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The autonomous Audi TTS developed by engineers from Stanford University recently went to Thunderhill Raceway to lap the track without a driver inside. It also turned a faster lap than an amateur racing driver.

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A handful of actors get bitten by the motorsports bug. Some have gone on to great success while others merely fizzled on the starting grid. One actor who likes to jump beneath the helmet and behind the wheel is Paul Walker. He's best known for his work as Brian O'Conner, main character of the Fast and the Furious film franchise that just went to post-production on its fifth installment. Walker is not happy merely pretending to push sports cars to the limits for the big screen and he is actually

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Click above for high-res image gallery of Team Tinkerbell Rosso at LeMons

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

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Our bags are packed, our women are sufficiently sated (thanks Zales!) and we're enjoying our last few hours of warmth before we head north for the 24 Hours of LeMons Arse-Freeze-Apalooza at Thunderhill. The fiendish Mr. Lieberman and the matronly Ms. Martin descended on Willows earlier today to exact their special blend of justice on the LeMons contenders, and judging by reports from the ground, the season-ender at T-Hill has all the makings of another epic crap-can battle.

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Click above for a high-res gallery of the "Tinkerbell Rosso" Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor

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Tomorrow morning at 11 am PST, the annual 25 Hours of Thunderhill will get underway at Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, CA. And for the first time, the Autoblog team (well, two of us) will be in attendance. We'll be departing at the crack of dawn tomorrow, with press passes, cameras, VitaminEnergy drinks and long underwear in tow, to bring you the action live throughout the weekend. Mazda is campaigning five 2006 MX-5s, Honda R&D South is bringing out a pair of RSX Type-Ss and we've already g

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Click above for high-res image gallery of our LeMons contender

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Click the image above for more high-res shots of the Honda S2000 CR.

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Mr. Lamm, the mad man behind the 24 Hours of LeMons, did a mass mailing to let all and sundry know that bad things do happen to good racetracks. The expansion of the 2007 LeMons series (yes, that's right, we've officially called it a "series") continues, with a fourth event schedule for the weekend of December 29 and 30.

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We just got word from Jay Lamm, the organizer of the 24 Hours of LeMons, that his team is considering running a fourth LeMons race this year at one of our favorite venues in California, Thunderhill Raceway.

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