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Chief Perp Lamm and Assistant Perp Pon at LeMons HQ have been producing race-wrapup videos for every race starting in 2012, but it’s sort of a pain to search for each one on YouTube. Here they are, all together. Read more »

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One of the benefits of being a Justice of the 24 Hours of LeMons Supreme Court is the very generous gifts given to the Court by racers who hope to keep it fair (a wise move, considering that the LeMons Supreme Court considers the Moscow Show Trials and Wild West Justice to be its legal role models). In the five years since I’ve become a LeMons Supreme Court Justice, the role of the BRIBED stencil— a spray-paint stencil that tells the world that this team has greased the wheels of justice— has evolved into a race-specific commemorative device that also tells the world I was at this race. You can read about the first few years of the BRIBED stencil tradition here, and I covered most of the 2012 season’s BRIBED stencils here; today, we’ll look at the complete set of stencils used during the 2013 LeMons season. Collect them all! Read more »

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When I moved to Colorado from California in 2010, I left my Toyota 20R-powered 1967 Austin-Healey Sprite at Evil Genius Racing in Sacramento, with the idea that I’d come get it someday. Instead, other projects intervened, and I gave the car to the captain of the Licensed To Ill 24 Hours of LeMons race truck. Then he didn’t have the time to get to the project, so he sold it to a guy who seemed very enthusiastic about the project. Six months later, it’s up for sale again, and I’m featuring it in this week’s Project Car Hell on Autoweek. Here are the links to the things I’ve written about this car in the past: Read more »

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I’ve been gathering 24 Hours of LeMons team T-shirts since 2007, and I’ve finally photographed the entire collection. The complete gallery, with all 380 shirt designs, may be viewed here. The Car and Driver version, with smaller gallery but more description, may be seen here.

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I wrote a four-part series for Popular Mechanics about parting out a Lexus suspension donor for my ‘41 Plymouth project, and it’s a little difficult to navigate the PM site to read all four parts in sequence. Here are the links:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

bsroundup
I’ve been covering the 24 Hours of LeMons as a journalist since 2007, and I started doing a BS Inspection roundup post for each race in early 2009. The BS Inspection, which takes place on Friday (unless it’s a 24-straight-hours race, in which case it takes place on Saturday), is where you see all the team costumes, admire all the cars with ill-advised engine swaps before they blow up, and watch the panic of the teams whose cars are nowhere near ready to go. A lot of good stuff gets coverage in the BS Inspection posts, stuff that often gets overlooked afterwards due to the excitement of the race, and so I’ve put links to all those posts in one place. Enjoy.

“Well, I’m Not a Crook!”

October 19th, 2012

I AM NOT A CROOK
For the American Irony 24 Hours of LeMons last weekend, Team Resignation finally paid heed to my requests that they convert the Richard Nixon likeness on the roof of their Ford Escort into an animatronic Nixon Robot (as depicted in my novel). The mechanism was a bit crude, but it gave their Nixon a certain clanking appeal that Disney would be wise to emulate for the robots in their “It’s a Small World” ride. Read more »

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I’ve been going through the videos on the Murilee Martin Lifestyle Brand™ YouTube account and thought it might be nice to share some of my favorites in one convenient location. So, here ya go! Read more »

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The LeMons Supreme Court has been through many versions of the BRIBED stencil (applied to the cars of teams that grease the wheels of justice with a gift for the LCS) during the last five LeMons seasons. Lately, we’ve been trying to make each stencil more of a commemorative-edition souvenir for each event. Collect them all! Read more »

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What with all my LeMons coverage for Car and Driver, plus my globe-trotting antics, I haven’t had much chance to keep up with the Home of the Murilee Martin Lifestyle Brand™ lately. So, today I went through and added a bunch of new links to MMLB™ writing. Read more »

Hyder Truck - Cannonball BanditsI’ve been writing about the 24 Hours of LeMons for more than four years now, for more publications than I can recall right now. The latest victim: Car and Driver, which is now inexplicably sponsoring the 24 Hours of LeMons. So, when you’re done reading my tirades on TTAC, Motor Authority, Autoweek and elsewhere, head over to C/D’s site and read my live race coverage, LeMons features, cheating tips, and all the rest!

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It took me six weeks to get around to writing, but Part 20 of the Impala Hell Project saga is done. If you haven’t read Parts 1 through 19, go here.

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I’ve been going through my novel to make a “de-pornified,” semi-safe-for-work version for use in the long-postponed Part 20 of the Impala Hell Project series (yes, there’s a connection between the Impala Hell Project and Torment, Incorporated), and I ran across this paragraph that sums up the way I feel about the American office-cubicle workplace. Read more »

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After doing so much work updating the MurileeMartin.com homepage so that it includes links to my writing, there’s another bit of housekeeping that needs doing: it’s about time I explained how and why I use a pseudonym that sounds like a girl’s name. I’ve talked about it before, but never really told the whole story in one place. Fasten your seat belts, because this Leyland P76 will be heading into weird territory. 
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For a couple of years, the homepage of this site wasn’t very useful, with a few unlabeled icons leading who-knows-where. What the hell, I figured, the Murilee Martin blog gets regular updates. But wouldn’t it be nice for readers to be able to use this futuristic hyperlinking technology to find stuff I’d written? It would be like going from that 1994 website you view with Mosaic on your DOS-powered 386 to, I dunno, a 1997 website viewed with Netscape 1.5 on a Mac Quadra 800! Read more »

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