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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Forgotten Racetracks: Visiting Meadowdale International Raceway

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Not long ago, I wrote occasionally about former racetracks in the United States that have largely disappeared. Those primarily covered temporary circuits set up on closed public roads in the early days of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) while some permanent circuits were set up. Some of those that I’ve covered—Brynfan Tyddyn in Pennsylvania, Lake Garnett in Kansas, and Las Ochas Millas in New Mexico—were spectacularly dangerous. As a result, purpose-built circuits like Road America and Watkins Glen International started to become the rule of the day. One of these tracks was Meadowdale International Raceway in Carpentersville, Illinois, just northwest of Chicago. Unlike most forgotten tracks, Meadowdale is often remembered today and even more often visited in its current guise, Raceway Woods Forest Preserve. I visited Raceway Wood a couple years ago and then did nothing with the photos. Until today!

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24 Hours of LeMons New Hampshire Preview: Vermin Supreme!

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I don’t really have time to give a full preview of the 24 Hours of LeMons’Halloween Hooptiefest” at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend, though you can get the official-ish entry list right here. It should be a typically chilly weekend, but we can tell you that the members of the 24 Hours of LeMons Supreme Court are ebullient because they have convinced head-booted presidential candidate Vermin Supreme to act as the race’s grand marshal for Saturday morning.

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