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

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[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!

24 Hours of LeMons: ‘LeMons South Fall’ preview at CMP

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Here’s a bit of 24 Hours of LeMons trivia (because everyone loves that): Carolina Motorsports Park has hosted 13 LeMons races, more than any other track. This weekend marks the second CMP race this year and it will be the 14th visit in LeMons checkered history. The LeMons Fall races are notable and distinct from the spring race in one important way: BS Inspection takes place amidst a parade of LeMons cars through nearby Camden, South Carolina, which then turns into a freak/car show in Camden’s downtown. This has become a staple of LeMons’ calendar and a race that many look forward to all year.

Early-week weather forecasts suggest that pleasant temperatures and dry-but-humid weather conditions should prevail this weekend, but rain has occurred often enough at CMP that veteran teams will be prepared for it. The full course should be enough space for the 113 registered entries, a somewhat paltry number after the overwhelming 228 that turned laps at Thunderhill last weekend. You can see the unofficial entry list here and be sure to read on for a slightly more involved and, of course, high-brow preview of the race.

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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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