By on December 3, 2010


With nearly 180 entries, the 2010 Arse Freeze-a-Palooza will be the biggest 24 Hours of LeMons race in history, and it also promises to have the highest concentration of never-belonged-on-a-road-course awesome machinery ever gathered in one location. At this moment, I’m wearing the LeMons Supreme Court judicial robes and busting cheaters, which means that I’m finally allowed to share some of these fine machines with you and not ruin their grand entrances at the track.

We’ll start with a car we’ve been waiting for years to see at a LeMons race: a Triumph Spitfire. The going rate for a LeMons-grade Spitfire currently stands at about negative 200 bucks, but for some reason no team has been willing to run one… until now! Yes, the Sex Pistons will be running their punked-out ’80 Spitfire this weekend, and they haven’t even swapped out the Triumph Slant Four with a– how shall we put this nicely?– less terrible engine.

We’ve already made it clear to the Sex Pistons that they’ll need to blast the X-Ray Spex in addition to “Never Mind The Bollocks.” In fact, let’s hear some Spex now!



We’ve also been waiting quite a while for our first LeMons Mini Moke, and now it has finally happened. The two-time Index of Effluency-winning madman behind the Air Prance SChitroën and the Mr. Bean Austin Mini (which will feature blow-through turbocharging this weekend) has obtained the World’s Most Horrible Mini Moke and converted it to– get this– a replica of the Apollo Lunar Rover. Could it get any better than that?

Normally, such a feat would be impossible. However, at this race even a Mini Moke Lunar Rover can’t be assured of a slam-dunk Organizer’s Choice award, not when it’s facing off against the likes of the Fiaguzzi Fiat 600, which features a Moto Guzzi 1,000cc engine swap. Yes, the legendary Italian Stallions have replaced their X1/9 for a much cooler Fiat, and they’ve done this to it:

There’s nothing wrong with the 600 that nearly doubling the displacement can’t fix, right? Let’s see how it looks at a recent Thunderhill track day:


If there’s one thing we love in LeMons racing, it’s Italian cars. And the more needlessly complex an Italian car is, the more we love it! That’s why the Maserati Quattroporte has long been one of our Holy Grails, and Pendejo Racing has brought one this weekend.

You may remember Pendejo Racing as the team that brought the most radically depreciated LeMons car in history to the last Arse Freeze-a-Palooza; they claim the inflation-adjusted purchase price of their ’80 Quattroporte beats even the S600. All we know is that this car makes us deliriously happy.

Can you think of any reason that a full-stretch Lincoln Town Car limousine doesn’t belong on a crowded road course? Neither can we! The veterans who have been running the Lemon Demolition CRX (and the People’s Curse front-end loader) since the early Altamont races have caged this beast and painted it pink for its bachelorette-party theme. Best of all, I’ll be suiting up and driving the Rolling Chicane Racing Town Car this weekend, because members of the LeMons Supreme Court have a standing invitation to take the wheel of this excellent race car when and if time allows.

Prior to this weekend, the oldest 24 Hours of LeMons car was the Rocket Surgery Renault 4CV (unless you count the ’51 Chrysler Saratoga– a Carrera Panamerica car we allowed as a last-second replacement for a dead LeMons car in Lousiana– which we don’t). That record was annihilated at the ’10 Arse Freeze; make way for the Beverly Hellbillies’ ’31 Ford Model T! Assembled by Black Metal V8olvo crew chief Hellhammer, who knows a thing or two about cheap Model Ts, has horse-traded enough parts to squeeze a ’31 T body, a Model A frame, a Pinto suspension, and a Ford 302 into a LeMons-grade $500 budget. The team will be stacked with the same Spec Miata demons who drove the V8olvo to victory at the last Buttonwillow race, so this glorious heap might actually have a hope in hell of contending! Even if it falls apart on the second lap, it will all be worth it.

We’ve seen the Angry Hamster Honda Z600 before, but enough has changed between its last thrown-rod-a-minute race experience and today that we consider it a new car. The best-engineered LeMons car in history now has a Honda CBR1000 engine in place of the series of extremely fragile Honda V65 Magna engines it once ran. Will the Hamster finally live up to its incredible power-to-weight potential? We shall see.

There’s more! Sharing the track with the Quattroporte and the limo will be this black-bumper MG.

And this Shelby Lancer! I’ll try to post the usual timelapse video of the BS Inspection tonight, if the effort of inspecting 180 cars hasn’t made me completely incoherent by that time. Check in later!

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11 Comments on “Quattroporte, Stretch Limo, Model T, and More: The Greatest Gathering of LeMons Cars In History!...”


  • avatar
    Jeffer

    Now this is racing at it’s finest! Some friends and I fielded a team at the local oval track some years back. We ran in bomber class, which was full-sized V8 rear drive with only minor mods allowed. It kept us all out of trouble for three seasons and created a lifetime of good memories!

  • avatar

    That FiaGuzzi is inspired! Italy’s long-lost answer to the Honda 600, and yet another clarion call for more motorcycle engine-powered cars. Now someone just needs to drop a CBR600 engine in a 600…

  • avatar

    I can’t wait for the time lapse video!

  • avatar
    benzaholic

    So that’s four 2-barrel carbs on the Maserati?
    Let’s see some ricer kids try to tune THOSE puppies.

  • avatar
    Robert.Walter

    Whenever I saw those limos on the street, I used to wonder if the factor of safety in the steering shafts was set high enough, far as I knew, there were never any problems … but a racing limo, this brings the question to a whole new level!!

  • avatar
    Sinistermisterman

    There truly are some awesome looking cars in that lineup. I really am jealous, there is a severe lack of any interesting motorsports near where I live in western Canada… we’ve got the drag strip at Mission Raceway – thats it!

  • avatar
    obbop

    When will proper political correctness legislate such all-Americanness at so many levels out of existence?
    Is there nobody thinking of the children?
    Can’t some properly indoctrinated soul detect even the slightest taint of racism or bigotry and lambaste all involved with the deviancy that is Lemons and bring to bear a full broadside of intense media coverage and prompt an attention-loving PC-minded politico to end this ongoing travesty?
    I sit appalled within my shanty that Americans are out there having fun and laughs and being punny and inane and not toeing the proper PC party line.
    How long can this disgusting display continue?
    The authorities must end this madness.

  • avatar

    The rest of us have a hard time competing with the West Coast races on pure zaniness. But you know the project that I’m contemplating, and it at least gets close…

  • avatar
    dculberson

    A Quattroporte.  Really.  Is there a cage in it?  It doesn’t look like it from the pictures.  I drool over the possibility of a Quattroporte on the track.  I hope they do great and bring it again so I can talk them into an arrive-and-drive at a later race.
     
    Drool.

  • avatar
    Peugeot 504 - the Car for Nigeria

    I hope the Quattroporte team wears pinstripe suits over their coveralls. If they can put a little Mafia fear into the rest of the field then at least we can be assured that it’ll be out due to a spectacular mechanical failure rather than just getting rammed by a Neon.

    I notice also that the engine compartment on the Mazzer is already festooned with cable ties – should we just take it for granted that all the rubber pieces are moments away from failure?


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