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24 Hours of LeMons: ‘Cure for Gingervitis’ recap

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As you may have surmised from Hooniverse’s weekend coverage, this humble 24 Hours of LeMons correspondent spent Easter weekend with 50 crapcan racing teams at Gingerman Raceway for LeMons’ “Cure for Gingervitis.” Unlike previous April races at Gingerman, this one featured delightful weather with clear blue skies, a shining sun, and even T-shirt weather. Attrition factored heavily into the race outcome, but when the brake dust and sand from the Turn 11 beach settled, two veteran teams walked away with much-anticipated wins and several more left with other hardware.

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24 Hours of LeMons: ‘Cure for Gingervitis,’ Sunday

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Disclaimer: Eric Rood will be getting paid to sit on the 24 Hours of LeMons Supreme Court for this race, punishing drivers for their misdeeds and generally doing his best to maintain order on the racetrack.

The first day of the 24 Hours of LeMons race at Gingerman Raceway provided plenty of intense action with a deep-if-not-immense field of racers on Easter weekend. If you missed any of the action, you can catch up by reading yesterday’s live blog. Today finds a late start on behalf of the local church that doesn’t appreciate the racetrack noise on Sunday mornings.

Want to know who’s around? Read the race preview here or see the entry list with classes here. Go to Specialty Timing’s website to find live timing here or you can get it from the Race Monitor app for your smartphone or device. Want to participate or request some coverage? Leave a comment and I’ll oblige as I’m able. Today’s race session will be a long slog, beginning at noon EST and ending at 5:00 p.m. EST. Time stamps are all EST and new updates will appear at the bottom of the story.

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24 Hours of Lemons: ‘Cure for Gingervitis’ Liveblog, Saturday

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Disclaimer: Eric Rood will be getting paid to sit on the 24 Hours of LeMons Supreme Court for this race, punishing drivers for their misdeeds and generally doing his best to maintain order on the racetrack.

Good day from the 24 Hours of LeMons race at Gingerman Raceway in pleasantly mild Southwest Michigan. I’ll be keeping you updated on the race as it unfolds over 14-1/2 hours and the next two day. I’ll also be working in the Penalty Box, doling out penalties to miscreant drivers and doing my best to shepherd wayward LeMoneers.

Want to know who’s around? Read the race preview here or see the entry list with classes here. Go to Specialty Timing’s website to find live timing here or you can get it from the Race Monitor app for your smartphone or device. Want to participate or request some coverage? Leave a comment and I’ll oblige as I’m able. Today’s race session will be a long slog, beginning at 10 a.m. EST and ending at 7:30 p.m. EST. Time stamps are all EST and new updates will appear at the bottom of the story.

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24 Hours of LeMons: ‘Cure for Gingervitis’ BS Inspection

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We’re in Southwest Michigan this Easter weekend for the 24 Hours of LeMons’ “Cure for Gingervitis” at Gingerman Raceway. In a change from the blustery conditions predicted in Hooniverse’s weekend preview, this weekend should instead find pleasant temperatures and perhaps even a weekend free of precipitation. Today, Friday, found 50 cars underwent the rigors of technical and BS inspections to place them in classes. Despite the relatively small field, the entries were full of plenty of interesting beasts. The full entry list with classes can be found here and it should provide plenty of solid racing in all three classes.

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24 Hours of LeMons: Saying goodbye toTeam Resignation’s Ford Escort

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There was no fanfare as the new owner pulled the dented rustbucket away on the rental trailer, itself fittingly oxidized and tired. It was a thing that had needed doing and that thing was done. I plopped into my daily driver—which had temptingly housed the same type of motor as the heap I’d just sold—and headed for home and warmth. Shelter. I no longer owned a 24 Hours of LeMons car.

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24 Hours of LeMons: ‘Sears Pointless’ race recap

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The 24 Hours of LeMons trekked to Sonoma Raceway last weekend to open its West Coast season with the annual “Sears Pointless” race. California’s colorful competitors placed their craziness on full display while Hooniverse’s own Tim Odell served on the LeMons Supreme Court, doling out a couple of creative penalties for miscreant drivers.

Of note, the “Sonoma Raceway Boys” lampooned the idea of “grid girls” (above) while elsewhere all manner of incredible Class C shenanigans carried on. Somehow—perhaps in spite of all that—great races broke out at the front of the field and at the front of Class B. Porch Racing repeated their Overall win at Sonoma in December in a nailbiter while Hella Shi**y Racing (aka Sonoma Raceway Boys) similarly snuck to their second-straight class win. Get the details after the jump. 

