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Snoopy Red Baron van at the Lamest Day - click above image for hi-res gallery

Full disclosure: I work for the 24 Hours of LeMons. Once a month (though twice as often next year) I don a black robe, white wig and a rubber mallet spray-painted brown to look like a gavel. It's all part of the traveling big top nonsense that is $500 car racing. I mention this because I have a huge small financial interest in seeing LeMons succeed. And man oh man is it ever succeeding. For instance, what's the fastest growing motorsport in the world? If you answered anything other than LeMons, you're wrong!

In case you live in a barn, LeMons ran one race in 2006, four races in 2007, six races in 2008, will complete ten races in 2009 and has scheduled a bewildering 23 races all over this fine land of ours for 2010. Meaning that if 2010 goes off as planned (what could go wrong?) more LeMons races will be run next year than in the four previous years combined. Dang. Founder and Chief Perp Jay Lamm was too busy racing his Alf$a Romeo to comment, so instead we grabbed a quote from whomever Jay's right hand man and second in command, some guy Nick Pon:
Since most of us didn't have a life already, filling up every waking moment of 2010 with LeMons races wasn't a huge sacrifice [crying]
I hear that, Nick! Interestingly (to some), LeMons will be expanding into some new markets next year, including Phoenix, Dallas, Washington DC, Denver, Omaha, Chicago and Miami. So if the idea of pointlessly running around in circles while sweating yourself to death for the better part of a weekend for the one out of 150 chance to win four hundred pounds of nickels appeals to your inner masochist, come on out and race. Lord knows my depleted 401k could use your money we'd love to have you!

  • Charles Schultz is rolling over in his grave
  • 1962 Caddy just hours before it crashed into the bridge.
  • That's a Lada, a Canadian Lada
  • Would DeadBull have been better than DedBull? Really? You think so?
  • The sun's coming up, freeway, cars and trucks. Circa 6:00 am
  • Wheel to rusty wheel racing at its finest
  • First ever Nissan to win a LeMons race around sun up
  • Why you want to lower your center of gravity
  • Note that the radiator is BEHIND the engine
  • Party!
  • The Sheriff of Partyville. Er, Shantytown
  • We just love sneaking subversive images of Soviet cars onto AOL's servers. Ha ha ha! Er, Wartburg on the left, Lada on the right.
  • BMW 750il has the best engine!
  • It's kinda like the Kitchen Debate
  • Possibly the world's best wife. Yes, they got married at LeMons
  • Mommy?

[Source: 24 Hours of LeMons | Photos by Nick Pon]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Can we get a race itinerary? We need some Oklahoma races... maybe at Hallet.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The most fun you'll have in a weekend at a racing event. Laughing your ass off at "The Mystery Machine" being passed by "Craptastic" while a VW rabbit (with rabbit ears and a fur covered shell) screams along on it's last legs (but yet never quite bites it) is well worth the cost of witnessing this event.

      Can't wait to join the ranks at Thunderhill!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Count me in for Omaha or Chicago. This will be great fun. :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      wow, these guys are off the chain....just readin the fine print was a trip in itself!
      • 5 Years Ago
      How did someone pick up a running V-12 BMW for $500
        • 5 Years Ago
        I know a dude who got an old 750iL on a trade. I can say with 100% sincerity I wouldn't have paid $500 for it.

        There was an ominous feeling driving it, as if at any moment the exotic 12 cylinder monster could suddenly demand many thousands of dollars in repairs.

        I advised him to sell it while it was still moving under its own power before it could break and render itself less than worthless.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I know they're expensive to repair but this one was running. Granted I don't know how well though and it is missing some of the front fascia but 500 still seems cheap for one even if it is facing impending doom.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You don't know 12-cylinder BMWs very well, do you?
      • 5 Years Ago
      So Jonny, any idea where the race will be here around Dallas? Maybe the motorsports park SW of Fort Worth (in Cresson)?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Man.. I just had to pay $695 for my car! I coulda entered! haha.. Be nice if this got filmed and became a Tv show say in Spike or Speed. Just call it "Budget Racers", a hour long show that spotlights a few of the drivers per episode and follow them as they race, toss in a heavy dose of humor and it would be a classic.
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