And the Winner Is…

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
and the winner is 8230

The fourth annual Arse Freeze-a-Palooza is over, all the heaps have been dragged onto trailers and onto I-5 for the trip home, and a team that has flirted with victory for race after race has finally taken the win on laps in the 24 Hours of LeMons.

The POSRacing F’ed-Up Express BMW E30 has entered in all four California LeMons races this year, and the team placed 10th, 3rd, and 2nd in the first three (and spent a significant amount of time as the leader in each case). Finally, everything went right, and the team’s super-clean driving and reliable car enabled the F’ed-Up Express to cling by its fingernails to the slimmest of leads; in fact, the fuel-consumption calculations were cut so close that the engine started crapping out from fuel starvation during the final lap… with second-place Eyesore looming in the rear-view mirror a half-lap behind. Congratulations, POSRacing!

Meanwhile, the Eyesores are plenty happy with their second-place finish, because they have now clinched the 24 Hours of LeMons 2010 National Championship. The prize? A trip to some race in France!

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  • Obbop Obbop on Dec 06, 2010

    Lemons does more to make the USA a mighty fine geo-political unit than all politicians' efforts combined so sayeth (writeth) the Disgruntled Old Scribe inside his hootch, shanty, decrepit shanty atop the Plateau de la Ozark roughly midway between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

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