The Truth About Cars » 24 Hours of LeMons Texas http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:00:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Vellum Venom Vignette: Art and Design at The 24 Hours of LeMons 2013 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/vellum-venom-vignette-art-and-design-at-the-24-hours-of-lemons-2013/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/vellum-venom-vignette-art-and-design-at-the-24-hours-of-lemons-2013/#comments Tue, 22 Oct 2013 12:50:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=631010 My worst moment at the College for Creative Studies was during Portfolio Review: a presentation of one’s body of work since the beginning of the semester.  So it comes as no surprise that my favorite parts of a LeMons race is judging the artistic(?) themes of the cheaty $500 race cars in attendance.  Let’s combine […]

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My worst moment at the College for Creative Studies was during Portfolio Review: a presentation of one’s body of work since the beginning of the semester.  So it comes as no surprise that my favorite parts of a LeMons race is judging the artistic(?) themes of the cheaty $500 race cars in attendance.  Let’s combine […]

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And the Real Winner Is… http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/and-the-real-winner-is-25/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/and-the-real-winner-is-25/#comments Mon, 19 Dec 2011 02:59:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=422759 The Index of Effluency, LeMons racing’s top prize, gets handed to the team that accomplishes a lap total far beyond what any sane person would have imagined possible for such a terrible, terrible car. Sometimes that means getting 10th overall in a Toyota Tercel EZ, and other times it means taking 36th out of 57 […]

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The Index of Effluency, LeMons racing’s top prize, gets handed to the team that accomplishes a lap total far beyond what any sane person would have imagined possible for such a terrible, terrible car. Sometimes that means getting 10th overall in a Toyota Tercel EZ, and other times it means taking 36th out of 57 […]

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And the Winner Is… http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/and-the-winner-is-26/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/and-the-winner-is-26/#comments Mon, 19 Dec 2011 02:37:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=422751 This year, the Hong Norrth Mazda MX-3 won the Showroom-Schlock Shootout in Charlotte, the Cain’t Git Bayou in Lousiana, the ‘Shine Country Classic in South Carolina, and the Southern Discomfort, also in South Carolina. Today, Hong Norrth won their fifth race in the 2011 24 Hours of LeMons season, by taking the Heaps In The […]

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This year, the Hong Norrth Mazda MX-3 won the Showroom-Schlock Shootout in Charlotte, the Cain’t Git Bayou in Lousiana, the ‘Shine Country Classic in South Carolina, and the Southern Discomfort, also in South Carolina. Today, Hong Norrth won their fifth race in the 2011 24 Hours of LeMons season, by taking the Heaps In The […]

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Heaps In The Heart Of Texas LeMons Day One: MX-3 Leads, Index of Effluency Battle Heating Up http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/heaps-in-the-heart-of-texas-lemons-day-one-mx-3-leads-index-of-effluency-battle-heating-up/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/heaps-in-the-heart-of-texas-lemons-day-one-mx-3-leads-index-of-effluency-battle-heating-up/#comments Sun, 18 Dec 2011 01:19:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=422702 It’s not much of a shock to find that the most dominant team of the 2011 24 Hours of LeMons season, the seemingly black-flag-proof Hong Norrth Mazda MX-3, ended today’s race session at Eagles Canyon in P1. A lot can happen tomorrow, though, so unhatched chickens aren’t being counted yet. The day’s events featured plenty […]

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It’s not much of a shock to find that the most dominant team of the 2011 24 Hours of LeMons season, the seemingly black-flag-proof Hong Norrth Mazda MX-3, ended today’s race session at Eagles Canyon in P1. A lot can happen tomorrow, though, so unhatched chickens aren’t being counted yet. The day’s events featured plenty […]

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And the Real Winner Is… http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/and-the-real-winner-is-21/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/and-the-real-winner-is-21/#comments Mon, 03 Oct 2011 08:53:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=413315 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 […]

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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 […]

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And the Winner Is… http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/and-the-winner-is-22/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/and-the-winner-is-22/#comments Mon, 03 Oct 2011 08:22:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=413309 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 […]

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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 […]

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Yeehaw It’s Texas LeMons Day One: Rabbit Breathing Down SHO’s Neck http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/yeehaw-its-texas-lemons-day-one-rabbit-breathing-down-shos-neck/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/yeehaw-its-texas-lemons-day-one-rabbit-breathing-down-shos-neck/#comments Sun, 02 Oct 2011 04:37:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=413220 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 […]

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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 […]

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Super Piston Slap: The Buick-infused Fiero at LeMons http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/super-piston-slap-the-buick-infused-fiero-at-lemons/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/super-piston-slap-the-buick-infused-fiero-at-lemons/#comments Sat, 01 Oct 2011 19:56:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=413157 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. First off, if you don’t know about the Pontiac Fiero, shame on you! This is one of many half-baked efforts from General Motors that […]

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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. First off, if you don’t know about the Pontiac Fiero, shame on you! This is one of many half-baked efforts from General Motors that […]

