HooptieCon: Get Your Tickets, It’s This Weekend!

By now, you’re probably sick of hearing about Radwood at HooptieCon on March 24 at Sonoma Raceway alongside the 24 Hours of Lemons’ Sears Pointless at HooptieCon Confusingly Presented by Yokohama (rolls right off the tongue). Bradley Brownell posted about HooptieCon here a few weeks ago and our podcasts have been chock full o’ HooptieCon talk. But here’s just a reminder that you can still get spectator tickets at HooptieCon.com or at the gate on March 24. You can also enter the shows with advance tickets from their respective websites: Radwood, Concours d’Lemons, Billetproof, and Gambler 500. And if that’s not enough, you can submit last-minute entries for the Crapcannes Film Festival and the Engine-Heat BBQ Cookoff directly to me: eric@24hoursoflemons.com

If you’re there come say “Hi” to Brad and me as we are herding a wide assortment of cats all day!

Speed Reads: Classic Sports Cars by Cyril Posthumus

Eric Rood May 24, 2017 Speed Reads

More than three years ago, I reviewed an old library copy of Cyril Posthumus’ Classic Racing Cars. I forgot a lot almost immediately after reading that book, but I remembered three things I read in that book that surprised the hell out of me:

(1) Peugeot built a twin-overhead cam engine more than 100 years ago,

(2) Miller built a front-wheel-drive car that dominated Indianapolis, and

(3) Posthumus’ book had amazing cutaway drawings.

Recently, I stumbled over the book on Amazon and its follow-up, Classic Sports Cars, for under $1 (plus shipping) so I ordered up a copy of each. And now you get to heard about Posthumus’ non-posthumous Classic Sports Cars.

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24 Hours of LeMons Preview: ‘Vodden the Hell Are We Doing?’ at Thunderhill

The 24 Hours of LeMons doesn’t really celebrate its own history much, but December 2017 will mark the 10th anniversary of the series’ first race on a Real Road Course™. That was the first Arse-Freeze-Apalooza at Thunderhill Raceway with chicanes on the front straight to keep top speeds down. The series has grown and changed a lot since then, but Thunderhill has been a staple for nearly a decade. This weekend’s “Vodden the Hell Are We Doing?” is the first of two races at Thunderhill in 2017.

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24 Hours of LeMons: ‘Real Hoopties of New Jersey’ at New Jersey Motorsports Park

Hey ho, it’s one of those 24 Hours of LeMons previews I write from time to time. This one’s for the upcoming race at New Jersey Motorsports Park called “The Real Hoopties of New Jersey.” This is the eighth LeMons race in New Jersey, a place renowned for its beauty and its total void of state regulation regarding racing. Let’s take a look at some of the things that are thinging at the thing.

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24 Hours of LeMons Preview: ‘Texas Tippin’ at MSR Houston

The 24 Hours of LeMons have been visiting the home of SLABs since 2008. Like Carolina Motorsports Park last week, MSR Houston has been a staple of the annual LeMons calendar. This weekend’s “Texas Tippin’” race is the 14th visit there for LeMons and the first of two this year. Fun fact: This author will be among the guest judges along with Houstonian auto journalist Sajeev Mehta. Keep your eyes peeled on the LeMons Facebook page for updates. Here’s what you can expect from this weekend’s race in Houston.

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24 Hours of LeMons: ‘Southern Discomfort’ Preview For Carolina Motorsports Park

OK, Hoons and LeMoneers, here’s the deal. I’m sitting here with the 24 Hours of LeMons preview of the “Southern Discomfort” race at Carolina Motorsports Park to write and it goes live on the site in about 90 minutes. I have written none of it nor prepared for it. Get ready for a whirlwind round of “Write That Thing,” just like that time Isaac Asimov wrote a novel during a TV show, except with lunch beers and Dan Deacon playing at Top F–k-ng Volume.

Ready? Here we go. Lots of GIFs after the jump, you might need to let the page load a bit first. Sorry/not sorry.

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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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