanMuscle’s MMD Mustang giveaway contest that we highlighted here in April. If you’re a Mustang aficionado, wander on over to AmericanMuscle’s page to check out the AmericanMuscle Car Show page with highlights and tons of photos showcasing everything from crowd-shrouding tiresmoke to pristine classic Mustang-ness (Mustangity?). Make the jump for the teaser trailer from the event.

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Hoonivercinema: Vintage racing around Indianapolis Motor Speedway, drooling allowed

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I struggle with brevity. I love explaining things to the point that my writing probably struggles for it. But for once, I’m going to keep it short. After the jump, you’ll find nine minutes of Bvideo highlights stitched together from the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association’s (SVRA) massive Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, mostly on the road course. In the video is everything from pre-war open-wheelers to ground-pounding Can-Am cars and all of it includes original audio.

Enjoy and be sure to select 1080p resolution.

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eBay: LeMons Would You Rather – Juggalo Neon or Renault R10?

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People race in the 24 Hours of LeMons for many different reasons. It’s cheap, you get lots of seat time, and they actively encourage bizarre and strange vehicles (so long as they’re safe). Today, I present two bizarre LeMons up for sale on eBay that represent opposing ends of the LeMons spectrum: Skid Marks Racing’s three-time-winning Juggalo-themed Dodge Neon and the one-time kind-of-running, pretty-much-a-Dacia-1100 Renault R10 from LeMons Legend Mike “Spank” Spangler that our resident Mad Scientist Tim Odell posted yesterday. Make the jump for the scoop on these remarkable heaps.

[Edit: Spank's Renault sold, but that doesn't make this exercise any less fun. Read on!]

Skid Marks Racing 1995 Dodge Neon Lemons racecar

 

1969 Renault R10 Awesome Vintage Race Car! Goats & Chickens Extra

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Motorsports Weekend Guide: August 29 to August 31

Eric Rood August 28, 2014 Motorsports

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Welcome to Hooniverse’s weekly look ahead to who’s racing what and where this weekend. This Labor Day weekend features what has quietly become one of the greatest endurance races in modern motorsport. In addition, several series wrap up their season this with championship titles at stake. Here’s the short list with a lot more after the break:

  • The craziest and possibly slowest 24-hour car race

  • IndyCar’s final showdown in California

  • NHRA’s biggest weekend of the season

  • Big rigs and rally cars to Czech out

  • And more things!

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