It’s generally no surprise that imported cars tend to make up the bulk of the field at 24 Hours of LeMons races because most Japanese and even some German cars depreciate into $500 territory. If you’re somehow unfamiliar with irreverent low-dollar endurance racing series, the basic premise is: Bring a $500 car to go endurance racing for 14 to 24 hours over two days. The hooptier the better, so long as it meets fairly stringent (and budget-exempt) safety requirements. If you imagine most races to be made up of beater Hondas and long-depreciated BMWs, you’d be right.
But race organizers and racers get giddy when big American iron rolls onto the racetrack. and what better venue is there than Michigan’s Gingerman Raceway—almost equidistant between the Motor City and Chicago—to display the road racing (in)capabilities of two forgettable cheap Mopar personal luxury barges and surprisingly competent piece of General Motors machinery? At Gingerman last fall, these three V8 machines reanimated and stole the show from whatever piece of precision German engineering won, because, truly, winning a LeMons race is overrated and style matters. Follow the jump for details on these three behemoths, at least two of which should be returning to Gingerman in just over 10 days, when this correspondent heads up there to cover the race.
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