By on August 13, 2011

I’m back on the LeMons trail again, this time at Circuit Grand Bayou aka No Problem Raceway in lovely Belle Rose, Louisiana. It’s so hot and swampy here in August that we’re running the race from 8:00 PM to 10:00 AM, making it more like the 14 hours of LeMons. It’s all sugar cane fields, bugs, sweat, and excellent Cajun cuisine here, and we’re having a great time.
So many weak-kneed racers are scared of Louisiana in August that we’ve got only about 20 super-hard-core teams that showed up for this one. The teams that are here tend to be the never-say-die type, and that’s what we’re seeing with this Prelude team; they spun a rod bearing in their engine during practice yesterday, so they promptly went out and found a running Ford Tempo for 200 bucks on Craigslist. At this moment, they’ve got a replacement engine (of dubious provenance) on the way from Houston, but if it’s no good they’ll be swapping the cage from the Prelude into the Tempo. How hard could it be?
No Problem is definitely the top LeMons track when it comes to pit cuisine; racers have brought us crawfish, ribs, barbecued chicken, and the best boudin sausage we’ve ever tasted. The Southern Comfort and cracklins are for emergency use only.
Of the Index of Effluency contenders, the obvious favorite is this ’78 Ford Granada coupe, aka the Swamp Thang.
The team hails from “Bayou Self,” Louisiana.
Wait, who’s this guy? Yes, Unununium Legend of LeMons Spank has flown out from San Diego to help drive the Granada; after fellow Unununium Legend Speedycop flew from Maryland to California to drive at the Arse Sweat-a-Palooza, we’re seeing a very pleasing trend here.
Because we have the smallest turnout in LeMons history at this race, I decided to make a special LeMons Supreme Court “Bribed” stencil. That way, the 100 teams that show up at the next Houston race can turn green and yellow with envy when they see this super-exclusive collector’s-item stencil on the competition.
Speaking of envy, there’s a certain Motor Trend editor who wishes he’d decided to judge this race, now that he’s seen the diecast Isetta bribe that could have been his.
The favorite for the win on laps has to be the two-time-winning Hong Norr Mazda MX-3 team… but a lot can happen on a LeMons track. Check in later for race updates!

Get the latest TTAC e-Newsletter!

5 Comments on “Mudbugs, Gators, and a Granada: BS Inspections at the 24 Hours of LeMons New Orleans...”

Read all comments

Back to TopLeave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Recent Comments

  • SCE to AUX: A Mustang is anything Ford says it is, including the anemic Falcon- or Pinto-based versions of the 60s...
  • Jeff S: Just saw the de Blasio video. NYC’s will be getting rid of a dirt bag as well.
  • Lou_BC: Depends on what the swimming pool is filled with.
  • Lou_BC: Speed limiters are to prevent tire blow outs. Are there any pickup tires rated to run at sustained speeds of...
  • ajla: Honestly most normies think way, way, way, way less about other people’s vehicles than car website...

New Car Research

Get a Free Dealer Quote

Who We Are

  • Adam Tonge
  • Bozi Tatarevic
  • Corey Lewis
  • Mark Baruth
  • Ronnie Schreiber