24 Hours of Lemons New England – The Race "Cars"

The 2012 24 Hours of Lemons New England spring race (there is also an October race) is in the books. Follow the Car & Driver blog to get the latest details on Lemons racing written by our sexy little friend Murilee Martin.  I managed to escpape my family for a few hours on Saturday and attended the race. With my limited time I managed to snap some pictures and head back home for my 4:30pm LEGO play-date with my daughter and her friend. Here is the first in a series of Lemons photo-dumps, the race “cars”.


I recently picked up a Nikon D7000 and I gotta say, I am not too happy with it. First, it won’t focus on anything that’s relativly close (my D5000 did) and looking back at the pictures I noticed that it wasn’t focusing on the right things half the time, especially when the cars were moving.

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The single most fascinating vehicle on the track was this… trailer. It was eerie, mind-blowing and WTF-ish all at the same time seeing a trailer racing on the track and moving on it’s own power. The Suzuki X-90 under the trailer was very nicely comouflaged and the trailer looked like a single-axle vehicle adding more to the OMG/WTF factor. Well done gents but it still does not throw my favorite Lemons car off its podium. Coincidentally both cars where created by SpeedyCop.

Have a look through the gallery, again the pictures did not come out great.

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15 responses to “24 Hours of Lemons New England – The Race "Cars"”

  1. Tanshanomi Avatar

    I'm really surprised they let that trailer out on the track. I thought you couldn't add anything beyond the original bumpers/fenders.

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      3.13: Nerf Bars Not Allowed: Added structural elements that extend past the original bodywork line are not allowed. In other words, no nerf bars, wheel-protection cages, or crash bars. (Worried about your car being damaged? Here's an idea–don't hit anyone.)
      Apparently the trailer body is too flimsy to count as a structural element. The only thing that looks like it might be problematic is the hitch, but my guess is that it isn't genuine.

      1. OA5599 Avatar

        I'd be more concerned about the safety hazards when the roof flies off.

      2. ZomBee Racer Avatar

        Speedy-Jeff mentioned it was a flimsy break-away dummy-hitch. The rest was decorative wood & aluminum,

    2. salguod Avatar

      Trailer bodies are plywood covered in thin aluminum sheet with some wood framing. Very little structure, especially if you take the wood framing away. Not an insignificant amount of extra weight though, not to mention the air drag. Not sure it matters a lot in a LeMons race.

      1. JayP2112 Avatar

        Any recent Top Gear gives proof as to how these things fly apart like tissue paper.

  2. mr. mzs zsm msz esq Avatar
    mr. mzs zsm msz esq

    Psst Vavon, forever known as the French Firebird in my mind now… <img src="http://blog.caranddriver.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/LNES12-Winners-ClassC-626×426.jpg"&gt; "The Class C trophy went home with the Punisher GP Peugeot 405 Mi16 team, which beat its closest rival (a third-gen Firebird) by 13 laps."

    1. Vavon Avatar

      YAY! I haz a happy!

  3. Scandinavian Flick Avatar
    Scandinavian Flick

    1) How would you get a PT Cruiser for under the price point?
    2) Why would you get a PT Cruiser for under the price point? Z cars too reliable for you?
    <img src="http://hooniverse.info/wp-content/gallery/lemos-2012-ne-cars/2012-lemons-new-england-nh-145.jpg&quot; width="500"/>

    1. Van_Sarockin Avatar

      That was a truly crappy team last year. Terrible and aggressive driving, they made a real mess of things and got plenty of penalties. Not sure how they escaped the People's Curse. And much grumbling that their boosted Cruiser couldn't possibly have been bought and prepped for $500. That paint was something like a $2,000 option when new

      1. RegalRegalia Avatar

        Peoples' curse those bastards! How the hell did that not happen?

    2. Rockford_Brodie Avatar

      IIRC, the first time this car showed up(a long time ago), the team that owned it created a corporation so they could sell it to themselves for $1. The judges were so impressed by their chutzpPAH that the were going to let it go without any laps…until they looked under the hood and found a supercharger staring them in the face. 10,000 laps!

  4. C³-Cool Cadillac Cat Avatar
    C³-Cool Cadillac Cat

    Wow. A PT Loser and a Shitvette.
    That's a tough choice as to which is worse. Though…the Chevy had a diesel available.
    The Loser looks mighty intact…skepticizm, I haz some.

    1. RegalRegalia Avatar

      Must have been a pretty substantial bribe.

  5. dsycks Avatar

    Bribes do not actually get you out of trouble… they are given to get the stencil on your car and thats about it.