The 24 Hours of LeMons last visited Autobahn Raceway in June, for the Showroom-Schlock Shootout. That race was fun, but these once-sane Midwesterners apparently spent the summer cooking up some terrible-yet-spectacular ideas that left us reeling after a long day of inspecting their race cars.
First of all, the Nutjob Racing Air-Stairs Honda Civic, inspired by the “airstair truck” in Arrested Development. Just building this thing and entering it in a weekend-long endurance road race would be impressive enough, but this team drove the car to Illinois from New York City! This is the same bunch who drove their race car (equipped at the time with a huge Manhattan skyline) from New York to Florida, and then installed a gigantic Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robot installation on the car and drove it from New York to Connecticut. Oh, and they park it on the street in Manhattan between races. These guys are serious racers!
Nostrils, ears, and a huge mohawk. You may recall that this is the same team that built an enormous “Gute Bier” blimp for the roof of their car last year.
We like to use regionally appropriate BRIBED stencils, so here’s a Rod Blagojevich Commemorative Edition stencil for the weekend. Last time, we had a stencil with the face of Al Capone. Next Chicago race, Nelson Algren?
The Team Scuderia Craptastic Mazda rotary-engined Opel GT has participated in several LeMons races so far, with not-so-great results. The team knew that something had to be done to increase engine reliability and solve their overheating and fuel-delivery problems, and the LeMons Supreme Court granted them a very generous residual value to allow for the installation of a nice reliable fuel-injection system as the solution to their troubles.
Instead, the members of Scuderia Craptastic seem to have spent most of their budget on powerful hallucinogenic drugs, which led them to believe that bolting an Eaton supercharger of a Bonneville SSEi and a great big Holley carburetor onto their much-tortured 13B engine would solve all their problems. Maybe they’re right, although the deafening reports of blower-assisted backfires during practice had many in the paddock diving for cover on Friday.
The LeMons Supreme Court has been given a 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution for the weekend, but we’ve forsaken that car for this much more exciting Piaggio Ape (pronounced “Ah-pay”) 50, loaned to us by a very generous team.
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The green flag waves at 9:30 Saturday morning. Check in to the C/D 24 Hours of LeMons clearinghouse Saturday night to see what happened during the first session.