Filed under: 24 Hours Of LeMons, 24 Hours of LeMons South, Alfa Romeo
Dog Ciao Racing, Index of Effluency Winner at the 24 Hours of LeMons South Fall 2010
When a 24 Hours of LeMons race gets about two hours from the checkered flag, Chief Perp Jay Lamm begins the process referred to as “Doing the thing with the shit.”
That means he starts going down the list of awards that must be determined subjectively (e.g., Index of Effluency, Organizer’s Choice, I Got Screwed) and starts asking the rest of the LeMons HQ staff— all of whom are usually in a frenzy of hosing puke out the Tilt-A-Whirl and packing up the shooting gallery at this point— which teams deserve what award. The IOE was a tougher call than usual this time; the Tunachuckers Volvo Amazon team
spent the weekend making a strong bid to be the first team to win LeMons racing’s top award twice, at one point getting as high as the low 20s in the standings, but then a total brake failure ended with the Volvo T-boning the Duff Beer Civic at high speed in Turn 1. We really wanted to give the IOE to the Big Ghetto Skank Tank Caprice, the first-ever LeMons donk, but you need something more terrible than a GM B Body to get IOE’d with a 79th-place (out of 101) finish. The Cold Source Super Beetle blew its engine several hours into the race, and so on. Who deserved the IOE? Suddenly, it occurred to us that the long-suffering Dog Ciao Racing Alfa Spider, veteran of all five previous LeMons South events, was sitting in 15th place. Huh? How is that possible?
This time, Dog Ciao suffered from none of the usual cascades of mechanical problems and none of the Penalty Box recidivism that had plagued the team in the past, and they’d just been invisible out there. Congratulations, Dog Ciao Racing!