The Truth About Cars » 24 Hours of LeMons Detroit http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sat, 30 Apr 2016 15:15:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Blimp or Rented Rustwagon? The Toughest Organizer’s Choice Decision in LeMons History http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/blimp-or-rented-rustwagon-the-toughest-organizers-choice-decision-in-lemons-history/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/blimp-or-rented-rustwagon-the-toughest-organizers-choice-decision-in-lemons-history/#comments Thu, 04 Aug 2011 11:00:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=405589 The Organizer’s Choice, which goes to the team that most epitomizes what LeMons racing is all about, is one of the trophies that many teams chase for years. You can take the Org Choice home by racing a monstrous piece of rolling sculpture, dressing the team up in ridiculous costumes and having them stay in […]

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The Organizer’s Choice, which goes to the team that most epitomizes what LeMons racing is all about, is one of the trophies that many teams chase for years. You can take the Org Choice home by racing a monstrous piece of rolling sculpture, dressing the team up in ridiculous costumes and having them stay in […]

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And the Real Winner Is… http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/and-the-real-winner-is-16/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/and-the-real-winner-is-16/#comments Mon, 18 Jul 2011 05:19:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=403396 If you want to contend for 24 Hours of LeMons racing’s top prize, the Index of Effluency, choosing a terrible Malaise Era subcompact gives you a big edge. Choosing a General Motors product also helps. Going with a diesel or, even worse, a Chevette Diesel, means that you pretty much have the Index of Effluency […]

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If you want to contend for 24 Hours of LeMons racing’s top prize, the Index of Effluency, choosing a terrible Malaise Era subcompact gives you a big edge. Choosing a General Motors product also helps. Going with a diesel or, even worse, a Chevette Diesel, means that you pretty much have the Index of Effluency […]

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And the Winner Is… http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/and-the-winner-is-17/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/and-the-winner-is-17/#comments Mon, 18 Jul 2011 05:00:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=403389 Zero black flags, zero mechanical problems, and consistent quick laps around Gingerman Raceway’s track all weekend: the formula for the Skid Marks Racing Neon’s victory in Michigan on Sunday. Team Skid Marks’ lead was never very comfortable, once the team took the lead position mid-Saturday, but the Neon managed to keep a few laps ahead […]

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Zero black flags, zero mechanical problems, and consistent quick laps around Gingerman Raceway’s track all weekend: the formula for the Skid Marks Racing Neon’s victory in Michigan on Sunday. Team Skid Marks’ lead was never very comfortable, once the team took the lead position mid-Saturday, but the Neon managed to keep a few laps ahead […]

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Detroit Irony Day One Wrapup: Neon Leads, Chevette Diesel Still Running, Rent-An-Impala Hits Track http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/detroit-irony-day-one-wrapup-neon-leads-chevette-diesel-still-running-rent-an-impala-hits-track/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/detroit-irony-day-one-wrapup-neon-leads-chevette-diesel-still-running-rent-an-impala-hits-track/#comments Sun, 17 Jul 2011 03:41:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=403256 By the end of the day’s session at Gingerman Raceway, fewer than half the entrants’ cars were still moving under their own power. Hot weather and a punishing race course spelled doom for head gaskets, transmissions, brake calipers, and other critical components, while dehydration and fatigue led many drivers to make errors in judgment that […]

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By the end of the day’s session at Gingerman Raceway, fewer than half the entrants’ cars were still moving under their own power. Hot weather and a punishing race course spelled doom for head gaskets, transmissions, brake calipers, and other critical components, while dehydration and fatigue led many drivers to make errors in judgment that […]

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ThunderPorsche, Rent-an-Impala-Wagon, and a Blimp: BS Inspections at the Detroit Irony 24 Hours of LeMons http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/thunderporsche-rent-an-impala-wagon-and-a-blimp-bs-inspections-at-the-detroit-irony-24-hours-of-lemons/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/thunderporsche-rent-an-impala-wagon-and-a-blimp-bs-inspections-at-the-detroit-irony-24-hours-of-lemons/#comments Sat, 16 Jul 2011 03:51:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=402909 Two months after our last visit to Gingerman Raceway, the weather is hot and muggy instead of a howling blizzard. Even without the character-building weather, however, the current crop of entries have managed to raise the bar. How about a Porsche 924 with Thunderbird Turbo Coupe drivetrain? Or Unununium Legend of LeMons Speedycop renting a […]

