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I’ve been awake for 30 hours straight now, so I can’t even recall the exact name of the team that’s leading. Something like Boom Zap Pow! Anyway, they drive a Probe, and they’re battling with the Clueless Racing CRX for the win on laps.

Citroën Hell Road Trip Success!

December 29th, 2010

Looks like Spank’s 48-straight-hour El Paso-to-Kissimmee run is over and the Citroën still runs. We’ll see him at the track tomorrow. Congratulations, Spank!

Citroën Hell Road Trip update: After spending much of yesterday morning futzing with his leaky water pump, Spank decided to push straight through Texas and just keep going.

As of last night, Spank’s Index of Effluency-winning Citroën DS had covered the 720 miles from San Diego to El Paso but was leaking like a sumbitch from the water pump.  

As we saw in my TTAC post earlier, LeMons Legend Spank set out on his 2,800-mile San Diego-to-Miami Citroën DS road trip this morning. In the meantime, he’s been sending me regular updates via text message. Right now he’s about 100 miles out from Texas, where he plans to spend the night… if the water [...]

1Up!

December 24th, 2010

The first time we saw this California 24 Hours of LeMons team, they’d decorated their Sentra SE-R like a giant chicken and named their team the Mother Cluckers, in honor of the 2008 Mother’s Day race at Altamont. That was cool, but the Cluckers didn’t really stand out from the crowd. Then: inspiration!  

Those of you who have experienced a 24 Hours of LeMons race in Texas or Louisiana know all about Judge Scott, the Segway-ridin’ Marine who allows neither rain, nor snow, nor gloom of night to deter him from his appointed rounds of discipline. However, even those LeMons vets who race in other regions have likely [...]

Take one air-cooled Beetle, add a Type 3 Squareback engine with crank-driven cooling fan, stir in a differential set up for drag racing, and then mix in a draw-through turbocharger setup. Bake for a weekend on the Buttonwillow Raceway track. End result: a race car that can’t get cooling air to the engine, stuffs 12 [...]

Just about all of us have thought of covering our cars with bottle caps to form a mosaic representing our state flag, but used caps tend to be all bent up. What to do?

So many great junkyard-engineering ideas were on display at the 2010 Arse Freeze-a-Palooza 24 Hours of LeMons that it’s going to take me weeks to get to all of them. Today, we’re going to admire the Commies-’Я’-Us BMW E21, which was converted from a not-so-reliable underpowered race car to a thrown-rod-waiting-to-happen overpowered race car by [...]

Ever since Los Angeles artist Jason Torchinsky and henchmen built the Make:Way Escort for the Demolition Derby at Altamont 24 Hours of LeMons race (the Escort went on to star in the famous OK Go Rube Goldberg video), we’ve known that Mr. Torchinsky had the makings of a great serial killer 24 Hours of LeMons [...]

Working for the 24 Hours of LeMons isn’t just about working hosedown on the Tilt-a-Whirl at Mayor’s Income, Tennessee, and breathing clutch dust and oil smoke all weekend. No, we also get to do a lot of flying while packing all manner of weird race-related items in our luggage, which means we get plenty of [...]

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