Endless Lines of $500 Cars Lower Infineon Raceway's Property Values: BS Inspections of the Sears Pointless 24 Hours of LeMons

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
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Supposedly we had 185 teams signed up for the Sears Pointless 24 Hours of LeMons, which may be a record for road racing, but only 150 or so managed to get their heaps running well enough to make it through the pre-race inspections Friday. “Only” is a relative term, though; scrutinizing 150 terrible clunkers for safety and adherence to the LeMons $500 budget limit makes for a long, long day. Here’s a timelapse video that shows a pretty good fraction of the cars and trucks that streamed past the LeMons Supreme Court today.

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  • CraigSu CraigSu on Mar 26, 2011

    Some of these vehicles look suspiciously like expensive, exotic Italians. Since that can't possibly occur at a LeMons event I shall await the uber-gallery and subsequent explanations from Murilee.

    • Szyznyk Szyznyk on Mar 26, 2011

      They probably bought him off with a die-cast '85 Buick Century station wagon.

  • Dimwit Dimwit on Mar 26, 2011

    I'm surprised there isn't more Panther love instead of all those Civics.

  • Nick Nick on Mar 27, 2011

    I am still amazed that you guys can find anything for $500 that doesn't require considerable additional investment. I didn't intend to participate but out of curiosity I looked around to see what was available for $500. Maybe I looked in the wrong place, but I couldn't find anything close. So to the participants who manage...well done.

    • Thirty-three Thirty-three on Mar 27, 2011

      I have seen a few cars at the price point. Most had accident damage, but one I saw was it working order, but could not be licensed for road use. It had been brought into Canada from the US, but hadn't been through the import process yet (approx $200). That would be a good car for LeMons, as it was already in decent mechanical shape, and could be licensed in the US if needed.