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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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Deep Dreamin’ about the 24 Hours of LeMons at Autobahn Country Club

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Look, I’m not going to pretend to understand what this whole Deep Dream interface thing is, but I know there are plenty of coding geeks who read Hooniverse who can explain it (and please feel free to do so in the comments; if you can’t geek out on Hooniverse, then you can’t geek out). From my understanding, it somehow simulates all of your most enduring nightmares and then adds them to photos so that you can’t sleep. Ever. Naturally, from the moment I saw the first few brain-dissolving images, I knew that photos from the 24 Hours of LeMons would be perfect to feed into Deep Dream with the results likely both mind-breaking and somehow also fitting. So I took a half dozen more shots from last weekend’s full 24-hour race (during which I may have hallucinated some similar-looking images in the depths of the very early morning hours) at Autobahn Country Club near Chicago and saw what I could see.

Follow the jump for more with the original images linked below them (lead image here). I’ll offer no explanation because it’s probably better that way and you can slightly embiggen the images by clicking on them, even though I’m breaking Hooniverse rules in doing so (Sorry, Tim and Jeff). But you can’t break a few minds without braining some omelettes. Or something. I still haven’t slept.

Be forewarned: You can’t unsee the images after the jump and they will hurt your all of you.

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Motorsports Weekend Guide: July 31 to August 2

Eric Rood July 30, 2015 Motorsports

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Welcome to another weekly edition of Hooniverse’s examination of who is racing what and where and when they are racing it this weekend. Got it? This weekend features one of the best—if not the best—stage rallies in the world and stock car fans can rejoice with a plethora of options in all of the hemispheres, including the only NASCAR race on a temporary street circuit. Follow the jump for what fuel to inject into your [overwrought metaphor goes here].

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: ‘Doing Time in Joliet 24 Hours’ liveblog

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It’s a typically muggy Saturday in the Midwest and Hooniverse is live from Autobahn Country Club this weekend for the 24 Hours of LeMons’ race. While last year’s summer race at Autobahn was 14 straight hours (unlike the usual 14-1/2 hours over two days), this year’s is the series’ first true 24-hour race since September 2013 and your stupid lucky correspondent is here to walk you through as much as he’s able while balancing the basic needs of working the Penalty Box as a LeMons Supreme Court Justice, keeping tabs on the races on and off the track, and somehow sneaking a few hours of sleep in.

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Motorsports Weekend Guide: July 24 to July 26

Eric Rood July 23, 2015 Motorsports

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It’s Thursday, which means another edition of Hooniverse’s weekly look at who’s racing what where in the next few days. This weekend finds stock cars on America’s most famed racetrack and sports cars new and old taking over two of the Northeast’s most famous tracks. Add to that a pair of very different 24-hour races and one of the more interesting staples of the F1 calendar and you’ve got a nicely rounded weekend of racing ahead of you. Make the jump for the details.

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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