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Motorsports Weekend Guide: August 28 to August 30

Eric Rood August 27, 2015 Motorsports

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Welcome to your Thursday look ahead to the weekend in racing. It’s a big weekend, as usual. IndyCar wraps up their season in California with heavy hearts while Europe hosts two raging championships. It’s also the weekend where American stock cars go completely bonkers on road courses for the final time this season. Follow the jump for more.

Pro tip: Keep this page open all weekend or bookmark so you have all the resources handy. Want more information on a series mentioned below? Click here for Hooniverse’s Massively Oversized Guide to Motorsports 2015, which will tell you all you need to know (and then some).

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CraigsList: Buy this GM Value Van for just 33 million Vietnamese Dong!

Eric Rood August 24, 2015 For Sale

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That converts to $1,500 U.S., by the way, and I doubt the seller accepts dong. You can pick the 350-powered 1967 GM Value Van up in Ottawa, Illinois, just a couple hundred feet from the local adult bookstore and gentleman’s club. Click here if/when the ad disappears; here’s the full ad text:

“It used to be a vendor wagon it dont have none of the stuff left inside i think there is a hot dog roller from Wrigley field that i purchased 2 years ago when they upgraded. it has a great running 350 in it. fires up first turn every time even in the winter. Would be a great service truck. 1500 obo no trades cash only.”

 

[Source: Chicago CraigsList]

Bulgarian ‘racetrack’ was FIA safety apoplexy version of ‘Where’s Waldo?’

Eric Rood August 20, 2015 Motorsports

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The Bulgarian Touring Car Championship was a short-lived race series in, as you may guess, the country of Bulgaria. As you may also guess, Bulgaria is a country that is a bit short on racetracks, having only Race Track Dracon, a fittingly austere circuit. So how does a race series exist in a country with no racetracks? Why, you make one out of the streets of a city like Veliko Tarnovo. Follow the jump for video of the race from onboard Atanas Bozhilov, Jr.’s (aka The Other Junior) Toyota Yaris, as most of the cars look to be B-segment hatchbacks.

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Motorsports Weekend Guide: August 21 to August 23

Eric Rood August 20, 2015 Motorsports

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It’s Thursday and that means a look ahead to the weekend in racing all around the world here on Hooniverse. One of my absolute favorite races is this weekend at a tiny, oft-forgotten Welsh racing circuit while the big-dollar series both here in the U.S. and abroad will be racing (much, much) faster cars at more profoundly famous tracks. After a couple of relative duds the last two weekends, the next few days are packed full of open-wheel, stock car, sports car, vintage, off-road, stage rally, drag, and sideways racing. Follow the yump for all the details on who, what, where, when, and how (to follow).

Pro tip: Keep this page open all weekend or bookmark so you have all the resources handy. Want more information on a series mentioned below? Click here for Hooniverse’s Massively Oversized Guide to Motorsports 2015, which will tell you all you need to know (and then some).

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Motorsports Weekend Guide: August 14 to August 16

Eric Rood August 13, 2015 Motorsports

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Welcome to the opening paragraph of this weekly post, which I’m trying to cut as short as possible so I can go outside to see what little I can of the Perseids meteor shower from my light-polluted suburban abode. This weekend: About $800 Bajillion in racecars make people wince a lot, two wheels still good, and total stock car overload. Read more after the jump.

Pro tip: Keep this page open all weekend or bookmark so you have all the resources handy. Want more information on a series mentioned below? Click here for Hooniverse’s Massively Oversized Guide to Motorsports 2015, which will tell you all you need to know (and then some).

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Project Regretmobile Dodge Magnum, Part 1: An elegy for sensibility

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This is Kevin. Kevin doesn’t know why he’s agreed to help me.

I am not a smart man.

We must get that out of the way here because it will make understanding the rest of this story so much easier. This is going to be a long build story about me, Eric Rood—a complete idiot whose mushy brain is filled almost entirely with Bad Ideas—and my struggles with building a $200 1979 Dodge Magnum XE to race in the 24 Hours of LeMons. Naturally, I’m already two months behind on telling the story of this Personal Luxury Coupe.

This Last of the B-Bodies.

This Malaise Era Mopar Orphan (Mop-phan).

This rusting 3,900-pound albatross.

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Corvette Racing looks back at their Le Mans triumph

Shortly after the conclusion of this year’s typically insane 24 Hours of Le Mans, we brought you a nerdy look at how the race played out in the four classes, mentioning Corvette Racing’s blow-for-blow battle with the AF Corse Ferrari 458 in the GTE-Pro class. It was a gusty performance for the Corvette crew, ending their longest drought at Le Mans to take home their eight class win in 16 years. Numbers are, of course, a lot of fun for a geek like me, but Pratt & Miller, the race shop who prep the C7.Rs for Le Mans and the Tudor United SportsCar Championship, have put together a beautifully shot and dramatic portrait of the shop’s 2015 triumph at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

(Want more on Corvette Racing? Read my pre-race history of the program for Hot Rod.)

[Source: Pratt & Miller on YouTube]

 

Motorsports Weekend Guide: August 7 to August 9

Eric Rood August 6, 2015 Motorsports

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Hey kids, it’s time for your favorite drunk puppet cooking and interview show weekly racing preview here on the Hooniverse, where a muppet knocks back straight gin and calls his guests ****s we tell you who’s racing and where they’re racing this weekend. It’s a good one with a big international championship headed to Indy, NASCAR on a road course, sports cars in sports car paradise, all the drag racing you can continue ignoring, and racing at odd times for Americans because of time zones. To get the scoop and set your watch for some middle-of-the-night race watching because the puppets can’t wake before noon (it’s in their contracts), click through the jump.

Pro tip: Keep this page open all weekend or bookmark so you have all the resources handy. Want more information on a series mentioned below? Click here for Hooniverse’s Massively Oversized Guide to Motorsports 2015, which will tell you all you need to know (and then some).

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24 Hours of LeMons: ‘There Goes the Neighborhood’ preview from Thompson Speedway

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Every year, the 24 Hours of LeMons adds a new venue or two to its schedule. The hope is to include new hooptie haunts to the annual LeMons calendar and results have been mixed. This weekend brings the only new venue on the 2015 calendar, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Connecticut for “There Goes the Neighborhood.” Thompson’s newly renovated 1.7-mile road course even uses much of the 5/8-mile paved oval that was, according to Wikipedia, the first asphalt oval in the United States. Neato.

With 95 cars entered, the 1.7 miles of racing shouldn’t be any more crowded than a typical race and even then, it’s usually only the start of the race that is crowded before attrition slices through the field like a Sawzall through a 1970s Fiat (which may become a regular sight this weekend, as well). Early-week weather forecasts call for rain on Saturday, which should keep things nice and chaotic on a track that few, if any, teams will be familiar with.

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24 Hours of LeMons: ‘Doin’ Time in Joliet 24 Hours’ recap

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A bit more than a week ago, I brought Hooniverse some live blogging from the 24 Hours of LeMons at Autobahn Country Club near Chicago. It was a full 24-hour race and I managed to make it to the end on something like 2-1/2 hours of sleep and a couple of lengthy breaks. As it turns out 24-hour races beat you the hell up and aren’t really as much fun as the usual two-session races, but it does provide a lot of stories and drama and the chance for a team or two to finally pass tech inspection at 3 a.m. I’ve collected a number of teams’ stories in brief after the jump, so make that leap to get the rundown on the longest race I’ve ever covered.

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