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24 Hours of LeMons: ‘Arse-Freeze-Apalooza’ preview at Sonoma Raceway


California’s Sonoma region is renowned for its micro-climate producing some remarkable grapes for wine production and the region thereby being known as a Classy Place. Having once visited there, I mostly think it’s a place where well-to-do people (or well-to-do hangers-on) find it socially acceptable to get snockered on scads of wine, which they can then discuss with other people getting tore up on the fermented grape juice. To offset the balance of Classy Places and the well-to-do’s watering holes, the 24 Hours of LeMons will visit the region’s Sonoma Raceway three times in the next four months or so, starting with this weekend’s Arse-Freeze-Apalooza.

Arse-Freeze is longest-running race in the LeMons’ calendar, having been held at four different racetracks since 2007 and it is also 2014’s season-ending race. This means that it will decide who wins the season championships (that I haven’t really been keeping track of) and that LeMons has somehow survived its seventh full season of racing. Enough of my rambling here, however, because there’s plenty more after the jump.

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24 Hours of LeMons: ‘Gator-O-Rama’ (Houston) preview


Just a few weeks ago, we noted in our 24 Hours of LeMons South Fall preview that the series has visited Carolina Motorsports Park more than any other track with 1 races there. The next-most is 11 races at MSR Houston, which the series will visit this weekend to make an even dozen for Gator-O-Rama. Texas races seem to draw tremendously unpredictable weather with everything from lightning and gales to blizzard conditions interrupting races.

Early-week forecasts suggest some rain, but the big weather story is likely to be high temperatures in the 50s and 60s for the weekend. I won’t belabor the point or beleaguer you, the reader, any more than I have to. Follow the jump for the race preview or, if you’re the kind who isn’t high on others’ opinions, see the unofficial entry list here.

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Want to get people’s attention in a LeMons paddock? Bring this car.


It takes a lot of effort sometimes to get noticed in a 24 Hours of LeMons paddock. In addition to the scads of beat-up and clapped-out racecars, drivers tend to bring their show-offiest vehicles to the race even if they’re just driving. But sometimes, just the right car will stop everyone in their tracks to come take a peek. For one of the Aussies who were at Gingerman Raceway to race the #1 Firenerds V6 Pontiac Firebird, that meant bringing his 1963 Holden EH Special to the track.

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


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)


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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24 Hours of LeMons Year-End Tent Sale Event Blowout!


[Disclaimer: Neither Hooniverse nor the 24 Hours of LeMons is selling these cars. They are being sold by private owners. It’s only a headline.] 

Autumn brings about many changes in the year, but perhaps the most important change is that 24 Hours of LeMons teams turn over a new leaf, shedding their cars just as automotive writers toss out so many overwrought story ledes. Yes, the end of a racing season finds LeMons teams moving up, moving on, or sometimes just plain moving, leaving the budding crapcanista to benefit with a reasonably priced, already-built racecar. Of course, “reasonably priced” means different things to different people, but the general agreement among racers is that building a first car with all the required safety equipment requires an investment of at least $3,500. Consequently, a used-hooptie price usually reflects that builder’s investment.

I’m not nearly the used crapcan salesman that Spank Worthington is, but follow the jump for a list of tremendous LeMons cars up for sale right now for you to buy with American (or Canadian, in some cases) dollars to take racing. Or you could just look at them, I guess. Or park them in your yard to drive down property values. Whatever.

It’s time to clear these owners’ lots for next year’s models, so follow the jump to find the crapcan that fills your needs and Save, Save, Save!

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24 Hours of LeMons releases 2015 schedule


The 24 Hours of LeMons has released its calendar for 2015, which will be the series’ eighth full season (Depending on how you quantify a “season” of LeMons). This is, in some ways, probably surreal for a series that was really just going to be a one-off event in 2006 for kicks, but LeMons has grown into an amateur racing sensation with more than a thousand entries every year and several thousand drivers driving crapcans every year. The schedule looks very similar to last year’s, albeit with a couple of changes.

Make the jump for the full schedule and a tiny bit of analysis.

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The continuing saga of Speedycop: Autocrossing the ‘Spirit of LeMons’


When 24 Hours of LeMons madman Jeff Bloch—better known as Speedycop to most Hoons—created a twisted mashup from a derelict Cessna 310 and a Toyota R-Series/Ace/Space Cruiser van and took the newly christened Spirit of LeMons racing at Carolina Motorsports Park in March 2013, he won the coveted Index of Effluency trophy and secured the plane a spot as the co-Hooniversal Car of the Year. The amalgamation took hundreds of hours of work from Bloch and his Gang of Outlaws crew and Speedycop now seems intent on getting the most of his crew’s painstaking work. It’s been to the drag strip, it’s been to New York for the Blipshift’s Apex Everything party, and it’s traveled to North Carolina for the Charlotte Auto Fair.

Last weekend—after another successful Index of Effluency campaign with a perfect Family Truckster replica (now up for sale)—Speedycop took the Spirit of LeMons out for a day of cone-dodging with the Capital Driving Club at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland. With a curb weight of 2,600 pounds and about 100 horsepower, it was never going to set any records (aside from almost certainly the first airplane to set an autocross time), but the Cessna also did not  finish dead last.  Follow the jump for a short video of the Spirit of LeMons in action.

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24 Hours of LeMons: A record, wretched heat, utter madness at Thunderhill


[Disclaimer: The 24 Hours of LeMons secured flight and hotel accommodations for the author and paid him a princely sum for his service as a member of the LeMons Supreme Court.]

It’s taken more than two weeks for the sweat and stink of two days in northern California’s scorching oven (also known as the Sacramento River Valley) to eventually dissipate, but this 24 Hours of LeMons writer is finally able to recant most of his whirlwind weekend as a guest judge for 24 Hours of LeMons’ Vodden the Hell Are We Doing? at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows. As a first-time visitor to a West Coast LeMons race, I got the immersion lesson in California LeMons’ing: oppressive heat, massive car counts, and unparalleled insanity. In fact, the car count was the officially highest in any road race ever (pending Guinness’ endorsement), owing to the new and massive five-mile “Thunderschleife” layout at the track. Follow the jump for a brief summary of the LeMons judicial experience.

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SpeedyCop builds the perfect Wagon Queen Family Truckster

Kamil Kaluski September 22, 2014 24 Hours of Lemons

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The madman known as Speedycop is at it again! For last weekends’s 24 Hours of Lemons race he built one of the best replicas of the Wagon Queen Family Truckster from National Lampoon Vacation I have ever seen. The astonishing part is that it is Lemons race legal, meaning roll cage, race seat, safety switch.

The vehicle is amazing in its detail; from the headlights and windows to Aunt Edna on the roof, to a dog leash tied to the rear bumper. I wonder how many times he had to watch the movie to get it so perfect. I have a feeling that this car, like the Hooniversal Car of the Year winner Spirit of LeMons, will be the one he keeps around a while and makes it road legal. A road trip to next year’s New York International Auto Show would be perfect, just so I can take it for a spin.

Check out all the pics on SpeedyCop’s facebook page.

Update: The Wagon Queen Family Truckster won the most prestigious 24 Hours of Lemons award, The Index of Effluency! Big congratulations to SpeedCop and his Gang of Outlaws!


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