A Duster, a Roller, and Cubicle Ennui: BS Inspections at the Pacific Northworst 24 Hours of LeMons

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
a duster a roller and cubicle ennui bs inspections at the pacific northworst 24

I’m not at Oregon Raceway Park to judge the Pacific Northworst LeMons race this weekend, because I just had to stay in Colorado to watch a bunch of freaks race to 14,115 feet. However, LeMons Assistant Perp Nick Pon has sent in some photos of yesterday’s prerace BS Inspections.

That “Rolls-Royce” is really a BMW E30; such a conversion is a good way to make LeMons officials less bored with racers’ insistence that the Ultimate Driving Machine was “the only $500 car we could find.” Complementing the look of the Roller, some teams are carrying on the West Coast LeMons tradition of excellent costumes.

Pete Peterson of the veteran Killer Bees MGB team not only drove his race car all the way from San Jose to the race, he did the trip while towing a one-wheeled covered wagon.

You never want to race in LeMons without a spare engine, so Pete went with the most logical engine storage location for his trip. What makes this feat even more impressive is that the Killer Bee recovered from one of the hairiest rollover wrecks in LeMons history.

The Bee has some serious Index of Effluency competition, in the form of this Plymouth Duster with an Al Bundy theme. It does have a 360, but old Detroit cars have a tough time staying glued together under this sort of abuse.

When you bring several large office machines to a LeMons BS Inspection in the trunk of your race car, it can mean only one thing:

Yes, reenacting the famous “printer rage” scene from Office Space

I’ll post updates as I get them, so check in later for Pacific Northworst updates.

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  • Robert Gordon Robert Gordon on Jun 26, 2011

    "The Bee has some serious Index of Effluency competition," As I pointed out in the other thread, the MGB is probably has the best endurance racing credentials of any car ever to race in the LeMons series. Indeed it has a better racing heritage than many extremely exotic thoroughbreds. MGB has raced at including many class wins and high outright placing at the following races: Le Mans 24 hour Monte Carlo Rally Targa Florio Monza 1000 Nurburgring 500 Nurburgring 1000 Spa 1000 Sebring 12 hour Daytona 2000 Daytona 24 hour Sundown 6 hour Bridgehampton 500 Bridgehampton 6h RAC Tourist Trophy London - Sydney Marathon etc.... Now this example may not have had the same prep and may have seen better days, but but the same token it is hardly fair not to mention just plain wrong to attempt to mock it for being what it is. Any way you look at it the MGB has serious race cred.

    • Sparky Pete Sparky Pete on Jun 28, 2011

      I should point out that this car is a stock 77 Rubber-Bumper Leyland era model with the ugly "duck-bill" nose cut off. The fact that the car had the second slowest laptimes of the race and finished with a rear hub that was disintegrating and wobbly wheel speaks volumes to being blessed with a great team, not any inherent or residual greatness in the car. This MGB is a fun car, and a well loved car. But not a particularly great race car. I'd choose my chrome bumper version if I was serious about race creed. https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/5400_1187523652803_1369652107_515831_5299684_n.jpg

  • Parkwood60 Parkwood60 on Jun 26, 2011

    Now everybody knows that Al Bundy drove a Dodge. It was a Dart Demon of the same vintage. At least they should have switched the badging. And minus 1 million for not running a slant 6.

  • Bkojote I think it's a home run that VW is bound to bungle.For the anti-CUV crowd there's a cool factor here as pickup trucks have become so cartoonish. This will absolutely embarrass the neighbor with a GMC pavement princess pile in the driveway. Even better, the VW van fandom hasn't ruined these the same way it has the Sprinter, and honestly the design looks tight. And believe it or not there's huge demands for minivans- look no further than the unobtanium that is the Toyota Sienna.So here's what's going to go wrong-These are going to be priced on the premium end and they'll be hype for the first 3 years. The owners (whom The MKIV coil packs and dieselgate disasters a distant memory) trading in their post-college Rav4's and CR-V's are going to quickly discover the whole host of Volkswagen failures- bad sensors, glitchy software, leaking roofs, and hell it'll probably have an emissions scandal of its own somehow. This on top of the already terrible haptic controls VW has, the unreliable charging network, and terrible range. And they'll have the privilege of endlessly fighting with Sleazy Sam's VW dealership after the 4th flat bed tow.They're gonna make the same mistake the kids did in the 80's with the rabbit, the 90's with the Passat and Jetta, and the 00-10's with the TDI's- think VW finally turned the corner and stopped making garbage before doing the trade of shame back to Toyota and Honda.
  • Buickman the only fire should be in the board room.they just hired an executive from Whirlpool.that should help them go do the drain.
  • Mike Beranek I don't care about the vehicles. But I'd be on board for inspecting the drivers.
  • Art Vandelay Coming to a rental lot near you. And when it does know there is a good chance EBFlex and Tassos have puffed each other's peters in it!
  • Art Vandelay I doubt there is even room for EBFlex and Tassos to puff each other's peters in that POS