Photos from LeMons: Almost Like Being There

Anyone who would choose a big luxury RV over this option can just leave. Now.
Anyone who would choose a big luxury RV over this option can just leave. Now.

LeMons Assistant Perpetrator Nick Ponn, also known as theeastbaykid, has headed off on an interesting mission. While everyone else was paying attention to the races going on around the track, he was out behind them breaking into and stealing things from photographing the participants’ cars.
Actually, now that I look at it, I believe his official title is “Also Culpable”, which is so appropriate it almost hurts. He informed us that, while he has lately been feeling like a cranky old man just because he’s owned a car with a carburetor, Hooniverse has helped him feel a little more “at home”. Also because his great grandfather’s name is Hoon. Could Nick Pon be the long-lost descendant of the Legendary Hoons McSmitty?
We have our crack team of experts frantically researching the possibilities. (Actually it’s one of Graverobber’s kids, and she’s making us a drawing of what she thinks Hoons McSmitty would look like. In crayon. But that’s the sort of thing that stands in for research around here.) We’ll let you know what they come up with.
In the meantime, enjoy a gallery from the semi-legendary Also Culpable Nick Pon.

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  1. Deartháir Avatar

    Hm. It seems to have decided to redirect you to a landing page for the photos, rather than to a big version of the photos themselves. I'm trying to get that fixed; sorry guys, it's not a lame-assed attempt at more pageviews, it's just a glitch in the Matrix. I'm working on it.

    1. blueplate Avatar

      I'm actually okay with a landing page for photos, as long as the photos are easy to download.
      I'm not okay with (1) a hokey floating gallery widget that makes the background web page dimmed; (2) hard-to-find next-back buttons that don't work half the time on new browsers, or any of the time on old browsers; (3) a hokey floating gallery widget that animates itself into being, for several seconds, while I grow increasingly annoyed and bored with it; or (4) a gallery where every graphic is loaded at full size but displayed at small size, looking terrible, because somebody didn't learn in 1996 that resizing in the browser is bad, and some people will see jaggy edges on everything. Argh!
      Yeah, I'm looking at you, [Redacted], [Redacted], [Redacted], and [other]! </flame>

    2. blueplate Avatar

      An actual issue on this site: it doesn't seem to work to type a comment, then sign in when it's ready to post. Comment evaporates; happened just now in both Firefox and Opera.

      1. Tim Odell Avatar
        Tim Odell

        Yeah…that's gonna be a hard one to fix.
        IntenseDebate is not the most robust system.
        ProTip: whenever there's a problem, refresh. If that doesn't work, hard-refresh (Ctrl + F5). If that doesn't work, clear all cookies associated with ID.

  2. Tim Odell Avatar
    Tim Odell

    I'm not hugely into Camaros, but that one is causing some serious bloodflow issues for me.
    Also, just so everyone knows, they hit the track in that Alfa wagon at Reno.

    1. Armand4 Avatar

      The Alfa wagon didn't just hit the track (as the pace car) at Reno; it was driven all the way up from the Bay Area with a dog in the back.
      No, the dog wasn't still in the car when it was doing pace laps.

  3. SeanKHotay Avatar

    And now that I refresh, I see VFX-jockey Jeremy has beat me to it…

    1. jeremy! Avatar

      damn right!

  4. engineerd Avatar

    One of each, please.
    Seriously, I know we tend to categorize people driving Bentleys/BMWs/Ferraris/etc. as rich d-bags, but this should teach us all a lesson. Douchebaggery exists regardless of a person's wealth for vehicle of choice. You can have a poor douchebag in a Yugo just as easily as a rich douchebag in a 7-series. Sure, it seems that the rich douchebag is more prevalent, but could it just be that his car is more flashy and therefore attracts attention to his douchebaggery while the poor douchebag tends to fly under the radar?
    Nice gallery, and thank you eastbaykid for bringing us an insight into the eclecticness of the LeMons paddock.

  5. _Tomsk_ Avatar

    The woodgrain R8 is stupendous.

  6. blueplate Avatar

    Love this gallery. I'm going to have to whip up my own gallery submission real-soon-like. (Not LeMons, but I won't spill the beans.)
    The Mercedes-Porsche E500 is an all-time bucket-list car, but possibly the scariest on the wallet of any of those, since I assume many of the parts were made from pure unobtanium, ground Unicorn horn and German Lorelei tears.
    What is the "panel" Station wagon? My memory cortex is spitting out a punch-card that says "Datsun", but it's been known to fail me before.

    1. Armand4 Avatar

      If you mean the green wagon, it's an Alfa Romeo with a special shooting brake conversion by an Italian coachbuilder. It's based off of a mid-'60s Giulia Super.
      I second your endorsement of the E500. My mother used to have a W124 300TE wagon, and I dreamed about swapping a 500E drivetrain into it– it turns out that M-B and Porsche had to do so much reengineering to fit the big V8 in the W124 that it would be easier to graft the wagon rear end onto an existing 500E than to try and do an engine swap.

      1. blueplate Avatar

        Wow. I don't doubt it. In the factory, I guess you can have a different variation of sheetmetal to put it together, but once your engine bay is built, and it's too small, yechh..!!

  7. citroen67 Avatar

    You want a caption for that Volvo pic?
    How 'bout this:
    "It has crabs, it smells like fish, and it starts with the letter V, it must be a…"

    1. Deartháir Avatar

      Bwahahahaha! Brilliant!