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Two months after our last visit to Gingerman Raceway, the weather is hot and muggy instead of a howling blizzard. Even without the character-building weather, however, the current crop of entries have managed to raise the bar. How about a Porsche 924 with Thunderbird Turbo Coupe drivetrain? Or Unununium Legend of LeMons Speedycop renting a […]

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Review: 2011 Cadillac Escalade Platinum Hybrid http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/review-2011-cadillac-escalade-platinum-hybrid/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/review-2011-cadillac-escalade-platinum-hybrid/#comments Thu, 14 Jul 2011 16:00:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=401808 A couple months back, Cadillac gave me a bright red, three-ton, rollin’-on-22s, chrome-drenched, hybrid-electric, $88,140 luxury truck to drive while in Michigan for the Campaign To Prevent Gingervitis 24 Hours of LeMons. Since that time, the effort of attempting to write a meaningful review for this ridiculous-yet-amazing machine has caused my brain to develop a […]

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A couple months back, Cadillac gave me a bright red, three-ton, rollin’-on-22s, chrome-drenched, hybrid-electric, $88,140 luxury truck to drive while in Michigan for the Campaign To Prevent Gingervitis 24 Hours of LeMons. Since that time, the effort of attempting to write a meaningful review for this ridiculous-yet-amazing machine has caused my brain to develop a […]

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Fiat X1/9 + Alfa Romeo 164 + Plywood = Launcha Splatos http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/fiat-x19-alfa-romeo-164-plywood-launcha-splatos/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/fiat-x19-alfa-romeo-164-plywood-launcha-splatos/#comments Wed, 27 Apr 2011 20:23:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=393069 We’ve seen a fair number of outstanding engine swaps in 24 Hours of LeMons racing— the Saab B Turbo-powered 300ZX comes to mind— but most such projects tend to have reliability and/or performance issues in the car-slaughtering arena that is LeMons. At the frozen Campaign To Prevent Gingervitis race a couple weeks back, the much-anticipated […]

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We’ve seen a fair number of outstanding engine swaps in 24 Hours of LeMons racing— the Saab B Turbo-powered 300ZX comes to mind— but most such projects tend to have reliability and/or performance issues in the car-slaughtering arena that is LeMons. At the frozen Campaign To Prevent Gingervitis race a couple weeks back, the much-anticipated […]

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Post-Race Engine Post-Mortem: What Blew Up? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/post-race-engine-post-mortem-what-blew-up/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/post-race-engine-post-mortem-what-blew-up/#comments Wed, 20 Apr 2011 22:00:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=392059 Because most of the Saturday race session at the Campaign To Prevent Gingervitis took place in rainy and/or snowy conditions, drivers couldn’t flog their engines as mercilessly as they had at the rod-throw-a-palooza Real Hoopties of New Jersey the week before. The sun came out on Sunday, however, and that’s when the casualties started to […]

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Because most of the Saturday race session at the Campaign To Prevent Gingervitis took place in rainy and/or snowy conditions, drivers couldn’t flog their engines as mercilessly as they had at the rod-throw-a-palooza Real Hoopties of New Jersey the week before. The sun came out on Sunday, however, and that’s when the casualties started to […]

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And The Real Winner Is… http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/and-the-real-winner-is-7/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/and-the-real-winner-is-7/#comments Mon, 18 Apr 2011 04:22:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=391712 You get the Index of Effluency, 24 Hours of LeMons’ top prize, by accomplishing the most with the worst car. You can win it by getting a horrifyingly terrible car just into the top half of the standings, or you can get it by getting your very terrible truck a hair from the top ten. […]

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You get the Index of Effluency, 24 Hours of LeMons’ top prize, by accomplishing the most with the worst car. You can win it by getting a horrifyingly terrible car just into the top half of the standings, or you can get it by getting your very terrible truck a hair from the top ten. […]

