Hooniverse Weekend Edition – Attention all New England 24 Hours of LeMons Competitors; Your Future IOE Award Winner!


The 24 Hours of LeMons…. a racing series that loves to take crap can cars, and see what they will do around the track. However, there is a peculiar love affair with cars that are produced in Italy, France, within the former Iron Curtain, and Great Britain, and they seem to take the Index of Effluency trophy more times than not when they make their debut at any given event. This could be that car that wins that trophy at either of the New England events this year….


This currently resides in my home state of Connecticut, and it only has 14,000 miles on the odometer. Not only is it a potential IOE winner, but it could also be a contender for a class win, with the Rover (Buick) V-8, independent rear suspension, and 4 wheel disc brakes all around, it could get around the track quite nicely. For Gods sake, it has Three Hood Scoops…. That ads at least 40 more laps to your finish! See the listing here. $1,000 does it.

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13 responses to “Hooniverse Weekend Edition – Attention all New England 24 Hours of LeMons Competitors; Your Future IOE Award Winner!”

  1. OA5599 Avatar
    OA5599

    Wow-only 14K miles on the clock according to the ad.
    When they were new, was the warranty something like 5 years or 13,999 miles, whichever you can attain first?

  2. smalleyxb122 Avatar
    smalleyxb122

    So what you're saying is that a '97 Cadillac Catera won't win the index? I'll have to give my father the bad news.

    1. Maymar Avatar
      Maymar

      If it won't, grab some Vauxhall badges, and you should be just fine.

    2. smokyburnout Avatar
      smokyburnout

      You might be up for the Heroic Fix award if the thermostat fails…

  3. Van Sarockin Avatar
    Van Sarockin

    Only fourteen thousand gentle, original miles, and a smallish engine fire. Roll this off the trailer, start it up and collect your prize. Just hope no one shows up with a mint Triumph Stag or basket case Crosley.

  4. FЯeeMan Avatar
    FЯeeMan

    My hoon-badge hangs in the balance, but I've got to ask… what is it?

    1. ZomBee Racer Avatar

      Automotive evil incarnate. See also black hole.

      1. dead_elvis Avatar
        dead_elvis

        AKA ideal project car!
        When I first saw "three hood scoops", I figured three holes rusted through hood. But nay, actual scoops (functional? I have no idea! Who cares at this point – it's in CT, & the fantastic photography doesn't show much rust.)
        Damn good thing I'm in Seattle & this is not. My garage has an empty space about this size at the moment.

  5. texlenin Avatar
    texlenin

    Oh great noodly appendage, I almost bought one of those back in the early 90's! Sad rusty Alfa love
    cured me of the want of electric smoke.

  6. TurboBrick Avatar
    TurboBrick

    Just a bit of rewiring and some cleanup and you could make a proper motor car out of it by this summer. What could possibly go wrong!?

  7. acarr260 Avatar
    acarr260

    "… but for the 5 minutes this baby stays running… I'm free."

  8. Alff Avatar
    Alff

    I don't know how I missed Jim's post here, but … OMIGOD, OMIGOD, OMIGOD. I want this. That V8 badge on the trunk gives me some delightfully awful ideas about truth in advertising. How big a heresy do ya think one could fit in there, anyway?

  9. Fordlandau Avatar
    Fordlandau

    this was the last of the "real Rovers" before British Leyland destroyed the marque… the original design in the early 1960s featured a modified monoque chassis with great strength, weight saving aluminium (alloominum for you Yanks !!) body and ADVANCED SAFETY FEATURES FOR THE PERIOD: HEAD RESTRAINTS, FULL SEAT BELTS, PADDED DASH, COLLAPSIBLE STEERING COLUMN AND STEERING WHEEL CONTROL STALKS. The initial Rover 2000 motor was upgraded, when Rover bought the superb Buick aluminium 3500 V8 in the late 60s. This motor is used up to today in modified form in the Range Rover. This pictured car would e b amoney pit of the highest order.. Lucas electrics, a complex suspension system with dozens of bushes to replace and a motor unforgiving of negelect… you could throw 20K at this poor beast and it would fail after 10 miles…kill the sad thing..put it out of its misery !!

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