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


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


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

Dustbuster Van

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


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


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


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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24 Hours of LeMons: ‘Doing Time in Joliet’ preview


Despite its clever name, the 24 Hours of LeMons seldom holds actual 24-hour races, but this coming weekend brings out this rarest LeMons race configurations at Autobahn Country Club near Chicago. Indeed, “Doing Time in Joliet” will span 24 hours of racing, beginning Saturday at 10 a.m. on Autobahn’s South Course and ending Sunday at the same time. This is the first 24-hour race since “Gator-O-Rama” at MSR Houston in September 2013 (which was won by humidity). As with most LeMons races at Autobahn since they started visiting Joliet in 2010, there’s a solid chance of rain, which would throw the race into utter chaos especially in the overnight hours.

That will surely create a war of attrition for the 98-car field and if you, the reader, are curious to know how it goes, fret not. I, your not-at-all-humble LeMons correspondent will be working a good chunk of the race as an honorary guest judge on the LeMons Supreme Court and will have a liveblog running right here on Hooniverse (Check the features at the top of the main page Saturday morning and then check back for updates). I may even try this fancy thing I keep hearing about called Periscope so you can watch snippets of the race live from my phone, but that depends heavily on my inability to use technology. Follow the jump for more preview!

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Motorsports Weekend Guide: July 17 to July 19

Eric Rood July 16, 2015 Motorsports


Welcome to another edition of Hooniverse’s look ahead to the weekend for racing fans. This weekend is a bit lighter than usual for no particular reason, though like most weekends like this, the next weekend is packed full of good stuff. Nevertheless, maybe the best NASCAR race of the year comes after this weekend and you also get one of the most underrated IndyCar races on the season calendar. Pair that with some great rallying and hill climbing and you have yourself a nice little racing weekend.

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: ‘Pacific Northworst’ preview at The Ridge


The 24 Hours of LeMons creeps into Washington state this weekend for a blast around the pretty-dang-new and mostly-completed Ridge Motorsports Park for the series’ fifth annual “Pacific Northworst” (and fourth at The Ridge). As with  most regions that only get one race a year, this one seems to bring out a great field with at least a quarter of the cars as somewhat oddball and offbeat racecars. That’s to be expected in the Pacific Northwest, where things are always a little different.

There’s no rain in the forecast and with the track’s long half-mile front straight, expect cars with a bit more horsepower to have a slight advantage. Like several recent races, this race’s 14-1/2 hours are split into two sessions with nine hours on Saturday and the final 5-1/2 on Sunday. Follow the jump for a deep dive into absurdity and a detailed picture of how the LeMons weekend may unfold in Shelton, Washington.

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Swedish V8 ThunderCars Southern rock song out-Americas NASCAR


“That’s a hell of a nonsensical headline,” you might think. And you’re right, but NASCAR wishes someone like Swedish Southern rock outfit Psychosomatic Cowboys would write them a song like they did for the V8 ThunderCars series (which has a killer website). At this point, your head must be swimming with cognitive dissonance, so here are some answers:

(1) The Swedes love American cars. A lot.
(2) That’s Southern (American) rock, not Southern Swedish rock. I think. I don’t know if Southern Sweden is like the American South and the Psychosomatic Cowboy’s lead singer’s bass has a Confederate flag sticker on it. I have no concept of what they might possibly mean in Sweden. Truly, this whole Swedish Southern rock idea leaves more questions than answers.
(3) To that point, Psychosomatic Cowboys must be the strangest-ever name for a Southern rock band, possibly any band. Are they worried about caribou wrangling to the point of imagined illness? Or is this a complex mind-body disconnect caused by lonely Lapland nights? If so, they thankfully live in a place where they can get treatment for that from socialized medicine and thereby just become “Reasonably Healthy Cowboys” or “Better Work-Life Balance Cowboys.” Man, the rabbit hole just gets deeper…
(4) Anyway, on to cars. V8 ThunderCars is basically the Swedish analog of the current Trans-Am Series, although the field is almost entirely made up of Chevrolet Camaros. They typically run as a support series for the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship, which is itself woefully lacking in Camëros.

Follow the jump for the video—which features some great V8 ThunderCar action shot at Mantorp Park—in all its Swedish-American glory.

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