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Eyesore Racing attempts to turn 24 Hours of LeMons into plane racing

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This past weekend saw the 24 Hours of LeMons head off to Northern California. The racing circuit of choice this time around? Thunderhill. In fact, it was one of the first races utilizing the new full length course at Thunderhill, which clocks in somewhere around five miles. That’s a whole lot of track, which means a lot of crappy cars are competing for many corners.

One of the best known teams in the sport is Eyesore Racing, and they apparently had an interesting weekend, as you can see above. The driver was fine but the car needed a bit of mending due to some cracked up suspension bits.

Head into the LeMons forums for the full story…

24 Hours of LeMons: ‘Vodden the Hell Are We Doing?’ preview

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Thunderhill Raceway holds some level of distinction (almost certainly not the right word) in 24 Hours of LeMons history: It was home to the cheap-car racing series’ first event held outside of a claustrophobic oval’s “road course” in December 2007, making it also the longest-running LeMons venue. This weekend finds it trying to pen a new chapter in both LeMons’ and the Guinness record books. “Vodden the Hell Are We Doing?” finds LeMons racing on Thunderhill’s new, expanded five-mile circuit (the Thunderschleife to some).

In California, LeMons races are often space-restricted, but the long track will allow the largest race in series history and also likely the biggest road race in, well, road-racing history. I could tell you how many cars are expected and so forth, but it’s no fun if I don’t make you read on after the jump to find that out. Rest assured, however, that this race will be considerably less crowded on the track than shoving 180 cars on Sonoma Raceway’s 2.5 miles, although it seems that the paddock might be a bit cramped.

It’s a bit early to comment on weather forecasts, but it’s a pretty safe bet that it will be around 90 degrees and sunny all weekend. Most importantly, this hack writer will be traveling to California to work as a member of the LeMons Supreme Court alongside Hooniverse luminaries Tim Odell and Murilee Martin, possibly with another LeMons aficionado onboard. It’s unlikely I’ll be liveblogging this one due to travel constraints, but I will likely be posting updates on the social media. As promised, read more about the record attempt and get the unofficial entry list after the jump.

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24 Hours of LeMons: ‘B.F.E. GP’ preview at High Plains Raceway

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When the 24 Hours of LeMons’ 2014 schedule was released last autumn, many were excited to see Miller Motorsports Park and Sebring International added. However, the glaring omission of High Plains Raceway in Colorado seemed inconceivable. While the track tends not to draw the greatest quantity of races, the quality is almost unparalleled. Luckily, those kooks at LeMons HQ came to their senses and tacked on a date for the fifth annual “B.F.E. GP,” so named because the track is in Deer Trail, a solid hour from anything resembling civilization.

Nevertheless, the circuit includes that thing that makes road racing most fun: elevation changes and a lot of them. The crapcan field is particular diverse for this race: Of the 40 entries, there are 28 different models of car. To go a bit farther with this field: The only Ford Mustang is a Mustang II, the only Hondas are Preludes, and the only car carrying a GM nameplate is an Opel Manta. Colorado, you’re doing it right. Get the full (unofficial) entry list here and follow the jump to dive deeper down the rabbit hole.

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eBay: LeMons Would You Rather – Juggalo Neon or Renault R10?

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People race in the 24 Hours of LeMons for many different reasons. It’s cheap, you get lots of seat time, and they actively encourage bizarre and strange vehicles (so long as they’re safe). Today, I present two bizarre LeMons up for sale on eBay that represent opposing ends of the LeMons spectrum: Skid Marks Racing’s three-time-winning Juggalo-themed Dodge Neon and the one-time kind-of-running, pretty-much-a-Dacia-1100 Renault R10 from LeMons Legend Mike “Spank” Spangler that our resident Mad Scientist Tim Odell posted yesterday. Make the jump for the scoop on these remarkable heaps.

[Edit: Spank's Renault sold, but that doesn't make this exercise any less fun. Read on!]

Skid Marks Racing 1995 Dodge Neon Lemons racecar

 

1969 Renault R10 Awesome Vintage Race Car! Goats & Chickens Extra

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Movie Preview: $500 For Glory – A Lemons Story

Scott Ith August 28, 2014 24 Hours of Lemons

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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’

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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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