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Movie Preview: $500 For Glory – A Lemons Story

Scott Ith August 28, 2014 24 Hours of Lemons

500 for Glory

Pushroot Films is putting together a team, a race car, and a documentary for the upcoming 24 Hours of LeMons race at High Plains Raceway.  Inside is the newly released teaser trailer for the film.  If the documentary is half as good as the trailer, it will be well worth the watch.

The film will focus primarily on the Pushroot Films (not sure of the actual team name) team, but will also include interviews from other teams, including team Volatile RAM, which is responsible for the FX32 and the MRolla.  Best of luck to this new team at the BFE GP!

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Hooniverse Goes To Concours D’LeMons West


Monterey car week has come and gone, and in that whirlwind half-dozen days, some of the worlds coolest cars assembled on the Californian peninsula for all to enjoy. Car guys came from all over the world to experience practically every corner of car culture for one week, and it was glorious. From the millions of dollars brought up to bid at the major auctions to the exhilarating vintage races out at Laguna Seca, there is literally something for everyone. Even if your budgets are a bit lower, and your dream car a bit more attainable, there’s one little car show for you that isn’t so little anymore. It’s called Concours D’LeMons, and it’s fantastic.

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24 Hours of LeMons: Speedycop builds ‘Jurassic Park’ tour Ford Explorer


Movie- and television-car replicas are a favorite subcategory of cars in the 24 Hours of LeMons and the series has seen some doozies (The Homer springs to mind as the best to date, possibly ever). But LeMons legend Jeff Bloch, known around the Interwebs as Speedycop, has built a picture-perfect replica of Jurassic Park‘s automated tour-guide Ford explorers. It lacks the outright head-scratching qualities of the Upside-Down Camaro and The Spirits of LeMons, but it’s still a head-turner. And yeah, Knoxvegas Lowballers executed a terrific Jurassic Park parody theme on their Ford V6-powered Geo Metro last year, but Bloch replicated the film cars down to the tiniest details on his usual shoestring budget. The Explorer will race at LeMons There Goes the Neighborhood at New Jersey Motorsports Park, which we previewed here Wednesday.

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Tech Daze: 1989-’91Peugeot 405 Mi16


It’s boxy. It’s French. It barely exists anymore. [Source: ranwhenparked.net | Image: Peugeot]

Forgotten by many and unknown by many more, this French car still has a small, underground fan base–and a strange connection to American agriculture today. A few years ago, the Punisher GP team started racing a pair of these in the 24 Hours of LeMons series. Their cars have been extremely fast, but also prone to dramatic engine failures–culminating in a widely watched video clip from someone else’s in-car camera showing the Pug’s connecting rod cap hitting their windshield. In speaking with them and trying to learn about these cars, we discovered that it’s potentially very quick, but with explosive engine internals and that strange link to crops.

Follow the jump for (paraphrased) tips from experienced owners on how to shop for, maintain, and improve these cars.

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24 Hours of LeMons: ‘There Goes the Neighborhood’ preview


The 24 Hours of LeMons makes its second foray this season into the hinterlands of southern New Jersey to New Jersey Motorsports Park. This weekend’s “There Goes the Neighborhood” will again run NJMP’s longer Thunderbolt configuration, a very fast track that will be packed with 130 entries. Aggressive driving played a huge part in the earlier spring race there, so expect chaos out of the gate. With early-week forecasts calling for a 50 percent chance of rain Sunday, things could get nutty.

East Coast races in LeMons have developed a reputation for drawing multicar teams to enter and this race see 12 such multicar teams. The field also includes European cars aplenty with 25 BMWs, 10 water-cooled Volkswagens, and 10 Volvos among the heaps. You can navigate the entire field via the unofficial entry list here, but read on after the break to get the Cliff notes on the race ahead of this weekend.

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24 Hours of LeMons: ‘Humidi TT’ recap, or ‘Sebrings in yo Sebring’


Just a couple dozen hoopties, two different Chrysler Sebrings, and one enormous American flag mounted on a Mopar showed up for the first 24 Hours of LeMons race in Sebring, Florida. The World War II-era-airstrip-turned-road-course known as Sebring International Raceway has been forever the home of the 12 Hours of Sebring race, now an annual and historic staple of the televised motorsport season. That makes it a must-drive track for a lot of racing fans. On the weekend of our nation’s birthday, the 24 Hours of LeMons held its first enduro on this so-called hallowed ground.

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24 Hours of LeMons: ‘Doing Time in Joliet’ [LIVEBLOG]


[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.]

Happy Saturday from Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Illinois! We’re here for the 24 Hours of LeMons’ Doing Time in Joliet, a 14-hour crapcan endurance race featuring everything from BMW 3 Series to a Volkswagen Squareback wagon. As has been the case at the previous two installments of LeMons live coverage on Hooniverse, this writer will spend the weekend on the 24 Hours of LeMons Supreme Court alongside automotive writer Murilee Martin and LeMons racer/master builder Marc Labranche.

