The 24 Hours of LeMons is a series of endurance races held on paved road race courses across the United States. The 24 Hours of Lemons is a parody of the historic 24 Hours of Le Mans series. Teams compete in race-prepared cars that cost no more than $500 (i.e., lemons) for up to 24 hours. These races set themselves apart from the typical road race by the unusual penalties and punishments meted out by judges.
Last weekends event “Loudon Annoying” took place at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. With over two days of racing it led to some great action on the track and even more action inside the pits. The 24 Hours of Lemons is renowned for its penalties and punishments, the weekend was no exception. With this past Saturday being Cinco De Mayo the Lemons introduced the Cinco De Mayo, in which a participants keys were dropped in a Cost-co size jar of Mayo. Needless to say much fun was had. I have also failed to mention the Mitt Romney inspired driver in a dog cage being driven around the pits.
Action on the weekend came down to the last few laps with the top ten featuring vehicles such as a Honda Accord, Ford Excort, Volvo 244, Acura Integra, Nissan 240SX, Nissan 300ZX, Mazda RX-7, Pontiac Firebird, BMW 318ti (E36), Volvo 262. The race ended up going to the wire, when the chequered flag dropped the Accord-driven by Bill Danger and the Road Hazzards came out on top. The Keystone Kops Volvo 244 Turbo finished the race in third, missing a class win by seconds. The team would have taken the overall win if not for a couple of late-race penalties and a turbocharger failure.
The top prize of the race, the Index of Effluency, was glommed in decisive, no-other-choice fashion by the Speedycop and the Gang of Outlaws entry, a Viking pop-up camping trailer built around a Suzuki X90. It certainly drew the most interest of the race weekend and it was a well deserved winner. I am very much looking forward to the race returning to New Hampshire Motor Speedway in late October, not only will it feature the Lemons the event will also include “Wife Carrying” and a “Potato Gun” firing competition, see you then!