By on December 2, 2014

cashisking

 

Though I’ve been a Judge at The 24 Hours of LeMons for over 5 years now, it wasn’t until a brush with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome that I decided to amp up my Mad Bribery Skills.

Not just with cash, that’s horribly un-entertaining unless it involves getting busted F1 style.  So like any good criminal, let me boast about my bounty of ill-gotten booty in a tale that’s sure to please.

(Read More…)

By on October 13, 2011

When you’re looking at a basket-case Ford Ranchero, a Cadillac 500-cubic-inch V8 plus TH400 transmission, an ancient Mercedes-Benz hood, and a yard full of random scrap metal, do you feel optimistic? The builder of this fine machine certainly did! (Read More…)

By on October 3, 2011

Working in the 24 Hours of LeMons Penalty Box, the constant refrain of “Four wheels off” over the radio from the corner workers reporting miscreant drivers gets a little tedious. Hearing “Six wheels off,” however, really livens things up for us. That’s just one of the many benefits of having the Team Apex Vinyl Texas six-wheeled Toyota Hilux in a race. (Read More…)

By on October 3, 2011

There are some fast LeMons cars that suffer from a single glaring weakness that knocks them out of the running after maintaining a lead for hour after hour. For example, the Acura Integra and Honda Prelude and their fragile head gaskets, or the Toyota MR2’s chronic engine-cooling/oiling woes. The Ford Taurus SHO, however, is constructed entirely from weaknesses; the transmissions explode, the engines throw rods (when they aren’t too busy spinning bearings and/or burning valves), the brakes overheat, and the suspensions crumble like pretzel sticks in a trash compacter. Wheel bearings, electrical components, you name it. But when a well-driven SHO doesn’t fall apart, very few LeMons-priced cars can catch it on a race course. (Read More…)

By on October 2, 2011

After a grueling all-day battle of thrown rods, car fires, and busted suspensions at MSR Houston, we never expected to see a Ford Taurus SHO with a Rat Patrol roof gunner on the same lap as a bar-sponsored ’84 Volkswagen Rabbit. That’s how things sorted out after the first race session of the fourth annual Yeehaw It’s Texas 24 Hours of LeMons. (Read More…)

By on October 1, 2011

Perhaps you already know a little about this car from a previous post, but let’s look a little deeper into what makes an engine swap in a Fiero so positively epic.

(Read More…)

By on October 1, 2011

Here we are at MSR Houston for the fourth annual Yeehaw It’s Texas 24 Hours of LeMons race. To ensure that TTAC’s coverage of the race remains completely objective, we’ve got three of your most loyal and dependable TTAC scribes delivering hard-hitting, hammer-jack-stomping journalism for y’all. (Read More…)

By on June 8, 2011

Hear the rhyme of the Tetanus Neon
See the pictures on T-T-A-C
Mesmerizing the unlucky reader
Stay here and listen to the nightmare of defeat

Well, that’s more the Iron Maiden version of “Rhyme Of The Ancient Mariner” than Coleridge’s, isn’t it? And yet, this is not a dissimilar tale. There’s plenty to tell about my stint as a driver for last weekend’s 24 Hours of LeMons — misfortune, dehydration of the aqueous and fuel varities, damage, failure, and, finally, escape.

(Read More…)

By on June 5, 2011


With a Mercedes-Benz taking the overall win, it only seemed fitting for another Mercedes-Benz to get the top prize: the Index of Effluency. (Read More…)

By on June 5, 2011


The temperature in Texas reached a muggy 104 degrees this afternoon, but that didn’t stop the BenzGay Mercedes-Benz 300E from winning the 2011 Garrapatas Peligrosas 24 Hours of LeMons by a commanding 17-lap margin. (Read More…)

Recent Comments

  • Re: Reader Review: 2002 Lexus SC430

    28-Cars-Later - I’d much rather have the Soarer SC but I would have the SC430 for the right price because I think it is a fine piece of engineering. However the SC430...
  • Re: Reader Review: 2002 Lexus SC430

    seth1065 - My neighbor bought one new in 03 I think, never had an issue with it, you could do much worse in a two seater vert, they are for people who live with their cars...
  • Re: Reader Review: 2002 Lexus SC430

    shaker - “Looking at the new LC500 shows how far they have fallen from their “relentless pursuit of perfection” — all the way down to just the relentless pursuit of...
  • Re: Reader Review: 2002 Lexus SC430

    Arthur Dailey - Although highly entertaining TG’s “Worst Car in the World’ special was disingenuous to the extreme. I laud the fact that rather than...
  • Re: Full-size SUVs Aren’t Taking Part in the SUV Boom

    davefromcalgary - gtem, you are an SUV guy, I am a pickup guy. What is it about the Expedition that appeals to you more, over say a crew cab F150,...
  • Re: Full-size SUVs Aren’t Taking Part in the SUV Boom

    JMII - This. The only reason the big SUVs sold before was because the only CUV choices were tiny jokes like the original CR-V and RAV-4. Now that...
  • Re: Reader Review: 2002 Lexus SC430

    Kyree S. Williams - I’ve never really had an issue with the SC 430. I’m not sure why everyone else does.
  • Re: Reader Review: 2002 Lexus SC430

    sirwired - I know the two aren’t really related, but whenever I see one, I think “Lexus Solara”. (I know that people ask my wife if her ’06 Solara...
  • Re: 2016 BMW X1 Review – The Un-BMW

    PeriSoft - “Thomas Pynchon described the reality of design engineering best” Maybe if you join a Fortune 500 company, sure. But that’s a problem with...
  • Re: Only in India: Attack of the Stubby Little Sedans

    davefromcalgary - I’d say the Sonic sedan is the closest we come around these parts. I had 2 rentals, and I was honestly impressed. It was very...

New Car Research

Get a Free Dealer Quote

Staff

  • Contributing Writers

  • Bark M., United States
  • Chris Tonn, United States
  • Bozi Tatarevic, United States
  • Vojta Dobes, Czech Republic

Get No-holds-barred, take-no-prisoners Automotive News in your Facebook Feed!

Already Liked