Latest Harebrained LeMons Scheme: It's A K Car, Pass It On

W Christian Mental Ward
by W Christian Mental Ward
latest harebrained lemons scheme it s a k car pass it on
As with most harebrained schemes, this one started on innocently enough. But like a Sorority President’s profanity laced email, the greatest K Car ever raced is making its way across America. Like the video reading by Michael Shannon, it is bringing all who experience it the same joy and probably more profanity.
But unlike those “awkward and boring” folks at the U of Maryland, it’s a known fact LeMons racers hold their liquor better than any college Greek could aspire to, but that ability spawns troubling ideas.It all started here when 24 Hours of LeMons veteran Bob Mitchell had an idea:“We have this silly K car. Ron is rebuilding the engine. We are racing it at CMP for the season opener -an all girl team. I have a vision of the K car getting passed around for the season. It’s free. Come get it. Race it and give it to someone for the next race. It must be passed on to another team after you race it. It has a title if you’re into that sort of thing.. First come, first screwed.”That brainstorm produced a worse more awesome follow on from Neal, a left coaster:“How cool would it be if the K Car showed up at every race or nearly every race across the country. Passed from one team to the next, one race to the next…” It turns out, it is very cool indeed.After competing in three of the 24 Hours of LeMons races this season, the K is still running strong.Well, it’s running; very rich apparently. This past weekend Justin “psychoboy” Howe and his inexplicably patient fiancé loaded his Dodge Sprinter and drove from OKC to Rolla, Missouri, for the next leg in the wagon’s journey.“I only get one day a week off work, and I spent it picking up a free race car…”
“…I’ve signed titles, I’ve handwritten bills of sale on a receipt in the rain, but I’ve never bought a car merely by accepting a single key living on a black zip tie…”Read that story here.This weekend, my good friend Justin and Team OK-Speed will deliver the K to Eagle’s Canyon Raceway. At the wheel will be team pit-mates; the bacon-loving, snake-oil-brewing Team Tetanus. If you have an iPhone or Droid you can follow the action live with this app.
There is still a chance to get in on this rolling piece of Crapcan history. Pay for a seat, or better yet, grab some friends, a trailer, and get some race gear. Or simply follow the saga here.Again, Neal from the original bad idea thread:“…I would say it seems impossible but, c’mon, this is Lemons. When it comes to bad ideas…NEVER GIVE UP!”And they haven’t. Additions include signatures from all the teams on the hood and a piggy bank for donations. After the season, the K will be sold, donated or scrapped and all the proceeds from the whole endeavor will go to Alex’s Lemonade Stand.Rock on K wagon.
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  • NSF Racing NSF Racing on Apr 30, 2013

    Nice. This is such a bad idea. Only three events remain unclaimed. V~room!

  • Ryoku75 Ryoku75 on Apr 30, 2013

    If this thing manages to survive its beating I wouldn't mind buying it up, if only to preserve it for the LeMons racers that had their chance behind the wheel and the fact that its had more experience under it than most other K-Cars. Perhaps when I get the money I'll mimic this with a cheap Volvo. This is also the only K-Car I'd consider buying for anything outside of hooning.

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    • Ryoku75 Ryoku75 on May 01, 2013

      @tetanusRacing Depends on the scrap prices around where the finishers at, but if I can get around $500 I may head out there and tow it back, that is if no one else claims it and if no one in the family shoots me over dragging an old K-Car out to the house.

  • SPPPP The little boosters work way better than you would expect. I am a little nervous about carrying one more lithium battery around in the car (because of fire risk). But I have used the booster more than once on trips, and it has done the job. Also, it seems to hold charge for a very long time - months at least - when you don't use it. (I guess I could start packing it for trips, but leaving it out of the car on normal days, to minimize the fire risk.)
  • Bader Hi I want the driver side lights including the bazl and signal
  • Theflyersfan One positive: doesn't appear to have a sunroof. So you won't need to keep paper towels in the car.But there's a serious question to ask this seller - he has less than 40,000 miles on some major engine work, and the transmission and clutch work and mods are less than 2 months old...why are you selling? That's some serious money in upgrades and repairs, knowing that the odds of getting it back at the time of sale is going to be close to nil. This applies to most cars and it needs to be broadcasted - these kinds of upgrades and mods are really just for the current owner. At the time of sale, a lot of buyers will hit pause or just won't pay for the work you've done. Something just doesn't sit well with me and this car. It could be a snowbelt beast and help save the manuals and all that, but a six year old VW with over 100,000 miles normally equals gremlins and electrical issues too numerous to list. Plus rust in New England. I like it, but I'd have to look for a crack pipe somewhere if the seller thinks he's selling at that price.
  • 2ACL I can't help feeling that baby is a gross misnomer for a vehicle which the owner's use necessitated a (manual!) transmission rebuild at 80,000 miles. An expensive lesson in diminishing returns I wouldn't recommend to anyone I know.
  • El scotto Rumbling through my pantry and looking for the box of sheets of aluminum foil. More alt right comments than actual comments on international trade policy. Also a great deal of ignorance about the global oil industry. I'm a geophysicist and I pay attention such things. Best of all we got to watch Tassos go FULL BOT on us.