One of the cars the organizers of the 24 Hours of LeMons have always wanted to see careening around a road course is a proper General Motors donk. Until today, only the crypto-donked Big Ghetto Skank Tank came close. Now Unununium Medal winner Speedycop has raised the bar again, with this 1979 Pontiac Bonneville coupe rollin’ on 22s. Oh yeah, and 99 other cars showed up to the race at Summit Point Raceway in West Virginia.
The Bonnie has the stock 135-horsepower 301, the factory cassette deck, and incredible amounts of style. The naysayers claim it will fall apart on the track, but you just never know what will happen in a LeMons race.
Speedycop and his Gang of Outlaws have brought five cars to this race, including the Parnelli Jones ’67 Galaxie, the MR2-ized Lancia Scorpion, and this late-model Cougar. The Cougar will be racing for charity, benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project. We had at least two more Cougars as well, which sets the all-time record for Cougars and Mercuries in a LeMons race.
The Mercedes-Benz contingent was out in force. We had three 190Es, including this crazy-rare Cosworth 16-valve car. The special interior parts from this thing were worth a ton on eBay, but math disputes led to 16 BS laps: one per valve.
Then the Cosworth ran into a deer on the track during practice this afternoon. The team fixed the car, but yecch!
This Benz team stepped up with a pretty good bribe suitcase.
This BMW E36 team spent what must have been months gathering beer cans, cutting them up, and screwing them to their car.
The entire car was covered. That’s dedication!
This Fiat 128 is ready to take on the MGB-GT tomorrow morning.
Sorry, 240SX team, we weren’t convinced that you got this SR20DET in the car for under the $500 price limit.
I had the timelapse camera going all afternoon, so here’s a video showing most of the cars that came through the inspection. Green flag waves Saturday morning, and I’ll try to post updates if I can find some sort of internet connection; otherwise, I’ll do a leader post tomorrow night.
Music: Scrap Iron Jazzerinos, 1919