LeMons: Speedycop upside-downs the ante


As a follow-up to the roadracing Cessna 310 and the self-propelled pop-up camper, inimitable 24 Hours of LeMons builder and racer Jeff Bloch, known in the crapcan world as Speedycop, will run an upside-down Chevy Camaro at this weekend’s LeMons race at New Jersey Motorsports Park. The build had previously been kept a secret, but it will join the extremely long list of Bloch’s crazy builds. I don’t have many other details, but I do know that it will surely rank with the backwards Ford F-150 (on a Ford Crown Victoria frame) that scared drivers witless at a few previous LeMons races.

[Sources: 24 Hours of LeMons forum]

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22 responses to “LeMons: Speedycop upside-downs the ante”

  1. $kaycog Avatar

    ˙ǝɯosǝʍɐ sı ʇɐɥʇ

    1. Dean Bigglesworth Avatar
      Dean Bigglesworth

      ¡ƃuılıǝɔ ǝɥʇ uo ƃuılǝǝɥʍ ʇnoqɐ ƃuıɥʇǝɯoS

      1. $kaycog Avatar

        ˙suǝddɐɥ ʇɐɥʇ uǝɥʍ ʇı ǝʇɐɥ ı

  2. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

    We've had backwards and upside-down… what's next, a Chevy Van/Ford Econoline/Dodge Tradesman on its side?

    1. Dean Bigglesworth Avatar
      Dean Bigglesworth

      We've yet to see this.
      <img src="http://theletter.co.uk/images/lc/vw_fox_inside_out_car.jpg&quot; </img>

      1. jeepjeff Avatar

        Alright. Slap a roll cage on it.

        1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
          Peter Tanshanomi

          But where?

          1. jeepjeff Avatar

            Intentionally left as an exercise for the reader.

  3. BlackIce_GTS Avatar

    I hear Speedycop owes more on this car than it's worth.
    There's a phrase for that, I can't remember it.

  4. Van_Sarockin Avatar

    The trick wasn't to flip the car over, but to get it to keep going. Seems like he got that right.

    1. Scandinavian Flick ★ Avatar
      Scandinavian Flick ★

      He's not the first one to get that right.
      <img src="http://i.imgur.com/IVNVVzL.jpg&quot; width="550">

      1. Van_Sarockin Avatar

        Yeah, but they flipped it back, which is almost like cheating.

  5. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
    Peter Tanshanomi

    Cool, but LeMons is now something very different than "cheapest racing possible."

    1. Tim Odell Avatar
      Tim Odell

      By the hour, it's still the cheapest wheel-to-wheel racing there is. One could pick nits and suggest Chumpcar, but it comes down to details of what you race and how you build it.

    2. mdharrell Avatar
    3. LTDScott Avatar

      It still is. Builds like this are the exception to the rule.

    4. Eric Rood Avatar
      Eric Rood

      I'd argue that LeMons has always encouraged innovative solutions to non-existent engineering problems in addition to being cheap racing. For most, it provides an inexpensive avenue to wheel-to-wheel racing.
      For a crazy few, it's provides the route for them to chase down the cascading stream of automotive "What ifs." Speedycop is really at the top of that clapped-out pyramid.

  6. dukeisduke Avatar

    There's at least a couple of pics on Car and Driver's blog:
    According to the story, his clutch let go yesterday.

  7. OA5599 Avatar

    6.3: Why Am I Upside-Down? Rule: You're upside-down because you have no business being out on a racetrack. Any driver who puts a car on its roof is out for 12 months.
    Speedycop was clever in removing the roof.

  8. LTDScott Avatar

    I'm only sad that this took away some of the attention from the Rolls Royce that debuted as well.

  9. failboat Avatar

    ok. so i have been wondering this all weekend. were the side pipes functional?

  10. HTWHLS Avatar

    Is it me or does anyone else want to do a LeMons race??