• Oct 11, 2009
Toyota MR2 chasing down a Buick LeSabre at Nelson Ledges - click above image to watch the video

You might have heard of this 24 Hours of LeMons traveling sideshow by now. You know, a bunch of $500 cars dropping mufflers all over the place as they pointlessly race around a track. Cruel weirdos dressed up like judges forcing confused, sweaty drivers to write, "Even though I wrote I will not go four wheels off one hundred times on my car, I still went four wheels off." Or Worse. Oh, and if you win the race you get $1,500 in nickels.

Despite all that, the one thing you might not know about the 24 Hours of LeMons is that it's real racing. Some of it pretty good, too. The cars might look a little off, and the drivers might not know a racing line from a fishing line, but what takes place on track is about as real as wheel to wheel racing gets. Proof? Make the jump and watch the video of a Toyota MR2 straight up battling with a Buick LeSabre for over seven minutes on the famous Nelson Ledges race track during last weekend's The Lamest Day. Good stuff, if you're into that whole cheapo car racing thing. Tip of the budget Pyrotect to Dave for the vid!

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I wish we had something like this in Australia
        • 5 Years Ago
        I believe Matt is referring to the event, not the car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        We do. Its called the holden commodore (91-04 models) It has the same 3800 v6 however they are rear wheel drive of course & the engine has been modified a bit
        • 5 Years Ago
        I meant the event. I used to own a VT Commodore back in the day...
      • 5 Years Ago
      You, Sir, owe me a can of soda and a clean keyboard... :-D
      • 5 Years Ago
      That looks fun. I bet that Buick is super charged. It was doing well for how big and heavy they are.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's as amusing to watch as a Porsche V. Pontiac battles in Grand Am.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Words cannot express how much I want to do that....
        • 5 Years Ago
        What's holding you back?

        My friends and I bought a '95 Maxima the other day off Craigslist. $500 with a bad paint job and interior and no title, but it has a good engine and tranny. Perfect. With four people pitching in, it wasn't hard to afford.

        Our idea is to find some local sponsors. The rules say you can't get a sponsor to hook you up with free go-fast parts, but there's nothing that says you can't get sponsors to cover your safety gear, travel expenses, entrance fees, etc. Anything we can't cover with sponsor money will be split evenly between at least four people so we think we should be able to go for only a few hundred out of each of our own pockets. For the amount of fun we'll have that would be a damn good bargain vacation.

        Then, if we manage to keep the car (in one piece), we'll already have the car and safety gear paid for so the next year we won't need sponsors if we decide to go back. It'll just cost travel and entrance fees.
        • 5 Years Ago
        agreed. That looks like it must be about as much fun as humanly possible.

        hrmmmmm........I wonder when the next police auction is..........
      • 5 Years Ago
      If this race ever comes to AZ I'll be the first to enter, just as soon as I can pick up an old beater and get er race ready.
      • 5 Years Ago
      as an owner of a Buick Lesabre all I can say is BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

      Yes, I could see that as plausible
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have a '92 model. I can say, minus all the upholstery seats, dashboard etc, that would be plausible. If I race a car that I already have, does that really mean that I can spend 500 bucks on mods?
        • 5 Years Ago
        The way their rules are set up, they can just take your car and give you $500 for it if they think it's worth too much. So I wouldn't do that.
        • 5 Years Ago
        True, but also there's this straight from their rulebook:

        "4.1.1: Lame-Ass Rationalizations: Cars that "should be" worth $500 don't count; cars that "were worth $500" before you spent another $2000 to fix them don't count; cars you've owned for 20 years and spent more than $500 on during that time don't count; "it would have been worth $500 if it didn't already have a cage" doesn't count. Five hundred dollars means five hundred frickin' dollars."
      • 5 Years Ago
      The wail of that 4AGZE is something else to behold lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      I drive a '95 LeSabre and that was possibly the greatest thing I've ever seen.
      Best part is that the Buick driver was in absolute comfort the entire time!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Love the little, mighty MR2. With that little tiny engine and aggressive driving he managed to get ahead of that big hulking 3800. He couldn't match him on the straightaways, so he had to do some fancy footwork in the corners. Toyota made good cars back then.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Those Buicks can get up and go when they have to. The thing of it is, from my experience with my old Buick Century, he will have to pit for gas long before the MR2, meaning that the driver of the Toyota had little to worry about.

      I want to go strip out some car and do LeMons now, though. Makes me wish I had kept my old L20B 200SX even more :(
        • 5 Years Ago
        LS2/LS7 - If its using that much gas then something is wrong.
        • 5 Years Ago
        My dad had a blown 3800 Series I (II?) Riviera. It had about a 16 gallon tank and still only went about 250 miles on the highway, and I don't feel we were even working it that hard.

        Although part of this problem is the weight of a Buick, and if you can take all the insides out (and a deer took out the front end), it will increase the mpg a bit.
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