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And The Winner Is… http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/and-the-winner-is-8/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/and-the-winner-is-8/#comments Mon, 18 Apr 2011 04:06:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=391695 On paper, the Toyota MR2 should be an excellent choice for a low-buck endurance racer… but 24 Hours of LeMons racing has a way of shattering such preconceptions like a connecting rod hurtling through the side of a 4AGE block. In fact, the MR2 has been one of the least reliable LeMons cars, even worse […]

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On paper, the Toyota MR2 should be an excellent choice for a low-buck endurance racer… but 24 Hours of LeMons racing has a way of shattering such preconceptions like a connecting rod hurtling through the side of a 4AGE block. In fact, the MR2 has been one of the least reliable LeMons cars, even worse […]

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Detroit LeMons Day One Over: Snow, Madness, Neon Leading http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/detroit-lemons-day-one-over-snow-madness-neon-leading/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/detroit-lemons-day-one-over-snow-madness-neon-leading/#comments Sun, 17 Apr 2011 03:26:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=391575 The temperature dropped to freezing, the wind hit 50 MPH, and the rain turned to snow at the Campaign To Prevent Gingervitis 24 Hours of LeMons. Cars spun out in record numbers, and broken cars had to be repaired in frostbitten conditions that would have appalled the harshest Gulag commandant. The battle for the overall […]

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The temperature dropped to freezing, the wind hit 50 MPH, and the rain turned to snow at the Campaign To Prevent Gingervitis 24 Hours of LeMons. Cars spun out in record numbers, and broken cars had to be repaired in frostbitten conditions that would have appalled the harshest Gulag commandant. The battle for the overall […]

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Chevette Diesel vs Radial MR2: BS Inspections of The Campaign To Prevent Gingervitis LeMons http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/chevette-diesel-vs-radial-mr2-bs-inspections-of-the-campaign-to-prevent-gingervitis-lemons/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/chevette-diesel-vs-radial-mr2-bs-inspections-of-the-campaign-to-prevent-gingervitis-lemons/#comments Sat, 16 Apr 2011 02:27:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=391450 The official weather report at Michigan’s Gingerman Raceway today was “butt cold and windy as hell,” but the LeMons Supreme Court slogged through the inspections of the 70 or so teams who won’t let a little miserable weather stop them from racing. The big news, of course, is the Toyota MR2 powered by a 1942-vintage, […]

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The official weather report at Michigan’s Gingerman Raceway today was “butt cold and windy as hell,” but the LeMons Supreme Court slogged through the inspections of the 70 or so teams who won’t let a little miserable weather stop them from racing. The big news, of course, is the Toyota MR2 powered by a 1942-vintage, […]

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Ill-Advised Engine Swap of the Week: Aircraft Radial In Toyota MR2 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/ill-advised-engine-swap-of-the-week-aircraft-radial-in-toyota-mr2/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/ill-advised-engine-swap-of-the-week-aircraft-radial-in-toyota-mr2/#comments Wed, 16 Feb 2011 17:00:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=384037 The thing that got me hooked on LeMons racing was the mentality that makes a statement such as “Hey, I’d like to install a 540-cubic-inch, five-cylinder radial aircraft engine in the back of a Toyota MR2, then try to make it run all weekend in a grueling endurance race” seem totally sensible. The craziest most […]

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The thing that got me hooked on LeMons racing was the mentality that makes a statement such as “Hey, I’d like to install a 540-cubic-inch, five-cylinder radial aircraft engine in the back of a Toyota MR2, then try to make it run all weekend in a grueling endurance race” seem totally sensible. The craziest most […]

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The 2010 Legends of LeMons: Unununium Medal Winners! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/the-2010-legends-of-lemons-unununium-medal-winners/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/the-2010-legends-of-lemons-unununium-medal-winners/#comments Sun, 16 Jan 2011 03:00:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=380539 First of all, nitpickers, I know that unununium was renamed Roentgenium in 2004. Atomic Number 111 will always be unununium in my heart, and (as soon as I can find a cheap source for the stuff) it will be used to stamp out the Murilee Martin Legends of LeMons awards for the most psychotic inspiring […]

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First of all, nitpickers, I know that unununium was renamed Roentgenium in 2004. Atomic Number 111 will always be unununium in my heart, and (as soon as I can find a cheap source for the stuff) it will be used to stamp out the Murilee Martin Legends of LeMons awards for the most psychotic inspiring […]

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