24 Hours of Lemons: The Buick Shall Race Again!!

Hoon buick thompson 2016
The 24 Hours of Lemons GP du Lac Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg is this weekend! The Buick will be racing again, in its tenth (I think) race.  The race is at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, which is cleverly named after Thompson, Connectthedots, where it is located.
As usual before each race we have made a ton of changes and improvements to the car…

Hoon buick thompson 2016 front
No. No we did not. We did not make many changes at all, as usual. We installed a less damaged bumper cover from one of parts cars because the original one was damaged before we ever turned this boat into the majestic parade float race car that it is today. It only took us nine races to realize that the pockets where the headlights once were did not exactly contribute to the aerodynamics.  So, we also installed the passenger side headlight. On the driver’s side, the headlight housing was modified to serve as a cold air intake, like it does on the Challenger Hellcat.
With all these aerodynamic improvements we, of course, left the big, heavy park bench spoiler alone. After all, we would not want to make a difference that is too drastic, one that could improve the vehicle too much, if such thing was possible.
Other than that, we replaced brake pads, got two new tires, and replaced a broken transmission mount. Fluids were changed, stuff looked after, and that is pretty much it in terms of the race car mods.
Hoon buick thompson 2016 seat
For the driver, my teammates rigged some kind of a cooled seat system, which can come in handy in the middle of August. I have no idea how it is suppose to work but it uses an industrial pump, a series of tubes, and a huge cooler. And it does not look comfortable. I don’t even…
We will also now have a fixed push-to-talk radio button and some kind of a new roof-mounted antennae so we can yell at each other.
That’s it! Come watch us attempt to race if you are in the area. As usual, I will not have any stickers or t-shirts to give away. Autographs are $20.
Hoon buick thompson 2016 eye

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13 responses to “24 Hours of Lemons: The Buick Shall Race Again!!”

  1. mdharrell Avatar

    Best wishes! I had to abandon my hopes of looking for an arrive-and-drive in order to earn one of those sweet Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg patches when I realized this is the weekend I’ll be driving to California for the LeMons rally instead.
    Or attempting to drive there, anyway.

    1. jeepjeff Avatar

      Good luck and godspeed, sir.
      EDIT: And, likewise, to Park Bench Racing.

    2. Kamil K Avatar

      I will consider eBaying mine.

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        It just wouldn’t be the same.

  2. Wayne Moyer Avatar
    Wayne Moyer

    You might want to remove the spoiler for this race. By now you should have learned the lessons of Colin Chapman. Lighter equals = better and less reliable.

  3. Batshitbox Avatar

    I thought every New England kid knew the name of that lake, but I just talked to my pal from southern Rhode Island and he only vaguely recalls hearing of it.

    1. Kamil K Avatar

      CT is very questionably New England.

      1. Batshitbox Avatar

        Even the Rhode Islander admitted it was outside his allowable 15 mile radius of familiarity. He’s more of a Quonochontaug kinda guy, rather than a Woonsocketer.

  4. Alff Avatar

    Digging the front tow hook.

    1. Kamil K Avatar

      It works, seen other teams use it.

  5. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

    I never realised just how Buickesque the facelift Renault Safrane was until now.

    1. Kamil K Avatar

      Don’t insult The Buick with your French whores.

  6. Alcology Avatar

    You race on your side; I’ll race on my side; we’ll meet in the middle with a contact penalty.