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24 Hours of LeMons LIVEBLOG: ‘Where the Elite Meet to Cheat’ (Sunday)

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Welcome to Day Two of 24 Hours of LeMons’ “Where the Elite Meet to Cheat” at Gingerman Raceway in Southwest MIchigan. Today’s finale of the race begins as soon after the mandatory quiet time ends, which is noon. Engines should fire up then and, after a lap or two to check transponders, racing will begin as soon as possible and run until the 5:30 p.m. checkered flag. If you want to get caught up, read yesterday’s liveblog transcript and then read my weekend preview to see how far off-base I’ve been. You may also find the unofficial entry list and live timing from Specialty Timing handy if you’re following along today. I’m already set up in the Penalty Box’s heavenly confines and ready to bring you, dear Hooniverse reader, the rust-encrusted drama of the 24 Hours of LeMons as it unfolds today.

Want to follow along or ask questions? Leave a comment down below and I’ll try to get back to you as much as I can. Follow the jump for updates and know that this post will be updated frequently throughout the day (race circuit Internet deities permitting) with the newest updates at the post’s bottom.

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24 Hours of LeMons LIVEBLOG: ‘Where the Elite Meet to Cheat’ (Saturday)

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Good morning and happy Alaska Day, Hooniverse readers and crapcan enthusiasts. I am live today from the 24 Hours of LeMons Penalty Box at Gingerman Raceway in South Haven, Michigan, which is hosting the “Where the Elite Meet to Cheat” race. I’ll be posting live updates throughout the weekend with photos and text coming over the following 14-1/2 hours of racing between today and tomorrow. I’ll be doing this all while meting out punishment for poor driving to teams that accrue black flags.

Today’s race begins officially at 9:30 a.m. local time (Eastern time) and ends at 6:30 p.m., making this a long nine-hour endurance test for the race’s first day. Want the low-down on who’s racing? Read my weekend preview that, while perhaps short on the details, should give a feeling for the teams and drivers involved. Or you can just see the entire unofficial entry list here. If you’re still interested, you can follow live timing over on Specialty Timing’s website. If you’re reading this, then I’m already trackside and getting ready for the green flag. Want to follow along or ask questions? Leave a comment down below and I’ll try to get back to you as much as I can. Follow the jump for updates and know that this post will be updated frequently throughout the day (race circuit Internet deities permitting) with the newest updates at the post’s bottom.

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Podcast: Episode 79 – A regular podcast

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I’m once again joined by my podcast partner in audio crime. Blake Z Rong has returned from doing famous automotive journalist activities so we have lots to chat about. Additionally, we fall back into the old format of starting with a bit of new car news before digressing into, well, basic insanity.

Hop the break and let your ears explore the space…

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Under The Hood Episode 2: Speed Academy Preps a Scion for Targa Newfoundland

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Following on after Valvoline’s visit to my driveway, they rolled up to Speed Academy to watch Peter Tarach and Dave Pratte work on the Scion FRS they’re prepping for Targa Newfoundland. Just keeping an eye on the background shows you these guys have great taste in projects. Checking out their site tells me they get more done in a week than I do in a year of wrenching. Though something about day jobs and shops and skills and having assistants over the age of five might contribute to that. Nevertheless, these guys also clearly “get it” with the satisfaction that comes from pouring work into a car to see it transformed to something new. Anyway, check out the video or pay them a visit.

BMW i3 and i3 Range Extender: Existential Review

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Have you ever wondered how arts reviewers manage to get away with saying what they do? Every time I pick up one of the London newspapers I spend time reviewing the reviews section, purely because I’m fascinated by opinion. What on Earth gives a person, particularly a non-artist, the right to judge on “how good” a new art installation, performance or recording is? Who’s to say that one idea is any more valid than another?

Of course, cars are a lot less subjective than art. For anybody who has ever taken an interest in driving it should be painfully obvious when a car fails, wholly or in part, to do its job competently. Or indeed when it excels. But sometimes the line between car and art becomes blurred. The BMW i3 has come along and established itself in a hitherto unoccupied slot in the vehicle-roadspace continuum. It’s a new idea, and I found it kind of tricky to get my head around.

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Podcast: Episode 78 – Back into the podcast palace

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Podcast Producer Chris Hayes and myself step back into the original podcast palace of love for Episode 78. Blake Z. Rong is off doing professional automotive writer things on the other side of the country.