You can find Hooniverse’s preview of the race here and keep a browser tab open for the unofficial entry list, to which I may or may not have added classes by the time this is posted. 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 14-hour race starts at 10 a.m. CST and slogs on into the dark, ending at midnight CST. At 5 p.m. CST, the track will switch over from the 2.1-mile South Course to the 3.56-mile Full Course. Keep checking back throughout the day for updates, standings, photos, and more. Or come back after the race is over and relive the glories, failures, and general frenzy that is LeMons.

Time stamps are all CST and new updates will appear at the bottom of the story.

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24 Hours of LeMons: ‘Doing Time in Joliet’ preview


[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 24 Hours of LeMons has been in its “experimental college student” phase this year, it seems, testing out the waters of sprint racing and visiting new circuits. This weekend, the crapcan series rolls into prestigious Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Illinois, but the race format brings a twist: Rather than run a 24-hour race or a two-session race, LeMons will run a non-stop 14-hour race—”Doing Time in Joliet“—Saturday with the checkered flag at midnight. Additionally, Autobahn’s setup includes a North, South, and Full Course layout. The last four races at Autobahn have run the South Course. This race will run the same, except at the race’s halfway point (5 p.m. local), track workers will reconfigure the circuit to add on the 3.56-mile Full Course. LeMons at Autobahn has experienced pretty much a 50/50 split in terms of having foul weather and early-week forecasts call for a 30 percent chance of rain over the weekend.

Most importantly for our readers, this LeMons correspondent will spend Friday and Saturday in BS Inspection and the Penalty Box, respectively, as a member of the LeMons Supreme Court. With the (Dis)Honorable Murilee Martin manning the gavel  at his 100th race (!) and judicial newcomer/radial-engine-Toyota-MR2 (above) builder Marc Labranche co-judging, this should allow me to post live updates to Hooniverse again as the race unfolds. Intriguing setup for a great LeMons race? Almost certainly. Read on after the jump for the details.

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24 Hours of LeMons: ‘Pacific Northworst’ preview


The Pacific Northwest remains the United States’ best kept secret, mostly because the people are weird and the rest of the country is mildly ashamed of it. Or so the television tells me and I always believe everything I watch on TV and the Internet (I‘m on to love you, Illuminati Dance Overlords Faithful Stewards of Mankind). Dang, I almost made it a paragraph without a pointless, useless aside that insulted the American region with the most Hooniverse readers.

But nevermind that; the 24 Hours of LeMons is headed to Washington state for its annual regional race, the “Pacific Northworst” at The Ridge Motorsports Park this weekend. Because a LeMons weekend isn’t hectic enough, some bizarre twists in the track management have left the facility unavailable for LeMons inspections and overnight camping on Friday. This means that all BS and technical inspections will be conducted Saturday after teams flood through the gate and unload their jalopies in hastily hewn paddock spaces. What could possibly go wrong?

The teams that best manage their pre-race frenzy and pass tech without issue will have a leg up with the green flag dropping just three hours after inspections open. Make the jump to see who to expect (to break down and/or catch on fire) on The Ridge’s long straights and dastardly elevation changes (above). Or, for those not interested in verbose pre-race chronicles, you can get the unofficial entry list here.

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Tech Day at The 24 Hours Of LeMons Humidi TT at Sebring International Raceway


So, on July 4th, 238 years ago our Founding Fathers signed a document that created these United States of America and this olelongrooffan was the lucky recipient of that event by being awarded a rare Friday off work. Alternately, the 24 Hours of LeMons Powers That Be decided to schedule their Tech Day up at the Sebring International Raceway on this very day just so this olelongrooffan could make the 120 mile trek up that way to see what could be seen this day. And I did.

Now as some of my fellow Hoons may remember, back when I was schlepping trailers for a living, this olelongrooffan tried to talk a security dude out at the Daytona International Speedway into letting me park my olebeaterpickemup truck outside the inspection window at that track and I was ultimately denied that opportunity. Well, today, my fellow Hoons, I did not ask permission to park where I did, just off pit road, to gather the above image. Just because I could.

I arose work early, realized that task was not a part of my day this day and rolled over and slept another hour. By the time I got up I was rather restless and got on down (actually up) the various roads between Naples and Sebring and arrived before many of the participants for the Tech Inspection due to start around 1pm EST. As this olelongrooffan was passing by that Security Babe at the entrance, I had my $30 admission price ready to hand to her. (Note To Self…be sure to put the squeeze on the Hooniverse Overlords prior to attendance to any function in the future!) She stated that she thought spectators were not allowed in the paddock area this day. Subconsciously, this olelongrooffan chuckled and thought to myself, “I’ll see what I can do.”

My fellow Hoons are free to make the jump to see the results of whether this olelongrooffan had any luck in gaining admission to that hallowed paddock area this day.

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