24 Hours of LeMons at Thunderhill - click above for high-res image gallery
That's right, the 2010 24 Hours of LeMons season champion
team will be sent to France to enjoy the 24 Hours of Le Mans
. For reals. Says LeMons Chief Perpetrator Jay Lamm, "I think it's only fit and proper that the very best team in LeMons see how seriously lame they still are in comparison." The winning team shouldn't expect the Audi-style treatment
our man Damon Lavrinc received at last year's Le Mans
. Sayeth the press release, "We'll pay the LeMons-grade airfare and lodging. (If you want to fly Emirates, enter F1.) We'll hook you up with some teams to hang out with. We'll even toss in some Fodor's and Sartre."
The big question then is why are they actually doing it? Why are they actually sending a bunch of greasy geeks used to fixing things with JB Weld and a Sawzal to Europe's most elegant and sophisticated race? When we asked Jay where this idea came from, he replied, "Absinthe, if I recall correctly." However, if you make the jump
you can see second in command Nick "Deuce-Deuce" Pon's longer, more thoughtful, slightly NSFW explanation of why plus the actual press release.
Says Nick Pon:
For starters, I think sending LeMons guys to Le Mans is only fair--since Pratt and Miller and I believe at least one of the guys from Riley and Scott have already horned in on our event, it's only fair to reciprocate. Hell, if we were really being equal on this deal, we'd send LeMons guys to Le Mans to RACE in the damn thing. I bet they wouldn't come in last.
On a more philosophical note, this is one of the many things in LeMons that initially seems like a joke, but when you stop to think about it, it's not. The world of car racing is so segregated--NASCAR guys don't go to SCCA nationals, Porsche guys think they're better than Corvette guys, Corvette guys think they're better than Porsche guys, etc.--that something like LeMons guys going to Le Mans seems ridiculous. But if you go back in the history of motorsports, there was a lot more crossover--for example, the Indy 500 was once part of the F1 world championship.
Obviously sending some LeMons freaks on a free vacation is a far cry from combining Indy and F1, but I do think it's a small statement on the fact that all car enthusiasts are more alike than different. Breaking down what have become standard and accepted barriers in the world of car enthusiasm, after all, is part of the core of what LeMons is all about.
But if you don't want to hear that touchy-feely shit, let's just say it's gonna be pretty frickin' sweet for some freaks who one day decided to race their shitbox for fun.
2010 LeMONS CHAMPS WILL WIN TRIP TO Le MANS
All those races, all that time, all those tetanus shots...why would any fool bother chasing the 2010 LeMons Team Title? Because starting now, besides earning the raised eyebrows of pro racers everywhere, LeMons' Team Champs will win a trip to the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Yes, the real one. The one where they don't crush a car. (Except the occasional Mercedes.)
We'll pay the LeMons-grade airfare and lodging. (If you want to fly Emirates, enter F1.) We'll hook you up with some teams to hang out with. We'll even toss in some Fodor's and Sartre. But if think winning this one will be easy, au contraire, mon heap-driving freres--check out the 2010 schedule [here].