Miatas, SHOs, and a Pontiac Montana: The BS Inspections of the 2011 Gator-O-Rama 24 Hours of LeMons

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin

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 own Sajeev Mehta served as a judge on the LeMons Supreme Court bench and helped us bust numerous cheaty Miatas and Fox Fords. Here we see him wearing a costume celebrating his Indian heritage, a gift from the very culturally sensitive Brian of the Property Devaluation Fairmont wagon team.

The bunny-themed VW Type 3 has an all-woman driver lineup and at least 150 pounds of stuffed animals on the car. Like the Property Devaluation car, this is a former Index of Effluency winner.

The always-in-contention Cajun Coonasses have switched their Saturn SC from a Speed Racer theme to a Rolling Stones “Beast of Burden” theme. We’re all wondering how long those lips will survive on the track.

Looks like Keith needs to get his blood changed again!

The Lambo-doored E30 was a hit with the crowd.

Here’s tomorrow’s pace car! Don’t worry, it’s not racing.


I’m too beat to write much more, so here’s the traditional BS inspection timelapse video. Check in tomorrow for race updates!


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Murilee Martin
Murilee Martin

Murilee Martin is the pen name of Phil Greden, a writer who has lived in Minnesota, California, Georgia and (now) Colorado. He has toiled at copywriting, technical writing, junkmail writing, fiction writing and now automotive writing. He has owned many terrible vehicles and some good ones. He spends a great deal of time in self-service junkyards. These days, he writes for publications including Autoweek, Autoblog, Hagerty, The Truth About Cars and Capital One.

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  • David C. Holzman David C. Holzman on Feb 26, 2011

    Love the shot of Sajeev! Love the bunny car! Love the Edsel!!! Edsels rock! Murilee, is that a Pacer???

    Anyone who wants an Edsel shirt--short or long sleeve, with a beautiful Edsel covering the chest, just go to my website, motorlegends.com. That's me on the home page with the big '58 on my chest.

  • Zackman Zackman on Feb 26, 2011

    This article...may I ask...WHY?

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    • Zackman Zackman on Feb 27, 2011

      That's it! I knew someone would tell me! Agreed 100%! Yeah, it looks like an awful lot of fun, too. I guess my first reaction was due to my not being in a position to do that sort of thing antmore - too much else going on, plus, my friend whom I diddle around with cars on lives in Missouri and we only get together to kitbash once a year. Boy, do I miss the days when I did a lot of that stuff!

  • Bd2 Probably too late to do anything about it for the launch, but Kia should plan on doing an extensive refresh of the front fascia (the earlier, the better) as the design looks really ungainly.
  • Namesakeone Since I include SUVs and minivans as trucks, I really cannot think of a brand that is truly truckless. MG maybe?
  • Sobhuza Trooper Subaru, they were almost there with the BRAT. --On a lighter note, where the hell is my Cooper Works Mini truck?
  • Mike Evs do suck, though. I mean, they really do.
  • Steve Biro I don’t care what brand but it needs to be a compact two-door with an ICE, traditional parallel hybrid or both. A manual transmission option would be nice but I don’t expect it - especially with a hybrid. Don’t show me an EV.
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