By on July 22, 2011


Actually, the full name of this race at Stafford Motor Speedway is the Boston Tow Party & Overhead Cam-Bake, and tonight was just Part One of the BS Inspection (the track has some sort of event going on, so we’ll have to do the bulk of the inspections early Saturday morning). As far as I’m concerned, however, we can all go home happy right now, because a genuine Peugeot 405 Mi16 has finally entered a LeMons race.

Team French Toast (that thing on the roof is supposed to be a slab of French toast with butter) found their future race car submerged in a local flooded river; the resulting rapid depreciation provided motivation for the owner to sell cheap. Maybe it will blow up after two laps, or maybe it will dominate all weekend (my money is on the former, but you never know). We can check one of the cars off the LeMons Wish List now… but when will we get a Buick Reatta?

This may be the fifth Charlie Sheen-themed “Torpedo of Truth” LeMons car we’ve seen by now.

However, this one stands out from the crowd with this excellent airbrush Charlie caricature on the hood.

We’ll have about 40 more cars to inspect tomorrow, and then the green flag waves at 11:00 AM, but what an anticlimax after an Mi16! Still, we might just get something even better, such as a Renault Fuego Turbo or a Mitsubishi Debonair.

The weekend promises to be a particularly grueling one for both drivers and machines, with temperatures climbing sweatily close to 110 degrees (I took this shot on the way to the track this afternoon) and Saigon-grade humidity. We expect the track to be paved with engine innards within the first few hours.

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6 Comments on “A Peugeot 405 Mi16, Plus Some Other Cars: BS Inspections of the Boston Tow Party 24 Hours of LeMons...”


  • avatar

    Is there anything in the LeMons rules about having working A/C? I mean, if someone wants to put in plexi windows and install a working A/C system as a “Safety” measure, would such a thing be permitted?

    Just curious.

    • 0 avatar
      EyeMWing

      It would be 100% OK. (Well, you’d have to use lexan, not plexi, but it’s the same idea). Some tracks will even allow you to run with glass side windows. The A/C system itself would even be budget exempt under driver comfort. However, because of the general shittiness of the cars involved, almost nobody still has a working A/C system at initial purchase, so cool suits and drinks bottles are the preferred comfort system.

    • 0 avatar
      pk386

      As long as your not running propane or some other flammable refrigerant I can’t think of a reason why not!

      But 107º outside (probably 115º+ on the track) and I cannot imagine any thing but a barely cool breeze coming out of the vents unless you moved the condenser and mounted it on the hood.

      But If I ever build a track car and it has working AC I’ll take the extra 50lbs of weight any day.

    • 0 avatar

      Yea sure you can have AC in your car but, you cant have any coolant in the cabin. So if your car is built like our volvo was you would have to remove the interior radiator that is in the drivers cabin and move it to another part which would take more work, time and money that it would be to just get a cooling system. Plus having your ac on will kill your horsepower and cause your running water as your coolant and it can hit 109 on the track you can easily over heat. Better off just getting the cooling system.

  • avatar
    Japanese Buick

    The name of this race is awesome.

  • avatar
    carguy

    The Peugeot 405 M16 is a rare beast indeed this side of the Atlantic! I used to so want one of these in the early 90s when these were France’s answer to the 3 series. A tip for car-spotters: Even rarer is the T16 with the turbo 4.

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