Tuesday, February 22, 2011

LeMons race

This past weekend was the spring edition of the 24 Hours of LeMons , an endurance race for cars costing $500 or less.

The team changed up the theme this time and transformed the car to look like a bumble bee. This theme seemed to be popular and lots of people stopped to take photos. (click for larger view)

During the technical inspection and the B/S session (where the team proves to the judges that the car really cost less than $500) the team decked themselves out with bee wings and head bobbers.

Here is Curt:

Here's Jerry:

And Craig:

Team with their supporters

The race was eventful. At about 4pm on Saturday the engine blew. But every good LeMons team comes prepared with an extra engine so they immediately started pulling the blown engine and replacing it with the extra.

At 10:17 pm the new engine cranked up. Unfortunately the replacement had issues of its own and there were numerous new problems.

Sunday's laps were few and far between but they kept at it and the car was actually on the track when the checkered flag dropped.

For their effort the team was awarded the "Most Heroic Fix" award.

Term Terminally Confused wasn't the only team that had issues. The guys in the paddock across the way (who were driving an old Plymouth Fury) altered their team hoodies to reflect how they felt about their situation.

We're on the lookout for a couple of new engines for the May race.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

It's LeMons time again

It's only a week until Jerry and Craig run their 2nd 24 hours of LeMons race - the endurance race for cars valued at $500 or less.

Here's what the car looked like at the race in September.

A big part of the race is choosing a theme for the car. In September they were inspired by the scene in Dirty Harry where a school bus full of kids was high-jacked. The bright yellow paint worked out great because it made the car easier to follow on the race course.

They decided to change up the theme a bit but wanted to keep the car yellow - so this time they're trying to make the car look like a bumble bee. Can you see the back end of the bee taking shape?

All those rings are being welded to the car and I understand there may be some wings added.

Craig asked me to help him out with some costuming to go with the theme. I found some bumblebee wings with antenna head boppers that are made for kid's dress up. The glitter on the wings is an added bonus. Hopefully I'll get some good photos of the guys wearing their wings.