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Fieros, SHOs, and TTAC Hacks: BS Inspections at the Yeehaw It’s Texas 24 Hours of LeMons http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/fieros-shos-and-ttac-hacks-bs-inspections-at-the-yeehaw-its-texas-24-hours-of-lemons/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/fieros-shos-and-ttac-hacks-bs-inspections-at-the-yeehaw-its-texas-24-hours-of-lemons/#comments Sat, 01 Oct 2011 04:12:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=413099 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. Sajeev and I are race officials, and Jack “That’s […]

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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. Sajeev and I are race officials, and Jack “That’s […]

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Trackday Diaries: Dangerous ticks, a descent into madness. http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/trackday-diaries-dangerous-ticks-a-descent-into-madness/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/trackday-diaries-dangerous-ticks-a-descent-into-madness/#comments Wed, 08 Jun 2011 15:01:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=397762 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 […]

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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 […]

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And the Real Winner Is… http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/and-the-real-winner-is-12/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/and-the-real-winner-is-12/#comments Sun, 05 Jun 2011 23:51:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=397509 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. The B League Film Society’s 1967 Mercedes-Benz 200 suffered from many electrical and fuel-system problems yesterday, but ran more or less reliably today. In the end, its 28th-place finish (out of 43 […]

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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. The B League Film Society’s 1967 Mercedes-Benz 200 suffered from many electrical and fuel-system problems yesterday, but ran more or less reliably today. In the end, its 28th-place finish (out of 43 […]

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And the Winner Is… http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/and-the-winner-is-13/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/and-the-winner-is-13/#comments Sun, 05 Jun 2011 23:46:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=397504 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. With just a single black flag and 376 fairly quick laps, the Benz was virtually untouchable for most of the weekend. […]

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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. With just a single black flag and 376 fairly quick laps, the Benz was virtually untouchable for most of the weekend. […]

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Garrapatas Peligrosas LeMons Day 1: 300E Leads, Everyone Else Done Blowed Up http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/garrapatas-peligrosas-lemons-day-1-300e-leads-everyone-else-done-blowed-up/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/garrapatas-peligrosas-lemons-day-1-300e-leads-everyone-else-done-blowed-up/#comments Sun, 05 Jun 2011 04:49:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=397456 OK, not every car other than the BenzGay Mercedes-Benz W124 fell victim to thrown rods, busted suspensions, and the usual woes that knock LeMons cars out of races, but only 21 entries were still moving under their own power at the low point of late afternoon today. When the checkered flag waved at the end […]

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OK, not every car other than the BenzGay Mercedes-Benz W124 fell victim to thrown rods, busted suspensions, and the usual woes that knock LeMons cars out of races, but only 21 entries were still moving under their own power at the low point of late afternoon today. When the checkered flag waved at the end […]

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Trio of TTAC Hacks Lowers Tone of LeMons Race http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/trio-of-ttac-hacks-lowers-tone-of-lemons-race/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/trio-of-ttac-hacks-lowers-tone-of-lemons-race/#comments Sat, 04 Jun 2011 17:54:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=397364 TTAC scribes have descended on MSR Houston from all corners of the globe (actually just Ohio, Texas, and Colorado), and we’re busily flashing the TTAC gang sign and spraying our tags on fools’ whips. Left to right, Sajeev “Big Chief” Mehta, Murilee “Judge Phil” Martin, and Jack “Plymouth Master” Baruth. Sajeev has donned the robes […]

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TTAC scribes have descended on MSR Houston from all corners of the globe (actually just Ohio, Texas, and Colorado), and we’re busily flashing the TTAC gang sign and spraying our tags on fools’ whips. Left to right, Sajeev “Big Chief” Mehta, Murilee “Judge Phil” Martin, and Jack “Plymouth Master” Baruth. Sajeev has donned the robes […]

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¡Garrapatas Peligrosas! BS Inspections, Texas Style http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/%c2%a1garrapatas-peligrosas-bs-inspections-texas-style/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/%c2%a1garrapatas-peligrosas-bs-inspections-texas-style/#comments Sat, 04 Jun 2011 03:12:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=397244 The 24 Hours of LeMons has been racing at MSR Houston since 2008, and so we’re used to Shiner Bock, 100% humidity, and Taurus SHOs. Dangerous ticks! The racers seem a bit puzzled by the name of the race, but the event patch is sure to become a sought-after collector’s item in the future. The […]

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The 24 Hours of LeMons has been racing at MSR Houston since 2008, and so we’re used to Shiner Bock, 100% humidity, and Taurus SHOs. Dangerous ticks! The racers seem a bit puzzled by the name of the race, but the event patch is sure to become a sought-after collector’s item in the future. The […]

