• Feb 24, 2010
Rubbing is Racing - click above to watch the video

One of the common, angry refrains that veteran 24 Hours of LeMons teams voice is the fact that the $500 junker series keeps increasing the safety requirements, especially when it comes to roll cages. After all, their cage passed the tech inspection last time, no problem. Why the hassle, man?

It can be safely assumed however, that the driver of the Ford Escort ZX2 sees no problem with tighter, tougher (and yes, safer) LeMons roll cage requirements. First and foremost, the driver walked away from the wreck (it took place at last weekend's Gator-O-Rama 2010 race near Houston, TX) with zero injuries. Second of all, the following video is a very good lesson in why your wheels shouldn't stick out past your car's fenders. Sadly, the AMC Gremlin that the Escort climbed up isn't visible. However, you can see a little piece of its side wing airborne in the image above. Watch the video, after the jump. Thanks to DrWife for capturing the footage!

[Source: YouTube]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      The only thing running through my head for the whole video:

      "...where on earth did someone find a Miata for less than 500 bucks?"
      • 4 Years Ago
      Please don't become Jalopnik and have endless posts about this nonsense....
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yup, LeMons is totally non-sense.

        Don't knock it until you've actually done it, scooter.
        • 4 Years Ago
        'People' can do whatever they want, scooter. I just don't want to read about this crap on Autoblog.

        (P.S. Does using 'scooter' like you make me one of the cool kids too?)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Autoblog has covered LeMons on and off for years, and even entered a car into the race a time or two.

        Shoo shoo newbie.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "I just don't want to read about this crap on Autoblog."

        Fine. Don't read the article. Don't click on it. And most definitely, don't comment on it.

        You do know how to scroll past the articles you don't want to read, right?
      • 4 Years Ago
      My first car was a 99' ZX2. It was a good car, actually it still is my parents are driving it now. Just crested 100,000 miles.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm driving my '99 Zx2, just passed 155,000 miles. She's getting up there alright.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My best friend had a zx2 it was white with black rally stripes. I loved that car. It was a quick little thing. But not as quick as my sisters neon. Then one day he smacked it into an old style mcdonalds. I wish I still had the pictures. I felt so bad for the car.
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      • 4 Years Ago
      is that an MG at the beginning of the video?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if that Miata driver is any better than that out here in the Real World...

      Probably not.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ RX-8:

        1) You need to work on your reading comprehension skills. Go back and read what I wrote, slowly and carefully. In case you need a hint, the focus of my comment was on the skill (or lack thereof) exhibited by the DRIVER of the Miata, not any shortcomings of the Miata itself.

        2) Watch the video again. What did the DRIVER of the Miata do? He/she plowed into the side of the ZX2.

        3) I have been autocrossing for 12 years, and I have found that there are many capable machines out there, the Miata being one of the best. It was well-designed from the beginning, and has massive aftermarket support. That does not, however, mean that all Miatas area being driven by competent people. It is a lightweight, well-balanced, not-overpowered car (unless it has a 5.0 under the hood, and I've been in several) that can be driven with both aplomb and finesse. Unless the driver is a douche.

        4) In the video, the Miata driver fu_ked up.

        5) Read my first post again. And again. And again. Learn it, live it, love it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What are you talking about? I have been autocrossing for 5 years and some of the best drivers I have ever seen drive Miatas. Yes idiots buy every type of car but I would say it is a hundred times easier to find a Corvette or Mustang driver who has no idea how to drive their toy than a Miata driver. And it is much worse for exotic drivers. I would bet the average Miata driver who has tracked or Auto Crossed his car could turn a lap in their Miata quicker than 99% of Ferrari owners in their Ferrari.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have one outside that has 165,000 on it and it runs like a champ! Amazing little engine that could. What I find strange is how easily it flipped.. Saw no real reason for a flip.
      Also.. LOL at Machina .. literally laughed out loud.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Awesome video, I really wanted to take part in this race when it was here in AZ a couple months back, but I lacked the disposable income and the free time to make it happen. Best thing about wrecking a car like that? The car only cost $500 bucks and you can probably fix it right back up and race it again next year.
        • 4 Years Ago
        After you get an acceptable roll cage, racing seat, harnesses, fuel cells, tires, brakes, racing suits for all your drivers (including full-face helmets) and spare parts you're probably looking at around $10,000 minimum to get into LeMons. And that's if you really DID spend 500 bucks for the car.

        That's assuming someone on the team already owns an acceptable tow vehicle and trailer. If not, factor truck rental into it as well.
        • 4 Years Ago
        $500 is crazy, but so is $10,000. I actually captain a team (competed in this race and was on the opposite side of the track when this happened) here is a brief but not all inclusive cost breakdown of LeMons racing.

        Car: $500ish. You might spend more or less. Read the rules about risiduals, what counts, etc.
        Roll cage: $1000. Ours was 832 + 150 shipping. They come on a small pallet.
        Team Entry Fee $500
        Each Driver: $150 ($100 for each race and $50 per year for a license)
        Fuel: depends on car but $100-250
        That's not including tires, brakes, etc, which can be hundreds of dollars on top of this.
        Each driver will need at least $500 in a complete fire suit, gloves shoes and helmet.
        Transport to and from: (free-150 for trailer rental)

        All of this assumes you aren't spending a small fortune to get the car running in machining, tools, etc and doesn't include food or time spent.

        Once you get into the race and have a car, it can cost as little as $400 per driver to compete per race.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ahhh... the proverbial "$500 car". I'm not sure you've taken into account the actual dollars spent on adding roll cage, etc. for safety purposes - these items do not count toward that $500 figure.

        The actual cost per car can be far north of that low, low price.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The funniest part is how slowly the vehicles accelerate afterward.

      LeMons is adorable. ^_^
      • 4 Years Ago
      I own a 01 Zx2, when the car was stock it performs on a track with Miatas pretty equal (Miatas of the years/gen shown in that videos). But that was years ago, now the car is set-up for rally-x.
      140k miles on track/autocross/dirt, and still going strong on mostly stock drivetrain.

      God I love this car.
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      • 4 Years Ago
      One question... Did the ford have Firestones?
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