Hugh Hefner, Rod Rats, and a Tube-Framed Lloyd: BS Inspections of the Arse Sweat-a-Palooza 24 Hours of LeMons

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
hugh hefner rod rats and a tube framed lloyd bs inspections of the arse

I came down with some sort of terrible New England vasculo-plague at the Boston Tow Party race, and so the croakers said I couldn’t travel to hot, sticky Thunderhill Raceway in California for the second annual Arse Sweat-a-Palooza. Bummer! That doesn’t mean you won’t get to see who and what are racing this weekend, however, because Assistant Perp Nick Pon was kind enough to send in his photos of today’s car inspections.

Judge Armand had the privilege of meeting the female members of the now-Playboy-themed Eyesore Racing, 2010 LeMons Intergalactic Super-Champions. Yes, they can drive… faster than you, suckaz!

In case you were wondering what the members of the LeMons HQ staff choose to drive the 150 miles to the track, here’s a typical pair of daily drivers for the folks that run the event.

The team that created the Bavarian Ranchero has raised the madness level with their latest racer: a tube-framed, motorcycle-engined Lloyd Hansa Alexander. Experience has shown that all such cars struggle to make any laps at all during their first event, but we’re hoping things will be different for the Lloyd… because it’s a Lloyd!

Fresh from the triumph of their feature in the latest issue of Hot Rod (sorry, not available online yet), the members of the Model T GT team have gone with the “rat rod” look for their outfits. Sure, triple-digit temperatures might make those rat costumes a bit sweaty, but sometimes racers need to make sacrifices for the sake of image.

It’s always good to see the teams registering while in uniform.

The Space Shuttle-themed LeMons teams just keep getting better and better.

Legend of LeMons Speedycop just had to come out to California and race where the whole LeMons thing got started, and so he bought the Death Cab V8olvo, which is actually the descendant of my old race car, from the days when I was a black-flag recipient rather than a race official.

Of course, the Ford 302 engine that was once in the V8olvo ended up powering the Model T GT, which meant that Speedycop and henchmen had to find a basket-case engine-donor Mustang the day before the race and do a last-second-frantic thrash to get the V8olvo in semi-driving condition. Will it run? Who can say?

The 283-powered Chevy S10 with full 1985-custom-minitruck regalia has even more boom in the bed this time. Ideally, it will be audible from any location on the track.











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  • Raphael Orlove Raphael Orlove on Aug 06, 2011

    is that the lloyd that was on Hooniverse a few months back? I didn't think the comments on the necessity of a motorcycle engine swap were serious, but then I guess I underestimate the LeMons crowd.

  • CarPerson CarPerson on Aug 06, 2011

    Hef at 35: Cool dude. Hef at 85: Creepy dude.

  • Bobbysirhan I'm surprised by the particular Porsches to make the list, and also by the Cadillac. Most of all, I'm shocked that the 2-door Mini Cooper is on here. I didn't even know they still made them, let alone that anyone was still buying them.
  • Ajla I assume the CT5 is on the list due to the Blackwing variant.It would be interesting to take the incentives that existed in October 2019 and include that in an analysis like this as well. The thing about the used market is that while you'll pay less in total dollars, in some cases the percentage increase from 2019 is even worse than with new cars. Buying a Saturn Relay for $6k isn't exactly a winning move.
  • VoGhost Reminder: dealers exist to line the pockets of millionaires who contribute to local politicians.
  • Cprescott The pandemic changed the sales game. No longer do dealerships need inventory. After two years people are accustomed to having to order what they want and then extorted on the price by the dealer for that privilege. Now used cars with 75k are selling for $5k more than I paid for my 21k, 2016 model back in January 2019. I pray my car won't get totaled and I have but 13 payments left to make on it. I may never buy another car again.
  • Grein002 I hope you meant "take the Ranger out behind the *barn*" rather than "bar". I think something completely different happens "behind the bar".
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