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Field Expedient Engineering: JB Weld Porsche Cylinder Head Repair http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/field-expedient-engineering-jb-weld-porsche-cylinder-head-repair/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/field-expedient-engineering-jb-weld-porsche-cylinder-head-repair/#comments Thu, 28 Apr 2011 16:57:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=393167 When your 1980 Porsche 924 craps out minutes after the start of its first race and you’re in rural Texas, parts might be a little hard to find. You won’t get far with a blown head gasket and big ol’ notches burned in the head itself. But, damn, the clock keeps ticking! The Moose Knuckles […]

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When your 1980 Porsche 924 craps out minutes after the start of its first race and you’re in rural Texas, parts might be a little hard to find. You won’t get far with a blown head gasket and big ol’ notches burned in the head itself. But, damn, the clock keeps ticking! The Moose Knuckles […]

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Strangelovian W110 Thrives On 573 Miles of Full-Throttle Abuse http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/strangelovian-w110-thrives-on-550-miles-of-full-throttle-abuse/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/strangelovian-w110-thrives-on-550-miles-of-full-throttle-abuse/#comments Tue, 01 Mar 2011 14:00:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=385556 The first Mercedes-Benz W110 to compete in the 24 Hours of LeMons was this ’65 190, and it did very well in spite of having spent many years vegetating in a California field prior to being brought back to life as an endurance racer. Last weekend, we saw another W110; this time it was a […]

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The first Mercedes-Benz W110 to compete in the 24 Hours of LeMons was this ’65 190, and it did very well in spite of having spent many years vegetating in a California field prior to being brought back to life as an endurance racer. Last weekend, we saw another W110; this time it was a […]

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And the Real Winner Is… http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/and-the-real-winner-is-4/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/and-the-real-winner-is-4/#comments Mon, 28 Feb 2011 00:14:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=385494 Watching the J30/280ZX/SHO battle for the win on laps this afternoon was pretty exciting, but the Index of Effluency (which goes to the terrible car that accomplishes something orders of magnitude beyond what any sane observer considers possible) is what the true LeMons fanatics care about. A 280ZX coming in first is impressive, but how […]

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Watching the J30/280ZX/SHO battle for the win on laps this afternoon was pretty exciting, but the Index of Effluency (which goes to the terrible car that accomplishes something orders of magnitude beyond what any sane observer considers possible) is what the true LeMons fanatics care about. A 280ZX coming in first is impressive, but how […]

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And the Winner Is… http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/and-the-winner-is-5/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/and-the-winner-is-5/#comments Mon, 28 Feb 2011 00:01:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=385488 The third annual Gator-O-Rama 24 Hours of LeMons endurance race is in the books, and a 29-year-old Datsun just beat out 80 or so competitors— most of them less than half the Datsun’s age— to bring home the Win On Laps trophy for Team Z-Wrecks. The GT$500 Celica (itself nearly as old as the Z-Wrecks […]

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The third annual Gator-O-Rama 24 Hours of LeMons endurance race is in the books, and a 29-year-old Datsun just beat out 80 or so competitors— most of them less than half the Datsun’s age— to bring home the Win On Laps trophy for Team Z-Wrecks. The GT$500 Celica (itself nearly as old as the Z-Wrecks […]

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Gator-O-Rama LeMons Day One One: Celica, 280ZX, J30, SHO, E30 Make Up Top Five http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/gator-o-rama-lemons-day-one-one-celica-280zx-j30-sho-e30-make-up-top-five/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/gator-o-rama-lemons-day-one-one-celica-280zx-j30-sho-e30-make-up-top-five/#comments Sun, 27 Feb 2011 03:40:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=385428 As is typical for races at MSR Houston, the mechanical carnage has been quite extreme. We saw sheared axles, blown head gaskets, thrown rods, and a Jetta with its engine dragging on the pavement (the last one is a first in my experience). Still, some cars haven’t broken, and the battle for the win on […]

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As is typical for races at MSR Houston, the mechanical carnage has been quite extreme. We saw sheared axles, blown head gaskets, thrown rods, and a Jetta with its engine dragging on the pavement (the last one is a first in my experience). Still, some cars haven’t broken, and the battle for the win on […]

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Miatas, SHOs, and a Pontiac Montana: The BS Inspections of the 2011 Gator-O-Rama 24 Hours of LeMons http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/miatas-shos-and-a-pontiac-montana-the-bs-inspections-of-the-2011-gator-o-rama-24-hours-of-lemons/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/miatas-shos-and-a-pontiac-montana-the-bs-inspections-of-the-2011-gator-o-rama-24-hours-of-lemons/#comments Sat, 26 Feb 2011 05:01:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=385311 The 24 Hours of LeMons has been coming to MSR Houston since 2008, and it has become one of the toughest, most competitive tracks in the series. Out of the 80 or so cars at the third annual Gator-O-Rama inspections today, at least four are former winners and another half-dozen have multiple top-three finishes. TTAC’s […]

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The 24 Hours of LeMons has been coming to MSR Houston since 2008, and it has become one of the toughest, most competitive tracks in the series. Out of the 80 or so cars at the third annual Gator-O-Rama inspections today, at least four are former winners and another half-dozen have multiple top-three finishes. TTAC’s […]

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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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