24 Hours of Lemons New England – Behind The Scenes

While wondering aimlessly around the Lemons infield/paddock I started snapping pictures of anything and everything interesting. New Hampshire Motor Speedway has some nice garages which are assigned on first-come-first-serve basis where all the “off-track” action takes place. It is nice to have a clean garage where you’ll need to fix your hoopie but the Lemons teams take it to the next level.

People have set up all kinds of living quarters in the garages; there were living rooms, BBQ grills, dining rooms, all kinds of stuff. It was also nice to see teams work with each other to fix their “cars”. Overall, it looked like everyone was having a good time.

The Lemons HQ garage had a foldout table shop set up where t-shirts and other crap were sold. It was also the BS inspection and general judging area. I hanged out there for a bit, chatted with Murilee and watched a bit of the action. Always fun to watch racers explain their on-track behavior to the judges and then beg for a lenient penalty.

Outside of the track a “drifting event” was taking place. Wow, it’s like a combination of gymnastics and retarded autocross. There were about eight cars in it, mostly 240SXs with a lot of negative camber, and their drivers were just not that good; the sliding wasn’t all that impressive. I have seen two cars stop just short of a make-shift wall and one go into dirt. They need a lot more practice, hopefully they won’t kill anyone.

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5 Comments

  1. So pissed at myself for not getting up there this weekend. Looks like great fun was had.

  2. "New Hampshire Motor Speedway has some nice garages which are assigned on first-come-first-serve basis"
    Oh, if only! Apparently they were $350 per garage this year, which caused some amount of wailing and gnashing of teeth on the forum. Turns out they're big enough to split but even divided by two that's a dent in the budget.
    I'm glad to see some Lemons coverage here, this is my current passion, having entered four races this year so far. So much freakin' fun.

    1. I did not know that. That's sucky.
      We had a lot of Lemons stuff on here, including at least three cars. I wish I could make it out to more races. Or, you know, actually race in one. 🙂

      1. This year I've driven the Parnelli Jones Galaxie at CMP, the "I'm on a Boat!" boat car/truck at NJMP, and the "Don't Mess with Lexas" Lexus LS400 at Gingerman. I'm driving the boat again at Summit Point but that's all I know I'm doing for sure this year. I have an LS400 I'm hoping to start prepping for next year soon, time will tell on that one.
        @Kamil: I know, it's just always good to see more Lemons coverage. I found out about Lemons through friends that knew about it but every additional post means more people that see it and think, maybe I can go to one?

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