The Bold and the Beautiful at the 24 Hours of LeMons

Fine engineering courtesy Shiner Brewery
One theme prevails at the 24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspections this morning: you make a good show, you’re gonna set off right.  This can take many forms: the intricate bottlecap artistry displayed on Straight 6 Pack Racing’s Supra pictured above, for example, impressed the judges so much that they drove away with no penalty laps at all, despite an engine swap.  A turbocharged RX-7 (complete with fully functional coffee maker) also walked scot-free simply because it’s guaranteed to produce a massive explosion.

Not everyone had the same luck, though.  The M*A*S*H-themed Taurus SHO, with the customary martini on the decklid needed a bit of inspection-lane open-heart surgery when the perps didn’t believe that the engine hadn’t been taken apart recently.
There’s plenty more to come—the race doesn’t start until 3 o’clock, after all—so check back later and we’ll have some more action for you.
Open-heart surgery
Photo credit: Derek Ybarra (lead photo)

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9 responses to “The Bold and the Beautiful at the 24 Hours of LeMons”

  1. dculberson Avatar

    They're sweating an SHO? I guess it had to happen, once an SHO actually won.

  2. LTDScott Avatar

    Yeah I find it odd that they're giving grief to a SHO too.

  3. TurboBrick Avatar

    Looks like someone REALLY likes Shiner beer…

  4. Ben Avatar

    I must see this Supra in full. Bring me pictures…

    1. Ann Avatar

      Ben- we have tons of pics of the car. Shiner gave us the bottle caps!!

  5. dukeisduke Avatar

    Oooh, Shiner 101 (it's a Czech pilsner). I've got some of those in the fridge right now.

  6. dmilligan Avatar

    Ah, guaranteed explosions. A great way to keep the fans on the edge of their seats, waiting intently for the perp to blow, and betting whether or not he'll take anyone with him. American auto racing is making a comeback.

  7. name_too_long Avatar

    I'd have sweated the sh*t out of the RX-7 team. If the engine is bone stock, has 100k on it, and has been subjected to the typical life of an FC it could be legit; but the 13b is ridiculously easy to rebuild and despite the reputation they can be made reliable (good set of aftermarket apex seals).
    Best part of replacing the apex seals is that it's completely undetectable unless you pull the engine apart (which necessitates completely removing the engine). On its own it wouldn't do you much good, just makes the car more reliable, but we're dealing with a turbo and that changes things; now you can turn up the boost and add 10-15hp before you start risking reliability too much, double that if you're a gambler and still my biggest concerns would be fuel supply issues or the stock turbo going kablooie. That thing could be pushing 200hp and you'd never know…
    The fact they aren't winning leads me to think it may be legit though.

  8. Mike Avatar

    You can see more shots of the shiner car here…