Dateline Denver, Colorado
Over the past couple days we here in the Hooniverse have been blessed with two really fantastic posts about automobile racing. One an excellent Bucketlist Post about the 24 Hours of LeMans and the other about a sneak into Lime Rock Park for an ALMS race. And while those posts were excellent in their own right with fantastic prose and professional quality images, this olelongrooffan thought I would post up just the opposite, as is only fitting, and provide my fellow Hoons with some action shots of the BFE GP 24 Hours of LeMons I gathered last weekend with my elcheapo 28 dollar ebay acquired camera.
Of course, any race coverage needs to start with the line up to get on the track and then of course, the pace laps. The pace car for the BFE GP was not the Model T truck so desired by the esteemed Mr. Lamm but instead was a 1979 Indy 500 Mustang Pace Car. Appropriately enough.
Now this olelongrooffan is not completely familiar with all of the LeMons teams but I did try to get images of most of them.
And while this Cherokee has been featured quite a few times in my postings about the BFE GP and I thought one more image would be okay.
The pace car rested comfortably behind a sweet looking Lightning pickup truck (IIRC).
And that green SAAB spent alot of time at the Penalty Pavillion that day. As I was leaving for the day, it was ushered in again and the driver started complaining loudly that he had done nothing wrong. Jay just looked at Judge Phil and cracked up laughing. He stated something along the lines that ‘if this driver had just admitted his mistake, he would be back out on the track by now.’ And he took about ten minutes to say that, just stalling around to cause this perp to lose valuable track position. Yeah, don’t argue with the Judges.
The Gong Show sponsored 407 was the first car to come in for fuel and a driver change. Surprisingly, it was a fairly efficient proceeding.
Just to let my fellow Hoons know, that Penalty Box was crowded a lot of the time.
This olelongrooffan then headed over to one of the corners to see if I could capture some three wheeled driving.
Unfortunately, I captured more images such as this one than I did ones with cars in them. Can anyone say crap camera?
After several laps of observation, I noticed a bunch of cars didn’t come around and with no yellow, I knew the fueling station had to be busy so I set off for it.
And busy it was. Teams were allowed to fuel up only between two sets of orange cones so it was pretty tight quarters at times.
See that car 301 in the above image. It started life at a Mini Moke and those Hoons grafted vintage Fiat front end body parts on it!
I then headed back to the corners to capture some more images. That 2002 appeared to be almost stock looking.
And there were times that corner was pretty busy. Lots of relatively clean racing going on there that day.
Unfortunately, that Audi longroof spent almost as much time in the garage as it did on the track.
While this olelongrooffan did not verify in person the exact brand of this car, I’m pretty sure it is a Plymouth/Mistubishi Sappharo.
The lead car in the image immediately above had, as one of their penalties after a second Black Flag, to take the Judge Phil offered black flags and determine a way to affix those flags to their race car prior to returning to the racing action.
That number 50 Ford longroof was definitely not the fastest car on the track but it was steady going and I’m fairly confident they did well that day.
I included this image only because I don’t even remember the last time I saw a Merkur. How about you?
In conclusion, while it was not the 24 Hours of LeMans, an ALMS race or the 24 Hours of Daytona, this olelongrooffan had a blast at that race and appreciate the hospitality offered by all involved in getting me there.
My fellow Hoons, you should check one of these Hoontastic races out, you will have fun.
Dateline Denver, Colorado