Hooniverse Asks: What are you thankful for in the automotive world?

Jason Hopkins November 22, 2018 Hoonivercinema

Today is Thanksgiving here in the United States. It’s a day reserved for stuffing your faces, arguing with relatives, watching football, and drinking too much before going to bed way too early. It’s also a time to take a moment and think about the things for which you’re thankful.

So as it relates to cars… what are you thankful for?

[Image is clearly from a LeMons race, but we don’t know who took the pic. If you do, sound off below and we’ll update this Image Credit]

LeMons: Young teams with big hearts

Team name: Shake & Bake
Team members (L to R) Matt Leger, Pedro Garcia, Matt Cone, Daniel Crescitelli

The beautiful thing about Lemons is that it hosts such a wonderful cross section of the racing community. One one hand, you have the veteran teams who’ve been around for many races, know exactly what to do, and often end up in the top ten. On the other, you have the bare rookie teams who roll in with hardly a clue about what exactly it is they’ve gotten themselves into. Team Shake & Bake is definitely in the latter. Four friends with an average age of 20, they decided to put together a team, prep a car, and enter the 2018 Halloween Hooptiefest.

Right from the start, their weekend started as a disaster. On Thursday night, they find out they need to put a clutch in their Subaru Legacy. So they load up and decided to deal with it at the track. Friday comes and goes, the clutch gets done well enough, and they bring the car to tech early Saturday after thrashing all night on next to zero sleep.

Saturday comes and the hits keep on coming. Their cage is a disaster, and they paid close to $2,000 to have it “professionally done.” It failed miserably . Crap design, junk bends, and ugly porous welds were the fail trifecta.

Now at this point, many teams would pack it in and start heading for home. Not these kids. They head out and start cutting out their cage in preparation for a new one. Then they start beating the paddock for parts and help. That help starts coming in. By a miracle, there’s enough spare tubing, a couple of experienced welders, and a tubing bender suddenly appear. So this would appear that the team would find a fire, get motivated, buckle down, and finish it up in time? Not quite.

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Raiders of the Lost Archives

Jason Hopkins October 15, 2018 All Things Hoon


Watkins Glen, NY. Everyone knows about the track. They know that the US Formula 1 Grand Prix was held here for a number of years, and every great racing driver from Andretti to Yates has turned wheels on its asphalt. But, did you know that there is a massive archive of historical motorsport information here as well? Down on South Decatur Street, by the local elementary school, lies the International Motor Racing Research Center.

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It’s simply known as “The Glen”

Jason Hopkins October 9, 2018 All Things Hoon

On the surface, this looks like many small towns dotting the Finger Lakes region of New York. Drive down Main Street and you’ll see typical bustling small town stuff. The local auto parts store. A county courthouse. There are a few banks and a singular Chinese restaurant. Signs direct you to a winery. There may even be a tractor rolling through town hauling hay bales. Then you stop for a minute and notice a checkered flag hanging from a light pole. And you hear something. Is it a ghost from the past or history being made? This is a village that does not hit you with its significance right off the bat. Like a flower blooming, its true nature is slowly revealed. This is a farming town with a racing problem.

To understand how this all began, we need to go back to 1948. The Glen was mostly known for its fishing and the natural beauty of the falls, but Cameron Argetsinger had a revolutionary thought. Let’s bring road racing back to America. He laid out a course (a damn challenging one mind you) using state and local roads to the east of town in the area of the state park. There’s almost 500 feet (picture a 50 story building) of elevation change between the top and bottom of the course. He then went to the Sports Car Club of of America, which was a fairly fresh organization at the time, and asked for sanctioning. With that blessing, on October 2, 1948, the first green flag dropped.

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