Pacific Northworst LeMons Day One Over: 5 Series Leads, Cherokee In 4th

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
pacific northworst lemons day one over 5 series leads cherokee in 4th

The reports from Oregon LeMons HQ are in, and we’ve got some very interesting results for you. Sure, a BMW E28 in the lead is on the cool side, but a Jeep not far behind? Not only that, a British Leyland product is in the top ten, a feat long considered possible by, well, everyone.

An E28 has taken the win on laps in a LeMons race before, but that was 2007.

How is it possible for a big, boxy, AMC-six-powered truck to have ended the first session in fourth place? The Petty Cash Racing Cherokee has done very well in the past, taking the Goin’ For Broken Index of Effluency trophy with a 14th-overall finish last month, but to get in the top five is a whole new level of madness.

Meanwhile, the veteran Killer Bees MGB sits in eighth place. This car still has SU carbs, lever shocks, and every bit of its original Lucas electrical system. The world has turned topsy-turvy, I tell you what!

I’ll be at Pike’s Peak and disconnected from the internet until late tomorrow, but will do my best to get a Pacific Northworst final-results post when I get home.

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  • Bryce Bryce on Jun 26, 2011

    The MGB has proper race heritage unlike the rest of the field

  • Grzydj Grzydj on Jun 26, 2011

    I love the widebody kit on the Cherokee. I don't think that sentence has ever been written in the English language before.

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  • ToolGuy • Nice vehicle, reasonable price, good writeup. I like your ALL CAPS. 🙂"my mid-trim EX tester is saddled with dummy buttons for a function that’s not there"• If you press the Dummy button, does a narcissist show up spouting grandiose comments? Lol.
  • MaintenanceCosts These are everywhere around here. I'm not sure the extra power over a CR-V hybrid is worth the fragile interior materials and the Kia dealership experience.
  • MaintenanceCosts It's such a shame about the unusable ergonomics. I kind of like the looks of this Camaro and by all accounts it's the best-driving of the current generation of ponycars. A manual 2SS would be a really fun toy if only I could see out of it enough to drive safely.
  • ToolGuy Gut feel: It won't sell all that well as a new vehicle, but will be wildly popular in the used market 12.5 years from now.(See FJ Cruiser)