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Click above for a massive high-res gallery from the 2008 24 Hours of LeMons at Thunderhill

Imagine this: text-message updates on your favorite LeMons teams that includes their last lap time and overall position. Or real-time telemetry data streaming online. How about pictures and analysis, straight from the track and beamed down through the tubes right into your home? Fantasy? Hardly. When you get hundreds of die-hard DIY types together for a weekend of wheel-to-wheel racing, anything's possible. Unless, of course, the one necessary component – a stable internet connection – is missing from the equation. And so concludes our overall coverage of the 2008 24 Hours of LeMons at Thunderhill. After battling wonky wifi and sketchy EVDO connections, we bailed on the race late last night so we could give you a brief snippet of the action outside of Willows.

The LeMon's season-ender has all the ingredients for another epic crap-can battle royale, including the utterly fantastic ghetto-charged Miata, a Griswold-inspired Pinto, a fiberglass-bodied 240, a flipped Yugo, a superbike-powered Metro, a rod-knocking Escort (that puked all of its oil onto a half-mile stretch of the track) and our Altamont-running RX-7 that returned from the dead. Everything you'd want in a LeMons race was present and accounted for, and in these tumultuous times, it was a breath of fresh (well, diff-oil scented) air to see true gearheads doing what they love in an environment that's part LeMans and part Burning Man. If you ever need a brief respite to reinvigorate your faith in the bond between man and machine, LeMons is where it's at. And the 2009 season is already scheduled. If you can't compete, at least attend. You won't be disappointed, even if "the tubes" could use a thorough snaking.

Check back tonight for a list of the top-ten finishers and keep an eye out later this week for a first-hand account of the Tinkerbell Rosso team's campaign. In the meantime, enjoy our gallery of Saturday coverage below.

UPDATE: And the winner is... the Metro Gnome CBR900RR-powered Metro!

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Thanks for the pictures!
      I want so much to attend one of these races.
      • 6 Years Ago
      almost hurts to see the Corrado out there - one of the cars I've always wanted to own.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Buy one. They are cheap. Or just keep complaining while you drive your boring, fat, heavy, new car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ Rob,

        My apologies for getting your panties in a bunch over my comment. I was sitting at the bank about 3 years ago to get a quickie loan to purchase a 1990 G60, just to find out when I returned to the lot someone else had walked in, cash in hand. I got beat. I'm assuming you must know me based on your comment, purporting to know all about me and the vehicle I currently drive, what I need from a vehicle, and how well it ranks on your "cool vehicle" scale.

        FYI - my 8 year old Blazer is paid for, has 100k+ on the clock, pulls my trailer, carries my bikes and any other general crap I need to get from point a to b on a regular basis. I neither need, nor want anything newer. But you already knew all that eh?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, someone managed a pretty good condition Crown Victoria (sporting SVT wheels?)... what a shame if a car in that condition failed to finish the race. (Photo 63)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Great Pics, thanks for spending the time to do the post for those who couldn't attend and everyone else that want's too.
      • 6 Years Ago

      I have to fly over and attend this event sometime soon! We don't seem to have anything like this in Europe.
      • 6 Years Ago
      my two favorites must be the ghetto charged miata and that "red-baron" corrado
      • 6 Years Ago
      I take it the T1 didn't make it in as planned... good thing I wasn't holding my breath.

      If you met any of the DIYers that have some good streaming data sets in ways they'd like to share, shoot them my way... it'd be interesting to see what we can get for other events.

      There is very little desire from the manufacturers to get this data out... grassroots time!
      • 6 Years Ago
      That First Picture is BLASPHEMY!! ANY Ford Mustang should NOT be in the 24 Hours of Lemons, ESPECIALLY a Four Eyes like that!