Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Segement on MotorWeek
Channel 10 News Feature (click the video link, page right, for the TV footage)
Overall Jalopnik Coverage (the Pork Brains installment is frickin' genius) http://jalopnik.com/search/lemons/bydate/?timerange=all
Judge Phil's Jalopnik Top 66 Guide
Raleigh News-Observer (front-page story) http://www.newsobserver.com/news/story/1154759.html
Jalopnik’s ultimate photo gallery
Some of the participant pix and videos:
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
The Lemons South event was fantastic! The facilities, operations, organizers, and other participants all came together to create an excellent experience for all (except maybe the #25 BMW Salazaar Racing Team). The weekend began for us on Thursday on a very ominous note, our tow vehicle was out of commission. After attempting some quick troubleshooting, we came to the conclusion that alternative plans had to be developed. We rented a truck from Penske but realized the hitch ball was the wrong size. We had to ditch the car trailer for a dolly set up, but we were able to get everything packed in order to head to the track on Friday morning. The trip up was uneventful. The balance of Friday was spent unpacking and running the car through tech inspection and judging. The car breezed through tech and the judges took little convincing that the car was worth less than $500.
Saturday was an overcast day with rain off and on during the afternoon. The rain made the track slick and many spinouts occured. The # 13 Wile E. Coyote Special did not spin out, though. We stayed on the track despite the slippery conditions. Our first problem had nothing to do with the weather, car, or even our drivers. Our first problem occurred a little over two hours into the race when our transponder quit working. The transponder is the electronic device that communicates with the track's timing and scoring equipment. As a result of this problem we lost a little over an hour's worth of laps. This dropped us back to mid-pack where we remained the remainder of the race. Later in the day we started experiencing fuel filter plugging. 25 years worth of sediment in the fuel tank and the sloshing back and forth caused by the road course caused us to replace several filters. Special thanks to Leezard's dad for running to the parts store for us!!
Sunday turned out to be sunny and HOT! The track was much faster and racing much more enjoyable. About 2 hours into Sunday's run we started getting a vibration. This turned out to be loose lug nuts on the driver's side front wheel. After tightening, we went back out on the track. A couple hours later the vibration came back. This time one of the 4 lugs turned out to be stripped and could not be tightened. Facing a terminal condition, Crash would take Dottie out for what turned out to be her final run. Crash literally drove the wheel off the car. When he pulled backinto the pits, the wheel was wobbling like a cartoon vehicle. It looked like on of the wheels on the "Family Truckster" from the National Lampoon movie "Vacation". The only thing holding the wheel on was the stripped lug. The 3 that had been retightened were completely missing. We turned in out transponder with 2 hours remaining in the race.
Officially, we finished in 56th position out of 76 cars. When factoring the hours worth of lost laps, we actually finished in about 46th place. This is certainly a solid effort for a bunch of rookies. In our nextrace, if ther is one for us we will definitely have a more competitive car. The Datsun looked good. It was easily one of the two best looking cars at the track. From a performance stanpoint, though the Datsun just didn't have the performance to keep up with the field. We did learn some lessons for next time though.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
when you start building your car too early! With budget constraints preventing us from doing anything actually productive, we resorted to this. We're sure to get some looks driving this around the block. As if the wing, missing glass and the big#13 on the side weren't enough, nobody's going to miss us with this thing on the hood. We can hope that the cops will be too busy laughing their asses off to hassle us. We've also been practicing driver changes and emergency exits. Just to be clear... speed is the important factor in an emergency exit - not grace!