"So you're really going to do this, huh?" We've lost count as to how many times we've heard that line over the course of the last two months. After covering the event live this past July, we came away from the 24 Hours of LeMons with dreams of surviving the crap-car enduro the next time it came around, and now it's official. We've been accepted, we've got a car and now, the unfortunate task of getting ready for the event begins.
We've secured a 1988 Mazda FC RX-7 for the "race", and by all outward appearances, it looks like a perfect contender. Front-engine, rear-wheel drive, plenty of space between the bumper and the engine to fit a V-mounted radiator when the inevitable front-end collisions occur – it's all there, well kind of. We still have to install a radiator, fit a new rear end, rip out the interior, make a cage and install all the required safety equipment. Oh, and the brakes aren't working. But that's all little stuff easily solved during the endless late nights we plan on putting into the build. And naturally, we'll be covering it all between now and the weekend of October 20 and 21.
Our friends at Modacar are helping with the build and are supplying us with a few hot shoes in the form of Casey Horner, Jay Juane, Brad Wood and Ken Falconitin, not to mention yours truly.
In the meantime, watch this space for ongoing updates, and although we've already got a temporary team name, we're open to your suggestions. Because just like everything else with LeMons, it's all about constant improvisation.