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Video: 1961 Rambler Classic is a proper three-on-the-tree LeMons racer

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I’ve posted a few on-board videos from 24 Hours of LeMons races before and a couple of things stand out: (1) I like to watch slow cars because you get a good tour of the entire field or (2) I like cars whose interiors and/or drivers are interesting to watch. Take, for instance, the above screen capture of Panting Polar Bear Racing’s 1961 Rambler Classic, which won Index of Effluency at last weekend’s LeMons race at Sonoma Raceway (Full story coming soon).

It’s a leisurely “racecar” as you’ll see after the break, but take a minute to drink in that classic interior, even after it’s been stripped: Simple but effective dashboard, an enormous steering wheel that takes about 29 turns lock-to-lock, a column-shifted three-speed manual, those sweet old triangular vent windows, actual metal door handles, and an aftermarket tachometer where the shift light comes on at 3000 RPM.

Simply cromulent.

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Car 300 Loves Coming into the Penalty Box, here’s their Story

For a Lemons team like ours, it’s not hard to see the obvious benefits of having a garage space next to the penalty box.

Unfortunately, our presence  here is no longer welcome by our esteemed race safety officials, AKA the Greatest Racing Judges Assembled in the History of Motorsports.

Why are we here, typing on this laptop while sitting on rickety folding chairs that are themselves a significant safety concern? And isn’t our current status the EXACT OPPOSITE of our intended team strategy, which we all agreed was: TOTAL DOMINATION!?!?

A number of possible answers present themselves, only the least of which have something to do with “passing under yellow”, “spinning in turn 7″ and “adjusting the body panel alignment on another team’s Volvo at speed”. The REAL reasons are much harder to pinpoint, but we offer these strong suggestions as possible causes:

  1. Perhaps, we have been possessed by the the crashy demon spirits of Altamont  2007.
  2. Perhaps, sensing it’s impending death from injuries sustained last fall at Thunderhill, our Snowspeeder  MR2 decided that it would henceforth consider driver inputs as merely “suggestions”, and instead decided that the car would make its way around the hallowed asphalt of It-Will-Always-Be-Sears-Point-To-Me on ITS OWN terms. 
  3. Unintended acceleration due to poorly designed factory floor mats.
  4. Having run a number of races with relatively clean noses, we began to miss the companionship, camaraderie, and warm fellowship of Judges Phil, Judge Matt and our esteemed proofreader and penalty-dole-er-outer, Judge Tim. We shall share hugs, mango smoothies, and warm stories of times past at the conclusion of this writing effort.
  5. Judge Phil suggested that the quality of writing on Hooniverse was suffering as of late, and needed a healthy injection of hot-headed idiot driver mentality. In his mind, since we can’t drive, maybe we can write. Seems logical. For Lemons.
  6. Apparently, the “I don’t care if they run over a baby! Let ‘em go!” pass, issued by  Jay, ends after you get 4 black flags in one race.
  7. While testing the phenomenal data collection and live telemety capabilities of Autosport Labs’ Race Capture Pro, we decided that the penalty box area needed to be thoroughly evaluated for GPS detection capability. Seriously, though – check them out.

So here we are. We feel a little like the kids at Shermer High explaining who we think we are.

We are:

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Car 322 CRX: Currently the Worst Team at LeMons

[ED: While working the penalty Box at LeMons, Team Sunday Funday managed to rack up enough infractions to incur the wrath of the Hooniverse Slave Labor Penalty, writing this post]

“THAT WOULD BE AWESOME!”
It was a drunken New Year’s Eve that spawned our horrible decision. 1 a.m. talk of Canon Ball Run, rental car rallying and the like got us inevitably to 24 Hours of LeMons.

“I’ve wanted to do that for years!”

It was the beginning of the end.

I must have inherited it from my dad – the love of junk and cars and junk cars – because I can’t remember a time when our garage wasn’t full of either Citroen DS’s, 2CV’s, or Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40′s. Not to mention the Volvos and Saabs that came and went.

But that was years ago. Today on the other hand we’ve had 3 black flags in nearly as many hours. How’d we get here?

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24 Hours of Lemons – We’re back!!

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Last October we participated in the historic 2013 Halloween Hoopties 24 Hours of Lemons endurance race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. We finished mid-pack, mostly due to really mean judges our own stupidity and the penalties associated with it, but we were as high as 39th overall in a field of more than 140. Not bad, not bad at all.

Driven by our passion to get away from our wives and kids for a weekend compete and the amazing abilities of our so-called racecar, a 2002 Buick Regal, the Park Bench Racing Team has entered the 2014 The Real Hoopties of New Jersey “endurance” “race”!!

[Images: Murilee Martin]

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