24 Hours of Lemons Turns 200 (Races) This Weekend!

Look, I’m gonna keep this short, mostly because I’m lazy. The 24 Hours of Lemons is hosting its second consecutive dual-race weekend with Halloween Hooptiefest at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Get Yer Phil 500 (name for the esteemed Murilee Martin) at High Plains Raceway in Colorado. And what’s better than a two-race weekend? They’ll be jointly celebrated as Lemons’ 200th race.

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24 Hours of Lemons: Get Ready for an All-Timer Weekend!

[Disclaimer: Eric Rood works for the 24 Hours of Lemons and is a total shill.]

The 24 Hours of Lemons has, over the course of 12 years, run nearly 200 races. Until this coming weekend (and the following one), however, Lemons has never run two events on the same weekend. Not only will Lemons be racing at both Michigan’s Gingerman Raceway and Washington’s The Ridge Motorsports Park, but the events will also feature some of the most amazing car debuts all at the same time (plus Kamil’s Park Bench Racing Buick and some engine-swapped RX-7s). Read on, good Hoons. Read on.

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NASCAR tries something new at the Charlotte roval

Eric Rood October 2, 2018 Motorsports

While it wasn’t pretty or tidy or anything of the sort, NASCAR raced on the Charlotte Motor Speedway “roval.” And guess what? It was completely and totally watchable.

Unsurprisingly, the defining moments turned out to be:

1) Half of the Top 10 missing the Turn 1 braking point on a restart, then piling into the wall.

2) The leader getting taken out at the chicane well within sight of the checkered flag.

But beyond the predictable outcomes — road racing a 3,500-pound car with 900 horsepower on a course with no runoff ain’t easy — the important thing is that NASCAR tried something new and it seemed, perhaps, to have worked after years of reduced interest in the same ol’ thing.

So what’s next? A real street circuit? NASCAR rallycross?

[Source: NASCAR on YouTube]

24 Hours of Lemons Captain’s Toolkit: Be Clueless Like a Lemons Veteran

[Disclaimer: Eric Rood works for the 24 Hours of Lemons and is a total shill.]

Getting started in the 24 Hours of Lemons can be difficult, we know that. That’s applicable both to your Lemons car and to what happens when you sign up for the endurance-racing series for $500…only to realize you have no idea what in hell you’ve gotten yourself into. While Lemons can’t fix your heap of a car, we hardy fools at Lemons HQ have managed to build a toolkit to help first-timers (and 50th-timers) get on track toward…uh…getting on track. Check out the Captain’s Toolkit here.

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24 Hours of Lemons 2019 Schedule: Races, Rallies, Concours, and Down Under

After 13 years, nobody has yet gotten wise to those idiots from the 24 Hours of Lemons and their inane $500 endurance-racing series. Indeed, Lemons has slipped another annual schedule out to the public. It serves less as a yearly planner for racers (who naturally are terrible at planning) and more of a notice to locals to steer clear of the weirdo parade rolling into town. … Continue Reading

The Ford LTD Wagon resides in Car Guy Heaven

“Eric, have you been amassing a huge collection of old press photos to use out of context?”

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Malaise Era Press Photo: Mercury Monarch Model or Mannequin?

Eric Rood September 19, 2018 All Things Hoon

We’re here to answer all of the big questions here at Hooniverse. And here’s a big one: Is the model that is, uh, “perched” on a 1980 (I think) Mercury Monarch Coupe a real person in an incredibly awkward pose or a mannequin that has been very ungracefully placed in a press photo? Regardless, this Monarch—the Granada’s forgettable slightly-upmarket cousin—came with a base price of $5,262 with the optional Ford 302 V8 making an earth-shaking 130 horsepower plus the coast of the Malaise Era-beige Landau roof (a mere $118) and some classic rally-style wheels ($310). The giant Mercury hood ornament is free of charge.

Last Call: They Said I Could Be Anything…

Eric Rood September 17, 2018 Caption This, Last Call

…so I became a sailboat. And now I’m at the bottom of Chesapeake Bay. Kids, it’s important never to have ambitions.

Last Call indicates the end of the Hooniverse broadcast day. It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, it’s encouraged.

CraigsList: No Bank Account DefCon for a RevCon Hauler?

RevCon is one of many RV companies and while I won’t pretend to know much about Recreational Vehicles, I will say that this very early, very modified Oldsmobile Toronado-based 1973 RevCon on Chicago CraigsList makes an interesting combination.

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Video: The Best Look We’ve Ever Had of the Ford T-Drive Engine

Before it was a humdrum mid-size sedan, the Ford Contour was an angular, bean-shaped concept car on display at the 1991 Chicago Auto Show. Sure, it didn’t have the flash of the Geo Tracker dancers at the same show, but the car had something not seen in an American road car in nearly 40 years: an inline-eight engine. Unlike the Packards and Pontiacs that had come before it, however, the Contour’s straight-eight was mounted transversely to drive the front wheels. It was a strange system that regular Hooniverse readers have probably seen in a couple of Bigfoot-sighting-quality photos of a test-mule Ford Tempo from (probably) the late 1980s. But this 23-second video offers the best look I’ve seen of the “T-Drive” engine yet.

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