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24 Hours of LeMons: ‘North Dallas Hooptie’ preview at Eagles Canyon

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After visits to this year to California’s Wine Country and the finely manicured grounds of Barber Motorsports Park, the 24 Hours of LeMons now heads to Eagles Canyon Raceway for “North Dallas Hooptie.” This is not to suggest that ECR does not compare to Sonoma Raceway or Barber in terms of amenities, but like most things in the state, LeMoneers in Texas go big on insanity. One can see this above with the Wankel-cooked Easter bunny from LeMons-grade engineers Team Sensory Assault, whose charred FD RX-7 will be unfortunately absent this weekend.

As is always possible with North Texas races at the end of February, inclement weather tends to rear its ugly head. Last year’s race at this time was cut short due to Gulag-caliber temperatures and an ice storm. This year, early-week forecasts call for snow Friday and rain Saturday and Sunday. Foul weather tends to throw the expectations out the window so expect a chaotic weekend of racing. As usual in Texas, the field is chock full of Ford Fox Bodies and Nissan/Datsun Z cars, though 52 cars in total will heed the call of Texas-sized masochism. You can get the whole unofficial entry list here and you can see what I have to say about every single one of them after the jump.

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LeMons Team Profile: Sorry For Party Racing

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Today’s Submissions Thursday Submission comes from Estlin Link. He’s a 24 Hours of LeMons hanger-on and will be writing up profiles of various entertaining LeMons teams.

24 Hours of LeMons racers range anywhere from Michael Schumacher wannabes to the “I just fixed my car with duct tape” kind of guy. That diversity is exactly why LeMons has gained such popularity; serious racers want two days of wheel-to-wheel racing while average guys with a full time job just want to go fast around a track in a car they built with some friends in a dirty garage while kinda drunk. It’s hillbilly engineering meets club racing.

Just by looking at their name you can tell the Sorry for Party Racing crew are the kind of guys who’ve mastered the art of balancing racing and relaxing. SFPR team member Dean perfectly illustrates what the team is about: “We definitely are in it to have fun; I often remark that there is a fine line between life of the party and the world’s biggest douchebag and I am happy to report we are on the right side.”

Seemingly in full agreement, the Hooniverse preview for the last race had this prediction for SFPR: “Will they win? Maybe. Will they have fun? Definitely.”

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24 Hours of LeMons: ‘Shine Country Classic’ recap

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As predicted in our preview before the race, The 24 Hours of LeMons commenced to show up at world-class racing facility Barber Motorsports Park 10 days ago to sully the track’s name with the series’ trademark terrible hoopties. When the oil-dry settled and the exhausted cars had wobbled with bent and broken A-arms onto trailers, Barber was no worse for their wear and a couple teams had even managed to run good races by any standard. As always, you can get the full story on the award winners at the race from Murilee Martin over on Car and Driver, but follow the jump for a little more discussion of the winners, losers, and soiled drawers of LeMons “Shine Country Classic” at Barber.

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24 Hours of LeMons: ‘Shine Country Classic’ preview at Barber

Eric Rood February 4, 2015 24 Hours of Lemons

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The 24 Hours of LeMons has developed an image as a greasy racing series—mostly based on its never-fear-grime contingent of diehards—but several times a year, the series sneaks a date at a beautiful racing facility or two. This weekend’s “Shine Country Classic” is one such weekend, taking place on the pristine, manicured grounds of Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama. Barber’s layout includes an incredible racing museum and an extremely technical 2.38-mile road course rife with elevation change that actually gave some drivers at last year’s race motion sickness (Barfing in the racecar is not recommended).

Last year’s race was ended early on account of incredibly dangerous deluge, but early-week weather reports suggest clear skies for racing. Barber has another event schedule for Friday, so teams won’t have paddock access until Friday evening at 5 p.m. and inspections will start after that. Sunday’s racing will also feature a quiet hour with no racing. In all, 77 teams have signed up and you can see all of them on the unofficial entry list here, but read on after the jump for even more words.

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24 Hours of LeMons: ‘Good Effort Grand Prix’ wrap-up

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The 24 Hours of LeMons, better known as one of Hooniverse’s motorsports spirit animals, opened its 2015 season with at Sonoma Raceway a week ago for the “Good Effort Grand Prix.” LeMons held a race at Sonoma a month prior, but since several teams had to be cut from the entry list to accommodate limited space, the series held another event for those sorry teams that were cut. For the Official Winners Post, check out Murilee Martin’s probably more entertaining words.

