Thursday, August 7, 2008

24 Hours of LeMons

Endurance racing. The truest test of man and machine. Hours spent on the test track, before hitting the race track. Making sure every single component is up to the stresses that high Gs and long hours and rough contact dish up. 

And the venues that host these riots of speed and sound and carnage. LeMans. Daytona. Sebring. Nurburgring. Significant tracks. With significant history. 

The 24 Hours of Lemons is endurance racing that takes the above and throws it out into the junkyard. And myself and a few mates are completely on a mission to get into it and have a blast. The goal is to buy and prepare a car for less than $500 (brakes and safety equipment have no limit)

There are two ways I think to compete in the 24 Hours of Lemons. One, get a goofy car, say a Gremlin and dress it up and have a blast. The other, try to find a car that could win. Say a mid-eighties Mustang or ex-police car. 

I believe we are somewhere in the middle. The Sweat Shop Boys, that is. We are looking for a fun to drive car first and foremost. Something with good gas mileage. Something that looks a bit racy. And we have narrowed our focus to the Porsche 924. Sure it has an Audi powerplant, but the suspension design is all Stuttgart. It shall look rather nice. If all goes well, the LeMons car will be a huge part of the site for the next months. If we don't get in? I still might buy a 924 to race around.

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