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UPDATE: Added Mega-Gallery (120+ photos)

Click the image above for over 120 pics from Sunday's LeMons race.

9:18 AM - Brad is gridding as you read this and the race should be underway within the next five minutes.

Follow the jump for our progress and to see how many laps we got dinged for the B.S. factor.






During our tech inspection yesterday, the Judges walked up and played three man Supreme Court with our car to determine how much we went over budget. The verdict: we've been penalized 15 laps for some ungodly reason that's beyond us. Our 7 was a parts car, purchased for $100, lacked a rear end, driveshaft and was in desperate need of a new water pump. Total Bill: just over $400. Needless to say, we're a bit irked, but we'll abide by the "No Winers" rule and carry on. On the upside: the BMW 325 set a new record for B.S. -- they were docked 350 laps. Additionally, the 740il that hit us yesterday was docked 100 laps. Karma's a bitch boys.

9:25 AM - Brad is on the track and the race is underway. We're off to the fence to see how he's doing.

10:12 AM - The car is holding together despite some mild contact with competitors. Brad is keeping a consistent pace, making passes when he can and otherwise keeping it on the track. The idea of a "clean line" around the course is kind of a misnomer. Casey is suiting up as I type and he'll be in the car in a matter of minutes.

10:25 AM - We just had our fastest, cleanest pitstop yet and Casey is out on the track. We're trying to keep driving stints to about an hour, give or take a few minutes. As soon as we get new standings, we'll throw them up.

11:12 AM - Getting suited up. Check the gallery.

12:40 PM - Just got off the track 10 minutes ago and it is officially all out war. Despite Jay's stern warnings this morning to avoid contact, many of the drivers have devolved into demolitions experts, pinballing from between cars and leaving carnage in their wake. But it's fun. Dustin just got behind the wheel for about an hour-and-a-half stint, and Jay's up after him -- our most competent wheel man -- to wrap up the race at 4. As of 11 this morning, we're in 52nd place, with no idea how many laps separate us from the lead -- not that it matters.

Oh, and the People's Curse award winner was the BMW 740iL. His punishment: Jay went at it with an earth mover, crushing the Bimmer's roof. Unfortunately, it still runs. So we might meet him on the track again.

2:06 PM - We're in 44th position with 146 laps between us and the leader. Average lap time is around 54 seconds, so we figured between Dustin and Jay, they need to start running 32 second laps. Failing that, we're counting on some of our competitors to start dropping out of the race soon. There's a very strong middle of the pack presence here, so between our two hot shoes and the rate of people succumbing to mechanical gremlins (or just stupid driving), our position may move up considerably.

3:06 PM - We have no idea where we're at place-wise, but Jay is doing an admirable job of keeping the car together. We thought there might have been an oil pressure issue, but when Jay pitted in during a yellow flag all was quiet within the Wankel. Demolition derby status (1-10): 7.2

3:20 PM - 40 more minutes of crap car action! I'm off to take photos.

4:02 PM - The race is over! More to follow.

7:41 PM - So we've packed up, licked our wounds and are on our way back to our respective homes. The battery died on my laptop, so I'm posting this from my phone. We'll have more information and another gallery up soon. We placed 38th overall, completing a total of 532 laps.

The winning team's story is much more interesting though. After racking up 693 laps, Black Iron Racing and Circus Maximus came in first and second respectively with a -- get this -- 7.4 second margin of victory. After two days of racing, close to 700 miles driven, it's the smallest margin of victory ever. Words fail me, but so does typing on this damn iPhone keyboard.

Go to mylaps.com and do a search for the "24 hours of lemons." That will bring up all the teams, their places and more information. The road beckons. Check out more in an hour or so.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      oh man, love the Tokyo Auto Wreckers Godzilla 240z? i think it is..
      http://www.autoblog.com/photos/autoblog-at-the-24-hours-of-lemons-day-two-morning/449552/full/
      • 7 Years Ago
      you guys are seriously whiners, the fact is we paid absolutely nothing for the 740. we pulled all of our tires out of a dumpster, the car had no springs in it when we got it and found some old springs to put in it. we put a cage in it from a old Chevy. we spent 0 on the whole thing.
      we went completely by the rules, Jay came to us and told us that we raced maybe the most clean race out there and that he was really bummed that we had our car crushed because we where racing so clean. seriously get a life, if you cant use your resources to get a car and run it then what's the point? we didn't cheat, we didn't spend any money on the car.
      we just came out to have a good time, to you whiners, get a life. to all the people that helped us out and got the car back together after it was crushed, thank you for your help. we had a blast driving it. to Jay Lamm, thanks for your help as well..
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yes! The BMW got what it deserved!

      Keep pushing guys, make me and all of the other readers proud.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't get it. I thought $500 was the limit? Definitely some bull going on there. I'm glad to see that jackhole in the 740il got screwed.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah, I was thinking the same thing when AutoBlog posted that there were some BMWs running around. Guess he thought he'd make up the difference with the power and durability (and the extra weight to bump people into the infield). Nice KROQ reference, BTW.
      • 7 Years Ago
      See what I mean about that #69, not a scratch on that tanker.

      Bimmer guy got what he deserved.

      "Give them nothing, take from them... EVERYTHING!"

      "THIS. IS. AUTOBLAAAAWG'
      • 7 Years Ago
      Has anybody noticed you guys are Team autobug/modacar on mylaps.com.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why must you crush my noise dreams with technical facts? I prefer my bubble of ignorance
      • 7 Years Ago
      Didn't you guys admit to installing an essentially new STi exhaust system? It doesn't really matter that you got it for free, that thing by itself is about $500.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah, we did and I think that's the only thing that rubbed the judges the wrong way. That said, it took a fair bit of fabrication to get it to work, particularly with no hanging points to use.

        BTW - I didn't put this in the update, but after a hard rear-end collision the exhaust fell out of its ONE mounting location. Two minutes and a few yards of mechanics wire and Dustin was back on the track.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Haha - I must admit, as I was circling the track (#75 5 series BMW) I did give any Rx7s a little extra room just to avoid the potential negative media attention.

      A few other things -

      The 325 with 6-pot wilwoods - easy to find a beater e36 in Norcal for $4000. Those brakes were probably worth more than the car. The really funny thing is that, given the speed and configuration of this course, stock brakes were completely adequate for any recently modern car.

      740il - these guys were great - the car did have a lot of grunt, but they did race well and got an extra award for perseverance for getting the car back into the fray in new 740ilc 'cabriolet' form. One of our drivers did hit them in the side pretty good which knocked off our bumper, and they let us use their welder to stick it back on.

      I've done a lot of road racing, but this event is really unique. Congrats to my fellow competitors.
      • 7 Years Ago
      awesome! 34th is grood
      • 7 Years Ago
      I was just messing around in forza trying to imagine a fusion of RX7 engine sound and STI exhaust burbliness and couldn't do it... too terrifying of a thought
        • 7 Years Ago
        sti "burbliness" is due to the boxer 4 layout, not the exhaust system. Even a 2.5RS sounds that way with a proper exhaust....
      #37 driver
      • 7 Years Ago
      What place did you finish in we finished in 31 with the heaviest car on the track, a 97 e38 il and you might need to check your facts no laps were taken from us. the crushing of the car kept us of the track for an hour and still made up laps . WE Had a great time. thanks altamont, and jay
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