Topics range from a few favorites revealed at the Paris Motor Show, to Volvos new crazy concept turbo motor, and on to a few things we’ve driven recently. These include the Lamborghini Aventador Roadster, a 2015 Hyundai Sonata, and a few other machines.

Also, I digress towards the end and talk about a time when I got really drunk…

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Review: All-New Porsche Macan S and Macan Turbo

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Going into this event, I was at the same time excited and disappointed. Excited because I’d be driving a brand new front-engine turbocharged Porsche, disappointed because it was another sport utility vehicle. As a P-car nut job, it was hard to contain my concern for the company I’d grown to love, fearing that their current trajectory would see them making pickups and people movers in no time flat. To make matters worse, this new Porsche Macan uses a chassis developed by Volkswagen and Audi (Tiguan and Q5 respectively), rather than the Cayenne’s chassis, which was developed by Porsche. The Macan is the first Porsche since 1983 to wear anything other than a 5X130 bolt pattern, using instead VAG’s traditional 5X112.

Could it possibly live up to the Porsche brand name? Click through to find out my thoughts on the subject.

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Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG: Ballin’ on a budget or the real AMG deal?

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For many years now, AMG have been churning out ballistic machines with hand-built engines. The cars sole purpose has been to generate power, noise, and tire smoke. Now though, there’s a new generation of AMG vehicles and one of the interesting spots in the lineup is occupied by the CLA45 AMG.

It’s a compact sedan that’s shaped a bit like a coupe and offers up turbocharged four-cylinder goodness. That doesn’t sound like something that the mad minds at AMG would cook up… until you realize that this is one of the most powerful four-cylinder engines ever created.

Still, is it the real AMG experience or is it merely a budget pretender? Let’s watch…

Weird and Obscure Cars Living and Dying in Poland

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In the past few years we have visited American carsAmerican cars againWest German cars, East German carsJapanese carsItalian carsFrench carsCzechoslovakianSwedish cars, Polish cars, and obscure, weird, and random cars all living and dying in Poland. This was done with pictures provided by the readers of zlomnik.pl. It all started with my family trip to Poland in 2011 where I unexpectedly came upon the The Museum of Communist Polish Cars in Krakow, drove the FSO Polonez and the Lada Niva. That trip to the old country, my first in almost twenty-five years, after I left Poland for a better life in the United States in 1987, brought back a lot childhood automotive memories for me. Since that time I have become almost obsessed with the cars on Poland’s roads, specifically the ones from communist era, and the country’s twentieth century history.

This weekend I will be flying back to Poland again to visit my family and attend my father’s seventieth birthday. I have a lot of personal things scheduled while there but I am making time for some automotive events, too. I hope to drive as many shit cars as possible, visit museums and junk yards, and simply scour the streets for all kinds of automotive treasures.

Now onto today’s most, which if different as it does not group the cars by their country of origin but is instead a mix of the really weird, unusual, mixed up, and unidentifiable by me. Some pictures also give a glimpse into the ran down areas of where these cars exist. As usual, all pictures are courtesy of zlomnik.pl and that website’s readers. Enjoy.

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Review: 2015 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

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I triple-checked the parking brake and glanced ahead through the narrow windshield—almost more of a viewing port—at the “ZL1″ affixed to the hood scoop’s side. I heard Jeff Glucker, Hooniverse’s executive editor, in my head.

Don’t f— it up.

Well, he hadn’t said those words, but he’d typed them in an email to let me know what I’d be driving for my short weekend visit to California to serve as a member of the austere and somber 24 Hours of LeMons Supreme Court. Nevertheless, I heard his voice when I first read those words and I heard it again as my thumb pinched the ignition key against my index finger.

Don’t f— it up.

My foot floored the stiff clutch pedal and I rolled my wrist forward. The Chevrolet Camaro’s supercharged 6.2-liter V8 sprang to burbling life and the whole chassis oscillated with the cam’s lope, a mighty American bear awakened. Ready to pounce.

I chanced a grin before those words popped up again in a buttery smooth podcast voice.

Don’t f— it up.

I furrowed my brow. This brand-new Camaro was about to see the easiest 330 journalist miles of its service life.

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