For an anorak’s view of the race, make the jump to see how the winners won their respective races. And to get a bit of perspective on the two-day race, check out my post from seldom-updated crapcan blog after the first day to see how things shook out in comparison. And revisit the race preview to see how far off base I was.

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eBay: The marvelous ‘Launcha Splatos’ crapcan racer is for sale

 

720-Splatos_LedeIt’s not every day that I see two cars listed for sale that make your heart skip a beat, but today has been a remarkable day. Bringatrailer.com already beat me to writing up the lurid Panhard project for sale in Los Angeles and this evening I discovered that one of my absolute favorite 24 Hours of LeMons cars is up for sale.

If you’re on this site, you’re likely familiar with the rallying legend the Lancia Stratos, a screaming, mid-engined, V6-powered, 1970s wedge that looked couldn’t possibly have been more Italian. The Stratos’ V6 made about 210 horsepower, which was plenty in a car that weighed all of a ton. In fact, those numbers would be great in a series like, say, the low-buck endurance racing 24 Hours of LeMons, a great racecar builder might think. Enter Mike and Darren Besic and their crapcan Stratos replica, the Launcha Splatos.

Launcha Splatos on eBay

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24 Hours of LeMons: ‘Good Effort Grand Prix’ at Sonoma Raceway preview

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This weekend marks the start of the 2015 24 Hours of LeMons season at Sonoma Raceway with the “Good Effort Grand Prix,” a late addition to the 2015 calendar  as a means of accommodating those who were bumped from other Sonoma races due to entry-number restrictions at the popular Bay Area track. As we covered last fall, this year’s LeMons schedule closely resembles last season’s, although the addition of a January race means this is the first LeMons season since 2010 with a race in each month.

This is also the first of three Sonoma races this season and because it’s likely to be Gulag-cold, the entry list size should be around half of the normal 180-car field. The race will run Sunday and Monday with a charity track walk Saturday morning before that afternoon’s BS and Tech Inspections. Make the jump for a quick rundown of the field and the race.

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24 Hours of LeMons holds official Guinness Record for largest race

Eric Rood January 8, 2015 24 Hours of Lemons

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Last September, Hooniverse’s own Tim Odell and I joined the 24 Hours of LeMons’ Supreme Court for the series’ “Vodden the Hell Are We Doing” at Thunderhill Raceway. That race was the first LeMons race on the new five-mile “Thunderschleife” circuit, which allowed the largest field in series history and, as it turns out, in the official record books. After several months of back and forth with LeMons Official Record Liaison Julian Cordle, Guinness finally issued its stamp of approval by sending a poorly proofread certificate of World Records to 24 Hours of LeMons Headquarters in Emeryville, California.

[Photo: 24 Hours of LeMons Facebook page]

Last chance: The Turbo Taxi 24 Hours of LeMons car is junkyard-bound

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The 24 Hours of LeMons is, ostensibly, a racing series for cars whose running gear costs $500, but sometimes car builders get carried away and blow by that dollar figure. Usually, those builders end up swimming in penalty laps, but the right type of insane car builder doesn’t mind that because they ultimately have an incredible, one-of-a-kind racecar.

Such is the case with Olaaf Rossi’s Turbo Taxi, a Ford Crown Victoria whose Modular V8 is fed by a pair of Garrett turbochargers. Rossi posted it for sale—post engine destruction—on the LeMons Forum in November for $5,000 and never got any bites.

Now it’s headed to the junkyard. Make the jump to see the video that explains why that’s an immense shame.

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The Year in 24 Hours of LeMons: A hazy 2014 retrospective, part two

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Yesterday, I wrote a characteristically long-winded recap of the 2014 24 Hours of LeMons season that had it all: Words, bad jokes, deliberately incorrect racetrack names, and words.

So many words.

Today, I bring you a gift: These two droids. Both are hard-working and will serve you well Some good ol’ geeky number crunching. Follow the jump for a quick refresher on how I crunch the numbers, what kinds of cars fared well, and which teams had good/bad/completely OK seasons.

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